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Favorite Doctor Who? Blink, Moffat, and graphs! Part 2

Last week I ended up breaking up a post about the fan-favorite episode Blink, and about how its writer, Steven Moffat, doesn’t know why it’s such a favorite. You can read that post here. But to jump back into it, here’s the episode rating graph from Graph TV for Doctor Who:

That’s a big mix, episodes all over, generally some loved more than others every season. And that one, lonely outlier at the top, over 9.5. That episode is Blink.

One of the points in the original Mary Sue article that got me thinking about this was about Moffat trying to re-create the magic of this episode now that he’s the showrunner, and failing. But I think it’s more than just trying to make an episode that good again – but to get through the rest of my thought, let’s take a moment with the graph.

In season 1, there are three episodes higher than the others: the season finale, and then the two-parter of The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances. The two parter was written by Steven Moffat. In season 2, there are again two top dots: the season finale, and you guessed it, another Moffat: The Girl in the Fireplace. Then season 3 with Blink. Then season 4, with the top two being Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead by yet again, Steven Moffat.

We talked before about how it’s pretty clear why Moffat became showrunner. But I would also argue it’s more than Blink that he’s trying to recreate. Instead, I think he has some story ideas, monster ideas, that he is trying to perfect. That he keeps coming back to. So let’s look at a few of these story ideas!

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Favorite Doctor Who Episodes or How I Loved Steven Moffat Before I Knew Him

David and I started watching Doctor Who in 2010, so basically when the new series had already gone through the 9th and 10th Doctor. We did not go all the way back to the beginning, but just decided to start with the new Doctor Who, Christopher Eccelston as the 9th Doctor. I do not remember my feelings when first watching the show, but I know it was not long until we were hooked.

David and I made sure to get all caught up before Doctor Who Series 5 started and we got to watch it as it aired, at least as it aired in the United States. Now when we initially heard that Russell T. Davies had left the show and there would be a new head writer, we were a little concerned because we had loved the show so far. At first David and I  were not sure who this Steven Moffat guy was, then we started looking over our list of favorite episodes, and that is when we got really excited.

So here it is: David and my favorite episodes of Doctor Who. Continue reading