If you are me and are eagerly awaiting the Series 9 premiere of Doctor Who, then you might be finding yourself watching a lot of Doctor Who episodes. If this is the case and you are either new to Doctor Who or just need a refresher, here is a list of episodes to re-watch to get you caught up for Series 9!
*WARNING MILD SPOILERS AHEAD*
Based on early reports and some interviews with Peter Capaldi and executive producer, we are supposedly going to get some answers as to why Peter Capaldi’s Doctor has the same face as two characters who have appeared in the Doctor Who universe. Also according to The Twelfth Doctor himself (Peter Capaldi), we are also going to find out how Twelve appeared along with the other 12 Doctors to save Gallifrey! Given this information, I have compiled a list of episodes to re-watch (or watch for the first time depending if you are just getting into Doctor Who) in preparation for Series 9, which premieres in the middle of September!
Series 3 Episodes 11, 12, and 13
(“Utopia,” “The Sound of The Drums,” “Last of The Time Lords”)
This three part Series 3 finale finds The Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and his companions Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) and Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) travelling to the end of the universe and boy are they in for some surprises! I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but suffice to say there are relevant plot developments that tie into Series 8 and probably Series 9.
Series 4, Special (“The End of Time” Parts I and II)
In David Tennant’s last episode as the Doctor, The Tenth Doctor finds himself trying to stop The Time Lords from returning because it will bring The Time War into our universe and destroy the earth! David Tennant’s last episode is bittersweet and if you love his Doctor as much as I do, then you will need a box of tissues come his regeneration scene, it’s quite a doozy! If you want to catch up for Series 9, you will definitely need to watch this episode, but as River Song would say “Spoilers!”
Series 7 Episode 13 “The Name of The Doctor”
The Eleventh Doctor and his companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) find themselves travelling to the one place a time traveler should never visit, their grave. “The Doctor has a secret he will take to the grave, and it is discovered!” This episode has a lot of great moments and a shocking revelation at the end, this is one you will want to watch!
Series 7, Special, “The Night of The Doctor”
This episode saw the return of The Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) and finally explains what happened in the last moments of The Eighth Doctor. This episode finally gave us The Eighth Doctor’s regeneration, and fills in the gap between The Eighth Doctor and The Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston). This is a must watch episode!
Series 7, 50th Anniversary Special, “The Day of The Doctor”
This episode saw The Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) meeting his two past selves The Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and The War Doctor (John Hurt). The Doctors along with companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) embark on an adventure that involves trying to stop a plot by shape-shifting aliens called Zygons from taking over the world and deciding whether or not to destroy Gallifrey. One thing is for sure the Doctor will never be the same after this adventure. There are events that transpire in this episode that will probably tie into the plot of Series 9, this is an episode you do not want to miss!
Series 7, Christmas Special, “The Time of The Doctor”
This is Matt Smith’s last episode as the Doctor and finds The Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) trying to decode a message that is being sent throughout all of time and space and keeps repeating itself. What is the message and what could this possibly mean for the Doctor?! This episode also features the debut of Peter Capaldi as The Twelfth Doctor!
Series 8, Episode 1, “Deep Breath”
This episode is the introduction of Peter Capaldi as The Twelfth Doctor and finds him dealing with post-regenerative trauma in Victorian London, all while Clockwork droids are wreaking havoc! This episode is a great introduction to The Twelfth Doctor and is great because he addresses the fact that he has seen his current face before! Expect this to be delved into more deeply in Series 9!
Series 4, Episode 2, “The Fires of Pompeii”
This episode saw The Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and his companion Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) traveling to Pompeii in 79 AD, the day that Mount Vesuvius erupted! The Doctor encounters a roman family, including a merchant named Caecilius (Peter Capaldi). This episode is important to watch because the current Doctor, Twelve (Peter Capaldi) has the same face as Caecilius, and apparently there is an explanation for this, and possibly in Series 9!
Torchwood: Children of Earth (Series 3)
Technically Torchwood isn’t part of Doctor Who, but it takes place in the same universe, so this still counts. Captain Jack Harkness and Torchwood find themselves dealing with an alien who requests all the children on Earth! John Frobisher (Peter Capaldi) a civil servant becomes the representative for the human race and ends up communicating with the alien being known as the 456. This episode is important because The Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) has the same face as John Frobisher and there is going to be an explanation for this!
Series 8, Episodes 11 and 12 , “Dark Water,” “Death in Heaven”
The Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and his companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) find themselves stumbling onto a disturbing plot and The Doctor may never be the same after! These episodes tie into the events of “The End of Time,” and there is a twist at the end of the first episode that you may or may not enjoy (for the record I didn’t).
Well that concludes my Doctor Who Re-Watch List!
Here is the order I would watch every episode in to get the most out of it:
- “The Sound of Drums”
- “Last of The Time Lords”
- “The End of Time Parts I and II”
- Torchwood: Children of Earth
- “The Name of The Doctor”
- “The Night of The Doctor”
- “The Day of The Doctor”
- “The Time of The Doctor”
- “The Fires of Pompeii”
- “Deep Breath”
- “Dark Water”
- “Death in Heaven”