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!
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…