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The Doctor Who's Who: A Guide To The Time Lord's Incarnations Through The Years
The Doctors profiled, vote for your favourite companion and the best episodes to watch

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The Tenth Doctor (David Tennant 2005-2010)

DAVID TENNANT
THE LONELY GOD

 

With a strong start, Doctor Who truly broke into the mainstream thanks to the sheer popularity of David Tennant. The Tenth Doctor, despite still bearing the psychic scars of his previous incarnation, was a livelier, funkier, and, in the eyes of many, sexier version with his floppy hair, big coat and trainers. Another fan of the classic show, Tennant channelled bits of his predecessors to create a crowd-pleasing mixture of energy and moodiness. The relationship between Rose and the Doctor took off here (though some complained about its mushier aspects) and the scope of the show exploded to new levels with adventures all over space and time. The Master returned as David Jacobi (briefly) and then John Simm (triumphantly). Tennant's departure coincided with that of Davies, and proved an emotional wallop for the audience just as much as the character. "I don't want to go…" were his final words. Not a dry eye in the house.
 


COMPANIONS

Rose stayed on, initially unsure of just who this new man is but soon won over completely. Mickey got a look in and Jack joined briefly (though he was busy with Who spin-off Torchwood). We also had Donna Noble (Catherine Tate), who seemed like she'd be a pain in the neck but became one of the best-loved TARDIS occupants, and likeable medical student Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman). Other notable meetings included River Song (Alex Kingston), who would have an even deeper connection with the Eleventh Doctor, and Donna's grandfather Wilfred Mott (Bernard Cribbins), who The Doctor saves by sacrificing his own life. There are also a few one-off folk of note, including Christina de Souza (Michelle Ryan), and Astrid Peth (Kylie Minogue), and we won't even get into the mash-up of companions that is The Stolen Earth/Journey's End.
 

Quick poll: Vote for your favourite Doctor Who companion


FIVE EPISODES TO WATCH

1 The Christmas Invasion
The first big Christmas special gave Tennant a chance to shine despite spending much of it in a coma. His big speech after being woken by hot tea dripping in the TARDIS is still a classic, Lion King reference and all.

2 School Reunion
A touching episode that returns Liz Sladen's Sarah Jane Smith and connects both classic and current Who with ease, charm and true emotion. Even K-9 gets a good role.

3 Army Of Ghosts / Doomsday
Daleks Vs. Cybermen Vs. Torchwood? Kitchen sink time, maybe, but it's all worth it for the heartbreaking farewell between Rose and The Doctor. Even if she has come back a lot.

4 Human Nature / The Family Of Blood
A beautifully different two-part episode, drawn by Paul Cornell from his own Seventh Doctor novel Human Nature. Disguising himself to hide from evil aliens, a human-ised Doctor falls in love.

5 Blink
A memorable classic that makes great use of what were known as 'Doctor-light' episodes. A pre-film-fame Carey Mulligan takes the focus as Sally Sparrow, who encounters the terrifying, time-stealing Weeping Angels.

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I might be missing something but shouldn't John Hurt be on the list as the 9th Doctor? More

Posted by CaptainAwesome on Thursday November 28, 2013, 13:53

2 This was great...
...although I guess **SPOILERS** (sort of) you'll have to re-arrange the numerical order now - and although it was a one-off, I would consider Sally Sparrow to be a companion, and definitely one of my favourites - such a shame that now Carey Mulligan has made it SO big, we're unlikely to see her reprise the role... well, not until the 2025 Children In Need special anyway More

Posted by christofurr on Monday November 25, 2013, 15:41

3 RE: Missed one
L: Morehumanthanhuman I'm not a massive Dr Who fan, but I fail to see why Paul Mcgann gets a mention as the 8th doctor and yet Peter Cushing played the character several times never gets a mention. I loved those films as a kid getting constant repeats during the summer holidays. Peter Cushing played A Doctor, not THE Doctor. And he only did it for 2 TV movies. While the two movies, Doctor Who and the Daleks, and Doctor Who: Daleks Invasion Earth were based on the television series, they are not considered as canon within the main, TV universe. Cushing's Doctor was a human inventor, not a Time Lord. He also invented and built his Tardis, rather then it being the product of Time Lord science. The characters name was also Doctor Who. Who being used as the family/surname, rather then just the title of The Doctor. More

