An exclusive Doctor Who giveaway!

Calling all Doctor Who fans! We’ve got an amazing giveaway just for you.


Who fans, behold your ultimate guide: Who’s 50: The 50 Doctor Who Stories to Watch Before You Die. Authors Graeme Burk and Robert Smith?, the same authors who brought you Who Is The Doctor, select the must-watch episodes of Doctor Who and elucidate behind-the-scene details, exhilarating moments, connections to Who lore, goofs, interesting trivia, and much, much more.

Now, Who’s 50 doesn’t come out until October, but we happen to have eight exclusive advance reading copies in the ECW offices, and we’d like to give them away to some Doctor Who super-fans!

To enter the giveaway, post a comment to this blog entry telling us what your favourite episode of Doctor Who is and why you love that particular episode. We’ll be accepting entries until midnight on Wednesday August 14, and the winner will be announced on Thursday via a post here (which we’ll also publicize on Twitter, Facebook, etc.). Oh, and the judges? Only the best: Graeme Burk and Robert Smith?, authors of Who’s 50, will be judging the entries personally and picking the eight lucky winners—so get commenting!


51 thoughts on “An exclusive Doctor Who giveaway!

  1. My favourite episode would have to come from Remembrance of the Daleks.
    It was the first story for me that made me realise Who was bigger than the current storyline or season with references to 76 Totter’s Lane.
    It was also the first time we saw a Dalek levitate. Jaws around the world hit the floor that night, let me tell you..

  2. I have so many, but I have to say that even though Ten is my favorite doctor, Asylum of the Daleks is probably one of my top favorite episodes of all time. I sob every time I watch it. That moment of realization that Oswin is a Dalek and how long she has held onto her humanity and her last moment is to save the greatest enemy of the Daleks – heartbreaking in the most amazing way possible. And knowing the truth about Clara just makes me have greater chills every time I watch it.

  3. It has to be The Christmas Invasion; the introduction of David Tennant, sword fighting in pyjamas, a reference to Arthur Dent, which is a nod to Douglas Adams and his work in Doctor Who, as well as the Hitchhikers Guide, the Doctor’s new edginess – no second chances, and of course showing that the human race is more dangerous to aliens than the other way around. Absolute favourite, and the one that turned me from a dabbler to a fan.

  4. As a wannabe screenwriter, there’s one episode of DOCTOR WHO I keep coming back to in sheer utter amazement, and that’s Steven Moffat’s Series 5 opener “The Eleventh Hour.” Undoubtedly, it’s 69 minutes of fun, with Matt Smith easily owning the role of The Doctor. In that one episode, we see hints of everything his Eleventh Doctor will become – there’s that physical side of him with the running in a tree, moving his body about, etc., there’s the intelligence lurking under the guise of a bloke who looks like an adolescent, there’s the hint of darkness that doesn’t come out often but when it does it’s brutal (when he calls the Atraxi back). Yes, the well-rounded interpretation of The Doctor can be credited to Smith, but it’s Moffat and this script that makes it brilliant. An episode that throws audiences straight into the action, that re-introduces a character we know and love, that’s easily accessible and allows novices to jump onboard, that previews Moffat’s ENTIRE run from 501 – the 50th Anniversary Special, and that’s cracking with clever and witty dialogue and truly standout moments. Oh, yes, “Eleventh Hour” is highly entertaining television – it’s too fast paced and light-hearted not to be, but looking at everything that’s accomplished in those 69 minutes in truly impressive, perhaps Moffat’s greatest achievement (feel free to disagree “Blink” fans). And any episode with Karen Gillan in a police skirt uniform, how can it not have a high placement?

  5. There is one episode that I can watch over and over again, that brings me perilously close to tears (I full on wept the first time I saw it), that is beautiful, exciting, funny, mysterious and shocking : Vincent and the Doctor. While the monster is pretty run of the mill, everything else is fantastic. It brings together some of my favorite elements of Doctor Who : a clever use of time travel (bringing Vincent to the museum, and “Amy” on the painting), a great guest star (Bill Nighy kills it) and an interesting historical figure brought to life in a way that didn’t just turn them into a stereotypical joke (Curran was brilliant). It’s the last part that I think I particularly like. It deals with mental health in a serious manner. There are consequences and there is real pain, not simple jokes about “going mad”. Van Gogh as a human is treated with respect, not as a cartoon character. The scene where they are all laying down looking up at the sky as Vincent describes the way he sees it, it has honestly changed the way I look at the stars. It makes me appreciate the beauty in everyday things. I ended up visiting the Musée D’Orsay this year, and it gave me a much greater appreciation for Van Gogh’s art, and for that I am eternally grateful.

