Things inside the Doctor Who universe have shifted into supersonic overdrive as we approach the series relaunch and rebrand later this year. With the imminent return of the most beloved Doctor Who actor, David Tennant starring as “the doctor”, to returning show runner Russell T. Davis, it is difficult to conjure up anything negative to say about the new series – Until David Tennant leaves again. But that’s another story.
Doctor Who began airing on the BBC in year of our Good Lord, 1963. The concept of the series, much like its principal character “the doctor”, was designed to stand the test of time and keep on ticking for as long as the BBC, and series producers want to continue production.
Doctor Who is a fictional series about time travel, other planets, life forms, and advanced technologies. For those who may not be familiar with the series, the title character, “the doctor” is an alien who never dies, and who manifests in a human-like body. When his current exterior shell gets worn out, he simply sheds his body and morphs into someone else. It’s a smart way that allows the series to essentially last for as long as television exists.
Since 1963, various actors and one actress have portrayed the title role of “the doctor”. The very first actor to play the doctor, William Hartnell, shot more than one-hundred episodes over the span of approximately three years. However, as far as most fans’ opinion, the one “doctor” actor that stands out is the returning, David Tennant.
To date, Tennant has not performed in as many episodes as the original doctor actor from 1963 but has appeared in some of the more memorable Who episodes. This isn’t exclusive to the modern Who era either.
It doesn’t take much effort to hear what true Who fans say regarding their favorite pics for the very “best” Doctor Who episode to-date. All one must do is perform a Google search and the answer presents itself.
What is considered the greatest Doctor Who episode of all time?
According to various Google searches, the top-ten highest rated Doctor Who episodes of all time mostly star Tennant at “the doctor”.
As per site Cinema Blend, counting down from the number 10 position: “The Day of the Doctor” – the 50th anniversary special.
It’s difficult to believe that this episode of Who debuted a whopping ten years ago. The show featured Tennant’s reprisal of “the doctor” role three years removed from his official 2010 departure from the show.
The number 7 position goes to: “The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End”
In this episode, Tennant starred as “the doctor” alongside characters from the wonderful CBBC Who spin-off series, The Sarah Jane Adventures, and the more mature Who spin-off series, Torchwood.
In at number 3: “The Impossible Planet / The Satan Pit”
David Tennant’s doctor literally went tooth-to-nail with the series’ interpretation of the devil.
At number 2: “Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead”
This is perhaps one of Tennant’s more terrifying episodes.
Finally, in 1st position: “Blink”
In this Tennant starred episode, Who fans were introduced to the weeping angels that were perhaps more terrifying than the Daleks, and Cybermen combined.
The above is a list of top ten episodes harnessed from just one entertainment site. However, various other sources generate a similar list.
As far as our two pennies are concerned, we at Brit Pop News would like to give our support to a Tennant led Who episode as our pic for “best Doctor Who episode of all time”. This episode did not appear on any list found via a Google search. Drumroll please. The best episode of Doctor Who, as far as we are Brit Pop News are concerned is, “The Shakespeare Code”.
At the height of the Tennant Who years came season 3 of the modern Who franchise. During this season fans were whisked into the old-world of 1599 England and were privy to play the proverbial fly-on-the-wall to historic playwright, William Shakespeare.
In “The Shakespeare Code”, the supposed master of ink and quill was having difficulty writing his new play. As soon as three witches began casting spells on the part-time manic depressant [Shakespeare], his play quickly reached its completion. But wait, there’s a twist… The witches embedded a subliminal message into Shakespeare’s play, which if audience members at the famous Globe Theatre in old London recanted would have opened a portal to release hell on earth.
The takeaway from this episode of Who is to remember what you watch and or listen to. Modern television, cinema, music, and other forms of entertainment are teeming with subliminal messages that are opening portals to hell inside your very own minds every time you watch or hear them.