David Tennant has been voted the best 'Doctor Who' lead star of all time.

David Tennant

David Tennant

The 49-year-old actor - who played the 10th iteration of the titular Time Lord from 2005 to 2010 - has topped a poll featuring 13 of his fellow Doctors, including Peter Davison, Christopher Eccleston and Matt Smith.

More than 50,000 RadioTimes.com readers named David in first place with 21 per cent of the vote - 10,518 votes - while current star Jodie Whittaker follows closely behind as the runner-up with the same percentage, but a total of 10,423.

Huw Fullerton, Sci-Fi and Fantasy Editor, RadioTimes.com said: "Over a decade after he left the TARDIS behind and after nearly 50,00 votes were cast, it's clear David Tennant is still 'Doctor Who' fans' perfect 10!

"But with Jodie Whittaker hot on his heels and a great showing for other recent Doctors like Peter Capaldi, it looks like fans also hold other Time Lords close to their heart(s)."

Jodie's predecessor Peter Capaldi finished in third place, with Matt Smith and Tom Baker rounding off the top five.

They were followed by William Hartnell, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, Jon Pertwee and Patrick Troughton in the top 10, with Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker and Peter Davison completing the list with one per cent of the vote each.

Fans will be looking forward to Jodie's next run in the TARDIS, but they could be waiting a while as recent reports suggested coronavirus regulations might mean the upcoming series is delayed until 2022.

A source said: "Shooting safely is a slow process.

"If there is a series finished and ready to go next year it will be nothing short of a miracle. And it's going to cost a fortune."

It's said scenes could take twice as long to film, while the last series took 11 months to shoot.

However, a BBC insider added: "Filming is going ahead as planned and we remain hopeful that the next series will air in 2021."

RadioTimes.com - Best Doctor Who poll:

1. David Tennant - 21%

2. Jodie Whittaker - 21%

3. Peter Capaldi - 18%

4. Matt Smith -16%

5. Tom Baker - 8%

6. William Hartnell - 4%

7. Paul McGann - 3%

8. Christopher Eccleston - 2%

9. Jon Pertwee - 2%

10. Patrick Troughton - 2%

11. Sylvester McCoy - 1%

12. Colin Baker - 1%

13. Peter Davison - 1%