David Tennant crowned as most popular Doctor Who before his return for three-part special this November

Tennant still most popular Time Lord according to new poll
  • Doctor Who episodes starring David Tennant receive the highest IMDB rating on average, scoring 8.4 out of 10. 
  • Series 4 has the highest rating of the new era, with Donna Noble as the companion, played by Catherine Tate.  
  • Jodie Whittaker has the lowestrated Doctor Who episodes on average at 6.23 out of 10. 

A new study has revealed David Tennant as the most popular iteration of The Doctor, achieving the highest rated episodes on average since the series was rebooted. 

OnlineCasinos365 analysed the IMDB ratings for all Doctor Who episodes that have aired since 2005 to determine which portrayal of The Doctor achieves the highest rating on average across all their appearances. This study also analysed which series had the highest average rating based on its individual episode ratings.


Who is the most loved Doctor? 

David Tennant, who starred as the 10th Doctor, was found to have the highest-rated episodes on average, at 8.4 out of 10. 

The West Lothian actor has starred in the highest number of Doctor Who episodes, with a staggering 47 appearances in total across several series. This includes his return for the 50th anniversary and several special episodes between 2008 and 2010. Fan favourite Welsh screenwriter, Russell T. Davies, was the show’s primary writer throughout Tennant’s portrayal as the Time Lord. 

Tennant is set to reprise the role of The Doctor for a three-part special in November, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the show. He is expected to regenerate into the show’s 15th Doctor, who will be played by Sex Education star, Ncuti Gatwa, and will lead the series from December. 

Matt Smith, who played the 11th Doctor, ranked second with an average episode rating of 8.15 out of 10. He has appeared in a total of 43 episodes and had the longest series with 14 episodes in Series 7 (15 including the Christmas episode), which ran across 2 years. Steven Moffat was known as the head writer across Smith’s three series as The Doctor 

Christopher Eccleston, who played the 9th Doctor, ranked third with an average episode rating of 7.91 out of 10. Despite starring as the Time Lord for just one series, Eccleston’s Doctor marked the rebirth of the franchise, which hadn’t been broadcast since 1989. 

Peter Capaldi, who starred as the 12th Doctor, came fourth with an average episode rating of 7.81 out of 10. He starred in three series and is the oldest actor to portray the character since the show’s revival. Steven Moffat was the head writer during Capaldi’s stint as The Doctor. 

Jodie Whittaker, who starred as the most recent iteration of The Doctor ranked in fifth place with an average episode rating of 6.23 out of 10. She starred in 31 episodes across 3 series and was the first female portrayal of The Doctor since the show began in 1963. Chris Chibnall was the head writer for these series, who previously worked with Whittaker on ITV drama, Broadchurch. 


Actors who played ‘The Doctor ranked by highest average episode rating 



Doctor Who actor 

Iteration of the Doctor 

Number of episodes 

Average IMDB episode rating (out of 10) 


David Tennant 

10th Doctor 




Matt Smith 

11th Doctor 




Christopher Eccleston 

9th Doctor 




Peter Capaldi 

12th Doctor 




Jodie Whittaker 

13th Doctor 





Which is the best rated series of Doctor Who?


Since 2005, when Doctor Who was relaunched, Series 4 received the highest average episode rating with 8.35 out of 10. The series, which aired on the BBC in 2008, starred David Tennant as the 10th Doctor alongside Catherine Tate as his main companion, Donna Noble. Both actors will reprise their roles for the three-part 60th anniversary special, ahead of Ncuti Gatwa’s series. 

Series 5, which aired throughout 2010, has the second highest average episode rating of 8.08 out of 10. This was Matt Smith’s debut series as The Doctor, and starred companion Amy Pond, played by Karen Gillan, alongside appearances from River Song (Alex Kingston) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill). This series gave new fans an introduction to the franchise, without needing to catch up on the long history of previous Doctors. 

Series 3 shares third place for the highest average rating with 8.05 out of 10. Airing in 2007, David Tennant’s Doctor was joined by Martha Jones, a new companion played by Freema Agyeman. This series featured the return of prominent characters from earlier series, including Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) and The Master (John Simm).

Series 9 also received 8.05 out of 10and starred Peter Capaldi in his second outing as The Doctor. The series, which ran throughout 2015, featured companion Clara Oswald, played by Jenna Coleman. Series 9 ended with Coleman’s departure from the show after three series, with the Doctor losing his memories of her in the finale episode.

Series 1 has the fourth highest average rating with 7.91 out of 10. Airing in March 2005, this was the return of the Doctor Who franchise after a 16-year long hiatus.Audiences were introduced to Christopher Eccleston as the ninth consecutive Doctor alongside companion Rose Tyler, played by Billie Piper. While Eccleston only played the Time Lord for one series, Piper continued the role into the next series alongside David Tennant.

Over 800 episodes of Doctor Who will be coming to BBC iPlayer on November 1st ahead of the new series, along with an eventual presence on Disney+ for viewers outside of the UK.


Doctor Who series by average rating 


Series No. 

Average rating / out of 10 

Iteration of the Doctor 

Main Companion(s) 




Rose Tyler 




Rose Tyler 




Martha Jones 




Donna Noble 




Amy Pond 




Amy Pond, Rory Williams 




Amy Pond, Rory Williams, Clara Oswald 




Clara Oswald 




Clara Oswald 




Bill Potts, Nardole 




Yasmin Khan, Graham O’Brien, Ryan Sinclair 




Yasmin Khan, Graham O’Brien, Ryan Sinclair 




Yasmin Khan, Dan Lewis 



A spokesman for OnlineCasinos365 commented: 

“Considering how popular David Tennant’s portrayal of The Doctor was with fans, it is no surprise that he was asked to return for the 60th anniversary special episodes. 


While Tennant is set to star as the Time Lord for just three episodes, his appearance, combined with returning fan favourite screenwriter Russell T. Davies, is sure to bring back older viewers looking for a hit of childhood nostalgia. 


The show’s companions have become almost as iconic as The Doctor himself. Given Tate and Tennant’s fantastic on-screen chemistry throughout Series 4, the actress was an obvious pick, to reprise her role for the 60th anniversary specials.

(Source Casino365)


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