Green Lantern wrote:
Tom Baker, "Robot" (1974)
Yes, but, but, boo hoo, I want to go home!
I think the point is there a danger of taking DW far too seriously. If you had a show like, I dunno, Battlestar Galactica
or something with an episode called "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
" that would seem out of character tonally. But DW has always been a bit daft and quirky and, yes, childlike.
It is aimed at a family audience, and as much as some older fans might wince at some of the more slapstick elements of the current era - and I include myself in that! - it's worth remembering
a) that it is not that
different from similarly daft things in past eras and therefore tonally okay for the show and
b) we are not the only people the show is for, and there will have no doubt been thousands of children watching the show who adored every last minute of Dinosaurs
go too far in that direction, but I don't think Moffat, who has made many many questionable decisions in his era, has.
Forget children, this 42 year old loved every second of Dinos on a spaceship
Bit silly to ignore the hmour/silliness that's been ever present in Who. I mean, to quote Sarah Jane Smith in School Renuinon "Loch.Ness.Monster"
Anyway my rankings have probably shifted a bit since the last time I did this but...
1. Smith (and yes I'm a hypocrite cos I always complaind when people voted Tennant so highly when he was the incumbant)
2. Davison (My Doctor even though he wasn't my first Doctor)
3. Troughton. (Such a fantastic Doctor, great companions too)
4. Tennant (When he's good he's very good, unfortunately he's not always good...)
5. Eccleston (Different take on the Doctor in all sorts of ways, yet still recognisable as the Doctor, and though we only had him for a year he's a huge reason why the show succeeded when it returned-wish he'd done the 50th but I don't begrudge him not)
6. Tom (He stayed in the role too long, got way too big for his boots then patently didn't care anymore, but at his best he is superb, often cited as the ultimate Doctor which I always find odd given there's little of the first three Docs in his portrayal. I'm not saying an actor should be beholden to his predecessors but there should be odd glimpses of other Doctors in there, Davison did this perfectly IMO, Tom was just Tom)
7.McCoy (Much like Tennant when he's good he's great, unlike Tennant the amount of times he's good is far too limited. Still he's the Doctor in my favourite ever serial so that counts for something.)
8. Pertwee (I like Pertwee Ive just never quite been able to feel the love for his Doctor, not quite sure why, I think I just like my Doctor's to appear a little more bumbling, less in control of the situation)
9. McGann (I liked a lot of what I saw of him, he reminded me a bit of Davison but never listened to the audios so I only really have about 60 minutes of screen time to judge him on, not enough.
10. Baker (The Doctor of extremes, from his outfit to his attitudes. An arrogant, moody Doctor is fine, if those traits are compensated for by others, I didn't see enough of the softer/more vulnerable side of Colin unfortunately)
11. Hartnell (As with McGann I haven't seen enough of his Doctor to really make much of a judgement call)