Zoo Boy's idea, but it's a darn good one!
This thread is for all thoughts & discussions about Doctor Who.
Kicking off, I'm going to do what is possibly the most contentious thing any Whovian can do: put the Doctors in order of my personal preference!
1. Tom Baker. With Troughton's charm and Pertwee's authority, Baker was the perfection of the form. No Doctor before or since has ever quite managed to blend the two so completely. Mostly good to great companions and a lot of time in the role helped.
2. Matt Smith. A superb character actor, Smith can be flamboyant and subtle at the same time. Very much the old man in a young man's body, he has a lot of great stories and some terrific companions, but it's Smith himself who sells the idea of the Doctor as someone who would like to be human, but is not. Has the charm, but lacks authority.
3. Jon Pertwee. The action Doctor! Pertwee's Doctor gets into more fights, car chases and general mayhem than all the rest put together, probably. As a master of Venusian Aikido, this Doctor is no pushover! All of his companions are great and Pertwee has both charm and authority in abundance. The last of the great villains - The Master - first appeared in his run.
4. Patrick Troughton. The Cosmic hobo. It is a source of great sadness to me that the BBC managed to lose so much of Troughton's run, as every story I've seen with him in is excellent. Most of his companions are good, and Troughton himself has charm in abundance, though he rather lacks the authority. This Doctor tends to muddle through by the skin of his teeth.
5. David Tennant. Companions range from the great to the godawful, as do Tennant's stories, which costs him a higher place. A terrific actor, with a lot of charm and enough authority to carry the role, Tennant has featured in some of the best stories of the new era - and some of the worst.
6. Christopher Ecclestone. One season, which established how great a Doctor Ecclestone was. Unfortunately, he then left. While I loved Ecclestone's Doctor, I could not place him higher on the strength of a single season. Very charming, but not very authoritative.
7. Sylvester McCoy. At his best, a sneaky, conniving, Machiavellian swine who had won before the game had even begun. Unfortunately, it took a while to get to that McCoy, with many of his earlier stories being poor. Not helped by the fact that the BBC had it in for Doctor Who at that time. Has one great companion and one who is really bad. Not really charming or authoritative, just sneaky.
8. Colin Baker. Baker had a lot of charm and authority, and his performance was incredibly flamboyant. His stories weren't always very good, though, which is a shame.
9. Peter Davison. Davison had charm but no authority, and often came off as rather bland, as did his companions. What was worse, the BBC were in full on delusional mode with regards to the FX they could render, resulting in some truly painful stories.
10. William Hartnell. The first Doctor was more a tour guide for his companions for much of his run than the lead, and while he had both charm and authority, I don't think the BBC had really grasped just what they could do with the idea of a time travelling protagonist yet. Nonetheless, Hartnell has some great stories. I just never warmed to his Doctor, who always seemed very self centred in the stories I've seen.
11. Paul McGann. One dreadful tele-movie and a five minute short means I can't really place McGann other than on the bottom, but from the short, oh what a great Doctor he could have been!
As a final note, I would like to add that there are no bad Doctors, but there have been many terrible stories and a few dreadful companions.