Dr. Who episode recommendations

Thanks to this thread (about the Weeping Angels)I think I may be getting hooked. I had never gotten into the series, always assuming it was dopey sci-fi. I mean, it is science fiction but I guess I was thinking more along the lines of * Lost in Space* for a slightly more sophisticated audience.

Anyway, I like the * Blink* ep because it’s less sci-fi and more “traditionally”(?) creepy. Another one I like is * The Idiot’s Lantern*. That’s the one with the lady in the tv who sucks the energy out of the watcher (along with their face). And screeches “hungry!!!”.<shudder>. Also the one that takes place in 1580 Venice, with what initially appears to be vampires( but is actually a species of sea life).

An example of one I didn’t care for at all takes place on some kind of starship I think, and the crew have Cthulu like faces and are so docile / unevolved they share one brainwave and then suddenly they get stronger and angry and the Dr. and all of the universe is in danger. Or something.

So, I’m not too interested in things that take place in space, or super cheesy costumes. Scary, eerie, chilling, disturbing= good.
Little green men, space ships, force fields = not so good.

I figure nobody knows about The Doctor like my Doper peeps, so, please, help a newbie out.

Most people liked that episode-how Ood.

Do you have a preference when it comes to the Doctor himself?

Of course; Ood:smack: I forgot that part.

So far I’ve only seen eps with David Tennant, Matt Smith and one with Peter Capaldi. I think I like MS the best but I don’t dislike the other two or anything. I do like PC’s chubby sidekick (I think he played Rebel Wilson’s brother in Bridesmaids).

The Curse of Fenric is (relatively) old but pretty freaky. There is a crypt and vampires and weird runes and stuff (all on Earth).

I like MS too, but the season-long ongoing storylines make it rather difficult to recommend individual episodes. Any of the Christmas specials are good(Runaway Bride is my favorite), Matt Smith’s Vincent and the Doctor and Let’s Kill Hitler, and going back to Christopher Eccleston I would recommend The Empty Child.

The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances (2-part episode pair). Great creepy episode that takes place on earth (London during WWII). It also introduces Capt. Jack Harkness.

Speaking of which, you may enjoy Torchwood, which is a spinoff series featuring Jack Harkness. IMHO the first two seasons were very good, but went downhill fast after that. They Keep Killing Suzie is one of the more disturbing things I’ve seen on TV.

Vincent and the Doctor makes me cry every time.

The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances is great and creepy.


Not sure I agree with you there. I think many of them were pretty forgettable. I did like Runaway Bride, The Voyage of the Damned and The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe but I can barely remember the rest, other than The Snowmen which was memorable mainly as Jenna Coleman’s first appearance.

You say that like it’s a bad thing.

Couple more recommendations:

The Girl in the Fireplace made me cry.

The Doctor’s Wife is a great one-off episode with Matt Smith. It was written by Neil Gaiman.

My all time favorite episode is “Black Orchid” with Peter Davison, the 5th Doctor. I seem to remember it being the first really “historical episode” since sometime in the 60’s. It is set in the 1920’s, so the fact that it was an episode from the 80’s doesn’t really detract from the “magic”, the way some fans of the new series feel about the original series.

It is definitely “less sci-fi and more “traditionally”(?) creepy.”

Streaming here https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5vf49f or available on disc from Netflix.

Seconding this one - there’s a monster involved, but it’s really just a hook into the human interactions.

I’ll try them all. Thanks, all, and keep 'em coming :slight_smile:

Asylum of the Daleks was, actually.

The Shakespeare Code is another good one. Night Terrors is very creepy.

The Human Nature/Family of Blood twofer is really, really excellent but I’d leave it until you’ve seen a fair number of other episodes, and got a bit more of an idea of what the Doctor can be like. I think it’s my favourite story of the revival - although the source material predates that - and also the most adult.

Probably the most tense episode of the series is “Midnight.” Technically, it does take place on another planet, but the story could work on Earth with minor changes and it’s not dependent on special effects. Most of it takes place inside the equivalent off a railroad car, and it meets all your criteria – scary, eerie, and chilling.

The following episode, “Turn Left” also may be the type of thing you’re looking for, thought it’s more philosophical in tone. You also need to know a lot about the Doctor to appreciate it.

If you can commit the time to it I suggest a binge in order from at least season 2 if you can do it.

The reason being is that the cross episode crumbs Steven Moffat leaves and how they fit together over time are one of the portion of the show I find most enjoyable. Particularity with shared themes and a character or two who are on opposite paths.

Two that my wife and I like areThe Unicorn and the Wasp and The Girl in the Fireplace. As a nostalgia trip School Reunion was very touching.

Russel T Davies first four seasons of Doctor Who got me hooked. His last season wasn’t as good. I watched the last season but have no interest in seeing any reruns.

The Steven Moffat years were up and down. There were some good episodes. The Van Gogh story for example is my favorite. Amy and Rory were great throughout their run.

My interest faded as the Doctor’s last stand arc played out. Too depressing for what was supposed to be a fun kids show.

I only saw a handful of Capaldi episodes and threw in the towel. A great actor stuck with completely terrible scripts.

I may watch the premier of the woman Doctor. See how that’s handled. I want to give the new writers a chance.