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The MUST SEE episodes of Modern Who

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Doctor Who has been back on our screen for ten years now (or more, really a lot depends on when you’re actually reading this) (For example, if the year is ‘now’ 2047)(Or 1937), and boy-oh-boy have we been treated to a wealth of ace new Who over that time. There have been a few brown smears here and there too (someone should really have a word with Mr Moffat when he brings up the name ‘Steve Thompson’ yet again), but they are far outweighed by the ace.

Recently there have been a lot of ‘Top Ten Episodes of Modern Who’ type lists. Only ten? These people are lightweights. I’m going to pick out the two must-sees from each season of modern Who. Plus some more tossed in on top.

Others have had their chance to point out what they claim to be ‘the best’, now here’s The Doctor Who Thing list. Which yes, MAKES IT DEFINITIVE. Take a peek, and if you rabble don’t agree, you can go straight to Hell. A Hell made of poo.

SEASON ONE:

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The glorious return of Doctor Who! Many thought that nobody would be interested, that no one would watch, perhaps forgetting that the McGann TV movie pulled in a large audience when it was shown. Yes, okay, I was one of those worried that no one would watch, apart from you sad nerds, and me. STILL a super strong run. Sure, we had the Slitheen and burping bins to contend with, but it’s still one of the most satisfying seasons of new Who. And oh by gosh, how thrilling would it have been if they’d been able to keep that regeneration under wraps?

Dalek

POW!! As I may have mentioned elsewhere (I totes did), ‘Dalek’ was the first ten out of ten episode of new Who for me. I’d enjoyed all the eps before it, to a greater or lesser degree, but this was the first one to really blow me away. The fact the writer has not since worked on the show is a bloomin’ tragedy. How on Earth did the make those pepper pots a credible enemy?! By taking them seriously, and trusting the original design.

The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances

“Are you my Mummy?” The Grand Moff, smashing it for six first time out to bat. Before the series aired, I had serious doubts about Mr Moff being involved, but he proved me wrong immediately. Straight away he gave us something creepy that seeped into the public consciousness. Oh, and I like to think I have a strong stomach, but when Victor Meldrew began his transformation? My goodness but did it disturb.

SEASON TWO:

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And so Tennant swaggers in, helping to stamp the shows place into many new viewers hearts. In retrospect, this season now feels a little like a slight wobble. It’s certainly the season that would sit at the bottom of any list of new Who seasons I were to make. That’s not to say it’s ‘bad’, or doesn’t contain its fair share of cracking episodes, but it feels slightly lesser compared to Eccs year, and fails to reach the highs we would get in the next two Tennant seasons.

The Girl in the Fireplace

Moffat’s first bit of ‘timey-wimey’. Clever, scary, and full of emotion (b-b-but Moffat doesn’t do emotion, RTD does!), this is a bit of a cracker and shows so much of what Who can do squeezed into one episode.

The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit

“The Beast and his armies will rise from the pit to make war against God”. Genuinely unnerving at times. A real sense of stepping into a terrifying place that must not be uncovered. Even the bloody Ood are great, in their first story. One of a very few stories that actually has the power to scare grown adults. Wonderful.

SEASON THREE:

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This season is probably notable for three main things, that the show would go on without Billie Piper just fine, the first appearance of the modern series defining new monster, The Weeping Angels, and the introduction, to new series fans, of the Doctor’s arch nemesis, The Master. AND OH MY GOD THAT MOMENT IN UTOPIA! THE WATCH! YANA! GAAAAHHHHHH!! Yes.

Human Nature/Family of Blood

Adapted by Paul Cornell from his own Virgin New Adventures novel, this is amazing, scary, emotional stuff. And boy, was Baines a terrific, creepy baddie. And that ending! The Doctor’s cruel punishments. Yes plz. Why has Cornell not been back since?!

Blink

“Don’t even blink.” The Weeping Angels take to the stage for the first time. Some quite like this one, so I’ve heard.

SEASON FOUR:

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Tennant’s last season, and the return of Donna. This was my fave 10th Doc/Companion combination, and a nice freshening up of the relationship after the love story of the Doc and Rose, and the unrequited love of Martha. Two mates, travelling through time & space, fighting monsters.

