Jon Pertwee, The Third Doctor
So, you guessed it right. Jon Pertwee came out as top of our Doctor Poll.
We’ve had the most beloved Doctors fall to one that, to us, doesn’t seem to be remembered much nowadays.
There is so much more to the Pertwee years then the Third Doctor though, just so much more.
After being sent in exile on Earth the Doctor got a job, he worked for UNIT and made friends, the UNIT family was born.
For us Pertwee was THE Hero growing up, the Doctor is always the Doctor but Pertwee just had something a little more special about him.
Pertwee was my mums Doctor so it was only natural that most of the Doctor Who I encountered at a young age was Three’s era and with age I’ve grown to love it more and more.
I liked how not only did we get a companion who pushed the Doctor back a step when he was over bearing, we got a whole team. When the Doctor started his whole “Well it would be so much easier for you to understand if you were me” stuff a whole group of people who loved him collectively rolled their eyes and shook their heads. There was something so magical about it and so innocent too.
Pertwee played a fatherly figure as well as making the Doctor more like a spy, unlike James Bond he relied on technology and his own smarts but a spy he still seemed to be. Personally I think he was the inspiration for Austin Powers with his crushed velvet, karate and witty one liners.
One thing that always surprised me is how even when his travelling was taken away there was still so much going on. And he grew to love being there as well, of course he is a born traveller so was bound to be off when he could, but he really honestly loved his little group and it showed. Especially in the heartbreaking final moments with Jo before she suddenly decided to run off with someone else.
Everything about the Pertwee era just excites us, we love watching his episodes we love the family vibe and we love his Doctor, so many times we see him ignored when people talk about great Doctors but we really do believe he is one of the finest.