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Year in Review 2012: Jaw-Dropping TV Drama Moments

Year in Review 2012: Jaw-Dropping TV Drama Moments

Beware of spoilers: We've named the most dramatic moments of 2012.

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CS7-X
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Merry Christmas and Goodbye

The Time of the Doctor - The Doctor is willing to die to protect a town called Christmas, but can't quite rescue it from the episode's greatest enemy: confusion.

12.25.2013 C+

Tippi Blevins

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Air/Pub'l

Grade

Author

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The Day of the Doctors

The Day of the Doctor - The War Doctor meets some of his future selves in the moments before the fabled end of the Last Great Time War.

11.23.2013
11.26.2013
A

Tippi Blevins

7-13
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Next Stop: Trenzalore

The Name of the Doctor - The Doctor and Clara defy the laws of time travel by going to Trenzalore when the Great Intelligence captures their friends.

05.18.2013
05.20.2013
B-

Tippi Blevins

7-13
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The Doctor and Mr. Clever

Nightmare in Silver - To stop the Cybermen, the Doctor must do battle with himself... in a deadly game of chess at an amusement park. Say what?

05.11.2013
05.13.2013
C+

Tippi Blevins

7-12
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Red Lobster

The Crimson Horror - Dame Diana Rigg paints the town red, with murderous results. Vastra, Jenny and Strax intervene, with help from the Doctor and Clara.

05.04.2013
05.07.2013
B

Tippi Blevins

7-11
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Journey to the Center of the TARDIS

Journey to the Center of the TARDIS - With time running out, the Doctor and a team of salvage-hungry brothers race to find Clara somewhere inside the dying heart of the TARDIS.

04.28.2013
04.29.2013
A-

Tippi Blevins

7-10
Weecap

Ghost Hunters Interdimensional

Hide - The Doctor and Clara solve a centuries-old mystery about a ghost, in this episode that can't quite decide what it wants to be.

04.20.2013
04.22.2013
C+

Tippi Blevins

7-9
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The Hunt For Red Doctober

Cold War - The Doctor and Clara wind up on a Russian submarine in 1983 with a really angry Martian warrior.

04.13.2013
04.15.2013
C

Tippi Blevins

7-8
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Solar Flareup

The Rings of Akhaten - The Doctor and Clara visit an ancient society that circles a particularly cantankerous old sun.

04.06.2013
04.08.2013
B+

Tippi Blevins

7-7
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WWW.DownloadHumans4Free.COM

The Bells of Saint John - The Doctor searches for Clara while the Great Intelligence uses WiFi connections to download human minds.

03.31.2013
04.02.2013
B-

Tippi Blevins

7-6
Weecap

Frosty the Snowmenace

The Snowmen - A lonely doctor teams up with intelligent, alien snowflakes to wipe out humanity. Another lonely doctor intervenes, with the help of a mysterious (but oddly familiar) young lady.

12.25.2012
12.31.2012
A+

Tippi Blevins

7-5
Weecap

Statue of Limitations

The Angels Take Manhattan - Start spreading the news. The Weeping Angels are in an empire state of mind because New York, New York is a helluva town.

10.01.2012
10.01.2012
C

Tippi Blevins

7-4
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Cubic's Ruse

The Power of Three - Little black cubes begin appearing all over Earth. They remain silently innocuous for so long that the Doctor gets bored waiting for something to happen. This is all a part of their evil, boxy plan.

09.23.2012
09.24.2012
C+

Tippi Blevins

7-3
Weecap

How the West Was Won

A Town Called Mercy - A cyborg from an alien war holds a small town hostage in the Old West. The Doctor has to confront his moral code (and Amy) while helping everyone out.

09.15.2012
09.17.2012
B

Tippi Blevins

7-2
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Tyrannosaurs And Raptor Dinosaurs In Space

Dinosaurs on a Spaceship - The Doctor assembles a gang of friends and strays to figure out why a ship full of dinosaurs is headed towards Earth.

09.08.2012
09.10.2012
C+

Tippi Blevins

7-1
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The Creepy Dalek Puppet Show

Asylum of the Daleks - When the Daleks need help "cleansing" a planet of their insane brethren, they enlist the aid of a man they call the Predator. (Hint: He's almost 1000 years old and wears a bow tie.) The Ponds and their dumb relationship problems come along for the ride.

