It's time to unwrap the nominees for Best Producer so here they be:
First up is Philip Hinchcliffe. The list of stories he produced reads like this: The Ark in Space, The Sontaran Experiment, Genesis of the Daleks, Revenge of the Cybermen, Terror of the Zygons, Planet of Evil, Pyramids of Mars, The Android Invasion, The Brain of Morbius, The Seeds of Doom, The Masque of Mandragora, The Hand of Fear, The Deadly Assassin, The Face of Evil, The Robots of Death, and The Talons of Weng-Chiang. Of those, six were included in the Field of 64.
Verity Lambert was the first producer and the one who started it all. Does that also make her the best? Her credited stories: An Unearthly Child, The Daleks, The Edge of Destruction, Marco Polo, The Keys of Marinus, The Aztecs, The Sensorites, The Reign of Terror, Planet of Giants, The Dalek Invasion of Earth, The Rescue, The Romans, The Web Planet, The Crusade, The Space Museum, The Chase, The Time Meddler, Galaxy 4, and Mission to the Unknown. Seven of her produced stories appeared in the Field of 64.
Although his life was cut short while he was in his 40's, Graham Williams left behind a rather impressive list of Doctor Who stories that he produced. The list includes: Horror of Fang Rock, The Invisible Enemy, Image of the Fendahl, The Sun Makers, Underworld, The Invasion of Time, The Ribos Operation, The Pirate Planet, The Stones of Blood, The Androids of Tara,The Power of Kroll,Destiny of the Daleks, City of Death, The Creature from the Pit, Nightmare of Eden, and The Horns of Nimon. Six of his stories were included in the Field of 64.
Nobody had more entries in the Field of 64 than John Nathan Turner or JNT if you are so inclined. Nobody produced more stories in Doctor Who history. While too numerous to list individually, JN-T began his producing career during Tom Baker's final season. He would stay at the helm of the show until the final Sylvester McCoy story Survival. 50 stories in all and of those 22 were included in the Field of 64. He certainly has the quantity but does he have the quality?
After Barry Letts was a writer for Doctor Who he became a producer. He began producing stories after Spearhead From Space; making him just one story shy of producing Jon Pertwee's entire run. He ended his main work on the show after producing Tom Baker's first story Robot. He would return to co-produced Logopolis with JNT. Of his twenty-five produced stories ten of them appeared in the Field of 64.
Now I also have the job of awarding Best Director. This was the most difficult category to pick a winner in but a winner was picked and it is David Maloney.
I shall announce the winner of favorite producer in a day or two. Stay tuned.
Time to make known the list of nominees for Best Doctor Who Director.
Douglas Camfield who's body of work includes: The Crusade, The Time Meddler, The Daleks' Master Plan, The Web of Fear, The Invasion, Inferno (he directed all the location film work; he became ill with a
heart condition during the recording of the studio scenes. The
remainder were directed by producer Barry Letts, though Camfield was given sole credit), Terror of the Zygons, and The Seeds of Doom
State of Decay, The Visitation, Mawdryn Undead, The Five Doctors, The Twin Dilemma, and The Two Doctors are all listed on the resume of Peter Moffatt.
David Maloney's impressive list of directorial credits looks something like this: The Mind Robber, The Krotons, The War Games, Planet of the Daleks, Genesis of the Daleks, Planet of Evil, The Deadly Assassin, and The Talons of Weng-Chiang.
Richard Martin was one of the very earliest directors on the show and his credits include: The Daleks (episodes 3, 6, 7), The Edge of Destruction (episode 1), The Dalek Invasion of Earth, The Web Planet, and The Chase.
While some would think of Barry Letts as more of a Doctor Who producer, he was also quite the accomplished director. The list of stories that he directed include: The Enemy of the World, Inferno (uncredited, episodes 3-7), Terror of the Autons, Carnival of Monsters, Planet of the Spiders, and The Android Invasion.
I will have the winner posted along with the nominees for best producer of Doctor Who in a few days. I also promised to name the winner of Best Doctor Who writer of all time. That honor goes to:
Responsible for writing eighteen of the 64 stories that was in my Field of 64.
All that Doctor Who stuff made me think about the dozens of producers and directors the show has had not to mention the hundreds of writers. Then I started wondering who my favorites were or would be if I really put my mind to it. So never to turn a blind eye to a good blog post subject I present the:
Who's Who of Doctor Who Awards
First up will be the award for best writer. And the nominees are:
Douglas Adams. Wrote The Pirate Planet and Shada. Also co-wrote The City of Death with Graham Williams under the pseudonym David Agnew.
Robert Holmes. Wrote more episodes (64 in total) of the original series than anyone else. Some of the most notable: Spearhead from Space, Terror of the Autons, Carnival of Monsters, The Time Warrior, Pyramids of Mars, The Brain of Morbius, The Deadly Assassin, The Talons of Weng-Chiang, The Caves of Androzani, and The Two Doctors
Eric Saward. Before he quit over a difference of opinion involving the script for The Ultimate Foe and then destroying Johnathan Nathan Turner and Colin Baker in the media, he wrote some pretty good stories. The Visitation, Earthshock, Resurrection of the Daleks, and Revelation of the Daleks
Terrance Dicks (or Uncle Terry as he is affectionately referred to) was associated with Doctor Who for over 40 years. His episodes include The War Games, Robot, The Brain of Morbius (re-written substantially by script editor Robert Holmes and credited to the pseudonym Robin Bland), Horror of Fang Rock, State of Decay, and The Five Doctors
Pretty much anything Dalek related that was viewed before 1976 was written by Terry Nation. Makes sense since he created them. Stories: The Daleks, The Keys of Marinus, The Dalek Invasion of Earth, The Chase, Mission to the Unknown, The Daleks' Master Plan (episodes 1-5, 7), Planet of the Daleks, Death to the Daleks, Genesis of the Daleks, The Android Invasion, and Destiny of the Daleks.
So there you have it the five nominees for Best Doctor Who Writer. I will post the winner when I give the nominees for Best Doctor Who Director in a few days.
Well to say the last six weeks has been difficult is an understatement. We have rebounded and are back with the announcement of the winner of the Doctor Who Field of 64. You know, the contest called March Madness that a winner is crowned usually in April? Yeah, it's been that type of a deal for almost two months. So here we go without further doo-doo:
The War Games
So we have Patrick Troughton's (not to mention Zoe, and Jamie) epic final story going against the story with one of the biggest and most shocking moments in Doctor Who history; the death of Adric. Both worthy and very entertaining stories but in the end there can be only one. What is this Highlander? AnyWHO, the grand champion and winner of the title Best Original Doctor Who Story is:
THE WAR GAMES!!!!!
Now let's go celebrate the victory the only way we know how.
It's been a long and winding road that has taken us here to the Final Four competitors left alive. No reason to beleaguer this any longer so here we go with the last matches before we crown a champion.
The first pairing finds a Patrick Troughton story against a Simon McCoy story. Both of them are 3 seeds.
THE WAR GAMES
THE REMEMBRANCE OF THE DALEKS
WINNER: THE WAR GAMES
The second match features a two seeded Peter Davidson story against a three seeded Patrick Troughton story:
THE TOMB OF THE CYBERMEN
(in the closest decision of the entire contest thus far)
After we let these last decisions sink in and the numbness wears off (in other words; probably Tuesday) we will be back with the Championship Match.
So the Final Four, the Ferocious Four, the Conquering Cuatro, the Four Whosman of the Apocalypse, (OK, the last one might have been a little bit of overkill) is officially set. A re-watch of the last stories alive is currently being held. The results will be announced soon.