As most of you know, last Friday I had Part 1 of my personal list of the top 10 Doctor Who episodes ever. This week is Part 2 of that list, so without further ado….Allons-y!!
5. Castrovalva (Doctor: Peter Davidson)
I ended last friday’s list with Logopolis, which was the regeneration episode that saw Doctor #4 Tom Baker turn into Doctor #5 Peter Davidson. Castrovalva is the first episode in Davidson’s reign as the Doctor. This episode was enjoyable simply because of the interactions between the Doctor and his two female companions Nyssa and Tegan. Aside from the fact that Davidson was the youngest actor to take up the role of the Time Lord (AN: A feat that he had held until the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith who was 26 when he landed the role.), his take on the Doctor was very reigned in, almost to the point of being calculating. When the Master reveals himself as the one who lured the TARDIS there, the interaction between the two time lords became almost a battle of wits instead of a physical interaction. This type of banter and dialogue is truly what drew me to this amazing show and I haven’t been disappointed since.
4. The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon (Doctor: Matt Smith)
The two-part series six premiere was a doozy. Not only did we watch the Doctor die (and I mean die completely), we find out that his fiery companion Amelia Pond was pregnant and who remembers that SLAP from River Song? The start to this series was a considerable amount darker then most of the episodes in the previous season, and was just a taste of things to come. We were also introduced to the newest alien enemy to torment the Doctor and his companions and in my personal opinion, they definitely give the Weeping Angels a massive run for their money. I mean how in the world are you supposed to fight an enemy that you can’t remember seconds after you look away from it? Be careful….or Silence will fall.
3. The Forest of the Dead (Doctor: David Tennant)
River Song had once said “There is a time where I will meet the Doctor, and he won’t have the slightest clue as to who I am. And I think that might just kill me.” How true those words turned out to be.
This episode is the second half of a two-part story (Silence in the Library) where Tennant’s Doctor meets River Song, who is a professor at this point. The pair get off to a rocky start, as Professor Song knows this Doctor and he has absolutely no clue who she is, or who she is to him. She notes that she also has a screwdriver like him and to get him to trust her…..she whispered his true name in his ear. The acting in this episode from both David Tennant and Alex Kingston was absolutely mesmerizing. The banter between the two as well as the ending scene where they say goodbye definitely was heart-wrenching to watch. My favorite episode from Tennant’s final series as the Doctor.
2. Asylum of the Daleks (Doctor: Matt Smith)
Series 7 (and the beginning of the end for Amy Pond and Rory Williams) begins with a lot of turmoil, kidnappings, a visit to the Dalek Homeworld of Skaro as well as the beginning to a mystery. The Doctor and the Ponds are captured by the Daleks and brought to the Dalek Asylum where the Doctor is asked to do something for his longtime enemy – save them. After being dropped down to the Asylum Planet below, the Doctor finds out that Amy and Rory are estranged and on the brink of a divorce because Amy doesn’t want Rory to despise her for being unable to have children of their own. So she decided to ‘let him go.’, but Rory never had a say in the matter and he still wants her by his side, for better or worse. Then we are introduced to a mysterious character named Oswin who helps guide the trio through the Asylum and achieve their goals. We come to find out that she is also a dalek, but is able to get the trio to safety and wiped the Dalek’s memories of all traces of the Doctor.
Best Line: “Run you clever boy….and remember/”
1. The Day of the Doctor (Doctors: Matt Smith, David Tennant, John Hurt, Tom Baker and Peter Capaldi.)
My favorite all time episode of Doctor Who…..is the 50th Anniversary Special. This brought together adventure, fun, danger and sadness all wrapped up in some amazing writing as well as spectacular acting. In this episode we revisit the last day of the Time War, at the Fall of Arcadia. The current companion has to deal with not one, not two….but three different Doctors. (As if one wasn’t bad enough!) But the best part of this special was the complete do-over of the final day of the Time War. This was a major lead in to the new series of Doctor Who, now with Peter Capaldi as the freshly regenerated Twelfth Doctor. Overall an amazingly well written episode to celebrate 50 years of an amazing Sci-Fi Series.
Well that’s it folks! My top 10 all time Doctor Who Episodes. Thanks for sticking with me and as always….
Till the next time guys!!!