Top 50 Doctor Who Stories Since The Revival
A good read. Makes me want to rewatch these episodes.
STORIES 50 - 41: From Italians to Russians
In less than a month, Doctor Who will return with an all new series with an all new Doctor! To celebrate, I’ll be counting down the top 50 stories that we have had from the show since it’s revival in 2005. Out of the seven series and various feature-length specials that we have had, there have currently been 85 stories told. Although that may make it easier to choose the top 50, it sure makes it harder to choose the top 10, 20. 30, and so on. For me, these first couple of entries will largely be rather average stories, but still worthy enough to deserve a place on the Top 50 list, and of course, it’s Doctor Who! Even when there is a weak episode, it’s still great television.
It should also be of note that with specials I’ll be adding them as extensions to their closest series, as they were production wise (eg: the 2008-10 specials are an extension to Series 4).
50. The Vampires of Venice (Matt Smith, Series 5)
Great, first on the list, and it’s a time travel episode! The show is well known for it’s various episodes that take place in the past, and despite this being a smashing episode, it just doesn’t seem to hold a light compared to its period setting cousins. The highlight for me in this episode was seeing Rory taking on the role of a companion after someone he knows has already became a companion themselves.
49. The End of Time (David Tennant, Series 4)
Oh boy, we all remember this one don’t we, what a tear jerker this was, seeing Tennant leave the role of the Doctor, after arguably being the best at it. Unfortunately, his swan song wasn’t anything special for the majority of the time. I’m a fan of things not taking themselves too seriously, but this was just ridiculous, turning all moments (minus the last act of course) of urgency and seriousness into an attempted laugh riot and over-acting. The show can certainly do better than this.
48. Victory of the Daleks (Matt Smith, Series 5)
Holy shit. World War II. Winston Churchill. Daleks. This has all of the ingredients to bake us up a classic. Did we get it? Well, no, but we still got a good episode none-the-less! This failed introduction to a new set of Daleks was quite an adventure for something lasting only a single episode, with Matt Smith shining as a new and young Doctor exploring the universe. Things just seem to get a little too messy in the end, such as fighter pilots flying into space.
47. The Waters of Mars (David Tennant, Series 4)
A creepy atmosphere, a darker side to the Doctor. Oh boy, this was a treat. Perhaps one of the darkest episodes the show has offered since the revival, it’s just a shame not much can be said about it though as the other all episode is just pointless in the scheme of greater things at play.
46. A Christmas Carol (Matt Smith, Series 6)
What an emotional episode this was. Sure it wasn’t a tear jerker, but don’t deny it made you smile. The most Christmassy-Christmas special the show has had so far, there is a lot this episode has to offer, in a far more character driven adventure. The only downside that comes to mind is the Doctor going off a little too crazy than he should be, as he knows what task he has at hand.
45. The Girl Who Waited (Matt Smith, Series 6)
Oh god, another emotional episode. Though it really suffers from the lack of any threat, the charm of this episode is its strong themes and ideas that are played out, especially in the climax, oh man, did anyone want to cry? Bloody hell, I think this should be higher on the list, but there are far more adventurous stories true to the show that I think are more deserving of those places.
44. The Snowmen (Matt Smith, Series 7)
Well, hello there, Clara. Well, what to say about this episode, we have Gandalf, Sherlock Holmes, a Second Doctor villain, and it’s Christmas again. Really, it’s just a lot of fruit in one basket, some working well, some not so and would have been nicer to maybe see it saved for other stories where it could be expanded upon. But Clara for Christmas? Yes please.
43. The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood (Matt Smith, Series 5)
The first two-part story on the list! Well, we have had one, but with most multi-part stories each part has an individual name. There’s something about this story that is just so Classic Who. Maybe not in the writing, and the fact a Classic enemy is in it doesn’t help, but more the way it is shot and some of the story elements. In a sense, it’s simply beautiful, even if just a little bit shallow.
42. The Angels Take Manhattan (Matt Smith, Series 7)
No, number 42 won’t be the episode 42, but hey, we have Weeping Angels in this one! I am getting tired of seeing Weeping Angels, however there is always at least something new to bring to the table with them. In this episode, for me, it was when an Angel had a hold on River Song and the only way for her to escape was to break her wrist. Now that’s the Who that I like. Oh, and two companions leave the series, there’s that too…
41. Cold War (Matt Smith, Series 7)
A short, fast-paced, classic Doctor Who adventure! Even if it’s basically just Tooth and Claw in a submarine. I really enjoyed this episode, even though there was the feeling that we had seen it all before, there was something refreshing about it, and Matt Smith does have his moments, especially when he’s introduced wearing sunglasses. Like I said, something we’ve seen before, but it’s done in a way that feels new. For that, here we have a very fun, and somewhat tense, episode.
Stories 40-31 coming soon… including our first Ninth Doctor adventure to make the list!
Say hi to my parents’ Canon Prima BF Date. Can’t wait to use it. Already got my negative films Fuji superia400 and colour200.
Just trying Gimp film emulation on this nice shot by Gus.
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Not that she objected to solitude. Quite the contrary. She had books, thank Heaven, quantities of books. All sorts of books.
Mother of Godzilla! We got this sci-fi trailer before Transformers and it’s so awesome that I can’t wait to watch it.
(Note that the story’s basis is the myth that humans only use 10% of their brain, which is scientifically false. The movie looks cool nonetheless.)