  6. Tooth and claw! Love how David puts his Scottish accent on and even Billie tries it! Queen Victoria was not amused! And it was the start to the Torchwood Institute 🙂

  7. I grew up watching the Hinchcliffe era, and I forgot about the show until my college years when I collected the classic stuff voraciously on VHS, so I’d have to say “The Seeds of Doom”, for nostalgic purposes alone. Big English mansion, evil maniac, henchmen, and an alien monster whose creepiness is yet to be matched. (Moggat, bring back the Krynoid, please!) Also, it has possibly the best cliffhanger ever, with Sarah Jane being held down by the henchmen while the titular seed pod opens and the monster creeps nearer to her hand…while the Doctor looks on helplessly! Wonderful stuff!

  8. My favourite Doctor Who episode is ‘The Aztecs’. It’s this one which made me prefer the classic series. I think it’s a great episode – I usually like the episodes with a historical context but this one is especially good. In the Aztecs we see for the first time a recurring question in the show : can we change History by changing the past. This question is a true dilemma for Barbara who knows History really well and whose first reaction is to try to make it better…

    Other strong points of this serial are the costumes : beautiful, very detailed and acurate, the relationship between the characters wich get easier – especially between One and Ian, some of their lines are epic ! And also, it’s one of the first story in the show with a love story, and in my opinion the most beautiful one, between the Doctor and Cameca.

  9. Definitely “The Eleventh Hour,” because it got me hooked on WHO! (Yes, I came late to the party.) I’m excited to see what Peter Capaldi brings to the role, but Matt Smith was “my first” and will always be “my Doctor.” Geronimo!

  10. It’s really hard to pick just one. I’d say my favourite episode is probably ‘The Curse of Fenric’ because it’s the most representative of the manipulative side of Seven, what it is to come in the Virgin New Adventures. The Doctor as the chess master, playing against Old Gods (I like the hints of the myth of Cthulhu in Doctor Who), risquing the life of his companion. It also shows the nature of the relationship that the major companions have with the Doctor – something beyond respect or love : Faith.

    The end of the episode has been re-used in the episode ‘The God Complex’ which shares many similarities with ‘The Curse of Fenric’. The audience who has only watched the new series get a glimpse of the dark side of the Doctor.

  11. my favourite is the Master’s story arc from Season 3 of New Who. Particularly, The Sound of Drums! Such a great few episodes, even with the deus ex machina ending. Love the Master/Doctor dynamic, and Martha working to save the world.

  12. Blink has to be my favorite episode. It features the Doctor and Martha as supporting characters, allowing young talent to shine, Carrie Mulligan.

  13. For me it’s got to be “Ghost Light.” There’s a lot to love–beautiful atmosphere, a strong cast, a haunting soundtrack by Mark Ayres–but it’s the writing that pushes it into the ultimate lead. In a show that often over-explained, there’s something about a script that barely gives you enough to piece everything together, but still does. It’s a lovely little puzzle box, one that rewards those who watch the story over and over again; I think I catch something new with each viewing. With it airing in the final season of the original series, there was a lot of Doctor Who that got watched by myself in the wilderness years; catching up with “Ghost Light” was always a reward, never a chore.

    (And I know that part of this came about because all the extra explanations got cut because of length reasons, but it ultimately makes the story better.)

  14. In terms of the classic series, The Monster of Peladon is my favourite. Between the Ice Warriors lumbering around, and the struggle of Queen Thalira to maintain control versus Chancellor Orton. It was my first episode every viewed, and brought me into the Doctor Who universe.

    For the contemporary series, The Family of Blood is my favourite. That comes in part because of my background as a military and First World War historian (the trench scenes, and then the Remembrance piece at the end were perfect), but the story showed the creativity and ingenuity of the Doctor to defeat the Family of Blood.

  15. My favorite episode duo was The Impossible Planet and The Satan Pit. By the time I saw these episodes I was already a a big Whovian but these episodes showed me how cinematic it could be. I love the Doctor’s scene with Rose where they discuss what life would be like without time travel. The music was beautiful, it was actually pretty scary, funny, and it was extremely thoughtful, not to mention brave! The Doctor took on Satan in this episode and won! Doctor Who has no problem addressing religion when many other shows wouldn’t. And it brought in the Ood! One of my favorite alien races.