09.02.2012
09.04.2012
B

Tippi Blevins

6-X
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Treebeard's Christmas Vacation

The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe - Silver bells, silver bells, it's Christmas time for the pine trees. Ring-a-ling, hear them scream, soon there will be acid rain.

12.25.2011
12.28.2011
B

Tippi Blevins

6-13
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The Wedding of River Song

The Wedding of River Song - "Knock knock." "Who's there?" "Eye patch." "Eye patch who?" "'Eye patch' together this episode and hope it makes sense!"

10.01.2011
10.03.2011
B-

Tippi Blevins

6-12
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The Doctor's Farewell Reunion Tour

Closing Time - Doomed to die tomorrow, the Doctor drops in on an old friend for one last visit. The Cybermen have other plans.

09.24.2011
09.26.2011
B+

Tippi Blevins

6-10
Weecap

Motel 666

The God Complex - The Doctor and friends check into a hotel where the guests are being eaten alive by more than bedbugs.

09.17.2011
09.19.2011
B-

Tippi Blevins

6-10
Weecap

Time Keeps On Slippin'

The Girl Who Waited - Amy gets stranded with a bunch of deadly robots for a very, very long time. She's kind of pissed about it.

09.11.2011
09.12.2011
N/A

Tippi Blevins

6-9
Weecap

Can't Sleep. Cupboard Will Eat Me.

Night Terrors - The Doctor helps a little boy figure out how to get rid of the monsters in his cupboard.

09.03.2011
09.06.2011
C+

Tippi Blevins

6-8
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Let's Kill Hitler

Let's Kill Hitler - There's actually not much Hitler here, but there's a ton of River Song, the parental Ponds, a flailing Doctor and enough continuity confusion to fill the TARDIS many times over.

08.27.2011
08.29.2011
B-

Tippi Blevins

6-7
Recap

And Baby Makes Four

A Good Man Goes to War - The Doctor calls in a lot of favors to rescue Amy and her baby. A lot of people die and the Doctor learns a devastating truth about himself, but at least a mystery gets solved. Sort of.

06.12.2011
06.16.2011
A-

Tippi Blevins

6-6
Recap

Two Doctors are Better Than One

The Almost People - There are some shenanigans, a miasma, a rampaging monster and existential crises galore. Luckily there are two Doctors on the job.

06.04.2011
06.09.2011
B

Tippi Blevins

6-5
Recap

The Gangers All Here

The Rebel Flesh - The Doctor and friends try to help out a gang of gooey clones while pondering the meaning of life and looking for shoes.

05.21.2011
05.27.2011
B-

Tippi Blevins

6-4
Recap

Finally, A Crossover With House!

The Doctor's Wife - Alas, it's not the House played by Hugh Laurie. Instead of a mean, sarcastic doctor who experiments on living people and plays games with people's lives, this House is a mean, sarcastic entity that experiments on living people and plays games with people's lives. But at least this House doesn't have friends like Cuddy and Wilson, so that's a plus.

05.15.2011
05.20.2011
A

LTG

6-3
Recap

Intergalactic "Talk Like a Pirate" Day

The Curse Of The Black Spot - The Doctor figures out why a kinda crummy Siren is hankering for a boatload of crusty old pirates.

05.06.2011
05.08.2011
B-

Tippi Blevins

6-2
Recap

Pregnant Pauses

Day Of The Moon - Everybody dies. Genocide is now apparently an option. Zero questions are answered. Bit of a history lesson. Badger Lampkin is gay.

04.30.2011
05.03.2011
B

Jacob Clifton

6-1
Recap

Goodbye Sarah Jane

The Impossible Astronaut - The Doctor dies; a crack team including the Doctor is assembled to solve the case.

04.23.2011
05.02.2011
B+

Jacob Clifton

5-X
Recap

One Month Of Honey

A Christmas Carol - The Doctor decides to reinvent psychiatry using a shark, a broken screwdriver, a paper clip and a Welsh opera singer.

