Top 10 Doctor Who (2005) Episodes
With Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat’s final season on the horizon, it felt like an appropriate time to look back at my personal favorite episodes of the modern Doctor Who era. To be perfectly honest, narrowing the list down to 10 was quite challenging as many, many episodes could have made the cut here. At the end of the day, however, these 10 episodes are essentially what fueled my “Doctor Who” fandom and had me buzzing with fellow fans/friends. Anyway, on with the list (or should I say “Allonsy?”).
- Blink- For me number 1 was a no brainer. Everything about this episode is perfection. The introduction of the Weeping Angels, Carey Mulligan as Sally Sparrow, David Tennant as the 10th Doctor, DVD easter eggs as a plot device, etc. For any person wanting to get into DW, this is the story to start with if you aren’t willing to begin with “Rose.”
- The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances- I couldn’t separate this two-parter as they go so well together. From This atmospheric WWII story perfectly encapsulated the greatness of the 9th Doctor as played by Christopher Eccleston . Also, the inclusion of Captain Jack doesn’t hurt
- Vincent And The Doctor- A deeply moving period piece tear jerker.
- The Doctor’s Wife- Writer Neil Gaiman manages to give fans a clever and fresh perspective on the bond between the Doctor and his trusted TARDIS.
- School Reunion- A love letter to “Doctor Who” fandom that includes unforgettable guest appearances by fan favorite characters Sarah Jane Smith and K-9.
- The Night of the Doctor- It may only be a mini-sode, but the surprise of seeing the Eighth Doctor on screen again had me geeking out hardcore.
- The Day of the Doctor- The 50th anniversary special respectfully paid tribute to past and present eras of DW.
- The Magician’s Apprentice- An incredible season opener that saw the surprise return of a beloved foe.
- The Lodger- Before James Corden became a late night talk show host, he appeared in this delightful 11th Doctor era episode. The follow-up episode “Closing Time” is equally entertaining.
- Flatline- A creative and visually engaging 12th Doctor era episode that even managed to make good use of Clara somehow.
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