Steven Moffat has been writing for Doctor Who since Russell T Davies brought back the series in 2005, with his first episodes being The Empty Child/ The Doctor Dances for Eccelston's Doctor. In celebration of the showrunner and his continuing reign as showrunner, I will list my five favourite episodes (this includes two-parters as one episode), written by the man himself.
- The Girl In The Fireplace (Season 2, Episode 4)
This is one of my favourite episodes of Tennant's run. I've always been a fan of historical, costume dramas, and also of science fiction, and I feel like Moffat found a way to have the two running side-by-side near perfectly. The Clockwork Androids were both creepy and interesting, and the love story between Doctor and Reinette was both beautiful and heartbreaking. Also, let us not forget the horse. Shame Rose didn't let him keep it.
- The Angels Take Manhattan (Season 7, Episode 5)
I'm no real fan of Smith's seasons as The Doctor. That's no disrespect to him, or his interpretation of the Doctor, I just found episodes simplified and stories dumbed down. Typical of the Moffat Era, there are plot holes galore, but the Pond's swan-song was a beautiful and touching story with arguably the most terrifying Doctor Who villains yet. I still miss the Ponds to this day.
- The Empty Child/ The Doctor Dances (Season 1, Episodes 9/10)
At first I was a bit skeptical when Doctor Who returned, I didn't much get the hype until Tennant's arrival, because of this I missed much of Eccelston's season as the 9th/10th Doctor. After going back and watching them, this two parter became one of my favourite episodes of the season, maybe even the series. The titular Empty Child and his gas mask army were frightening and constantly felt like a threat to the Doctor, Rose and new companion, Captain Jack. The cliff hanger had me on the edge of my seat and the pay off at the end of the episode felt rewarding. I also felt it made a great story in developing the character of the Ninth Doctor.
- Silence In The Library/ Forest of the Dead (Season 4, Episodes 8/9)
The story which begins at the end, or at least for one character anyway. This episode asked many questions from the first few moments alone, to do with the emptiness of the library, a mysterious woman claiming to know the Doctor and a little girl who seems irrelevant to the story entirely. These all become clear in a decent pace, and resolved in a satisfying way (except for the River Song part, but that drags on for a while, so best not to dwell on that). The Vashta Nerada made new and interesting villains, especially considering we're scared of what's not there, especially when what's not there has just eaten your friends lunch. River's gang of misfits and Proper Dave make interesting characters, except for when it turns into a game of "Who Dies Next?" I would tell you who, but that would be spoilers.
Now before I reveal my favourite episode...
- Time Crash - Comic Relief Special
My two favourite Doctors, five and ten. Disqualified for not being a full episode, sadly.
- The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang - Season 5 Finale
Disqualified for plot holes the size of Belgium, with the main one being the Doctor had no way of getting out of the Pandorica in the first place. in order to give Rory the sonic screwdriver to break him out of the Pandorica so he could go back in time to give Rory the screwdriver...
- His Last Vow - Season 3 Finale of Sherlock
Disqualified for being an episode of Sherlock, though it is fantastic.
Moffat's Best Episode: Blink (Season 3. Episode 10)
I'm pretty sure Blink is the only Doctor Who episode that's made me jump. Moffat wrote a truly fantastic piece, shame it just featured little of Tennant's Doctor. It felt more like a short horror film that part of a science fiction television show. The Weeping Angels are one of the most terrifying Doctor Who villains to date and as an introduction, it sure scared me. They definitely felt like a threat the entire episode. Our temporary protagonist, Sally Sparrow, was likable and a real shame she didn't make the cut for a companion (damn you Martha!). Also some of the plot points, such as the DVD extras, were brilliant, and the story was just well thought out on a whole. What got me most though, was just the ending montage of statues, ever since that, I don't think I've been able to look away from a statue as I walk past one, especially after Tennant's chilling monologue. In short, one of the creepiest, finest, scariest and best Doctor Who episodes of all time. Just don't blink.
My Final Thoughts:
Steven Moffat sure thinks up some terrifying villains. I can't even think about how he does it.
What's your favourite episode of 'Who' written by Moffat? Let me know in the comments below, either that or tell me how much you disagree with, and hate my choices. If you'd like, also do it on twitter, find me at @MrDrElectricon.