Doctor Who is one of the longest-running sci-fi franchises around. With so many iterations of Doctor Who, many different people have been The Doctor.

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Here are all the people who have been The Doctor in the popular BBC sci-fi show through the years.

Jodie Whittaker

Starting with the latest, and the first-ever female Doctor on Doctor Who, Jodie Whittaker is the Thirteenth Doctor. She took over as the Doctor in 2017 during a Christmas special of Doctor Who.

She is currently portraying the role in the 11th season of Doctor Who and the reception has been amazing.

Peter Capaldi

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As the Twelve Doctor in Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi starred in the popular BBC sci-fi show. He portrayed the role for 3 seasons and went on many adventures through time and space.

Matt Smith

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Matt Smith was the youngest actor to portray the role of The Doctor in Doctor Who, at the age of 27. He went on to star in 3 seasons of the show. He is now most known for his portrayal of Prince Philip in the Netflix smash-hit, The Crown.

David Tennant

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Also portraying The Doctor for 3 seasons, David Tennant was great in Doctor Who until his departure in 2010. He is a very well-liked actor (having appeared in movies like the Harry Potter franchise) and his time on Doctor Who was enjoyed by audiences.

Christopher Eccleston

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He didn’t have the longest run on Doctor Who, having only played The Doctor for one season in 2005. He departed the show so abruptly because he was apparently not very well received by fans of Doctor Who and only portrayed the role for 13 episodes.

Paul McGann

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Paul McGann had the shortest run out of all The Doctors on Doctor Who by only starring in one episode in 1996.  He played The Doctor in a TV movie, which was an attempt to reboot the Doctor Who franchise.

Sylvester McCoy

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He portrayed The Doctor for 3 seasons from 1987 to 1989.

Colin Baker

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He portrayed The Doctor for 3 seasons and was one of the best-dressed Doctors on the popular show. His stint ended in 1986.

Peter Davison

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Peter Davison portrayed the Fifth Doctor from 1984 to 1986 for 3 seasons of Doctor Who. He was a more serious Doctor and the show during his stint had fewer “silly moments”.

Tom Baker

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The longest running Doctor on the show, having played the role for 7 seasons. Tom Baker retired as The Doctor in 1981.

Jon Pertwee

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Jon Pertwee had a decent run as The Doctor on the show, portraying the role for 5 seasons from 1970 to 1973.

Patrick Troughton

Patrick Troughton played The Doctor way back in the day. He was in the popular BBC sci-fi show from 1966 to 1969, portraying the role for 3 seasons.

William Hartnell

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We finally get to the original Doctor. When the show premiered in 1963, the lead character was taken by William Hartnell. He starred in Doctor Who for 4 seasons.

Which of The Doctors from Doctor Who is your favourite? Drop us a comment below and let us know.

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