Doctor Who: Every Doctor Ranked From Worst To Best

Let's see how long it takes to royally piss off Doctor Who fans with this list!

Doctor Who Every Doctor Ranked
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Let's put this out there right at the start - there's never going to be a universal consensus on the ranking of the Doctors. Some incarnations become more popular over time, while others sometimes drop down a bit. Therefore, conversations about 'Who is the best Doctor?' will always be had.

Even WhoCulture itself isn't free of this change in ranking - check out our earlier attempt at this list here.

Whether we're counting the 13 main incarnations, or some of the alternate Doctors who have appeared over the years, it's clear that each of them have their own strengths and weaknesses, but overall, there are some who will rise above the others. For instance, Jackson Lake is the greatest Doctor of them all, and we will not be taking any questions at this time.

Oh, we have to continue? Fine, but all of the other Doctors are merely plain imitations of the man who coined the designation of TARDIS - Tethered Aerial Release Developed In Style.

Honestly, we really wish that was true. But Jackson Lake, along with Rowan Atkinson, Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant, Hugh Grant, and Joanna Lumley, won't qualify for this list, wonderful as they are. But let us never forget their contributions to Doctor Who lore!

At the time of writing, the Fourteenth Doctor has only uttered three versions of the same word, so he'll have to wait for a future list too!

Anyway... allons-y!

18. The Metacrisis Doctor/DoctorDonna (David Tennant/Catherine Tate)

Doctor Who Every Doctor Ranked
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Journey's End saw both the end of the fourth series of the revival, and the end of Donna Noble's travels with the Doctor. Thanks to the Doctor's handy spare hand, the audience is granted a duplicate of David Tennant, along with an entirely new Doctor - the DoctorDonna.

This appearance had been teased throughout the series, and left jaws on the floor when the change took place. However, Russell T Davies apparently decided that not enough hearts had been broken, so we soon learned why there had never been a human/Time Lord metacrisis before - there couldn't be.

The issue with this pair of incarnations is that it feels more like an attempt to give Rose Tyler a happy ending, while ensuring that Donna gets a tragic ending. Added to this, the Metacrisis Doctor knowingly commits genocide against the Daleks, making it hard to truly root for him. These two also aren't that different from their original characters of Ten and Donna.

While seeing two Tennants on Bad Wolf Bay is certainly memorable, these incarnations actually leave the audience a little sad, placing them at the bottom of this list. The banter between them was great though!

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