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16th May '16 5:16:39 PM skidoo23
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*** Which is made more amazing by the fact that Donna was only on the show for one season, and actually only had three or four episodes in which she was not competing with Rose, Martha and River!


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** And her character development over her 2 1/2 seasons was profound and amazing. You can actually see how she grows in confidence, in her ability to accept what the Doctor does and embrace it (after her major wobble in Series 8). Some fans complained about her becoming too much like the Doctor, but that was the ''entire point'' of the character. And this was not an AssPull by Moffat; you can see this from her very first episodes in late 2012, most notably The Snowmen. Much of the credit has to go to Jenna Coleman and her intense and amazing chemistry with both Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi, the latter of which rather obviously caused the writers to pivot away from their plans to eliminate romance between the Doctor and Clara; in fact, putting aside TheILoveYouStigma the series abides by, the old-fashioned romance between the Doctor and Clara (as described by Capaldi) led to some of the most intense moments this series has ever had, and culminated in the trilogy that concluded Series 9 which tackled the topics of grief, loss, and "if you could save a loved one with a time machine, would you?" head on.
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** The above statement regarding Matt Smith isn't hyperbole; Smith acknowledged that it was Troughton who made the most impact on him when he was doing his research in preparation for playing the Doctor. Troughton's influence on Smith can be seen throughout his time on the series.
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** The partnership between the Twelfth Doctor and Clara Oswald, played by Creator/JennaColeman, is on par with the classic companionships of the past like the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane, and goes places the series has rarely gone. Although fans will never agree on whether romance is acceptable in ''Doctor Who'', the relationship depicted between the Doctor and Clara, whether one sees it as a romance (both Coleman and Capaldi directly described it as such in an interview with Wil Wheaton beamed to cinemas across North America in September 2015) or simple friendship, allowed the series to address mature issues such as loyalty, grief, loss, morality, ethics, ageism, and numerous other topics that had rarely been touched upon in this series.
27th Apr '16 9:39:56 AM Sapphirea2
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* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E9TheEmptyChild "The Empty Child"]] / [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E10TheDoctorDances "The Doctor Dances"]] -- Creator/ChristopherEccleston, 2005. The first ''really scary'' episodes of the new series. An ostensibly empty spaceship crashes into Blitz-era London and unleashes a plague of gasmask zombies. Meanwhile, the Doctor faces off with a member of Time Agency, played by Creator/JohnBarrowman. Equal measures witty, scary and atmospheric, these were the first episodes written by Creator/StevenMoffat.

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* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E9TheEmptyChild "The Empty Child"]] / [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E10TheDoctorDances "The Doctor Dances"]] -- Creator/ChristopherEccleston, 2005. The first ''really scary'' episodes of the new series. An ostensibly empty spaceship crashes into Blitz-era London and unleashes a plague of gasmask zombies. Meanwhile, the Doctor faces off with a member of Time Agency, played by Creator/JohnBarrowman. Equal measures witty, scary and atmospheric, these were the first episodes written by Creator/StevenMoffat.Creator/StevenMoffat, and won the show it's first Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) in 2006.



* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E11Utopia "Utopia"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E12TheSoundOfDrums "The Sound of Drums"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords "Last of the Time Lords"]]. A satisfying finale to the best of the revived series. There may be quite a DeusExMachina but it is still a better 10 finale to his later ones.
** For the most part the plot is well written, Capitan Jack returns, and Master is just so incredibly awesome in everyway. One of the best season finales in the series.

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* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E11Utopia "Utopia"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E12TheSoundOfDrums "The Sound of Drums"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords "Last of the Time Lords"]]. A satisfying finale to the best of the revived series. There may be quite a DeusExMachina but it is still a one of Ten's better 10 finale to his later ones.
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finales; for the most part the plot is well written, Capitan Captain Jack returns, and the return of the Master is just so incredibly awesome in everyway.every way. One of the best season finales in the series.



* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife "The Doctor's Wife"]] -- Creator/MattSmith, 2011. A fan favorite for two reasons: being written by Creator/NeilGaiman, and giving ADayInTheLimelight to [[spoiler:the TARDIS herself, getting a human form and working with the Doctor to defeat an alien that's possessed the regular TARDIS and escape an AlternateUniverse.]] She proves herself to be a ManicPixieDreamGirl and even bigger {{Cloudcuckoolander}} than the Doctor himself and finally gets the opportunity to voice her love and loyalty for him, which she does in [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming the sweetest of ways.]]

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* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife "The Doctor's Wife"]] -- Creator/MattSmith, 2011. A fan favorite for two reasons: being written by Creator/NeilGaiman, and giving ADayInTheLimelight to [[spoiler:the TARDIS herself, getting a human form and working with the Doctor to defeat an alien that's possessed the regular TARDIS and escape an AlternateUniverse.]] She proves herself to be a ManicPixieDreamGirl and even bigger {{Cloudcuckoolander}} than the Doctor himself and finally gets the opportunity to voice her love and loyalty for him, which she does in [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming the sweetest of ways.]]]] 2012 Hugo Award winner for Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form).



* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E4Listen "Listen"]] -- Creator/PeterCapaldi, 2014. The first great Twelfth Doctor story: He's obsessed with finding a creature capable of "perfect hiding", the source of the universal nightmare about what's under the bed...but does it even exist? Clara has her doubts, but his determination to unravel the mystery will profoundly affect their lives ''and'' that of her new boyfriend Danny Pink. Scripted by Moffat, it's splendidly spooky and tender, with a final sequence that takes a gamble by journeying into [[spoiler: the Doctor's childhood]] and comes up aces. Nominated for a 2015 Hugo Award, and recommended as a good first story for newbies by the official ''Doctor Who'' Tumblr.

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* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E4Listen "Listen"]] -- Creator/PeterCapaldi, 2014. The first great Twelfth Doctor story: He's obsessed with finding a creature capable of "perfect hiding", the source of the universal nightmare about what's under the bed...but does it even exist? Clara has her doubts, but his determination to unravel the mystery will profoundly affect their lives ''and'' that of her new boyfriend Danny Pink. Scripted by Moffat, it's splendidly spooky and tender, with a final sequence that takes a gamble by journeying into [[spoiler: the Doctor's childhood]] and comes up aces. Nominated for a the 2015 Hugo Award, and recommended as a good first story for newbies by the official ''Doctor Who'' Tumblr.



* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E7TheZygonInvasion "The Zygon Invasion"]] / [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E8TheZygonInversion "The Zygon Inversion"]] -- Creator/PeterCapaldi, 2015. Two years after "The Day of the Doctor" comes a globetrotting continuation of its B-plot as an uprising of renegade, shapeshifting AliensAmongUs threatens Earth. Highlights include a startling [[TheReveal reveal]] leading into a classic "How will they get out of ''this'' one?" {{Cliffhanger}}, the triumphant return of [[spoiler: fan-favorite Osgood (one of her, anyway!)]], delightful comic dialogue to ease the tension, provocative RippedFromTheHeadlines plot points, and Jenna Coleman at her best as Clara faces off with [[spoiler: her evil Zygon double Bonnie -- so, ''two'' excellent performances for her]]. The Doctor's climactic monologue is a {{Tearjerker}} that might be Twelve's greatest single scene, masterfully played by Capaldi.
* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent "Heaven Sent"]] -- Creator/PeterCapaldi, 2015. Perhaps THE most audacious effort from Creator/StevenMoffat yet, if not televised ''Doctor Who'' as a whole. In the second part of a three-part Series 9 finale (sandwiched by "Face the Raven" and "Hell Bent", both more conventional), the Twelfth Doctor is TrappedInAnotherWorld with only a voiceless monster and his own thoughts to keep him "company" in the wake of betrayal and disaster. While the total effectiveness of this three-parter is debatable (with such events as [[spoiler: Clara's death/return to "life", the Doctor's return to Gallifrey, etc.]]), this episode justifies the whole effort. The Doctor's struggle as his anguish begins to overwhelm him has gorgeous visuals and poetic dialogue. Another brilliant Capaldi performance -- in what's ''very'' close to a one-man show -- reveals the Doctor's hearts and mind as never before.

