It’s no secret that Doctor Who is my favourite television programme in recent memory, and while I have taken the time to delve back and sample a fair few stories from the ‘classic’ era, I’d be lying if I didn’t say my heart truly belonged to the newer, more modern take on the series that has been airing on our screens since 2005. Now, a whole decade on from Russell T Davies’ triumphant revival, the show continues to go from strength to strength. Not only is it the most globally successful that it has ever been, but we’ve also just come out of Series 9, a string of episodes which I consider to be one of the best that the last ten years has had to offer.
Doctor Who is one of those rare programmes that offers limitless possibilities, and I can wholeheartedly credit it for inspiring me to be a writer and embrace science-fiction and fantasy like never before. My most prominent early memory of the new series was sitting down to watch The Parting of the Ways – all those Daleks, all that action, and then boom… a whole new Doctor, just like that! I’ve been hooked ever since, and despite the odd few duds and ventures into mediocrity, the show has never let me down and a stand out classic of an episode always feels like it could be right around the corner.
So, in celebration of 10 years of new Doctor Who, let’s raise a glass and take a look at my top ten favourite episodes from Series 1 to 9…