Number 10: Army of Ghosts/Doomsday (Series 2, episodes 12 & 13 broadcast 1/8 July 2006)
|A worthy finale to a decent first series for David Tennant's Tenth Doctor. Army of Ghosts was distinctly low-key and action-lite with a whopping cliffhanger (EXTERMINATE!) and Doomsday was a full on sci fi thriller for 35 minutes. The remaining 10 concentrated on writing Billie Piper's Rose Tyler out of the show, through a brilliantly acted scene on 'Bad Wolf Bay.' All that, and the first 'What? What? Whaaaat??' cliffhanger into the Christmas Special.|
Number 9: The Eleventh Hour (Series 5 episode 1, first broadcast 3 April 2010)
Easily the best single part series opener in New Who. It had the tricky task of introducing a new Doctor AND a new companion (the first time this had happened since 2005's Rose) but it pulled it off really well, with a great, original idea behind Amy Pond entering the TARDIS as the Eleventh Doctor's companion. And you could forgive the ropey villain and the dodgy monster, because of the great writing and the superb acting.
Number 8: The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone (Series 5 episodes 4 & 5, first broadcast 24 April/1 May 2010)
The return to traditional Moffat story telling saw the return to form after the not-so-great The Beast Below and Victory of the Daleks, and the return of River Song and the Weeping Angels (!) The two-parter isn't quite as good as the Angels' first outing- the brilliant Blink, but it's still excellent, with a fair amount of scares, and a LOT of Weeping Angels! Oh, and Amy Pond trying to seduce the Doctor, but that's just a small blip in a great two-parter.