I’ve been a TV writer at Digital Spy for the past 3.5 years and a ‘Doctor Who’ fan for almost 14 years.
Happily my job and my No. 1 passion collide, and I’m now able to write about ‘Doctor Who’ on pretty much a daily basis.
I have interviewed all but one of the surviving Doctors—Colin Baker still eludes me—and have stepped aboard the TARDIS, hugged Matt Smith and debated the merits of “The Three Doctors” with Steven Moffat.
Favorite monster, villain or creature
1. The Cybermen
2. The Daleks
3. The Silurians
4. The Zygons
5. The Ice Warriors
1. The Girl in the Fireplace
I love ‘The Girl in the Fireplace’ because it shows that the Doctor – despite his alien origins, his magic box and his sonic screwdriver – is really just a man.
He falls in love, he loses her and then, like a typical silly man, hides his feelings from his friends.
10′s “I’m always alright” and sad smile to Rose is one of my all-time favourite ‘Doctor Who’ moments.
3. Genesis of the Daleks
5. The Eleventh Hour
1. Ian Chesterton
One of the originals and still the best, Ian is brave, smart, witty and – best of all – he never stops challenging the Doctor.
2. Harry Sullivan
3. Sarah Jane Smith
4. The Brigadier
5. Rory Williams
1. Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton)
I love William Hartnell, but as far as I’m concerned, Patrick Troughton was the first actor to nail the role of the Doctor – everyone since has just been doing a variation on what Troughton did between 1966 and 1969.
Warm, funny, odd, menacing, commanding – Troughton was all of these things.
A clown, a father figure, a magician, a leader – the perfect Doctor.
2. Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith)
3. Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann)
4. Tenth Doctor (David Tennant)
5. First Doctor (William Hartnell)
Favorite TARDIS set
The TV Movie TARDIS
Saddest moment in Doctor Who history
“I’m always alright,” – from ‘The Girl in the Fireplace’
Greatest Doctor Who opening sequence ever
Tom Baker’s first (1974-1980)
Greatest Doctor Who writer ever
Why Doctor Who endures
There aren’t really any rules that bind ‘Doctor Who’ which is why it can be a hit show in 1963 and a hit show in 2013.
People say ‘It hasn’t changed since 1963′ but that’s absolutely not true – ‘Doctor Who’ has always changed and always will change and THAT is why it’s lasted 50 years.
It’ll never be old-fashioned or out-dated, because everything – the cast, the production team, how it looks, how it feels – can change.
Only the basic idea – the Doctor in the TARDIS, with all of time and space to explore – need stay the same.
Greatest Doctor’s costume
Tenth Doctor’s original brown suit and coat.
Greatest fan-made Doctor Who video