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Top 10 New Doctor Who Episodes Everyone Needs To Watch

Over the past 9 years, there have been 85 fantastic New Doctor Who episodes filled with drama, enemies and comedy. Doctor Who has a vast legion of fans that are absolutely devoted to the series. However, there are still some that haven't even seen an episode of the wonderful science fiction series. This list is the essential watch list for any TARDIS-lover or anybody not yet initiated into the fandom.

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Rose Tyler's Bad Wolf Speech: "The Parting of the Ways"

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Throughout the Doctor Who series 1, the phrase "Bad Wolf" is following the Doctor and his companion around. This phrase is explained when the two land at Satellite 5 called the Bad Wolf Corporation in the series penultimate episode "Bad Wolf" where the Doctor discovers there are two hundred Dalek (extraterrestrial mutants in metal casings) battleships and the Dalek Emperor.

Realising the danger he is in, the Doctor sends his companion Rose Tyler home in the TARDIS with the sweet farewell words of "if you want to remember me", "have a fantastic life" in the "Parting of the Ways". However after the time Rose has spent in the TARDIS she realises that if she can look in to the time vortex she can return to save the Doctor again. Rose turns in to the Bad Wolf, scatters the Bad Wolf message across time and space, divides the atoms of the Daleks and brings Captain Jack Harkness back to life. The Doctor saves Rose by absorbing all the energy of the time vortex. Can the Doctor absorb the time vortex energy without any consequences?

Best moment: Rose as the Bad Wolf entity saving the Doctor.

Favourite quote: The Doctor hologram [to Rose]- "If you wanna remember me, then you can do one thing. That's all, one thing. Have a good life. Do that for me, Rose. Have a fantastic life.

The Doctor and Rose say goodbye: "Doomsday"

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The second part of two episodes "Doomsday" sees the Doctor attempt to save two dimensions of Earth at the Torchwood tower from the Cybermen (cyborgs) and the Daleks. In order to save the Earth he sends his enemies into the void. During the episode, Rose tells her mother that she wants to remain with the Doctor rather than go to the parallel universe. While Rose is helping the Doctor save the Earth she almost gets sucked into the void herself but gets saved by her father in the parallel universe, leaving the Doctor alone. The heartbreaking part of this episode is the final scene where being lost for words, Rose finally tells the Doctor that she loves him but as a tragic finish the Doctor is taken away before he can get the words out in exchange.

Best moment: Rose and the Doctor saying goodbye after all of their travels.

Favourite quote: Doctor [the Doctor's final words to Rose in "Doomsday"]- "And I suppose... if it's my last chance to say it... Rose Tyler..."

River's sacrifice: "The Forest of the Dead"

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The second part of two episodes, the "Forest of the Dead" sees the Doctor, River Song and the rest of the team attempting to flee the terrifying shadows of the Vashta Nerada that can literally shred people of their meat within seconds. The Doctor finds out the Library the group are in was the Vashta Nerada's home before the forests were cut down. In order to save the people currently saved in the Library's hard drive, the Doctor comes up with the idea to use himself as storage knowing that this might kill him in the process. To protect her future with the Doctor, River Song hooks herself up to the datacore instead. Will the Doctor be able to save River even after her sacrifice?

The River Song and Doctor timeline is incredibly important in series 5, 6, 7 and 8.

Best moment: River saving the Doctor.

Favourite quote: River Song- "If you die here, it will mean I never met you!"

The Doctor- "Time can be rewritten!"

River Song- "Not those times. Not one line. Don't you dare."

The Doctor says goodbye to Rose: "The End of Time"

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In the "End of Time", the Doctor discovers the Master (another Time Lord) has returned and attempts to stop the Master bringing Gallifrey back. In previous episodes it is mentioned that the Doctor will "die" as in regenerate soon so throughout the episode viewers are on the edge of their seats waiting for the four knocks in the prophecy. Assuming it is something to do with the Time Lords having two hearts, viewers see the return of the Time Lords as the end. But the four knocks come from another person altogether... The beautiful moments in this episode are while the Doctor revisits his previous companions and his tragic regeneration moments.

Best moment: The Doctor talking to Rose before she meets the Doctor in 2005.

Favourite quote: Doctor [before he regenerates]-"I don't want to go!"

The Doctor tells the Atraxi to run: "The Eleventh Hour"

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After suffering confusion during regeneration, the Doctor lands in the back garden of Amelia Pond who is in need of help. Prisoner Zero has escaped through Amelia's wall into her house and the Atraxi (an intergalactic police force) are attempting to recover their escapee. To fix the TARDIS, the Doctor decides to take a five minute trip and come back to help, however he returns 12 years late. Amy Pond is now older and wiser but still haunted by Prisoner Zero. Without a TARDIS, sonic screwdriver and no other tools, the Doctor needs to save the Earth from the Atraxi and Prisoner Zero within 20 minutes. Can he do it?

