For only the second time ever, Jewish Doctor Who actor Tom Baker has not won the title of best ever Doctor in a poll by the readers of the sci-fi series’ official magazine.
New Doctor David Tennant, who made his debut at the end of 2005, has beaten Baker into second place, taking 28.2% of the vote compared to 26.5% for 72-year-old Baker.
“The iconic image of Doctor Who has always been of Tom Baker in his floppy hat and long, multi-coloured scarf,” said magazine editor Clayton Hickman, “but it looks like that’s been replaced.”
Baker, who recently enjoyed a career revival thanks to being the voice of Little Britain, is the son of a Jewish sailor who he didn’t see much of during his childhood.
He played the role of the Timelord from 1974 until 1981.
Meanwhile, a recent poll on the BBC News website saw Baker triumphant once again, gaining 43.5% of the votes, beating Tennant who came second with 26%. 11,849 people took part in the survey.
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