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He is now more lord of the voiceover than timelord, but Tom Baker has been named Britain's favourite Dr Who.

Dave Golder, editor of the sci-fi and fantasy magazine SFX, said Baker, who played the role for seven years from 1974, was the quintessential Doctor. Stripy scarves inspired by Baker's Doctor are all over the high street and the 71-year-old actor's tones can be heard on everything from Little Britain to the recent Magic Roundabout movie, where he was the voice of Zeebad.

Christopher Eccleston, the ninth Doctor in the new BBC1 series, would find it tough to emulate the tousle-haired Baker, who gained international stardom after being plucked from a labouring job to take control of the tardis.

"The ninth Doctor will have to be pretty amazing to topple Tom Baker from his perch as the quintessential Dr Who," said Golder.

The SFX poll put Peter Davison, who replaced Baker in 1981, in second place. Third was the sartorially splendid third Doctor, Jon Pertwee, while Sylvester McCoy was fourth. The early Doctors, Patrick Troughton and William Hartnell, who played the first Dr Who in 1963, came in fifth and sixth in the poll.

Least popular were Colin Baker, the sixth Doctor, followed by Paul McGann, who appeared in the 1996 US film widely derided by the faithful.

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