Hello Moviepilot, it's been way to long since I've made a top ten list and today I thought I should make a list for all my Whovian friends. Today I'm counting off my top ten favorite episodes of Doctor Who. Keep in mind this is just of the new Doctor Who series that's been airing on BBC and BBC America for 10 years now. 10 Years, 4 Doctors, 8 Seasons. Obviously, as River Song would say, SPOILERS! So as the Doctor would say (depending on each incarnation): Fantastic! Allons-y! Geronimo!
#10: Episode 1.12 - "Bad Wolf"
This episode is easily the best of the first season of Doctor Who. Christopher Eccleston's 9th version of The Doctor is both caring and cunning in this episode. He showcases just how awesome The Doctor is no matter version of him you prefer. Also, Captain Jack Harkness is a treat serving as both hilarious and awesome. The three of them find themselves trapped in various reality game shows 100 years in the future. However, they all end in a deadly twist. The Doctor , Rose and Captain Jack must survive and escape their individual game shows and figure out the meaning behind the mysterious phrase "Bad Wolf". As an added bonus, an old enemy from The Doctor's past reveal themselves at the very end of the episode. As Christopher Eccleston's Doctor would say, this episode is fantastic!
#9: Episode 5.1 - "The Eleventh Hour"
The season five premiere of Doctor Who kicks off with a freshly regenerated Doctor (now played by Matt Smith, my favorite Doctor) now on his eleventh life and hanging out of his burning TARDIS. He crashes in the backyard of a young Scottish girl named Amelia Pond. Still figuring out who this new Doctor is, The Doctor scours through her kitchen, befriends Amelia (Amy) Pond, and asks her to run away with him. Of course, The Doctor says that he will fix his regenerating TARDIS and return in "5 Minutes" and accidentally doesn't return until years later. Amy is now engaged to her boyfriend Rory Williams and is in her early 20's. As The Doctor continues to sort himself out, he also has to deal with an alien threat named Prisoner Zero who has escaped to Earth via a crack in the universe that resides in Amy's bedroom wall. Get ready to say Geronimo with another amazing incarnation of The Doctor.
#8: Episode 6.8 - "Let's Kill Hitler"
Another Eleventh Doctor adventure, The Doctor, Amy, and Rory are taken at gunpoint by their friend Melody to go back in time and kill Adolf Hitler. Oddly enough, it's Melody who gets shot and, to everyone's surprise, regenerates into the woman they know as River Song, Amy & Rory's child and The Doctor's wife. However, she is still rather crazy and ends up poisoning The Doctor. With shocking twists and turns throughout the episode, "Let's Kill Hitler" beautifully continues the story being told throughout Season 6 of Doctor Who.
#7: Episode 4.19 - "The End of Time (Part 2)"
The reason why I didn't include part one on my list is because it is SO BORING. It sets up the climatic season finale released right around Christmas time. The Master is back and so are the Time Lords. The Doctor has to defeat both with the help of Donna's grandfather, Wilfred. However, after the dust settles, The Doctor must sacrifice his life to save another. The episode ends with a heartfelt goodbye to David Tennant as he travels through time and space to say goodbye to all of his companions, building up to his tear jerking last words, "I don't wanna go." He then regenerates into the eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith.
#6: Episode 4.1 - "Voyage of the Damned"
To kick off season 4, David Tennant's Tenth Doctor crashes his TARDIS into the Titanic. After backing up time and moving out of the way, The Doctor realizes this is not THE Titanic of Earth, but instead the space version owned by a wealthy alien business tycoon. When The Doctor peruses on this seemingly perfect Christmas space cruise, he meets a beautiful young maid who, with the young ship pilot Alonso, team with him when some fishy business arises aboard the not-so-perfect Titanic.
#5: Episode 5.7 - "Amy's Choice"
The Doctor, Amy & Rory awake in a quaint, Scottish village. Amy is pregnant, Rory has a ponytail, and The Doctor knows that something is not right. Soon, they wake up again in the TARDIS where everything is normal, except for the powerless TARDIS floating towards a dead star, freezing everything inside. Guest Star Toby Jones appears as The Dream Lord, a sick and twisted version of the Doctor, who presents an ultimatum. There are two worlds and both present a threat to them in it. One of the two is real; if they die in the fake world they wake up in the real one, but if they die in the real world...you get the picture. All the while, Amy Pond must choose who she wants to be with: The Doctor or Rory. Its Amy's Choice.
