So the waiting is over. Peter Capaldi will be the 12th Doctor Who and will undoubtedly fit the bill as the Time Lord that transcends time in Space and of course on Earth, as Doctor Who celebrates his 50th Anniversary. Peter Capaldi has all the requisite attributes, but will probably be a sterner, more cerebral Doctor Who, in the mould of the original Doctor Who played by William Hartnell. There is a neat, fitting symmetry as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary year of Doctor Who in November 2013!!
Like James Bond, we all have our favourite Doctor Who, either because he was the first one we saw on TV or because there’s a particular stand out candidate amongst the Doctors that followed. The Record Press Author will have to go with sentiment and choose the third Doctor Who, played by Jon Pertwee.
My introduction to Doctor Who came with his predecessor, Patrick Troughton, in the late 1960s who was the polar opposite. Patrick Troughton’s Doctor Who was manic and zany; Jon Pertwee was much more level headed and considered. The world was a safer, more secure place during his tenure from 1970 to 1974 – there was something very comforting about his presence.
Despite the foppish, dandy-esque velvet jackets and capes, Jon Pertwee’s Doctor Who was a very solid character who would prevail over his enemies through coolness and common sense as much as guile and cunning. Fundamentally Jon Pertwee was “my Doctor Who” during my formative years of 8 to 11. He was my friend for four years and I remember being devastated in June 1974 when he re-generated into Tom Baker!!
So who do you think was the best Doctor Who and why? Let us know in the Reply Box below.
If you need to refresh your memory, here’s a complete list of each Doctor Who in chronological order accompanied by a brief profile –
1. William Hartnell (1963-1966)
William Hartnell’s Doctor Who was the very first incarnation. He was positively geriatric by the time TV viewers first met Doctor Who in 1963. Although he first Doctor Who was grandfatherly, he was also a wizard or sorcerer as an early fore runner to the Harry Potter franchise.
Patrick Troughton’s Doctor Who was more of a trickster character than most of his later incarnations. The Second Doctor Who hid his intellect beneath the disguise of a jester.
3. Jon Pertwee (1970-1974)
Jon Pertwee’s Doctor Who had a greater warmth and humanity about him, possibly because he may have spent more time on Earth than other Doctors as a result of being exiled by his fellow Time Lords.
4. Tom Baker (1974-1981)
If there is a candidate who can challenge David Tennant’s universal popularity, it’s the legendary Tom Baker’s charismatic Fourth Doctor Who. As the only actor to portray the Doctor for seven years, the Tom Baker incarnation of the Doctor defined the character for a generation and consequently every actor who followed Tom Baker has had to live in the shadow of his manifestation of Doctor Who.
Peter Davison’s Doctor Who was more kindly, with a humanity to match Jon Pertwee. The downside of this is that the Fifth Doctor could also be racked by indecision, guilt and self-doubt, which rather goes against the grain of the commanding, authoritative figure of Doctor Who.
6. Colin Baker (1984-1986)
Colin Baker’s Doctor was sometimes more notable for his flamboyant attire ie the “Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, but the Sixth Doctor Who was remembered for his unpredictable mood swings, arrogance and abrasive ego.
Sylvester McCoy was the last Doctor of the original “Doctor Who” series, who also briefly returned for the TV movie. The Seventh Doctor Who was more manipulative and secretive than his previous six incarnations and consequently the least likeable of all Doctors before or since.
8. Paul McGann (1996)
Paul McGann only got one chance to play the Doctor on television in the “Doctor Who” TV movie, so as suitable as he was, had only a small window of opportunity to make an impact.
9. Christopher Eccleston (2005)
Christopher Eccleston definitely has a following for his more aggressive, belligerent and hyperactive incarnation of the Doctor, who launched the current “Doctor Who” series. Regrettably he left after one series.
Among the Doctors of the modern era, David Tennant has captured the zeitgeist like no other. Arguably the most popular Doctor Who of all.
11. Matt Smith (2010 – 2013)
Matt Smith had an incredibly hard act to follow in David Tennant, but has carved out a niche for himself as a memorable Doctor Who.
So who do you think was the best Doctor who and why? Let us know in the Reply Box below.
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