Every incarnation of the Doctor has that “Doctor” moment, where they come up with a solution to a problem, saving the day! Every Doctor is a man with a plan and knows exactly what to do, because usually he is ten steps ahead of everyone else because he is a genius. To celebrate these moments, I’ve decided to compile a list of My Favorite “Doctor” Moments! I’ve already done Parts I and II, which you can find under Doctor Who on my page. So without further delay here it is folks, Part III!
*WARNING MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD*
“Vincent and the Doctor” (Series 5, Episode 10, 2010)
This episode saw The Eleventh Doctor and Amy travelling to 1890 France to visit the painter Van Gogh, when The Doctor noticed an alien in one of Van Gogh’s paintings at a museum in Paris France in the year 2010. The Doctor and Amy meet Van Gogh, and help him stop an alien creature who is lost and trying to find its way home. The Doctor surprises Van Gogh by taking him to the museum in Paris and showing him his exhibit. The Doctor then asks the art curator (Bill Nighy) where he would rate Van Gogh as a painter and the art curator says:
“Well… um… big question, but, to me Van Gogh is the finest painter of them all. Certainly the most popular, great painter of all time. The most beloved, his command of colour most magnificent. He transformed the pain of his tormented life into ecstatic beauty. Pain is easy to portray, but to use your passion and pain to portray the ecstasy and joy and magnificence of our world, no one had ever done it before. Perhaps no one ever will again. To my mind, that strange, wild man who roamed the fields of Provence was not only the world’s greatest artist, but also one of the greatest men who ever lived.”
This causes Van Gogh to become very emotional and cry with joy shaking the art curator’s hand and thanking him. Amy and The Doctor return to 1890 France bid farewell to Vincent and when they return to the present, Amy is saddened to learn that Vincent Van Gogh still committed suicide being sure that visiting him would change his life and says they didn’t make a difference. The Doctor reassures Amy saying:
“I wouldn’t say that. The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. Hey. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice-versa, the bad things don’t necessarily spoil the good things and make them unimportant.”
This is one of the best moments in all of Doctor Who in my opinion and is a great moment to show how amazing, sweet and caring the Doctor is. The Doctor shows Vincent Van Gogh how much of an impact he is going to have on people, people that will come to admire him for his contribution to art and history and how he will change the way people look at art for generations to come. It’s a really beautiful moment, that just shows the softer caring side of the Doctor.
“The Pandorica Opens” (Series 5, Episode 12, 2010)
This first part of a two-part Series 5 finale saw The Eleventh Doctor being summoned to Stone Henge during Roman times by River Song, when she discovers a painting by Van Gogh depicting The Doctor’s TARDIS exploding! The Doctor along with River and Amy discovers an ancient box called The Pandorica which all of the Doctor’s enemies want to get their hands on. The Doctor comes up with a plan to buy them time and has an epic speech where he tells his enemies:
“Hello, Stonehenge! Who takes the Pandorica takes the Universe! But, bad news everyone, ’cause guess who! Ha! Except, you lot, you’re all whizzing about, it’s really very distracting. Could you all just stay still a minute because I AM TALKING! Now, the question for the hour is, “Who’s got the Pandorica?” Answer: I do. Next question: Who’s coming to take it from me? Come on, look at me! No plan, no backup, no weapons worth a damn, oh, and something else I don’t have: anything to lose! So, if you’re sitting up there in your silly little space ships with all your silly little guns, and you’ve got any plans on taking the Pandorica tonight, just remember who’s standing in your way! Remember every black day I ever stopped you, and then, and then, do the smart thing! Let somebody else try first.”
The ships then flee as The Doctor has bought his friends some time while they figure out what to do. This is a great bad-ass moment for The Doctor where he asserts his power and dominance over his enemies, by telling them every time he stopped them, trying to prevent them from taking The Pandorica. It’s a great Eleventh Doctor moment and a great Doctor moment that shows how brave and fearless The Doctor can be.
“The Day of The Moon” (Series 6, Episode 2, 2011)
This episode was the second part of a two part Series 6 premiere that saw The Doctor, Amy, Rory, and River Song travel to Washington, D.C. in 1963 as they worked with FBI agent Canton Everett Delaware III (Mark Sheppard) to start a revolution against an alien race known as The Silence, who had managed to invade The Earth, without humans being aware of it. The Doctor saves a kidnapped Amy, and uses subliminal messaging with a video recording of a captured Silence uttering the words “You should kill us all on sight!” broadcast on every TV during the day of the Apollo Moon landing, giving the human race the chance to fight back against The Silence, who have invaded Earth without the human race’s knowledge!
This is a great moment because it shows just how ingenious The Doctor is and instead of dealing with The Silence himself, he gives the human race the chance to fight back! The idea of using a recording of one of The Silence saying “You should kill us all on sight!” and to twist it into an order for their own execution is a stroke of brilliance on The Doctor’s part! This is one of my favorite moments from Doctor Who demonstrating how The Doctor is sometimes ten steps ahead of his enemies!
“The Doctor’s Wife” (Series 6, Episode 4, 2011)
This episode saw The Doctor, Amy and Rory travel to an asteroid outside of the universe, when The Doctor receives a distress call from one of The Time Lords! Alas, it is just a ruse, the distress call was a message cube from a Time Lord that has been dead for a very long time. A sentient being known as House has lured many Time Lords to the asteroid and killed them. House then removes The TARDIS’s matrix which then takes over the body of a woman named Idris! House takes over The TARDIS and plays really twisted mind games with Amy and Rory who are trapped on the TARDIS! The Doctor along with the help of The TARDIS (Idris) build their own TARDIS and chase after House! The Doctor makes his way back into The TARDIS and has a few words with House, leading to this exchange;
House: Fear me, I’ve killed hundreds of Time Lords.
