Alex Zalben – Best of ‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary Ballot

Alex Zalben
Alex Zalben is a writer for MTV News, having extensively covered Doctor Who for MTV and other outlets. He owns one sonic screwdriver remote and that’s it, because otherwise things would get out of control.

Favorite monster, villain or creature
1. The Silence
Because they’re in my second favorite episode of all time, “The Wedding of River Song?” Beyond inspiring a million brilliant, sharpie powered cosplays, they’re one of the only enemies that poses not just an intellectual, but true physical threat to The Doctor and his friends. Also, they’re terrifying. Just look at them!
2. Face Of Boe
3. The Weeping Angels
4. The Cybermen
5. The Daleks

Favorite episodes
1. “A Christmas Carol”
“Doctor Who” Christmas specials are always something special, and “A Christmas Carol” is as perfect as they come. Exciting, emotional, romantic, weird, and one of the best uses of twisting of time in the series’ history. Plus, Katherine Jenkins’ voice on “Abagail’s Song,” paired with Murray Gold’s music makes me break out in goosebumps every time. Plus: fake snow! And sky sharks! There’s really not enough good you can say about this episode.
2. “The Wedding of River Song”
3. “Blink”
4. “Midnight”
5. “The Doctor’s Wife”

Favorite Companions
1. Captain Jack Harkness
Come on, because he’s Captain Jack! He’s John Barrowman! He’s the most charming, swashbuckling rogue of ‘em all.
2. Sarah Jane Smith
3. Rose Tyler
4. Amy Pond
5. Wilfred Mott

Favorite Doctors
1. Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith)
They say that the first Doctor you see is the one that’s, “Your Doctor.” But I saw Chris Eccleston (and loved him), and then David Tennant (and loved him)… But Matt Smith took the role, and the show to another level. His humor, his pathos, and his uncanny ability to switch between the two make his Doctor unique in the pantheon. I remember meeting him in person on the very first press screening of “Who” in America. He jumped out to chat with me first, and I thought, “Yup. That’s The Doctor.”
2. Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston)
3. Tenth Doctor (David Tennant)
4. Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker)
5. First Doctor (William Hartnell)

Favorite TARDIS set
I actually kind of love the new one, with the white and the spinny wheels.

Saddest moment in Doctor Who history
“I don’t want to go. I don’t want to go.”

Greatest Doctor Who opening sequence ever
Amy Pond’s intro!

Greatest Doctor Who writer ever
Neil Gaiman

Why Doctor Who endures
It’s always something new. Every week the show is on, it’s a new adventure, it’s something different, and fans take to that. Every episode is a chance to become a new fan, or more of a fan – or make someone else into a Whovian.

Greatest Doctor’s costume
Tom Baker’s

Greatest fan-made Doctor Who video
Does Doctor Puppet work? Then Doctor Puppet