Friday, April 27, 2012

Top 40 TV Characters Part 8

And here is my final list of sorts of my current five favourite characters on TV.

1: The Doctor (William Hartnell-MattSmith) - Doctor Who

It was always going to be the Doctor who topped this list for me. The most unconventional of leading men and while it might have been easier to have picked a specific Doctor, I've decided that all 11 versions and actors who've played him deserve equal praise. William, Patrick, Jon, Tom, Peter, Colin, Sylvester, Paul, Christopher, David and Matt, you've all been bloody fantastic and I'm sure whoever plays the role next will be too.

2: Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll) - True Blood

Sometimes I hate this show. Picking favourites always seems to be a frustrating task in hand but out of the vampires, I guess Jessica has that wonderful duality of retaining some of her innocence and embracing her more ruthless nature as well. Out of all the things Alan Ball added to the show that did not originate from Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series, Jessica has been by far the best of them, hasn't she?

3: Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) - Game Of Thrones

Again, another show that it was hard picking favourites from. Other candidates did include Daenerys, Jorah, Renly and Arya but as the second season has proven, Tyrion Lannister is a far more interesting leading character than Ned Stark (and I say that as someone who liked Ned a lot) and given that his family are a rotten bunch, it's amazing how Tyrion is not only the best of a bad lot but the best character on the bloody show right about now.

4: Emily Thorne (Emily Van Camp) - Revenge

Female protagonists like Emily Thorne are sometimes a rarity on television. Like a female version of Dexter Morgan, minus the killings, Emily's trail of destruction in pursuit of avenging her father has been consistently fascinating to watch. Also this show has really opened Emily Van Camp up as an actress with her performances getting increasingly better as the show has progressed. The only characters who come to excelling her are Nolan and Victoria at this point.

5: Henry 'Hal' Yorke (Damien Molony) - Being Human

Had I done this list a year ago, it would've been either George or Nina who would've been my favourite character but it's interesting a difference a series can make. Hal didn't come in as a poorly placed successor to the popular Mitchell - he was his own character, a wonderfully OCD, uptight Old One vampire whose dynamics with everyone throughout the fourth series made him the most fascinating character to watch.

I'll be doing two Honorable Mentions lists next week. If you enjoyed this rundown of favourite characters or want to tell me your favourite characters from the shows I talked about, let me know.

No comments: