I started watching Doctor Who quite recently, partly to fill in the void left by one of the TV shows I’ve been watching regularly (How I Met Your Mother). To be honest, the main reason why I checked it out was because I have several Facebook friends who would regularly post about the show, and these were friends whom I share two things in common with – a love for Narnia (and C.S. Lewis), and a devotion to Middlearth (and J.R.R. Tolkien).
Anyway, I’ve finished watching Series 1 to 8 of the revival series. I went through what I understand now is a cycle all fans go through going from one Doctor to the next.
I’ve started watching the classics – I’m in the middle of the first season with the First Doctor. However, I decided to take a break and re-watch all the revival episodes again, followed by the respective Doctor Who Confidential episode. I intentionally do not look at who the writer was, so that I won’t be biased about the story (mainly because I already know I like Steven Moffat because of Sherlock.) Anyway, here are my top 5 favourite episodes from Series 1. Oh, and I count two-part episodes as one (sorry it seems like cheating…)
5) Dalek (Episode 6, Robert Shearman)
It was my first time to meet the Daleks, and to be honest, I had no idea they were such a big deal. All I thought was why on earth did they have a toilet plunger and an egg beater on their frames…
What I loved about it is the incredible rage we see in the Doctor – which I only fully understood later on as I learned more about the Time War. The Doctor seemed so nice from the first few episodes, always grinning and all, but this was a completely new side of him.
The Doctor: All right then. If you want orders, follow this one… Kill yourself.
Dalek: The Daleks must survive!
The Doctor: The Daleks have failed! Why don’t you finish the job, and make the Daleks extinct? Rid the universe of your filth! Why don’t you just DIE?
Dalek: (after a pause) You would make a good Dalek.
I loved the scene where he thought Rose was going to die after he sealed the vault.
The Doctor: Rose, where are you? Rose? Did you make it?
Rose Tyler: Sorry, I was a bit slow. (sees the Dalek approaching) It’s the end, Doctor. But it’s not your fault… And you know what? I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.
4) Bad Wolf / The Parting of the Ways (Episodes 12 & 13, Russell T. Davies)
This was epic, although it ended sadly for me because this was goodbye to the Ninth Doctor, my first Doctor. Christopher Eccleston is still my favourite – tied with David Tennant – mainly because he was my first. He would always smile at inappropriate times, and would be hilariously flippant.
Dalek: I will talk to the Doctor.
The Doctor: Oh, will you? That’s nice. Hello!
Dalek: The Dalek stratagem nears completion. The fleet is almost ready. You will not intervene.
The Doctor: Oh, really? Why’s that then?
Dalek: We have your associate. You will obey or she will be exterminated.
The Doctor: No. (everyone looks at The Doctor, stunned)
Dalek: Explain yourself.
The Doctor: I said no.
Dalek: What is the meaning of this negative?
The Doctor: It means no!
Dalek: But she will be destroyed!
The Doctor: NO! ‘Cause this is what I’m gonna do – I’m gonna rescue her! I’m gonna save Rose Tyler from the middle of the Dalek fleet, and then I’m gonna save the Earth, and then – just to finish you off – I’m gonna wipe every last stinking Dalek out of the sky!
Dalek: But you have no weapons, no defences, no plan!
The Doctor: Yeah, and doesn’t that scare you to death? (turns to Rose) Rose?
Rose: Yes, Doctor?
The Doctor: I’m coming to get you.
And then of course, there was the first kiss right at the end.
Rose: My head…
The Doctor: Come here.
Rose: …is killing me.
The Doctor: I think you need a Doctor.
3) Rose (Episode 1, Russell T. Davies)
I downloaded the complete series 1 but wasn’t sure if I really wanted to watch it or not. It was in my laptop for weeks before I decided to give the first episode a try to see if it’s something I would actually enjoy. If I will be very honest, I still wasn’t 100% sure about Doctor Who after watching the first episode, mainly because I felt like the special effects was a little old-school. But this episode will always have a special place in my heart because it’s the first ever episode I’ve watched, just like how Christopher Eccleston will always have a special place in my heart because he’s the first Doctor I knew. Also Billie Piper’s baggy pants distracted me, and I had to keep forcing myself to remember that this was in 2005 – baggy pants were still a thing.
2) Father’s Day (Episode 8, Paul Cornell)
This was just so emotional, and Billie Piper’s acting was so perfect – sincere and vulnerable and just perfect. I was watching this for the second or third time while I was having lunch the other day and realised that I was tearing up again. The premise of the story was heavy to begin with – I mean, what would you do if you could meet your father and actually save him from death? I don’t think anyone can blame Rose for what she did.
1) The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances (Episodes 9 & 10, Steven Moffat)
Here are my reasons why I love this the most:
– It’s creepy beyond words. “Are you my mummy?” repeated again and again, gas masks fused into the face, unconnected phones ringing…
– It introduces us to one of my favourite companions – Captain Jack Harkness.
– It has a lot of humour to balance out the creepiness. It also has my favourite lines from the season:
Captain Jack Harkness: Okay, this can function as a sonic blaster, a sonic cannon, and a triple-fold sonic disruptor. Doc, what you got?
The Doctor: I’ve got a sonic, er, never mind.
Captain Jack Harkness: What?
The Doctor: It’s sonic, okay, let’s leave it at that.
Captain Jack Harkness: Disruptor? Cannon? What?
The Doctor: It’s sonic, totally sonic. I am sonicked *up*!
Captain Jack Harkness: [yelling] A sonic *what*?
The Doctor: [yelling] *Screwdriver*!