Peter Davison

Last updated on the 2 April 2024 by Maeve

Peter Davison

Mini Biography

Born: 13 April 1951, Streatham, London, England. 

Peter Davison first came to national attention as Tristan Farnon in the beloved TV series All Creatures Great and Small, based on James Herriot’s books. The show aired from 1978 to 1990 and showcased Davison’s talent for portraying both comedic and dramatic moments with equal finesse. His portrayal of Tristan garnered him widespread recognition and established him as a prominent actor in the industry.

However, it was his role as the Fifth Doctor in the long-running science fiction series Doctor Who that truly catapulted him into international fame. From 1982 to 1984, he captivated audiences with his energetic yet vulnerable portrayal of the Time Lord. His tenure as the Doctor is still fondly remembered by fans worldwide for bringing an endearing charm to the character.

Aside from these iconic roles, Peter Davison has graced screens with numerous other notable performances throughout his career. In The Last Detective, a popular detective drama series which ran from 2003 to 2007, he played DC Davies alongside Sean Hughes.

In addition to acting, Davision has also ventured into directing and producing. One remarkable project showcasing this side of his talents is The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot. Released in celebration of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary in 2013, this comedic special saw him writing, directing, and starring alongside other Doctor Who actors. It offered a humorous behind-the-scenes perspective on the show’s history and demonstrated Davison’s creativity beyond acting.


Suggested viewing


Doctor Who (1981)

Peter Davison Doctor Who poster

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Doctor Who is a British sci-fi series following the adventures of the Doctor, a time-traveling alien with the ability to regenerate into new bodies. Alongside various companions, they explore time and space, battling enemies and saving civilisations while protecting the fabric of reality from threats both old and new.

Top cast: Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton, Matthew Waterhouse, Anthony Ainley.

All Creatures Great and Small (1978)

All Creatures Great and Small (1978)

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“All Creatures Great and Small” is a TV series based on James Herriot’s autobiographical books. Set in the Yorkshire Dales during the 1930s, it follows the life of a young veterinarian as he navigates his way through humorous and heartwarming encounters with animals, clients, and colleagues in a rural community.

Top cast: Christopher Timothy, Robert Hardy, Peter Davison, Carol Drinkwater, Mary Hignett, Andrea Gibb, John McGlynn, Lynda Bellingham.

The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot (2013)

The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.5

“The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot” is a comedic TV special created by Peter Davison. It follows the adventures of former Doctor Who actors, including Davison himself, as they try to secure roles in the 50th-anniversary episode. With humour and cameos galore, they embark on a hilarious quest to be part of the iconic event.

Top cast: Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, David Tennant, Matt Smith, John Barrowman, Jenna Coleman.

The Last Detective (2003)

The Last Detective

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 7.8

“The Last Detective” is a British TV series about the life of Detective Constable “Dangerous” Davies, an unconventional but well-meaning detective in the understaffed CID department. With his loyal dog and determination to solve cases, he navigates through comedic misadventures while solving crimes and pursuing justice in London.

Top cast: Peter Davison, Sean Hughes, Rob Spendlove, Charles De’Ath, Emma Amos, Ralph Brown, Rakie Ayola.

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