With the upcoming Christmas Special/regeneration episode/multi-Doctor episode nearly upon us, BBC America has begun marathonning Doctor Who, making me think back about the previous incarnations of the Time Lord sometimes called Theta Sigma.  In his Ninth life, The Doctor was angry, driven by the memory of a massacre he didn’t yet know that he didn’t actually commit, hiding his profound anger with an elfin smile and avuncular North country accent.  He faced down Daleks, dealt with the spooky menace of ‘The Empty Child’ and finally gave his life to save the woman he valued above all other, but what counts as the best of Nine?  That’s where you come in, Faithful Spoilerites, with today’s shortest-lived query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) always feels a bit of angst at the unrelenting tragedy of this shortest of The Doctor’s various lives, asking: Which Ninth Doctor moment is your pick for the Best Of Nine?


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  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    When Mickey shows maturity by turning down the offer to travel with the Doctor and Rose in the TARDIS, and the Doctor helps him cover it up to Rose by playing the “bad guy” telling Mickey he won’t allow him along.

  2. That time when The Doctor swaps out Captain Jack’s gun for a banana, then after giving him the gun back tells him to hang on to the banana anyway.
    “It’s an excellent source of potassium.”

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