|Yes, that's Tom Hiddleston doing a fangirl flail. Source|
This is insanely exciting, as it means I don't have to avoid the entire internet for the better part of a week, trying to stay away from spoilers. (I should point out that I will NOT be getting up at 5.10am on Sunday mornings to watch it. As much as I love Doctor Who, I can wait until a civilised hour, thankyouverymuch)
ANYWAY. In honour of this brilliant news, I hereby present you with a list:
Kirsti's Ten Favourite Episode of New Who (to date)
1. Tooth and Claw
Where I feel like Christopher Eccleston took a while to settle into his role as the Ninth Doctor, David Tennant dove in with fanboy glee, and had the Tenth Doctor to perfect by his second episode. As much as I love New Earth (seriously, how can you go past Cassandra??), Tooth and Claw is my favourite episode. Werewolves + Queen Victoria + Tennant being Scottish (albeit briefly) + the founding of Torchwood + an enormous diamond + kung fu monks + the chemistry between the Doctor and Rose = OMG SO AMAZING.
A close second to Tooth and Claw for me is Partners in Crime. Obviously, I very much like the idea of being able to lose a kilo overnight EVERY night. I also love the scene where Donna sees the Doctor through the window and they start miming at each other. Kills me every time. Plus, it doesn't hurt that the Adipose are completely adorable. And to finish, that squee-worthy moment of "OMG ROSE FOUND A WAY BACK!!!"
This episode terrifies me. I really want to go and take photos in the cemetery not far from my house, because there are all kinds of interesting monuments in there. But there are statues of angels, and NO THANK YOU. That said, the Weeping Angels are fantastic villains. And Carey Mulligan carries this episode fantastically well. It's a rare show in which you can put all the main characters in the background for an entire episode and still have it work brilliantly.
4. Vincent and the Doctor
This is basically the only episode I loved from season 5. Sure, there were others that I enjoyed and that I'd happily go back and watch again. But THIS? I could watch every day without getting sick of it. It's written by Richard Curtis, the man behind The Vicar of Dibley, Mr Bean, Bridget Jones' Diary, and Love Actually. And once again, he delivers that perfect mix of humour and "OH GOD, RIGHT IN THE FEELS". Tony Curran is truly phenomenal as Vincent van Gogh, especially during the scene in the Louvre.
5. The Runaway Bride
This is the only Christmas special to date that I've loved. Set seconds after the heartbreak of Doomsday, it gave us Donna Noble and the lines "Santa's a ROBOT!!" and "With this ring, I thee biodamp", showed us how the Doctor really does need someone to keep his humanity around, and taught us the importance of pockets. Especially pockets that are bigger on the inside. Also, the Doctor's not from Mars. Just in case you missed that.
6. The Doctor's Wife
I seem to have this thing that my favourite episodes of the Moffat era are written by...Not Moffat. This was hands down my favourite episode from the giant mindfuck that was season 6 (PLEASE let season 7 be better. Pretty pretty please...), and it was written by Neil Gaiman. It's phenomenally beautiful and a little bit terrifying, with a wee dash of hilarious and a dose of heartbreak. You know, everything you expect from Neil Gaiman! Plus, Suranne Jones is phenomenal as the oddball Idris.
7. The Empty Child
This is my favourite episode from the Christopher Eccleston era. It's not only completely creepy (I once walked through a supermarket and heard a small child saying "Mummy? Mummy? Mummy??", and basically ran for the exit), but it's the episode that finally sold me on Doctor Who. Prior to this point, I thought it was okay, but not great. From here onwards? Watch *ALL* the episodes! I swear it had nothing whatsoever to do with the introduction of Captain Jack Harkness, although he certainly didn't hurt!! (Seriously, Moffat. Can you bring Barrowman back please???)
8. Closing Time
Another one from season 6, and an episode that is basically Amy and Rory free. It was almost like a palate cleanser after...well, all the episodes in between The Doctor's Wife and this. If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll know that I love Gavin and Stacey, so it was great to see James Corden back again. The idea of the Doctor working in a shop is pretty fantastic, but my personal favourite thing from this episode is obviously Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All. It'll never not be funny.
9. The Shakespeare Code
Because I'm a giant history nerd, I love the back-in-time-meeting-famous-figures-from-history episodes more than the what-whacky-future-can-we-come-up-with-this-time episodes. (This is probably already apparent from the inclusion of Tooth and Claw, Vincent and the Doctor, and The Empty Child) So an episode in which the Doctor both discusses his love of Harry Potter and also meets Shakespeare was always going to be a win in my book.
10. Silence in the Library
While the Vashta Nerada are completely creepifying, how would I not love an episode that includes the biggest library in history, a crapton of books, David Tennant, and archaeologists?? I mean, come on. It basically has "Hey Kirsti, check this out!" written all over it. It also marks the arrival of River Song, back in the days before Moffat destroyed her character completely. SIGH.
Doomsday - It's amazing, but OH GOD SO MUCH UGLY CRYING
Journey's End - Again, completely amazing. The Doctor travelling with everyone at once. The Donna Doctor. Ten Too (aka the Metacrisis). But SO MUCH UGLY CRYING PART II.
The Unicorn and the Wasp - I love the international jewel thief part and the Agatha Christie part and the "How is Harvey Wallbanger one word????" part. The giant wasp bit was kind of bonkers, even by Doctor Who standards. But the rest of it is fantastic.
So. Questions for you:
1. What is your favourite episode?
2. Are you kind of relieved that Amy and Rory are leaving?
3. On a scale of 1 to Kermit flail, how excited are you about season 7?
4. If you don't watch Doctor Who, why the hell not?