Gross Sentimentalism

Happy Birthday, 'Doctor Who': Nine Must-Watch Episodes for Its 50th Birthday

It’s a big weekend for Anglophiles everywhere. Doctor Who, the iconic British science fiction series that follows the adventures of a time-traveling alien, his wide variety of ever-changing companions and a blue police box celebrates its fiftieth anniversary on November 23. Fans the world over are beside themselves with excitement, eager to see the new broadcast special The Day of the Doctor and share their love for the show with the world. Yours truly is no different, so forgive this bit of egregious sentiment on this significant occasion in the life of my personal favorite show.

There are, at the moment, 738 episodes of Doctor Who in existence. That’s a total of 239 different stories, if we count the way that classic Who used to break its episodes into several parts during a singular adventure. I haven’t even seen all those episodes, so please be aware that it’s highly likely this is the most biased post ever written. I make no claim that this list comprises the best episodes of Who all-time, merely my personal favorites. Argue with me! Tell me what I should pick instead! Recommend me episodes of older Doctor’s I’ve not yet seen! That’s what birthdays are for, after all: remembering.

Oh, and if you haven’t guessed this yet: There are nine episodes in this list, because Nine is my Doctor, and, well, if you’re going to be sentimental, that’s what birthdays and anniversaries are ostensibly for, right? (Thanks for changing my life, Christopher Eccleston, just by the way.) Because Doctor Who is the best show in the world, to me, and I’m so proud of this bit of history that it’s making this weekend.

Happy birthday, Doctor. Here’s to 50 more fantastic years.