> Skip to content

Article  •  30 May 2016


Who’s your doctor?

Watch the TV series, read the books and rate your favourite Doctors.

The Wise First Doctor: Portrayed by William Hartnell
Signature item: Walking cane
Catchphrase: ‘Mm? What’s that, my boy?’
Best baddies: The Daleks, the Cybermen, The Mad Monk
Most notable Companion: Susan Foreman
Classic book: Ten Little Aliens

The Cunning Second Doctor: Portrayed by Patrick Troughton
Signature item: Recorder
Catchphrase: ‘When I say run, run. RUN!’
Best baddies: The Ice Warriors, The Yeti, Dalek Emperor
Most notable Companion: Jamie McCrimmon
Classic book: Dreams of Empire

The Charming Third Doctor: Portrayed by Jon Pertwee
Signature item: ‘Bessie’, his yellow car
Catchphrase: ‘Reverse the polarity of the neutron flow.’
Best baddies: The Autons, The Master, The Sontarans
Most notable Companion: Sarah Jane Smith
Classic book: Last of the Gaderene

The Manic Fourth Doctor: Portrayed by Tom Baker
Signature item: That scarf
Catchphrase: ‘Would you care for a jelly baby?’
Best baddies: Davros, The Zygons, Borusa
Most notable Companion: K–9
Classic book: Festival of Death

The Crusading Fifth Doctor: Portrayed by Peter Davidson
Signature item: Celery stalk on his lapel
Catchphrase: ‘Brave heart, Tegan.’
Best baddies: The Black Guardian, Omega, Kamelion
Most notable Companion: Adric
Classic book: Fear of the Dark

The Egotistical Sixth Doctor: Portrayed by Colin Baker
Signature item: Patchwork coat
Catchphrase: ‘Mmm I wonder…Aha!’
Best baddies: The Rani, The High Council of Time Lords
Most notable Companion: Peri Brown
Classic book: Players

The Shrewd Seventh Doctor: Portrayed by Sylvester McCoy
Signature item: Umbrella with question mark handle
Catchphrase: ‘Somewhere there’s danger, somewhere there’s injustice, somewhere else, the tea’s getting cold.’
Best baddies: The Gods of Ragnarok, Renegade Daleks
Most notable Companion: Ace
Classic book: Remembrance of the Daleks

The Debonair Eighth Doctor: Portrayed by Paul McGann
Signature item: Anything he can steal
Best baddies: The Master
Most notable Companion: Grace Holloway
Classic book: Earthworld

The Tortured Ninth Doctor: Portrayed by Chriostopher Eccelston
Signature item: Leather jacket
Catchphrase: ‘Fantastic!’
Best baddies: The slitheen, Bad Wolf Corporation
Most notable Companion: Rose Tyler
Classic book: Only Human


The Noble Tenth Doctor: Portrayed by David Tennant
Signature item: Glasses
Catchphrase: ‘Brilliant!’
Best baddies: Ood, The Weeping Angels, Harold Saxon
Most notable Companion: Donna Noble
Classic book: Beautiful Chaos

The Paradoxical Eleventh Doctor: Portrayed by Matt Smith
Signature item: Fez
Catchphrase: ‘Bow ties are cool.’
Best baddies: The new Daleks, The Silence, The Great Intelligence
Most notable Companion: Amy Pond
Classic book: The Silent Stars Go By

The Impossible Twelfth Doctor: Portrayed by Peter Capaldi
Signature Item: Electric Guitar, Sonic Sunglasses
Catchphrase: I'm not a hugging person (or variants of)
Best Baddies: Missy, Ashildr (Me)
Most Notable Companion: Clara Oswald
Classic Book: Doctor Who: Royal Blood

More features

See all
Books recommended by Marian Keyes

If you love Marian Keyes, you might also enjoy these books. See the titles she’s praised publicly and get ready to add them to your ‘must read’ list.

A guide to Marian Keyes

Want to read Marian Keyes’s books but aren’t sure where to start? Check out this run-down on the bestselling author and her many wonderful works.

An Inheritance Games series explainer

Learn about the Inheritance Games series, how the books relate to each other and the correct order in which to read them.

Look inside Creating Effective Spaces

Natasha Swinger, the creator behind the @effectivespaces Instagram has released a book to help you organise everything in your life. Sneak a peek here.

The best books to read with your book club in autumn 2024

These are the Penguin Random House books that over 80,000 book clubs voted as the best group reads this month.

Generate a husband

Generate a husband in honour of Holly Gramazio’s debut novel, The Husbands.

8 tips for aspiring authors from Morris Gleitzman

Morris Gleitzman shares his top tips for writers ahead of his new book, Tweet.

Natasha Swingler shares her #1 tip for starting your decluttering journey

We caught up with the creator behind @effectivespaces to learn about her upcoming book.

A brief guide to Gregg Hurwitz’s Orphan X series

Everything you need to know about Evan Smoak – known as Orphan X – and the books that follow his complex life.

The series adaptation of A Gentleman in Moscow is almost here!

Eight years after the book was first published, fans of A Gentleman in Moscow will finally be able to see Count Rostov on screen.

What are writers' festivals like? A book publisher shares

Go behind the scenes at Adelaide Writers' Week with publisher Meredith Curnow.

Meet the characters from The Tea Ladies

Meet the tea ladies from Amanda Hampson’s Tea Ladies series.

Looking for more articles?

See all articles