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* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E7TheZygonInvasion "The Zygon Invasion"]] / [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E8TheZygonInversion "The Zygon Inversion"]] -- Creator/PeterCapaldi, 2015. Two years after "The Day of the Doctor" comes a globetrotting continuation of its B-plot as an uprising of renegade, shapeshifting AliensAmongUs threatens Earth. Highlights include a startling [[TheReveal reveal]] leading into a classic "How will they get out of ''this'' one?" {{Cliffhanger}}, the triumphant return of [[spoiler: fan-favorite Osgood (one of her, anyway!)]], delightful comic dialogue to ease the tension, provocative RippedFromTheHeadlines plot points, and Jenna Coleman at her best as Clara faces off with [[spoiler: her evil Zygon double Bonnie -- so, ''two'' excellent performances for her]].performances]]. The Doctor's climactic monologue is a {{Tearjerker}} that might be Twelve's greatest single scene, masterfully played by Capaldi.
* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent "Heaven Sent"]] -- Creator/PeterCapaldi, 2015. Perhaps THE most audacious effort from Creator/StevenMoffat yet, if not televised ''Doctor Who'' as a whole. In the second part of a the three-part Series 9 finale (sandwiched by "Face the Raven" and "Hell Bent", both more conventional), conventional stories), the Twelfth Doctor is TrappedInAnotherWorld with only a voiceless monster and his own thoughts to keep him "company" in the wake of heartrending betrayal and disaster. While the total effectiveness of this three-parter is debatable (with such events as (between [[spoiler: Clara's death/return to "life", the Doctor's return to Gallifrey, Gallifrey]], etc.]]), ), this episode justifies the whole effort. The Doctor's struggle as his anguish begins to overwhelm him has gorgeous visuals and effort. Gorgeous visuals, poetic dialogue. Another dialogue, and another brilliant Capaldi performance -- in what's ''very'' '''very''' close to a one-man show -- reveals reveal the Doctor's hearts and mind as never before.
before. Nominated for the Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) Hugo Award in 2016.
25th Jan '16 3:44:03 PM dibdobs
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** Likewise, Creator/ChristopherEccleston was indispensable to reviving the Doctor and causing a whole new generation of fans to fall in love with. It's a shame he's so often overshadowed by David Tennant, who, by the way, is also awesome.

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** * Likewise, Creator/ChristopherEccleston was indispensable to reviving the Doctor and causing a whole new generation of fans to fall in love with. It's a shame he's so often overshadowed by David Tennant, who, by the way, is also awesome.
**Tennant himself, as well as Peter Capaldi have mentioned in interviews Eccleston's (and Bille Piper's) acting is what got Doctor Who back on its feet. The Ninth Doctor is also the Queen's favorite incarnation, incidentally.
12th Jan '16 7:14:37 AM bwburke94
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* '''Evelyn Smythe''' (Maggie Stables). The Sixth Doctor's BigFinish companion, and a doctor in her own right (of history). She's a middle-aged woman who doesn't take any of Sixie's crap and features in some of his best adventures, such as "Jubilee".