Silence in the Library

“Spoilers”. I recall thinking the Donna season was  ‘fine’ up to this point. Oh, I was enjoying things, and loved the Doctor/Donna partnership, but this story really took things to a whole other level, as so often happens when Moffat’s name is up front as writer.

Midnight

Boy, a real belter this from RTD, delving deep into the ugly side of human nature and the pack mentality. And who knew a woman repeating what you were saying could be so shiver-some? I really like many of RTDs episodes, but it would have been great to see him dip into this well a few more times.

SEASON FIVE:

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CHEAT TIME – This one gets three in recognition of it being THE BEST MODERN SEASON OF WHO.

Seriously.

It is.

I AM CORRECT.

What a glorious year for Doctor Who. This is when things could have gone completely tits up. RTD and Tennant had left the building. Would the show be able to survive? Uh, OF COURSE.  And so we got that Doctor, with those companions, the tone, the new Showrunner unleashed from single stories to run riot on a whole season; and it all rests upon the shoulders of three titanic stories:

The Eleventh Hour

It’s just beautiful. And the finest introduction story for a new Doctor ever. It just fills me with a giddy joy. The stakes were high with this one, new Doctor, new head writer, new producers, new companion, new, new, new. The opportunity for this to be ‘the great stumble’ were sky-high. Of course, they bloody nailed it. Amazingly so.

The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone

The best Weeping Angels story so far.

YOU: “Wait..! The best?! Wuh-Wuh-What about ‘Blink?!” *Puffs on asthma inhaler*

ME: “What can I say, I’m a sexy, handsome rebel.” *Puts on shades and revs motorcycle*

Yes, obvs, ‘Blink’ is amazing, but you know what..? I liked their second appearance even more. No, it doesn’t lessen the Angels. Hush now. It’s Moffat off the leash again, and I love it.

The Pandorica Open/The Big Bang

“We’re all stories, in the end.” STILL the best season finale we’ve had, this. God, but it’s thrilling, big, confident stuff. And I love how we go from the big, noisy, colourful Pandorica and its epic series of giant cliffhangers, to something that feels much smaller. And the Doctor, crumpled, by young Amelia Pond’s bed. Beautiful.

And to think that mixed in among these episodes were the likes of The Lodger, The Beast Below, and Vincent & the Doctor. Incredible stuff.

SEASON SIX:

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Alright everyone, hows about you layoff season six, yes?! We cool?! This season comes in for some serious stick, and it’s easy to see why. It’s not, I would argue, because there are loads of dud episodes contained within, no, it’s entirely down to the heavy arc nature of the run. This is the risk you take if you have a heavy arc season. If the arc, for whatever reason, doesn’t quite satisfy, or doesn’t seem to stick the landing, the whole season is tainted by association. Because let’s be real and funky-fresh for a second: there is LOTS of very good Doctor Who in season six. Don’t let the squashed ending or lack of satisfying emotional follow through on the River revelation blind you to that.

But which are the two stand outs?

The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon

Remember when you watched the first episode of season 6 for the first time? BLOODY HELL! I was astonished, surprised and thrilled and had to watch it all over again as soon as it was finished. No one but Moffat can write Who like this.

The Doctor’s Wife

Neil FREAKIN’ Gaiman, yo. Good lord. This is a beautiful story. My fave moment? The end, the Doctor happily twirling around the console. THE FEELS. To have a talent such as Gaiman working on our little, daft show is incredible (and, uh, proof positive with his next story that even the greats can stumble and fall into a fresh, moist pile of bottom droppings).

SEASON SEVEN:

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Season seven. Bit of an odd fish. Despite the Clara mystery kicking off right from episode one, it really does feel like two separate seasons. The Pond farewell tour, and The Impossible Girl series. And sandwiched in between, a Christmas special..! This can make season seven feel bitty, not a satisfying whole. Despite this lack of unity, there are lots of good episodes lurking within.

Episodes like:

Hide

Yeah, the happy sappy ending is a little disappointing (just let a scary-ass monster be a scary-ass monster already!), but otherwise this is a lovely, spooky thing. And those scene’s in the forest with the Crooked Man are creep-tastic.

