If you’ve been part of the online world of the Whovian fandom for, well, any length of time (even for, like, just a week) you’ve seen the “Who is YOUR Doctor?” lists and quizzes and arguments that permeate the fandom. With so many different actors having inhabited the role, it’s natural that people will have their favourites and versions they most connect with. Especially during this time between series, what else is there to talk about?
So we’ve decided to phrase the same question but in the opposite direction – who is your LEAST favourite Doctor?
Least favorite? That’s a tough one for me. When it comes to roles that have had multiple people play them, I tend to not dislike any of the performance per se, because each person has brought to life their own version of the character. That being said, there are those versions of said character that I prefer to watch or enjoy the most, time after time.
So just know that this list is fluid. It depends on what I’ve recently seen (The Enemy Of The World) and what I’m feeling any given day. Most especially the Doctors that fall in the middle of this list, the order is not set in stone, although my favourites don’t tend to change much.
The Seventh Doctor
Sylvester McCoy is awesome. His Seventh Doctor? He’s ok. He’s just…there. He doesn’t inspire in me any love or want to see his stories again. Even with a bat wielding, bomb making, kickass chick for a companion.
The Fifth Doctor
Boyish. Charming. Rakish even. He feels like a placeholder, someone to fill the role after the man who became the Doctor left the show, like they knew they could have anyone in the role and people would still watch, so let’s make him pretty! And celery?
The Sixth Doctor
Accuses and throttles his companion. I can get past the costume and that there was so much behind the scenes politics, but I can’t even get through all of Trial Of A Time Lord. The Doctor may be a Madman with a Box, but he’s just a little too mad for me.
The Fourth Doctor
This’ll get me hate, I’m fairly sure. Tom Baker might be the iconic look everyone thinks of when they think Doctor Who, but like the Sixth Doctor, the Fourth Doctor is just too mad for me. And leaving Sarah Jane like that?
The War Doctor
John Hurt is an extraordinary actor. I’ve lost count how many times I’ve seen the Day Of The Doctor, but it’s not because of him. He falls low on my list honestly, not due to anything bad about the War Doctor, but just for knowing he even exists since Eccleston wouldn’t play ball, even for such a momentous occasion. I have dreams of what could have been.
The Eighth Doctor
I don’t hate the Eighth Doctor. His movie is just very ’90s. It’s horribly dated, even more than the older episodes of the show with their sometimes really lame special effects. I did love his little minisode though and I’m glad he got a proper regeneration.
The Second Doctor
Troughton isn’t perfect but has his better moments. Forget Mr. Clever – the dual role of the Doctor and Salamander is genius. He gets kudos for having a male historical companion.
The First Doctor
Hartnell is good. I can get behind the grumpy grandpa vibe. And every once in a while there is that twinkle of mischief in his eyes that belies that in the life of the character, he may look older but he is still quite young. The Aztecs is a good example of this, unintentionally getting hitched over a cup of cocoa, the sly fox.
The Ninth Doctor
Eccleston gets a bad rep because of his effort to distance himself from the show but his Doctor has so many good moments; it’s easy to look past much of that, since it is partly due to how he was treated. I continually find new ways I love his fantastic portrayal.
The Twelfth Doctor
The new guy. He definitely has… something. Thankfully he’ll get at least a second season, if not more, to show us his Doctor.
The Third Doctor
Yes, I’m a nuWhovian, I freely admit that. So yes, my favourites are always going to be the new guys. But when it comes to classic Who, I love me some Third Doctor. The butt kicking, dandy, devilishly handsome older gentleman with a cool car – this isn’t someone’s grandpa. Even his getting stuck here on Earth doesn’t diminish from his awesomeness.
The Tenth Doctor
How do you NOT love David Tennant? Even if you aren’t fond of the egotistical, narcissistic Tenth Doctor, you can’t deny that Tennant acted the heck out of the role. What Tom Baker is to classic Who, Tennant is to nuWho.
The Eleventh Doctor
Yup. Eleven is “My Doctor.” I watched all of nuWho so quickly that for a while, Nine, Ten, and Eleven were ALL “My Doctor.” But as time went on, I found myself so drawn to Matt Smith’s old-man-in-a-young-man’s-body version of the Doctor. His wanting to feel young at hearts but his eyes betraying his age and all that he’s seen – and endured. Some of his finest moments are some of the best of the 50 years of Doctor Who.
There you have it, my list. So who’s your least favourite? Keep the conversation polite and respectful, and like I’ve done above, explain why the Doctor you have chosen is your least favourite (as opposed to disliked – no hating here, please).