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)