Steven Schapansky – Best of ‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary Ballot

Steven Schapansky
I’m one of the three hosts of the popular Doctor Who podcast Radio Free Skaro, as well as a cohost of another fun Doctor Who podcast called The Memory Cheats. I’ve interviewed over a hundred Doctor Who celebrities both for the podcast and onstage at conventions. I’ve watched Doctor Who since 1983, and I still get giddily excited whenever I hear the Doctor Who theme!

Favorite monster, villain or creature
1. The Cybermen
Cybermen look like robots, but there is a hint of humanity in them that makes them terrifying. They were once like you, and they now want you to be like them.
2. The Daleks
3. The Weeping Angels
4. The Draconians
5. Voord

Favorite episodes
1. The Caves of Androzani
The Doctor gets mixed up in a small war and spends the whole story just trying to get himself and his companion, Peri, out alive – with mixed results. Top notch direction from Graeme Harper and brilliant performances from the entire cast raise this story well above the trappings of its comparatively meager 1980s production values.
2. Inferno
3. The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit
4. The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone
5. The Seeds of Doom

Favorite companions
1. Romana I
Smart and glamourous, she was a perfect foil for Tom Baker’s increasingly invincible Fourth Doctor.
2. Sarah Jane Smith
3. Ian Chesterton
4. Rose Tyler
5. Clara Oswald

Favorite Doctors
1. Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith)
Matt Smith captures both the timelessness of the character and the naive innocence that compels him to continue traveling the universe. But really is an eleven-way tie for first!
2. Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison)
3. Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker)
4. Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton)
5. Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker)

Favorite TARDIS set
The very first one! An iconic set design by Peter Brachacki that has been at the heart of every subsequent version of the set.

Saddest moment in Doctor Who history
The beach scene from “Doomsday” – the first time I openly wept while watching Doctor Who! Yet not the last…

Greatest Doctor Who opening sequence ever
The “diamond logo” sequence from 1973-1980. It enthralled a generation of children and adults!

Greatest Doctor Who writer ever
Robert Holmes.
Even new series show runners Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat admit to trying to replicate his successes!

Why Doctor Who endures
Doctor Who continues to endure because it’s constantly changing, yet remains at its core the same show that we fell in love with in the first place.

Greatest Doctor’s costume
Tom Baker’s. How can you not go with The Scarf?

Greatest fan-made Doctor Who video
My favorite fan-created DW video is every episode of Doctor Who, because fans who watched the show as kids now make the show for real. As incoming Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi said, “Everyone made Doctor Who”.