Inspired by a series of Facebook posts that I saw, we are going to run through an alphabetical series of Doctor Who-related themes. Today we continue this with the letter P…
(Daily Doctor Who #297)
There are lots of Peters in the world of Doctor Who, but which is my favorite?
This is a tough call, of course. Because there are two really obvious ones, and it’s tough to choose between them…
The Fifth Doctor, and for a long time one of my favorites. He’s also an actor I’ve enjoyed in other things, like All Creatures Great and Small. And he’s continued to impress as the Doctor in Big Finish audio stories
But before I get two excited, there is the other obvious choice…
The Twelfth Doctor! He took a little bit for me to get used to (even though I loved his “attack eyebrows” scene from his first story) but he quickly became a favorite of mine, even threatening to eclipse Matt Smith. His relationship with Clara is one of my favorite Doctor – Companion pairings ever, and in just one story he managed to have deeper chemistry with River Song then either of his predecessors. I think he’s possibly the Doctor who I have seen give the strongest performance in the role, in my favorite episode, Heaven Sent.
If I was forced to choose, I guess I’d give it to Capaldi, but nobody’s got a gun to my head so I’m going to just pick both.
But let’s not forget all the other worthy Peter’s that the franchise has given us.
The forgotten Doctor from the two Dalek movies of the 1960’s!
Often one of the more forgotten companions, Steven Taylor, who adventured with the First Doctor for ten serials.
The actor who played David Campbell in The Dalek Invasion of the Earth–first guy that a companion left the show to get married to
The Meddling Monk–the first Time Lord that we met other than the Doctor (and Susan, presumably), and the first villain to appear in the show more than once.
The first “replacement” Master from The Deadly Assassin
One of the original Dalek voices, who went on to screech out their lines in all of the appearances during the eras of the first two Doctors, as well as voicing Cybermen in their first four serials.
An associate producer, producer and script editor of Doctor Who during the second Doctor’s era.
A writer and director for Doctor Who in the 1980’s.
A Doctor Who director in the 1980’s, including for the multi-Doctor stories The Five Doctors and The Two Doctors. Not to be conused with Peter Moffett, which is Peter Davison’s birth-name.
A composer and sound engineer for Doctor Who, who amongst other things did the arrangements of the opening theme heard from Seasons 18 – 22 of the classic show.
The German voice dubber for Bernard Cribbins (Wilfrid Mott) for one episode in 2007–presumably Voyage of the Damned.
That’s a lot of Peter’s! Thirteen to be precises…a baker’s dozen!
Maybe…a Tom Baker’s Dozen!
Hmm…how many Baker’s have been in Doctor Who? Tom, Colin, Bob, Pip, Jane…
See you next time!