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The best Doctor:

by Petruchio (Vicar)
on Jun 29, 2007 at 18:15 UTC ( #624131=poll: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

vote on The best Doctor:

William Hartnell
[bar] 20/4%
Patrick Troughton
[bar] 12/2%
Jon Pertwee
[bar] 33/6%
Tom Baker
[bar] 136/24%
Peter Davidson
[bar] 8/1%
Colin Baker
[bar] 11/2%
Sylvester McCoy
[bar] 33/6%
Paul McGann
[bar] 3/1%
Christopher Eccleston
[bar] 38/7%
David Tennant
[bar] 55/10%
Doctor Who?
[bar] 211/38%
560 total votes
Comment on The best Doctor:
Re: The best Doctor:
by archfool (Monk) on Jun 29, 2007 at 18:24 UTC
    I still had to vote Tom Baker, even though Sylvester McCoy was awesome. It was his scriptwriters who sucked more than half the time! =sigh=
Re: The best Doctor:
by gregor42 (Parson) on Jun 29, 2007 at 18:52 UTC

    Tom Baker is my nostalgic choice, being the first Doctor I found....

    But I voted for Christopher Eccleston, because the man can act.



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      I do have to agree. PLAIN dress for one. But boy... did that Doctor have PROBLEMS. Major mental problems. FANTASTIC!
Re: The best Doctor:
by Gavin (Canon) on Jun 29, 2007 at 18:58 UTC
    There is only one "Dr"
    William Hartnell
    All the others are re-generations!
Re: The best Doctor:
by poqui (Deacon) on Jun 29, 2007 at 19:10 UTC
    I also had to vote for Tom Baker, because he was the first Doctor I had found.

    Care for a Djelibebi?

    But there were none I really disliked.

    It *was* funny to see Barty Crouch as the Doctor; and the episode where Moaning Myrtle was a paving stone.
Re: The best Doctor:
by educated_foo (Vicar) on Jun 29, 2007 at 20:20 UTC
    M-x doctor, of course!
    Re: The best Doctor:
    by shmem (Canon) on Jun 29, 2007 at 20:21 UTC
      The best Doctor? Nature, as in "some wild lonely place at four o'clock sunday morning". 'Til six.

      --shmem

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    Re: The best Doctor:
    by Trizor (Pilgrim) on Jun 30, 2007 at 06:42 UTC
      You forgot about Dr. House. It must be lupus then.
        It's never lupus.

        --
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    Re: The best Doctor:
    by naikonta (Curate) on Jun 30, 2007 at 11:04 UTC
      I can't really decide which one is the best between Huxtable and (Patch) Adams. Beside being doctors, the former is a real entertainer, the latter is very humanist.

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    Re: The best Doctor:
    by blazar (Canon) on Jun 30, 2007 at 14:40 UTC

      Funny, I didn't know any of them but Doctor Who?, and even then mostly as a cultural phenomenon - which is why my vote was cast on that. And then Dr. House, mentioned by Trizor, but to be fair I've never ever really watched a single episode after all.

      If it were for me, the best doctor is The Doctor. Eventually, rumors are that some Perl 7 code is hidden deep inside his holographic subroutines. Probably this is much more relevant to his outstanding personality than is generally acknowledged.

        Funny, I didn't know any of them but "Doctor Who?"

        They are the actors that played the various incarnations of Doctor Who's Doctor.

          No, really?
          :P

          Cannot believe anyone voted for Sylvester McCoy. He was feeble.

          Trivia point - some of Patrick Troughton's great-grandchildren are at school with my daughter!

    Re: The best Doctor:
    by Popcorn Dave (Abbot) on Jun 30, 2007 at 19:52 UTC
      I voted for Tom Baker as he was the first on that I saw on our local PBS channel, but I would give high props to Christoper Eccleston , Peter Davidson and Sylvester McCoy.

      David Tennant isn't bad, but the scriptwriting seems a bit political for a kid's show. I honestly haven't seen enough of Tennant to give him a thumbs up or down.


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    Re: The best Doctor:
    by jesuashok (Curate) on Jul 02, 2007 at 03:02 UTC

      Who are all those people ? those list seems to be westerners names. what to do ?
      Better not to Vote. hahahahaha

    Re: The best Doctor:
    by qsl (Scribe) on Jul 02, 2007 at 03:52 UTC
    Re: The best Doctor:
    by DrHyde (Prior) on Jul 02, 2007 at 09:23 UTC
      I voted for Eccleston, not because he's the best but because he's the least bad. They *all* suck.
    Re: The best Doctor:
    by Polonius (Friar) on Jul 02, 2007 at 10:33 UTC

      Hmm - tricky one this. I see the recent series (Eccleston and Tennant) as so very different from what went before it's comparing apples and elephants. The old doctors had to make do with such crappy sets (I believe at one time the budget for scenery was two hundred GBP/episode), they had to play it tongue in cheek. The new doctors take themselves much more seriously.

