Doctor Who: principal cast by year

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See also Doctor Who: principal cast by decade, Doctor Who: leading characters by number of episodes.

This article lists the cast credits appearing in the majority of episodes each year. The number of episodes is given in brackets after the year; for a list click on the year. The entries are arranged by decreasing number of episodes. Where no number of episodes is given it is to be understood that the credit appears in every episode.[1]

1963 (6)

  • Dr. Who: William Hartnell
  • Ian Chesterton: William Russell
  • Barbara Wright: Jacqueline Hill
  • Susan Foreman: Carole Ann Ford

1964 (45)

  • Dr. Who: William Hartnell
  • Ian Chesterton: William Russell
  • Barbara Wright: Jacqueline Hill
  • Susan Foreman: Carole Ann Ford

1965 (46)

  • Dr. Who: William Hartnell
  • Vicki: Maureen O'Brien (38)
  • Ian Chesterton: William Russell (26)
  • Barbara Wright: Jacqueline Hill (25)

1966 (46)

  • Dr. Who: William Hartnell (35)
  • Steven: Peter Purves (25)

1967 (44)

  • Dr. Who: Patrick Troughton
  • Jamie: Frazer Hines
  • Victoria:[2] Deborah Watling (24)

1968 (41 or 48, depending on whether one includes the repeat of The Evil of the Daleks (from 1967), which was written into the continuity of the programme)

  • Dr. Who: Patrick Troughton
  • Jamie: Frazer Hines
  • (Zoe: Wendy Padbury (23))

1969 (25)

  • Dr. Who: Patrick Troughton
  • Jamie: Frazer Hines
  • Zoe: Wendy Padbury

1970 (25)

  • Doctor Who: Jon Pertwee
  • Liz Shaw:[3] Caroline John
  • Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart:[4] Nicholas Courtney

1971 (25)

  • Doctor Who:[5] Jon Pertwee
  • Jo Grant: Katy Manning
  • Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart: Nicholas Courtney (21)
  • The Master:[6] Roger Delgado (21)
  • Captain Mike Yates: Richard Franklin (19)
  • Sergeant Benton: John Levene (17)

1972 (27)

  • Doctor Who:[7] Jon Pertwee
  • Jo Grant: Katy Manning

1973 (28)

  • Dr. Who:[8] Jon Pertwee
  • Jo Grant: Katy Manning (25)

1974 (24)

  • Sarah Jane Smith: Elisabeth Sladen
  • Doctor Who:[9] Jon Pertwee (23)

1975 (35)

  • Doctor Who: Tom Baker
  • Sarah Jane Smith: Elisabeth Sladen
  • Harry Sullivan: Ian Marter (26)

1976 (22)

  • Doctor Who: Tom Baker
  • Sarah Jane Smith: Elisabeth Sladen (18)

1977 (30)

  • Doctor Who: Tom Baker
  • Leela: Louise Jameson

1978 (28)

  • Doctor Who: Tom Baker
  • Voice of K9: John Leeson (24)
  • Romana: Mary Tamm (18)

1979 (26)

  • Doctor Who: Tom Baker
  • Romana: Lalla Ward (20)

1980 (18)

  • Doctor Who: Tom Baker
  • Romana: Lalla Ward (16)
  • Voice of K-9:[10] John Leeson (12)

1981 (12)

  • Doctor Who: Tom Baker
  • Adric: Matthew Waterhouse
  • Nyssa: Sarah Sutton (8)

1982 (26)

  • The Doctor: Peter Davison
  • Tegan: Janet Fielding
  • Nyssa: Sarah Sutton (24)
  • Adric: Matthew Waterhouse (23)

1983 (23)

  • The Doctor: Peter Davison
  • Tegan: Janet Fielding
  • Nyssa: Sarah Sutton (16)
  • Turlough: Mark Strickson (15)
  • Black Guardian: Valentine Dyall (12)

1984 (24)

  • The Doctor: Peter Davison (20)
  • Turlough: Mark Strickson (17)
  • Tegan: Janet Fielding (13)

1985 (13)

  • The Doctor: Colin Baker
  • Peri: Nicola Bryant

1986 (14)

  • The Doctor: Colin Baker
  • The Inquisitor: Lynda Bellingham
  • The Valeyard: Michael Jayston
  • Peri: Nicola Bryant (8)

1987 (14)

  • The Doctor: Sylvester McCoy
  • Melanie: Bonnie Langford

1988 (13)

  • The Doctor: Sylvester McCoy
  • Ace: Sophie Aldred

1989 (15)

  • The Doctor: Sylvester McCoy
  • Ace: Sophie Aldred

1990–1995: no episodes

1996 (1)

