When I recently began watching Doctor Who, I, like all good children of the internet, took to Google to fulfill my desperate need to read, talk about, and weep with other Whovians. In my internet scavenging, I began to notice a trend: there are some really excellent episodes of Doctor Who which garner a great deal of attention.

You know the ones I’m referring to before I even list them: “Blink,” “The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances,” “The Waters of Mars,” “The Eleventh Hour,” and “Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead,” to name but a few. These titles (and a few others) show up on just about every “Top 10″ or “Must Watch” list, and for good reason.

But as I pored over these endless lists, I found myself wondering why certain fantastic episodes didn’t receive the same level of – if any! – attention and discussion. In some cases, really great episodes are noticed purely for their problems, and promptly ignored for their strengths. Other fantastic episodes are mere blips on the IMDb rating scale, or gifs abandoned to the bowels of Tumblr. Thus in an attempt to give props to moments of brilliance in the Nu Who canon, and to fulfill my own need to wax poetic about some of my favourite episodes, I present my top 7 Underrated Episodes of Doctor Who.

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This article was first posted on September 15, 2013