Johnstone McGuckian – Best of ‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary Ballot

Johnstone McGuckian
I’ve been a Who fan since I was 4 years old in 1996. I’ve seen every single episode (and listened to all of the missing ones). I write for What Culture and The Celestial Toyroom. I’m a graduate in scriptwriting and would consider Doctor Who to be one of my chief influences.

Favorite monster, villain or creature
1. Early Cybermen
The Cybermen during the black and white era were almost silent creatures. They were completely alien and ruthless and utterly terrifying. It seemed to be that if you met a Cyberman then you were notably dead. While the Daleks did seem to have emotion (mostly anger and hatred) the Cybermen were completely cold killers. Their designs were also at their best in the 60′s.
2. Sontarans
3. Autons
4. Zygons
5. The Destroyer

Favorite episodes
1. The Deadly Assassin
I’m a huge fan of Gallifrey and the Time Lord mythology, and this is the story that firmly establishes it. We also see the master at his most evil and Tom Baker giving his best performance, coping easily with the lack of companion.
2. The War Games
3. The Enemy of the World
4. Remembrance of the Daleks
5. Utopia

Favorite companions
1. Ace
A companion completely different from any other with a great personality and the ability to actually fight baddies as opposed to just screaming at them.
2. Polly
3. Victoria
4. Steven
5. Jamie

Favorite Doctors
1. Third Doctor (Patrick Troughton)
Troughton effectively established what the Doctor was, bringing in many character traits that have lasted to this day. He also had a brilliant set of companions and appeared in many of the series’ greatest stories. The fact that Matt Smith has based a large part of his performance on Troughton speaks volumes about his influence on the series as a whole.
2. Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy)
3. Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker)
4. Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith)
5. First Doctor (William Hartnell)

Favorite TARDIS set
The original from ‘An Unearthly Child’

The single saddest moment in the history of Doctor Who
The Second Doctor having to say goodbye to Jamie and Zoe in ‘The War Games’

The greatest opening sequence
The most recent, ‘The Snowmen’ onwards

Greatest writer in the history of the series
Robert Holmes

Single biggest reason for Doctor Who’s endurance over 50 years
Its ability to adapt to any situation, be it changing times, a change of cast or budget issues. It has always been able to produce innovative and exciting television that has been enjoyed by millions.

Favorite Doctor’s costume in the history of the series
Tom Bakers in season 18

Favorite fan-created DW video
Devious