Top 5 Most Emotional Moments In New Who (So Far)

Hello everyone. I’m still having computer issues, and as such I am also doing this on my dad’s laptop (which I seem to have hijacked since the issues started). Anyway, to pass the time I’ve been watching episodes of the revived version of Doctor Who that I hadn’t seen (or at least hadn’t seen all the way through yet). After watching the episode with a moment that will steal the #1 spot no question, I decided to make this list. So here we go. Here are, in my opinion, the top 5 most emotional moments in New Who history…so far anyway.

Before that though actually, I have one honourable mention.

Honourable Mention: The Unfilmed “P.S.” Epilogue (The Angels Take Manhattan, Series 7)

Since this moment was unfilmed I decided to keep it off the list, but I couldn’t go without mentioning it. In this scene, Brian Williams, father of the character Rory, finds out through a letter from Rory that he’ll never see Rory & Amy again, with the letter itself being delivered by Brian’s own grandson, who happened to be older than him due to the “wibbly wobbly, timey wimey” events of The Angels Take Manhattan.

This moment is very well done, and actually brought me close to crying without even being a filmed scene. It really is a shame that this wasn’t filmed, as I feel, like many other fans, that the character of Brian Williams should’ve had a proper send off, despite not showing up much. Not much else to say on this one I’m afraid, but if you haven’t given it a watch (and are a New Who fan) please, give it a watch. You won’t regret it. With that said, onto the proper list.

Number 5 – “I was gonna be with you…forever.” (Journey’s End, Series 4)

Due to a “two-way biological metacrisis” creating a half-human Doctor and giving Donna Noble the knowledge of a Time Lord, the heroes are able to defeat the Daleks for the umpteenth time. When all of that is over and done with, The Doctor sends Rose and the half-human Doctor to the parallel universe, and notices that Donna seems to be having some sort of issue that makes her get stuck on one word or generally start listing off random things, with the cause being the fact a human is incapable of having a Time Lord consciousness without it killing them. As a result, The Doctor essentially makes Donna forget she ever met him as a way to save her, telling Donna’s mother and grandfather that if she ever remembers her mind will burn and she’ll die (a fact they later write off).

Say what you will about Donna Noble, but I actually really like the character, and she may be my favourite female Tenth Doctor companion. Granted that may simply be because she was the only one who didn’t fawn over the Doctor like a lovesick schoolgirl, but still, I actually found Donna’s farewell to be the most emotional because they were just such great friends, and the friendship had to end with Donna completely forgetting about The Doctor, and interacts with him in a brief scene afterwards like nothing ever happened, which is very powerful and heartbreaking stuff. Also this shows that The Doctor or his companion don’t need to be in love for a farewell to be emotional, since being such great friends means they’d have a strong emotional attachment anyway

Now I’m not saying The Doctor should NEVER be in love with someone, but Rose/The Doctor and Martha’s one sided affection for The Doctor never had me interested. I actually kind of like Rose’s stuff before she becomes a lovesick idiot. Therefore it was a nice change of pace to see The Doctor having a best friend, so seeing that being forced to come to an end, and Donna having to forget ever meeting The Doctor is why Donna’s exit as a companion take my number five spot.

Number 4 – “This is the story of Amelia Pond. And this is how it ends.” (The Angels Take Manhattan, Series 7)

At the end of The Angels Take Manhattan, all seems well until Rory gets “touched by an Angel” and sent back to 1930s NYC again, with a tombstone that previously had his name on it now having the year he died on it. Realising the only way she’ll ever see Rory again is to let herself be touched as well, Amy says a final farewell to River Song & The Doctor and also gets transported back to 1930s NYC, leaving The Doctor in an emotional mess of a state. Later when River says she’ll get Amy to write an Afterword in the book she has to write, The Doctor rushes back to the picnic spot where he, Rory & Amy had been sitting and finds the last page of the book, which he’d previously ripped out, and reads it. In the Afterword Amy reassures The Doctor that both she and Rory are fine, and encourages The Doctor to visit Amy as a young girl and tell her about the adventures she’ll have when she’s older

