The Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison)

With his young looks, the Fifth Doctor, played by Peter Davison, expressed an interest in things associated with Victorian and Edwardian England: cricket, tea, fair play, good manners, and a keen interest in science and exploration. He was also a sensitive and profusely humane incarnation who did not make himself an imposition, preferring to be honest, reserved, and honorable. However, the Fifth Doctor was also less willing to do what he thought was immoral, and became highly conflicted about what choices he could make in a crisis that were truly right. His hesitancy made him seemingly more fallible than many other incarnations, making those around him wonder if he was capable of resolving difficult situations. Nevertheless, he was one of the most overtly fearless incarnations, and frequently found himself right in the thick of battle.

Like his first two incarnations, the Fifth Doctor often traveled with multiple companions. However, his TARDIS was rarely as harmonious as those of his predecessors. Instead, he frequently found himself stuck between Tegan Jovanka’s pessimism and Adric’s arrogance or Turlough’s antagonism. Stuck in the middle with him was usually Nyssa. Even after he seemingly was settled on just having one companion, he and Peri Brown found another companion, a pharaoh from Egypt called Erimem, and the Doctor once again slid into the role of the oft-maligned chaperone. When he regenerated, though, he was adventuring only with Peri, and the two fell to spectrox toxaemia, a kind of poisoning. By deciding to deliver his limited supply of antidote only to her, he knew that his only hope for survival lay in regeneration.