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* '''Evelyn Smythe''' (Maggie Stables). The Sixth Doctor's BigFinish Big Finish companion, and a doctor in her own right (of history). She's a middle-aged woman who doesn't take any of Sixie's crap and features in some of his best adventures, such as "Jubilee".
8th Jan '16 12:42:57 PM Sapphirea2
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* '''Charley Pollard''': An Edwardian Adventurous with a lot of character, who the Doctor risked the Web of Time rather then kill. Smart, adventurous, and brave, she got to travel with the Doctor before she first met him.
* '''Donna Noble''' (Creator/CatherineTate, 2006; 2008; 2009): Originally appearing in the 2006 Christmas special and returning as the companion of Series 4, Donna was the first female companion in the new series who didn't fall in love with the Doctor. She started off as TheScrappy, but her CharacterDevelopment made her incredibly popular. Through out the season, she constantly called the Doctor out when he was being hypocritical. In contrast to The Doctor's ability to see the big picture, Donna was good at noticing the details that the Doctor often overlooked or thought insignificant.
* '''Rory Williams''' (Creator/ArthurDarvill, 2010-2012) Rory is the first long-term male companion in the new series, and is quickly turning into a fan-favorite. Starting out as just a bumbling everyman, Rory turned into an extremely loyal, plain BAD-ASS character, who even manages to surpass the Doctor in terms of awesome moments on occasion. In some ways, he is almost a male Ace, albeit with a more sweet disposition. The fact that Rory is on this shortlist and ''not'' his wife, who's been on twice as many adventures with the Doctor, is saying a ''LOT''.
* '''River Song''' (Creator/AlexKingston, 2008; 2010-present) Her first appearance in the two-parter episode ''Silence In The Library/Forest of the Dead'' painted her as not only a possible love interest for the Doctor, but as someone he would come to trust enough by his side to tell her his name. Her appearances in Series Five and Six only prove this more and more. She was a weapon to kill the Doctor and "did". But she's also saved his life. Also she's the daughter of the above badass, is able to make a Dalek beg for mercy ''three times'', and shot a Silent dead from behind without even looking at it... meaning she didn't know it was behind her or that it existed. And... She's the Doctor's Wife. (No, not ''[[CargoShip that]]'' one, though [[LivingShip they do get on quite well]].)
* '''Evelyn Smythe''' (Maggie Stables). The 6th Doctor's BigFinish companion, and a doctor in her own right (of history). She's a middle-aged woman who doesn't take any of Sixie's crap. She features in some the Sixth Doctor's best adventures, such as "Jubilee".

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* '''Charley Pollard''': An The Eighth Doctor's first audio companion, an Edwardian Adventurous adventuress with a lot of character, who character -- so much so that the Doctor risked risks the Web web of Time rather then kill. time for her (her death is part of a fixed point in time, but he saves her from it anyway...). Smart, adventurous, and brave, brave. Although their relationship ends with [[spoiler: an emotional fallout and a tragic misunderstanding]], she got also gets to travel with the Doctor before she first met him.
meets him!
* '''Donna Noble''' (Creator/CatherineTate, 2006; 2008; 2009): Originally appearing in the 2006 Christmas special and returning as the companion of Series 4, Donna was the first female companion in the new series who didn't ''didn't'' fall in love with the Doctor. She started off as TheScrappy, but her CharacterDevelopment made her incredibly popular. Through out Throughout the season, she constantly called calls the Doctor out when he was he's being hypocritical. In contrast to The the Doctor's ability to see the big picture, Donna was Donna's good at noticing the details that the Doctor he often overlooked overlooks or thought thinks insignificant.
* '''Rory Williams''' (Creator/ArthurDarvill, 2010-2012) 2010-2012): Rory is the first long-term male companion in the new series, and is quickly turning into became a fan-favorite. Starting out as just a bumbling everyman, Rory turned into an extremely loyal, plain BAD-ASS character, BADASS character who even manages to surpass the Doctor in terms of awesome moments on occasion. In some ways, he is almost a male Ace, albeit with a more sweet disposition. The fact that Rory is on this shortlist and ''not'' his wife, wife Amy Pond, who's been on twice as many adventures with the Doctor, is saying a ''LOT''.
* '''River Song''' (Creator/AlexKingston, 2008; 2010-present) 2010-13, 2015) Her first appearance in the two-parter episode ''Silence "Silence In The Library/Forest Library"/"Forest of the Dead'' Dead" painted her as not only a possible love interest for the Doctor, but as someone he would come to trust enough by his side to tell her his name. Her appearances in Series Five and Six only prove this more and more. She was ''was'' a weapon to kill the Doctor and "did". But she's also saved his life. Also she's the daughter of the above badass, is able to make a Dalek beg for mercy ''three times'', and shot shoots a Silent dead from behind without even looking at it... meaning she didn't know it was behind her or that it existed. And... She's the Doctor's Wife. wife! (No, not ''[[CargoShip that]]'' one, though [[LivingShip they do get on quite well]].)
) Most recently, she was the CharacterFocus of a ChristmasEpisode ("The Husbands of River Song") which reveals all the awesome hijinks she gets up to when the Doctor's not around ''and'' brings touching closure to their complex relationship.
* '''Evelyn Smythe''' (Maggie Stables). The 6th Sixth Doctor's BigFinish companion, and a doctor in her own right (of history). She's a middle-aged woman who doesn't take any of Sixie's crap. She crap and features in some the Sixth Doctor's of his best adventures, such as "Jubilee".
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* [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]] -- Creator/MattSmith, 2013. A masterpiece from Moffat, a marvellous commemoration of 50 years of Doctor Who, with [[spoiler:Thirteen Doctors despite Creator/PeterCapaldi not being here yet]], which does homage to the past and looks to the future. One of the finest pieces of TV ever done.

