Heather Maloney – Best of ‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary Ballot

Heather Maloney
A little bit crazy and a bunch of fun, Heather Maloney is a freelance journalist. Her published columns include being the National Doctor Who Examiner and National Geek News Examiner for Examiner.com. She also has a blog at www.doctorwhoheather.com and is a staff writer for PopWrapped. In addition to her journalism, she is one third of The Geek Port Podcast crew. A fan of Doctor Who, Heather attends conventions all over the U.S. and facilitates Panel Discussions. These conventions include Gallifrey One, StarFest and Denver Comic-Con. To date she has met four Doctors and a multitude of Companions, writers, directors and actors. Ok, maybe she is “a lot a bit” crazy.

Favorite monster, villain or creature
1. Cybermen
The idea of upgrading yourself and keeping the grim reaper at bay is always in the back of your mind. However, how far would you go? Would you sacrifice your emotions to live forever? Some of the greatest Doctor Who moments revolved around Cybermen. They were the cause of The First Doctor’s regeneration and the death of Adric. They continually change throughout the show and become more frightening each time. My favorite are the Cybrmen from “The Tenth Planet” and “Moonbase.” The low budget costumes only enhance the terror.
2. The Daleks
3. Adipose
4. The Weeping Angels
5. The Zygons

Favorite episodes
1. The War Games
This 10-part epic is why I love “Doctor Who”. Patrick Troughton and Fraser Hines created magic together and by far is the Doctor/Companion relationship that stands up to the test of time. No only is the end of the story heartbreaking as we say goodbye to The Doctor, Zoe and Jaime, we also realize that they will never remember The Doctor or each other.

The story in breathtaking as they travel between eras that have been set up by the masterminds of he war game. Full of suspense and grandur, few stories since have captured the imagination.
2. Genesis of the Daleks
3. The Girl Who Waited
4. Human Nature/ Family of Blood
5. The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances

Favorite companion
1. Jamie McCrimmon
Fraser Hines is an amazing actor. His slapstick and touching relationship with The Doctor has not been seen since.
2. Sarah Jane Smith
3. Donna Noble
4. Adric
5. Ace

Favorite Doctors
1. Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton)
Having to pave new ground with the role, Patrick Troughton was the first actor who had to portray a regenerated Doctor. He is sensitive, fun but still has an extremely dark side that shows what he has been through. His relationship with Jaime McCrimmion is magic.
2. Tenth Doctor (David Tennant)
3. Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith)
4. Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann)
5. Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker)

Favorite TARDIS set
Paul McGann’s from The Movie

Saddest moment in Doctor Who history
When Donna has her memory wiped by The Doctor. Growing up her mother put her down at every turn and she had become the most important woman in the universe. However she will never know.

Greatest Doctor Who opening sequence ever
Season 7B – Matt Smith

Greatest Doctor Who writer ever
Terrance Dicks

Why Doctor Who endures
“Doctor Who” has stood the test of time through its amazing ability to change. Not only does the main actor change almost seamlessly, however the underlying message of the show has stayed relevant. The current message of the value of every individual comes at a time when discrimination is at the forefront of politics and social issues. From sexuality to weight discrimination, the idea that there is a television program that shows you that no matter what you look like or who you are, you are the most important person in the universe, speaks volumes to how the new generation is raised and helps to build a solid moral foundation that allows humanity to grow.

Greatest Doctor’s costume
Tom Baker’s original costume

Greatest fan-made Doctor Who video
Power of The Daleks Reimagined