To celebrate 50 years of Who, I’ll be going through the series since the revival. Because there are 33 seasons counting the classic series, and since I haven’t seen most of them, I’ll just be going through the show since 2005. So without further ado, Series 1-
How else do you open a series? With an awesome Doctor, a villain with an interesting modern twist and an epic scale. And even though the first ten minutes are kinda dull, it can be forgiven when the Autons turn their head and produce their hand guns ready to kill…
9/10- A fantastic opener with a slow first ten minutes but with great villains and a Doctor with style!
2) The End of the World
Wow, the world destroyed after two episodes! Joking aside, this is a pretty solid episode. A great way to show Rose her future but with serious villain problems and with a “mystery” that is easy to solve as the murderer is the only supporting character with any sort of personality.
7/10- Good introduction to the wider universe, but lacking in story.
3) The Unquiet Dead
The new series’s first historical story, the Unquiet Dead immediately immerses the audience into the historical setting. The plot is pretty simple, but it’s the strength of the historical dialogue and characters and an amazing climax. Not all the supporting cast are memorable however, especially Gweneth.
9/10- Great story and setting, with a few character flaws.
4/5) Aliens of London/World War Three
Remove the farting baby aliens and the space pig, and you get a story with interesting ideas and some great underlying text as Rose learns that travelling in time has consequences. Add in the farting aliens and the space pig, and you get a story with weird tonal changes and downright stupid villains.
4/10- Great ideas, but with silly aliens and stupid moments.
Now this is how you introduce an old villain to a new audience! With inspired direction which is on par with an action blockbuster and great writing. The Doctor is determined to wipe out the Daleks and this episode shows how deeply the Time War has affected him. And…that… Dalek…
10/10- An amazing introduction to the Daleks. Easily in my Top 20.
7) The Long Game
This is normally considered the weak link in the series. But putting in perspective that this is technically the first part in the Bad Wolf finale, it has to be appreciated. The atmosphere is great, there is a foreboding mystery through the episode and the Editor and Jagrafess are great villians. However, it does feel like it’s building up to something else so it lacks an identity.
6/10- Good as a standalone episode, but feeling unoriginal.
8) Father’s Day
The first emotional episode of the series, this episode deals with the concept of not changing the past. The result is a simple framework turned on its head with great writing and a brilliant monster, which makes the ending and the issues presented very genuine.
10/10- The basis of what Doctor Who is- a time travel show.
9/10) The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances
Possibly the scariest story ever written for Doctor Who, this story has great characters, a fantastic threat and an incredibly well realised historical setting.
10/10- Another Top 20 story. So scary I didn’t watch The Doctor Dances for three whole years after I saw the Empty Child.
11) Boom Town
OK, so we’ve gotten rid of the farting aliens and the silly pigs, so this Slitheen story should be good. Ehhhh, well, the climax is great. Like the Long Game, this episode feels like filler. The writing has some stupid jokes and some really major flaws in the moral issues the Doctor has to face
5/10- Confusing morals with a very good climax.
12/13) Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways (blargh!)
You may have noticed my little comment in brackets. This is because while there is nothing wrong with Bad Wolf, Parting of the Ways (blargh) just… just… BLARGH! There are SO many inconsistencies, the Dalek emperor is pointless, there are too many scenes with Rose on Earth (forklift truck!? WHAT?) and while the issue about the Doctor sacrificing mankind to kill the Daleks is great, it’s ruined by that rushed and horrible ending. I wanted a finale, not forklift trucks, kissing and a Dalek emperor literally having a monologue explaining the entire evil villain plan.
Bad Wolf- 8/10- Some weird moments but enjoyable overall.
Parting of the Ways (blargh!)- 2/10- I didn’t hate the scene with the Doctor hologram, but the rest of the episode ruins this otherwise great series.
Final series score 8/10- A fantastic reintroduction to the show, with Father’s Day, the Empty Child and Dalek making the series highlights. However, due to some silly stories (Aliens of London) and an incredibly weak final episode means that this series can’t be perfect. But add in scary stories with emotional ones and very complex ones mean that Series One is a success.
Phew. One series down, six to go…