David Tennant, The Tenth Doctor
David Tennant is probably one of the most popular and well loved Doctors in the history of the show, he was the Tom Baker of the post-2005 series and still manages to top polls across the world. If Eccleston introduced a whole new generation to Doctor Who, Tennant is the man who made them fall in love with the show.
He first appeared at the end of The Parting of Ways in June 2005 and left the show five years later on the 1st January 2010 in The End of Time. 47 episodes to his name and a list of adventures that saw him fighting alongside Rose, Martha and Donna as well as a magnitute of other guest companions. He came up against the post-2005 Master (played by John Simm) and fell in love with Rose leaving her with 10.5 (Meta crisis Doctor… Don’t ask if you don’t know.)
So I’m telling you he is one of the most loved Doctors and then we’ve stuffed him at number 9? What’s up with that?!
Quite simple really, as much as we enjoyed David Tennant as a Doctor (and he got an average rating of 7.5, the same as Davison and was only knocked to 9 because others got slightly higher ratings) there were giant parts of the RTD era we didn’t enjoy.
For me I went into the first series with Nine evenly matched, my bias for loving everything with Eccleston in and my bias (long held) of disliking Billie Pipper. When Nine turned into Ten and there was obvious “Romance” between companion and Doctor it made me groan inwardly. That is something a lot of people loved about them, so I don’t dis it, it wasn’t for me.
The stories were also hit and miss but there were a lot more hits then misses, and whether I liked his era or not there were some really adorable, funny, sad and amazing stories in his era.
Probably my favourite story with the Tenth Doctor is The Next Doctor, when it looks like we are meeting a new Doctor but in actual fact we are meeting a man that had the stories and adventures of the Doctor put inside his head (that is a simplistic and probably wrong way of explaining it but I don’t want to get technical.) If anything this and Time Crash makes me excited for the special on Saturday because it shows how well Tennant interacts with other Doctors (even not really Doctor Doctors!) He’s a proper fan of the show and he doesn’t hide that when his Doctor meets other Doctors.
There is much to love about Ten and like Five and Seven it isn’t a nasty reason they are so low, but someone has to be there.