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* [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]] -- Creator/MattSmith, 2013. A masterpiece from Moffat, a marvellous commemoration of 50 years of Doctor Who, with [[spoiler:Thirteen [[spoiler: thirteen Doctors despite Creator/PeterCapaldi not being here yet]], which does homage to the past and looks to the future. One of the finest pieces of TV ever done.



* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E4Listen "Listen"]] -- Creator/PeterCapaldi, 2014. The first great Twelfth Doctor story: He's obsessed with finding a creature capable of "perfect hiding", the source of the universal nightmare about what's under the bed...but does it even exist? Clara has her doubts, but his determination to unravel the mystery will affect their lives -- and that of her new boyfriend Danny Pink -- in profound ways. Scripted by Moffat, it's splendidly spooky and tender, with a final sequence that takes a gamble by journeying into [[spoiler: the Doctor's childhood]] and comes up aces.
* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E8MummyOnTheOrientExpress "Mummy on the Orient Express"]] -- Peter Capaldi, 2014. A trip on a spacefaring luxury train sees the Doctor face off with a creature that's invisible to all but its next victim -- who dies '''66 seconds''' after seeing it -- and Clara, who sees this adventure as the last one she'll have with a man she no longer understands post-regeneration, reconsider her friendship with him. A clever setting, fantastic and frightening antagonists, and thoughtful relationship drama made this an instant fan favorite that managed to WinBackTheCrowd after the substantial misfire of immediate predecessor "Kill the Moon".
* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E7TheZygonInvasion "The Zygon Invasion"]] / [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E8TheZygonInversion "The Zygon Inversion"]] -- Creator/PeterCapaldi, 2015. Two years after "The Day of the Doctor" comes a globetrotting continuation of its B-plot as an uprising of renegade, shapeshifting AliensAmongUs threatens Earth. Highlights include a startling [[TheReveal reveal]] leading into a classic "How will they get out of ''this'' one?" {{Cliffhanger}}, the triumphant return of [[spoiler: fan-favorite Osgood (one of her, anyway!)]], delightful comic dialogue to ease the tension ("London!...What a dump."), provocative RippedFromTheHeadlines plot points, Jenna Coleman at her best as Clara faces off with [[spoiler: her evil Zygon double Bonnie -- so, ''two'' excellent performances for her --]] and, perhaps best of all, the Doctor's climactic monologue. It's a {{Tearjerker}} that might be Twelve's greatest single scene yet, masterfully played by Capaldi.
* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent "Heaven Sent"]] -- Creator/PeterCapaldi, 2015. Perhaps THE most audacious effort from Creator/StevenMoffat yet, if not televised ''Doctor Who'' as a whole. In the second part of a three-part Series 9 finale (sandwiched by "Face the Raven" and "Hell Bent", both more conventional), the Twelfth Doctor is TrappedInAnotherWorld with only a voiceless monster and his own thoughts to keep him "company" in the wake of betrayal and disaster. While the total effectiveness of this three-parter is debatable owing to its continuity shakeups ([[spoiler: Clara's death/return to "life", the Doctor's return to Gallifrey, etc.]]), this episode justifies the whole effort. The Doctor's struggle to escape as his anguish begins to overwhelm him has gorgeous visuals and poetic dialogue. Another brilliant Capaldi performance -- in what's ''very'' close to a one-man show -- reveals the Doctor's hearts and mind as never before.

