Doctor Who by Series | Series 6 – 2011

I brought them here. They’d say it was their choice, but offer a child a suitcase full of sweets and they’ll take it. Offer someone all of time and space and they’ll take that, too. Which is why you shouldn’t. Which is why grown-ups were invented.

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‘The God Complex’

Every time I watch Series 6 I forget until I am actually watching it just how ‘timey-wimey’ and convoluted it is. Not all of it, but enough to be confusing. There is also a lot of episodes to do with River Song which I think definitely contributes to that. In saying this, I thoroughly enjoyed Series 6. Plus some of my all time favourite episodes for Matt Smith’s Doctor are in this series. I just may need a timeline to keep it all straight in my head.

Christmas Special: S06E00 ‘A Christmas Carol’

This episode probably isn’t one of my favourite Christmas specials, but in saying that, it really is a gosh darn wonderful episode. There are some great 11th Doctor moments, Amy and Rory in their Police Woman and Roman Centurion costumes respectively, that song Katherine Jenkins sings as Abigail at the end of the episode – Abigail’s Song (Silence is All You Know) – it makes me cry every time, and of course, the shark pulling the carriage through the clouds at the end.

I love how they managed to perfectly meld the story of A Christmas Carol into the Doctor Who world and not make it feel out of place. Aesthetically, this really is a beautiful episode. I love the contrast between the chaos of the crashing spaceship and the heartfelt, slow moving story of the Doctor, Kazran, and Abigail. I think this one has grown on me the more that I’ve rewatched it.

First Episode(s): S06E01/02 ‘The Impossible Astronaut’/‘Day of the Moon’

This was a really wild two episode story, with a convoluted and rather sad beginning, and a very creepy alien, but I enjoyed it all the same. The episodes mark the beginning of an arc that (you now realise) has been set up in Series 5, and continues with a reoccurring character (River Song) who was introduced in Series 4 – so an epic set up for these episodes (and the rest of the series) really.

The Silence are a wonderful creation, and my gosh are they creepy! You forget them the moment you look away, and they can influence you while you are looking at them so you won’t know why you’re doing something when you look away. They are such a clever creation, especially as one for a whole world threat.

The episodes also asked SO many questions which was both great and not so good. Mostly because it meant I was waiting each week for the next episode and making my own theories (it’s been that long now that I don’t know what these were), but also, this was Doctor Who so who knew if any of these questions would be answered.

Favourite Episode: S06E11 ‘The God Complex’

The concept for this episode is so gosh darn cool, it is also on my list of top episodes for me – of all time. A prison masquerading as a hotel that has fears in each room, all guarded by, as Amy calls it an ‘Alien Minotaur’, which is a recipient for both a very entertaining and very emotional episode of Doctor Who.

What I love about this episode I think is that there is such a wonderful collection of new characters. The characters really have to shine in a story like this, especially in such a contained setting. There is so little room to move (figuratively, that is – the characters are running around an ever expanding and changing hotel for the episode, so if anything they have too much room. Rita has to be a favourite of mine, she is a character I would love to see again (if it were possible).

There is so much to this story, I could honestly go on about it forever, but I won’t, as I have limited room here, and many more episodes to write about. I will say this though, I had quite a few quotes in the running for the one you see up the top there. There are so many beautiful lines in this episode (funny ones too), but I will finish this little piece with one from Rory which haunts my mind.

You know, Howie had been in speech therapy. He’d just got over this massive stammer. What an achievement. I mean, can you imagine? I’d forgotten not all victories are about saving the universe.

Most Emotional Episode: S06E10 ‘The Girl Who Waited’

This episode quite possibly put me into an emotional spiral the first time I watched it, a spiral which means that I need to choose wisely for when I rewatch this episode. Also, I can only do so with a box of tissues, some form of comfort food, and a blanket.

There is something so heartbreaking about Amy living for nearly forty years in the Two Streams facility on a distant planet not knowing when the Doctor and Rory would eventually come and save her. So much so that she started to believe that they wouldn’t come for her at all. The ending of this episode makes me sob every single time. It is beautiful and heartbreaking.

