Haley Grogan – Best of ‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary Ballot

Haley Grogan
Haley Grogan is a full-time writer and editor living in Tuscaloosa, Ala., where she is in graduate school studying journalism at the University of Alabama. She would be sorted into Slytherin House, has frequent chats with her bust of Abraham Lincoln, and owns three cacti, affectionately named Edgar, Ray, and Bradbury. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @haleyhgrogan.

Assistant editor at the “Alabama Alumni Magazine”
Editor at Literally, Darling
Contributor for WhatCulture

I’ve been watching Who for about three years now and have watched through the new reincarnations (9-11) three times. I’ve seen a number of classic episodes. I’ve owned a Whovian fan Instagram (@theblondewhovian) for about a year, though it is currently in hibernation because I haven’t had much time to keep up with it. It has had up to 2,000+ followers. I made my Doctor Who edits, several of which can be found at the blondewhovian.tumblr.com. Additionally, I own a pair of TARDIS earrings, the red American Apparel sweater from Amy’s first few episodes, and a 2013 Who calendar.

Favorite monster, villain or creature
1. The Silence
2. The Weeping Angels
3. The creature from “The God Complex”
4. The Daleks
5. The Cybermen

Favorite episodes
1. The Doctor’s Wife
First, I love Neil Gaiman. He’s one of my favorite writers of all time. With that being said, however, I somehow missed that he wrote this Who episode until after I’d already seen it. I love that we get to see a bit of the TARDIS’ personality, and that she’s given a voice to talk with the Doctor, at least for a little bit. I liked that the TARDIS was not some super sexy, skimpily dressed vixen, but a beautiful woman, who makes a good partner for the Doctor who helps him build another machine to escape in. I liked House, and Amy and Rory’s dedication to one another throughout the episode. Also, “Come on then, Sexy,” is one of my favorite lines of all time.
2. The Girl in the Fireplace
3. The Wedding of River Song
4. The Empty Child
5. Vincent and the Doctor

Favorite companions
1. Amy Pond
I like that Amy doesn’t take crap from anyone–not from Rory, not from River, and not from The Doctor. She’s feisty, creative and independent, and was the Doctor’s best friend rather than a love interest, which I was a little tired of by the time we’d cycled through Rose and Martha (yes, I know Donna wasn’t a “love interest,” but I couldn’t understand what she was saying ever). I like that Amy finally chose between the Doctor and Rory and stuck to her choice.
2.  River Song
3. Jack Harkness
4. Donna Noble
5. Rose Tyler

Favorite Doctors
1. Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith)
Eleven was my first “live” Doctor, meaning the first for which I sat and waited in front of the TV for the newest episode of Who to come on. I like his quirkiness and his quick one-liners, and that he isn’t quite as cocky as 10, but still self-confident. I also feel like he was the most developed of the Doctors so far, and that I got to see into him a little bit more than with the other regenerations.
2. Tenth Doctor (David Tennant)
3. Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker)
4. Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston)
5. Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton)

Favorite TARDIS set
Series 5-7

Saddest moment in Doctor Who history
The end of “The Name of the Doctor,” when Eleven says goodbye to River, with so many references to “Silence in the Library”/”Forest of the Dead.” I sobbed for hours.

Greatest Doctor Who opening sequence ever
“The Pandorica Opens”/”Blink”/”A Good Man Goes to War”

Greatest Doctor Who writer ever
Steven Moffat

Why Doctor Who endures
The premise of the show allows for changes, redesigns, growth, evolution and adaptation. Simply put, it’s one of the only shows that could have kept up with the changing decades, because its premise allows it to keep up with changing decades. Additionally, its whimsical and adventurous nature provide escape for viewers–something increasingly sought after. It’s clean family fun and it appeals to all types of people.

Greatest Doctor’s costume
Ten’s OR Four’s

Greatest fan-made Doctor Who video