Tim Clodfelter – Best of ‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary Ballot

Tim Clodfelter
Journalist for the Winston-Salem Journal and fan of Doctor Who since childhood. My very first Doctor Who episode was actually the last one with Tom Baker, and I was very confused when the guy with the scarf I’d heard was the hero of the show died and turned blond. I’ve never quite recovered.

Favorite monster, villain or creature
1. The individual Dalek soldier in “Dalek”
2. The Weeping Angels
3. The Werewolf… because I love werewolves.
4. The Master
(Delgado version)

Favorite episodes
1. Human Nature/The Family of Blood
This two-parter presented a relatively self-contained mystery, and at the same time captured the poignancy and the inner darkness of the Doctor. It was also exceedingly clever.
2. The Girl in the Fireplace
3. Dalek
4. Blink
5. The Talons of Weng Chiang
(to me, the DEFINITIVE classic Who story)

Favorite companions
1. Martha Jones
Her interaction with the Doctor was great, and in the aftermath of Rose’s departure, there was a touch of poignancy. In “Gridlock,” when the Doctor realizes he never got a chance to know her because he was too busy showing off, for instance.
2. Rose Tyler
3. Ace
4. Sally Sparrow
5. Wilfred Mott

Favorite Doctors
1. Tenth Doctor (David Tennant)
Tennant caught not only the whimsy but also the angst of the Doctor. And his delivery was terrific; he is a great audiobook reader.
2. Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy)
Who I refer to as “The Little Kolchak Fellow” because he reminds me of the rumpled character from “The Night Stalker” for some reason.
3. Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith)
4. Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison)
5. Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee)

Saddest moment in Doctor Who history
Tennant declaring “I don’t want to go.”

Greatest Doctor Who opening sequence ever
The Davison one is still the definitive one to me.

Greatest Doctor Who writer ever
Steven Moffat

Why Doctor Who endures
The show has always been willing to take chances and go in directions traditional sci-fi shows never would.

Greatest Doctor’s costume
Tennant’s classic look.

Greatest fan-made Doctor Who video