|Peter Davison, courtesy of imdb|
It was in 1978 that viewers first came to know the character Tristan Farnon, the first of Davison's signature roles, in the drama series All Creatures Great and Small. With his youthful good looks and charm, Davison portrayed the irresponsible, mischievous, yet good-at-heart student veterinary surgeon brilliantly, and it's no wonder that he became a household name in the UK as a result.
|Davison as The Fifth Doctor|
Davison's Doctor was more sensitive and vulnerable, less eccentric and decisive, and equally as heroic as his predecessors', which, for me at least, made him seem more relatable and accessible. Here's what other Whovians and Davison himself say about The Fifth Doctor and Davison's portrayal of him.
As noted in the video, "The Caves of Androzani" was Davison's last regular appearance on Doctor Who (a must see, imo), but not his last appearance as The Doctor. One of my favorites was in the special mini-episode, "Time Crash," which aired in 2007 as part of BBC One's Children In Need telethon. In it The Fifth Doctor and The Tenth Doctor (Davison's real-life son-in-law David Tennant) meet when their respective TARDISes merge. It's brilliant.
|Davison as Campion|
More television series and film roles followed, and a decade after the last of the Campion episodes aired, Davison played David Braithwaite, the first of his signature roles as a philandering prat of a husband, in the dramedy series At Home with the Braithwaites.
Then directly on the heels of At Home with the Braithwaites was The Last Detective, in which Davison portrayed Detective Constable "Dangerous" Davies. This fifth of his signature roles is another that I can't imagine another actor playing. Although disrespected by his boss, fellow detectives, and estranged wife, Dangerous is immensely likable, a credit to Davison and the heart and humanity with which he infuses the character.
Since 2011 Davison has been a regular cast member of Law & Order: UK, playing Henry Sharpe, the Director of the London Crown Prosecution Service. (The show costars another Doctor Who alum, Freema Agyeman, who played The Tenth Doctor's companion, Martha Jones, in the current series' Season 3). Will this become another signature role for Davison? Stay tuned.