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* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E4Listen "Listen"]] -- Creator/PeterCapaldi, 2014. The first great Twelfth Doctor story: He's obsessed with finding a creature capable of "perfect hiding", the source of the universal nightmare about what's under the bed...but does it even exist? Clara has her doubts, but his determination to unravel the mystery will profoundly affect their lives -- and ''and'' that of her new boyfriend Danny Pink -- in profound ways.Pink. Scripted by Moffat, it's splendidly spooky and tender, with a final sequence that takes a gamble by journeying into [[spoiler: the Doctor's childhood]] and comes up aces. \n Nominated for a 2015 Hugo Award, and recommended as a good first story for newbies by the official ''Doctor Who'' Tumblr.
* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E8MummyOnTheOrientExpress "Mummy on the Orient Express"]] -- Peter Capaldi, 2014. A trip on a spacefaring luxury train sees the Doctor face off with a creature that's invisible to all but its next victim -- who dies '''66 seconds''' after seeing it -- and Clara, who sees this adventure as the last one she'll have with a man she no longer understands post-regeneration, understands, reconsider her friendship with him. A clever setting, fantastic and frightening antagonists, and thoughtful relationship drama made this an instant fan favorite that managed to WinBackTheCrowd after the substantial misfire of immediate predecessor "Kill the Moon".
* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E7TheZygonInvasion "The Zygon Invasion"]] / [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E8TheZygonInversion "The Zygon Inversion"]] -- Creator/PeterCapaldi, 2015. Two years after "The Day of the Doctor" comes a globetrotting continuation of its B-plot as an uprising of renegade, shapeshifting AliensAmongUs threatens Earth. Highlights include a startling [[TheReveal reveal]] leading into a classic "How will they get out of ''this'' one?" {{Cliffhanger}}, the triumphant return of [[spoiler: fan-favorite Osgood (one of her, anyway!)]], delightful comic dialogue to ease the tension ("London!...What a dump."), tension, provocative RippedFromTheHeadlines plot points, and Jenna Coleman at her best as Clara faces off with [[spoiler: her evil Zygon double Bonnie -- so, ''two'' excellent performances for her --]] and, perhaps best of all, the her]]. The Doctor's climactic monologue. It's monologue is a {{Tearjerker}} that might be Twelve's greatest single scene yet, scene, masterfully played by Capaldi.
* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent "Heaven Sent"]] -- Creator/PeterCapaldi, 2015. Perhaps THE most audacious effort from Creator/StevenMoffat yet, if not televised ''Doctor Who'' as a whole. In the second part of a three-part Series 9 finale (sandwiched by "Face the Raven" and "Hell Bent", both more conventional), the Twelfth Doctor is TrappedInAnotherWorld with only a voiceless monster and his own thoughts to keep him "company" in the wake of betrayal and disaster. While the total effectiveness of this three-parter is debatable owing to its continuity shakeups ([[spoiler: (with such events as [[spoiler: Clara's death/return to "life", the Doctor's return to Gallifrey, etc.]]), this episode justifies the whole effort. The Doctor's struggle to escape as his anguish begins to overwhelm him has gorgeous visuals and poetic dialogue. Another brilliant Capaldi performance -- in what's ''very'' close to a one-man show -- reveals the Doctor's hearts and mind as never before.
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* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E4Listen "Listen"]] -- Peter Capaldi, 2014. The first great Twelfth Doctor story: He's obsessed with finding a creature capable of "perfect hiding", the source of the universal nightmare about what's under the bed...but does it even exist? Clara has her doubts, but his determination to unravel the mystery will affect their lives -- and that of her new boyfriend Danny Pink -- in profound ways. Scripted by Moffat, it's splendidly spooky and tender, with a final sequence that takes a gamble by journeying into [[spoiler: the Doctor's childhood]] and comes up aces.
* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E7TheZygonInvasion "The Zygon Invasion"]] / [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E8TheZygonInversion "The Zygon Inversion"]] -- Creator/PeterCapaldi, 2015. Two years after "The Day of the Doctor" (Part Two is co-written by Moffat) comes a globetrotting continuation of its B-plot as an uprising of renegade, shapeshifting AliensAmongUs threatens Earth. Highlights include a startling [[TheReveal reveal]] leading into a classic "How will they get out of ''this'' one?" {{Cliffhanger}}, the triumphant return of [[spoiler: fan-favorite Osgood (one of her, anyway!)]], delightful comic dialogue to help ease the tension ("London!...What a dump."), provocative RippedFromTheHeadlines plot points, Jenna Coleman at her best as Clara faces off with [[spoiler: her evil Zygon double Bonnie -- so, ''two'' excellent performances for her --]] and, perhaps best of all, the Doctor's climactic monologue. It's a {{Tearjerker}} that might be Twelve's greatest single scene yet, masterfully played by Capaldi.
* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent "Heaven Sent"]] -- Creator/PeterCapaldi, 2015. Perhaps THE most audacious effort from Moffat yet, if not televised ''Doctor Who'' as a whole. In the second part of a three-part Series 9 finale (sandwiched by "Face the Raven" and "Hell Bent", both more conventional), the Twelfth Doctor is TrappedInAnotherWorld with only a voiceless monster and his own thoughts to keep him "company" in the wake of a horrifying betrayal and disaster. While the total effectiveness of this three-parter is debatable owing to several controversial continuity shakeups ([[spoiler: Clara's death/return to "life", Ashildr's fate, the Doctor's return to Gallifrey, etc.]]), this episode justifies the whole effort. The Doctor's struggle to escape as his anguish begins to overwhelm him has gorgeous visuals and poetic dialogue. Another brilliant Capaldi performance -- in what's ''very'' close to a one-man show -- reveals the Doctor's hearts and mind as never before.