12.26.2010
01.04.2011
A+

Jacob Clifton

5-13
Recap

Naïve Melody

The Big Bang - Everything resets itself in the most magical possible way and everybody turns awesome and the show is firing on all cylinders and then... It's over for six months. Unbearable!

07.24.2010
07.25.2010
A+

Jacob Clifton

5-12
Recap

This Must Be The Place

The Pandorica Opens - Everything pretty much goes to hell.

07.17.2010
07.17.2010
A+

Jacob Clifton

5-11
Recap

Common People Like Me

The Lodger - In the best episode of the season, the Doctor learns about football and flatmates and other bleak British things.

07.10.2010
07.11.2010
A+

Jacob Clifton

5-10
Recap

The Long Life Of Vincent van Gogh

Vincent & The Doctor - Amy gets a field trip and doesn't know why; invisible monsters are slain; everybody cries.

06.26.2010
07.06.2010
A+

Jacob Clifton

5-9
Recap

Next Year In Jerusalem

Cold Blood - On the other hand, good to know the Doctor will always be there to make sure you understand what a terrible, awful, worthless woman you are.

06.19.2010
06.24.2010
C

Jacob Clifton

5-8
Recap

Taffy Was A Thief

The Hungry Earth - Rampant misogyny, sure. But vastly ill-advised Palestine metaphors? Kind of a surprise, honestly.

06.12.2010
06.17.2010
B

Jacob Clifton

5-7
Recap

Would You Go Along With Someone Like Me?

Amy's Choice - A freezing cold sun, a mysterious enemy and lots of scary old people threaten to end Amy's lives for good.

06.06.2010
06.09.2010
A

Jacob Clifton

5-6
Recap

Honeymoon In Venice

The Vampires Of Venice - For an episode containing no vampires and almost no Venice, this is a very good episode.

05.22.2010
05.29.2010
A

Jacob Clifton

5-5
Recap

Eyes Wide Shut

Flesh & Stone - Well, it was fun while it lasted. Take Two of the Weeping Angels story takes everything dumb about it and makes it even dumber.

05.15.2010
05.21.2010
C

Jacob Clifton

5-4
Recap

People Are Places

Time Of The Angels - River Song, Weeping Angels, a wrecked ship and a Maze of Death. For once, the Concept Blender works in our favor.

05.08.2010
05.14.2010
A

Jacob Clifton

5-3
Recap

K.B.O.

Victory To The Daleks - In the Blitz, all kinds of things can happen. Here are forty-seven of them.

05.01.2010
05.06.2010
C

Jacob Clifton

5-2
Recap

Starwhales Should Be Afraid Of Their People

The Beast Below - What would happen if you asked a distracted, dull child to explain every single other episode of this show, plus every movie she'd ever seen? Let's find out.

04.24.2010
04.30.2010
F

Jacob Clifton

5-1
Recap

Joe Le Taxi

The Eleventh Hour - New Doctor, new TARDIS, new screwdriver, new Companion. Among other delightful traits, they share one important thing: Truly amazing hair.

04.17.2010
04.21.2010
B-

Jacob Clifton

Mondo Extra

Mine Goes to Eleven

The Matt Smith Doctor Who Interview - We found a place and time in space to meet up with Matt Smith, the Eleventh Doctor, to chat about his take on this role.

09.18.2014
04.15.2010
N/A

Angel Cohn

Mondo Extra

Companions Travel For Free

The Karen Gillan Doctor Who Interview - The latest Doctor has himself a spunky new companion to travel with.

09.18.2014
04.15.2010
N/A

Angel Cohn

4-18
Extra

Arms & The Boy

The End Of Time, Part II - The Master calls out Gallifrey for their crimes, and the Doctor says goodbye.

01.02.2010
01.12.2010
A+

Jacob Clifton

4-17
Extra

The Motion & The Act

The End Of Time, Part I - Wilfred Mott and the Master return, while the Doctor tries desperately to stay on vacation.

12.27.2009
01.12.2010
A

Jacob Clifton

4-16
Extra

The Man Who Was Sunday

The Waters Of Mars - The Doctor starts a nasty brawl at the wake for Earth's first Mars mission.

