Nick Lyons – Best of ‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary Ballot

Nick Lyons
Writer/reviewer for

Whovian Credentials:
1. I met my girlfriend through our mutual love of the Whoniverse.
2. I’ve seen every single Torchwood, Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures, and K9 serial/episode (recons included).
3. I have a plethora of Doctor Who radio/audio dramas, toys, shirts, posters, Blu-rays, and DVDs.

Favorite monster, villain or creature
1. The Judoon
I’m sure most people will put the Daleks up top and I can’t argue with that choice. They are iconic villains and aliens. However, when I saw “Smith and Jones,” I was absolutely captivated by the Judoon. From their alien dialect to their commanding presence on screen, they are an extremely underrated alien species. I only hope we get to see more of them in the future.
2. Daleks
3. Sil
4. The Cybermen
5. Strax

Favorite episodes
1. Blink
Blink is essentially everything that is great about Doctor Who rolled into one. It’s clever, funny, scary and filled with great characters and writing. Besides, how can you not love an episode that contains a DVD easter egg as a plot device? As a longtime DVD reviewer, I couldn’t be more thrilled by that.
2. Vincent and the Doctor
3. Remembrance of the Daleks
4. The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances
5. Carnival of Monsters

Favorite companions
1. K-9
What’s better than a loyal, intelligent, funny, laser shooting robot dog sidekick?
2. Captain Jack Harkness
3. Jamie McCrimmon
4. Romana
5. Ace

Favorite Doctors
1. Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston)
It’s often been said that your first Doctor will always be your favorite Doctor and I think that’s true. While I had seen a few classic Who episodes prior to watching new Who, it was Christopher Eccleston’s portrayal of the Doctor who got me hooked on the series.
2. Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker)
3. Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee)
4. Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker)
5. Tenth Doctor (David Tennant)

Favorite TARDIS set
The Eighth Doctor’s TARDIS set.

Saddest moment in Doctor Who history
A tie between the ending of Vincent and the Doctor and the death of Face of Boe in “Gridlock.”

Greatest Doctor Who opening sequence ever
The 1974-1980 Fourth Doctor opening titles.

Greatest Doctor Who writer ever
Robert Holmes

Why Doctor Who endures
Doctor Who has remained a cultural phenomenon because it has THE perfect premise for a series. The show’s concept allows for a seemingly endless amount of stories and characters in the past, present, and future on everywhere from Earth to Varos. Unlike so many formulaic TV series around, Doctor Who never gets stale because the cast and settings are always changing. Sure, you may miss Doctors and companions, but with every new Doctor era, you are falling in love with the show all over again.

Greatest Doctor’s costume
The Fourth Doctor’s hat, brown coat, and scarf.

Greatest fan-made Doctor Who video

This should be the credit sequence for the 12th Doctor. Amazing work.