Monday, July 29, 2013

Doctor Who Tag - Day Four

Favorite episodes and scenes/moments

My favorite episodes (from least recent to most recent):

1)  The End of the World
Series 1 Episode 2


I enjoyed "The End of the World" from beginning to end!  It was impressively creative, as Doctor Who usually is, and full of atmosphere.  I don't really know why, but something about this episode struck me as rather beautiful.  It resonated with me after watching it.  It dealt with a couple of themes like the cycle of birth and death, with Cassandra's unwillingness to let go of life, and with Rose Tyler watching the earth die.

Thought-provoking quotes from this episode:
Rose:  "The end of the earth.  It's gone...we were too busy saving ourselves, no one saw  it go.  All those years, all that history and no one was even looking."
The Doctor:  "You think it'll last forever, the people and cars and concrete.  But it won't.  One day it's all gone, even the sky.  My planet's gone.  It's dead.  It burned like the earth.  It's rocks and dust before its time."
Rose:  "What happened?"
The Doctor:  "There was a war, and we lost."
The Doctor:  "Everything has its time and everything dies."

2)  Doomsday
Series 2 Episode 13

"Doomsday" was a heart-wrenching episode to watch, but it was beautifully done.  It was one of the most memorable Doctor Who episodes for me and will always hold a place in my heart.  It was heart-breaking that he never finished his sentence:  "Rose Tyler, I - "

3)  The Runaway Bride
2006 Christmas Special

"The Runaway Bride" introduced the 10th Doctor's new companion, Donna Noble.  And it was brilliant.  Donna and the Doctor's bantering back and forth was hilarious and I loved the friendship that began to grow between them.  Donna immediately became a favorite companion of mine.

4)  Human Nature
Series 3 Episode 8

John Smith's 'Journal of Impossible Things'.  One of my
favorite scenes in Doctor Who.
I loved this episode.  It did such a wonderful job of creating atmosphere and mystery.  "Human Nature" made me feel like I had actually gone back in time to 1913, in England.  The concept of the Doctor experiencing being an ordinary man, without remembering who he was before, was intriguing and revealed that despite the fact the Doctor is not human, he resembles the common man who must rise up and fulfill his destiny, even when he doesn't want it.  There were several themes in "Human Nature" and "The Family of Blood", like sacrifice for a greater cause - in "The Family of Blood" John Smith had to sacrifice his life and himself for the Doctor to return.  He had to sacrifice himself so that others could be saved.  The young boys would have to make sacrifices in WWI, which was beginning to rear its head at that time.

5)  The Family of Blood
Series 3 Episode 9

The scarecrows brought a dark and frightening aspect to
"Human Nature" and "The Family of Blood".  They gave
me the creeps.  They are now among my favorite villains.
"The Family of Blood" was the second episode of the two-part story ("Human Nature" being the first), and proved to be an exciting climax.  The ending was incredibly sad - it broke my heart that the Doctor could never walk the long path, be happy and content, and experience life as humans do.

I've heard that some people didn't like the romance between John Smith and Joan Redfern, but I liked it, and it didn't bother me at all.

John Smith and Joan Redfern go on a walk.

6)  Blink
Series 3 Episode 10
"Don't blink.  Blink and you're dead.  They are fast.  Faster than you can believe.  Don't turn your back, don't look away, and don't blink.  Good luck."
"Blink" brought to life my second-favorite Doctor Who villains, the Weeping Angels.  The Weeping Angels are villains that can send you back in time with a single touch, and curse you to live out the rest of your days in the past until your death.  This episode was bursting with suspense and atmosphere from start to finish.  It was engaging and never left me bored for one instant.  I was left in awe after watching it.  Yet another reason to love this episode was Carey Mulligan as Sally Sparrow.

7)  The Eleventh Hour
Series 5 Episode 1
"You're Scottish, fry something." - Eleven

"The Eleven Hour" was a perfect introduction to Matt Smith's Doctor.  It was exciting and fast-paced, and didn't fail to impress me.  I think each Doctor's debut episode should assure the viewers that the new Doctor will be just as great as the last, and that they are in good hands.  I believe "The Eleventh Hour" accomplished both.  I fell in love with the 11th Doctor right away for his humor and bright personality.  Geronimo!

8)  Vincent and the Doctor
Series 5 Episode 10

"Vincent and the Doctor" was very moving and one of two Doctor Who episodes that made me cry.  The ending scene is one of my most favorite moments in Doctor Who, ever.  I could go on and on about how meaningful and heart-felt this episode was, but I won't.  I'll simply leave it at this:  it was a work of art.

9)  The Pandorica Opens
Series 5 Episode 12

"The Pandorica Opens" was amazing - full to the brim with adventure, mystery, excitement, and a whirlwind of emotion.  I don't know what else to say about it, except that in my opinion, it's one of Doctor Who's best episodes.