Special Mention: S06E07 ‘A Good Man Goes to War’

I cannot write about Series 6 without mentioning ‘A Good Man Goes to War’. There is so much packed into this episode that every time I watch it there is a fair amount of ‘mind boggling’ that goes on, and I love it. There is a lot that is revealed about the character of River Song that has been puzzled over since she was first introduced.

I did not expect the “River is Amy and Rory’s daughter” reveal, and I vividly remember watching it for the first time as I somehow didn’t get spoiled for the moment (thank goodness). I am pretty sure I was sitting there in a daze throughout the credits because of it. Especially with that piece of music playing at the time. River song was already a favourite character of mine, then she became so much more awesome.

Series Final: S06E13 ‘The Wedding of River Song’

This is another rather mind boggling and ‘timey-wimey’ episode. Time is converging after the events of the first episode were diverted by River. Now time is stuck and people aren’t who they’re meant to be, nor do they remember the correct version of time. Apart from Amy of course.

There is something wonderfully chaotic about this episode, especially the ending. The resetting of time is heartbreaking, but also hopeful in a classically Doctor Who way. Then is punctuated by another reveal, and so realisation that never fails to make me laugh (and then most likely cry).

In a word (well, two words) I would say that overall this series is just ‘mind-boggling’. There is a lot to keep track of, and a lot that is revealed about River Song that both answers questions, and asks more of them. Which is both a good and bad thing in my eyes.

What were your picks for the above? I’d love to know your thoughts! Thank you for reading!

Doctor Who by Series | Series 5 – 2010

Just twenty minutes. Just believe me for twenty minutes. Look at it. Fresh as the day you gave it to me. And you know it’s the same one. Amy, believe for twenty minutes.

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‘The Eleventh Hour’

I remember being so nervous going into Series 5, I had adored Tennant’s run, and change is hard, but there was nothing that was going to stop me from loving this series. It took about 30 seconds of Matt Smith on screen for me to accept him as the Doctor, and from that moment on I was so excited for what was to come. Matt Smith has become one of one of my favourite Doctors (I think I say this every regeneration but it doesn’t stop me from loving his incarnation of the Doctor dearly).

Series 5 introduced Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor, Karen Gillan as Amy Pond, and Arthur Darvill as Rory Williams. One of my favourite TARDIS trios! Also that new version of the Doctor Who theme/title sequence, gosh darn, amazing!

I love the quote I picked for Series 5 – I really feel like it is both the Doctor speaking to Amy and Matt Smith speaking to the Doctor Who fan base.

New Doctor’s First Episode: S05E01 ‘The Eleventh Hour’

This episode I think is still one of my favourite ‘New Doctor’ episodes (with S11E01 The Woman Who Fell to Earth a close second). Matt Smith’s Doctor was just so funny in this episode – the script had the perfect mix of comedy and enchanting/heartfelt moments. The sequence where the Doctor is trying to find a food he likes never fails to make me smile, especially with the conclusion that he needed “fish-fingers and custard”.

(Which I tried, by the way – managed to disgust my family in the name of my obsession with a TV show – and as it turned out, it wasn’t that bad. Then I find out that Matt Smith was just eating cake made to look like fish-fingers – which makes sense, because he would have had to do a lot of scenes eating that – but I did feel possibly a little betrayed.)

There is something so magical about this episode of Doctor Who, and I think that is why this one is one of my most rewatched in this series. I love how young Amelia Pond is the first person he meets and from there the Doctor becomes almost childlike in his fascination with the universe he is travelling through.

That scene on the rooftop though! The Eleventh Doctor walking through the hologram image of the Tenth Doctor’s face and saying, “Hello, I’m the Doctor” – just plain epic. Also the New TARDIS interior is gorgeous, I remember tearing up in that scene.

Favourite Episode: S05E07 ‘Amy’s Choice’

Most of the episodes in this little review I could easily put into this category, as Series 5 is easily my favourite Eleventh Doctor series, but I really love the concept of this episode. Two dreams within a dream, and a choice for Amy. It is honestly quite a cruel conundrum, but does make for entertaining TV.

As the trio try to figure out which dream is the real one it becomes more and more evident that they’re not choosing between two dreams, but that Amy is choosing between Rory and the Doctor, or between two paths her life could take. It makes Amy make her decision for the most heartbreaking reason.

