Juan Sam – Best of ‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary Ballot

Juan Sam
I’ve written Doctor Who reviews for WeGotThisCovered.com and am writing features for both WhatCulture.com and WeGotThisCovered.com

I am teaching a student-led course at my university about Doctor Who itself, and using only Doctor Who to see what we can learn about our world, culture, society, media and life in general.

Over the past few years, I’ve turned a whole bunch of my new found friends into fans of Doctor Who (within a couple of months of meeting them), and I continue to do so, especially on a bigger scale through my Doctor Who course.

Favorite monster, villain or creature
1. The Vashta Nerada
The Vashta Nerada hid in the shadows and that already makes them dangerous because we don’t really know when they’re there and if we’re in danger or not. The fact that they can strip you to your bones is also immensely frightening.
2. The Weeping Angels
3. Davros
4. The Silence
5. The Judoon

Favorite episodes
1. The Big Bang
The Big Bang is a fantastic conclusion to a two-parter and a whole season’s arc, and moreover it gives off a very fairy-tale vibe. It has a really joyous climax and has all the best parts of Doctor Who in it: fantasy, sadness, drama, action, adventure, fear, epic speeches, happiness, and a love for life.
2. The Doctor’s Wife
3. Forest of the Dead
4. The End of Time Part 2
5. The Caves of Androzani

Favorite companions
1. Donna Noble
Donna isn’t afraid to tell the Doctor when he’s doing wrong, and she’s full of compassion for any creature. The banter she has with the Doctor is very entertaining as well, and she saved the world!
2. Rory Williams
3. Jamie McCrimmon
4. Sarah Jane Smith
5. Jo Grant

Favorite Doctors
1. Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith)
I can never completely choose a favorite Doctor, they are all equally brilliant, but for I lean towards Matt Smith. The Eleventh Doctor is a perfect climax and combination of all the previous Doctors, and you can see each of them through him, and he displays his age with freshness and youth fused into it to become the old Time Lord that’s exploring the Universe.
2. Tenth Doctor (David Tennant)
3. Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison)
4. Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker)
5. Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton)

Favorite TARDIS set
The current one that debuted in The Snowmen (2013)

Saddest moment in Doctor Who history
Hard to choose, but the scene when the Tenth Doctor walks into the radiation chamber, realizing that he’s going to die/regenerate (with a lovely soundtrack playing over it), in The End of Time Pt. 2.

Greatest Doctor Who opening sequence ever
The one from Series 4 of the modern era (2008)

Greatest Doctor Who writer ever
Steven Moffat

Why Doctor Who endures
The biggest reason Doctor Who has endured this long (and will continue to do so), is because a major theme of the show is change. There’s always change. Every time a new companion comes aboard, it’s a change that brings with it excitement. Every time a companion leaves, there’s a sad excitement to it. Every time there’s a new Doctor, there’s sadness mixed with excitement for things to come. With every change, comes fresh stories. Every week, it’s a different story, and about any kind of story can take place in Doctor Who. It’s constantly changing, while keeping the essence of the show in place. And that stops Doctor Who from ever being boring.

Greatest Doctor’s costume
The purple costume of the Eleventh Doctor

Greatest fan-made Doctor Who video