The Tenth Doctor Voted Best TV Character of the 21st Century

Digital Spy asked and you have emphatically answer; the Tenth Doctor has been voted your absolute favourite TV character of the 21st century so far…in the world! Ever! (okay, I added those last parts but it just felt it was lacking a little hype, you know).

In the end, over 241,000 votes were cast, and naturally, fan factions heeded the call to arms and rallied around their hero and with a whopping 35,000 votes, David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor came out on top, narrowly beating Supernatural‘s Castiel (Misha Collins) with 32,000.

Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock came in a distant third with 13,000 votes while in fourth was Mads Mikkelsen’s Hannibal Lecter while Peter Dinklage’s Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones came fifth.

Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Buffy Summers was the highest female character in sixth place.

“BUT!” I hear you, “Why is it the Tenth Doctor and not just the Doctor? Did someone really want the Tenth Doctor to win?” and my answer is “Welcome to fandom!” *blows a tiny triumphant trumpet*

The top 20 in full:

  1. The Tenth Doctor (Doctor Who) – 35,000
  2. Castiel (Supernatural) – 32k
  3. Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock) – 13k
  4. Hannibal Lecter (Hannibal) – 9.3k
  5. Tyrion Lannister (Game of Thrones) – 8.8k
  6. Buffy Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) – 8.5k
  7. Mal Reynolds (Firefly) – 7.3k
  8. Gregory House (House) – 7.2k
  9. Daryl Dixon (The Walking Dead) – 6.1k
  10. Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory) – 5.9k
  11. Walter White (Breaking Bad) – 5.5k
  12. Barney Stinson (How I Met Your Mother) – 5.2k
  13. Perry Cox (Scrubs) – 4.4k
  14. Ron Swanson (Parks and Recreation) – 4.1k
  15. Violet Crawley (Downton Abbey) – 4.1k
  16. The Evil Queen (Once Upon a Time) – 3.8k
  17. Maurice Moss (The IT Crowd) – 3.3k
  18. Stewie Griffin (Family Guy) – 3.3k
  19. Dexter Morgan (Dexter) – 3.1k
  20. The Stig (Top Gear) – 2.9k

LISTS! We love a good list. But do you agree with this list? Who should/shouldn’t be in the top 20? Who was robbed? Who’s overrated? Who’s Underrated? LISTS! 

  • Dr. Moo

    Walter White not even in the top ten, what is this madness?!

    • JOHNBOY!

      Ridiculous isn’t it? We can throw these results out because of that, clearly the voters haven’t got a clue!

  • Dr. Moo

    The 10th Doctor is popular. In other news the sky is blue and Bruce Willis was dead the whole time.

    Seriously though, well done to David Tennant. Good for him, there’s some impressive competition for that title and it’s nice to see our favourite show acknowledged in such a way as this.

  • Jonathan

    I’m not surprised, as Doctor Who is probably the show with the widest audience out of that list overall but in a way I feel like the list should have prioritised original characters like Walter White (who came top of a similar list that Empire ran recently) or in the case of Tyrion Lannister, characters from things that have not been adapted for TV before. The Doctor isn’t a 21st century character as such, he was around before any of this lot (Sherlock Holmes aside but even that you could argue the same). It might also have been fairer on the other 21st century Doctors simply to list all of them since 2005, they stll probably would have won! Glad to see Regina from OUAT got into the list.

  • Namnoot

    I refused to vote in the poll because it didn’t include the Ninth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors as options. I liked Tennant fine, but the Twelfth Doctor was superior.

    • Dr. Moo

      They should’ve all five of them been options. Or maybe just put “The Doctor” and left it at that? It’s disgraceful! At least it’s nice to see that the Doctor won out overall.

  • TimeChaser

    All respect to David Tennant, but his popularity mainly comes from the fangirls. While Doctor Who’s worldwide popularity was growing towards the end of his tenure, it was Matt Smith’s Doctor who truly led the charge with convention appearances and the full-on media blitz leading into Series 5. Plus, Eleven is just cooler anyway. This poll is biased.

  • Robin Bland

    Lists are dumb. Lists are never definitive, because definitive is boring. Change is good. Really, this should’ve been “the Doctor”… but hey, as a fan of Ten, I ain’t complaining.

  • y’vmtwthtrrblft

    Ridiculous that people criticise Tennant he’s the best ever he was right to win it

    • JOHNBOY!

      We’re critical because no other Doctors were voting options. Nothing against Tennant but I refused to vote because of that.

      • Dr. Moo

        Disgraceful that that was the case. There’s no excuse for that. Maybe it was thought that putting all five in there would’ve split the vote?

        • JOHNBOY!

          That’s probably it.
          No, that gives the Tennant Fangirls too much credit.

  • Rick714

    Yeah, they probably should have just put “The Doctor”. Singling out Tennant isn’t even that much of a credit to him—having no other choices, I’m sure there were just as many votes by fans who prefer the 9th, 11th or 12th. And Walter white should have been –at worst—second place. so, take this whole thing with a grain of sand.