Doctor Who: 50 Fantastic Reasons to Celebrate 50 Years

50 years. 5 decades. 600 Months. 2,600 weeks. 18,262 days. 

According to Google, which obviously helped me do all this math, Doctor Who is OLD. Not as old as the Doctor himself, but old nonetheless. A lot can happen in fifty years, and when the series debuted in 1963, the world was a different place. The Vietnam War was going on, the Beatles had just released their first album in the U.K., the Dodgers were in the World Series, and Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds had only just started terrorizing unsuspecting moviegoers. 

Like I said, fifty years is a long time for humans. But in Doctor years, that's like, a tiny blip, which is why we're counting down in no specific order 50 Fantastic Wibbly-Wobbly Timey-Wimey Doctor Who Things for 50 Years in celebration of Saturday's 50th Anniversary Special "The Day of the Doctor." From our favorite companions, to the Doctor's scariest enemies, from iconic fashion accessories, to fun catchphrases, these are 50 of the best things, moments, characters, monsters, episodes, speeches, anythings in Doctor Who history.

50. Bananas

  

The Doctor has a thing for them. Ten told Rose that you "always take a banana to a party" and it's still the best advice I've ever received. (Credit)


49. Ginger


(Almost) twelve doctors and not one of them has had red hair. His love for Donna and Amy seems to make a lot more sense all of a sudden; He was jealous! [Credit]


48. John Barrowman + David Tennant Memes


47. Continuity & References

Fifty years is a long freakin' time. And Doctor Who likes to treat its viewers by referencing the large body of work the fandom has grown to be. It's always fun when characters appear and its revealed they're the son/daughter/random relative of a former companion, etc. Like Kate Stewart, who returns in the "The Day of the Doctor." She's the daughter of Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart. 


46. Jenny, the Doctor's daughter

Fun fact: The actress who played Jenny, the Doctor's daughter, is Georgia Moffett. She's the daughter of Fifth Doctor Peter Davison, and is married to Tenth Doctor David Tennant. Double the fun fact: Jenny's out there somewhere, just waiting to return, soooo can we get on that?


45. Run!

Needless to say, you can't be a couch potato like myself and also be a companion to the Doctor. There's a lot of running involved. A lot.


44. Whovians

You. Me. John Barrowman. David Tennant. Peter Capaldi. Neil Gaiman. We're all Whovians, aren't we? 


43. Bad Wolf

Rose became the Bad Wolf when she absorbed the Time Vortex in the New Who Series 1 finale (which the Ninth Doctor then absorbed to save her life and then caused his regeneration into the Tenth Doctor). But um, it was cool?


42. Wilf

      

Donna Noble's grandfather, played by Bernard Cribbins, becomes a companion of the Tenth Doctor for a hot minute. And then knocks four times... 


41. "Midnight"


Also known as "That One Really Creepy Episode No Not the One with the Weeping Angels The Other One" and "The One with Colin Morgan from Merlin."


40. Exterminate!


I don't think this needs any further explanation.


39. The Ponds (And their real life counterparts)

      

I'm not crying. I'm not crying. [Credit]


38. Raxacoricofallapatorius

Just the best named planet in all of time and space. 


37. The Final Rose/Doctor Scene in "Doomsday"


I don't normally care about the shipping aspects of this series, but if you didn't cry when Rose told Ten she loved him and he was cut off and unable to tell her the same thing, then you have no heart. Thank God that was remedied though ...


36. Rose and the Meta-Crisis Doctor 


... Awwwwwwww. Those two, you guys!


35. Time Lords

Aliens from Gallifrey. The race of the Doctor. They have two hearts and can regenerate. [Credit]


34. Catchphrases!

         

Allons-y! Fantastic! Geronimo! [Credit]


33. K-9

The best robot dog in all of time and space.


32. The Silence

You can only remember them when you're looking at them (do you think Klaus is a Doctor Who fan?)


31. River Song

First introduced in "Silence in the Library" during the Tennant Era, the Doctor first met River at the end of her life, although she seemed to know him quite well. Time is weird, but the Doctor and River continued to meet out of order and now we know River is the child of Amy Pond and Rory Williams, (her name is actually Melody Pond), and she's also the Doctor's wife. Oh, and she hates spoilers.


30. John Smith

The Doctor's alias (and the human identity first used by the Seventh Doctor, and then revived by the Tenth).


29. The Zygons

They haven't been seen since the '70s, but they're back for "The Day of the Doctor."


28. The Ponds' Farewell


Not every companion gets to choose when she leaves the Doctor, or why they leave the Doctor. But Amy's last moments with Eleven, after Rory had been sent back in time by a Weeping Angel, was one of the saddest farewells of any character. I didn't think anything would make me cry harder than Rose and Ten's last moments in "Doomsday" (see #37), but Amy's farewell to her raggedy Doctor had me bawling like a little girl. And I cried again just now.


27. The Time War

The war between the Time Lords and the Daleks destroyed Gallifrey and all of the Time Lords, save for the Doctor and the Master. It's why the Doctor is now the last of the Time Lords. [Credit]


26. The Doctor's handbag


It matches his outfit smashingly.


25. Torchwood

The Torchwood Institute was created in 1879 by Queen Victoria to rid the British Empire of extraterrestrial threats, especially the Doctor. She was not amused by Rose and Ten's attitude after an encounter with a werewolf, had them knighted and then banned them from Great Britain. Fair enough, I suppose. Russel T. Davies later expanded Torchwood into a darker, more adult spin-off series with Captain Jack Harkness (See #15) at the center. "Children of Earth" was great, but we're still going to pretend "Miracle Day" never happened. Fun fact: Torchwood is an anagram of Doctor Who. Boom.


24. The Doctor in the United States

The first scenes ever filmed in the United States were filmed in Utah for the Series 6 premiere


23. Time Lord Science


Makes sense to me!


22. Rassilon

Founder of the Time Lord civilization, he was really kind of a dick. 


21. Tom Baker's scarf

The Fourth Doctor's scarf is probably the most iconic and recognizable piece of clothing from the series. We all know that bowties and fezzes are cool now, but this long, multi-colored scarf is the unofficial official Doctor Who accessory. (There are approximately 333,333 different Etsy stores where you can buy one,)


20. The Master

Also kind of a dick, and the arch-nemesis of the Doctor. But the Master and the Doctor were once childhood besties, and he's so much evil fun you kind of just love him, right? Plus, it was Rassilon's fault he'd been driven mad, soooooo all is forgiven?! (Which version of the Master was your favorite?)


19. You can go inside the TARDIS on Google Maps

Just click the double arrows and you can stroll around inside. 


18. "Are you my mummy?"


Reason #84,567 why children are creepy.


17. Sarah Jane Smith

Believed by many to be the best companion of all time, it's kind of hard to argue with that logic. She also had her own spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures, after guest-starring during the David Tennant era. Sadly, Elisabeth Sladen passed away in 2011 and the universe wept.


16. Historical figures


Being able to travel in time and space means the Doctor inevitably meets famous historical figures including Adolf Hitler, Winston Churchill, Vincent Van Gogh, and Richard Nixon.


15. Captain Jack Harkness

How does one begin to describe Captain Jack Harkness? He's a time-traveler from the future made immortal kind of by accident. He's pretty much into anything; man, woman, alien, you name it. He headed up the Cardiff branch of Torchwood until, well, things happened. And he's played by John Barrowman. So Captain Jack > 99.98 percent of things.


14. Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All


The Doctor speaks baby. Naturally.


13. Cybermen 

One of the main foes of the Doctor, the Cybermen are creepy in how they turn humans into cyberpeople. But listen, they're kind of slow and I don't really get why they're such a threat. Do you ever see a running Cyberman? No. I'm just saying, that they'd be scarier if they could chase you. They're also not very stealthy?


12. Sexy


In "The Doctor's Wife," the TARDIS became a woman, and it was brilliant. This episode was written by Neil Gaiman, a huge Whovian. 

11. Donna Noble


After two companions fell in love with the Doctor's charms (one requited, one not), Donna freaking Noble was a breath of fresh air. Played by comedienne Catherine Tate, Donna was loud, she was funny, and she was the Doctor's BFF. Also, this: “There are people living in the light, and singing songs of Donna Noble, a thousand, million light years away. They will never forget her, while she can never remember. And for one moment, one shining moment, she was the most important woman in the whole wide universe.” Don't worry, I brought plenty of tissues.