  • The Doctor: Paul McGann
  • The Master: Eric Roberts
  • Bruce: Eric Roberts
  • Dr. Grace Holloway: Daphne Ashbrook
  • The Old Doctor: Sylvester McCoy
  • Chang Lee: Yee Jee Tso
  • Salinger: John Novak
  • Swift: Michael David Simms
  • Wheeler: Catherine Lough
  • Curtis: Dolores Drake
  • Pete: William Sasso
  • Gareth: Jeremy Radick
  • Miranda: Eliza Roberts
  • Motorcycle Policeman: Bill Croft
  • Professor Wagg: Dave Hurtubise
  • Ted: Joel Wirkkunen
  • Security Guard: Dee Jay Jackson
  • The Old Master: Gordon Tipple
  • News Anchor: Mi-Jung Lee
  • News Anchor: Joanna Piros

1997–2004: no episodes

2005 (14)

  • Rose Tyler: Billie Piper
  • Doctor Who: Christopher Eccleston (13)

2006 (14)

  • The Doctor: David Tennant
  • Rose Tyler: Billie Piper (13)

2007 (14)

  • The Doctor: David Tennant
  • Martha Jones: Freema Agyeman (13)

2008 (14)

  • The Doctor: David Tennant
  • Donna Noble: Catherine Tate (13)

2009 (3)

  • The Doctor: David Tennant

2010 (15)

  • The Doctor: Matt Smith
  • Amy Pond: Karen Gillan (14)
  • Rory Williams: Arthur Darvill (8)

2011 (14)

  • The Doctor: Matt Smith
  • Amy Pond: Karen Gillan
  • Rory Williams: Arthur Darvill

2012 (6)

  • The Doctor: Matt Smith
  • Amy Pond: Karen Gillan (5)
  • Rory Williams: Arthur Darvill (5)

2013 (10)

  • The Doctor: Matt Smith
  • Clara Oswald: Jenna-Louise Coleman

2014 (13)

  • The Doctor: Peter Capaldi
  • Clara Oswald: Jenna[11] Coleman
  • Danny Pink: Samuel Anderson (11)

2015 (13)

  • The Doctor: Peter Capaldi
  • Clara Oswald: Jenna Coleman (12)

2016 (1)

  • The Doctor: Peter Capaldi
  • Nardole: Matt Lucas
  • Grant: Justin Chatwin
  • Lucy: Charity Wakefield
  • Mr Brock: Tomiwa Edun
  • Dr Sim: Aleksandar Jovanovic
  • Young Grant: Logan Hoffman
  • Teen Grant: Daniel Lorente
  • Reporter: Sandra Teles
  • Operator: Tanroh Ishida
  • Soldier: Vaughn Joseph

2017 (13)

  • The Doctor: Peter Capaldi
  • Bill Potts: Pearl Mackie
  • Nardole: Matt Lucas

2018 (10)

  • The Doctor: Jodie Whittaker
  • Ryan Sinclair: Tosin Cole
  • Yasmin Khan: Mandip Gill
  • Graham O'Brien: Bradley Walsh

2019 (1)

  • The Doctor: Jodie Whittaker
  • Graham O'Brien: Bradley Walsh
  • Yasmin Khan: Mandip Gill
  • Ryan Sinclair: Tosin Cole
  • Lin: Charlotte Ritchie
  • Mitch: Nikesh Patel
  • Aaron: Daniel Adegboyega
  • Police Officer Will: Darryl Clark
  • Security Guard Richard: Connor Calland
  • Farmer Dinkle: James Lewis
  • Mum: Sophie Duval
  • Teen 1: Callum McDonald
  • Teen 2: Harry Vallance
  • Call Centre Polly: Laura Evelyn
  • Sergeant: Michael Ballard
  • Voice of the Dalek: Nick Briggs

TBC

Notes

  1. Note that, up to 1989, there seems to be only one source giving cast credits for every episode, [1]. Thus it has not been possible to verify whether there are any mistakes in this period.
  2. credited as Victoria Waterfield in 6 episodes
  3. credited as Section Leader Elizabeth Shaw in 1 episode (alternative reality)
  4. credited as Brigade Leader Lethbridge-Stewart in 1 episode (alternative reality)
  5. credited as Dr. Who in 8 episodes
  6. credited as just "Master" in 3 episodes
  7. credited as Dr. Who in 11 episodes
  8. credited as Doctor Who in 3 episodes
  9. credited as The Doctor in 6 episodes
  10. Note that the credits give K9 in 1978 but K-9 in 1980. In 1979, the voice was divided between two actors, neither of whom appeared in the majority of episodes.
  11. The actress changed her stage name.