  16. The Eleventh Hour, it was my first episode, so it holds a particular place in my heart. Plus, I thought it was a brilliant introduction to the eleventh doctor. After the performance David left us, we all knew it would be hard to beat… And when I heard Matt give his speech to the Atraxi, and say “Hello, I’m the Doctor, Basically, Run.”, I knew he would be the man for the job. I also loved the line when Amy says “I’ve grown up” and the Doctor says “Don’t worry, I’ll soon change that.” I thought it was brilliant.

  17. I’m assuming you can only have TV episodes here, otherwise I’d be hard pressed to choose between Jubilee and The Kingmaker… However my favourite TV story is Revelation of the Daleks. Mr Jobel is a stunningly oily bad guy, Eleanor Bron is fabulous, and the cliffhanger when Stengos’s daughter finds him turning into a dalek has been burned into my memory since I first saw it at the tender age of seven. And Colin looked great in blue.

  18. The Doctor’s Wife. It’s just a brilliant concept that the magical “bigger on the inside” police box that can travel all throughout time and space actually gets to meet and converse with her “theif.” I’ve rewatched it many times and it still holds up just as amazing every time.

  19. My favourite episode is The Caves Of Androzani. The direction by Graeme Harper is amazing. Roger Limb’s score is fantastic (waiting on my copy of the score from Silva Screen). I have always thought that Robert Holmes was Who’s best writer, but in my books, this is one of Classic Who’s finest hours. Peter Davison has his finest hour as the Doctor as well. I still cry when the Regeneration sequence takes place. Not just great Doctor Who, great TV period. 🙂

  20. It has to be Tom Baker’s “The Ark in Space”. I saw it again recently and I got, momentarily, the same dry mouthed anxious feeling when the huge bug fell from the door. I could not believe that this was the source of so many childhood bug nightmares. It was wonderful to experience the series again having not seen it for so many years.

  21. Gonna have to go with “The Sensorites”, from Season 1 of the original series (1963-64). After “The Daleks” introduced the show’s first alien species, the Sensorites came second. Unlike the Daleks, the Sensorites were a variegated species with wide-ranging personalities; they were philosophical creatures who were scared of the dark. Arguably the show never survives without introducing multi-dimensional monsters, so in that regard, “Doctor Who” never made a more important episode than “The Sensorites”. Plus, when they walked on their cardboard feet, I loved the sound they made… “Flip flop… flip flop”!

  22. My favourite episode is Blink. The Weeping Angels gave me goosebumps and that catchphrase, “don’t blink” still gets said around my house (mostly by me). Full of great lines and writing, not the least of which “wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey” has become a Who favourite. I loved the idea that the Doctor and Martha were barely in the episode, but it was still very much a Doctor Who story. It has an intricate story line that all makes sense while introducing a scary yet accessible monster . It was also a great one-off that I showed to friends to introduce them to the Doctor’s world. That Carey Mulligan has gone on to a big career is a bonus. It remains one of the finest hours of television I’ve ever seen. The Angels have the phonebox!

  23. My favorite story is The Eleventh Hour just because Matt Smith is introduced and it is the first time “Bow-Ties are cool.” is used. Amazing episode to start another amazing Doctor’s journey.

  24. My favourite Classic Who episode is Earthshock – brilliantly paced and the handling of the finale was astonishing.

    My favourite Nu Who episode is Vincent and The Doctor. I can’t remember the last time i was so totally moved by a tv episode. The framing of shots to the details in the story, simply amazing.

  25. My favorite episode is “The Big Bang” because I love how the writer used time travel within the episode. I like the idea of a parallel universe and time running out for the characters (mostly for the Doctor). I think revisiting some of the moments from previous episodes paid off to illustrate how the Doctor’s isn’t linear. It had some heartbreaking moments for me but ended on an uplifting note.