Best moment: The Doctor choosing his iconic bow tie while warning the Atraxi that the Earth is protected.

Favourite quote: Doctor- "Hello. I'm the Doctor. Basically. Run."

Vincent Van Gogh Visits the Gallery: "Vincent and the Doctor"

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The Doctor and Amy visit the Musée d'Orsay where they find a menacing monster in one of Vincent Van Gogh's paintings. To save Vincent from the monster (a Krafayis), the pair decide to visit the great painter. Amy and the Doctor find that Vincent Van Gogh is suffering with depression at times and doesn't believe his paintings are worth anything. The Krafayis (an alien omnivorous predator) is killed by Vincent's easel. To prove Vincent's artistic ability, they take Vincent to the mighty Musée d'Orsay to show Van Gogh the exhibition. While looking around the exhibition for Van Gogh's paintings, the Doctor asks the exhibition curator where he thinks Van Gogh ranks amongst the greatest artists. This beautiful and impeccably written episode is written by famous scriptwriter Richard Curtis.

Best moment: The Doctor and Amy showing Vincent the museum's Van Gogh exhibition while the museum's art curator explains why Van Gogh was the greatest painter ever.

Favourite quote: Exhibition curator- "To me Van Gogh is the finest painter of them all. Certainly the most popular, great painter of all time. The most beloved, his command of colour most magnificent. He transformed the pain of his tormented life into ecstatic beauty. Pain is easy to portray, but to use your passion and pain to portray the ecstasy and joy and magnificence of our world, no one had ever done it before. Perhaps no one ever will again. To my mind, that strange, wild man who roamed the fields of Provence was not only the world's greatest artist, but also one of the greatest men who ever lived."

The REAL Melody Pond: "A Good Man Goes to War"

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Rory and the Doctor attempt to save the abducted pregnant Amy Pond from Demon's Run where Madame Kovarian, an army and the Order of the Headless Monks are holding Amy. With an army that includes a Sontaran commander (Strax), a Silurian (Madame Vastra), a human (Jenny) and a black market trader to fight off the army and the monks, the Doctor breaks in to the asteroid base as well as saves Amy Pond and her newly born baby Melody Pond. However, it turns out Melody Pond has been kidnapped using a clone duplicate to make Amy believe her daughter is safe. River Song finally arrives at the end of the battle and tells the Doctor that he has become something completely different from what he set out to be. In the final scene, River finally reveals who she actually is to the Doctor, Rory and Amy.

Best moment: The big reveal of who River Song actually is.

Favourite quote: River Song- "This was *exactly* you. All this. All of it! You make them so afraid. When you began all those years ago, sailing off to see the universe, did you ever think you'd become this? The man who can turn an army around at the mention of his name. "Doctor": the word for "healer" and "wise man", throughout the universe. We get that word from you, y'know. But if you carry on the way you are, what might that word come to mean? To the people of the Gamma Forests, the word "doctor" means "mighty warrior". How far you've come. And now they've taken a child, the child of your best friends, and they're going to turn her into a weapon, just to bring you down. And all this, my love, in fear of you."

Amy Pond on her ideas about beauty: "The Girl Who Waited"

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The Doctor, Rory and Amy visit the planet of Apalapucia, a holiday destination. Having become infected with a fatal plague, the planet has set up kindness centres where visitors can live out there lives in different time streams. Amy gets separated into a different and faster time stream from Rory and the Doctor. Amy has to wait 36 years for rescue, where when found she refuses to help the Doctor find the younger Amy. The younger Amy Pond has to convince her older self to save her from spending years alone on the planet. The Doctor manages to synchronise the two Amy's time streams, but unfortunately Rory can't save both Amys as it would be a paradox to have two Amys in the TARDIS. Which Amy will Rory choose?

Best moment: Amy talking about her ideas on beauty and why she loves Rory Williams.

Favourite quote: Amy Pond- "You know when sometimes you meet someone so beautiful and then you actually talk to them and five minutes later they're as dull as a brick? Then there's other people, when you meet them you think, "Not bad. They're okay." And then you get to know them and... and their face just sort of becomes them. Like their personality's written all over it. And they just turn into something so beautiful."

