January 25, 2005

SF Babe Poll (Dr Who Companions)

Thanks to everyone who provided feedback to help nominate this week's candidates. To reward your participation, I am going to change the original terms of the poll a bit. Instead of limiting it to four candidates, this week's poll will be a five-way contest, to accommodate the candidates who received more than one recommendation.

Without further ado, this week's contestants:

Perpugilliam "Peri" Brown (portrayed by Nicola Bryant):

Leela (portrayed by Louise Jameson):

Romana II (portrayed by Lalla Ward):

Rose Tyler (portrayed by Billie Piper) - the newest sidekick, and one whose name seems to be a delightful play on "Tyler Rose," which Texans should recognize (since the town of Tyler, Texas is famous for its roses, which are often sold by drifters and cultists at various traffic intersections):

And last but far from least, Zoe (portrayed by Wendy Padbury):

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Be sure to check out the Gallery of previous SF Babe poll winners, and be assured that I am keeping track of your recommendations for future candidates. I update the poll weekly, and plan to have some "best of" polls pitting the winners against one another. The permanent link for the poll is http://texasbestgrok.mu.nu/index.php#SFBabePoll. Thanks!

Results (Posted 1 February 2005):

Peri - 62 of 318 votes (19%)
Leela - 107 of 318 votes (34%) WINNER
Romana II - 41 of 318 votes (13%)
Rose - 41 of 318 votes (13%)
Zoe - 67 of 318 votes (21%)

Posted by JohnL at January 25, 2005 10:22 PM

Tough choice. Can't decide to vote on pure babe factor or favorite character. Is it wrong that the Doctor they partnered with is influencing this?

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at January 26, 2005 04:54 PM

Gotta go with Peri

Posted by: anselm at January 26, 2005 07:44 PM

Yep, Peri. Though the second Romana comes in ... second.

Posted by: McGehee at January 27, 2005 08:56 AM

I may have missed this, but when are we going to have a poll among all the previous poll winners?

Posted by: RP at January 27, 2005 11:33 AM

RP, I'll probably do that in conjunction with a redesign of the Gallery page, and try to time it for the six-month anniversary of the feature (which falls around the Ides of March).

Posted by: JohnL at January 27, 2005 12:03 PM

Excellent! *marking my calendar with a reminder*

Posted by: RP at January 27, 2005 12:31 PM

I'm voting for the new girl played by Billie Piper. Honourable mention to Wendy Padbury, with Peri taking the bronze

Posted by: Davros at January 27, 2005 03:41 PM

Man, I'm late to this game.

Where's Romana I, and the best of all, Nyssa, the girl of my dreams?

Posted by: Scott at January 27, 2005 06:22 PM

Hey I tried to convince my wife that Nyssa was a perfectly acceptable name for our daughter but she wouldn't go for it.

Posted by: DJ at January 27, 2005 06:28 PM

Thanks for succumbing to reader pressure (...and congrats on the Insta-link!).

Posted by: Chan S. at January 27, 2005 06:46 PM

Well, a poll without Romana I is absurd. Putting Rose Tyler in shouldn't count - aside from snapshots at Outpost Gallifrey, we don't know what she'll look like on the series. Replace her with Nyssa.

Leela definitely had the best costume (just watched Talons of Weng Chiang with my kids this weekend - missed the warrior skins but made up for it with wet nightie - the water was cold), but it's hard to beat the sheer pulchritude of Miss Brown. Of this group, "Peri" Brown wins, as long as she doesn't talk (dock-TER)...

Posted by: BrianE at January 27, 2005 07:35 PM

The instalanche has begun!!!

Posted by: PGG at January 27, 2005 08:00 PM

There's only one choice for ultimate Who babe, and nobody's mentioned her.

Sarah Jane Smith. What a hottie!

Posted by: Hiawatha Bray at January 27, 2005 08:37 PM

OMG, you are totally right. Sarah Jane Smith was the cat's meow.

And Nyssa. She should get extra points for having to put up with Adric.

Posted by: Scott at January 27, 2005 09:26 PM

Why no apparent mention of my all time favorite space babe: Barbarella, see at:


There are some better pics around but I could not find them quickly.

Posted by: shad at January 27, 2005 10:28 PM

Shad, we haven't gotten around to Barbarella yet. I plan to do Rollerball and the original Stepford Wives, too. Lots of good material to go through, still. One week at a time...

Posted by: JohnL at January 27, 2005 10:33 PM

If you are picking out the loveliest of the Doctor's companions, how could you forget Jo Grant?

Posted by: House of Payne at January 27, 2005 11:42 PM

John, I say with the number of lovely Dr. Who assistants that have gotten votes in your comment thread after your Instalanche, you should think about a runoff. You have enough for another 5-vote poll.

Semifinal to final!

I want to vote for Nyssa, and Romana I, who, I've discovered after a google search, is of Estonian heritage, which might make her the best actress from my country.

Count every vote!

Posted by: Scott at January 28, 2005 08:17 PM

Scott, good idea.

Posted by: JohnL at January 29, 2005 12:03 AM

.. ZOE!..

Posted by: Eric at January 29, 2005 08:28 AM

Ooh busty,gorgeous Nicola Bryant [Peri] is my favourite.

Posted by: Nick at February 11, 2005 06:13 PM
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