  26. My favourite episode is “Silence in the Library.” I love the mysterious introduction to River Song and how, for once, the Doctor is not the smartest person on the planet – River knows more about the Doctor’s future than he does, and she has a solid understanding of the planet they’re on, and she’s an intelligent female action hero. The library planet is beautiful; who wouldn’t want to visit a planet of entirely books? The Vashta Nerada are a unique, frightening villain, that are great because the threat lies in the unavoidable mundane aspects of life, the shadows (I think that villains like the Vashta Nerada, Weeping Angels and the Silence are so scary because they prey upon things we take for granted – shadows, blinking, memory). The threat to Donna at the end of the episode make a great cliffhanger – how did Donna become an information nodule? How will the Doctor save her?. Overall, I think my favourite part of this episode is the relationship between the Doctor and River Song: it sets up the (unexpected!) relationship in later episodes and introduced the “spoilers” warning for the first time.

  27. One of my favourite episodes (and it’s hard to pick just one), or we’ll say favourite of new series season 4, was ‘Midnight’. My goodness, what a creepy story! It is a very quiet episode that sneaked through and surprised me. The reason I love it is because no one knows what’s going on. Indeed even the Doctor doesn’t know, and that made for such a refreshing change from the usual. He’s always ready to explore, take off, see new things, but without the authority on the subject of ‘what’s outside the ship’, he falls victim being questioned about his leadership and anonymity. He’s can’t escape the panic that strikes the tourists on the ship with him, and through fear, he is eventually lynched, almost to death. This episode shows what mob mentality can produce and it also shows humans (who the Doctor loves and defends) at their lowest. The episode ends as uneasily as the audience feels about it. A heart-pounding tale!

  28. Hello Sweetie,
    River Song here. I’d tell you about my favourite version of The Doctor, but I’m afraid you lot haven’t met him yet. But hmmm, that man can kiss.
    Oops, Spoilers!

    What’s the year now anyway. Hang on a tic…. ah, early 21st century. That means… well, hmmm….. I’ve always been quite fond of the 8th Doctor. He’s just so fun to unwrap -all done up with a pretty bow with that ascot he always wears around his neck.
    You lot wouldn’t have seen much of him on the telly – he is simultaneously the longest and shortest running doctor out there. Only on the telly once, but his voice tells the most intricate and amazing stories.
    He has a bit of an ego too – he used his sonic to air all those stories on Big Finish Audios.

    “I’ll use my amazing Time Lord powers of looking out the window!”

    Don’t tell him I said that – last thing I need is deal with Doctor Envy. Nothing worse than having a husband that’s jealous of himself.

    It seems the guards have just noticed I’m gone. Need to run before they sound all the alarms again. Ta!

  29. Without a doubt my favourite slice of Who would have to be The Robots Of Death because as a child watching it was the first episode to seriously freak me out. Amazingly the episode still holds up today, and if I was to name everything I love about the episode I would seriously be here all day. The fact that my favourite companion Leela is also in it is just the icing on the cake.

  30. I love story 158, “The End of the World”. It was the first episode I loved when I started watching the new Doctor Who, because it showed so much depth and complexity, and it was capable of making me feel emotions greater than just simple happiness or sadness; the emotions ranged from understanding the complexities and fragility of humanity to questioning my very existence and what it means to be human.

    Rose watches as Earth-death commences, and we experience the same loss and feelings of what it would be like to be the very last human alive with her. Similarly, the Doctor is juxtaposed with the same thoughts as Rose, as he truly is the last of his kind. He creates a cell phone that allows Rose to call her mum from space. This gesture not only shows the Doctor’s compassion, but that he is capable of fixing other people’s issues (loneliness, homesickness), and yet, is so incapable of truly fixing his own, since he can’t talk to any of his friends or family from Gallifrey even though he has so much (what we would call) amazing ability, it’s still not enough to help him in some ways. Also, Rose experiences the loss of everyone she loves, but it’s a temporary feeling and only a fraction of the true totality of emptiness and desolation that the Doctor has already experienced. This is one of the subtle issues tackles in his episode that I love. While the focus is on Rose, we also come to learn a great deal of who the Doctor is, and more importantly, why.

    Rose likely questions her own mortality at the realization that millions upon millions of years have rolled on and yet all of the advancements and movements look so insignificant and inconsequential from the vastness of space. Everyone’s problems and troubles begin to look so small from Rose’s point of view on the observation deck. Ultimately, this story takes on an existentialist viewpoint: that all the consequences attached to our actions are greeted in the indifference and hostility of the universe.

    There are also themes of race/racism (and what it means to be “pure”, and where that line is drawn), and a debate of nature. Every man-made structure, every thing we build and create, the concrete and plastics that we believe will be here until the end of time, are all transient and nothing ever lasts. Seeing these “big” ideas portrayed within such a short time frame helps me regroup the way I see the world. I get caught up on the little things, when in reality, life and time will keep rolling on regardless of how my life is lived.

