Peter Davison took over in 1980 as the 5th Doctor from Tom Baker. Davison had struggled at times for acting roles as a youngster and hit the big time when we was cast as Tristan Farnon in the hit BBC series All Creatures Great and Small. He has also played David Braithwaite in the hit series At Home with the Braithwaites. In 2011 he is playing Henry Sharpe in the series Law and Order UK.
Davison was born Peter Moffett in 1951 but changed his name to avoid being confused with the famous actor Peter Moffatt. He has been married 3 times.
His first TV work was in an episode of the series Warship, and then in 1975 in an episode of The Tomorrow People. On this series he met his 2nd wife. By 1976 he was starring in the series Love for Lydia for ITV, and then in 1978 in All Creatures Great and Small, which made him a household name. He co-created the theme music for the children's series Button Moon, and the series Mixed Blessings.
Davison signed a 3 year contact to play the 5th Doctor and at the was the youngest actor to play the Doctor. He often took advice from Patrick Troughton, and under his advice did not renew his contract at the end of the 3 years, to avoid being type cast too much as the Doctor.
He has come back since leaving the position to play the Doctor again a few times, presenting the documentary Daleks - The Early Years in 1993.
After leaving Doctor Who, Davison would come back to the franchise on a few occasions. He presented the special videotape documentary release Daleks – The Early Years (1993), as well as other voice overs on computer games, and other Doctor Who documentaries.
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