Plus amongst the chaos and the emotional moments of the whole episode, there is a wonderful amount of humour as the trio tries to decide which is the dream and which is the reality. This episode says so much about each character, and I think that is why I love it so much.

Scariest Episode: S05E04/05 ‘The Time of Angels’/‘Flesh and Stone’

Series 5 is packed with episodes that I could happily write about in any of these categories, this two part story is no exception. We get the return of River Song – last seen in the two part story from Series 4 ‘Silence in the Library’/‘Forest of the Dead’ that I wrote about here, we also get the return of the Weeping Angels last seen in Series 3 in ‘Blink’ which I wrote about here. Both River and the Weeping Angels have become favourites of mine in the Whoniverse, so I have a lot I want to say about these episodes, but so little space to do so (I have to stop at some point).

To be honest, I remember that at first I wasn’t so sure if bringing the Angels back was a good idea. They had been so good as the monster in ‘Blink’ and I really wasn’t sure how they could be any more scary than they already were. As it turns out, a few rogue Angels are a manageable amount of creepy/scary in a Doctor Who episode, but with two episodes containing a ship full of Angels that initially weren’t seen to be Angels? Pure fear.

There’s a scene where the Doctor, Amy and River are walking through the tunnels to try and get to the crashed ship and the Doctor realises the statues surrounding them aren’t what he thought they were. Surrounded by one headed statues, meant to be the fossilised versions of the people who used to live in the catacombs, there’s a beat of silence before River says “The Aplans…They’ve got two heads” followed by the Doctor saying, “So why don’t the statues?” It gives me chills every time.

This two part story also gives more insight into the character of River Song – something else I didn’t expect going into Series 5 (until I watched the trailer of course. I love her character, and her story, as heartbreaking as it is. Especially as at the time that I watched these episodes I didn’t know just how much of her story there was to come.

Most Emotional Episode: S05E10 ‘Vincent and the Doctor’

To start off, even just the mention of this episode, or the mention of Vincent Van Gogh is enough to make me emotional with little to no detail. It’s not just the content of this episode, but the beautiful way it is shot and cut together, along with the orchestral score and choice of song at the end. Everything about this episode is beautiful, and it brings me to tears every single time.

It really is heartbreaking, with this episode, with Amy’s reactions to everything. It feels as if she went into that trip thinking she’d be able to help Van Gogh avoid his fate. Then when she can’t, it breaks her heart. Provoking another of my favourite quotes from the Doctor in Series 5, this one in response to Amy not thinking she made a difference in Van Gogh’s life:

The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but visa versa, the bad things don’t necessarily spoil the good things or make them unimportant.

Eleventh Doctor, Doctor Who

Then there’s the end where they bring him to the Galley and I weep every time.

As close second to this is the ending for the two part story of ‘The Hungry Earth’ and ‘Cold Blood’ where Rory saves the Doctor and ends up dying in the process. Amy’s reaction is heartbreaking, especially as she knows that she’ll forget him if he dies. Then the quick turn around of emotion once she does forget. What tops it off though is knowing that the Doctor remembers him but can’t say anything.

Series Final: S05E12/13 ‘The Pandorica Opens’/‘The Big Bang’

My gosh this series final was epic! Romans, all the monsters and aliens working together for a common cause (even if said cause actually made things worse), time jumps, the Doctor in a fez (for about 5 minutes before it was disintegrated), and a wedding. So a perfectly normal episode of Doctor Who. Right?

I love the scale of this two part story. Especially having so many of the monsters/aliens in the same space. There is so much going on and it is amazing! My favourites had to be the Daleks (pepper-pots) or the Sontarans (talking potatoes) in this case.

I remember being so on edge when I watched this the first time. There was so much going on, and so much at stake for the characters. I remember finding the whole thing really emotional (and still do).

I think Series 5 has to be my favourite series of Matt Smith’s Doctor. Do you have a favourite series for his Doctor?

What were your picks for the above? I’d love to know your thoughts! Thank you for reading!

Doctor Who by Series | Series 4 Specials – 2008-2010

I don’t wanna go.

