Apparently, Patrick Troughton once said that the ideal length of time to play the lead in Doctor Who was three years, and plenty of Time Lords – including the Peter Davison, Colin Baker and (albeit unwillingly) William Hartnell – have seemed to follow this pattern. But was Troughton right? And have any Doctors stayed past their sell-by-date?
In this week’s RadioTimes.com Doctor Who podcast, Huw and Morgan take a look through the rap sheets of every Doctor to date, working out who left too early, too late and at just the right time.
What exciting Doctor Who moments could we have been denied if Peter Capaldi left a year earlier, as many anticipated? And conversely, if David Tennant had stayed a year longer, would we have had one of the best Doctor Who series to date?
And, perhaps controversially, we also ask whether the longest-serving Doctor – Mr Tom Baker – overstayed his welcome in his last series of adventures, as suggested by the actor himself.
You can listen to all that, plus our attempts to work out who’s really the Doctor who stayed the longest – Paul McGann, if you’re wondering – in the YouTube video above.