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Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter in "DC's Legends of Tomorrow." (Diyah Perah/The CW)

Rip Hunter v. Doctor Who: Face off time

Arthur Darvill is back in time-travel mode as Rip Hunter in “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” after starring as a sidekick in the British hit “Doctor Who.” Which traveler is the true master, or lord, of time? Arthur Darvill might know, but I forgot to ask him. So I’ll decide. Do you agree with me?

“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” airs at 8 p.m./7c on The CW. 

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William Hartnell as the 1st Doctor in “Doctor Who.” Hartnell played the Doctor from 1963-66. (BBC America)

Rip Hunter v. Doctor Who

1st appearance

Doctor Who: 1963 on BBC One in “Doctor Who

Rip Hunter: 1959 in DC Comics’ “Showcase #20”

Winner: Rip has been around longer, but he’s only been played by one actor.

Origin story

Doctor Who: He’s a renegade from an ancient extraterrestrial people called the Time Lords.

Rip Hunter: He’s a human Time Master who has defied the Time Masters Council.

Winner: Let’s call this a draw.

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Rip Hunter’s time ship, the Waverider, from “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” on The CW.
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The 12th Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and his time machine, called the TARDIS. (BBC America)
Time machine

Rip Hunter: His Waverider (above) only flies through time and is run by an artificial intelligence called Gideon.

Doctor Who: His TARDIS (right) flies through time and space, and seems to have a personality.

Winner: The TARDIS is bigger on the inside. Enough said.


Rip Hunter: He shoots a ray gun and anything else he can get his hands on.

Doctor Who: His Sonic Screwdriver isn’t a weapon, so his wits?

Winner: Rip wins here, because who doesn’t love a ray gun?

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Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter in “DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow” and David Tennant as the 10th “Doctor Who.” (CW, BBC America)

Rip Hunter: He wears a long coat and what appears to be safari wear.

Doctor Who: Several of the Doctors have worn coats of various lengths, dressing them up with scarves and other accessories.

Winner: Rip looks the man of action, but doesn’t stand out compared to all the Doctor’s style flourishes.

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Daleks circa 2006, the longtime enemies of “Doctor Who.” (BBC America)

Rip Hunter: So far, he’s only got one villain in his sights: Vandal Savage.

Doctor Who: The Master, Daleks, Cybermen and the Weeping Angels, to name a few.

Winner: The Doctor has had so many nemeses over the decades, this category has to go his way.

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Arthur Darvill (left) as Rory Williams in “Doctor Who.” with Matt Smith (center) as the 11th Doctor and Karen Gillan as Amy Pond. (BBC America)

Rip Hunter: He’s traveling with 8 to 9 would-be legends, but as Darvill has said, Rip really wouldn’t be friends with them if he didn’t need them.

Doctor Who: Even the crankiest of the Doctors have taken a shine to their various companions over the years, including the 11th Doctor embracing Rory Williams, played by Darvill himself.

Winner: I’m loving the crabby repartee of “DC’s Legend of Tomorrow,” but this has to go to the Doctor.

Overall winner: No matter what decade or century, the Doctor rules time and space.