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Seb Patrick – Best of ‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary Ballot
Regular writer for DenofGeek.com, web editor of the official Red Dwarf website, and some-time contributor to Anglophenia. Also run an independent Doctor Who blog, UnlimitedRicePudding.co.uk.
Favorite monster, villain or creature
1. The Daleks
I’m big on the iconography of the show—the TARDIS is another of my favorite things about it—and the Daleks are as iconic as it gets. They’re just wonderfully unique and distinctive – and I’m particularly fond of seeing big clusters of differently-designed Daleks gathered in one place (such as in the sizable collection of toy versions of them on my shelf). For a race that’s obsessed with conformity and uniformity, they sure like changing style a lot!
They’re just a wonderful creation. Everyone knows what a Dalek is. Everyone knows what a Dalek does. You can play with that so much. They were brilliant when they were created—they’re even MORE brilliant with fifty years worth of context and cultural osmosis behind them.
2. The Cybermen
3. The Ice Warriors
4. The Kandyman
5. The Ood
1. Remembrance of the Daleks
It was my first, which obviously makes it a biggie. I have such vivid memories of the Dalek climbing the stairs – even though I didn’t really know at that point that they weren’t supposed to be able to do so, it was just a terrifying, brilliant image. Appreciating it as an adult, meanwhile, is more down to the fact that it’s so expertly constructed, thrilling and funny, with superb acting and complex characterisation. I honestly think the post-2005 era owes more in terms of style and ethos to this one story than any other of the classics.
4. The Eleventh Hour
5. Tomb of the Cybermen
I know this is going to sound boring, but again: it helps that she was in my first story. She also, again, did a lot to define what a “modern” companion should be.
2. Amy Pond
3. Wilfred Mott
4. The Brigadier
1. Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy)
Back to that tired old argument again: he was “my” Doctor, because he was the first I saw. All the others are just variations on him, as far as I’m concerned. I really think, though, that with seasons 25 and 26 – and with the subsequent spin-off material taken into account as well – he was the Doctor as I want to see him, the strange and slightly distant – but endlessly compelling – man, who has this incredibly strong moral sense but whose plots and schemes can’t always be understood by we ordinary folk, as he’s always one step ahead.
2. Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton)
3. Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith)
4. Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann)
5. Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker)
Favorite TARDIS set
The TV movie
Saddest moment in Doctor Who history
The Tenth Doctor’s (first) farewell to Wilf, in Journey’s End
Greatest Doctor Who opening sequence ever
The TV movie (probably not a popular one, I know!)
Greatest Doctor Who writer ever
Russell T Davies. He got to write great episodes *and* single-handedly map out a path for the show that made it even more successful than ever. The fact that he did write a few duff ones shouldn’t cancel that out.
Why Doctor Who endures
To quote Craig Ferguson, because it’s about “the triumph of intellect and romance over brute force and cynicism”. It’s an inherently optimistic series, and no matter what the popular entertainment climate of the time, that kind of attitude will *always* find a way to poke through, even at times when the show is otherwise seen as unfashionable. The decision taken to allow the lead character to regenerate, meanwhile, set the stall out that the show will always be able to adapt and change – not just in terms of the lead character, but everything around him – while still remaining inherently the same Doctor Who. It is universal, and eternal, in its appeal.
Greatest Doctor’s costume
The Seventh Doctor (probably the variant with the darker jacket). I know it’s horribly cheesy, and put it down to loving it as a kid, but that pullover and umbrella will always win it for me.
Greatest fan-made Doctor Who video