1.31.2014

The Doctor Who Project: Our Top 10 Episodes



Hello fellow Whovians! I've been looking forward to doing this blog for a long time and finally the time is here. If you want to read more about the genesis of this project, pop on over to the introductory post. But in short, over the next several weeks, my friends Jaime Hobbes and Justin Wasson will be joining me as we dissect one of our favorite shows ever, Doctor Who. But before we get to picking apart each season and discussing our likes and dislikes, we thought we'd each list our favorite episodes, and we welcome you to do the same in the comments below. Feel free to let us know your favorites or why you agree or disagree with our choices.

As the weeks go on, we will elaborate on each season and discuss why we liked these particular episodes as much as we did, but for now we're just going to list the episodes. I will also link each one the first time it appears (not going to link duplicate choices between the three lists). One other thing, we're treating two part episodes as a single entity..

Allison's note: As the main writer of the Doctor Who Project, I have not looked at my colleagues' lists or reviews ahead of constructing my own, so it's been a real treat learning the episodes we mutually love and the ones we disagree on.

Now, let's hear from Jaime!

I had never heard of Doctor Who until I went to a ComicCon about four years ago. No one explained it very well, and it didn't spark my interest for another three years. I have my father to thank for my love of Doctor Who. He insisted I watch it and intrigued me with one of my favorite ideas, time travel. It only took a couple of episodes and I was hooked. Needless to say, the Doctor has brought much joy to my life the past year and a half. He is funny, brave, charming, intense, and rather eccentric. No matter which incarnation one speaks of, the essence of the man is always the same.

Here are Jaime's favorite ten episodes:

1. Blink
2. The Doctor's Wife
3. Army of Ghosts/Doomsday
4. The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang
5. The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances
6. The Girl in the Fireplace
7. Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead
8. Turn Left
9. Vincent and the Doctor
10. The Name of the Doctor

Now let's bring it over to Justin!

I never cared for Doctor Who. It was a weird show about a guy with a scarf and he travelled through space. That's all I knew, and that's all I wanted to know. A few years ago I saw how well Doctor Who art was selling and figured I could take advantage of this by drawing all the Doctors (and I had no idea why there were so many) on one page. Then--a little--over a year ago I saw parts of episodes (David Tennant), and even though I had no idea what was going on...I was intrigued. It wasn't until getting Netflix a few months later that I decided to give the Doctor a try.

Are there better episodes than some that I have in my top ten? Yes, but I just like these more. You can read my explanations of what I enjoyed about the episodes in the season review section.

Here are Justin's ten favorite episodes, in countdown format (cue dramatic music):

10. Asylum of the Daleks
9. Vincent and the Doctor
8. 42
7. Gridlock
6. Father's Day
5. Let's Kill Hitler
4. The Day of the Doctor (I'm inclined to include the Night of the Doctor short with this)
3. Blink
2. Turn Left
1. Love & Monsters

Already I'm starting to notice a lot of similarities and contrast. There are episodes on my Top 10 that don't appear on either Jaime's or Justin's lists, but I also happen to be including episodes on Justin's list that aren't on Jaime's and vice versa (or whatever...that was a confusing sentence). At any rate, with so many episodes, I think there is a lot to love, and it's really neat to see which episodes resonate with people different. What's equally interesting is that some of us may have favorite Doctors and companions, but that is not necessarily reflected in our choices of favorite episodes. Sometimes we wish our favorite characters had better episodes, I think.

With that being said, here is my Top 10 list:

1. Blink
2. The Doctor's Wife
3. The Girl in the Fireplace
4. The Waters of Mars
5. The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances
6. Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead
7. A Good Man Goes to War
8. Vincent and the Doctor
9. The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon
10. Human Nature/The Family of Blood

Do you share some favorites on these lists? Which ones do you think we left out? Personally, picking just ten favorite episodes was extremely hard for me. While there are a lot of episodes I didn't love, there were even more that I did and there were SEVERAL that did make it but that were just barely edged out by others. I could almost put together an honorable mentions lists, but that would get long too. Needless to say, if you feel like we completely missed the ball by not including a particular episode, chances are at least one of us feels the same way.

Next week, we will be breaking out the sonics as we delve into our examination of the series one.

Until then, how about that number twelve?