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Peter Davison

Former All Creatures Great and Small star Peter Davison brought his boyish charm to the role when he became the youngest actor to play the Doctor in 1982. Thankfully he didn’t have to do strange things to cows during his time on the show.

Adopting the costume of an Edwardian cricketer, Davison’s Doctor was as adept at saving the day with a cricket ball as he was with his sonic screwdriver. In contrast to the overpowering presence of Tom Baker, Peter’s Doctor was a far softer characterisation.

The show broke away from its traditional Saturday teatime slot during Davison’s three year tenure, finding a new home in a twice-weekly midweek slot.

A highlight was a reunion with his predecessors in the 20th Anniversary tale, The Five Doctors. To mark the anniversary, a massive BBC convention was held at Longleat House in Wiltshire. Thousands of fans descended upon the venue to meet their heroes and wallow in more mud than Glastonbury. A waxwork of Tom Baker turned up too.

After three years in the role, Davison took the advice given to him by Patrick Troughton when he joined the series and left before he became too typecast.

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