Seems fellow gingers are my favourite New Who companions. Who knew? Also, the only ginger companions of New Who (thus far) are both female friends of the Doctor rather than love interests…interesting. Anyway, Amy’s departure hit me pretty hard, despite not having previously seen most of her run until now. No lie, I saw all of Series 7 before I’d seen any of Series 6 or most of Series 5, so the fact Amy’s epilogue ALMOST made me cry is a reflection of how well the dialogue was both written and acted. Oddly that’s about all I have to say, so let’s move on.

Number 3 – “EVERYBODY LIVES!” (The Doctor Dances, Series 1)

It was honestly kind of hard to find a way to describe the moment in question, so here’s a video featuring the moment

The first time I gave The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances a proper watch; I did legitimately tear up somewhat at this moment. Not all that much, but there were some actual tears at least. What makes this moment work so well is the Ninth Doctor seems to have accepted beforehand that “everything has its time, and everything dies”, which goes along with PTSD nature of the this incarnation. So to see him hope against hope that this time it could be different, and it actually works out for him, after ALL the crap he’s been through, is just amazingly touching. Generally the way Christopher Eccleston plays this like a kid at Christmas is great to watch and what makes everything work. Here’s a guy who’s the last of his race and has seen so much death and destruction over his long life FINALLY getting a day where everything works out fine and no one dies.

This may actually be my favourite moment of the Ninth Doctor’s series aside from being the series’ most emotional moment, purely because of how legitimately happy Eccleston plays the whole thing and that Ninth’s mood isn’t brought down at all in the closing moments of the episode. All that and Rose not being all that annoying (yet) make this an easy choice for the number three spot. However, this was originally going to be in the number two spot. But then I saw an episode that I had a more emotional reaction to compared to this moment, which leads us to…

Number 2 – “Whatever you are, whatever you do, you’re my son, and I will never, ever send you away” (Night Terrors, Series 6)

Near the end of the episode Night Terrors, The Doctor, Rory and a man named Alex are surrounded by a bunch of human-sized, freaky-as-hell Dolls (one of which being Amy, whom was turned into one) until Alex’s “son” George shows up and the Dolls start to go after him instead. Realising George is still afraid that Alex and his wife would send George away, The Doctor convinces Alex to actually tell George this. After doing so, the alternate reality they were in ceases to exist and everyone who’d been trapped there (or turned into a doll) reappears where they were in the real world before they ended up in this mess.

Trust me; you’re better off seeing the episode than having me explain what happened, it was hard trying to do so and none of it really makes sense unless you’ve seen the episode. But in any case, the line that got this the second spot did get the tears flowing a bit for me, and remains only one of 3 Doctor Who episodes to date to actually do so (aka the top 3 of this list). There still weren’t rivers of tears or anything, but the tears flowed a little more freely than when I watched The Doctor Dances. These days family oriented stuff like this really can get to me a lot easier than it used to, especially when it’s well acted. Seriously, here are two characters that haven’t existed in Doctor Who before and never show up again, but there I was, lightly crying over an emotional moment between the father and son. That’s what you call good writing and acting.

However this moment, nor any moments prior to it, can even come close to what was always going to be the number one moment in my eyes.

Number 1 – The entire final act of “Vincent And The Doctor” (Series 5)

After the stuff involving the “monster-that-didn’t-really-amount-to-anything” is over with, and Vincent Van Gogh has a moment with The Doctor & Amy, The Doctor decides to show Vincent just how respected his work has become, bringing him to tears when an art curator played by Bill Nighy lauds Vincent Van Gogh as the greatest artist to ever live. Having seemed to restore his will to live, Amy & The Doctor return him to his time period and go back to the present, only to find that history didn’t change and Vincent still committed suicide. This hits Amy hard as she thinks they changed nothing, with The Doctor comforting Amy and telling her they did make a difference, and some minor changes, such as Vincent dedicating his sunflower painting to Amy.

