Doctor Who fans seem divided over the regeneration of the Doctor into a woman.
Readers will know that I am not a regular viewer of television, but there are some exceptions. I have been a serious, lifelong fan of Dr. Who. I have watched it avidly for as long as I can remember and seen it wax and wane, and wax again.
I am delighted by the thirteenth Doctor. Since it’s rebirth in 2005 the show has been brave, clever, witty, moving and has broken ground in many ways. I believe Jodie Whittaker to be an inspired choice.I look forward to the new series.
Because her casting seems to have upset as many as it has pleased, I thought I would be mischievous and upset even more fans by giving my own very brief personal view of all the Doctors to date – and a score out of 10. It has to be said that recent Doctors have been better served by writers, budgets and the overall vision – and ironically time has not been kind to those in the middle years particularly.
One – William Hartnell – The original. Grumpy, Irascible. Commanding. Set the bar. 6/10
Two – Patrick Troughton – Intelligent, delightfully eccentric, unpredictable, underrated. 6/10
Three – Jon Pertwee – Establishment, predictable, overrated. 3/10
Four – Tom Baker – Set a new bar. Exciting, narcissistic, bold, unconventional. 7/10
Five – Peter Davison – Nice but dull 5/10
Six – Colin Baker – Enthusiastic but unconvincing 4/10
Seven – Sylvester McCoy – Awful. The nadir of Dr. Who. 0/10
Eight – Paul McGann – Promising but short-lived 5/10
Nine – Christopher Eccleston – A new era. Focussed, intense, intelligent, believable 7/10
Ten – David Tennant – Mercurial, inventive, convincing, emotional, a superb Doctor 8/10
Eleven – Matt Smith – Off beat, sympathetic, likeable, unexpected 6/10
Twelve – Peter Capaldi – Deep, intense, powerful, dark, fallible, resourceful, challenging. My favourite 9/10
I said you wouldn’t like it.
© the author writing as Romantic Dominant
Photo of Jodie Whittaker © BBC