The Name of the Doctor

That pre-credits sequence alone is worthy of a round of applause. The Doctor catching River’s hand, another round. That Hurt reveal, my hands are now starting to ache from all this clapping. It’s just good stuff, and sets us up wonderfully for:

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The Night of the Doctor/Day of The Doctor/Time of the Doctor

There was so much room for disappointment with this one. Really, the chances of ‘failure’ were exceptionally high, Moffat must have felt immense pressure. And then he only went and pulled it off. (read what I had to say about ‘Night’ here) A glorious trio of treats. Yeah, I know some of you aren’t keen on ‘Time of’, but you’re wrong, dog-food face!

SEASON EIGHT:

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Season eight is remarkable. It’s remarkable because, eight full seasons in, it delivers perhaps the most consistent seasons since the shows return. And it’s also remarkable because it feels so different to the Matt Smith years, but is helmed by the same head writer. Somehow, with the introduction of a new Doctor, Moffat was able to shake up his game and deliver something fresh. Something with the flash and bang of his own run, combined with the focus on character and emotion that characterised much of RTDs run. Well I suppose this must have pleased many of those who loved RTDs run but constantly yak on about Moffat being the Devil who should be sacked immediately because fan entitlement, right? Ha-ha-ha-ha, no. Of course not. Because those people are nuts.

Deep Breath

I wrote about Capaldi’s first episode here, and my admiration for it has only grown with each new viewing.

Listen

IT’S AMAZING. Some people don’t agree. These people are clearly Koo-Koo. I love this story. It’s scary, exciting, beautiful, and more besides. In any list of my favourite Who stories, it would make a strong case for being number one. Go HERE to read me gush some more.

CONCLUSION:

There have been LOADS of awesome Who episodes. Far to many to make it onto this list. Oh, and that it’s quite clear I’m a shameless Moff fan-girl. SHAMELESS!

So these are the correct answers, but what would you put on your (probably (definitely) wrong) lists?

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pssssst: Out of the Specials year? Duh, it’s ‘Waters of Mars’, dummy!

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The Almost Companions

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The Doc has picked up a lot of guys and gals over the years (let’s be honest, mostly lady types)(Women)(The ones without winkies). They’ve gone on to have adventures and so on and so forth and all was mostly lovely, but what about the almost companions? The ones who would’ve made great companions but were never asked, or actually decided against joining up?

Let’s take a look at some of the most notable ‘Almost Companions’ and weep (or thank our lucky stars) that they didn’t become ‘Actual Companions’.

Let’s do that very thing.

HERE:

Duggan! (!)(!!!)

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‘City of Death’ is one of the finest stories in all of Who, and Duggan is one of Who’s finest characters. I can’t be the only one who wishes he’d leapt aboard the TARDIS at the end of the story, ready to run through many more brick walls. Just imagine him between the smug, imperious pairing of Baker’s Doctor and Romana 2, it could have been glorious. Sad face.

Ray (Super Welsh)

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Literally almost a companion, this one. With Mel (thankfully) about to jump ship, the prod team decided to road test a few potential companions before deciding who to give the job to, and super Welsh Ray was one of the options.  I’m kinda glad she never made it into the TARDIS; for one thing Ace ended up being my very most favouritest in the whole of Who companion. So that would have sucked. Also, that accent, she played it a little over-ripe for me.

Grace (Snogger) 

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Okay, so she was sort of semi-responsible for bringing about the end of Seven, but I was still sad she turned down the invitation to go travelling in the TARDIS. I guess she’s just the type to snog & leave. Probably to go and cry at some opera in a  fancy-pants dress. It’s funny with Grace, as I (and I’m sure most others) think of her as a companion, but technically she’s not. She had this one adventure then turned down the chance to join the box-fresh Eight on his adventures. For some reason. It’s a great pity we’ll never see more of her.

Adam (Booo! HISSS!)

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Adam was there to show us that not everyone can make the grade, even after being invited on board. Adam was awful. Bye bye, Adam.