10)  The Big Bang
Series 5 Episode 13

This was an overwhelming series finale, but in a good way.  It was extremely tense, and it built up to an exciting climax, with unexpected plot twists along the way.  I loved every minute of it.  And, as usual, it was very emotional.  Episodes with the Ponds tend to leave an emotional impact on me...

11)  Let's Kill Hitler
Series 6 Episode 8

This episode was filled with a lot of memorable moments.  It remains one of my favorite episodes with River Song (well, let's be honest here...I like all episodes with River Song...).  And since I am a fan of River Song (which you may have guessed by now...), I obviously enjoyed "Let's Kill Hitler" quite a lot.  This episode had a lot of funny scenes, like when the Doctor told Rory to put Hitler in the cupboard:

12)  The Girl Who Waited
Series 6 Episode 10

One of my top favorite episodes.  If I were to narrow down my list of favorite Doctor Who episodes, "The Girl Who Waited" would be somewhere among the top five, along with "Vincent and the Doctor".

13)  The Wedding of River Song
Series 6 Episode 13

This was my favorite episode with River Song.  So many great scenes, so many great moments.

14)  Angels Take Manhattan
Series 7 Episode 5

This was an emotionally stressful episode, but I loved it to bits.  I felt it was a well-done farewell to the characters of Amy Pond, Rory Williams, and their friendship with the Doctor.  But sometimes I wish their adventures together could have lasted longer, because I miss them, a lot.  I still miss them a lot, so it's hard for me to warm up to Eleven's new companion, Clara Oswald.

Moments (also listed from least recent to most recent):

1)  School Reunion
Sarah Jane Smith
Series 2 Episode 4

I didn't think much of "School Reunion".  The bad guys were computer animated, and poorly animated at that.  Well, I can't really blame the show - after all, Doctor Who has never been known for having a very large budget or having convincing special effects.  That's why it requires suspension of disbelief, imagination, and pretending - it's all pretend.  That's why at times I feel like a little kid again while watching it.  That may be one of the reasons I love it so much.  But one of the things I admire most about Doctor Who is that they make do with what they have, and come up with creative costumes and make-up.  I had hoped they wouldn't resort to computer animation, but even so I wasn't surprised they used it in some episodes, "School Reunion" being one of them.  So needless to say, I wasn't really a fan of this episode.  I didn't hate it; I enjoyed it, but it didn't really stand out for me.  The only part that stood out and made this episode special, was Elisabeth Sladen's return as Sarah Jane Smith, with the Doctor's robot dog, K-9 as well!  Sarah Jane is the best companion ever and I was delighted to see her return.  David Tennant was a big fan of her, so when he saw her for the first time you could really see his childlike excitement at seeing Sarah Jane.

I liked Sarah Jane with the tenth Doctor, but nothing beats her friendship with the fourth Doctor.  Sarah Jane and the fourth Doctor made a great pair.

Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane and Tom Baker as the fourth Doctor.
  2)  Journey's End
Series 4 Episode 13

I'll simply leave these two really good scenes from "Journey's End" here:

3)  Amy's Choice
Amy realizes how much she needs Rory
Series 5 Episode 7

This was an important moment to me.  As a shipper of Amy and Rory (even though I don't have to ship them; they're already married for most of the time, after all), I was pretty happy when Amy realized just how much Rory meant to her.  Really, though, she knew how much he meant to her all along, but in this moment she was fully conscious of it.

4)  Vincent and the Doctor
The museum scene
Series 5 Episode 10

My favorite moment of "Vincent and the Doctor" was the ending, or the museum scene, when Amy and the Doctor take Vincent van Gogh to the art museum.  I don't cry very easily, but I was crying during this scene.  I could feel all of the emotion mounting up until Vincent entered the section of the museum where his art was displayed, and I had to let it all go and cry, because the meaning of it all was so strong.  A mad man with a blue box showed another mad man, in some ways quite similar to himself, how much he was worth to the world, and how his art had gone on to be valued by other generations, and how he had left his mark, and had reached countless people through his art.  In my view this particular moment was one of the best moments ever in television.

5)  The Big Bang
Amy remembers the Doctor
Series 5 Episode 13
Amy:  "Raggedy man, I remember you, and you are late for my wedding!!  I found you; I found you in words like you knew I would; that's why you told me the story, the brand new, ancient blue box.  Oh clever, very clever."
Rory:  "Amy, what is it?"
Amy:  "Something old, something new.  Something borrowed - and something blue."

All I can say is, this scene was beyond epic.  One of my most favorite moments in Doctor Who ever!

6)  The Almost People
The twist ending
Series 6 Episode 6

If you have seen this episode, you know what I am referring to when I say "the twist ending".  I was left speechless.  I wasn't much of a fan of "The Almost People", but the ending made me realize that it was in fact a vital episode.  I still think the ending was superior to the rest of the episode, though.

