Paul Semel – Best of ‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary Ballot

Paul Semel
I’ve been writing about Doctor Who for many years, mostly about the DVD releases, for a variety of websites and magazines including Shoptopia, Metromix, Bikini,, and my own site,

Favorite monster, villain or creature
1. The Daleks.
I’m a fan from way back. I started watching the show when I was in junior high school, back in the early ’80s. The Tom Baker era. But I’m also a big Star Wars fan, so I think I was drawn to The Daleks for being like evil R2-D2s.
2. The Cybermen.

Favorite episodes
1. The Key To Time
There are Baker-era stories I like more than some of The Key To Time, but I like how that entire season was underpinned by one long story.

Favorite companions
1. Sarah Jane Smih
Because she was the companion of my favorite Doctor, Tom Baker.
2. Leela
3. Martha Jones
4. Amy Pond

Favorite Doctors
1. Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker)
He was my first. But he also embodies The Doctor the most to me; the Sherlock Holmes from space thing.
2. Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison)
3. Tenth Doctor (David Tennant)

Favorite TARDIS set
David Tennant’s.

Saddest moment in Doctor Who history
The American movie.

Greatest Doctor Who opening sequence ever
Tom Baker’s

Why Doctor Who endures
This is going to sound weird, but I think of Doctor Who’s endurance in much the same way I think of how the rock band Rush have endured (and, similarly, are just now getting the respect and recognition they’ve always deserved). Because both have kept up the quality and stayed true to themselves and their fans while constantly evolving and trying new things.