Fraser McAlpine – Best of ‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary Ballot

Fraser McAlpine
Lead Writer, Anglophenia
Target Novelizations Read: 42.
First Doctor Who story I can remember: “Planet of the Spiders”
Claim to fame: Shook hands with Jon Pertwee and Peter Davison at the 21st anniversary convention in Longleat, 1984. (We didn’t get in.)

Favorite monster, villain or creature
1. The Cybermen
2. The Ood
3. Davros
4. The Ice Warriors
5. The Zygons

Favorite episodes
1.  Human Nature/Family of Blood
Everyone is vulnerable, there are dark omens and something dreadful is clearly about to happen, whether it’s an attack of deadly scarecrows or a World War. The Doctor changes into a human and falls in love, and suddenly has a future, which he then has to give up in order to save the day. He is saved by Martha, who he has treated appallingly, and roundly chastised by Daisy, who shows him just what he has given up. It’s a story only Doctor Who could tell without being utterly preposterous.
2.  Genesis of the Daleks
3. The Web of Fear
4. Blink
5. The Three Doctors

Favorite companions
1. Sarah Jane Smith
She has the relationship with him that makes the most sense. She’s as inquisitive as he is, as argumentative as he is, and more moral than he is.
2. Donna Noble
3. The Brigadier
4. Jamie McCrimmon
5. Leela

Favorite Doctors
1. Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton)
He was an incorrigible baggage, a maddening whimsical clown, but also terrifically smart and able to outwit his foes while larking about.
2. Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith)
3. Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker)
4. Tenth Doctor (David Tennant)
5. Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee)

Favorite TARDIS set
The cyberpunk one.

Saddest moment in Doctor Who history
Donna Noble leaves the Doctor

Greatest Doctor Who opening sequence ever
The first one. I can’t imagine it appearing on 1963 TV screens

Greatest Doctor Who writer ever
Terrence Dicks

Why Doctor Who endures
It got the big stuff right from the start: the TARDIS (inside and out), the Doctor and the Daleks.

Greatest Doctor’s costume
The Fourth Doctor: burgundy jacket, tweedy trousers, scarf, and felt hat.

Greatest fan-made Doctor Who video