David Tennant and Billie Piper have been voted the nation’s favourite Doctor and companion of all time in a poll of more than 20,000 RadioTimes.com readers to mark the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.
In a surprisingly obvious result, Tennant romped home in the best Doctor vote attracting 56% of the vote. Despite picking up a healthy 15%, incumbent Doctor Matt Smith was left a distant second, narrowly ahead of classic Who icon Tom Baker (10%) who played the Fourth Doctor between 1974 and 1981.
Christopher Eccleston, meanwhile, took fourth place, with a little under seven per cent of the vote, while no other Doctor managed to get above three per cent of the vote; Colin Baker finished bottom of the pile with less than one percent of fans selecting him as their favourite star.
Says RadioTimes.com Editor Tim Glanfield
Not even parallel dimensions can keep the Doctor and Rose apart. It’s clear from the results of our poll that they define a golden era of Doctor Who and helped introduce a whole new generation to the show – how fitting that they’ll be reunited next week for the 50th anniversary special.
In the companions vote, Rose Tyler actress Billie Piper topped the best companion poll, with a quarter of all votes. Behind her, the late Elisabeth Sladen, who played Sarah Jane Smith alongside Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker between 1973 and 1976 came second with 15 per cent of the vote. Sladen, who died in April 2011 aged 65, is also fondly remembered for reprising the character in spin-off series K-9 and Company, and latterly The Sarah Jane Adventures which ran for five series on CBBC.
Third was actress and comedian Catherine Tate, with nine percent of the vote, followed by Alex Kingston (River Song) and then Karen Gillan (Amy Pond). Surprisingly current companion Jenna Coleman, who plays Clara Oswald, could only manage ninth position in the poll behind John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness) and Sophie Aldred, Sylvester McCoy’s companion, Ace.
Here are the results in full:
David Tennant 56.1% Rose Tyler (Billie Piper)
Matt Smith 15.93%
Tom Baker 10.05%
Christopher Eccleston 6.59% River Song (Alex Kingston)
Patrick Troughton 2.86% Amy Pond (Karen Gillan)
Jon Pertwee 2.38% Jamie McCrimmon (Fraser Hines)
Peter Davison 1.59% Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) 3.49%
Sylvester McCoy 1.36% Ace (Sophie Aldred)
Paul McGann 1.35% Clara Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman) 2.65%
William Hartnell 0.9% Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman)
Colin Baker 0.88% Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart (Nicholas Courtney) 2.39%
In total 21,384 valid votes were cast in the two polls on RadioTimes.com in October and November 2013.