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Find out who will materialise at one-day convention for fans of the Time Lord

THIS weekend a Doctor Who convention will be held in Tunbridge Wells. To celebrate this event, and the 50th anniversary of the much-loved sci-fi show, we asked notable figures from the local arts scene who was their favourite of the 11 incarnations of the Doctor

Brian Bissell Local entertainer "IT has to be Tom Baker - his larger-than-life persona, the inimitable rich and commanding voice and of course, that scarf! Knowing him personally just serves to endorse and enhance my opinion of him as the definitive Doctor."

Stephen Broome Doctor Who fan from Castle Street, Southborough IN the Five Doctors (an episode from 1983) the Brigadier said "Doctors, wonderful chaps all of him" and I tend to go along with that but if I was really pushed for an answer I would say Tom Baker.

"I consider his first three years to be the best in the programme's history.

"I have got some newspaper clippings of Peter Davison's 1982 Cinderella pantomime at the Assembly Hall and I think it would be great for Peter Davison to return for this year's pantomime."

Louise Jameson Actress, played Tom Baker companion Leela for 40 episodes "I CAN'T answer that question.

"Patrick was always my favourite when I was growing up, everything so motivated, he had such charisma.

"Tom wasn't back in the day but now we get on brilliantly and are endlessly working together with Big Finish audio and I love it and him.

"Colin is one of my dearest friends who I work with regularly on stage, and adore working with "David got me first night tickets to Hamlet and plied me with pink champagne afterwards so...how can I name one?"

Stephen Elsden Organiser, Big Blue Box "MY first exposure to Doctor Who was the last season of Jon Pertwee's role as the Third Doctor, but it was Tom Baker's subsequent performance that carried me through my early years. For long, I have considered Tom my favourite Doctor, but in the last two years, with much more exposure to the history of the show through organising Big Blue Box, I have discovered the wonderful Patrick Troughton. His playful, thoughtful, and compassionate Doctor has a clear line through to Matt Smith today, and the fact that many Troughton era stories are lost to time means that I treasure all those that have survived."

¦ Caroline Read Courier's Go! editor "'MY' Doctor was Peter Davison - in that he was the one I remember best as a kid.

But I loved David Tennant best of all - he did a great job of bringing the Doctor up to date, making him edgy and relevant, sad, bouncy and intense: all at the same time. And I cried like a fool in the episode where he left."

Andrew Swann Chairman, LAMPS "THAT'S a tough question! - I've been a fan of Doctor Who for over 20 years and although I didn't actually watch it as a really young child I think I'd have to pick Patrick Troughton as my favourite Doctor. He was a trailblazer, he took the established role (as played by William Hartnell) of a fairly grouchy, grandfather figure and transformed it into a vibrant, energetic, quirky cosmic clown. This at a time when changing your lead actor was pretty much unheard of - he made the part his own, and paved the way for decades of stories, and gave another nine actors the chance to play the best role in the world."

Who's Who...

Doctor Who first aired on November 23, 1963 with the episode An Unearthly Child

It ran until the late 1980s but was not seen again, apart from a 1996 film, until the BBC brought it back in 2005

Eleven actors have so far played the Time Lord: 1. William Hartnell 1963-66 2. Patrick Troughton 1966-69 3. Jon Pertwee 1970-74 4. Tom Baker 1974-81 5. Peter Davison 1981-84 6. Colin Baker 1984-86 7. Sylvester McCoy 1987-89 8. Paul McGann 1996 9. Christopher Eccleston 2005 10. David Tennant 2005-10 11. Matt Smith 2010-present Just what The Doctor ordered

THE Big Blue Box is being held tomorrow (Saturday) at Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells and gives fans of the Time Lord a chance to get up close and personal with those associated with the show

It is the second time the event has been run

Those due to attend include Louise Jameson, who played the Doctor's assistant Leela opposite Tom Baker, and Sarah Sutton, who starred as Nyssa between 1981 and 1983

In a unique panel, Molyneux Park Road resident Cy Town, who was a Dalek operator for 16 years, will be discussing the famous foe with Nick Pegg, who is an operator in the new series

The event is being held to raise funds for Paddock Woodbased charity for the disabled Compaid

Tickets for the day cost £50 for adults and £30 for under 12s

They are available from the Trinity Theatre box office on 01892 678678 or online at www.trinitytheatre.net

WHO'S YOUR FAVOURITE? Take part in our poll online at

GRAPHIC: BANK ON BAKER: Tom Baker as The Doctor, pictured in 1976, is often cited as the best incarnation of the Time Lord - but what do you think? Photo: PA

THINKING INSIDE THE BOX: Time And Relative Dimensions In Space, aka The Tardis, The Doctor's means of transport

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