Paul A Murphy is a journalist, writer, composer, musician and highly erratic blogger. A Doctor Who fan since his earliest memory of the show (Jon Pertwee, 1974, “Death To The Daleks”) and instilled with a lifelong arachnophobia thanks to “Planet Of The Spiders” later that same year. Professionally, he has commented on the show for BBC Three Counties Radio and ITN Radio.
In the rest of his spare time he enjoys music, television, film, books, cooking, drinking—and writing with enthusiasm about all of the above. He lives in Kent, but does all his best work in London.
Favorite monster, villain or creature
1. The Daleks
An obvious choice, but put simply, there are undiscovered tribes in the heart of the rainforests who can tell you what a Dalek looks like. And they look SUPERB, a genuine British design classic to be proud of every bit as much as the Spirit of Ecstacy, Spitfires and Mini Coopers. “Iconic” is an oft-abused word, but it applies here like nothing else. Klingons?! Pshaw!
2. Roger Delgado’s The Master.
4. The Pirate Captain from “The Pirate Planet”
5. The Zygons
1. Genesis Of The Daleks
Tom Baker, the finest Doctor. Elisabeth Sladen’s committed performance as Sarah Jane Smith, the best companion (accept no substitute). A brilliant secondary foil companion in Ian Marter’s Harry Sullivan. One of the finest villains ever in Who – Davros, played in a never-bettered performance by Michael Wisher. And best of all – the greatest scene in Who history, where the Doctor explains that while their genocide may be solution to a universe menaced by the Daleks, the act of their absolute destruction would make him no less of a menace. Five magic words: “Do I have the right?”
I was four years old, I wanted to see the Daleks wiped out – the Doctor taught me not to see things so clear-cut. In my black-and-white world, the Daleks were literally grey areas. I’d received one of my first intimations that life was complex, shaded, and not always what you wanted. Powerful magic in five words.
2. City Of Death
3. The Three Doctors
4. Carnival Of Monsters
5. The Pirate Planet
1. Sarah Jane Smith
Elisabeth Sladen made you believe it.
2. Harry Sullivan
3. Jo Grant
4. Jamie McCrimmon
1. Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker)
He was the Doctor I grew up on. A moral compass, a sartorial role model, an imparter of terror in the most magnificent way.
2. Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee)
3. First Doctor (William Hartnell)
4. Tenth Doctor (David Tennant)
5. Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith)
Favorite TARDIS set
The current TARDIS set is lovely.
Saddest moment in Doctor Who history
Connected to the show? When Elisabeth Sladen died. In the show itself? When Tom Baker regenerated.
Greatest Doctor Who opening sequence ever
The 1974 Tom Baker titles.
Greatest Doctor Who writer ever
Why Doctor Who endures
It’s regularly mind-blowing! It doesn’t get any better than “It’s bigger on the inside!”
Greatest Doctor’s costume
Greatest fan-made Doctor Who video