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Top 3 Debut Stories


Deep Breath everyone! We’re about to/have had/are having (delete as appropriate for the time you actually read this) a newy new debut episode for a Doctor (Doctor Who) (Twelvey) (P-Cap). Will ‘Deep Breath’ be more of a ‘Christmas Invasion’, or a ‘Time and The Rani’..? We’ll soon find out (already have found out?). In anticipation I thought I’d bash out a quick list of my top three debut stories for a Doctor; if you don’t agree with my list you can GO TO HELL, COMMIE!

11th HourThe Eleventh Hour

OMG, DUH BESTEST EVAH, TOTES EMOTES AND MAXIMUM FEELS!!1! Moffat could hardly have got it more right with this one. Following in the footsteps of the sainted Tennant was always going to be a challenge, so Moff made sure we fell completely in love with the new guy immediately. It’s a warm, joyous Who-hug of an episode, and Matt Smith is just outstanding.


Spearhead_from_SpaceSpearhead From Space

Pertwee’s first, and it’s a belter. This was ‘The Eleventh Hour’ of its time, trying to do so much more than just launch a new actor into the role, it was basically a relaunch for the show. It introduces one of my favourite (and sadly underused) Who baddies, the Auton’s, and establishes the new format: Earth, UNIT, present (ish) day.


an-unearthly-child-13An Unearthly Child

I’m not so interested in all the cave man stuff that came next, but this opening episode is a spooky marvel. Dark, mysterious, potentially dangerous, Hartnell is all of these things and more in this very first episode of Who.



Twin DilemmaThe Twin Dilemma

No, I’m not high. A little drunk maybe, but not… oh wait, I did drop that acid earlier. Okay, so I’m a little (lot) high and a bit (proper wasted) drunk, but if you ignore the ropey story, then good god is Colin Baker bloody well GOING FOR IT. It may be a bit naff overall, especially coming the week after Caves,  but Baker himself leaps at you and makes his mark immediately. For better or worse, he IS the Doctor.

Agree? Disagree? Which debut stories for a Doctor would make your own top three, hey? Hm? ANSWER ME!



Author: Matthew Stott


4 thoughts on “Top 3 Debut Stories

  1. Personally, i’m not a fan of 11th hour at all and i’d replace that with Rose and push the other two you have chosen to 1 and 2 respectively. Won’t bore you with the reasons but it’s curious that my to three Doctor’s are Baker, Tennant and Smith (In that order and i wasn’t a fan of Ecclestone!) Just goes to show, i don’t know what i’m talking about!!

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