Peter Davison was born as Peter Moffett on Friday 13 in April 1951, in the Streatham area of London to Shelia and Claude Moffett, (an electrical engineer, originally from British Guiana), the only boy having three sisters Barbara, Pamela and Shirley
In 1961, when Peter was 10, his family moved to Woking in Surrey, where he attended Winston Churchill School before moving on to Maphill School. His appearance in several school plays developed in him a desire to act and encouraged him to join the local amateur dramatic society, The Byfleet Players.
Upon graduating school at the age of 16, having achieved only modest academic success with three O Levels of undistinguished grades, he took a variety of shortlived jobs ranging from hospital porter to Hoffman press operator.
Eventually his acting ambition persuaded Peter to enroll at the Central School of Speech and Drama. After completing three years of study he graduated and was able to gain his first professional acting job, a year spent in a small role in the 1972 production of Love's Labour's Lost being performed at the Nottingham Playhouse.
Peter then spent the next year performing with the Edinburgh Young Lyceum Company. Various other Shakespearean roles followed, including a role in Charles Marowitz's version of Taming of The Shrew, "Speed" in Two Gentlemen of Verona, "Osric" in Hamlet, and "Lysander" in A Midsummer Night's Dream. April 1975, saw Peter making his screen debut in the Thames TV children's series The Tomorrow People.
For the next eighteen months a period of acting unemployment followed and Peter took the job of a filing clerk at a Twickenham tax office.
His next acting job was in the TV production of H. E. Bates' Love For Lydia as Tom Holland, followed by a Granada TV appearance in Print Out in 1977. Peter then got a big break playing Tristan Farnon in the BBC TV series All Creatures Great And Small, which originally ran from 1978 - 1980.
Later that year, on December 26, 1978, Peter married his long-time girlfriend, American actress Sandra Dickerson - whom he had met earlier while in Midsummer Night's Dream in Edinburgh - in her hometown of Rockville Maryland, USA.
Following the successful All Creatures Great and Small, several other TV roles followed, the sitcoms Holding the Fort, as Russell Milburn and BBC's Sink or Swim as Brian Webber.
In September 1980 the current Doctor Who producer John Nathan-Turner offered the part of the fifth Doctor to Peter, a role he filled from 1981 until 1984. Peter continued to appear on TV in various shows during the Doctor Who series, which included an appearance alongside his wife in Douglas Adams The Hitch-Hikers Guide to The Galaxy as Dish of the Day, and in new episodes of All Creatures Great and Small.
He became a father when on Christmas day 1984 his wife gave birth to a daughter, Georgia Elizabeth, at Queen Charlotte's Hospital in London. Ten years later, however, his marriage to Dickinson broke down and they separated.
After leaving the Doctor Who series Peter made notable TV appearances such as Henry Myers in Anna of the Five Towns, Dr. Stephen Daker in A Very Peculiar Practice, as Albert Campion in Campion, as Clive Quigley in Ain't Misbehavin' all for the BBC, and as Ralph in Yorkshire TV's "Fiddler's Three." Peter also appeared in the roles of Squire Gordon in the 1995 movie Black Beauty and Charlotte's Husband in the 1994 movie A Man You Don't Meet Every Day.
In 1993 he appeared as the fifth Doctor in "Dimensions in Time," a brief two-part skit transmitted as part of the BBC's annual Children in Need Charity appeal, and in 1985 he narrated an abridged novelisation of the season twenty-one story "Warriors of the Deep" for BBC Worldwide's Doctor Who audio book series. In addition, he has appeared in a number of video dramas produced by Bill Baggs Video.