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The Series 4 Specials E05
‘The End of Time – Part 2’

As a send off for a well loved portrayal of the Doctor, this one was rather epic! Too much? Maybe…but really, there is no such thing when it comes to Doctor Who. I remember watching most of these for the first time, some of which were probably watched on ABC2 catch up, but still, so good! I specifically remember watching the tail end of ‘The End of Time: Part 2’ after running from the car after a drive back from a family holiday, just in time to see David Tennant’s Doctor saying the iconic line of “I don’t wanna go.” and then him regenerating. I really just left my family to bring in the bags for the last ten minutes of Doctor Who, and I am ver appreciative of my parents graciousness that they allowed me that. I know that once it was over I did help, I may have just been a little emotional.

Episode 01: ‘The Next Doctor’

While this isn’t a favourite of mine in the collection of the 10th Doctor’s Christmas specials, it is still a fun episode none the less. A little bit crazy, a little bit Christmas-y. Plus the Cybermen, I find, are always a great choice in ememy for an episode. I really liked the story of this one, with a man who accidentally aquires the Doctor’s memories and thinks he is the Doctor, only for the real Doctor to stumble upon him and question why he thinks he’s the Doctor. My favourite thing about this episode I think was the hotair balloon TARDIS – such a cool idea! A very timely episode for the start of David Tennant’s exit series.

Episode 02: ‘Planet of the Dead’

This episode was a lot of fun! Clever idea, with a threat induced urgency, and some very strange aliens. A London bus that goes through a portal and ends up in an alien desert. Classic Doctor Who! I really like Christina de Souza as a one episode companion for the Doctor – she is smart, sassy, and she challenges the Doctor which is great! I loved the scene where the Doctor calms everyone down, and so motivates the stranded group, by asking where they were going. It’s the most Doctorish speech, I love it. Also we have the return of Unit in this episode, which I really love (especially that theme tune Murray Gold wrote for them – epic!). Also Malcolm – the Doctor’s biggest fan! Overall a great episode, very enjoyable!

Episode 03: ‘The Waters of Mars’

This episode freaked me out so much. The idea of infected alien water (even on a different planet) got to my head. The infected were so freaky! I think though, that this along with the ‘fixed moment in time’ plotline, where the Doctor knows how things go, made this episode so impactful. There is so much panic in this episode, and with a countdown of impending death, it is very well positioned in this series of five specials. This one made me so emotional too. The last few scenes on Mars just before the Doctor decides to go back and change time are the reason I find this episode so hard to rewatch. As usual though, the Doctor is in his element with the challenge of the countdown, but we see him take it to the next level, and quite honestly, it is a really intense scene. So while this episode is one I find difficult to rewatch, it is still a favourite of mine.

Episode 04/05: ‘The End of Time’

These episodes were completely mad, and I absolutely love them for it! Seriously, the Master splicing himself into every human on earth is the most chaotic, Master-y thing he could have done, and that’s just the first episode. Part two, brings Gallifrey to earth along with the Timelords and oh my is the whole series of events stressful. So much happens in the two episode, and I loved all of it (even the regeneration, no matter how many tears it brings on).

Even on a rewatch I find myself tearing up multiple times as through the main plot points of the episodes there are the most beautiful, heartfelt moments that I almost find difficult to watch. Every time I see Donna again, and the Doctor’s reaction to that I find myself in tears. I still miss Donna and her dynamic with the Doctor after all this time. However seeing Wild and the Doctor working together is so wonderful! Anything with them really are my favourite parts of the episode. That and the Doctor visiting all his old companions before he regenerates, always makes me so emotional.

Thank you for reading! I should have the Series 5 review up very soon! I lost it a bit with these as I have trouble rewatching these specials sometimes as they make me emotional, but I got there!

With the announcement of the release date for the Doctor Who special ‘The Power of the Doctor’, I now have a deadline for these. Which is wonderful for my motivation, as I would love to have finished my rewatch by the time that episode airs!

What were your picks for the above? I’d love to know your thoughts!

Doctor Who by Series | Series 4 – 2008

I’m the Doctor. I’m a Time Lord. I’m from the planet Gallifrey in the constellation of Kasterborous. I am 903 years old and I’m the man who’s gonna save your lives, and all six billion people on the planet below.
You got a problem with that?