      If I have to choose one, it has to be Baker (Tom, not Colin), with Troughton getting an honourable mention. Of the recent two, I'd give Tennant the edge - Eccleston is a touch too grumpy. But both are good, and the difference in writers is more significant - give me Steven Moffat over Russell T. Davies any day.

      Polonius
        You must have been too young! and missed the early episodes with William Hartnell in the 60ís the black and white filming gave a claustrophobic and atmospheric feel the Daleks were really scary then, they seem almost comical now in the 00ís by comparison!

        Gavin
        I remember seeing a Tom Baker episode and realizing that one of the props was a humidifier we had, except it was painted gold in an attempt to make it look like a piece of computing machinery. Ah, the days of aluminum foil covered boxes. Cue the analog synths and the dramatically slowly walking monsters.
        perl -e 'split//,q{john hurl, pest caretaker}and(map{print @_[$_]}(joi +n(q{},map{sprintf(qq{%010u},$_)}(2**2*307*4993,5*101*641*5261,7*59*79 +*36997,13*17*71*45131,3**2*67*89*167*181))=~/\d{2}/g));'
        > give me Steven Moffat over Russell T. Davies any day.

        Yup.

        Though I don't agree about Eccleston being grumpy - far from it. And I find Tennants endless gurning annoying.

        A couple of excellent stories like 'Fathers day', 'The Empty child' and 'Dalek' but a lot of the new Doctors stories are not very good and are often derivative.

        Also I think the new Doctor Who stories are adversely affected by the BBC's endless multi-cultural political bias. The Madame Pompadore story where her best friend was of African descent was a classic example. A multi-cultural 18th Century - amazing.

          Though I don't agree about Eccleston being grumpy - far from it. And I find Tennants endless gurning annoying.

          You know, I may have done Eccleston an injustice. The funny thing is, although it's not very long since I've seen them, I actually don't remember his performances very well. (That probably says more about my incipient senility than about him - and I do remember being blown away by The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances.) I should make a point of watching him again.

          Polonius
    Reaped: Re: The best Doctor:
    by NodeReaper (Curate) on Jul 02, 2007 at 10:45 UTC
    Re: The best Doctor:
    by Discipulus (Deacon) on Jul 02, 2007 at 11:14 UTC
      some ones remember Doctor WHO ??

      but the best doctor if u are ill is definitively Gregory House

      Lor*
        I chose Dr. WHO? because of the 'max headroom' pirating incident.
    Re: The best Doctor:
    by wolfger (Deacon) on Jul 02, 2007 at 11:39 UTC
        Personally, I was thinking more of Dr. Teeth :-)
          Ha! My wife and the boys recently got me a "Dr Teeth and the Electric Mayhem: World Tour '78" t-shirt from Target. They kept asking me to act like Animal.

          Or the Swedish Chef.

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          - Chick McGee

    Re: The best Doctor:
    by tweetiepooh (Friar) on Jul 02, 2007 at 14:17 UTC
      I went for Jon Pertwee as he was the one around when I was a child of suitable scared age.

      They all have their pluses and minuses and one of the good things is that the new incarnations don't have to be like the previous. Makes for some really good fun when the supporting actors haven't changed.

    Re: The best Doctor:
    by Grey Fox (Chaplain) on Jul 02, 2007 at 15:30 UTC
      Hi All
      Great poll; I voted for Tom Baker mostly because he was the first Dr, that I had started watching in the 80's when it first made the US. But I have to say Chris Eccleston realy gave it a run for the money. Very gritty.
      I have really been enjoying the new episodes.
      -- Grey Fox
      "We are grey. We stand between the darkness and the light" B5
    Re: The best Doctor:
    by Anonymous Monk on Jul 03, 2007 at 02:37 UTC
      You forgot the "I'm not qualified to judge" option, for those who've seen but one or two.
    Re: The best Doctor:
    by jkva (Chaplain) on Jul 03, 2007 at 10:37 UTC
      What about doctor Kevorkian?

      Whoops, misunderstood the poll. My bad.
    Re: The best Doctor:
    by art0rz_ (Acolyte) on Jul 03, 2007 at 10:51 UTC
      Wikipedia ;)
    Re: The best Doctor:
    by Ben Win Lue (Friar) on Jul 03, 2007 at 13:20 UTC
      I voted for McCoy.

