Doctor Who has been around for quite a long time and there’s been quite a few Doctor Whos in that period as well. While some have been quite successful, others have been the exact opposite. And since the show has existed for so long, it’s hard to remember who did what.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane and look at all the Doctor Who versions we’ve had, from worst to best. We’re going to leave the movie-only Doctor Who variations out, since the Doctor Who movies generally aren’t all that good to begin with.
Colin Baker (The Sixth Doctor)
The 80’s were already a pretty weird period, but a Doctor Who dressed in a colorful suit was never really going to work. And it didn’t – the ratings absolutely tanked at this time in history.
Sylvester McCoy (The Seventh Doctor)
While not as bad as the previous one, he was the result of the showrunners trying to do something different after the ratings had started tanking.
Patrick Troughton (The Second Doctor)
Honestly, the only good thing Patrick did was humanize Doctor Who and prepare people for the fact that multiple actors would be playing the role in the future.
William Hartnell (The First Doctor)
I mean, it was the sixties, the man did what he could. Back then they sadly forgot to make Doctor Who somewhat human-like, which really made his character a bit more bland.
Peter Davison (The Fifth Doctor)
The first real “light” doctor, this one was considered to be very popular among viewers.
Jon Pertwee (The Third Doctor)
Jon was the first one to bring an action edge to Doctor Who’s character. It almost turned him into a weird James Bond, but it did turn him into a proper guardian for humanity.
Christopher Eccleston (The Ninth Doctor)
Look, having to revive a TV character sixteen years after it went off the air, that’s rough. While he wasn’t the best Doctor Who by any standard, the fact that he had the balls to do this actually puts him this high on the list.
Peter Capaldi (The Twelfth Doctor)
Maybe a tad too dark or serious, but Peter sure has managed to win over audiences regarding his take on Doctor Who.
Tom Baker (The Fourth Doctor)
The longest actor to play the role, it’s hard to not notice how much fun the actor had while doing his somewhat weirder take on the Doctor.
Matt Smith (The Eleventh Doctor)
Matt was the youngest actor to play the role of the Doctor and he was probably the most popular one. During his run, the show gained a much broader audience.
Jodie Whittaker (The Thirteenth Doctor)
Being the first female to play the Doctor sure mustn’t have been easy, but Jodie has almost made us forget that for the last 50 years, Doctor Who has always been a man.
David Tennant (The Tenth Doctor)
I mean, this guy is the ultimate Doctor, isn’t he? His run is generally considered to be the best of Doctor Who, and it’s hard to argue with that.