10. The Weeping Angels


Before Steven Moffat took over from Russell T. Davies and basically turned all of our brains to absolute mush, he gave us the most terrifying gift in the form of the Weeping Angels, who can only move when no one is looking at them (which is pretty much all the time) and kill their victims by sending them into the past to live out the rest of your days without family and friends. "Blink" was one of the most confusing and terrifying episodes the series has ever done. But it's also one of the best. P.S. Moffat, here are my therapy bills. 


9. Gallifrey


The home of the Time Lords, it was destroyed during the Last Great Time War.


8. Regeneration


No one really expected the series to live this long, so originally it was said Time Lords could regenerate only 12 times, resulting in thirteen incarnations. Once it became clear this limited the series, the Doctor said he could actually regenerate 507 times on The Sarah Jane Adventures. That seems a bit extreme (though the numbers add up to 12), but I'm just going to go with it. 


7. Doctor Who Theme


Iconic and instantly recognizable to Whovians everywhere, it's been tinkered with over the years, but it's still mostly the same.


6. Daleks

The arch enemy to end all arch enemies, the Daleks are kind of the worst. They fought against the Time Lords in the Time War and even though the Doctor's like, "The Daleks are all gone!" GUESS WHAT? THERE ARE ALWAYS MORE DALEKS. ALWAYS. 


5. Russell T. Davies

We should probably all be thanking him right now, for without him, we wouldn't be where we are today. He brought Doctor Who back to life with Christopher Eccleston in 2005. 


4. Sonic Screwdriver


Many people forget that Doctor Who was and is essentially a show for children. And the Doctor is a hero whose weapon of choice is a sonic screwdriver. A SCREWDRIVER. God bless. P.S. It does not work on wood. (Credit)



3. The TARDIS

The Doctor's time machine, It stands for Time and Relative Dimension in Space. And she's bigger on the inside-or smaller on the outside, depending on the way you look at it. Stuck as a Police Box due to a broken chameleon circuit, we always thought the Doctor stole her, but she kind of stole him too. (She also gave new meaning to the "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" rhyme for weddings in "The Big Bang".) [Credit]


2. The Doctor

Arguably the most innovative character to ever grace television (Oh, the actor wants out? Boom, the Doctor can regenerate and we can recast the role so the show can live forever and ever and ever! Seriously, brilliant idea, guys!) the Doctor's ability to regenerate is only half the reason the series has lasted 50 years. The other half, of course, are ...


1. The Companions

They're the other half of the Doctor Who puzzle, and the series would be nothing without them. The companions travel through space and time with the Doctor, and they're usually the one who ends up saving his ass, especially from himself. In the "Wedding of River Song," Eleven said, "My friends have always been the best of me,” and from Sarah Jane and Jo Grant, to Donna Noble, K-9, and Tegan, the Doctor is right, and he wouldn't be where he is today without them.

(P.S. Amy Pond is the best companion. Come at me, bro.)

What are your favorite episodes, moments, characters, gadgets, monsters, etc. from the last 50 years of Doctor Who?

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Nov 28, 2013
My Fave Doctor: Tom Baker
My Fave Master: John Simm
My Fave Companion: Adric\Leela (tie)
I'm not sure I have a favorite scene (there are just too many amazing ones), but I did love #10's long goodbye; I actually got misty-eyed.
My Fave Monster\Villain: Davros
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Nov 23, 2013
I do not remember my first Who episode. But I do remember seeing an ep of Torchwood first. Captain Jack MADE Doctor Who for me. I cannot wait for Capaldi.
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Nov 23, 2013
The Second Doctor was the first one referred to as "John Smith", by his companion Jamie MacCrimmon. He, however, still went around signing papers "Dr. W". The Third one, however, started using "John Smith" on Earth.
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Nov 23, 2013
im ecxited and sad and happy all at the same time, thank you for this. cant wait to watch the 50th anniversary special

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Nov 23, 2013
Was not the 3rd Doctor the frist to use John Smith?
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Nov 23, 2013
Oi. Amelia Pond had her moments, but that girl gives me a headache. And WIlf should have his own spin-off. Just season of Wilf.
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Nov 23, 2013
I couldn't find a video of it, but I absolutely love the first 10 minutes or so of "A Good Man Goes to War"! Amelia Pond, get your coat!
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Nov 23, 2013
kind of disappointed that there weren't that many points for "classic who" but still a good list. kind of surprised "cheesinesss " wasn't there (mainly talking about special effects not plots.... well sometimes that too)
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Nov 23, 2013
Oh Wilf, they really should have just kept you on as companion through those drab last few 10th Doctor mini-movies, you are just too awesome.