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* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E4Listen "Listen"]] -- Peter Capaldi, Creator/PeterCapaldi, 2014. The first great Twelfth Doctor story: He's obsessed with finding a creature capable of "perfect hiding", the source of the universal nightmare about what's under the bed...but does it even exist? Clara has her doubts, but his determination to unravel the mystery will affect their lives -- and that of her new boyfriend Danny Pink -- in profound ways. Scripted by Moffat, it's splendidly spooky and tender, with a final sequence that takes a gamble by journeying into [[spoiler: the Doctor's childhood]] and comes up aces.
* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E8MummyOnTheOrientExpress "Mummy on the Orient Express"]] -- Peter Capaldi, 2014. A trip on a spacefaring luxury train sees the Doctor face off with a creature that's invisible to all but its next victim -- who dies '''66 seconds''' after seeing it -- and Clara, who sees this adventure as the last one she'll have with a man she no longer understands post-regeneration, reconsider her friendship with him. A clever setting, fantastic and frightening antagonists, and thoughtful relationship drama made this an instant fan favorite that managed to WinBackTheCrowd after the substantial misfire of immediate predecessor "Kill the Moon".
* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E7TheZygonInvasion "The Zygon Invasion"]] / [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E8TheZygonInversion "The Zygon Inversion"]] -- Creator/PeterCapaldi, 2015. Two years after "The Day of the Doctor" (Part Two is co-written by Moffat) comes a globetrotting continuation of its B-plot as an uprising of renegade, shapeshifting AliensAmongUs threatens Earth. Highlights include a startling [[TheReveal reveal]] leading into a classic "How will they get out of ''this'' one?" {{Cliffhanger}}, the triumphant return of [[spoiler: fan-favorite Osgood (one of her, anyway!)]], delightful comic dialogue to help ease the tension ("London!...What a dump."), provocative RippedFromTheHeadlines plot points, Jenna Coleman at her best as Clara faces off with [[spoiler: her evil Zygon double Bonnie -- so, ''two'' excellent performances for her --]] and, perhaps best of all, the Doctor's climactic monologue. It's a {{Tearjerker}} that might be Twelve's greatest single scene yet, masterfully played by Capaldi.
* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent "Heaven Sent"]] -- Creator/PeterCapaldi, 2015. Perhaps THE most audacious effort from Moffat Creator/StevenMoffat yet, if not televised ''Doctor Who'' as a whole. In the second part of a three-part Series 9 finale (sandwiched by "Face the Raven" and "Hell Bent", both more conventional), the Twelfth Doctor is TrappedInAnotherWorld with only a voiceless monster and his own thoughts to keep him "company" in the wake of a horrifying betrayal and disaster. While the total effectiveness of this three-parter is debatable owing to several controversial its continuity shakeups ([[spoiler: Clara's death/return to "life", Ashildr's fate, the Doctor's return to Gallifrey, etc.]]), this episode justifies the whole effort. The Doctor's struggle to escape as his anguish begins to overwhelm him has gorgeous visuals and poetic dialogue. Another brilliant Capaldi performance -- in what's ''very'' close to a one-man show -- reveals the Doctor's hearts and mind as never before.
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* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E7TheZygonInvasion "The Zygon Invasion"]] / [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E8TheZygonInversion "The Zygon Inversion"]] -- Creator/PeterCapaldi, 2015. Two years after "The Day of the Doctor" comes a globetrotting continuation of its B-plot as an uprising of renegade, shapeshifting AliensAmongUs threatens Earth. Highlights include a startling [[TheReveal reveal]] leading into a classic "How will they get out of ''this'' one?" {{Cliffhanger}}, the triumphant return of [[spoiler: fan-favorite Osgood (one of her, anyway!)]], delightful comic dialogue to help ease the tension ("London!...What a dump."), provocative RippedFromTheHeadlines plot points, Jenna Coleman at her best as Clara faces off with [[spoiler: her evil Zygon double Bonnie -- so, ''two'' excellent performances for her --]] and perhaps best of all the Doctor's climactic monologue. It's a {{Tearjerker}} that might be Twelve's greatest single scene yet, masterfully played by Capaldi.
* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent "Heaven Sent"]] -- Creator/PeterCapaldi, 2015. Perhaps THE most audacious effort from Moffat yet, if not ''Doctor Who'' as a whole. In the second part of a three-part Series 9 finale (sandwiched by "Face the Raven" and "Hell Bent", both more conventional), the Twelfth Doctor is TrappedInAnotherWorld with only a voiceless monster and his own thoughts to keep him "company" in the wake of a horrifying betrayal and disaster. While the total effectiveness of this three-parter is debatable owing to several controversial continuity shakeups ([[spoiler: Clara's death/return to "life", Ashildr's fate, the Doctor's return to Gallifrey, etc.]]), this episode justifies the whole effort. The Doctor's struggle to escape as his anguish begins to overwhelm him has gorgeous visuals and poetic dialogue. Another brilliant Capaldi performance -- in what's ''very'' close to a one-man show -- reveals the Doctor's hearts and mind as never before.