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‘Voyage of the Damned’

If Series 3 solidified my love of Doctor Who, Series 4 threw me into pure obsession. At this point, there was no turning back, no reverse Uno card, no getting myself out of the wonderful madness which is Doctor Who. There are no complaints in the slightest (not from me anyway – my immediate family had [have] to deal with the most of my unfiltered ‘Who Chatter’). I am so thankful to have discovered this show, I love it!

Christmas Special S04E00 ‘Voyage of the Damned’

I remember I was in an ABC shop with my family (back when ABC shops were still a thing), some time after the Christmas of 2007 when I hadn’t yet seen the Christmas Special. I remember thinking I had seen an episode of Doctor Who on this tiny TV they had in the corner and I pointed it out to Dad in excitement and I remember he instantly said that it couldn’t be Doctor Who because he’d seen Kylie Minogue on the screen. I was right (of course).

While I love all the Christmas Specials equally, this I think would have to be one of my favourites. It is wonderfully mad, and the robotic ‘Heavenly Host’ staff are almost comically creepy. Plus Kylie Minogue, enough said. It is exciting, funny, and emotional – everything you want from Doctor Who on Christmas Day.

Also, space Titanic!? Amazing. Space Titanic crashing to earth on Christmas Day? Even better. I just really love this episode!

First Episode: S04E01 ‘Partners in Crime’

Oh my, this episode brought back one of my favourite Doctor Who duos and I absolutely love the episode for it. Donna (Catherine Tate) and the Doctor (10th – David Tennant) are the perfect TARDIS team and no one can convince me otherwise. I nearly all the Doctor’s companions, and of my favourites, when asked the question, my answer will always be Donna. She was funny, snarky, and she brought so much to the show. Especially, her heart, and her humanity. Her story as well, while one of the most heartbreaking for me, is one of my favourites too.

The episode itself though? It is strange. As a concept for an episode – a pill that helps you to loose weight, though loosing weight means it quite literally walks away in the form of a walking white marshmallow. The Adipose, are adorable, if you forget what they are purely made of (also how they are made). But if the concept is how you introduce one of the best NewWho duos then it works for me!

Favourite Episode: S04E08/09 ‘Silence in the Library’/’Forest of the Dead’

Series 4 brought me another of my favourite dual episode stories, as well as a new favourite character ( though at this point, I didn’t quite know it yet). River Song’s story arc that crosses multiple series and multiple Doctor’s is, simply put, plain awesome (I am considering doing a whole post series simply on her character arc so stay tuned). She knows the Doctor, but he doesn’t know her yet – so clever!

Along with this, I found the concept of the Vashta Nerada so cool, also very creepy, deadly shadows? Nuh uh, I will be staying out of the shadows now thank you very much. Just, nope. I also really liked the biggest library in the universe as the setting, just so cool! Especially with the home of the Vashta Nerada being trees, so they didn’t really take over the library, as they were brought with the books. This whole episode is so atmospheric and creepy and I just love it!

Scariest Episode: S04E10 ‘Midnight’

Oof! This one spooked me so bad, so much so that I could only just rewatch it for this. I really love the episode but on the whole it just is so creepy. Like many of Doctor Who’s creepiest or scariest episodes, it makes sure to turn something very mundane into something that will forever put me on edge.

The act of repeating what someone says was always an action I understood to be mocking or with the aim to annoy. But now? Repeating, continually is now associated with an alien life form possessing someone. It really creeped me out – especially with the paralysis. This was all intensified with the small space the characters were trapped in. Just, nope, no thank you. Great episode though!

Most Emotional Episode: S04E02 ‘The Fires of Pompeii’

The Fires of Pompeii easily took the cake for most emotional episode for me (beside the series final of course, series 4’s final was heartbreaking, and I still can’t watch it without sobbing). It was Donna’s first trip into history – and I know that the TARDIS has a mind of her own, and the Doctor has a habit of letting her land wherever (more fun for him of course) – but, this could be one of the worst places for them to have landed. Okay, maybe not the worst place to have gone, but the worst time to go at that specific place. Pompeii – and as the Doctor says, it’s volcano day.