As anyone who follows me on Twitter, Tumblr, or is a friend with me on Facebook may already know, this episode broke me. For the first time when watching an episode of Doctor Who, I openly wept. The “Feels Floodgates” were opened all the way. There I was, sitting in my room, silently sobbing and crying my eyes out for a good 2-3 minutes. I even continued to cry well after the episode was over, only coming around when I saw some funny images people had posted on Facebook and/or Tumblr. What makes this more impressing is that I’m not an “art aficionado” so I never knew much or cared about Vincent Van Gogh. The fact this show was able to make me cry about a famous artist I don’t care about is amazing in its own right.

The funny thing is, I’d been joking with a friend that I was expecting “feels” from this episode anyway, but when it was over I was shocked at just how hard it’d hit me. I felt like I needed a hug after all that crying. To make matters worse I, by chance, happened to get a nose bleed when I was starting to calm down again…so that was weird. Anyway, this easily got the top spot simply due to that final act. A live-action TV show has NEVER made me cry like that before, if ever. So it was a very easy pick. If you haven’t seen this episode, I beg you, please give it a watch. Yes, most of the episode is pretty forgettable, but it more than makes up for it in the last few minutes. In case you react the same way I did though, I suggest having a box of tissues or a hanky at the ready.

Well, that’s it. I actually had four out of five moments picked out before I’d even finished watching the episodes I hadn’t previously seen, but even finally finishing Series 6 didn’t change much, aside from the addition of the moment from Night Terrors to this list to round it out. What making this list has taught me is that no matter what people say about New Who, and no matter what low points and head scratching/silly stuff the show does, it can still have a heavy emotional impact when it wants to, as can any form of fiction. In the future I may do more things like this about New Who, but for now I’ll leave it at this. I’m glad I got to finish this when I did, as I won’t have access to a computer/laptop for possibly a week, so it’s good to know I was able to post something here this week to make up for  that. I’ll see you all next time with another article of some kind when I have computer access again.

Comics on the Dot SPECIAL – Time Warp

Loyal Listeners, due to unforeseen circumstances, this week’s CoTD will not be released today. As a consolation prize, we are re-releasing the episode of When That Ruled The World (the podcast that started it all) on Comic Books.  Hear Jimmy TR, Chris NNTV, Thomas Fyrehart, Samantha Maybe, and SkeleTroy Blockbuster discuss their various memories and opinions about growing up in a culture deeply influenced by Comic Books, circa November 2012.

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CFPE 1 – Furries, the Lottery, & Floppy Disks

Here is the inaugural episode of The Classiest Fucking Podcast Ever!  Loyal listeners to WTRTW and ROTLA will probably remember the origins of this idea.  Anything goes, and nothing is appropriate.  This first installment features Samantha maybe, Jimmy TR, SkeleTroy blockbuster, and NNTV Chris.

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TV(tehe) Doctor Who: Hide

Samantha Maybe watches Hide…and then edits while under the influence of cold medicine and loopiness. This is the result.

Music used in this episode includes:
A Samantha Maybe Cover of Doctor What by Charlie McDonnell
Never Forgive Me, Never Forget Me – Silent Hill 3 ST
Night Terrors – Doctor Who: Series 6
Eleven – Chameleon Circuit
Rita Praises – Doctor Who: Series 6
Bedtime For George – Doctor Who: Series 6
I Am the Doctor In Utah – Doctor Who: Series 6
TARDIS – Doctor Who: Series 5

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TV(tehe) Doctor Who: Cold War

Samantha Maybe watches Cold War, the next episode of Doctor Who, after a pleasant reminder about the format of TV(tehe).

