While the more recent seasons of the modern Doctor Who series has been… mixed, shall we say, there is a strong argument to be made that David Tennant is the best ever Doctor.
It seems John Barrowman, better known in the show as Captain Jack Harkness, agrees with this. He was discussing this with the Big Issue, as part of their Letter To My Younger Self feature.
First of all, he touched on his time playing Captain Jack in both Doctor Who and the spin-off Torchwood: “It would blow my 16-year-old’s brain (even more) if I told him: you’re going to be one of the most iconic characters in Doctor Who for the next two or three generations. I think I was part of the greatest season of Doctor Who ever.”
“And Billie Piper and I were 20 or 15 votes apart, voted number one and number two, in the poll for the best companion in the history of Doctor Who. I think David Tennant was the best ever Doctor, no one can hold a candle to him. I used to watch Doctor Who with John Pertwee, then Tom Baker, every Sunday night on the local Chicago TV station. I failed every Monday morning spelling test because of that show.”
John also touched on how he landed the iconic role of Captain Jack for the BBC reboot: “I’d gone to audition for this role of a rogue, matinee idol type, in front of the execs Russell T Davies and Phil Collinson. I walked into the meeting with my motorbike leathers on, and I took my helmet off and shook out my hair. Later on Russell told me: ‘When you walked into that room and took your helmet off, we both f**king wet ourselves.'”
“‘You were so handsome, and your physique with those leathers on… We thought we were watching some kind of porn movie. Neither of us could remember much about what you said after that.’ Later on I was walking through the West End and I got a phone call; they said, hands down, without a doubt, everyone agrees John Barrowman is definitively Captain Jack.”
You can read the rest of the interview here.