50 years of Doctor Who in 50 screengrabs

Review Andrew Blair 23 Dec 2013 - 07:00

As its fiftieth anniversary year draws to a close, Andrew serves up a visual guide to Doctor Who, told in 50 screengrabs...


26. Four to Doomsday

The Fifth Doctor, interfering with monopticons, before he went hands free.


27. Earthshock

Adric is dead.


28. Warriors of the Deep

Almost the entire guest cast is dead.


29. The Caves of Androzani

Almost the entire guest cast is dead. Again. This time, however, the Doctor's friend is not going to die.


30. The Trial of a Timelord – Mindwarp

Colin Baker's Cliffhanger Masterclass (one from the twenty-one available).


31. The Trial of a Timelord - Terror of the Vervoids

How can you say 'no' that face?


32. Delta and the Bannermen

The Two Sides to the Seventh Doctor #1 – brooding melancholy.


33. The Greatest Show in the Galaxy

The Two Sides to the Seventh Doctor #2 – Genocide? What genocide? I couldn't hear any genocide over the sound of the massive explosion I just caused.


34. Survival

'Where to now Ace?'




'Yes. The TARDIS.'


35. The TV Movie/Doctor Who

Everything in this image is utterly joyous.


36. The End of Time Part Two

Either some godlike beings have been careless with their frisbees, or something's gone really terribly wrong.


37. Rose

The Three Stages of Eccles #1 – morbid aloofness.


38. Dalek

The Three Stages of Eccles #2 – pure radge.


39. The Parting of the Ways

The Three Stages of Eccles #3 – recovery and acceptance.


40. School Reunion

Just in case this fails to move you, in a minute K9 turns up, and he's wagging his tail.


41. Army of Ghosts

The Shipping Forecast: Earth to Void; variable, occasional weeping.


42. Utopia

If you show this image to anyone who you've just shown The Daemons and The Deadly Assassin to and they don't immediately want to watch Utopia, there is also something wrong.


43. Journey's End

David Tennant without any clothes on, pulling a funny face (70% atypical). It's so sexy the TARDIS has caught fire.


44. Journey's End

One of the bits everyone remembers from Journey's End, as the TARDIS crew of the past four series celebrate saving the day together. Ten minutes later the Doctor ends the episode in his ship, totally alone.


45. The End of Time Part Two

Bernard Cribbins Sadness Porn: You will cry because Bernard Cribbins is crying, and Bernard Cribbins is lovely.


46. The End of Time Part Two

And a new man walks away (like a drunken giraffe)...


47. The Big Bang

The Doctor tells Amelia Pond a bedtime story, as under Steven Moffat Doctor Who becomes a contemporary fairy tale.


48. Day of the Moon

The Pond family and Canton Everett Delaware III look out over Lake Silencio, as the huge great spoiler goes on its final journey.


49. The Crimson Horror

The Paternoster Gang, Clara, and the Doctor look on at the final moments of Mr Sweet.


50. The Name of the Doctor

Steven Moffat couldn't have set the internet more aflame if he'd recast Paul McGann as the Rani.


Originally, this was fifty screengrabs, but that's the thing about Doctor Who, it keeps happening. Because it wouldn't be Doctor Who if things didn't change, here are some surprise additions to our line-up:


The Day of the Doctor

“All thirteen.”


The Day of the Doctor

“I'm only a humble curator.”

The Time Of The Doctor airs on Christmas Day at 7.30pm on BBC One.

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There wasn't much more we realistically could have asked for in the 50th, could we? Between Night of the Doctor, Adventures in Space and Time, The Day of the Doctor and The Five(ish) Doctors, they more or less covered just about everything possible in practice.

11. The shot from The Mind Robber is just a few frames too soon.

OK, I know the descriptions for each screengrab are above them... But this did make me laugh!

McCoy's Doctor was bad-ass.
(Except in the first half of Time and the Rani, but he'd just regenerated so we'll let him off for that)

I agree. My second favourite Doctor after Hartnell. :-)

Nothing on Doomsday? I'll be over in this safe corner huddled and not thinking about it.

I agree with every one of these! OK, maybe not the Creature From the Pit one!
The crying Cribbins gets me every time!

'Pure radge'! Belter!

Oh absolutely! Remember that longish period of time when Amy had given birth and was being held at Demon's Run while the attendant army were waiting for the Doctor to turn up? Always pictured a conversation between two suitably genre-aware troops along the lines of:

Red Shirt 1: "So we're waiting for a near-mythical being with a serious reputation for genocide and who's owed favours by half the universe to turn up and save his best friend who we've not only kidnapped but also, just for good measure, stolen her child?"
Red Shirt 2: "Could be worse"
Red Shirt 1: "How? How could this possibly be any worse?"
Red Shirt 2: "We could have done this to Ace..."