I thought the episode was cleverly plotted though, with the stone creatures living in the Volcano, and allowing for certain humans to have access to a form of clairvoyance. This is where the problem lies though – the clairvoyants can’t see the volcano exploding. So the Doctor has a heartbreaking choice to make: save Pompeii or make sure history keeps on track.

My gosh, I sob every time. The acting from Tennant and Tate nearing the end of this episode, especially Tate, is so raw and emotional. Especially with her pleading with the Doctor to save at least one family from all that tragedy.

Series Final: S04E12/13 ‘The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End’

Okay. So. I don’t even know where to start with this series finale. I have watched it so often now that I can quote with the characters, and even answer before them in some cases. Some may see this as sad, I see it as a skill. I really do love this dual story episode. It’s story is on an epic scale, and it brings back so many favourite characters from the past three series and beyond. And rightly so – this was Russell T Davis’ last full series as show runner and he pulled out all the stops. Daleks en’ mass, the literally displacing of planets in time, and past companions, even those form parallel worlds. Somehow, in all the chaos, it all works!

This two episode story though is also the heartbreaking ending to Donna’s story and while the lead up during the episode concludes her character’s arc in the most amazing way. It is also as emotionally scarring as an episode of a TV show can get. Donna is allowed the moment to shine and then it is all taken away. I am still not okay after this. Still not okay.

Thank you for reading! I think Series 4 has to be my favourite series of the RTD era with Series 3 in a close second. Especially as this series really got me obsessed! Is Series 4 a favourite of yours? If not, which is your favourite?

What were your picks for the above? I’d love to know your thoughts! Thank you for reading!

Doctor Who by Series | Series 3 – 2007

Some people live more in 20 years than others do in 80. It’s not the time that matters, it’s the person.

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‘The Lazarus Experiment’

Series 3 was the series that really hooked me into Doctor Who! This was when I started waiting impatiently for Sunday nights (as from memory that was when it aired then). This was when I started ordering Doctor Who posters and buying merchandise when I could get my hands on it. The first Doctor Who DVD I owned was from Series 3 – the three episode DVD including the Human Nature/Family of Blood dual episode story and the episode Blink with the now infamous weeping angels (these became my most watched episodes for a while there – as this was the time before streaming).

I really love Martha as a companion, she is a favourite of mine from Ten’s era along with Donna [S04] – but they are my favourites for different reasons. Some of my favourite go-to rewatch episodes. Come from Series 3 and that is mostly because I love Martha and how she interacted both with the Doctor and the new worlds he showed her. Simply put, Martha is awesome!

Christmas Special: S03E00 ‘The Runaway Bride’

Originally I wasn’t going to write about all the Christmas (or New Years) Specials, but my love for these rather farfetched holiday themed episodes bring me a huge amount of joy (mostly – I am looking at you Voyage of the Damned [S04], The Snowmen [S07], and The Husbands of Riversong [S09] amongst others). While those few did bring some joy, these also had me crying on Christmas Day, so, there’s that.

The Runaway Bride was such a fun episode, and introduces a character who soon became one of my all time favourite companions of the Doctor. With a disaster wedding that sucks the bride into the TARDIS and a giant alien spider hell bent on using said bride as a key to open the centre of the planet, this episode set my expectations for the wonderful madness the Doctor Who holiday special would bring.

First Episode: S03E01 ‘Smith and Jones’

This episode was so much fun, also completely mad, but some of my favourite episodes are the crazy ones. Plus it introduces Martha as the Doctor’s new companion, and my gosh does she get a wild introduction to the world of the Doctor when the Hospital she is working on is transported to the moon. Yes, the moon!

This episode shows Martha to be a quick thinker and resourceful, as well as completely open to the madness the Doctor brings with him. The episode also gives an insight into her chaotic family and the world she wants to escape from – an out the Doctor happily offers up as thanks for her saving his life.

Favourite Episode: S03E07 ’42’

This episode was easily a favourite from Series 3 – I am a sucker for a story with a countdown, and this one was an absolute stress fest. I loved it. The TARDIS lands the Doctor and Martha on a spaceship which has forty-two minutes before it will crash into the sun. The Doctor and Martha only have to help find a way to turn the ship around before it’s too late. Simple, but stressful. Plus it doesn’t help that the closer to the sun the spaceship gets the internal temperature of the ship rises.

