Yesterday I posted the ballot for the Doctor Who Creators Hall of Fame. You can check it out here. We’re looking at voting in seven creators in this inaugural year.
(Daily Doctor Who #253)
But after running through all the names with my daughter, who likes Doctor Who but doesn’t know who everybody is, I thought it’d be worth expanding on the list a little bit, in case others aren’t sure. So here are their names and a brief summary of their contribution to Doctor Who:
The 2021 Nominees are (in alphabetical order)
Script Editor for Season 17 of the classic era of the show–Tom Baker’s penultimate year, from Destiny of the Daleks to The Horns of Nimon, plus the unfinished Shada. Also the writer for Shada, The Pirate Planet (from Season 16) and much of City of Death.
The Fourth Doctor, who played the role for seven seasons (Seasons 12 – 18), doing more episodes in the role than any other actor.
On TV, he’s the revival series’ go-to guy for the voice of the Daleks and other alien creatures. But beyond the small screen, Nicholas Briggs has been involved in unofficial fan productions and behind the scenes content for years, and eventually became a major player with Big Finish. At Big Finish, he has written, directed and acted in hours of licensed Doctor Who content, and has also served as Executive Producer.
A director for Doctor Who, working on a variety of stories for the First-Fourth Doctor, including The Crusades, The Time Meddler, The Daleks’ Masterplan, The Web of Fear, The Invasion, parts of Inferno, Terror of the Zygons and The Seeds of Doom. He also directed some of the film inserts in the very first story, An Unearthly Child.
The Twelfth Doctor, playing the role from Series 8 – 10 of the revived series, plus associated specials.
Best known as the actor who played the Brigadier, off-and-on in Doctor Who from 1968 to 1989, especially in the early 1970’s. He also played the role in a story on The Sarah Jane Adventures in 2010, shortly before his death.
The designer who worked on ten different First Doctor stories, whose work including coming up with the original visual design of the Daleks.
Russell T. Davies
The writer / producer who oversaw Doctor Who when it came back on the air in 2005, guiding the program for its first four series, encompassing the eras of the Ninth and Tenth Doctors.
Script editor for Doctor Who during much of its third and fourth seasons, featuring the last handful of First Doctor episodes, and the first handful of Second Doctor adventures (specifically, from The Celestial Toymaker to halfway through Evil of the Daleks). He also wrote or co-wrote a number of stories, and co-created the Cybermen. And according to one account, he was the one who came up with the idea of the Doctor changing his body.
The first actor to play the Master, doing so for eight Third Doctor stories, before he was tragically killed in a car crash in real life.
The musical arranger who took the Doctor Who theme song and turned into into the eerie piece of music that we listened to for the first years of the show’s life.
The script editor for the last few Second Doctor stories, and the entirety of the Third Doctor era. Terrance Dicks also wrote a bunch of stories, including co-writing the Time Lords’ introduction in The War Games, as well contributing Fourth Doctor scripts like Horror of Fang Rock and State of Decay, and writing the 20th anniversary story The Five Doctors. Dicks also wrote over 60 novelizations of Doctor Who episodes, a bunch of original novels, two stage plays, a number of reference books…just tons of stuff related to Doctor Who.
The Ninth Doctor, and the star of Series 1 of the revived series.
The composer for Doctor Who (and some of its spinoffs) for the first 10 series of the revived show, including the entirety of the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors’ eras.
The original composer for the Doctor Who theme music.
The First Doctor himself, who originated the role in 1963 and played him for the first several years of the show.
The producer for most of Tom Baker’s first three seasons on Doctor Who, from The Ark in Space to The Talons of Weng-Chiang.
The actor who played Jamie McCrimmon for almost the entirety of the Second Doctor era, one of the longest-serving companions.
A prolific scriptwriter for Doctor Who, contributing stories from the Second – Sixth Doctor, including adventures like The Krotons, Spearhead from Space, Carnival of Monsters, The Time Warrior, Pyramids of Mars, The Talons of Weng-Chiang, The Caves of Androzani, and more. Amongst Holmes’ creations (or elements to debut in his stories) are the Sontarans, the Autons, the Master, Jo Grant, Sarah Jane Smith, Romana, Borusa, the Key to Time, and lots more. He was also the show’s script editor for the Fourth Doctor’s first three and a half seasons.
The director of the first Doctor Who adventure, An Unearthly Child, as well as its first historical adventure, Marco Polo.
The actress who played the companion Leela for a season and a half during the Fourth Doctor’s tenure.
The first producer for Doctor Who, and a major player int he show’ early success. She produced the show for the first two and a bit seasons.
The voice actor who portrayed K9 for the majority of the character’s 30+ years on television.
The producer of Doctor Who for almost the entirety of the Third Doctor era, who also occasionally wrote and directed for the series.
The actor who played Benton, a UNIT soldier, over many stories from the Second to Fourth Doctors’ eras.
The actress who played Jo Grant, companion to the Third Doctor for three seasons.
The actor who played the Seventh Doctor for the last three seasons of the original series.
The eighth Doctor actor, who only played the character on television in a 1996 TV movie, and in a 2013 mini-episode. He has also played the Doctor in tons of Big Finish audio projects.
The revived Doctor Who‘s second showrunner, who oversaw the writing and directing of the entirety of the Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors’ eras. Moffat also wrote a number of the show’s most popular episodes during the Ninth and Tenth Doctors’ tenures, including Blink, Silence in the Library, and The Girl in the Fireplace.
The creator of the Daleks and the writer of many Dalek episodes of the show, including fan-favorite Genesis of the Daleks, which introduced the Daleks’ fictional creator Davros. He also wrote a few other episodes of the show, and did a lot to develop the popularity of the Daleks outside the show.
The television executive who first proposed the series that became Doctor Who.
Co-creator of the Cybermen, and writer, co-writer or story developer for many of their early stories, as well as The War Machines.
The Third Doctor, who starred in the series from seasons 7 – 11, in the 1970’s.
The actress who played Sarah Jane Smith, first for the Third Doctor, then for the Fourth, later appearing in a K9-focused spinoff episode, the 20th anniversary episode of the show, the revived series with the Tenth Doctor, and then in her own Sarah Jane Smith spinoff.
The actor who played the Eleventh Doctor, for series 5-7 of the revived show.
The performer of the first Romana, companion to the Fourth Doctor.
The Tenth Doctor, who starred in the revived Doctor Who from series 2-4.
The Second Doctor, which means the first one to have to win over the audience after the idea of the Doctor changing faces was introduced.
Doctor Who‘s first ever script editor, as well as the writer of numerous later stories. He also wrote a lot of non-television Dalek material, including a stage play and a lot of comics.
Now, go over to the ballot page and add your votes!