Doctor Who 101

1. Season 1, Episode 1 — “Rose.” Available on Netflix’s Watch Now.

This is the first episode of the new series, 12 years after the classic series went off the air. It is not stunning, but it’s a good introduction for people who haven’t seen the classic series. Starring Invisible Hero Claude, a.k.a. Christopher Eccleston, the 9th Doctor. (The Doctor “regenerates” when mortally wounded, which is just a brilliant way of gliding through cast changes.)

2. Season 1, episodes 9 and 10 — “The Empty Child” and “The Doctor Dances.” Available on Netflix’s Watch Now.

This is the first episode (a two-parter) written by Steven Moffat (who is writing “TinTin”) and is generally regarded as the best story of season 1.

3. Season 1, episode 11 — “Boom Town.” Available on Netflix’s Watch Now.

This is not one of the best episodes, and it references an earlier episode that’s not in this list. However, it is set in Cardiff and shows much of Cardiff Bay, which could be interesting if you are planning a trip to, say, Cardiff.

4. Season 2, episode 4 — “The Girl in the Fireplace”.

Another Steven Moffat episode. It’s brilliant and touching. Oh, and at the end of season, Doctor # 9 regenerated into Barty Crouch, Jr., from “Goblet of Fire,” a.k.a. David Tennant, Doctor #10. Trivia: David Tennant and the gal who plays Reinette actually dated for a while! And they were super cute! Then he dumped her which makes me very sad.

At the end of Season 2, something happens to Rose (I can tell you more if you want spoilers) and at the beginning of Season 3 the Doctor picks up Martha Jones, who is one of his best sidekicks EVER because she’s not stupid.

5. Season 3, Episode 2 — “The Shakespeare Code.”

It’s pretty obvious what this episode is about. It’s funny.

6. Season 3, episodes 4 and 5 – “Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks.”

No Doctor Who crash course is complete without some Daleks! Background information: They’re evil.

7. Season 3, episode 10 – “Blink.”

This is quite possibly one of the best Doctor Who episodes ever produced. Ever. It’s by Steven Moffat again. It’s absolutely brilliant – and also terrifying. I have to admit I screamed a time or two.

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