For my 51 birthday, I posted a video of me listing my 51 favorite episodes of Doctor Who.
(Daily Doctor Who #197)
In coming up with this list I also had a bunch that I considered, but ultimately rejected. These are some of the runner-ups–not necessarily the next ten, but episodes I couldn’t include, but I didn’t want to give the impression that I don’t like them.
I thought I’d post that list (because it really concerns me that you might think I didn’t include Hell Bent on a list of favorite episodes of Doctor Who because I didn’t like it, because the truth is that I did).
So, in no particular order:
Kill the Moon
Yeah, it’s ridiculous, but it’s well done, and I like the interaction between the Doctor and Clara at the end.
The modern series’ first timey-wimey effort. I like the emotional story but the plot isn’t as good as it should be.
This unusual episode narrowly missed making it on my list. It wasn’t at all what any of us were expecting, but I still found it interesting character stuff.
A ludicrous idea but highly imaginative.
The Waters of Mars
I don’t think the whole “Time Lord Victorious” thing at the end makes much sense—why would Adelaide Brooke just killing herself in her house after being mysteriously transported there have the same impact as if she had died mysteriously in a mission on Mars? But aside from that it’s a gripping little horror thriller.
Fugitive of the Judoon
Even though I think the idea of another previously undisclosed incarnation of the Doctor to be cheap and derivative, it was the only one of the season’s attempt at “big twists” which was actually presented well.
The Night of the Doctor
50th Anniversary mini-prequel
I didn’t count mini-episodes for my main list but if I had, this short Eighth Doctor outing would have made it on there. For me, it was one of the best surprises of the whole 50th anniversary celebration period.
A slight story, but one of the better Matt Smith / Clara outings.
Fires of Pompeii
Not fully satisfying from a plot perspective but memorable for the whole climax with Donna urging the Doctor to show compassion
The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
A little too much fluff to really stand out as truly good, but a sweet-spirited story.