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Published on November 17th, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

Tennant & Piper Named Favourite Doctor Who Star Combi

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 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 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:


Best Doctor                                                                    Best Companion

David Tennant                 56.1%                                   Rose Tyler (Billie Piper)                                                              25.09%

Matt Smith                         15.93%                                Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen)                                      15.42%

Tom Baker                         10.05%                                Donna Noble (Catherine Tate)                                                  12.32%

Christopher Eccleston  6.59%                                   River Song (Alex Kingston)                                                        9.09%

Patrick Troughton         2.86%                                   Amy Pond (Karen Gillan)                                                            4.79%

Jon Pertwee                      2.38%                                   Jamie McCrimmon (Fraser Hines)                                          4.1%

Peter Davison                   1.59%                                   Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman)                         3.49%

Sylvester McCoy             1.36%                                   Ace (Sophie Aldred)                                                                      3.09%

Paul McGann                     1.35%                                   Clara Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman)                                 2.65%

William Hartnell             0.9%                                     Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman)                                           2.54%

Colin Baker                        0.88%                                   Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart (Nicholas Courtney)        2.39%


In total 21,384 valid votes were cast in the two polls on in October and November 2013.



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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

14 Responses to Tennant & Piper Named Favourite Doctor Who Star Combi

  1. avatar McCoy says:

    Very shocked at this completely unexpected result…
    They wouldn’t be my top picks, but they’re great.

  2. avatar iLikeTheUDK says:

    Most of the voters probably didn’t watch a lot of Doctor Who BUT the Tennant years…which is sad.

    • avatar iLikeTheUDK says:

      And also, way over half the companions are missing…

  3. avatar BOJAY says:

    I have said before that I believe David Tennant has become the status figure in NuWho relative to Tom Baker’s status in Classic Who. With Eccleston all but cancelling himself out, that still leaves room for the appreciation that is due Matt Smith as well. Ten/Rose did have a complicit sort of “up to no good” sort of vibe to them, a very definite chemistry that was compelling and fun to watch. They were unique. That said, so were Eleven/Amy, and in their own way, Eleven/Clara(s). I’m very much looking forward to the dynamic that will be developing and present between Twelve/Clara. There’s a fresh page to start on there.

    • avatar iLikeTheUDK says:

      Yeah, you’re right about 10 and Rose, but IMO Rose was quite annoying, especially near the end of Series 2.

  4. avatar TimeChaser says:

    Its kind of depressing that Colin Baker got totally burned in this poll. Obviously these people have never heard his work in Big Finish.

    Also, Rose is completely undeserving of the top spot. I would put Lis Sladen, Sophie Aldred and Catherine Tate in the Top 3 before I would ever put Rose even in the Top 10. I kind of agree with others that the people who voted must be majority Ten/Rose fans on not ‘Doctor Who’ fans in general.

  5. avatar iank says:

    The plebians have spoken (vomits).

    • avatar Geoff says:

      There’s no need to be rude about people. Yes it’s true the poll was probably heavily influenced by casual fans and viewers who don’t live and breathe Doctor Who but that doesn’t make them plebs. I happen to think Matt Smiths performance is more layered than David’s and in every episode he takes you though a broader range of emotion but that’s just me. This poll is interesting because as someone else said it shows what a cultural figure David has become. The modern day Tom Baker.

      • avatar zarbisupremo says:

        I think it’s more a case of the David Tennant fangirls hijacking the poll. As much as I love 10 and think David is a top bloke, Tom will always be the daddy of them all.

  6. avatar urgh (a music war) says:

    Fix! I call fix!

    • avatar zarbisupremo says:

      Colin wuz robbed !

  7. avatar zarbisupremo says:

    No Ian, Barbara, Steven, Jo, Leela or Romana. :-(

  8. avatar DonnaM says:

    Obviously an internet poll is going to be dominated by younger people; I’m neither surprised nor disappointed, it’s completely what you would expect! Personally I loved DT’s Doctor, even if Troughton would still have got my vote. As a companion, though…

    Rose became deeply annoying and her many “impossible returns” from her supposedly shut-off parrallel universe only heightened that feeling. Billie’s a wonderful actress, but the character, to me, was a bit “meh”.

    I’d have had Sarah-Jane and Jamie as my top 2, with Donna Noble best of the new era, but hey – my opinion’s worth no more or less than anyone else’s!

  9. avatar dr jon says:

    You have to think the show has been going for fifty years and a lot of the companions and doctors have gone over the years and a lot of fans also.More people will vote for the new who dr’s than past dr’s or companions as they are fresher in their mind and also not as many fans of william hartnell who grew up watching him will be around any more to vote.Also i think patrick throughton did better this year as they have found two story’s of his which were lost and has been in the public eye more over this.And if you look at the polls from long ago the dr’s and companions would be different again with tom baker in first and jon pertwee in second and peter davison or patrick throughton in third. Also if the poll had been done after paul McGann’s minisode he would have been favored more higher in the poll it’s the same with the monsters vote that has changed over the years to, except for the dalek’s as everyone knows about the daleks.It all goe’s on what you as a viewer watched growing up and in years to come it will all change again.

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