Cas (Went and died of death)

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Not exactly the Doctor’s biggest fan. The first minute of this short made it seem as though we were seeing the start of a new companion for the Doctor, only for it to take that sharp, shocking left turn as she realises what he is. And then she’s all dead and stuff.

Rusty the Dalek (King of Side-Eye)

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Just imagine it! Twelve and Rusty hopping through all of time and space! Or don’t. No. This would have been a terrible idea. OR WOULD IT?!?!?! (Yes)

Journey Blue (Nope, You Can’t Come In)

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This one fooled me. I felt FOR SURE that we’d be seeing more of soldier Journey Blue. That end, with the Doctor turning her down, felt tailor-made to revisit at the season’s end. The Doctor would grow, develop, soften, realise his error and jump back to just after the point he turned her down and say ‘Well, what are you waiting for?’ She’d smile, run in, end of season. BUT NOPE. Perhaps if Clara (as originally intended) had left at the season’s end we might have seen this? It’s a very Moffat thing to do.

Shona (Dance! Dance! Dance!)

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As with Journey Blue, I watched ‘Last Christmas’ and was SURE we were seeing the introduction of a new companion. She just had too much fizz, colour and mouth to be a minor one-off. And she calls the Doc a magician, and we already knew the next ep was called ‘The Magicians Apprentice’! I mean COME ON! Moffat also gave her such a sadness, such an apparently disappointing and lonely life, surely the Doctor was going to pull her out of that..? Again, at one point Clara was leaving at the end of this one, perhaps if she had…? Perhaps, perhaps and three times perhaps.

So which of the above would YOU like to have seen become a full-time companion? And who have I missed?

TELL ME!

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Underrated Matt Smith Era Stories

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Those cool cats over at Cult Box have posted another article of mine, this time looking at underrated Matt Smith era stories (maybe you didn’t get that from the title). Here’s a sneak peek:

There are several justly celebrated stories nestled in Matt Smith’s time as the Doctor: people love ‘The Doctor’s Wife’, they foam at the mouth over ‘The Eleventh Hour’, and they positively fall down and have a joy-fit when ‘The Day of the Doctor’ is mentioned; but what about some of his other stories? The stragglers? The forgotten? Or even the downright despised? Here’s my little list of 7 underrated Matt Smith stories:

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The Beast Below

It came hot on the heels of ‘The Eleventh Hour’, one of the very finest debut stories for a new Doctor and, for me, an all time classic.  Beast is seen by many, Moffat himself included, as something of a stumble. Now look, I’m not saying it’s perfect, I know there are several things that just don’t seem to make any sort of sense, but there’s something about this story that just does ‘it’ for me. For whatever reason I get a real Seventh Doctor era vibe off it, and that’s never a bad thing. Oh, and it’s also completely insane. A whole city riding on the back of a giant space whale? That is proper bonkers, but, for me, it works.

Okay! To read the rest, head on over:

Underrated Matt Smith Stories


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12 Things We Want To See in Season 9

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I’ve written a wee article for those bunch of nerds over at Cult Box, looking at 12 things I’d like to see in Season 9. Well. I only wrote 11, they added the 12th.

So thanks very much to them, and here’s a sneak peek at the list:

Female Writers

WELL FINALLY..! The news recently broke (after her agency added the info to her credits) that Torchwood writer Catherine Tregenna would be writing an episode of season 9. Yes, an actual lady-woman writing an episode of Who, the first during Moffat’s time in charge, the first since Helen Raynor’s Sontaran two-parter in season 4, and only the second female writer since the show returned ten years ago. If this turns out to be correct (and we have had writers announced whose episodes slipped through the cracks before) then this is obviously ace news.

Yes, yes, what matters most is the quality of the writer, not which sex they happen to be, but come on, one female writer in ten years looks terrible and reflects badly on the show. Tregenna writing an episode for season 9 is a step in the right direction. A quarter of season 8 being directed by women was a step in the right direction. Let’s hope there are a few more steps in that direction to come soon.