#4: Episode 4. 7 - "The Unicorn & The Wasp"
The Doctor & Donna arrive in the 1920's to an estate hosting a party with dame Agatha Christie in attendance. When a dead body is found, The Doctor and Agatha Christie work together to catch the killer....who just so happens to be a giant, alien wasp. All the while, a jewel thief named the Unicorn is on the loose in the house.
#3: Episode 5.14 - "A Christmas Carol"
Amy and Rory are trapped on a doomed spaceship plummeting towards a planet that has flying fish kept within its extremely thick cloud belt, making it impossible to land. The Doctor pays a visit to Scrooge-y mayor who controls the clouds and the city. When the mayor refuses to cooperate, The Doctor plays with his time stream, playing the role of the Ghost of Christmas Past & Future. He befriends the boyhood mayor and they befriend an "asset," of the mayor's even bigger scrooge of a father, named Abigail. The Mayor falls in love with her and they begin seeing each other every Christmas Eve for 7 years, accompanied by The Doctor. However, when she reveals she can only live for one more day, The Mayor lives his life from the point of being a teenager to his elderly age as the scrooge he used to be. In the end, The Doctor plays the role of the Future Ghost and shows the boy Mayor his scrooge-y future and convinces the Mayor open the belt and save Rory & Amy.
#2: Episode 7.15 - "The Day of The Doctor"
With an odd, alien situation going on down at UNIT, the eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) is sucked into a warp hole taking him back to the time of Queen Elizabeth I. There he sees the origin of the problem and runs into an old version of himself, the tenth Doctor (David Tennant). But he's not the only version there. The War Doctor (John Hurt), who hasn't yet made his decision to destroy Gallifrey during the Time War, also appears and meets his future selves. The War Doctor is accompanied, mentally, by the consciousness of the weapon he is to use to destroy Gallifrey with (who just so happens to look like Rose Tyler). All the while, Clara Oswald, the eleventh Doctor's companion, holds down the home front at UNIT. After defeating the alien threat, The War Doctor and the eleventh & tenth Doctors come up with the plan to freeze Gallifrey in a single moment in time with the help of all 13 Doctors. After all the Doctors return to their respective times, The eleventh Doctor runs into a surprise cameo from an old Doctor. (Then there is a 50th anniversary speech made by Matt Smith and a cool shot of all the Doctors together is shown with Matt Smith in the center)
#1: Episode 7.16 - "The Time of The Doctor"
Of course a Matt Smith episode is number one! With the build-up for this episode coming throughout season 6 and finally happening at the end of 7, after much hype in the episodes, "The Name of The Doctor" & "The Day of The Doctor". The Doctor arrives at an unknown planet with the rest of the universe. The Church of the Silence allow the Doctor and Clara to land on the planet, in the town called Christmas. The cracks in the universe from the beginning of season 5 are rediscovered and in it is the planet Gallifrey. The time lords ask the age old question, "Doctor Who?". However, The Doctor understands the answer is his name, but he refuses to give it up. He sends Clara back to Earth in the TARDIS. The Silence tell him the planet's name is Trenzalore, The Doctor's final destination. The Doctor refuses to leave these people to be destroyed by The Silence, Daleks, Cybermen, Weeping Angels, and every one else who wants to destroy the planet to keep Gallifrey from returning. Clara returns to find an extremely old Doctor still defending Christmas, even as he is dying. However, this time, The Doctor has no more regenerations. He used all of 13 (The War Doctor and "Journey's End"). However, the crack in the universe, the Time Lords, is absorbed by The Doctor and he regenerates while destroying all of the attackers. Trenzalore is safe. Back on the TARDIS, Clara find a young Doctor (still Matt Smith) eating fish fingers and custard. He removes his bowtie and gives the most sad, yet inspiring regeneration speech ever. Absolutely the best! He then regenerates into Peter Capaldi who asks Clara how to fly the TARDIS. End of Season 7.
So what did you think of my top ten list? Agree or disagree? Have any similarities? Let me know in the comments!