Indeed the Scottish actor received more votes than all his rivals combined when Entertainment Weekly ran a poll last week.
59% of US Whovians thought that Tennant – who played the Doctor between 2005 and 2010 – was the best ever with Smith coming second with a modest 16% of the vote.
Tom Baker – the show’s longest-serving star – claimed 12% of reader votes, after occupying the TARDIS for seven years between 1974 and 1981.
Ninth Doctor actor Christopher Eccleston, who starred in the BBC sci-fi drama for a single series in 2005, came fourth with 8%.
The remaining 5% of the vote was divided between the remaining seven Doctors – William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann.
Doctor Who returns to our screens in late August.