David Brennan – Best of ‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary Ballot

David Brennan
Professor and Asst. Director of Forensics at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, USA.

Currently a community contributor and member of Buzzfeed and WhatCulture!

Impossible to determine how many hours I have spent watching Doctor Who; besides, time is all wibbly-wobbly anyway.

I am running a college course on Doctor Who titled “Doctor Who: The Rise of a Cultural Phenomenon.” My course explores the connections between DW and our own cultural and societal beliefs. As part of the requirements of this particular course are to involve a diversity element, I spend a good chunk on female empowerment and the aspects of race and slavery. Additionally, as it’s being taught to American students, I try to help them understand the cultural differences between their American experiences and British culture.

Favorite monster, villain or creature
1. The Ood
While not incredibly prolific in Doctor Who canon, The Ood have such a great impact on how we should treat those around us. Their transition from innate servants to wise friends of the Doctor who sing the song of the DoctorDonna across the universe, will always have a special place in my heart.
2. The Daleks
3. The Weeping Angels
4. The Silurians
5. Sil of the Galatron Mining Corporation

Favorite episodes
1. The End of Time
There has never been a more masterful conclusion to an incarnation of The Doctor, as he squares off against The Master to save the entire human race. In particular, when The Doctor sacrifices himself for the brilliant Wilfred Mott, and visits his old friends one last time before reluctantly regenerating.
2. Human Nature/The Family of Blood
3. The Five Doctors
4. Closing Time
5. The Aztecs

Favorite companions
1. Donna Noble
Donna not only adds wonderful humor to many stories, but she presents the most human emotions of any companion, which rub off on The Doctor. She is a perfect example of how any of us, no matter how mundane we might think life is, can make a difference in this universe.
2. Sarah Jane Smith
3. Capt. Jack Harkness/The Face of Boe
4. Wilfred Mott
5. Tegan Jovanka

Favorite Doctors
1. Tenth Doctor (David Tennant)
David Tennant’s run on Doctor Who showed a Doctor who could be fun, clever, and adventurous, yet still constantly carry around the guilt and weight of the universe on his shoulders. Each companion left an imprint on Tennant’s Doctor; changing how he presented The Doctor to us. From joy to anger to sadness, Tennant will always make me feel every emotion; a true sign of a master actor.
2. Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker)
3. Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison)
4. Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith)
5. First Doctor (William Hartnell)

Favorite TARDIS set
The reboot console room from 2005-2010

Saddest moment in Doctor Who history
The 10th Doctor’s end

Greatest Doctor Who opening sequence ever
The second from the reboot, which goes from Blue to Red, I believe

Greatest Doctor Who writer ever
Russell T Davies

Why Doctor Who endures
Great emotional storytelling! These complex stories don’t assume the audience to be idiots, they have mystery, magic, and mayhem which viewers want to watch over and over again. We, as fans, can connect with the characters and learn how to be better people, all while dreaming of our own travels through space and time in a TARDIS! The imagination of the writers and producers is seemingly endless and I look forward to another 50 years of Doctor Who. Thank you for everything.

Greatest Doctor’s costume
Tom Baker’s

Greatest fan-made Doctor Who video