The Doctor, up to this point, has been a man who travels through time and space in search of adventure, setting right many wrongs, saving civilizations, and generally destroying creepy alien baddies with the help of his trusted Sonic Screwdriver… er, companions. Yes, I mean companions and Sonic Screwdriver.
Doctor Who has been broadcast for over 50 years and has, until more recently, been solely enjoyed by the Brits. Such a longstanding broadcast has caused the show to weave itself into the fabric of British pop culture, and the growing popularity of the new series has begun to have the same effect in North America. That being said, the Doctor has long been a very desirable role for actors to play. So let’s stop for a moment and consider how well the last few actors have been able to play the Doctor.
Below is a ranking of the most recent actors who have attempted to play the Doctor, some more successfully than others, since the series revival in 2005.
5. Matt Smith (11)
Matt Smith’s 11th Doctor was a complete goofball and emotional wreck. His deep emotional connection to his companions shifted the show away from a space adventure and turned it more into a soap opera with time travel and aliens. Although we can agree that David Tennant’s Doctor really introduced the idea of the “boyfriend” Doctor to the series, through his relationship with his companion Rose, it was, in fact, Matt Smith’s 11th Doctor that really embodied this trend, ad nauseam, for his three season run. Although the 11th Doctor was at times endearing, he lost his connection with the foreign (his alien origins) and with it most of what makes the Doctor the Doctor.