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* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E7TheZygonInvasion "The Zygon Invasion"]] / [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E8TheZygonInversion "The Zygon Inversion"]] -- Creator/PeterCapaldi, 2015. Two years after "The Day of the Doctor" (Part Two is co-written by Moffat) comes a globetrotting continuation of its B-plot as an uprising of renegade, shapeshifting AliensAmongUs threatens Earth. Highlights include a startling [[TheReveal reveal]] leading into a classic "How will they get out of ''this'' one?" {{Cliffhanger}}, the triumphant return of [[spoiler: fan-favorite Osgood (one of her, anyway!)]], delightful comic dialogue to help ease the tension ("London!...What a dump."), provocative RippedFromTheHeadlines plot points, Jenna Coleman at her best as Clara faces off with [[spoiler: her evil Zygon double Bonnie -- so, ''two'' excellent performances for her --]] and and, perhaps best of all all, the Doctor's climactic monologue. It's a {{Tearjerker}} that might be Twelve's greatest single scene yet, masterfully played by Capaldi.
* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent "Heaven Sent"]] -- Creator/PeterCapaldi, 2015. Perhaps THE most audacious effort from Moffat yet, if not televised ''Doctor Who'' as a whole. In the second part of a three-part Series 9 finale (sandwiched by "Face the Raven" and "Hell Bent", both more conventional), the Twelfth Doctor is TrappedInAnotherWorld with only a voiceless monster and his own thoughts to keep him "company" in the wake of a horrifying betrayal and disaster. While the total effectiveness of this three-parter is debatable owing to several controversial continuity shakeups ([[spoiler: Clara's death/return to "life", Ashildr's fate, the Doctor's return to Gallifrey, etc.]]), this episode justifies the whole effort. The Doctor's struggle to escape as his anguish begins to overwhelm him has gorgeous visuals and poetic dialogue. Another brilliant Capaldi performance -- in what's ''very'' close to a one-man show -- reveals the Doctor's hearts and mind as never before.
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