More Jamie Mathieson

Well this one’s a no-brainer. A new writer to Who and he knocked out two acclaimed episodes (‘Flatline’ & ‘Mummy on the Orient Express’) right out of the gate. Many were even anointing Mathieson as Moff’s heir apparent, which is perhaps a little quick on the draw, but you can certainly see why he excited so many. It’s rare to see a writer other than Moffat have not one, but two stories in quick succession so highly thought of. For me, ‘Mummy’ was only beaten by ‘Listen’ as the finest episode of the season, so surely he must be in line for a quick return?

To see the rest, head on over to the article at the nifty Cult Box:

12 Things We’d Like To See

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Gateway Stories

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There’s now over fifty years worth of Doctor Who rattling about, so what to do if you want to try and hook that friend of yours into watching if they’ve never seen the show before? Do you show them an easy ‘jumping on point’, like ‘Rose’? Or perhaps you forget about that and just show them what you consider to be a classic, like ‘Human Nature’, and hope that its quality will be enough to ensnare your prey?

Stop straining that flabby brain of yours, nerd, I’ve done your work for you; ain’t I a sweetie? Using my own thinking-smarts, and those of my sexy Twitter followers, I’ve collated a complete and total FOOL PROOF* list of stories that I think might be enough to turn a non-fan to the Who-side:

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The Eleventh Hour

This would be my number one choice. Easy. Not only is it clearly a shiny, lovely piece of brilliance from Steven Moffat, but it’s a story in which everything is new. A fresh off-screen creative team flexes its muscles, whilst on-screen a new Doctor and a new companion capture our imagination. It’s a fresh start that’s not looking back, rather setting up things for the future. Even the look of the thing leapt up and pulled the show forward. If you can watch this and not want to see what happens next, you may not be human (maybe you’re a large dog in a human suit). Clearly I’m not alone in this (yeah, yeah, completely obvious) choice; Twit-folk like    and    and  and  and   and  and  and… and… basically loads of people agreed with me. What a clever, facially fabulous bunch.

Blink

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Who author Jenny Colgan (@jennycolgan) tossed this one into the ring, and many lined up to agree.  ‘Blink’ seems to be a popular choice for many, but obviously it’s also an odd choice in many ways as it barely even features the Doctor or his companion. It instead focuses on Sally Sparrow, who exists only in this one episode. But it has several things going for it, not least of which is its sheer quality. Quality above all else is going to hook a new viewer into wanting to watch another episode. It also introduces The Weeping Angels, the most popular new series monster.

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The Girl in The Fireplace

This one was the top choice of Andrew Ellard (@ellardent), and he could be onto a winner with it. It’s sci-fi! It’s historical! It’s a romance! It has scares, and clever stuff, and funny bits, and… well just about everything. Almost all of what modern Who can be is encapsulated in this one story.

Go Classic..?

Now I wouldn’t personally use a classic series story as a gateway episode. Perhaps to a very young child, otherwise I think you’ll be on far safer ground with a story from the modern series. BUT! If I had to go classic, then the one I would plump for is:
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Remembrance of The Daleks

It’s a blooming Dalek masterpiece from the pen of Ben Aaronovitch, which jump-started the McCoy era and lead the charge for a final two terrific years of the classic series. It’s exciting, it looks great, there’s a terrific TARDIS team at the centre who clearly love being together, juicy questions about race and fascism to ponder; in short: it’s brilliant.

But others thought differently, @SDElsden reckons Tom Baker classic ‘The Robots of Death’ is the one to turn a non-fans head, @AlphaOod insists Pertwee’s debut, ‘Spearhead From Space’ is the obvious choice,  would point people towards ‘The Horror of Fang Rock’, whilst @MarkTrevorOwen says that the Douglas Adams penned ‘City of Death’ has never failed for him.

Start with P-Cap!?

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Deep Breath

A new Doctor, a new start… and a new jumping on point? Nah, unlike Moffat’s other first ep for a new Doctor, this one has perhaps too much baggage to act as a clean jumping on point. From a carryover companion, to the Paternoster Gang, to the previous Doc phoning from Trenzalore. I’m sure it would work for some, but it’s as likely to befuddle just as many.

Looking over this I’ve realised that all of the modern episodes chosen are by Moffat. So… maybe just show them one of the best Moffat eps and job done..?

Which adventure do you think makes the ideal ‘gateway story’?

*may not actually be fool-proof.

