Eleven Doctors, more than 30 companions, infinite miles traveled — there’s a lot of space and time to cover when it comes to 50 years of Doctor Who. The British sci-fi institution has influenced other franchises, spawned a gazillion tributes and spoofs, and launched a mighty, devoted fanbase.
How do you dare to create definitive lists of the best of Who?
We here at Anglophenia love a good listicle as much as anyone else, and we’ve invited a few good Doctor Who fans to take part in a survey of the show’s epic half-century run.
We’ve amassed an expert jury of dedicated Whovians—some who have watched the show for just a few years, others who have devoured episodes since long before current Doctor Matt Smith was born. Some are journalists who cover the show (nice work if you can get it, right?), while others have founded and presided over fan clubs. Some started with the “reboot” and worked their way back in an appropriately non-linear fashion, while others took a chronological path, beginning with William Hartnell‘s First Doctor.
But they are all united by a fervent, deep appreciation of the show, in both its classic and modern forms. And we hope that these lists encourage fans to sample eras of the shows that they may not know well.
We’ll be rolling out our lists in the days leading up to the 50th, so be sure to check back here for updates. All first place votes were given five points, second place votes four points, third place votes three points, fourth place votes two points, and fifth place votes one point.
Below you can peruse the ballots of our jurors, with ballots updating more of our lists are published.
Laura Byrne Cristiano