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The Top 5 most memorable Doctor Who Episodes

The new season of Doctor Who starts on April 23, 2011. For fans here in this US this will be the first time we get to see episodes at the same time they appear in the UK. This new season also represents the first time episodes taking place in the US were actually filmed here in the US.

In anticipation what promises to be some memorable episodes we highlight five of the most memorable Doctor Who episodes of all time

City of Death (Tom Baker, 1979)

In City of Death the Doctor and his companion are enjoying some time in Paris. While they visit the Louver and see the Mona Lisa Of they bump into a plot to steal the Mona Lisa. Another time traveler had De Vinci paint 6 copies of the Mona Lisa so with one theft seven black-market sales of the painting can be made. This other time Traveler is stuck on earth has been influencing human development to speed up our technology advancements so he can escape Earth. He is funding a scientist with the sale of these paintings. Julian Glover, General Veers from Star Wars, plays the other time traveler by the way.

The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances (Christopher Eccleston, 2005)

In this two-part episode The Doctor and his companion find themselves in World War II London during the time of the German Blitz bombing raids. People, children, are transforming into gas mask wearing zombies and the Doctor sets off to investigate. This episode first introduced Captain Jack Harkness, who ends up with his own spin off show of Torchwood.

The Caves of Androzani (1984 – Peter Davison)

The Doctor lands on Androzani Minor, a mining colony rich in Spectrox (a chemical that extends life). Soon enough the Doctor and his companion find them selves in the middle of a battle over the mines. This was Peter Davison’s last episode as the Doctor. Both the Doctor and his companion get infected with a deadly illness. The Doctor is able to obtain a single dosage of the cure. In giving that dosage to his companion the Doctor dooms seals his fate and is forced to regenerate.

Blink (2007 – David Tennant)

Blink is the first appearance of a new enemy “the weeping angles”. The Doctor communicates to a movie geek and his girlfriend through various “Easter eggs” planted in a number of DVD movies. The weeping angles a frozen if they are being looked at but when no one in looking they can move. Through the “Easter Eggs” the Doctor aids the two lovers into the Weeping Angles by answering question they have now but will give to him in writing later… a temporal paradox of a sorts.

Genesis of the Daleks (Tom Baker, 1975)

The Daleks first appeared in 1963. Until 1975 the Daleks origin was describes as being they were the mutated decedents of a race nearly obliterated in a nuclear war. In this episode though the Daleks invention is attributed to one scientist – Davros. The Doctor is sent to the planet Skaro by the Time Lord counsel to try and prevent the invention of the Daleks. Davros is a crippled scientist confined to an electronic wheel chair. His experiments involved using a mutated engineered life form that would survive in a mechanized armor suit, based on the life support wheel chair Davros used. The Doctor arrives too late to stop the development of the Daleks, but does his best to slow their evolution.

Guest post by Joe Favre (Doc Joe)

  • Brad
    April 12, 2011


    great listing, but learn to write. i had a hard time reading some of the descriptions because your sentence structure is so horrible.

  • ZungPoo
    April 12, 2011


    Those guys seem to know what they are talking about.

  • TheReviewer
    April 12, 2011


    The Empty Child was too creepy for me. I loved Blink. I am so excited about the new season! I can’t wait for it to get started!!

  • Peter
    April 12, 2011


    ‘City Of Death’ was written by Douglas Adams (‘Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy’) and he used the plot from City Of Death in his book ‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’

  • Adam
    April 12, 2011


    I’m greatly amused that Blink is considered to be one of the best episodes of Who (an assessment with which I heartily agree, it’s a great episode), and yet it’s one of the “doctor light” episodes. These are episodes feature very little of the doctor, allowing them to film it on a limited budget, simultaneously to other episodes. That one of the most popular episodes barely features the main character of the show is delicious!

  • satur8
    April 13, 2011


    This is a good list. A very good list. I’d add Pyramids of Mars and Earthshock for any newbies that want to try the classic series and can deal with the pace of those listed above.

  • Ryan S
    April 13, 2011


    How is “The Girl In The Fireplace” not on this list? Great otherwise…

  • AJ
    April 13, 2011


    I think “Midnight” was a stellar episode that reminded me of a Hitchcock film. Hitchcock could have an entire movie filmed almost entirely in one room yet the viewer never got bored. It still remained a psychological thriller. I think the same was true with the episode “Midnight”. It was a great lesson in human nature and how easy it is to be swayed by other people, especially when there is a group leering about you pressuring to make a decision. It showed how easily we toss our morals aside, the same moral beliefs we would have previously claimed were unbreakable.

  • Mike
    June 1, 2011


    What? No Seeds of Doom, Talons of Weng Chiang or Pyramids of Mars?

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