Favorite Doctor and or Favorite Era

Discussion in 'Doctor Who' started by M.A.C.O., Jul 11, 2013.

  1. Bacl

    Bacl Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jan 26, 2006
    Wehnimer's Landing, Elanthia
    This is more a ranking of the actor and his portrayal of the Doctor than the scripts he was given. In fact, quality of scripts was no part of this consideration.

    1. David Tennant
    2. Tom Baker
    3. Chris Eccleston
    4. Patrick Troughton
    5. Sylvester McCoy
    6. Matt Smith
    7. Peter Davison
    8. Jon Pertwee
    9. Paul McGann
    10.William Hartnell
    11.Colin Baker
  2. sonak

    sonak Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jul 13, 2007
    in a figment of a mediocre mind's imagination
    Sylvester McCoy/Seventh Doctor era is my favorite. Ace was a great companion too. I guess it helps that he was "my doctor" in that he was the first one I saw multiple stories of.
  3. DWF

    DWF Admiral Admiral

    May 19, 2001
    Columbus, Ohio
    Favorite Doctor: Tom Baker
    Favorite Era: Phillip Hinchcliffe/Robert Holmes
    Favorite Season: The14th
  4. Emperor-Tiberius

    Emperor-Tiberius Commodore Commodore

    Jul 30, 2005
    Kavala, Greece
    I admit I haven't seen all of the Doctors, so I'll reservedly list my list of Doctors, without excluding the possibility of renewing it many months later.

    That said, I have seen all of NuWho thus far, and a good chunk from everyone else. I consider not having fully experienced the Eighth Doctor because I understand the Big Finish audios expanded the character greatly.

    Anyway, here's my list for now:

    11. Colin Baker
    10. William Hartnell (too stiff and pseudo-wise for me)
    09. Paul McGann
    08. Sylvester McCoy
    07. Jon Pertwee
    06. Matt Smith
    05. Peter Davison
    04. Patrick Troughton
    03. Tom Baker
    02. David Tennant
    01. Christopher Eccleston
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2013
  5. M.A.C.O.

    M.A.C.O. Commodore Commodore

    Sep 13, 2011
    To liven up this tread. Add your favorite companions as well. There are so many I adore.

    First: Barbra, Ian, Susan, Dodo, Viki
    Second: Jamie, Zoe
    Third: Jo Grant, Brigadier, Sgt. Benton, Sarah Jane
    Fourth: Leela, Romana I/II, Sarah Jane, Harry Sullivan, K-9
    Fifth: Nyssa, Tegan, Turlough
    Sixth: Peri
    Eight: Audiobook companions
    Ninth: Rose, Mickey, Jack
    Tenth: Martha, Jack, Rose, Donna, Lady Christina de Souza
    Eleventh: Rory, Jenny, Madame Vastra, Clara. Call me crazy but i never warmed to Amy or River. I kind of just tolerated them
  6. TJ Sinclair

    TJ Sinclair Captain Captain

    Mar 26, 2000
    There and back again...
    Alright, this is going to be tough. I grew up with PBS rerurns of Pertwee, Baker and Davison, and in a way, they are all "my" Doctor, just as Eccleston and Smith are in the current era. There isn't a single Doctor that I actively dislike, though there are specific ones that are near and dear to my heart for various reasons. Ranking them individually is going to be exceeding difficult.

    1) Christopher Eccleston
    2) Jon Pertwee
    3) Matt Smith
    4) Peter Davison
    5) Tom Baker
    6) Patrick Troughton
    7) Paul McGann
    8) David Tennant
    9) Sylvester McCoy
    10) Colin Baker
    11) William Hartnell

    That list is inaccurate in many ways, but it's about as close as I can get to codifying how I feel at this moment. And it's only representative of how much I enjoy the actor's performance and their Doctor's character, not at all about the stories they were in. For many years, I probably would have put Tom at the top of the list, simply because I saw the most of him growing up. But as I've gotten older, the nostalgia of the first time I saw Pertwee has superseded that; likewise, Smith could have ranked at the top, but the...disjointed, frenetic atmosphere of series 7, as well as all the angsty anticipation of his departure, has actually dulled my appreciation. Hopefully that will change sometime in the future.

    But what will never change is how, in 2005, Christopher Eccleston grabbed me from his first line. In that instant, he became the Doctor to me, and it was like meeting an old friend again, for the first time. It took me until "The Girl in the Fireplace" to really warm to Tennant, and until the end of "The Eleventh Hour" for Smith to solidify as the Doctor for me. But Eccleston had me at 'hello.' Literally. That's never going to happen again, no matter how good any future Doctors may be. It just can't.

    As far as eras, in terms of overall fun of stories, it's the Hinchcliffe era, Pertwee's first year, Moffat's writing during the RTD era, and the first two years of Amy & Rory.

    Speaking of which... Companions. That's much easier for me. Rory is number one in my book; by the time "Let's Kill Hitler" rolled around, Rory had thoroughly supplanted Amy and Martha as my favorite new series companions, and he really is my favorite companion of all time. So...

    1) Rory
    2) Sarah Jane
    3) River
    4) Jamie and Amy (yes, the Scots tie)
    5) Martha
    6) Leela and Liz (another tie)
    7) The Brig
    8) Ace
    9) Turlough

    Note that I haven't seen any of Jo Grant (barring her appearance on SJA) since I was a kid, so until I see anything from Terror of the Autons through The Green Death again, the jury's going to be out there. I've also never (to my recollection) seen any of Ben & Polly, or Mel, and nowhere near enough Ian & Barbara to render a judgement.

    And yes, I know some people don't count River or the Brigadier as companions, but I do. So there. :P