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Music used in this episode includes:
A Samantha Maybe Cover of Doctor What written by Charlie McDonnell
Kodamas – Princess Mononoke
Highway to Hell – AC/DC
Eleven – Chameleon Circuit
A Minute to Win it – Wreck it Ralph
I Am the Doctor in Utah – Doctor Who: Series 6
Rita Praises – Doctor Who: Series 6
TARDIS – Doctor Who: Series 5

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TV(tehe) Doctor Who: The Rings of Akhaten

Samantha Maybe delivers a rather droll reaction video for The Rings of Akhaten. No worries the lack of reactions are supplemented by a wealth of post-episode chatter. ^_^

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Music used in this episode includes:
A Samantha Maybe cover of Doctor What by Charlie McDonnell
Bass Battle – Scott Pilgrim VS. The World
Back Against the Wall – Cage the Elephant
I’m Shipping Up to Boston – Dropkick Murphy’s
Rita Praises – Doctor Who: Series 6
I Am the Doctor in Utah – Doctor Who: Series 6
Exterminate, Regenerate – Chameleon Circuit
TARDIS – Doctor Who: Series 5

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TV(tehe) Doctor Who: The Bells of St. John

Samantha Maybe watches and attempts to rationalize The Bells of St. John. Enjoy.

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Music used in this episode includes:
A Samantha Maybe cover of Doctor What by Charlie McDonnell
Ladieswear – Doctor Who: Series 6
Time is Moving – Doctor Who: Series 6
Fish Custard – Doctor Who: Series 5
The Pandorica – Doctor Who: Series 5
Rita Praises – Doctor Who: Series 6
Eleven – Chameleon Circuit
One Minute to Win it – Wreck it Ralph Soundtrack
Next Stop, Everything (Finale) – Doctor Who: Series 5
TARDIS – Doctor Who: Series 5

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Doctor Who Retrospective: Season 7 Part 1

Samantha Maybe takes a look back through the first 5 episodes of season 7 of the BBC’s popular Science Fiction series Doctor Who. If you’re somewhat new to Who, have no fear! The important points are spelled out, but if you don’t want spoilers Clear Off! :p

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Music used in this episode includes:
A Samantha Maybe cover of An Awful Lot of Running – Chameleon Circuit
Eleven – Chameleon Circuit
The Mad Man With A Box – Doctor Who Series 5
The Same Sonic – Doctor Who Series 5
Little Amy – Doctor Who Series 5
I Am the Doctor in Utah – Doctor Who Series 6
When a River Forms – Doctor Who Series 6
Fear Enough – Doctor Who Series 6
Help is On its Way – Doctor Who Series 5
1969 – Doctor Who Series 6
The Hotel Prison – Doctor Who Series 6
Wedded Bliss – Doctor Who Series 5
Thank You, Craig – Doctor Who Series 5
I Am The Doctor – Doctor Who Series 5
Amy + Rory – Doctor Who Series 5
An Awful Lot of Running – Chameleon Circuit
TARDIS – Doctor Who Series 5

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TV(tehe) Doctor Who: The Snowmen

A Samantha Maybe Christmas Special???

Samantha Maybe, watched and discusses The Snowmen, the 2012 Doctor Who Christmas Spectacular!

She is also still sick and sounds kind of like a man…

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Music in this episode includes:
I Am the Doctor in Utah
Tell Me the Truth
A Very Unusual Melody
Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All
Time is Moving
Rita Praises
&
River’s Waltz
All from Doctor Who: Season 6
TARDIS – Doctor Who: Season 5

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Comic Review Show!: Buffy season 8 Volume 2

Samantha Maybe reviews season 8 Volume 2 of Darkhorse’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer…against her better judgement.

Music in this episode includes:
Buffy Theme – Nerf Herder
Angel’s Thanatos – Akira Yamaoka
Doctor Who Theme (eleven) – Doctor Who: Series 5
Home – Breaking Benjamin
Back Stabbin’ Betty – Cage the Elephant
Love Shack – The B52’s
Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps – Cake
Blasting the Hornet – Powerglove
Something is Not Right With Me – Cold War Kids
TARDIS – Doctor Who: Series 5

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Comic Review Show!: Doctor Who #3

Samantha Maybe reviews issue #3 of IDW’s Doctor Who. There will be time travel, taverns, and a trip to the tar pits.