No, the Silence sucked, The Ood were way better.

The convoluted nature of Rory and Amy's leaving the Doctor took me out of that emotional moment, I'm sorry to say.

Rassilon great, Timothy Dalton super great, Rassilon's T-shirt... not good.

Captain Jack is also The Face of Boe, and he finally gets to die eventually.

Donna Noble is da shit! She is awesome and fantastic and awful in just the right way, dumbo. She's the best companion, you are wrong Kaitlin, sorry.

I love the 2nd iteration of the 10th Doctor's theme, and haven't really enjoyed the new one much, its little adventure and corny titles just feel off-note, even before I started hating on Moffat in general.
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Nov 23, 2013
Psh, everyone knows Mickey was the best companion...jk...poor Mickey.

I haven't seen all the old doctor who episodes, but Tennant remains my favorite Doctor, although Eccleston is a real close second. He wasn't the best Doctor, but he was the doctor we needed. I loved his No Mercy mentality, which is understandable due to the fact he is the post war doctor.

Idk if I have a favorite, but I saw "The Lodger" again last night during the marathon, and I really liked that episode. Especially when the doctor had no clue what Soccer....yea, I said Soccer....was, but went out there and was like current day lebron in a middle school basketball game.
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Nov 23, 2013
favorite doctor number 9 all the way. dont know why. i guess its because he was silly and sexy and the first doctor i ever watched. was sad when he regenerated. 10 is growing on me though and comes in at a close second.
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Nov 23, 2013
Eccleston's Doctor was awesome, he was tough and tried not to cause harm but wouldn't take any crap. He had a unique whimsy that made him seem alien, yet a dark side. He wore a leather jacket without feeling like Fonzie. The 9th Doctor is my favorite as well, and the 10th is my second favorite (followed by 2 and 3, surprisingly).
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Nov 23, 2013
Terrible list. I hate Wilf and I hate The Ponds. Also, no mention of Clara and just a passing reference to Martha? Wow. I'm sorry but I strongly disagree with most of your points.
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Nov 23, 2013
Wholly disagree here, but doesn't make your choices "terrible" any more than Kaitlin's.
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Nov 23, 2013
Right on. My bad. I was just very disappointed. My apologies.
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Nov 22, 2013
Great list, thank you. My best doctor Who moment was at the Eastercon convention in London in 2010 when alomst all the convention goers came together to watch the first episode of the eleventh doctor live. The awe sounds from thousands of people started at the opening and the shared excitement stayed on the whole hour. It was fantastic.

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Nov 22, 2013
Haven't seen all of the classic Doctors or Companions, so I'll refrain from choosing favorites on that.

Faves: Ten, Donna, and BBC America for running profiles and old eps of the Doctors the last several months.
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Nov 22, 2013
Please - Sarah Jane and Donna were the best companions. Hands down.

And, btw, someone need to re-watch "Nightmare in Silver", where the Cybermen pretty much proved themselves to be ridiculously fast. Obviously, they don't run because they know they do not need to...
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Nov 22, 2013
Favorite Companion: Sarah Jane Smith (Classic), Clara "Oswin" Oswald (New)
Favorite Doctor: Four (Tom Baker; Classic), Ten (David Tennant; New)
Anyone whose seen both will probably note that the classic and new ones I picked are the most similar ;)
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Nov 22, 2013
Fun post. I loved it.
My favourite companion are:
1. Rose Tyler (Yes. I know. I was 14. Give me a break) 2. Amy Pond

The thing about the Cybermen, what most people find so scary is that metallic blank expression they have.

(Like you said, DW was originally conceived as a show for kids. SO imagine watching them as a child)

Cybermen aren't fast and can't run - (which is TRUE) ... but they also just randomly appear whenever you're trying to escape. I think that is what the threat is. They also turn people into Cyber People which is kind of creepy.

