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Saturday, 16 November 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Radio Times, featuring the two poll winners together! (15-21 Apr 2006) (Credit: Radio Times)The Radio Times has revealed that David Tennant received more votes than any other Doctor combined, achieving a 56% share in their 50th Anniversary poll. The current incumbent of the TARDIS, Matt Smith came in second with 16%, whilst perennial classic favourite Tom Baker took the bronze with 10% of the votes.

Meanwhile, the poll for the Doctor's favourite sidekick revealed that the Tenth Doctor's companion Rose Tyler, as played by Billie Piper, also came out on top with a quarter of voters considering her the best. A much closer competition to those of the Doctor, his (first) best friend Sarah Jane Smith (aka Elisabeth Sladen) achieved 15% of the share to take second place, with bronze this time going to another 21st Century TARDIS occupant, Donna Noble (Catherine Tate), who received 12% of the votes.

Tim Glanfield, Editor for RadioTimes.com Editor, said:
Not even parallel dimensions can keep the Doctor and Rose apart. It’s clear from the results of our poll that they define a golden era of Doctor Who and helped introduce a whole new generation to the show – how fitting that they’ll be reunited next week for the 50th anniversary special.

The complete results are below:
Best DoctorBest Companion
56.1%David Tennant25.09%Rose Tyler (Billie Piper)
15.93%Matt Smith15.42%Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen)
10.05%Tom Baker12.32%Donna Noble (Catherine Tate)
6.59%Christopher Eccleston9.09%River Song (Alex Kingston)
2.86%Patrick Troughton4.79%Amy Pond (Karen Gillan)
2.38%Jon Pertwee4.1%Jamie McCrimmon (Frazer Hines)
1.59%Peter Davison3.49%Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman)
1.36%Sylvester McCoy3.09%Ace (Sophie Aldred)
1.35%Paul McGann2.65%Clara Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman)
0.9%William Hartnell2.54%Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman)
0.88%Colin Baker2.39%Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart (Nicholas Courtney)

There were a total of 21,384 valid votes cast in the two polls on the Radio Times website during October and November 2013.

Radio Times DiscoverTV

50th Anniversary Radio Times cover featuring The First Doctor, as revealed by DiscoverTV and RadioTimes.comRadio Times DiscoverTV is a new app designed to provide recommendations to daily television and radio, enabling users to discover new favourite programmes be they on TV, catch-up, or on-demand. The app is free to download and provides a 14 days customisable schedule for TV and radio listings, by provider and location, with basic programme information. A premium service with enhanced features is also available, with a 30 day free trial included.

As part of the launch, the app will be used to promote the twelve collectible Doctor Who Radio Times covers out next Tuesday to celebrate the 50th Anniversary. Three of the covers will be revealed within the app on Saturday, Sunday and Monday leading to all twelve being made available this coming Tuesday - the publication day of the print magazine itself.

The app is currently only available to iPad users (optimised for iOS7), with the intention to roll out to other platforms in due course.

(with thanks to RadioTimes.com