After the jaw-dropping cliff-hanger in The Doctor Falls, thoughts have already turned to the Christmas special, and no doubt very soon the
identity of the next Doctor will be revealed.
Series 10 is already becoming old
news. So before we open this next exciting chapter in Doctor Who’s history, let’s
take a look back over each one of this year’s episodes. How do they compare to
each other? Which (if any) were clunkers and which will be remembered as
Rating a series of such high quality was never going to be
an easy task. With one or two notable exceptions this list was very much a
moveable feast with little to choose between the series’ best episodes.
rationale behind the final decisions here are as objective as is possible. If
episodes were listed purely in order of enjoyment, it’s likely that there'd a quite different order. Instead episodes are judged on a range of factors,
including though not limited to: The script; direction; design; message; acting; legacy; emotional impact; and its place in the series arc.
There will be a few surprises in these selections, with one
fan favourite languishing towards the bottom and a much criticised episode near
the top, but that’s the beauty of a show which can be so completely different
from one week to the next – there’s usually something for everyone.
Paul Driscoll is a freelance writer and author across a range of subjects from Cult TV to religion and social policy. He is a passionate Doctor Who fan and January 2017 will see the publication of his first extended study of the series (based on Toby Whithouse's series six episode, The God Complex) in the critically acclaimed Black Archive range by Obverse Books. He is a regular writer for the fan site Doctor Who Worldwide and has contributed several essays to Watching Books' You and Who range. Recently he has branched out into fiction writing, with two short stories in the charity Doctor Who anthology Seasons of War (Chinbeard Books). Paul's work will also feature in the forthcoming Iris Wildthyme collection (A Clockwork Iris, Obverse Books) and Chinbeard Books' collection of drabbles, A Time Lord for Change.