With 50 years of Doctor Who, you can bet there have been some memorable moments. Click below the break for some of our standouts.
Tom: Oh, what to choose, what to choose? You’ve got to understand, I grew up with Doctor Who, so trying to pick between my most memorable moments is… impossible! For me, the greatest moment of William Hartnell’s Doctor was his poignant goodbye to his granddaughter, Susan, as he chose to leave her with the man she loved.
“During all the years I’ve been taking care of you, you in return have been taking care of me. You are still my grandchild and always will be. But now, you’re a woman too. I want you to belong somewhere, to have roots of your own. With David you will be able to find those roots and live normally like any woman should do. Believe me, my dear, your future lies with David and not with a silly old buffer like me. One day, I shall come back. Yes, I shall come back. Until then, there must be no regrets, no tears, no anxieties. Just go forward in all your beliefs and prove to me that I am not mistaken in mine. Goodbye, Susan. Goodbye, my dear.”
That’s the thing with Doctor Who – for an alien (a Time Lord, as we learned in ‘The War Games‘), the Doctor is so very human.
But for sheer drama, there’s nothing like Doctor Who! Check out this classic scene from ‘The Mind Robber‘ if you want a peek into one of the most powerful moments of the Patrick Troughton era:
Oh, yes, powerful stuff indeed! I remember that story so well,with the Doctor and his companions stranded in the Land of Fiction. That’s the kind of creativity the series has always excelled at, with tremendous skill!
Of course, the series has also always excelled at humour. Take the first encounter between Jon Pertwee’s Doctor and Jo Grant:
It’s brilliant! “Only the tea lady and the Brigadier’s personal staff…” Of course, the odd thing about Pertwee is that a comic actor should normally play the part with such darkness and gravity. It made the occasional burst of laughter so much the greater.
Let me end with one last wonderful scene – ironically an unscripted piece, crafted by two actors who were trying to fill in some time.
You can see why ‘Genesis of the Daleks‘ is a fan-favourite!
Loz: So many to choose from, but I’ll limit myself.
1. Rose says goodbye to The Doctor. Billie Piper really endeared herself to me. At first I couldn’t take her seriously being Billy Piper. I didn’t know what to expect but the scene below is just heart breaking, and I can’t imagine anyone else doing that scene like she did. I get choked up.
2. “Now I’ll never know if I was right.” As Adric was one of my favourite characters this scene was terrible. I saw this and I didn’t quite believe it had happened and then Nyssa started crying and the wonderful Tegan took her in her arms, and then Tegan confronted the Doctor and suddenly broke down and it was Nyssa’s turn to comfort Tegan and it was with Tegan breaking down that I realised Adric was gone. I guess at that age I didn’t really understand what that really meant but the scene has always stuck in my mind.
3. Peril and Cliffhangers from McCoy’s run. This is a double. Back then the Arcs were comprised of 4 half hour episodes that almost always ended with cliffhangers. One cliffhanger was in the Paradise Towers arc. Melanie was captured by these elderly cannibal women. It doesn’t sound scary, but at the time, it freaked me out. It was something about the mundane and normal suddenly turning horrific. It freaked me out, I never looked at old people the same again.
The second was in the episode of The greatest show in the galaxy. Captain Cook had trapped the Doctor with a young women , Mags, who was a werewolf and then activated Mag’s change with simulated moonlight. The effects were sooooo creepy and I didn’t know who the Doctor was going to survive a werewolf attack with nowhere to hide. I had to wait a whole week to find out and it gave me nightmares. I kept seeing Mag’s chaned werewolf face and freaked out again and again.
4. Happy and sad times with Donna. To me this season really stood out as some of the best, drama, horror, comedy and tragedy that Doctor Who has to offer. Too many moments to choose from so I cheat again and choose the whole season featuring Donna Noble.
5. Matt Smith’s run.
Several moments have stood out.
- Amy Pond the Girl who waited. First time I actually liked Amy.
- Rita calling out the Doctor and his God Complex. I really hoped that Rita would survive and become a new companion but it was not to be.
- River Song: “I love a Good Tomb.” Also, our main characters all being hunted and shot brutally. This was a new element to the Doctor Who series that I wasn’t accustomed to.
- Rory being the perfect foil for both Amy and the Doctor all the time.
- The Doctor taking on the Devil.
I think I’ve taken enough space.
Holly: My favorite moment is probably from the episode “Love and Monsters.” Actually, except for a bit at the end, it’s my favorite episode. The whole thing is trying to carry on a conversation with the audience: from Elton (the main POV for this episode) having a vlog, to the main villain actually being a fan design. In its meta-purpose, this episode is about the meaning of Doctor Who and the importance of the Doctor as a figure in real-life, not just in the show.
I like this moment in particular because (while the entire episode is trying to break the fourth-wall and show the Doctor as a necessary figure in “our” reality) it gives the audience a “call to action” and urges a certain responsibility. We want the Doctor to be real– as an archetype and really-real if the multiverse theory holds true– but at the same time we can’t deny our hand in our own lives and futures.
So what was your most memorable Doctor Who moment? Please let us know.