Brian’s Top 5 of 2010

The year is almost over. 2010 ticks over to 2011, and looking back so many things were packed into that time, some good, some bad. While Doctor Who may in reality only be a small part of it, it is nonetheless part of our 2010.

So, let’s take a look at my top five moments of Doctor Who for 2010.

5) Paul McGann made it in to the figure line. This one might have a bit of an echo to it, but really it was a fantastic moment for me. After rediscovering the show myself in 1995 I often say that getting the TV Movie just one year later was a reward for my rekindled interest in the show. Paul McGann was and is a spectacular Doctor and I am very happy to see him being recognized for his efforts in keeping the show alive all these years.

4) Steven Moffat marks his début as the new show runner of Doctor Who. Russell T. Davies had a good run, but Doctor Who has always been about change and that change is what always kept it fresh and alive. Steven has made sure not to let down the tradition as we were treated to some of the best Doctor Who this year.

3) Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Steven Moffat head to New York. While I was not lucky enough to get to see them, I am still excited by the fact that they held a special event here to promote the show. Those lucky souls who did meet them will keep that memory forever and from all accounts that I have heard, they couldn’t have met three nicer people. Now that they have been back here filming, I hope it becomes a new trend. One day I would love to be able to say hello.

2) Big Finish’s The Four Doctors. Free to subscribers, and subscribers only, which can be a bit sad if you missed out, but if you didn’t then you were treated to a fantastic tale. They didn’t hold back since it was a free story, instead they wrote a tale about time that Steven Moffat, or “Mr. Time” as we like to call him, would be proud of. Starring Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann alongside Nick Briggs as the Daleks, come on, that is Christmas indeed!

1) Doctor Who on American TV so close to the UK broadcast dates. 2010 started the year right by having the last David Tennant episode airing just one day later in the USA than in the UK. There was no trawling the internet to find out what happened, no turning to YouTube hoping someone would have put up a clip or – God forbid – the entire episode in 10 minute installments, and you having to hide from forums to stay spoiler free. Nope, none of that, just one more sleep that the fans in the United Kingdom had to have, which is not a bad thing at all. Doctor Who should air this way more often.

So there you have it, my top five reasons why 2010 was a good year. I can tell you though, in this wonderful year of Who, it was a tough choice knocking it down to just five.

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