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The Doctor Who TV series belongs to the BBC

Music in this episode includes:
You’re My Best Friend – Queen
Middlesex Times – Donnie Darko Soundtrack
Clockwork TARDIS – Doctor Who: Series 2
Beneath Stonehenge – Doctor Who: Series 5
I Am The Doctor – Doctor Who: Series 5
One Minute to Win it – Wreck it Ralph Soundtrack
The Same Sonic – Doctor Who: Series 5
TARDIS – Doctor Who: Series 5

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All Things Meta 2 – What are the Social & Moral Implications of Time Travel

Jimmy, Alanah, and Samantha discuss the social and moral impact that the proposed use of time travel would have on society – even going so far to define existing forms of time travel, including telescopes. Prepare to have your mind blown, folks – this one gets as heated as it does meta.

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The Science of Maskology

The second Samantha Maybe special in which attentions turn to the philosophy of the mask. Why do characters wear masks, what inspires them to do so, what are there primary uses? These questions and more are addressed in this month’s episode.

V for Vendetta, Watchmen, Batman, Superman, & Martian Manhunter belong to DC

Kill Bill belongs to Miramax films, A Band Apart, and Super Cool ManChu

Donnie Darko belongs to Pandora Cinema, Flower Films Production, Adam Fields Productions, & Gaylord Films

Deadpool, X-Men, Captain America, the Avengers, Iron Man, & Thor belong to Marvel

Doctor Who belongs to the BBC

Supernatural belongs to the CW

Buffy the Vampire Slayer belongs to Mutant Enemy, Kuzui Enterprises, Sandollar Television, & 20th Century Fox Television

Music used in this episode includes:

One Minute to Win it – Wreck it Ralph
Requiem – Watchmen Original Motion Picture Score
Just Follow My Lead (The Waltz) – Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Juggernaut – Skyworld
Edward Blake: The Comedian – Watchmen Original Motion Picture Score
Uneternal Sleep – Silent Hill 3 Soundtrack
The Son of Flynn – Tron Soundtrack
Shoot To Thrill – AC/DC
Nero Sighted – Star Trek Soundtrack
Liquid Spear Waltz – Donnie Darko Soundtrack
Zero – Doctor Who: Series 5
Hells Bells – AC/DC
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme Song – Nerf Herder
Boss Theme – Mega Man 2
Threshold(8bit) – Scott Pilgrim VS. the World Soundtrack
Jumping Ship – Wreck it Ralph
Performance Issues – The Avengers
X-Men – Powerglove
Batman – Powerglove
TARDIS – Doctor Who: Series 5

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Comic Review Show!: Doctor Who #2

A comic review of Diggle & Buckingham’s Doctor Who issue #2 by Samantha Maybe.

The Doctor Who Comics belong to IDW

Music used in this episode includes:
The Sad man With a Box – Doctor Who: Series 5
TARDIS – Doctor Who: Series 5
Eleven – Chameleon Circuit
I Am The Doctor – Doctor Who: Series 5
The Mad Man With a Box – Doctor Who: Series 5

And also my awesome theme song by AlanahC

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Comic Review Show!: Doctor Who #1

A review of Diggle & Buckingham’s first issue of the new comic series of Doctor Who!
How exciting!

Disclaimer: I don’t claim to be a master of comics by any means, I just try to be informative and maybe make you laugh ^_^


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Doctor Who the TV series belongs to the BBC

Music in this episode:
Theme song by AlanahC
I Am the Doctor (Doctor Who: series 5)
TARDIS (Doctor Who: series 5)
Amy in the TARDIS (Doctor Who: series 5)


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