A Definitive Ranking of the 10 Best Doctors On ‘Doctor Who’

Since 1963, viewers have been dazzled by the classic science fiction TV series that managed to introduce the genre into mainstream pop culture, becoming a cult phenomenon in the process. 

Each week, millions of viewers tuned in to see the adventures of that famous time-traveling alien, the Doctor, played by several actors over the show’s many, many seasons. 

With Internet speculation running rampant about who the next star of Doctor Who will be, we decided to look at some of the most famous incarnations of the character, ranking the 10 best Doctors we’ve seen on Doctor Who so far. 

The First Doctor (William Hartnell, 1963-1966)

The First Doctor may lack the popularity of virtually every Doctor that followed, but there’s no denying Hartnell set the precedence for every actor cast in the title role on the series. 

The Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee, 1970-1974)

Known for his famous velvet smoking jacket and crimson-lined black cape, the Third Doctor may have been theatrical in both his physical actions and appearance, but was every bit the caring, kind-hearted alien fans would come to regard the Doctor as being. 

The Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison, 1982-1984)

At times a tad on the indecisive side, Davison's Doctor was the most open of the early Doctors, frankly and unapologetically addressing his weaknesses and fears with his companions, who he treated more like friends than subordinates.