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!
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.
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.
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.
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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!