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I've caught enough episodes of the new Doctor Who series now to know that I enjoy it and want to watch some more.  OTOH, I'm not particularly concerned about watching them in order (as I've already watched bits from all five seasons) and I'm not committed enough to want to see every episode.  So, can any Dr. Who fans give me a list of the "Must See" episodes?  Ditto for Torchwood?

Date: 2010-12-27 03:09 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] alexx-kay.livejournal.com
I've fallen way behind (I missed all of 2009's shows, and about half of this year's), but I can give some pointers.

Best episode, in my opinion, is "Blink" (3.10). "Human Nature" and "Flesh and Blood" (3.8 & 3.9) are close seconds.

In the still very good department, I would put:
"The End of the World" (1.2)
"Dalek" (1.6)
"The Empty Child" / "The Doctor Dance" (1.9 & 1.10)
"School Reunion" (2.3)
"The Girl in the Fireplace" (2.4)
"Silence in the Library" / "Forest of the Dead" (4.9 & 4.10)
"The Eleventh Hour" (5.1)

Torchwood hasn't had (again, in my opinion) any great eps, but some good ones:
"Small Worlds" (1.5)
"They Keep Killing Suzie" (1.8)
"Out of Time" (1.10)
"Captain Jack Harkness" (1.12)
Season 2 has some good episodes, but they are all VERY depressing:
"Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang" (2.1)
"A Day in the Death" (2.8)
"From Out of the Rain" (2.10)

Date: 2010-12-27 03:53 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
'Blink' is epic TV. Up there with 'Out of Gas' (Firefly) and 'Hush' (Buffy)

Date: 2010-12-27 06:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jducoeur
As everyone says, "Blink" is near-universally agreed to be the best episode. Quite suspenseful, and possibly the worst case of Time Travel Abuse since Bill and Ted...

Date: 2010-12-28 05:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cristovau.livejournal.com
"The Girl in the Fireplace" (2.4) This is my favorite stand alone episode. Most of the others I like feed into larger plot arcs and probably should be seen in order.

Date: 2010-12-28 04:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cristovau.livejournal.com
Well then, the dual episodes "Human Nature" and "The Family of Blood" (3.8 and 3.9) have some outstanding acting, if somewhat weak sci-fi. I have a preference for period pieces, and a big appeal for Doctor Who for me is that they do period pieces well.

For better sci-fi than acting, I would go with "Gridlock." It is a clever premise taken to an extreme and I find that delightful.

"The Shakespeare Codex" has moments, but the core plot is weak. "Tooth and Claw" is a decent period piece, but a bit over the top at points for me.

Date: 2010-12-30 03:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tafkad.livejournal.com
To the above, I would add "The Lodger," one of the episodes of the 5th season. The Doctor must live among normal people. Very sweet in its own way.

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