What doctor who episode made you stop and think about after? It can be relatable to your life?

  1. The episode that I relate to is love and monsters. My mother had died a few months before I watched it. The scene with Elton as a little boy being left by his mother always gets to me.

  2. I don’t even have a lost family member and I got emotional watching this, it absolutely nailed the tone and emotions it was going for, I loved it.

  3. This was my answer. My Dad died when I was a toddler. The chance to see him, talk to him...its what I always wanted. Its the one episode where I relate to Rose. Wanting to save her dad, seeing what a truly amazing human he was, the sacrifice he willing made...I always cry my eyes out when I rewatch that episode.

  4. Vincent and The Doctor has some great messages, particularly the end speech "good things don't cancel out the bad" etc.

  5. I have seen that episode about 5 times and still ugly cry at the end every time. I guess that is the main thing I miss during the Chinbal era. The pointed melancholy

  6. For me it gets extra bonus points for not ending without going back and reflecting on the fact that his experiences with them didn't make everything better for him: makes the "good things don't cancel out the bad" message hit home so much harder.

  7. I had the chance to go to the Van Gogh Experience recently. I did rewatch the episode to get in the mood. It's one of my favourites. The actor who played him was awesome as well.

  8. Extremis. The entire message from River Song (read by Nardole) and “virtue is only virtue in extremis” is just something I always believed in. Moffat wrote it better than I could have ever explained.

  9. That whole episode had such a great message. Just because the Doctor isn't real doesn't mean they can't inspire you. If you act like The Doctor, not being cruel, not being cowardly, you can in a real way be The Doctor.

  10. “Goodness is only goodness in the darkest hour, in the deepest pit. Without hope, without witness, without reward. Virtue is only virtue in extremis.”

  11. surprised no ones said waters of mars yet aha. for one it absolutely terrified me as a kid when it first aired (low-key does still now), but also that ending is brutal in a way that no other episode has been imo. it feels like it leads directly into the vincent episode too as he’s put in a similar situation but this time has almost no hope for a better outcome, knowing that he cant save everyone

  12. Came here to say the same! Incredible writing, too: building up 10's arrogance and saviour complex to staggering new heights, and then immediately pulling that out from under him. And the actress who plays the astronaut matches Tennant's acting perfectly ("little people"? Who gets to decide who matters, you?"). . . Just brilliant.

  13. Heaven Sent. I'd just suffered a sudden loss about a month before seeing that episode and the Doctor's lines "The day you lose someone isn’t the worst. At least you’ve got something to do. It’s all the days they stay dead." + "And you’ll still be gone. Whatever I do, you still won’t be there." really resonated with me.

  14. The second one resonates even with me and it's because of a very indirect link. As in, my crush's brother committed suicide a decade ago and that phrase resonates with me because of empathy

  15. I think Capaldi was the Doctor best at delivering monologues. Here, he gave such sound advice at life as he was ending his. And, if you count the time in his Confession, he had plenty of experience to rely on.

  16. Turn Left. I always have to pause it after the scene where they take them away to a labor camp. Watching Wilf explain to Donna what was going on and feeling that secondhand impotent rage and helplessness, realizing that we’re only a few disasters away from it actually happening. It makes me shudder and weep every damn time.

  17. I'm currently rewatching and when I got to that episode the thing that kind of got me was how stoic the man going off the labor camp was. It reminded me about this thing I read about holocaust survivors. The survivors always remembered the ones who would try to comfort others and give their bread away. They proved that no matter what they take away from you they can never take away your choice of how you will respond to something. You could give in and lose hope, or face it with a brave face and do what you can to help others and not give up.

  18. The fact that it’s immediately followed up by Donna saying to her Mum something along the lines of ‘I’d probably let you down anyway’ and her Mum just goes ‘...yeah.’ There’s such an utter feeling of borderline suicidal hopelessness.

  19. It's absolutely brutal to watch on rewatch: that and Children of Earth are the reasons that I'm still trying to work up the courage to watch RTD's Years and Years.

  20. We need to be more vigilant at differentiating appropriate responses to distasters, vs. power-hungry people taking advantage of fear using the Shock Doctrine to push through totalitarian policies. Beware the ratchet and the boiling frog.

  21. Just personally, The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit raised a lot of questions and angst in me when it first aired as I was a little Catholic girl who genuinely believed in the devil and demonic possession. Watching these episodes made me feel unsafe in a very particular way. I ruminated on them a lot but eventually I stopped being scared. It raised a lot of questions for me at a young age about how I interact with media, and what is or is not a dangerous idea, and the limits of my personal beliefs. It was a lot to wrestle with!

  22. Grew up in a similar Christian family. I remember my rebellious phase included buying a Pikachu 3ds and a pokemon game, haha. And those doctor who episodes freaked me the heck out. I still like Jesus, but I'm not to careful about the media I consume.