Amy and Rory run from the Weeping Angels: "The Angels Take Manhattan"

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The Doctor takes Rory and Amy to Manhattan in 2012, where the Doctor enjoys reading what appears to be a crime book written by Melody Melone. Rory decides to go for a coffee and gets zapped back to 1930 by cherub Weeping Angel (a statue when you look at it but it can move when it is not being looked at) where he meets River Song. It turns out the book written by Melody Melone is in fact written by River Song and documents the events of the current episode. Rory and River are captured by Mr. Grayle who has a Weeping Angel in his possession. Amy and the Doctor go back in time to try to save Rory. Rory unfortunately gets zapped to a different building by cherub Weeping Angel. Rory finds himself as an elderly man inside the building which is being used battery farm for the Weeping Angels to live off of the time energy. Watching Rory die in the building alone, Amy and Rory decide to change history. Rory and Amy manage to escape the Weeping Angels to the roof where Rory decides to jump to create a paradox and kill the Angels. Will the paradox work?

Best moment: Rory decides to jump off the building's wall and Amy decides to jump with him to create a paradox.

Favourite quote: Rory Williams- "This is the right thing to do. This will work. If I die now, it's a paradox right? The paradox'll kill the Angels. Tell me I'm wrong, Go on, please. Because I am really scared. {she's quiet} Great. The one time you can't manage it."

The Impossible Girl: "The Name of the Doctor"

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Throughout series 7 the Doctor has met Clara Oswin Oswald's in different time periods. Madame Vastra, Jenny and Commander Strax are taken by the Great Intelligence to the planet Trenzalore. The Doctor and Clara arrive to find a future Doctor is buried in a future version of the TARDIS which they being to climb through. Climbing through the TARDIS results in Clara beginning to remember things that the Doctor told her he has met her in other time periods. The Doctor and the group get to the Doctor's timeline that is essentially what is left after a Time Lord dies. The Great Intelligence steps in to the timeline to completely destroy the Doctor. In response to save the Doctor from his enemy, Clara decides to step in to the Doctor's timeline herself splitting herself in to parts. How will the Doctor save Clara?

Best moment: The Doctor says goodbye to River Song.

Favourite quote: Clara Oswald- "I don't know where I am. It's like I'm breaking into a million pieces and there is only one thing I remember: I have to save the Doctor. He always looks different. I always know it's him. Sometimes I think I'm everywhere at once, running every second just to find him. Just to save him. But he never hears me. Almost never. I blew into this world on a leaf. I'm still blowing. I don't think I'll ever land. I'm Clara Oswald. I'm the impossible girl. I was born to save the Doctor."

The Day of the Doctor Trailer: "The Day of the Doctor"

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The 11th Doctor and Clara attempt to solve the mystery of where Zygons have disappeared to in a secret vault in the National Gallery after escaping a painting. Meanwhile John Hurt starring as the War Doctor during the Time War decides to steal the Moment to burn Gallifrey. The Moment takes the War Doctor to 1562 where the 10th Doctor, Elizabeth I, a Zygon hidden as Elizabeth I and the 11th Doctor are currently. The three Doctors are taken to the Tower of London where the War Doctor decides to ask them questions to find out if he should destroy Gallifrey. Clara meanwhile has travelled through time to help the Doctors escape. Elizabeth I explains the Zygon's plan to hide for several centuries in three dimensional paintings so they can attack the Earth.

In the present day, the Zygons have hidden themselves as humans to get into the Black Archive (a tight security collection of alien artifacts). The human counterparts (that the Zygons are hidden as) decide to blow up the Black Archive in under to save the Earth. The 10th and 11th Doctor take away both the Zygons and human counterparts memories to make both sides talk. The War Doctor seeing all this decides to destroy Gallifrey. However, by this time Clara has discovered that the War Doctor hasn't destroyed Gallifrey yet and sends both Doctors after him. All three Doctors decide to destroy it, until Clara intercedes and the Doctors come up with a new plan to use the stasis technology that the Zygons used to lock the whole of Gallifrey in a moment of time by using all of the past, present and future Doctors. The three Doctors return to the present day unsure if their plan worked...

Best moment: The final scene with the 12 Doctors.

Favourite quote: Doctor- "Clara sometimes asks me if I dream. "Of course I dream", I tell her. "Everybody dreams". "But what do you dream about?," she'll ask. "The same thing everybody dreams about," I tell her. "I dream about where I'm going." She always laughs at that. "But you're not going anywhere, you're just wandering about." That's not true. Not anymore. I have a new destination. My journey is the same as yours, the same as anyone's. It's taken me so many years, so many lifetimes, but at last I know where I'm going. Where I've always been going. Home. The long way around."

The new episode of Doctor Who starring the 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi is on BBC One tonight at 7.50pm.

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