Also, honourable mention: Doctor Who's live-orchestra soundtrack/episode music.
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Nov 22, 2013
Haha. I think my biggest problem with the Cybermen is just how loud they are. Somehow I'm able to suspend belief for all of the different alien races, etc., but I'm like, "HOW DID YOU NOT HEAR THAT HUNK OF METAL COMING, HONESTLY?"
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Nov 23, 2013
That and they're nebulous rehashes of the Daleks now.
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Nov 22, 2013
Great list! This was fun!
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Nov 22, 2013
Jack Harkness is also the Face of Boe!
And for me Rory it's a Rory/Donna tie for best companion with Amy as a close second.
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Nov 22, 2013
Amy Pond is your fav? I always preferred Martha Jones, it sucked her run was so short.
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Nov 22, 2013
I feel like a lot of fans don't like Martha simply because she came after Rose. But I think she was great.
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Nov 23, 2013
To be fair, I don't like Martha because she's generic and boring, then they made her EXTREME.
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Nov 22, 2013
Loved Martha; never understood why so many had an unexplainable problem with her; very glad that she ended up with Mickey.
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Nov 22, 2013
she was great, but my favourite is still Donna :)
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Nov 22, 2013
i like rose, but only so much, Martha seemed more independent and it just felt right. I even enjoyed her brief stay on Torchwood and really, though i liked how the Donna storyline ended, i did not really like her and nothing beats Martha traveling the world to save the doctor. I'm sure plenty of people will disagree with me, but of all the companions from the 9th on, and there is plenty to like about all of them, Martha remains my fav.
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Nov 22, 2013
Donna is my favorite of the revived series!
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Nov 22, 2013
Great, like awesome great list, and going through it point by point was all the time 'Aw, yeah, THAT is/was great. Definitely!'
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Nov 22, 2013
Conceptually, Miracle Day was an amazing concept. Exploring the socio-economic fallout if people never died?!? Fascinating. Did it kind of go to shit at the end there? yes. but the original concept was much more interesting than Children of Earth.
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Nov 22, 2013
There's absolutely nothing you've written that is incorrect, qbe_64.

Do I respect the idea behind Miracle Day? Yes.
Will I ever watch it again? Fuck no.
Have I ever watched Children of Earth since its original airing? You best believe it!

Actually, Miracle Day is the only Torchwood series I do not own on DVD. 'Nuff said.

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Nov 29, 2013
I agree. I actually stopped watching Miracle Day until the last episode, and I think I only tolerated the last 10 minutes. I have Children of Earth on DVD, as well as all of the other Torchwood seasons. I will never buy Miracle Day.
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Nov 22, 2013
Wow. Are you me?

The first ep of Miracle Day was SO clever...and then the rest of it happened.
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Nov 22, 2013
It was a good concept but the execution was horrendous.
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Nov 22, 2013
I loved the concept. Didn't like the execution. Which was a bummer.
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Nov 22, 2013
It's a tie between Amy and Jack Harkness for me.
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Nov 22, 2013
I'm still angry at the terrible way they wrote out Donna Noble. One of Tennant's best companions should have gone out on better terms. Not the convoluted way they did it that ensured she'd never be able to come back proper like.
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Nov 22, 2013
She saved the universe from Davros, got married and (hopefully) lived happy ever after... Yeah, she forgot everything, and that's undoubtebly sad, but it still kinda impossible to come up with a more badass and/or deserving exit.
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Nov 29, 2013
than ruined said ending with End Of Time with a blow off scene/line
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Nov 22, 2013
I would have put William Hartnell in there somewhere...

He didn't have a safety net to do what he did. He may not be the "greatest" Doctor because of missing episodes, a lack of screen time, and the fact that he's... old (collective gasp from much of the modern audience). But all of his successors could go in and say, "This is what he created." It looks like the Adventures in Space and Time movie will go some way to noting that.
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Nov 22, 2013
Although we'll never know for sure with Colin Baker, McCoy, and McGann, it's also telling that by all accounts, Hartnell would have continued with the role forever if he had the choice. It was only ill health that forced him to quit, something indicated in the new movie and by most other accounts.

Tom Baker wouldn't come back for "The Five Doctors." Hartnell despite his health concerns participated as best he could in "The Three Doctors" and the photoshoots.