  23. As someone who was raised Catholic in the 2000s, hearing the tragic stories like this reminds me just how lucky I was that my Mother & Aunt raised me and not my father. If it were up to him I'd be trapped in his psycho 1950s worldview with wrapped views about devils, demons, witchcraft and what was and wasn't proper Christianity prior to Vatican II.

  24. i feel you a lot!! i dont believe anymore but i also grew up with a lot of those same ideas ingrained in my head, so it was super scary. + when i showed doctor who to my super religious mum i made the executive decision to just skip that episode entirely

  25. Family of Blood, it's uncomfortable to be reminded that some people are beyond redemption and have earned harsh punishments. Also John Smith giving himself up so the doctor can take his place is pretty harsh too.

  26. I definitely think The Doctor punishing the family of blood in that way is meant to be a bad thing. An example of the kind of behaviour that eventually leads The Doctor to question if he's a good man.

  27. Currently it's Time Heist. The idea of such peaceful and kind beings just being held prisoner and essentially tortured just kills me. But then to have somebody be willing to put everything on the line to help... I guess it just helps give me a shred of hope when I'm in a dark place.

  28. For the same reason, the Beast Below kills me as well: I can still hear that poor whale's screams when I think about it, horrible.

  29. The Zygon Inversion. The little game the Doctor had set up with the two boxes and two buttons each. Humans can either kill all the Zygons or nuke London, while the Zygons can either temporarily reveal them all, or permanently trap them in human form. Who will push the button first and will they get what they want? When Kate demands to know why he set it up this way, treating it like a game he says "because it's not a game, this is a scale model of war!"

  30. For me it was the Zygon two-parter. I was 16 and I honestly felt like some of those Zygons. Being a minority in a suburb in Texas, I was perpetually seen as different to some people, even if I felt that I blended in. And particularly around that time, when someone in a minority group did something wrong, the whole group was attacked. So seeing the Doctor understand how I felt when he dealt with the Zygons felt touching

  31. Eleventh Hour. Although Rory comes across as a bit of a twerp in his early stories, the scenes where he is working as a nurse and going out of his way to advocate for his patients, willing to take a stand when he has clear evidence to back his case...

  32. The one where Amy didn't want to be together with Rory anymore because she was too ashamed of being infertile and thought he deserved someone better than her. That was a really serious moment I didn't expect.

  33. Was it just me though, or did it kind of annoy you how Amy completely invalidates Rory's feelings here? I mean for gods sake, he waited 2000 years for her, meanwhile she cheated on him the night before their wedding day

  34. God I hated that Like they didn’t discuss this at all in the months between their last appearance and their breakup? They really just ignored it and then it blew up?

  35. Children of Earth wrecked me for weeks after I watched it. It was phenomenal, but I’ll never watch it again.

  36. "Because it's not a game, Kate. This is a scale model of war. Every war ever fought right there in front of you. Because it's always the same. When you fire that first shot, no matter how right you feel, you have no idea who's going to die. You don't know who's children are going to scream and burn. How many hearts will be broken! How many lives shattered! How much blood will spill until everybody does what they're always going to have to do from the very beginning — sit down and talk! Listen to me, listen. I just — I just want you to think. Do you know what thinking is? It's just a fancy word for changing your mind."

  37. "You're all the same, you screaming kids, you know that? "Look at me, I'm unforgivable." Well here's the unforeseeable, I forgive you. After all you've done. I forgive you."

  38. in which the doctor tells immigrants to accept the status quo because he, as an authority figure can forgive their transgression of trying to send a message. and you can say it's because they killed people, well that doesn't mean their entire species should be killed or uprooted because of an isolated cell's actions

  39. Twice upon a time where the 12th Dcotor said "always try to be nice but never fail to be kind" and "hate is always foolish and love is always kind"

  40. It's "Hate is always foolish and love is always wise" I also love that! 12th Doctor's amazing speeches puts him in my 2nd favorite doctor spot! Used to be 11 then 10 then 12, now its 11, then 12, then 10, and sometimes 11 and 12 are very close together. I am not a big fan of 12's first season, but man his second and third seasons have some gold mines!

  41. I completely agree. While Twice Upon a Time by itself is just an ok episode Capaldi’s speech at the end always makes me tear up. It’s a fantastic end to his tenure as the doctor.

  42. For me pretty much any episode with an "invisible villian" like Midnight or Listen. Something about knowing NOTHING about the bad guy keeps me up at night.

