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Old 18-07-2013, 21:07
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Who was the most famous actor to play the Doctor?

c what i did there?

anyway was thinking as to who is perceived to be the most famous actor to have played the role.

After a while i concluded Peter Davidson for the TV
and Peter Cushing for films.
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Old 18-07-2013, 21:10
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John Hurt.

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Old 18-07-2013, 21:14
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John Hurt.

See what I did there?
Cart count him yet, as its no aired
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Old 18-07-2013, 21:15
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David or Christopher.
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Old 18-07-2013, 21:18
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After a while i concluded Peter Davidson for the TV
and Peter Cushing for films.
After a long and arduous process of argument, counter argument and a series of heats to whittle down the competition I would concur with that opinion.



But I could be persuaded otherwise.
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Old 18-07-2013, 21:33
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It depends on how you define fame. Peter Davison and Colin Baker had both had major roles in hugely-successful BBC series. Paul McGann and Christopher Eccleston were more well-known internationally, however, due to their film roles and prestigious TV mini-series.

If we include Peter Cushing, he was undoubtedly the most famous, internationally and domestically.
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Old 18-07-2013, 21:46
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Hartnell has to be in with a hope, surely? Before Doctor Who he had significant roles in Brighton Rock, Carry On Sergeant (for which he received top billing) and This Sporting Life amongst others. Wikipedia lists 70 film credits.

I guess part of it may be that he was mainly in British films, back when Britain had a full-blown film industry? With Hollywood still there to celebrate Hollywood history, the cultural relevance of British films in the 40s, 50s and 60s is easy to forget.
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Old 18-07-2013, 21:48
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John Hurt.

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Cart count him yet, as its no aired
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Old 18-07-2013, 21:50
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Cart count him yet, as its no aired
It said 'Introducing John Hurt as The Doctor', without saying 'Next Time' or 'Coming Soon' or anything like that. So I count him!

Also, you know, I'm feeling contrary.
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Old 18-07-2013, 21:53
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It said 'Introducing John Hurt as The Doctor', without saying 'Next Time' or 'Coming Soon' or anything like that. So I count him!

Also, you know, I'm feeling contrary.
fair enough ,
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Old 18-07-2013, 21:57
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Now its tom baker.
If we are talking at the time its peter Davison.
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Old 18-07-2013, 22:00
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Now its tom baker.
If we are talking at the time its peter Davison.
Yes i was thinking at the Time of there signing.
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Old 18-07-2013, 22:01
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Yeah! Yeah! And Cushing isn't the answer because he didn't even play the Doctor, he played a human scientist called Doctor Who! Ha! Nerd attack!
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Old 18-07-2013, 22:10
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Peter Cushing.
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Old 18-07-2013, 22:15
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I think Paul McGann and Christopher Eccleston were pretty well regarded as actors before landing the role.
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Old 18-07-2013, 22:30
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In terms of gravitas as a well established actor (Hurt aside!) I would say Eccleston!
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Old 18-07-2013, 22:48
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At the specific moment of casting it was probably Peter Davison. ( Although I don't know how many listeners The Navy Lark was getting and knew full well who Pertwee was.). I think it was legally required for everyone in Britain to watch All Creatures Great And Small every blooming week.

But that's bollocks because John Hurt has appeared on screen in costume and speaking lines and credited as The Doctor. And he's famous. Everyone saw his caligula in the seventies and shan't forget it in a hurry.

But on the other hand Peter Cushing is the most famous person ever and he was the Doctor first (unless you're one of those peculiar people who think it doesn't count). Star Wars was headed for dismal failure, but when word got out that the actor who played the human inventor called Doctor Who was the star, the world rushed to buy a ticket. They were a bit puzzled by the screen time given to less important actors, but the happiness generated from his performance was enough to ensure good reviews despite that obvious flaw.
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Old 19-07-2013, 00:30
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If we're not including John Hurt, then I think it must be Peter Davison.
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Old 19-07-2013, 00:47
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Troughton, Pertwee and Davison were all names when they became the doctor. Hartnell was well known and Collin Baker was known off and so was Sylv to as lesser extent.

Its only really been Tom Baker and Matt Smith who were a bit "who are they?"

Overall I would say its a toss up between Eccelston and Davison
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Old 19-07-2013, 03:37
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Yes i was thinking at the Time of there signing.
At a guess I'd say Troughton, who starred in the BBC's original 6-part Robin Hood series and had appeared in numerous TV shows prior to taking on the part of the Doctor, whereas Davison was really just known for All Creatures Great And Small.
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Old 19-07-2013, 08:07
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Troughton, Pertwee and Davison were all names when they became the doctor. Hartnell was well known and Collin Baker was known off and so was Sylv to as lesser extent.

Its only really been Tom Baker and Matt Smith who were a bit "who are they?"

Overall I would say its a toss up between Eccelston and Davison
Personally, I'd never heard of McCoy, Eccleston and Smith. Tennant only because he was in Casanova and Tom Baker from Nicholas & Alexandra and Sinbad. Hartnell, Troughton, Pertwee, Davison, Colin Baker and McGann were all well known from films, TV or radio.

Of course it all depended on what your viewing/listening habits were at the time
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Old 19-07-2013, 08:32
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At a guess I'd say Troughton, who starred in the BBC's original 6-part Robin Hood series and had appeared in numerous TV shows prior to taking on the part of the Doctor, whereas Davison was really just known for All Creatures Great And Small.
And sink or swim. 2 incredibly popular programmes at the time.
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Old 19-07-2013, 10:27
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If it's who were the MOST famous on taking the role, it would be Jon Pertwee, Peter Davison and Christopher Eccleston.
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Old 19-07-2013, 10:27
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Old 19-07-2013, 11:58
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Ah! He has a point you know...

And then there's Joanna Lumley, Mr Bean, etc.


Hartnell was very famous. But McGann I think gets it.

"Hello? We seem to have opened the Eye of Harmony by mistake..."
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