More than eight million viewers tuned in for the first episode of the new series of Doctor Who on Sunday, with Jodie Whittaker winning rave reviews as the first female Time Lord. Troughton completed a three-year stint as The Doctor and then appeared in multiple sci-fi films and TV shows. Baker had already appeared in Doctor Who, as Commander Maxil in 1983, before he was cast in the lead role. His tenure as the Doctor was a difficult one, “Marred by the battle of the production team with BBC leadership who hoped to see the series die”, says Mental Floss. Eccleston helped create a new generation of Doctor Who fans in the show’s revival in 2005, which saw it become one of the largest TV franchises in the world. Scottish actor Tennant was voted the best ever Doctor by Digital Spy readers in in 2013 and 2015. Prior to his Doctor Who debut, Capaldi was perhaps best known for his role as foul-mouthed spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in political comedy The Thick of It. By contrast, his take on The Doctor was “Mellowed”, and became “One of the most complex and layered” in the show’s history, says Digital Spy.

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