Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Eleventh Doctor Top Stories

Looking ahead to the return of Doctor Who in a couple weeks, I realize that I have reviewed a lot of the show, but never ranked the top episodes. Sounds like a project!

Starting with the Eleventh Doctor, I think I may differ from a lot of fans. I like his earlier stories more than the later ones. Those huge to-do specials that came with the fiftieth anniversary only rank 13th and 14th on my list. Here are my top 10 stories:

10. “The Eleventh Hour” 

The introduction to Eleven, and Amy. Looking back on all of the introductory episodes, this may be the best.

9. “The Impossible Astronaut” and “Day of the Moon” 

This story gave us one of the best monsters in the whole series, certainly the best monster design. And it has some of the scariest moments.

8. “A Christmas Carol” 

A charming reimagining of the classic tale.

7. “The Time of Angels” and “Flesh and Stone” 

Another great monster is brought back, but the character moments and hints at a greater plot overshadow them. And there is a long-game pay-off scene that is a joy to see play out.

6. “Vampires in Venice” 

The Amy/Rory dynamic is one of the best companion ideas in Doctor Who. And the story that brings Rory onto the crew is a good one.

5. “The Angels Take Manhattan” 

Some of the paradoxes in this story are fun to tackle, but the most important aspect of this story comes at the end.

4. “A Good Man Goes to War” 

This is where Eleven goes from being a goofy, fun character to a potentially terrifying one. We have been told he is not necessarily a good guy before, but now he begins to wonder himself.

3. “The Pandorica Opens” and “The Big Bang” 

This is where we get to see just how dangerous this good guy we all like really can be.

2. “Amy’s Choice” 

Episodes like this one make Amy and Rory the best companions ever, and there are a lot of great ones with which to compete.

1. “Vincent and the Doctor” 

This episode transcends the series. I dare you to watch it and not be moved.

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