Erika Ensign – Best of ‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary Ballot

Erika Ensign
I started watching Doctor Who in about 1983 at 5 years old. (I have the coolest geek mom!) I’m currently cohost of Doctor Who podcast Verity!

Favorite monsters
None listed

Favorite episodes
1. The Ribos Operation
I’ve heard numerous people say The Ribos Operation doesn’t appeal to kids, that it can’t be fully grasped until you’re an adult and can handle the “talky” stories. I guess I’m an outlier because I loved this story from the first time I saw it. Great characters and snappy dialogue are my favorite elements of Doctor Who, and this story has them in spades! It’s Mary Tamm’s first appearance as Romana, and she’s breathtaking on several levels. Then you have Garron and Unstoffe as a classic Holmesian double-act that’s second to none. Add in the Doctor being excellently Doctorish, and it’s a recipe for perfection. (And yes, you do have the requisite rubber monster, the exotic location, and the delightfully over-the-top villain, which are all icing on the cake!)
2. The Deadly Assassin
3. The Stones of Blood
4. Blink
5. Destiny of the Daleks

Favorite companions
1. Romana I
She’s as smart as the Doctor (if not smarter), she’s witty, she’s sophisticated, and she’s glamorous as all get out. And most importantly, she never lets any of that get in the way of being a kind and reasonable companion.
2. Sarah Jane Smith
3. Leela
4. Nyssa
5. Clara Oswald

Favorite Doctors
1. Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker)
I grew up watching Tom Baker’s Doctor on PBS, so nostalgia does play a role, but he was the Doctor for seven seasons. That doesn’t happen accidentally. There’s a reason he’s synonymous with Doctor Who for so many people. He’s simply fantastic.
2. Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton)
3. Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith)
4. Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison)
5. Tenth Doctor (David Tennant)

Favorite TARDIS set
The later Tom Baker era set

Saddest moment in Doctor Who history
The Tereleptil zapping the sonic screwdriver

Greatest Doctor Who opening sequence ever
Early Tom Baker

Greatest Doctor Who writer ever
Robert Holmes

Why Doctor Who endures
Variety. It’s the spice of life.

Greatest Doctor’s costume
The Eighth Doctor (from the TV movie)