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THN’s Top 10 New Doctor Who Episodes

Everyone’s going DOCTOR WHO crazy at the moment, with anticipation reaching fever pitch for the 50th Anniversary special to be screened… this weekend! That’s right, there’s only two days left to go, and to keep you busy until then, here’s THN’s list of the 10 best DOCTOR WHO episodes since Russell T. Davies resurrected the show in 2005.

Beware – spoilers are obviously abound if you haven’t seen the latest episodes of the show!

Amy's Choice

10. Amy’s Choice

Probably the greatest impact Steven Moffat had on the series after taking over as showrunner in 2010 was that DOCTOR WHO did, in many ways, become more about the single, self-contained episodes than the tangled, arcing plots. This didn’t last, of course; large blocks of Series 6 simply served the greater storyline and didn’t make sense on their own.

Before then, though, we had the delights of Series 5, which – while only contributing two episodes to this list – was, on a whole, superb. Amy’s Choice is a particular highlight, with perhaps the most original idea of the entire series. The Doctor (Matt Smith), Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill) find themselves split between two realities: in one, they’re trapped in the TARDIS hurtling towards sure doom; the other, it’s five years in the future and Amy’s heavily pregnant – but the trio are under attack from an alien race. If they die in one, they wake up in the other – but how do they know which reality is real?

It’s a unique concept, and one which director Catherine Morshead handles well. There’s plenty of character development, and the relationship between Amy and Rory really builds up well here – with the theme of sacrifice becoming particularly prominent. That’s of course a theme that will continue right through Amy and Rory’s time on the show, right up to their final, tear-jerking moments in The Angels Take Manhattan.

This episode also gives us our first glimpse at a future Amy and Rory, and how they might end up ageing. They’re with the Doctor for 10 years in total in their timeline in the end, though thankfully Rory never gets that ponytail…

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Chris started life by almost drowning in a lake, and since then has escaped death numerous times to end up living in London eighteen years later. Being a Northerner at heart, it wasn't much of an escape. Chris is studying for a degree in Journalism at City University. His favourite films include the entire Star Wars saga (prequels and all) and anything with Batman in it. You can find him on Twitter under the ingenious moniker of @chriswharfe.

3 Comments

  1. Guro

    November 21, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    What the hell? Daleks in Manhattan was probably the worst Dalek storyline, and you chose it as a top ten?
    And what’s with the dissing of Donna?

  2. Chris Wharfe

    November 21, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    For me, the Dalek stories haven’t really been much to write home about at all apart from Dalek. Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways would be the only other two-parter worth considering here but I think Daleks in Manhattan was just a touch more original. The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End were two of the worst Who episodes I’ve ever had the misfortune to see. I enjoyed Asylum of the Daleks but it felt a little restrained.

    I just wasn’t a fan of Donna at all. She’s so bloody grating.

  3. Dan B

    November 22, 2013 at 7:27 am

    I liked certain moments with Donna but it also, occasionally, verged towards panto but nothing against Miss Tate herself!

    I like the selection because some a little left-field and even ones I have to go back and watch again now.

    ‘Turn Left’ could have taken a small spot though. ;-)

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