top dr who episodes

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  1. Iamnotspock

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    If you have to ask, I'm not sure I can explain it. It's a bit of an odd one...

    He didn't write it. It's by Neil Gaiman, something of a coup for the series.
     
  2. Green Lantern

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    Meh, I guess I like different parts of doctor who than everything else then.

    I wasn't just talking about that episode, I was talking about series 5,6,&7 in general.
     
  3. Ghost Bones

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    People are going a bit overboard. Just watch The Pirate Planet, Logopolis and Ghost Light.
     
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  5. Ghost Bones

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    Probably the best Tom story. The sense of doom over the whole thing, they weirdness of the Watcher, the Bidmead hard science thing working far better than it did in any other story (sorry Warrior's Gate). It's a top ten for me.
     
  6. Cutter John

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    I watched The Two Doctors on Youtube for the first time in maybe fifteen years, and while I used to hate it, I actually found it quite an enjoyable story. I guess because I've listened to so many of Colin's audio adventures, or I've just gotten used to a different style of DW from the new series.
     
  7. Ghost Bones

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    The Two Doctors feels quite oppressive. There's things going on and it's all interesting, but there's quite a bit of nasty in it. All encapsulated in Shockeye I think. Looked at another way though, there's artistic merit in being so different. Not nearly as good as Revelation or Varos though, in my view.
     
  8. Cutter John

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    Yeah, I remember it being pretty shocking in those innocent days of 1984(?). Nowadays? Tame.
     
  9. Ghost Bones

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    Well, it's all relative. Compare it to the rest of classic Who or even still what you'd think of as a family show and I think it stands out for that reason.
     
  10. The Borgified Corpse

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    If you're just starting brand new to the series, it's probably best to start with the new series. (I'm a huge fan of the classic series but it can be very much an acquired taste. It's got the pacing of the old Dark Shadows soap opera and production values that make classic Star Trek look like Avatar by comparison. But the characters are very interesting and it's a very unique style of storytelling.) If you feel a larger interest in the franchise as a whole and have an inordinate amount of patience, you'll find classic Doctor Who very rewarding. But if you're just starting out, you might want to start with the newest stuff.

    As for where to start with the new series, opinions will differ but I think the current Doctor, Matt Smith, is the best of the 3 new Doctors. Not only is Smith the most interesting and eccentric of all the Doctors but I think he's had some of the most interesting & charismatic companions: Amy Pond, Rory Williams, River Song, & Clara Oswald. And, I think the Smith episodes have done the best job of incorporating time travel into the stories themselves, (whereas the show normally just uses time travel to drop our heroes into exotic locations week after week). So, taken that way, my favorite timey-wimey episodes of the Matt Smith years:
    "The Eleventh Hour" (The 1st appearance of Matt Smith, Amy, & Rory.)
    "Amy's Choice"
    "The Pandorica Opens"/"The Big Bang"
    "The Impossible Astronaut"/"Day of the Moon"
    "The Girl Who Waited"

    Also, a couple other favorites of mine from the Smith era:
    "Vincent & the Doctor" (A surprisingly touching story where the Doctor & Amy meet Vincent Van Gogh. I always tear up a little bit towards the end.)
    "The Lodger" (By far the funniest of all the Smith episodes, displaying the 11th Doctor at his most eccentric.)
    "Nightmare in Silver" (The Doctor gets partially posessed by an advanced Cyber-intelligence. Matt Smith gives his best performance ever, contrasting the Doctor with the evil Cyber-intelligence fighting for control of his body.)

    I could go on all day just talking about how much I love the 11th Doctor, but there's lots more about the series to enjoy.

    David Tennant often comes accross as the most popular of all the Doctors. (There was a favorite Doctor poll in Entertainment Weekly last year where Tennant absolutely destroyed the competition.) I like Tennant a lot but he's sometimes a bit over-the-top for my tastes. Also, I was quite annoyed by all the romantic mooning that his companions tended to do over him. But, if you're a girl, you'll probably think he's cute and he'll instantly worm his way into your heart. IMO, Tennant's run was far more uneven than Smith's but there are some definate highlights to his era:
    "School Reunion" (Reuniting the Doctor with Sarah Jane Smith, one of his old companions from the 1970s.)
    "The Girl in the Fireplace" (A time travel story very much in the style of some of the better Matt Smith episodes.)
    "Human Nature"/"The Family of Blood" (A heartfelt story where the Doctor erases his memory and lives life as a human.)
    "Blink" (Tennant's most popular episode, by far, despite the fact that the Doctor is barely in it. This is the episode you show to people even if they don't want to watch the rest of the series.)
    "The Unicorn & the Wasp" (While Tennant's other companions, Rose & Martha, tended to get on my nerves, Donna was a great bubble of unpredictability. Just watch the poisoning scene.:guffaw:)
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    "Midnight" (A small, claustrophobic story where the Doctor & a group of strangers are trapped aboard a tour bus while menaced by a non-corporeal alien.)
    "The Stolen Earth"/"Journey's End" (If you love crossovers, man, you'll love these episodes. All the recent companions come back, plus people from the spinoffs!)
     

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