      But I thougt his first names were Leonard Horatio "Bones".
      Who was Sylvester McCoy?
      Who is the real McCoy?

    No Peter Cushing?
    by macrobat (Beadle) on Jul 04, 2007 at 21:30 UTC
      Peter Cushing isn't on the list. From the movie Daleks Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. I'm not saying he's the best (although I'm fond of his work for Hammer), but he should at least be an option.
        Since McGann made the list I think you are right, Cushing should have been on the list too. I remember my dad took me to see this film in 1982 or 1983. At the time I liked it because it (ergo the Daleks) were in color, and at the time we only had a small black and white TV.
    Re: The best Doctor:
    by kwaping (Priest) on Jul 05, 2007 at 15:24 UTC
      My choice isn't in the list: Valentino Rossi, Il Dottore.

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    Re: The best Doctor:
    by tbone1 (Monsignor) on Jul 05, 2007 at 19:12 UTC
      How about Dr. Johnny Fever?

      "Thanks for that on-the-spot report, Les. For those of you who just tuned in, the Pinedale Shopping Mall has just been bombed with live turkeys. Film at 11."

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        "As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!". - Les Nesmith.
          Actually, it was Mr. Carlson (played by the late Gordon Jump) who said that; and the newsman's name was Les Nesman.

          But yeah, that might have been the funniest moment in TV history. Outside of politics, of course.

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    Re: The best Doctor:
    by SirBones (Friar) on Jul 06, 2007 at 18:10 UTC

      J.

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    Re: The best Doctor:
    by tubaandy (Chaplain) on Jul 10, 2007 at 20:54 UTC
      I voted for Mr. Eccleston, although Jon Pertwee is an incredibly close second (as the first Dr. I watched from the series). Paul McGann was great in the Fox movie, and who doesn't like Tom Baker? Anyone read the Marvel comic with him in it? One guy who wasn't on here was Peter Cushing, who played the Dr. in two early movies (and was the guy who got me started). Sorry he wasn't on the list!

      Nice work Petruchio!

      tubaandy
    Re: The best Doctor:
    by syphilis (Canon) on Jul 11, 2007 at 12:44 UTC
      Wasn't it "Peter Davison" (not "Peter Davidson") that followed on from Tom Baker ?

      I could be wrong ...

      Cheers,
      Rob
          Or you might be right . . .

          Whooo ... could be !! (Not unprecedented ... but happens only rarely :-)

          Cheers,
          Rob
          Peter Davison played The Doctor between 1982-1984 according to the BBC.
    Re: The best Doctor:
    by apl (Monsignor) on Jul 13, 2007 at 11:49 UTC
      For dark humor, you can't go wrong with Dr. Strangelove. "They're polluting our vital bodily fluids!"

      For old fogeys like me, there's also Dr. Kildaire and Dr. Ben Casey.

      And if you enjoy comic books (I do), there's always Dr. Fate or Dr. Strange ...

      And Dr. Demento! How could I Have forgotten him?
    Re: The best Doctor:
    by Anonymous Monk on Jul 14, 2007 at 23:52 UTC
      Even though he(?) hasn't been here for the past year, Dr. Mu.

      ;)
    Re: The best Doctor:
    by Andrew_Levenson (Hermit) on Jul 17, 2007 at 14:50 UTC
      Perry Cox!
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    Re: The best Doctor:
    by blue_cowdawg (Prior) on Jul 18, 2007 at 14:43 UTC

      But what about Dr Crusher? McCoy? Doctor Evil? After all it took Doctor Evil ten frikken' years of evil medical school to get where he is! Mwahahahaha!


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    Re: The best Doctor:
    by bassplayer (Monsignor) on Jul 20, 2007 at 19:32 UTC
    Re: The best Doctor:
    by jgamble (Pilgrim) on Jul 20, 2007 at 22:53 UTC

      I doubt this would affect anyone's vote, but Richard Hurndall should also get a mention for his work playing the first doctor, as Hartnell had passed on at that point.

    Re: The best Doctor:
    by Anonymous Monk on Aug 18, 2011 at 17:56 UTC
      David tennant is the only doctor and always the best doctor .sexy and the english accent he has for the doctor could listen to that all day . come back david miss you.
    Re: The best Doctor:
    by blue_cowdawg (Prior) on Aug 18, 2011 at 18:08 UTC

      Ten fricken' years and evil doctor school....

      Dr Evil of course!!!


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