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5 Underrated Matt Smith Era Stories

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Matt Smith leaves behind him three series (and a bit) worth of televised adventures. There are several justly celebrated stories nestled in his era: people love ‘The Doctor’s Wife’, they foam at the mouth over ‘The Eleventh Hour’, and they positively fall down and have a joy-fit when ‘The Day of the Doctor’ is mentioned; but what about some of his other stories? The stragglers? The forgotten? Or even the downright despised? Here’s my little list of 5 underrated Matt Smith stories:

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The Beast Below

It came hot on the heels of ‘The Eleventh Hour’, perhaps the greatest first episode for a new Doctor ever and, for me, an all time classic.  Beast is seen by many, Moffat himself included, as something of a stumble. Now look, I’m not saying it’s perfect, I know there are several things that just don’t seem to make any sort of sense, but there’s something about this story that just does ‘it’ for me. And it’s also completely INSANE. A whole city, riding on the back of a giant space whale? That is proper bonkers, but it works.

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Victory of the Daleks

Hey, stop throwing that garbage at me and hear me out, damn it!

And so the stumble continued. Apparently. Episode three of the Moffat era, and we get to ‘Victory of the Daleks’, an episode that has had the vitriol of many a fan spewed its way. I think that’s very unfair, and a great deal of it can be boiled down to ‘Don’t like new Power Ranger Daleks, WAH!’. Personally, I don’t mind the bright colours; they’re bold and visually interesting; it’s the hunchback that riles me. ANYWAY. This has a lot to enjoy; Daleks serving tea – the Doctors rage as he beats one of the Ironsides with a massive spanner thingy –  Spitfires! In Space! Attacking a flying saucer! – The Doctor facing down his deadliest foes with a Jammy bloomin’ Dodger!

It’s not perfect. There are things wrong with it. It really feels like it should have been a two parter. But come on, there’s plenty to love in there.

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Night Terrors

Another Gatiss episode. This is one of those stories that just seems to slip people’s minds completely. I remember at the time it received flak for not addressing the whole River-is-Amy’s-daughter hub-bub that just immediately preceded it, but I think it’s unfair to judge this episode solely on that. For one thing, it wasn’t even supposed to be at this point in the series, it swapped places with ‘Curse of the Black Spot’. I think if it had gone out in its originally intended slot, it would be looked upon much more fondly. That aside, it’s a wonderfully small and atmospheric tale; with Smith’s way with children at the forefront not for the first, or last, time. And those Dolls, they’re just damn freaky, okay? Time for a reappraisal, yes?

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Let’s Kill Hitler

FUN. Come on, grouch; this one is a riot, with River Song, BOTH River Song’s, just ripping up the screen. I can understand why this annoyed some, it’s a case of foiled expectations. After the epic ‘A Good Man Goes To War’  and its revelations about the Pond baby, I think the last thing most of us expected was for it to be followed up by such a bizarre, funny episode. This is Moffat all over, zigging in the second part when you expect him to zag. Or something. And it’s why it’s so often looked down upon; a fan with expectations unmet is an arsey son-of-a-sod.

‘Let’s Kill Hitler’ is Moffat just pressing the joy button again and again. AND RORY PUNCHES HITLER.

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The Time of the Doctor

YEAH. THAT’S RIGHT. This one received a lot of noisy hate when it aired, and it’s easy to see why. The expectation was sky-high, not only was it arriving hot on the heels of the hugely successful ‘The Day of the Doctor’, but it was Matt Smith’s finale. Moffat being Moffat, he didn’t write a straight-forward regeneration ep, but something a little more left-field, giving us something a bit unexpected. Even I wasn’t entirely sure on first watch, I came away a little dissatisfied, but on subsequent re-watches I discovered something wonderful: IT’S AMAZING. Yes, it needed to be longer to have more time to breathe, Moffat really did try to cram as much in as possible, but for large stretches it’s a simply magical journey and a beautiful send-off for one of my favourite Doctor’s; and since when does an episode have to be perfect to be awesome? Watch it again, maybe you’ll see it too.

So what do you think? And have I missed any that deserve a place on the list?

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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!

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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!

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