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David Tennant has been ranked as the best ever Doctor Who after fans voted for their favourite actor to have played the lead role.

It comes after Sex Education's Ncuti Gatwa was announced as the latest actor to play the part this week.

He becomes the 14th Time Lord to be cast since the hit show first aired in 1963.

Tennant was ranked number one in a poll by Ranker, collated by the team at Bed Kingdom, which determined who were the best Doctors over the years.

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The Paisley star, who grew up in Ralston, played the 10th doctor for three seasons between 2005-2010.

In the poll, he held 5903 votes as the most popular, almost 1900 ahead of second place Matt Smith.

The least popular to play the lead role, according to the list was Colin Baker who starred in the show between 1984 and 1986.

Last month we told you how Tennant was tipped to return to Doctor Who to replace the outgoing Jodie Whittaker.

However he won't be returning to the Tardis this time.

His portrayal of the much-loved sci-fi character has been extremely popular amongst the Doctor Who fandom.

Tennant received critical acclaim for his complexity and humanity and is considered one of the greatest incarnations of the character.

The BBC went as far as to consider ending the show in 2010, thinking it would fail without Tennant.

Gatwa, the new Doctor recently announced, becomes the first person of colour to play the lead role.

He said: "It feels really amazing. It's a true honour. This role is an institution and it's so iconic. It means a lot to so many people, including myself.

“I feel very grateful to have had the baton handed over and I'm going to try to do my best."

Gatwa will make his debut on the show in 2023.

The full results on the poll by Ranker, voted by fans are shown below:

Position

Actor

Votes

Position

1

David Tennant

5,903

Tenth Doctor - 18 June 2005 – 1 January 2010

2

Matt Smith

4,052

Eleventh Doctor: 1 January 2010 – 25 December 2013

3

Tom Baker

3,173

Fourth Doctor: 8 June 1974 – 21 March 1981

4

Christopher Eccleston

3,045

Ninth Doctor: 26 March – 18 June 2005

5

Peter Capaldi

2,899

Twelfth Doctor: 25 December 2013 – 25 December 2017

6

Jodie Whittaker

2,493

Thirteenth Doctor: 25 December 2017 – 2022

7

John Pertwee

1,645

Third Doctor: 3 January 1970 – 8 June 1974

8

William Hartnell

1,448

First Doctor: 23 November 1963 – 29 October 1966

9

Patrick Troughton

1,348

Second Doctor: 29 October 1966 – 21 June 1969

10

Peter Davison

1,288

Fifth Doctor: 21 March 1981 – 16 March 1984

11

Paul McGann

1,128

Eighth Doctor: 27 May 1996

12

Sylvester McCoy

1,091

Seventh Doctor: 7 September 1987 – 6 December 1989, 27 May 1996

13

Colin Baker

879

Sixth Doctor: 16 March 1984 – 6 December 1986

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