Q1. Huh? What is this? A list of people who have never been in my kitchen?
A. This probably isn’t the poll for you.
Q2. Why is there no “other,” “none of the above,” or “I don’t give a crap”?
A. The purpose of this is to determine the favorite among Dopers who are familiar with the series. Those responses would not help.
Q3. Why isn’t my favorite listed?
A. Peter Cushing played a substantially different character than the others (a human inventor, as opposed to an extraterrestrial renegade). Richard Hurndall was hired to impersonate William Hartnell, not to create his own performance. Parodies, stage plays, Web casts, and audio adventures have different requirements and expectations and cannot be directly compared with regular televised adventures. Don’t talk to me about the Valeyard.
Q4. All the evidence isn’t in yet.
A. True, David Tennant has a couple more hours to go and some serious emoting is to be expected, but we’ve already seen four seasons and change from him, compared to only one telefilm from Paul McGann, so I don’t think it’s unfair.
Q5. What’s the purpose of this, really?
A. I’m a fanboy and I’m bored and I’m putting off dealing with a bunch of unpleasant stuff, OK? Now stop asking questions and answer the bloody survey.