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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Top 5 Episodes of Doctor Who - Hannah's picks


This Saturday the BBC will mark Doctor Who's 50th anniversary with a special that is rumored to be game-changing, bringing back doctors and companions of old. To celebrate, we're looking back on the show and selecting our top five favorite episodes from the Nu-Who run. So here we go with my personal picks, chronologically: 

Blink - Series 3, Episode 10 



Sally Sparrow: I love old things. They make me feel sad. 
Kathy Nightingale: What's good about sad?
Sally Sparrow: It's happy for deep people. 

Blink is the ultimate Doctor Who gateway episode. It showcases some of the very best aspects of Doctor Who, turning ordinary life into something spectacular and terrible, simultaneously allowing viewers to enjoy this story about time travel without getting lost in canon or taking the rules too seriously (hey, it's timey-whimey). Because this is a Doctor-lite episode, a newcomer can also enjoy this without feeling like they are missing out on the backstory. This episode also introduces one of my all-time favorite villains.  


Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead - Series 4, Episodes 8 & 9  


I'm sorry. I'm so, so sorry. But you've got two shadows. 

Moffat has a penchant for introducing complex, slow-building plots that will confuse the hell out of you and delight you at the same time. Silence in the Library introduces us to the mystery of River Song, which slowly unfolds over several seasons. Donna (my favorite companion ever) also gets a chance to really shine in this episode. 

The Waters of Mars - '08-'10 Specials, Special 3



Imagine you knew something. Imagine you found yourself somewhere - I don't know, Pompeii. Imagine you were in Pompeii. And you tried to save them. But in doing so, you make it happen. Everything I do just makes it happen. 


There are a lot of episodes where the Doctor knows he can save and help people. But in this episode, which is also an excellent horror story, the Doctor is confronted with his own God complex. This is what it looks like when the Doctor goes too far. And it is fascinating. 


The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon - Series 6, Episodes 1 & 2


Delaware: So what's going on here?
The Doctor: Uhh, nothing. She's just a friend. 
Rory: I think he's talking about the possible alien incursion. 

Attend any kind of geeky convention, and you're likely to run into a Whovian with marks all over his or her hands and face. That's because this episode is iconic. The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon is honestly terrifying at times, playing on the same fears as The Weeping Angels - an enemy hiding in plain site. 

The Name of the Doctor - Series 7, Episode 13



Old man: What I did, I did without choice. 
The Doctor: I know.
Old man: In the name of peace and sanity.
The Doctor: But not in the name of The Doctor. 

There's a large gap between old Who and new Who, and we know somewhere in that gap something called The Time War occurred, and as a result The Doctor is the only Time Lord left in the universe. The events are frequently mentioned, in passing, but The Name of the Doctor finally pulls at that thread a little more viciously, opening the doorway for what is potentially the most riveting and important story we've seen on this show yet. 

Look for Harper's top 5 picks tomorrow, and see Kyle's here.
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