    I love the complexities within this episode. The juxtapositioning of nature and mechanics (the tree-people versus the space ship), the underlying themes and ideas. A lot of people are quick to dismiss the episodes in the first season as being too cheesy, or the effects not being good enough. These people are not seeing episodes like this one critically enough.

  31. My favourite is Vincent and the Doctor.
    I love the way it gives us a peek (yes, a fictional peek) into the mind of the artist, and the feels at the end make me cry every single time.

  32. My favourite story would have to be The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End. Bringing back one of the great villains from the original run, and adding in having the Doctor with every companion from the new series made for a brilliant episode, but also wrapped up several storylines from the rest of Tennant’s tenure.

  33. My favorite would have to be Planet of the Daleks (Jon Pertwee) It was such an amazing episode to see the Doctor go to war with the Daleks. I love the whole period of them planning out what they are gonna do. It just is an instant classic and ANYONE who is a DW fan HAS to see this episode!

  34. My favourite is Closing Time, because I really love the chemistry of the friendship between the Doctor and Craig. It also shows the big heart of the doctor.

  35. My Favourite has always been the Three Doctors. I enjoy the battering back and forth. The story line is funny and enjoyable. I hope the 50th will be just like it.

  36. I (inexplicably) love “The Greatest Show in the Galaxy” and I’m not sure why. I think it’s because I always felt Sylvester was a very under-rated Doctor (and Sophi Aldred was my pin-up girl of choice back then… I was 17 at the time)!
    Of all the 7th Doctor’s storylines, this was one that stayed with me for no apparent reason. I’m not scared of clowns or anything like that but this episode left an indelible mark in my memory.

  37. At the risk of being amazingly specific (and pedantic to the terms of the contest), “Doctor Who and the Silurians – Part 4.” It features one of the most quintessential moments of the series — a scene that could be dropped verbatim into any modern episode. The previous cliffhanger: a fearsome monster approaching from the shadows, lumbering toward the Doctor as creepy music swells. The resolution: Surprised, our wide-eyed hero extends a hand and says, “Hello! Are you a Silurian?” They almost touch, the “monster” and our hero — both inhuman in their own way, both claiming Earth as their home. Humor, drama, pathos, action. This IS Doctor Who to me.
    My second choice would be “The Doctor Dances.” An episode revolving around starving orphans in Blitz-bombed London, and it’s one of the most uplifting, happy installments of the series? This is NOT Hollywood family entertainment, yet it’s entirely earned… and it is amazing.

  38. Robots of Death – mix equal parts of Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert and Agatha Christie. Toss in a scarf-wielding eccentric and a scantily clad cave woman (from space). Shake well.

  39. My favourite DW story would be Genesis of the Daleks. The creation story of the Daleks and the first time we see Davros is awesome. The battle between the Thals and Kelads and the moral dilemma the Doctor faces when he is ready to destory the Daleks was amazing.

  40. It’s really hard to pick one favorite! From the Classic years, I think I’d go with Tomb of the Cybermen. Classic base-under-seige story with a fantastic soundtrack to build suspense, a beautiful scene between the Doctor and Victoria, and Jamie’s in it. What’s not to love!
    From the new series, I’d choose The Beast Below. For me, it’s the best companion-learns-about-the-Doctor story. I love how Amy is able to see the parallels between the Doctor and the Star Whale and how she manages to save the day.

  41. “Girl in the Fireplace” is probably my favorite episode. The idea of having all the time portals open on one ship is very interesting, since the Doctor and Rose (and Mickey) had already traveled through time to be there. Also, the many moods of David Tennant.

  42. Even though Four isn’t my favourite Doctor, it’s City of Death. The Paris location, the chemistry between the Doctor and Romana, the wonderful dialogue and story by Douglas Adams, guest appearances by Julian Glover and Catherine Schell and even a John Cleese cameo – this story has everything.

  43. My favourite Dr Who episode was Blink. I have a completely irrational fear of all things people-esque (dolls, statues, puppets, zombies…), so the Weeping Angels terrified me and I couldn’t sleep that night, but it was still the episode that got me hooked.

  44. My favorite story would have to be Deadly Assassin. First look at the workings of Gallifrey, first REAL look at the inner workings of the Time Lords society. A TRUE Classic!

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