Doctor Who: Ranking The Doctors

Doctor Who: Ranking The Doctors

The Doctor is one of the largest sci-fi icons of all time. Everyone who loves Doctor Who knows the greatest debate in the Whovian fandom: who is the best Doctor? For many, it is the version of The Doctor they were introduced to first. I will be ranking The Doctor’s various incarnations. These are my personal opinions and if you feel otherwise, feel free to converse with each other and me in the comments. Without further ado, let’s step back into the TARDIS and travel through my list. I will also include my top five episodes for Classic Who and top ten episodes for New Who.

13. Colin Baker – The Sixth Doctor (1985-1986)colinbaker

Almost every Doctor Who ranking list you look at, you will find Colin Baker at the bottom. I feel bad about the hate he gets for his performance, but it isn’t unwarranted. The Sixth Doctor had the impossible task of following up Tom Baker and Peter Davison, and, while he tried to do something new, it didn’t work too well. He was going for aloof and silly, but he came off as arrogant and sometimes dark. Audiences did not receive his Doctor well, leading to a very short run of 35 episodes.

  1. The Two Doctors
  2. The Caves of Androzani: Part Four
  3. The Trial of a Time Lord
  4. The Mark of the Rani
  5. Attack of the Cybermen

12. William Hartnell – The First Doctor (1963-1966)doctor-who

Now, this is controversial. Hartnell is the original and for that I thank him. However, the definition of what makes The Doctor has changed since the show premiered in 1963. Hartnell was great for his time, but his incarnation is pretty hard to watch at times. He is very grumpy and pompous, but he is also like your grandad. His time in the TARDIS is iconic, but the show and times have changed so much that Hartnell’s Doctor does not necessarily hold up.

  1. An Unearthly Child
  2. The Tenth Planet
  3. The End of Tomorrow
  4. Flashpoint
  5. The Day of Darkness

11. John Hurt – The War Doctor (2013)wardoctor

John Hurt’s secret Doctor is stellar. He really is fantastic. The late John Hurt was a phenomenal actor who brought such a gritty, realistic picture of what a solider version of The Doctor would look like. The only reason why the War Doctor is this low on my list is because he really only got to shine in one episode, where he sort of just criticized the other characters. He made two very gritty cameos in two other episodes that season, but he only starred in The Day of The Doctor. He has the shortest run of any Doctor ever, but he won over so many fans with the limited amount of scenes he had. RIP John Hurt.

  1. The Day of The Doctor
  2. The Night of The Doctor
  3. The Name of The Doctor

10. Patrick Troughton – The Second Doctor (1966-1969)patricktroughton1

Troughton’s Doctor is phenomenal. His Doctor is funny yet serious, grumpy yet happy. The Second Doctor is a living paradox that is fun to watch, but does get sort of old. He is low on this list, simply because I like the other Doctors on this list better.

  1. The Power of the Daleks
  2. The Tomb of the Cybermen
  3. The Evil of the Daleks
  4. The Three Doctors
  5. The War Games

9. Jon Pertwee – The Third Doctor (1970-1974)sean_pertwee_and_katy_manning_celebrate_doctor_who_star_jon_pertwee_on_his_birthday

Jon Pertwee is fantastic. Despite the mind-boggling decision to strand The Doctor on Earth, Pertwee makes it work in fun and interesting ways. This Doctor is entertaining, but again, he is only low on this list because I like some of the others more.

  1. The Three Doctors
  2. Spearhead from Space
  3. Inferno
  4. Day of the Daleks
  5. The Time Monster

8. Sylvester McCoy – The Seventh Doctor (1987-1989, ’96)sylvester-mccoy-doctor-who

While Colin Baker brought unintentional edginess to The Doctor, McCoy brought a secretive, sometimes manipulative darkness to the role that somewhat legitimized the show. McCoy gave a brilliant performance, but his tenure suffered from lazy storytelling and a severe lack of funds from low viewership. He is a very underrated Doctor who was given a shocking end when he regenerated in the 1996 TV movie.

  1. Time and the Rani
  2. The Greatest Show in the Galaxy
  3. Battlefield
  4. Survival
  5. Ghost Light

7. Paul McGann, The Eighth Doctor (1996, 2013)mcgann1

The most underrated Doctor of them all is McGann. His Doctor gave an interesting new take in the TV movie that would serve as the early blueprints for the new, revived Doctor Who. McGann’s Doctor was incredible, especially in his send-off minisode The Night of The Doctor.

  1. The Night of The Doctor
  2. Doctor Who (TV Movie)

6. Peter Davison – The Fifth Doctor (1981-1984)peterdavison-5thdoctor

Following up Tom Baker was a very hard task. Davison did it masterly, presenting a younger, fresher Doctor who went hands free. His adventures were remarkably told and expertly crafted, with Davison’s performance always shining.

  1. The Five Doctors
  2. Arc of Infinity
  3. The Caves of Androzani
  4. Planet of Fire
  5. Four to Doomsday

5. Tom Baker – The Fourth Doctor (1974-1981)tom-baker-doctor-who-blow-up-bbc

Tom Baker is the quintessential Classic Doctor. His performance endured for years and he entertained through some of the best storylines of Classic Who. His Doctor was light hearted and fun, but was unafraid to get serious and dark. He was the original David Tennant, but with weaker storylines.

