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Top 10 Episodes of Doctor Who

18 May

I’d like to start this off by saying that while Steven Moffat runs the board in this list, it’s an inherently biased article. I’m making this a list of great individual episodes, so gems like “Doomsday”, “Let’s Kill Hitler”  and “Journey’s End” don’t make the cut because they’re overarching plot episodes.

(Also, Moffat, while an amazingly talented episode writer, doesn’t, in my opinion, make the best head writer. Moffat is cerebral and insanely clever, but somewhat misogynistic and lacking a bit of heart.)

Oh, he wishes he had cheekbones like that.

10. Love and Monsters Season 2, Episode 10

Name: Elton Pope
Favorite Pastimes: Sidewalk Fucking

For the most part I’m trying to pick episodes that don’t have stupid, fat, oozing monsters. I’m just so impressed with this episode because of what it had to overcome. It stemmed from a contest where a nine-year-old boy designed the monster and made it look suspiciously like a Slitheen. It also has very little David Tennant, which normally makes me flip tables and tear out my hair.

Seasons 5 and 6 have been rough on me.

“Love and Monsters” is the story of people who interacted briefly with the Doctor, and whose lives were never the same. The Doctor made the world a bigger, more interesting place, but it also brought death and destruction into their lives, none more so than Elton Pope, a weird little weaselly dude who just wants to enjoy his life.

And, I cannot mention this enough, bone some pavement.

What makes this episode great, though, is that it focuses on the damage that is left behind as the Doctor goes flitting off on his next great adventure. Not everyone survives his visits, and those that do are often wounded, confused and lost. It’s like watching Gotham Police clean up after Batman.

Also, Elton is sweet and he tries hard. In the end, it doesn’t save his friends and it doesn’t save his mother, but it keeps him going. He’s not really naive; he can’t be after what he’s been through. But he’s not broken, either. There’s something indomitable about a spirit like that, especially knowing that he created it all by himself, without the Doctor’s help.

Oh, and did I mention the idea for Doctor-Lite episodes was inspired by Buffy’s “The Zeppo”? Win.

Best Moment: Finding out that the twin planet of  Raxacoricofallapatorius is Clom.

Best Line: Elton: “Turns out I’ve had the most terrible things happen. And the most brilliant things. And sometimes, well, I can’t tell the difference…You know, Stephen King said once, he said, “salvation and damnation are the same thing.” And I never knew what he meant. But I do now.”

9. The Shakespeare Code Season 3, Episode 2

Just don’t bother, Martha.

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