qatsi (qatsi) wrote,

Top Ten New Who

I was intrigued by green_maia's top-ten episode list a week ago - probably because of her positive comments about RTD, whereas my thoughts about him are mostly negative - and decided I should compile my own.

So, in chronological order (and with season number and writer):
The Doctor Dances (1, Moffat)
Bad Wolf (1, RTD)
School Reunion (2, Toby Whithouse)
The Girl in the Fireplace (2, Moffat)
The Impossible Planet (2, Matt Jones)
Blink (3, Moffat)
The Fires of Pompeii (4, James Moran)
The Unicorn and the Wasp (4, Gareth Roberts)
Vincent and the Doctor (5, Richard Curtis)
The Pandorica Opens (5, Moffat)

I notice that her list is composed entirely of single-episode stories, whereas mine has a few two-parters (there were even more of those in my short-list, and it appears that I do generally prefer the set-up of the story over its resolution in those cases), though it's probably an accidental distinction, and a reasonable inference that my list would remain the same if it was stories rather than episodes. Interestingly, Moffat is the only writer with more than one credit in my list; the only RTD episode that got dropped from my initial list was Rose, which leaves Bad Wolf (and implies The Parting of the Ways) as his only contribution in the list. Season 3 now looks particularly weak, which isn't quite how I wrote about it at the time. I don't have any specials in my list; some of them were fun, but none was outstanding.

(Episodes which were removed from my initial shortlist to bring the number down to 10 were: Rose, The Empty Child, The Parting of the Ways, The Satan Pit, Daleks in Manhattan, Evolution of the Daleks, Human Nature, The Family of Blood, Utopia [on its own], The Sontaran Stratagem, The Poison Sky, Silence in the Library, Forest of the Dead, The Hungry Earth, Cold Blood, and The Big Bang.)

Compiling a top ten that combines Classic and New Who will also be an interesting task, but it will take a bit more thought.
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