NEW YORK, Aug. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Well, it's official, and Peter Capaldi has some pretty big shoes to step into starting next year. How daunting it must be to take over a role that 11 other men have filled - some for a short time and some for years - while at the same time taking on a British icon celebrating its Fifty Year Anniversary this year. And, while each Doctor must make the sonic screwdriver their own, they each take something from the men who embodied previous incarnations – or rather, regenerations – of the Doctor.
So, who should Peter Capaldi draw inspiration from? Among those who have ever watched Doctor Who, the favorite Doctor is actually a tie between the tenth Doctor, David Tennant (16%) and the fourth, Tom Baker (16%), followed by the eleventh and outgoing Doctor, Matt Smith (7%).
Looking at the rest of the Doctors, the second Doctor, Patrick Troughton, is in at number 4 (5%), and then the fifth Doctor, Peter Davison (4%) is ranked, appropriately enough, at #5. Two Doctors each have 3% saying they are favorites – the ninth and the one that "brought the series back," Christopher Eccleston, and the sixth, Colin Baker. The remaining Doctors all have 2% of fans and watchers saying they are their favorites, while over one-third (37%) are not sure.
When it is just Doctor Who fans, there is a clearer picture. Over one-quarter of fans (27%) say David Tennant is their favorite, while one-quarter (24%) choose Tom Baker and one in ten (10%) the outgoing Doctor, Matt Smith.
While there have been many Doctors over the past fifty years, there have been even more companions. Looking at some of the more recent ones, among total viewers asked to choose their top two, Rose Tyler is the favorite (17%), then the "Ponds", Amy and Rory (15%), followed by Donna Noble and Sarah Jane Smith (12% each).
Among fans, Amy and Rory are the favorites (27%) followed closely by Rose (26%), and then Captain Jack Harkness joins Sarah Jane and Donna at 19% each. The Doctor's wife - and the daughter of the TARDIS and the Ponds - River Song and the current companion, Clara Oswin Oswald, come in next with 15% of fans saying they are one of their two favorites, followed by Martha Jones (9%).
And where would the Doctor and his companion be without someone to fight? Some of the villains or monsters are one-offs. They show up and are easily dispatched. But others have a presence. And easily at the top of the list of favorite monster or villain are the Daleks, for both total viewers (28%) and fans (46%). Don't look away, the Weeping Angels are the second favorite villain (18% of total viewers, 26% of fans), followed by the Time Lords (16% and 20%, respectively). For fans, rounding out the top five favorite villains are the Master (16%) and Davros, creator of the Daleks (14%).
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The Harris Poll® #51, August 5, 2013
By Regina A. Corso, SVP, Harris Poll and Public Relations, Harris Interactive
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