Peter Davison

Peter Davison

(born Peter Moffett on 13 April 1951) the fifth actor to portray the Doctor. He took over the role from popular Tom Baker in Castrovalva and left the program three years later in The Caves of Androzani. Davison's Doctor was a bit more fallible and vulnerable than previous Doctors, but those qualities only made him more endearing.

There weren't many actors who could follow Tom Baker's time as the Doctor, but Peter Davison was certainly the one. He had already made a name for himself as Tristan in All Creatures Great and Small and took over the role of the Doctor with a good deal of popularity with the audience. In 1981, Davison signed a contract to play the Doctor for three years, and, at age 29, is the second youngest actor to have played the lead role. Attracting such a high-profile actor as Davison was as much of a coup for the programme's producers as getting the role was for him, but he did not renew his contract because he feared being typecast. Reportedly, Patrick Troughton (who had played the Second Doctor and whom Davison had watched on the programme as a teenager) had recommended to Davison that he leave the role after three years, and Davison followed his advice. The Fifth Doctor encountered many of the Doctor's best-known adversaries, including the Daleks (in Resurrection of the Daleks) and the Cybermen (in both Earthshock and The Five Doctors. However, Davison has since stated that he also felt too young for the role, and if given the chance at the role now he would have made a better Doctor.

Peter Davison has continued to work regularly in television as well as returning to Big Finish Audio to recreate his role as the Doctor. His daughter Georgia Moffett has also played the Doctor's daughter alongside David Tennant in the new series episode The Doctor's Daughter.