With less than a week left before they’re gone, what’s a fan to do? Well, if you’ve got an abundance of time, go ahead and binge your way through every episode available. That doesn’t sound very likely though, especially for new fans who haven’t seen them all before. Luckily, Zap2it has the important episodes you need to watch from the relaunched version of the series while you still can.
‘Rose’ — Season 1, episode 1
>The first episode of the relaunched “Doctor Who” isn’t particularly good, to be honest. It’s clear the episode was made for next to no money and little clue that it would become one of TV’s biggest shows. However, it’s what reintroduced the world to the Doctor and his TARDIS. It was also the first appearance of Rose Tyler — arguably the best companion of the modern series.
‘The Empty Child’ — Season 1, episode 9
Captain Jack Harkness is a fan favorite character that Whovians are still clamoring to have back. It was “The Empty Child” that introduced him to the world, though. Set during World War II, it’s also one of the scariest episodes and includes a creepy kid.
‘School Reunion’ — Season 2, episode 3
“School Reunion” is one of the most important episodes in modern “Doctor Who.” It bridged the gap with the classic series by bringing back former companion Sarah Jane Smith — and K-9, if robot dogs are your thing. Watching the Doctor’s most legendary companion face-to-face with the one fans grew to love (Rose Tyler) was a special moment.
‘The Girl in the Fireplace’ — Season 2, episode 4
Hot on the heels of “School Reunion,” another episode that finds Rose Tyler filled with jealousy when another catches the Doctor’s eye. This time it’s Madam De Pompadour when the Doctor finds a fireplace that is a window through time. These two episodes really spell out Rose’s feelings for her favorite Time Lord, but it’s “The Girl in the Fireplace” with a great time travel element and one of the modern show’s best stories.
‘Doomsday’ — Season 2, episode 13
Chances are, this is the episode that will bring tears to the eyes of any “Who” fan. “Doomsday” saw Rose Tyler and the Doctor forced apart, trapped in parallel universes without a way to reunite. Being the first companion of the new series, Rose held a special place in the hearts of many and nobody wanted to see her go — especially in such a heartbreaking way.
‘Blink’ Season 3, episode 10
“Blink” is largely considered to be the best episode of modern “Doctor Who” yet. It’s by far the most horrifying installment, introducing the weeping angels to the “Doctor Who” universe. The terrorizing stone monsters that only attack when you’re not looking are one of the show’s most feared creations. Having Carey Mulligan as guest star doesn’t hurt either.
‘Voyage of the Damned’ — Season 3 Christmas special
Christmas specials are always a mixed bag on “Doctor Who,” but “Voyage of the Damned” did everything right. It truly was a special one-off episode with a new companion — special guest Kylie Minogue, who did wonderfully — and an epic space adventure.
‘Journey’s End’ — Season 4, episode 13
>There are so many reasons “Journey’s End” is a great episode of “Doctor Who.” It brought back Rose Tyler and Jack Harkness and there were even two Doctors (David Tennant meet David Tennant). However, the best reason is none other than Doctor Donna. In Donna Noble’s final regular appearance on the show, she takes in a bit of Time Lord essence and– in turn — their knowledge. She knows just as much as the Doctor and uses it to save the day.
‘The Eleventh Hour’ — Season 5, episode 1
The Season 5 premiere, “The Eleventh Hour,” is a big one in “Doctor Who” lore. It fully introduced the new Doctor, his new companion (Amy Pond) and ushered in the current era of showrunner Steven Moffat. Former showrunner Russell T. Davies left the show with Tennant, allowing a new creative vision to take over.
‘The Lodger’ and ‘Closing Time’ — Season 5, episode 11 and Season 6, episode 12
These two episodes stand out for a very fun reason — they featured “Late Late Show” host James Corden as a temporary companion. His character, Craig Owens, stands out as one of the true friends of the Doctor, which is interesting when you consider he only appeared on two episodes. Still, Craig was able to dig deep and make a real connection with the Time Lord.
‘The Curse of the Black Spot’ – Season 6, episode 3
>All too often, Amy Pond was in dire circumstances and didn’t get to be the funny character fans knew she could be. Karen Gillan, the actress who plays her, has great comedic timing and simply didn’t get to show it off enough. There are some moments that shine though, like “The Curse of the Black Spot.” Pirate Amy is everything you’d hope she’d be. Drunk with love Rory’s no slouch either.
‘The Doctor’s Wife’ — Season 6, episode 4
“The Doctor’s Wife” stands out as a notable episode due to it’s writer, Neil Gaiman. The acclaimed author has penned two episode of “Doctor Who,” with this one being superior. As the Doctor, Amy and Rory race to save what it thought to be another living Time Lord, they end up falling into a trap. To save their lives, the matrix of the TARDIS is put inside the body of a woman who helps them out.
Regeneration episodes — Seasons 1, 4 and 7
Losing a Doctor is never easy and so far it’s happened three times since the show relaunched in 2005. There was only one season to get used to Christopher Eccleston before he left in Season 1’s “The Parting of Ways.” David Tennant’s exit in the Season 4 episode “The End of Time” may be the saddest yet — but also a proper ending as he got to revisit each of his companions one last time. “The Time of the Doctor” in Season 7 said goodbye to Matt Smith in an epic Christmas adventure that saw the return of Amy Pond.
Now that you have the episodes you need to watch noted, always remember the show’s still on Hulu Plus. If all else fails, you can get your fix there or through reruns on BBC America.