This week YouGov published a poll on Doctor Who, asking the UK nation who their favourite, least favourite and who the next Doctor should be. Included below are the highlights from the poll, you can read the full results HERE. Please note: no-one under the age of 18 took part in this vote, and it was voted on by the general public (just in case you’re the sort of person who gets upset at this sort of thing).

David Tennant 43%
Tom Baker 16%
Matt Smith 14%
Christopher Eccleston 8%
Jon Pertwee 6%
Patrick Troughton 3%
William Hartnell 2%
Peter Davison 2%
Sylvester McCoy 2%
Colin Baker 1%
Paul McGann 0%
(2% voted “don’t know)
Sylvester McCoy 29%
Colin Baker 11%
Paul McGann 9%
Christopher Eccleston 7%
Peter Davison 5%
Matt Smith 5%
Patrick Troughton 3%
Tom Baker 3%
William Hartnell 2%
Jon Pertwee 2%
David Tennant 1%
(24% voted “don’t know)
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Cameron K. McEwan
Cameron K McEwan was the first owner and site editor of Blogtor Who since its creation in May 2008 until Dec 2015. A lifelong Doctor Who fan, Cameron has also written two books, The Who’s Who of Doctor Who and Doctor Who: The Big Book of Lists, and directed a film all about Doctor Who fans throughout the years, Who’s Changing - An Adventure In Time With Fans. Cameron also contributes TV and film news and reviews to BBC Radio London, Metro, Digital Spy, New York Observer and Den of Geek. He lives in London with his one trousers.


  1. Sylvester McCoy was a good doctor in my opinion, him and Ace worked really well and don’t deserve the negativity they sometimes get. I honestly believe if they would have been part of the show at any other time they would be remembered much more fondly.

  2. Err…Cameron…this is the same poll were 15 people said it's important next person to play the Doctor is straight…with the greatest of respect to Tennant I'd don't want to believe a poll where that many people say that is an important factor.

  3. Tennant cannot hold a candle to Tom Baker. The poll was probably published on Facebook where all the teenaged Tennant fanatics voted him up. I doubt most of the "voters" have seen any Doctor Who outside of Tennant.

  4. Anonymous

    If you'd bothered to read the article properly, you would have seen it was a poll conducted by YouGov, to the general public.

    Nobody under the age of 18 voted.

    But thanks for your ignorant comment.

  5. There's something oddly unspirted about a 'least favourit' poll, I mean in any 'favouirt poll' someone is bound to come last … but it's like it wasn't enough to show someone their unloved, they must understand they're also positively hated too.

    Sylvester McCoy has been undeservedly blamed by some people for the show's end in 1989. We now know the BBC's lack of faith in low budget SF drama wasn't going to change even if Tom or Peter had never left. It was only a matter of time until the show was rested. But we didn't know that back then, so with season 24 being something of a last straw for some fans I could understand them being bitter when the show died. And in the great autopsy that followed people dwelt on these old wounds.

    Thing is, I really feel some fans haven't heard the war is over. Show's back, it's huge, an award winning globally watched national treasure at the heart of BBC family drama.

    Let this 6th and 7th Doctor hate go, the letters page of the DWB heard you all the first time. It's closing in on 30 years ago now, a life time, it's literally history. Move on.

  6. One thing must also be considered. Even today, many fans don't watch the old series for the sole reason that it's old. So many of these voters probably haven't truly experienced the classic series. I'm not trying to take anything away from Tennant. For all I know, if everyone who voted has seen both old and new Who, Tennant may still have won. I'm just saying the percentages for the other Doctor's might not have been so pathetically low.

  7. Mildly interesting: Tory voters were (a little bit) more likely to love Tennant, and (a little bit) less likely to love Smith, Tom Baker etc. Another reason for DT to be my 11th favourite Doctor then…

  8. Sylvester McCoy's final season was one of the finest that classic Who ever put on, and he was great in it. The Cartmel Masterplan in full effect. It's a shame people only seem to remember his turn first year and so-so second.


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