Season 4 has been voted the best run of the Doctor Who revival era in an exclusive RadioTimes.com poll.

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The season – which was David Tennant's last as the Doctor – was the comfortable winner, earning 24 per cent of the vote after almost 9,000 Whovians participated in the poll.

Each participant was allowed to vote for three different seasons, and more than half of them opted for season 4 as one of their choices – with the winner attracting 5,042 votes in total.

Season 5, which saw Matt Smith take over from David Tennant in the TARDIS, came in second place with 12 per cent, while the very first season of the revival era – with Christopher Eccleston as the Time Lord – rounded out the top 3 with 11 per cent.

The only other season to score double figures was season 2 – Tennant's first – which managed 10 per cent of the vote, while the fifth spot was taken by Peter Capaldi's final run, season 10.

More recent seasons did not fare so well with voters – with Jodie Whittaker's three runs as the Doctor scoring just 1 per cent, 2 per cent and 2 per cent respectively.

David Tennant and Catherine Tate in Doctor Who: The Fires of Pompeii
David Tennant and Catherine Tate in Doctor Who in 2008 BBC

Season 4 has long been considered something of the Gold standard of the modern era of Who, with the final doubleheader – The Stolen Earth and Journey's End – held in especially high regard by fans.

Those episodes saw various characters from Russell T Davies' first stint as showrunner – including Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, Captain Jack Harkness, Sarah Jane Smith, and Donna Noble – all unite for an epic crossover as they battled against the Daleks.

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