Always REALLY annoyed me that he gets killed in the TV movie because he fails to look outside the TARDIS before stepping into what is, effectively, a shooting gallery. So out of character for 7 and he deserved a much, much better death.

If you're after truly iconic images I'd add one more, the TARDIS in the Oval Office. Not just for its story implications but for the meta link to Who *finally* breaking the US in a big way. Plus the old girl's never looked better IMO!

It's actually a few frames after the bit you're thinking of. I thought those needs had already been catered for elsewhere.

"They're looking at each other, they're never going to move again"....until someone comes into the basement and moves them one by one into a truck! Still...such a great episide.

Paul Mcgann as the rani? To the fanfic station!

Nothing on The Doctor's Wife? No, not River, the first one that's bitey and called sexy.

She's the TARDIS and she's Suranne Jones.

Who cares? They both suck.

Oh look the troll has come out for Christmas.

I haven't been disparaging about anyone else's comments but you seem to think its ok to be.

So glad to finally see an overview that gives due credit to the 7th doc's badassery - at least after Saward left and Cartmel took over head writing, as a much better match for the continuity-focussed JNT.

Oh what I'd have given to see Cartmel's through-plot (made as an idea for an endgame for the show, if they could put off its cancellation for 2 more seasons) - I know it inspired Lungbarrow, but it hardly counts.

Love the idea of making the Doctor 'special' again instead of just another timelord (and
explaining the importance that the few oldest and most powerful timelords seem to place on him). The idea was to make a lot of his pacifism and humour a half-act - it's still his character, but also one that he's developed because he's being 'hiding' within it it for so long. Remembrance of the Daleks was the 1st step of the Cartmel story, hence the idea of a doc who spends 2/3 of the serial seemingly losing to a more strategic-than-usual Dalek force (with Davros in command), before just dropping the nice-guy act and very easily dispatching of them....blowing up the Dalek planet no less, while commenting casually as he watches Skaro explode 'so long Davros...it hasn't been a pleasure'.

The Daleks were apparently going to be back and improved later, but the idea for then was that this was the Doctor with the disguise off, showing the most powerful of the show's 'standard' races is nothing compared to him when he's playing for keeps. Then follows it up with 2 stories emphasising his tendency to play macheviallian games over very long periods (deliberately stranding his companion Ace in a foreign planet to fend for herself, traumatising her and almost trashing her life, to transform her into a weapon against one of his ancient foes - with no takebacks either).

The idea was to be that the doctor was one of the original trio (with Rassilon and Omega) who started the Timelords, and kept putting himself into exile to hide just how old he was, before returning to guide Gallifeyan politics for a while and then getting himself exiled again. Of course, he has neither the godlike power of Omega, nor the technical genius (and ruler of the timelords in slumber) of Rassilon. Hence it was going to all build up to an endgame with Rassilon and Omega as dual but opposing villains (which again takes us back to why they had him genocide the daleks with ease - 7th's endgame was intended to be him v the two most powerful beings in the canon; not that Rassilon is individually as powerful as Omega or the Guardians, but as an uber timelord with a nation of timelords behind him,. he pretty much qualifies).

My 2nd favourite 7th doc line (after the smirking 'so long Davros, it won't be a pleasure' while watching Skaro blow up):
Doc: 'Say Ace, you do remember I told you not to bring any nitro9 with you under any circumstances?'
Ace: 'Yes of course'
Doc: 'And you being you, you just can't help but do the opposite of what I order you, right?'
Ace: 'Perhaps...'
Doc: 'That's a good girl. Mind blowing the exit with that nitro9, will you?'

The Batman Gambit has nothing on the 7th doc.

Love River's line:

Doc: 'oh. like you're going to all just shoot me...'
River [bursts out of the TARDIS in a panic]: 'THEY'RE AMERICANS!!!'

#32 always bugged me....love the shot, but Delta and The Bannermen took place in the 50' (1959 I believe) and the Squier Strat come into being until 1982. Oh, well...just being picky.

I'm hardly a troll, just a chap with a differing opinion from yours, btw, I take back what I said, Moffat, is in fact, the worst thing to ever happen to the show.

I love the idea that the Doctor is a reincarnation of The Other. Omega = Power/Strength, Rassilon = brain/intelligence, The Other = heart/emotion

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