7)  Asylum of the Daleks
Run you clever boy, and remember
Series 7 Episode 1

"Eggs...ter...min...ate.  Exterminate..."

I have always found the transition between the word "eggs" to "exterminate" to be a clever idea.  The first time I saw the scene above, I got chills.  Clara showed that human feelings make one stronger, not weaker.  She kept in touch with her humanity even when she was forced to become a Dalek, which is usually devoid of love and empathy.  Below is the second scene from "Asylum of the Daleks", which had an impact on me.  I loved how all of the Daleks asked, "Doctor who?", in unison at the end.  It was truly an epic moment.

8)  Angels Take Manhattan
The last page
Series 7 Episode 5

"There's a little girl waiting in a garden.  She's going to wait a long while, so she's going to need a lot of hope.  Go to her.  Tell her a story.  Tell her that if she's patient, the days are coming that she'll never forget.  Tell her she'll go to see and fight pirates.  She'll fall in love with a man who'll wait two thousand years to keep her safe.  Tell her she'll give hope to the greatest painter who ever lived.  And save a whale in outer space.  Tell her, this is the story of Amelia Pond.  And this is how it ends."

I don't know why the ending of Amy Pond's story didn't bother me, because it wasn't exactly a happy ending.  It was a bitter-sweet ending, even a tragic ending, from the perspective of the Doctor.  But oddly, I felt very satisfied with Amy's ending.  I felt that the ending of her story completed her journey.

9)  The Snowmen
There is a TARDIS on a cloud, I like to go there in my sleep, aren't any floors for me to sweep, not in my TARDIS on a cloud...
2012 Christmas Special

I vastly enjoyed "The Snowmen".  It might even be my favorite Doctor Who Christmas special, although I have yet to see "A Christmas Carol".  I loved Vastra and Strax, and the Victorian setting, and the Doctor's top hat...basically everything about this Christmas special was great.  But my favorite moment by far, was when Clara climbed up the ladder and found the TARDIS on a cloud.  It was a magical scene (not to mention Clara's theme was playing in the background, which was a nice accompaniment).  I wish I could climb up a ladder and walk on a cloud.

10)  The Rings of Akhaten
The Doctor's speech
Series 7 Episode 7

This was a really impressive scene.  I was impressed with Matt Smith as an actor.  He channeled a lot of emotion in this speech, so I could really feel what he was feeling, and I really believed that he had gone through all of this.  I could see the pain in his eyes and I could feel it in his voice.  The Doctor's Speech was an excellent scene and I will never forget it.  I also really liked the song playing the background, "Wake Up."  This speech reminded me of the weight the Doctor has carried on his shoulders.  It is the curse of the time lords.  Below is a fan video showing the speech with clips of the earlier Doctors of the Doctor Who revival in black and white, accompanied by the song, "Wake Up".

Those are my favorite episodes, scenes, and moments of Doctor Who.  They are all from the revival of Doctor Who, because I have not watched enough of the classic era to create a list of favorite episodes and scenes/moments.  I love Classic Who (as I call it) just as much, but I'm still catching up, and I am finding that to be difficult as Classic Who episodes seem harder to come by.


  1. "Let's Kill Hitler" was a great episode for River -- her regeneration scene! "Family of Blood"/"Human Nature" I agree, those were very good episodes, especially for The Doctor. And "The Pandorica Opens"/"The Big Bang" -- also agree. Great season ending, and I loved all the paradoxes in those too! Every so often I find myself browsing the fridge for eggs saying "eggs... eggs... eggs...sterminate..." it's so amusing. :D Aw, Amy's afterword, I loved that too. A great close to Amy and Rory's story. You have a bunch of great choices!

  2. Fantastic choice of episodes, all of those, from what I remember, are among my many favorite episodes, especially "Blink," and all those Smith era episodes. *Season 7 Spoilers* Clara going into the Doctor's time line is one of my favorite moments for sure. *End Spoilers*


  3. Let's Kill Hitler! It was one of my Favorites from the first 5 minutes. Vincent and the Doctor is such a sweet and sad episode. Matt Smith's introduction episode was fantastic. The scene right after he regenerates from Ten is just so funny! I really like your favorites. :)

  4. Oh, you've picked a lot of my favourite episodes. I ADORE Human Nature/Family of Blood, Blink, The Eleventh Hour, The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang, Vincent and the Doctor, Let's Kill Hitler & The Girl Who Waited. Other huge favourites of mine are A Christmas Carol, The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances, The Fires of Pompeii, The Waters of Mars, The Doctor's Wife, The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone, Hide... I'm planning on doing a top 20 favourite episodes list in 2015. Favourite episodes from 2005-2015 or something like that :)