Tom Baker has been voted the World’s favourite Doctor in a global poll
undertaken by the Doctor Who Appreciation Society (DWAS) to mark the
50th anniversary of Doctor Who. Baker, who played the Fourth
Doctor between 1974 and 1981, stormed home in the best Doctor vote
attracting nearly double the number of votes of his nearest rival, David
Tennant, the Tenth Doctor. Patrick Troughton, who played the Second
Doctor, came third just behind Tennant, but ahead of
current incumbent Matt Smith, who was placed fourth in the vote. Check out the Top 5 below:
Favourite Doctor

1. Tom Baker 26.6%
2. David Tennant 13.6%
3. Patrick Troughton 13.2%
4. Matt Smith 12.2%
5. Jon Pertwee 10.4%

Elisabeth Sladen, who
played Sarah Jane Smith, was voted
favourite companion. With nearly 25% she scored more than double her
nearest rival, actress Catherine Tate, who played Donna
Noble alongside David Tennant. Sophie Aldred, Sylvester McCoy’s
companion, Ace was voted third, whilst Patrick Troughton companion Jamie
McCrimmon, played by Fraser Hines, was fourth.
Favourite Companion

1. Sarah Jane Smith 24.9%
2. Donna Noble 10.5%
3. Ace 7.0%
4. Jamie McCrimmon 6.5%
5. Leela 5.5%

Winners in the other polls conducted were: 
Favourite Story: The Talons of Weng-Chiang
Favourite Monster: The Daleks
Favourite Writer: Robert Holmes
Favourite Director: Graeme Harper

The poll, which was open to both members and non-members, was run by DWAS earlier this year and votes were received from around the world. Countries
include; United Kingdom, Germany, The United States of America, Canada,
Australia & New Zealand. Founded in 1976, the Doctor
Who Appreciation Society
is the longest running Doctor Who fan club in
the world, with members across the globe. To celebrate 50 Years of Doctor Who, today will see the publication of our Anniversary Special issue of
Celestial Toyroom, the world’s longest running publication
based on a television programme.
Thanks to DWAS.

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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. I totally agree with those results. Not only is Tom the best Doctor we've ever had, but Donna Noble is the ONLY modern companion worthy of Sarah-Jane's spot as Queen of all Companions. Catherine Tate was phenomenal in the role and it's a shame we only got her for a year.

    Meanwhile, the cardboard cut-out that is Clara continues to stick around the current series….. 🙁

  2. Now, see, I actually really like Matt Smith, and I think he has been getting a bad rap. I think that because his stories are more "adult," and less "kiddie," then he has been written off. I think he is really the best so far at embodying the "spirit" of the doctor.

  3. Don't get me wrong Anon….I consider Matt Smith to be the second-coming of Tom Baker. Eleven is, by far, my second-fave of all time. I just consider Tom Baker to be THE iconic symbol of The Doctor.

    Perhaps they are both the same thing for different generations? 😉

  4. I don't blame Matt, I blame Moffat. He's really ruining the show with his bad writings and poor so-called story arcs.


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