This was an intense episode, made even more so through the wonderful original score by Murray Gold. I remember spending the entire episode on the edge of my seat, and it’s like that every time I watch it even though I know the episode’s outcome. I also really liked how Martha could go off on her own working with the rest of the crew to try and fix things on the ship. All the while being followed by a member of the crew possessed by the sentient sun. This episode is a boiling pot (or oven really) of pure, intense panic.

Scariest Episode: S03E10 ‘Blink’

Interestingly the episode I found scariest had very little of the Doctor and Martha in it. The Weeping Angels are one of my favourite creations from Stephen Moffat – who at the time was just contributing the odd episode to the show – and doing an awesome job of it. They are wonderfully eerie and boarder on the creepy with the way that they kill. So simple too – one touch and you are sent into the past so the Angels can feed off your time energy.

Beyond the crazy ‘time travel as a weapon’ thing, the way the Angels move is plain scary, and purely fear inducing. The Angels can only move when you aren’t looking at them, and are otherwise creepy stone angels hiding out in plain sight. For this reason, throughout the episode the characters couldn’t blink.Which, I imagine, is harder than you would think with the impending Angels.

I found the whole episode so clever. Especially with the Doctor and Martha stuck in the past – sending messages to Sally in the future through DVD extras. It’s all very ‘timey-wimey’ and highly stressful. I am now always a little wary of stone statues now – thanks Doctor Who

Most Emotional Episode: S03E08/09 ‘Human Nature’/’The Family of Blood’

To put it simply, this episode broke my heart multiple times, put it back together, then broke it again. Now, I may be being overly dramatic – but when am I not? (Also when is Doctor Who ever not the same? To wonderful results.)

I really loved the idea of the Doctor locking away his Timelord self and becoming human to hide from aliens. Especially with how many things happened that the Doctor didn’t expect, both with romance and in who he becomes. The romance is beautiful but sad, as Martha knows it is doomed but is helpless to stop it before it goes too far. Especially with who she becomes in the world they land in, and her feelings for the Doctor.

I think, while the romance between Joan and John Smith (the Doctor) is definitely the emotional focus, Martha’s journey throughout this episode is what makes me most emotional. At this point we are past the half way mark in the series, she is well and truely in love with the Doctor and then he becomes a completely different person who doesn’t know who she is to him, and who for the most part disregards her. These two episodes really show how strong Martha is without the Doctor (and, I think, really sets her up for her journey in the series 3 final).

Series Final: S03E12/13 ‘The Sound of the Drums’/’Last of the Timelords’

This series final was a wild ride from start to finish, and as a bonus, was my first introduction to the Master (there was some major research into that character’s history after this I can tell you). The Master is wonderfully unhinged and I love him for it!

Note: Before I get into this series final, I want to say I understand these two episodes come as a package deal with S03E11 ‘Utopia’, and rightly so. It sets up these two episodes in the most messed up way possible, and I do enjoy it. I just wanted to focus on the last two episodes, because my gosh do they hit like a sucker punch to the stomach.

These two episodes were a high contender for most emotional this series before I decided to always include the series finals. Also, if I had a category for most cleverly messed up episode it would be this one too with the most horrifying paradox. The Master becomes the Prime Minister of England, so to bring mutated and engineered ‘humans’ from the end of the world back in time to kill their ancestors. That had me in a mess for a while, not having guessed what the ‘Toclafane’ were, I remember the reveal really shocked me.

Martha though, really is the star of these two episodes. She sees her family captured, her planet devastated, and travels the world to try and save it. She is a wonderful example of a companion doing incredible things without being anything other than human. Martha Jones saved the world. My gosh, she is amazing! Something else though, she knew when it was the time to let go of the Doctor, and I think those last few minutes of the episode show her strength in character. Knowing that for her, after everything, stepping away was the best thing to do, but making sure she wouldn’t lose him completely.

Thank you for reading! I could honestly rave about Series 3 all day – especially as it is the series that really solidified my love of Doctor Who!

What were your picks for the above? I’d love to know your thoughts!