  43. Heaven sent is a perfect representation of what it’s like to feel grief. The doctor has some amazing lines that cut me deep. I watched again recently after losing my dad and saw the stunning art involved in portraying grief. Being chased by your worst fears, forgetting that the person you love is gone, realising that nothing you do will bring them back, the rage that drives that cycle, the constant and unending battle with yourself, a desire to die and give up, and generally feeling like you might as well be punching against a diamond wall and are constantly going through the same cycle again and again and again. The person you love might have died but you feel like you die everyday you have to keep on going. Absolutely beautiful stuff, flawlessly done in my opinion.

  44. I don’t remember the name but it was the one with the Doctor trying to talk humans and another shapeshifting species out of open conflict. The speech was amazing.

  45. I originally really disliked Clara (mostly because Amy's arc is so awesome) but I think that the Doctor and Clara's story together is incredibly deep and deals with the doctors dark side and his codependency/god complex in a really meaningful way. Is it weird that I miss sobbing during dr who episodes?

  46. Doomsday, actually. It was a mixture of crying and an existential crisis, not sure how much rational thinking was involved there. I just sat on the floor, completly shattered and didn't move (except grabbing new tissues) for maybe half an hour.

  47. Definitely Gridlock for me. I think about it constantly. Those people wanted a "better life" so bad they went on a journey of nothing for years and years and years...then the heavy feeling when you're led to believe that the people above are purposely feeding these people to some creature below. Then finding out that in the end, they just wanted to protect them bc they had literally driven themselves with technology to death.

  48. The Doctor Falls. The odds are impossible and unwinnable, but they fight. Not because they will win, but because it is the kind thing to do, to keep hope, to stand up and not go gently into that good night.

  49. For me, 100% The Beast Below from season 5. It's creepy, it's got really cool world building, it's got some fantastic twists like Liz 10 being 200 years old, it questions the humanity of humanity and it has one of my favourite quotes ever.

  50. There’s a few but my first and oddest choice is ‘aliens of London’ because I was about 11 and that cliffhanger and ‘next time’ trailer was the first that absolutely grabbed me and hooked me forever

  51. Demons of the Punjab. We're so used to the Doctor Who trope of evil alien races. Flipping that expectation on its head as a juxtaposition to more "mundane" human prejudice lurking where it's least expected?

  52. Midnight. Our prejudice is a plague our fear is a plague our hate is a plague. Even the doctor couldn't overcome it. I fear that episode to this day.

  53. The Silurians an entire race wakes up and finds that Apes evolved and had become the dominant species and taken over their planet. The Doctor attempts to negotiate peace between the Silurians and Humanity. The Silurians stage a coupe against their leader and attempt to wipe humanity out with a plague.

  54. I re-discovered NewWho in 2012-13, and I imprinted on the tenth doctor in a big way (I'm not young, either). His mannerisms, his way of dealing with people (mainly the positive ones, since he wasn't always nice) had a huge effect on me. I even made more of an effort to dress somewhat nicely because of him.

  55. The Time of the Doctor. Matt Smith’s regeneration speech is brilliant; ruminating on the importance and necessity of change not just for himself, but for everyone. There have been so many points in my life where I’ve felt like something important was coming to an end, where I’ve had to say goodbye to those precious moments that I’ll never be able to live through again. But every ending is also a beginning, and I know that whatever experiences I’ll say goodbye to next will continue to make me a more complete version of myself.

  56. The Zygon Speech. Today, I’m seeing racism being fought with more racism, and I can see the cycle merely repeating itself with a new face.

  57. The ending of the Shada reconstruction always leaves floored. Not just for the fan service, but for the fact that the last line is just sends shivers down my spine. Tom's read is one of my absolute favorites of his career, joyously embracing the irony of the situation. I don't think I'll ever stop thinking about that ending. It's everything I love about the series.

  58. For me the speech about those 2D people with Clara. About lieing to them + giving hope. Along the lines of people move slower etc if they think there is no hope + they would die.

  59. The one where if people are cremated after death they end up in some sort og purgatory. I still think about that episode years after

  60. Arachnids in the UK. It made me so sad after. That episode was the moment I realised that the show I had grown up with was basically dead to me. It made me realise how much Doctor Who meant to me.

  61. Honestly? Rosa, Midnight, but also New Earth; oddly enough because I think it had the underlying message of selfishness and the desire to be perfect forever, and in the end when Cassandra accepted death and had the chance to view herself in the past, that really stuck with me

  62. Vincent & the Doctor ... Made me want time travel to be real and bring the real Van Gogh to the museum and let him see. My very favorite 11th episode.

  63. any river song episode, i understand most timelines in DR ho but her's is really minfucking me, it's backwards and i can't place it somewhere

  64. Family of Blood - not relatable, but just thought-provoking and powerful... David Tennant's acting was, in my opinion, mind-blowing - playing two different people who look exactly the same as completely different characters - making Joan's decision to reject the Doctor's offer to travel with him completely justified because he really isn't the man she loves. Just wow.

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