With the penultimate episode of Series 9 this weekend (No Spoilers, but: HOLY %$@*, YOU GUYS!!), Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor has leapt past David Tennant and Jon Pertwee to engage Sixth Doctor Colin Baker for my second favorite Doctor of all time.  (Peter Davison’s Fifth Doctor is still at the top, though a Season 10 as excellent as 9 has been might finally put that top spot in danger.)  Heck, if they can just avoid the romantic overtones with the next companion, I’ll be happy, which leads us to today’s SPOILER REDACTED query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has no shortage of great options to choose from, from Ten’s gambit against Davros, to Four’s quest for the Key To Time, to Eleven finally weaponizing the destructive power of regeneration to explosive effect, asking: What triumphant gambit constitutes The Doctor’s greatest moment?

(If you’re going to reference the latest episode, ‘Heaven Sent’, please be kind about spoilers!)


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  1. The one that springs to mind from being relatively fresh in my memory is the moment in “Day of The Doctor” when the three Doctors emerged from the painting they had hid inside to bypass the anti-TARDIS safeguards of the tower. There are definitely moments where the Doctor has been more clever, and there are definitely moments where the Doctor was more heroic, but that is one of the best moments of the revived series for me, and possibly even one of the best moments of the entire franchise.

  2. I’m always a fan of the Seventh Doctor’s talking the enemy to death routine. One that shows how the word is mightier than the sword. Of these his defeat of Light from Ghost Light is my favorite. “File him under: Imagination, Lack there of.”

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