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Nov 22, 2013
He might even rank a little higher than "bananas." :)
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Nov 22, 2013
BUT BANANAS ARE SO GOOD. I started breaking out the Doctors the way I did with a few of the companions, but then felt like I needed to include all of them separately and that took away too many options for some other stuff. But you're right. He was extremely important to the series.
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Nov 22, 2013
Yup, I understood that. Still, I think it's the actor, rather than the Doctor.
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Nov 22, 2013
Not,, as we Scots say, to turn the celebration into a greetin' meeting, I do think it shouldn't be forgotten that the BBC's sci-fi production record outside Dr Who, (which is when all said and done, is for kids), has been pretty woeful. Iam literally old enough to remember the last 50 years of BBC sci-fi and I'm struggling to think of any other decent adult productions. Greetin' over I'll go and stand in moaning old git corner...
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Nov 29, 2013
What about Blake's 7 & Red Dwarf?
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Nov 29, 2013
OK, I'll give you Red Drwaf but B7 was a bit hand knitted wasn't it? Maybe I'm just misremembering but I can't recall any real serious grown up sc-fi apart from the odd short run thing, usually post-apocalyptic. I just think now at least with CGI being so cheap, the Beeb could do somethinsg for the grown ups
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Nov 22, 2013
Rose is the best companion!!

Great list though
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Nov 22, 2013
Rose was kind of stupid and let her emotions get the best of her. Clara is in many ways like Rose, only smarter. She's attracted to the Doctor, but her emotions doesn't cloud her judgment. Watch the Clara episode with the Cybermen. The Doctor gets possessed by the mastermind of a Cybermen, and "confesses" that he's in love with her. Clara smiles and knocks him out, knowing that the Doctor would never say openly that he loved her. Now imagine Rose in that same situation. She'd be "upgraded" in 5 seconds.
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Nov 22, 2013
Haha, yeah I see your point. I still love Rose though, I think she's endearing.
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Nov 22, 2013

oh and you missed ONE REALLY IMPORTANT THING:

MUSIC!

Murray Gold (in the new series) and his work is truly remarkable

I'm the Doctor
Doomsday Theme
YANA theme
This is Gallifrey
and so on... (all the character themes...)
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Nov 22, 2013
I miiiiiight have Rose's theme as a ringtone on my phone.
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Nov 22, 2013
I don't think Rassilon is a dick :P
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Nov 22, 2013
Awesome list, extra excited for the Day of the Doctor now!
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Nov 22, 2013
was this to celebrate 50 years or just the last 8 years?
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Nov 22, 2013
Finding things I wanted from Classic Who was not as easy as finding stuff from New Who (for obvious reasons). But you can feel free to add to the list in the comments.
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Nov 22, 2013
"Did you wish really hard?"
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Nov 22, 2013
Just one more day!!! :D my favourites will always be Ten and Rose

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Nov 23, 2013
Just 5 more minutes !!!!!!!!111!!!! :D
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Nov 22, 2013
One of the great tv shows ever, and the kids kept it alive, especially the grown up ones who wanted their children to enjoy the same magic.
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Nov 22, 2013
LIES!!!!! Amy Pond is in no way the best companion. If anything, she's a Donna rebound(at least at the start anyway). That's not to say I don't like her. But saying she's better than Donna is just an outright lie :P
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Nov 22, 2013
(If you'll notice, Donna has her own space on the list and Amy does not... it's actually very hard for me to choose between them, though, and that's why I added that bit at the end.)
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Nov 22, 2013
Whenever I walk through Cardiff Bay I always imagine Barrowman appearing out of the ground, but it never happens.... Also, Amy Pond was bettered as a companion after a mere 5 minutes of Clara time!
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Nov 22, 2013
Those weeping angles will always freak me out. 10th and 11th doctors were and will always be my favourites. Donna, rose and Clara are my favourite companions.
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Nov 22, 2013
Leela and Donna. I liked Amy, but those two will always be my favorites.
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Nov 22, 2013
" Do you ever see a running Cyberman" ? Well, try "Nightmare in silver" ! He's not exactly "running", but he's moving at accelerated speed, bullet-time like, when he kidnaps the kids. Anyway, great list !
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Nov 22, 2013
Going to a viewing party, decided to bake a cake. TARDIS blue inside and out decorated with white icing.
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Nov 22, 2013
Good list but The Doctor should be number 1.
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Nov 22, 2013
I did that for a reason. And it's because the Doctor wouldn't be the Doctor without his companions.
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Nov 23, 2013
See the 10th Doctor's last 4 episodes for proof of that, what a downer those mini-movies were until Wilf got there in the last one. The Next Doctor, Planet of the Dead, and The Waters of Mars all felt off-note and partly that's due to a lack of a companion.
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