You know, I have the (questionable) habit of procrastinating by watching Doctor Who clips on youtube. And some of the moments shown in these clips are among my favorite moments of the new series and are among the reasons why I love Doctor Who so much.
So I thought I could just make one of these ranking and post my 10 favorite moments from series 1 till 9 of Doctor Who. It’s kind of like a love letter to Doctor Who.
Spoilers below, obviously!
10: The Twelfth Doctor enters the TARDIS
The Husbands of River Song (Christmas Special 2015)
Among all the many moments in which people enter the TARDIS for the first time, this one is my favorite. Although the Doctor, of course, doesn’t really enter his TARDIS for the first time, but is in the wonderful and apparently long awaited position to pretend it and act it out in front of River Song.
It remains one of the funniest moments in DW and makes me laugh every time I watch it.
9: Vincent van Gogh visits the art gallery
Vincent and the Doctor (series 5)
I mean, everyone loves that scene. It is a beautiful thing to watch Vincent van Gogh cry while Bill Nighy praises him as the greatest painter who ever lived…
… and cry along, of course.
8: The Ninth Doctor Regenerates
The Parting of the Ways (series 1)
How to choose among all the wonderful regenerations? For me this regeneration was the first I saw and for that will stay with me. I love how the Doctor makes jokes before it happens to try to cover up his fear. But you can see exactly how nervous he is.
And of course his last words are the best last words: Before I go I just wanna tell you: You were fantastic! Absolutely fantastic! And you know what? –
So was I!
7: “I am an Idiot with a box and a screwdriver!”
Death in Heaven (series 8)
The revelation of Missy’s plan was very unexpected, but then again, very fitting. The relationship between the Master and the Doctor intrigues me, them being “best enemies” and in this scene Michelle and Peter play this out beautifully.
And then the arc of series 8 comes together so nicely with the Doctor finally finding an answer to the question: Am I a good man?
And of course: Awesome Danny Pink!
6: The Ninth Doctor has dinner with Blon Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen
Boom Town (series 1)
I think this is secretly the greatest Ninth Doctor moment. His answer to Margeret’s pleading is just fantastic: “That’s how you live with yourself. That’s how you slaughter millions.” But then..:
“Only a killer would know that.”
5: The Master reborn
Utopia (series 3)
A regeneration of the Master? Yes! With chilling music, screaming and rainbow colored regeneration energy, while Martha and Jack fight for their lives and the Doctor pleads. And not to forget: The brilliant Derek Jacobi as the Master! Just an incredible scene.
“Use my name!”
“End of the universe, have fun! Bye bye!”
4: Harriet Jones slaughters the Sycorax
The Christmas Invasion (Christmas special 2005)
This scene… It shows how hard it is to be human and to decide how to keep the planet save. Harriet Jones is not the Doctor and made a gruesome and tough choice. The Doctor condemns her instantly. But for me it is impossible to decide whether she was right or not. She still stands by her decision when we see her again in the series 4 finale.
But did you notice something else about Harriet Jones?
Don’t you think she looks tired?
3: Young Adelaide meets a Dalek
The Waters of Mars (Special 2009)
“I knew, that night, I knew I would follow it.”
This is one of the most beautiful and most unusual scenes of DW. Young Adelaide Brook meets a Dalek and instead of being killed instantly or being afraid she is inspired by this to become an astronaut. The calm music and the sky full of stars in the background create such a unique atmosphere and such wondrous feelings. It’s a unique and brilliant moment in Doctor Who.
“But not for revenge.”
“What would be the point of that?”
2: The Twelfth Doctor’s anti-war speech
The Zygon Inversion (series 9)
Doctor Who may be
just a kids show, just entertainment. There’s nothing “just” about that. But sometimes Doctor Who provides these incredible moments, these unexpected insights.
The Doctor asks: “What are you going to do with the people like you?” It’s a question which is so on point it nearly hurts. Many of us feel fed up at some point with politicians and the system and everything and we dream of a glorious revolution. But then what? When we toppled the status quo, possibly against the will of the majority, then what? How could we create a new consensus? How could we protect out new Utopia without violence?
So maybe we have to do what we should have done from the very beginning: Sit down and talk.
1: The Eleventh Doctor meets the Curator
The Day of the Doctor (50th Anniversary Special 2013)
Well, what can I say about this? The moment I hear the voice, Tom Baker’s wonderful voice, it’s over. I die of goosebumps.
This calm scene comes after the action packed climax of the special and acts as the emotional climax. The Doctor meeting a mysterious figure who may be his future self and who tells him that yes, Gallifrey falls no more.
But the scene continues to a gorgeous shot of all 12 incarnations of the Doctor standing together.
This was just the perfect moment for the 5oth anniversary, the whole impact of 50 years of Doctor Who, the whole weight of the Doctor’s long life portrayed in one beautiful scene. How will they top that in the 100th anniversary special?
Who knows? Who – nose?