Posted by GrizBe on Monday November 25, 2013, 00:05

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livapr99. There WAS A Christmas Carol for the Doctor. It was called a Christmas Carol and aired on Christmas Day 2010 More

Posted by PaoloCorleone on Sunday November 24, 2013, 20:58

5 Missed one
I'm not a massive Dr Who fan, but I fail to see why Paul Mcgann gets a mention as the 8th doctor and yet Peter Cushing played the character several times never gets a mention. I loved those films as a kid getting constant repeats during the summer holidays. More

Posted by Morehumanthanhuman on Sunday November 24, 2013, 13:39

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Nice handy article :) Also concur that The Girl In The Fireplace and Blink should be in the mix. Still don't understand why Moffatt's more intellectual approach to story-telling is often viewed negatively - beats the dumbed down approach of RTD's run (The Big Red Button Era). I would disagree with the comment on the 10ths Master - Jacobi was fantastic, Simms was pantomime dreadful! RTD's period was often camp, but Simm's Master was better suited to Adam West's Batman. Shame, as he is a great actor usually. More

Posted by sirvolkar on Sunday November 24, 2013, 11:54

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until I saw the bank draft that said $8966, I be certain ...that...my father in law woz like they say truley bringing in money in their spare time on their apple laptop.. there neighbour has done this less than seventeen months and resently paid the dept on there mini mansion and bought a gorgeous Porsche 911. I went here,...JUMP85.COM More

Posted by RachelMcCarter9012 on Sunday November 24, 2013, 02:53

8 Love the article. But...
...it's DEREK Jacobi. Not David. More

Posted by wgfuzzydunlop1 on Friday November 22, 2013, 20:36

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What about 'A Christmas Carol' for the Eleventh Doctor? Overall, though, a good article. More

Posted by livapr99 on Friday November 22, 2013, 18:25

10 Where's K-9?
You forgot the snooty dog thing. Both of them. More

Posted by Sean Alexander on Friday November 22, 2013, 17:23

11 Great Article
Fantastic piece this. Genesis of the Daleks from the Tom Baker era has to be my favourite Doctor Who story, even though I am a huge fan of the modern era shows. Despite the still somewhat wonky sets, Genesis was the first thing on television that showed me that a TV series could have real dramatic depth and still be entertaining. His moral anguish when on the brink of committing genocide is brilliantly played by Tom Baker, off an excellent script. More

Posted by Topper_Harley on Friday November 22, 2013, 00:48

12 Probably one of the best articles you've written for a while...
But I agree with the others. Girl in the Fireplace and Blink defiantely needed to be on the list for the 10th, and A Good Man Goes to War and Vincent defiantely for the 11th. More

Posted by GrizBe on Thursday November 21, 2013, 21:36

13 Great list but....
Great list but for me Girl in the Fireplace & Vincent and the Doctor are 2 of my favourites. Blink is a great episode too and well deserved to be on the list. More

Posted by casheliser on Thursday November 21, 2013, 20:19

14 Amazing Feature
But for the 11th Doctor, I feel "A Good Man Goes To War" should included. It perfectly shows eleven's wit and his amazing sense of showmanship, as well as his wrath. Best 11 episode in my opinion. More

Posted by tommyinglis on Thursday November 21, 2013, 19:23

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Awesome list but there's an episode missing from Tennant's run in my opinion: the awesome Girl in the Fireplace; my favourite tenth stand-alone More

Posted by cahoopuk on Thursday November 21, 2013, 14:53

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Excellent feature and beautifully presented. Thanks. More

Posted by TimEdwards on Thursday November 21, 2013, 13:57

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