Paula Luther – Best of ‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary Ballot
I’ve been an avid Whovian since 2008, and my love of the show has led me to start contributing Doctor Who articles to WhatCulture.com.
Favorite monster, villain or creature
1. The Weeping Angels
The Weeping Angels were a truly unique concept–and really such a straightforward idea that it’s surprising no one else thought of them sooner and that they were introduced as late as 2007. Also, I don’t scare easily, but watching Blink for the first time definitely gave me some chills.
2. The Daleks
3. The Rani
4. The Scarecrows from Human Nature
5. The Cybermen
1. The Doctor’s Wife
It was such a beautifully written episode that gave us a chance to properly meet the TARDIS for the first time in the show’s history. Watching the Doctor and the TARDIS interact gave the audience a chance to fully see just how important they were to each other–more importantly, that they needed each other.
2. City of Death
3. The Christmas Invasion
4. The Daleks
5. The Mind Robber
1. Donna Noble
She was a perfect fit for the Doctor’s personality, and it was an example of a symbiotic relationship. Donna needed the Doctor to show her just how much more there was to life and that she possessed greatness herself, and the Doctor needed Donna to help him heal from losing Rose and his mistakes with Martha.
4. Susan Foreman
5. Jamie Macrimmon
1. First Doctor (William Hartnell)
William Hartnell was my first Doctor, so I can’t help but love him best. He is also the standard against which I measure all other Doctors–I watch them and think, “Can I see hints of the original Doctor in there somewhere?”
2. Tenth Doctor (David Tennant)
3. Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith)
4. Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston)
5. Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker)
Favorite TARDIS set
The current one is my favorite–it’s evocative of the original set but is still unique in its own right.
Saddest moment in Doctor Who history
I would say it’s Susan’s departure in The Dalek Invasion of Earth. The Doctor was losing his granddaughter, his one link to his family back on Gallifrey. Susan’s presence gave him roots and a background; without her, he really was just a homeless wanderer.
Greatest Doctor Who opening sequence ever
I would say the current sequence is pretty awesome. It encapsulates the show’s entire history in 30 seconds.
Greatest Doctor Who writer ever
How can you top the man who gave us the Daleks?
Why Doctor Who endures
I believe Doctor Who has lasted these 50 years because it doesn’t have any real limitations. The fact that the characters can travel anywhere in time and/or space gives endless possibilities for story ideas. And because the audience tends to live vicariously through the companions, it means that we are set free to roam in a universe that is as big as our imagination creates it.
Greatest Doctor’s costume
I think my favorite outfit has been the Tenth Doctor’s suit and trenchcoat. It just seemed like a very Doctorish outfit.
Greatest fan-made Doctor Who video
Yes, I’m biased, but I’m very fond of the video I made.