The Doctor: Fear me, I’ve killed all of them.
This is a great moment because it shows how fearless The Doctor is when faced with powerful and dangerous enemies. House tries to intimidate him by warning that he killed hundreds of Time Lords and The Doctor responds with “Big deal! I destroyed them all!” This is another telling moment for The Doctor because for the first time since he was The Tenth Doctor, he comes to terms with destroying Gallifrey and killing his own people.
“A Good Man Goes to War” (Series 6, Episode 7, 2011)
This episode saw The Doctor and Rory embark on a mission to rescue Amy, who it was revealed in the previous episode was not the real Amy Pond but a Flesh avatar! The Doctor discovers this and is ready for war against the religious group known as “The Silence!” The Doctor summons all the people that he has met throughout the season and some new faces as well to help him save Amy! The Doctor doesn’t appear until about 15 or so minutes into the episode which is very interesting, and when he does finally appear it is fantastic! He disguises himself in a hood among a group of hooded figures known as The Headless Monks, and everything seems to be working to his advantage, he has the base known as “Demon’s Run” surrounded and seems to have the upper hand. The Doctor has a conversation with The Colonel in charge of the cleric soldiers who have been trained to believe The Doctor is dangerous and needs to be killed. The Doctor wants the Colonel to give the order of surrender, and come to be known as Colonel Run Away, and for children to point and laugh at him in the future when they see him. The Doctor then meets Madame Kovarian, the woman responsible for kidnapping Amy, wanting to turn her unborn child, Melody (who is revealed to be River Song) into a weapon to kill The Doctor. The Doctor has this incredible exchange with Madame Kovarian:
Madame Kovarian: The anger of a good man is not a problem. Good men have too many rules.
The Doctor: [turns his head slowly to look at her] Good men don’t need rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many. Hmm?
I love this exchange because it shows what lengths the Doctor will go to when anyone tries to harm those he cares about. This exchange also shows how arrogant and full of himself he can be, assuming he always has the upper hand and is ten steps ahead of everyone else. That makes it all the more heartbreaking when it’s revealed Amy’s baby is a Flesh avatar and that The Doctor failed to save Amy’s daughter. The Doctor was blinded by his rage and didn’t even see how he was falling into a trap, failing his best friend. It’s a great examination of The Doctor, showing how he cannot always save the day and sometimes makes some costly mistakes because of his arrogance and feeling of self-importance.
“The Wedding of River Song” (Series 6, Episode 13, 2011)
This episode was the Series 6 finale and saw the resolution to the question “how was the Doctor going to avoid/prevent his death on the beach at Lake Silencio?” The whole episode revolves around River refusing to shoot and kill the Doctor on the beach, even though it is a fixed point in time, causing all of time to stop and some weird timey wimey stuff happens as a result. The Doctor in an alternate time-line convinces River to help him save the universe and for time to keep moving by marrying her making contact with her which allows time to start moving and things go back to normal. However River reveals that when they were married, the Doctor lied and didn’t tell her his name, but uttered the words “look into my eye,” revealing the Doctor donning a Stetson and whispering to River to stay quiet. The Doctor is then shown talking to the robot Tesselecta, when the pilot asked earlier “Is there anything we can do?” The Doctor takes the pilot up on his offer and reveals that he hid in The Tesselecta to make sure he “died” on the beach, and would give him an opportunity to step back into the shadows.
This is a great moment because it shows how the Doctor can cheat death, without having to regenerate and how this incarnation is like a trickster always having a plan, and not always letting others in on it. This is a great Doctor moment where he realizes how arrogant and full of himself he was and was attracting too much attention, especially from his enemies.
“The Asylum of The Daleks” (Series 7, Episode 1, 2012)
The Series 7 premiere episode saw The Doctor reunite with Amy and Rory after spending some time apart from them. The Doctor, Amy and Rory are summoned to a Dalek command ship and asked to destroy The Dalek Asylum, which houses the most insane and dangerous Daleks. The Doctor has to dodge some really dangerous Daleks and when Amy is infected with nanogenes that are about to turn her into a Dalek puppet, she starts hallucinating, forcing The Doctor to save her. When Rory discovers all of the Daleks have been destroyed he asks The Doctor, “Who destroyed all the Daleks?” The Doctor responds “Who do you think?”
This is a great moment because it shows The Doctor’s supreme hatred for the Daleks and how when they threatened to kill Amy he didn’t give it a second thought and destroyed all of the Daleks. This is one of the Doctor’s darker moments where he shows how ruthless and scary he can be when pushed to his limits.
“Dinosaurs on a Spaceship” (Series 7, Episode 2, 2012)
This episode saw The Doctor, Amy, Rory and Brian (Rory’s father) travelling to a spaceship that they discover has some dinosaurs on it! The Doctor meets Solomon The Trader who reveals that he is a black market trader who deals in very rare items. Amy discovers that the spaceship was a Silurian Ark that left Earth when the meteor was about to wipe out the dinosaurs! Solomon reveals he made contact with the ship, but after they refused to surrender the dinosaurs to him, he had his robot soldiers murder all the Silurians. This angers the Doctor and when he tells Solomon that missiles are heading right for the ark because it is about to crash into Earth, he asks The Doctor to save him. The Doctor refuses and redirects the missiles to Solomon’s ship killing him, as he leaves with Amy, Rory, Brian, Queen Nefertiti and John Riddell (two people the Doctor invited along).
This moment is great because it shows how dark, scary, and unforgiving the Doctor can be. The Eleventh Doctor is very angry that Solomon murdered innocent and peaceful Silurians, so as an act of revenge he redirects missiles to Solomon’s ship, believing he is too evil, cold and unfeeling to save and is beyond redemption.
Well this concludes Part III, Part IV will be up soon!