  1. Genesis of the Daleks
  2. Revenge of the Cybermen
  3. Terror of the Zygons
  4. Logopolis
  5. City of Death

—–Jodie Whittaker is currently being placeheld here after seeing Twice Upon a Time—–

4. Peter Capaldi, The Twelfth Doctor (2013-2017)peter_capaldi_confirms_he_s_leaving_doctor_who_at_the_end_of_series_10

In his first season, I couldn’t stand the grumpy old man calling himself The Doctor. But as Capaldi progressed, his Doctor became more light-hearted and fun. Now, 12 ranks as one of my all-time favorites. With great stories from Time Heist to Heaven Sent to Extremis, Capaldi shined and it was hard to say goodbye.

  1. Extremis
  2. Heaven Sent
  3. The Doctor Falls
  4. World and Enough Time
  5. Time Heist
  6. Twice Upon a Time
  7. The Lie of the Land
  8. Listen
  9. Oxygen
  10. Kill The Moon

3. Christopher Eccleston – The Ninth Doctor (2005)christopher_eccleston_1

While he only starred in one season, Eccleston’s Doctor was..well, fantastic. He brought a darker Doctor who was still light-hearted and wanted nothing more than to prevent death, even after he had destroyed the Time Lords and Daleks. Many people say to “skip nine”, but that would deprive audiences of one of the greatest Doctors of all time.

  1. The Parting of the Ways
  2. The Doctor Dances
  3. The Empty Child
  4. The End of the World
  5. Rose
  6. Bad Wolf
  7. Dalek
  8. Father’s Day
  9. World War Three
  10. Boom Town

2. David Tennant – The Tenth Doctor (2005-2010)DOCTOR WHO

To many, David is the greatest Doctor. He was funny and light-hearted, with fantastical whimsies and a lovable personality. He was also harboring an under-level of angst and anger that simmered just below the surface. His tenure flourished with good stories and  great performances, but it did suffer some from a very low budget. Despite this, Tennant will go down in history for his amazing portrayal of The Doctor.

  1. Blink
  2. The Unicorn and the Wasp
  3. The Girl in the Fireplace
  4. Forest of the Dead
  5. Last of the Time Lords
  6. Doomsday
  7. Journey’s End
  8. Time Crash
  9. New Earth
  10. The Fires of Pompeii

1. Matt Smith – The Eleventh Doctor (2010-2013)hpm7gqe

If David Tennant was the Tom Baker of the revived Doctor Who, then Matt Smith was the Peter Davison. Having the impossible task of following up Tennant, Smith brought a fun and youthful energy while still maintaining The Doctor’s trademark simmering darkness. I prefer Smith to Tennant simply for Smith’s lovable attitude and personality that just makes you want to be his companion. Matt had better companions than David in the form of Amy, Rory, River, and Clara. Besides the great companions and excellent performances, Matt’s tenure was made even better by fantastic storytelling and a significantly improved budget.

  1. The Day of The Doctor
  2. The Eleventh Hour
  3. The Angels Take Manhattan
  4. The Time of The Doctor
  5. Amy’s Choice
  6. Asylum of the Daleks
  7. The Rings of Akhaten
  8. A Town Called Mercy
  9. A Christmas Carol
  10. The Big Bang

What do you think? Who is your favorite Doctor? Let me know in the comments below and feel free to read the other articles I have around here.


Dark Universe: A Post-Credit Scene Sketch for The Mummy

Dark Universe: A Post-Credit Scene Sketch for The Mummy

With the announcement of the Universal Monsters franchise being officially branded Dark Universe, I decided now was the appropriate time to publish a short scene sketch I wrote to serve as a post-credit screen for Universal’s The Mummy. I have not seen the film yet and this is all just for fun. I hope you enjoy!

(The credits finish rolling. The scene begins with Tom Cruise entering the room of Russell Crowe’s Henry Jekyll. Cruise says nothing, but Jekyll can sense he has come to announce his success in defeating The Mummy.)

Jekyll: (Slightly Menacingly) You think your world is safe. The Mummy was just the beginning. You are unaware to the fact that you live in an age of gods and monsters.

(Jekyll’s voice carries on in voice over.)

Jekyll: Monsters that range from the tragic…

(Camera pans up on the back of a chair in an outdoor cafe in Paris, the Eiffel Tower being visible in the distance. We see the top of a hat peeking out of the top of a chair. We watch has a gloved hand reaches and picks up a cup of tea, revealing the gloved hand is NOT CONNECTED TO ANYTHING! The hand raises up and THE INVISIBLE MAN turns his head and takes a sip as we see the liquid disappear into thin air.)

Jekyll: …To the most terrible…

(We cut to a man in an overcoat walking down the streets of New York. He follows a woman down an alley way, but the camera does not. We hear a small scream. The man emerges wiping blood away from his mouth. We cut back to see the woman’s bitten neck as two young men discover her body. DRACULA!!)

Jekyll: …To the stuff of pure nightmares.

(Cut to a mountain forest as a giant, hulking figure emerges. We cut to the back of his rectangular head as he looks down on a city. We cut to a side shot where we see him smirk, the moonlight glistening off of the screw protruding from his neck. FRANKENSTEIN!! We return to Jekyll’s room where he is standing, facing Tom Cruise.)

Cruise: And where do you fit into all of this, Dr. Jekyll?

(Jekyll turns away from Cruise as he looks out the window. He smirks and we punch in close up on his eye as it twinkles and his pupil enlarges, hinting at MR. HYDE. Cut to black.)

The End.

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