12.18.2009
12.29.2009
A+

Jacob Clifton

4-15
Recap

Charmless In Abaddon

Planet Of The Dead - Still mourning for Donna, the Doctor wisely decides not to spend much time hanging out with the most irritating woman in the world, despite their being a perfect match.

07.26.2009
07.27.2009
F

Jacob Clifton

Mondo Extra

Traveler's Halt

The Next Doctor - While there will be a next Doctor, this is not actually the Next Doctor. Although, frankly, our lame-duck Doctor could do a lot worse. And will.

09.18.2014
06.30.2009
N/A

Jacob Clifton

Mondo Extra

The Queen Lived

Doctor Who Season 4 - The Rise & Rise of Donna Noble, Chiswick, London, UK, Earth, Solar System. We look back at the entire season 4. Spoilers ahead for those who haven't watched.

09.18.2014
08.01.2008
N/A

Jacob Clifton

3-1
Recap

You Are Not Alone

Season 3 - One last breeze through the TARDIS before the shops close up for the year, goodbye to the season that nearly broke us all, and the rest was just fantastic.

10.04.2007
10.05.2007
A+

Jacob Clifton

2-13
Recap

Hold The Line With Me

Doomsday (2) - Rose dies. The Doctor dies. Everything ends. It's all true.

12.22.2006
12.30.2006
A+

Jacob Clifton

2-12
Recap

Et In Arcadia Ego

Army Of Ghosts (1) - The oldest enemy returns once more, life and death clash and fray, etc. Torchwood finally gets hold of the Doctor and the TARDIS, and accidentally facilitates the invasion of Earth by the Cybermen from the Age of Steel. Oh, and then there are Daleks.

12.21.2006
12.29.2006
B+

Jacob Clifton

2-11
Recap

Yeah, Pencil Me In

Fear Her - The worst episode of the entire series to date rolls forward without even asking how your day went. A little girl gets possessed and draws some pictures, and the Olympics are involved, and it's not really even worth talking about.

12.14.2006
12.20.2006
D

Jacob Clifton

2-10
Recap

I ♥ Doctor Who

Love & Monsters - Meet Elton Pope, Jacob's arch-nemesis, in the adventures of those that Time and Rose forgot.

12.07.2006
12.13.2006
B

Jacob Clifton

2-9
Recap

The Narrow Fellow In The Grass

The Satan Pit (2) - The Devil says a bunch of true stuff, tactlessly enough, but everybody ignores it because they! Are! So! Awesome!

11.30.2006
12.04.2006
A+

Jacob Clifton

2-8
Recap

When You Were Young

The Impossible Planet (1) - The Doctor and Rose land on an eponymous anomaly. The TARDIS is lost. The Devil shows up.

11.16.2006
11.17.2006
A

Jacob Clifton

2-7
Recap

The Dutch Tilt

The Idiot's Lantern - The Doctor and Rose hit the right year, but the wrong continent, and get engrossed in a televisual nightmare as the viewing audience of Elizabeth's Coronation is threatened with facelessness.

11.09.2006
11.13.2006
A

Jacob Clifton

2-6
Recap

Solving For Pi

The Age Of Steel (2) - The gang takes the first step in freeing the world of Steel from Lumic's Cyber Control, and leave Mickey behind to clean up the rest of the pieces. Forever.

11.02.2006
11.08.2006
C-

Jacob Clifton

2-5
Recap

Victoria's World

Rise Of The Cybermen (1) - The gang finds itself stuck in an alternate-world London for twenty-four hours, but you know them: that's like twenty-three hours and fifteen minutes more than they need to screw this place up, too. Pete Tyler's alive yet again, Rose's mom is even more bizarre, and the Cybermen attack! Really slowly!

10.26.2006
11.01.2006
C-

Jacob Clifton

2-4
Recap

Let Them Eat Awesome

The Girl In The Fireplace - Louis XV's head lady shows the rest of the aristocracy -- including the queens -- how it's done, and blows the Doctor's mind in the process. Most awesomely, Rose gets it. ...Or does she?

10.19.2006
10.25.2006
A+

Jacob Clifton

2-3
Recap

The Other End Of The Telescope

School Reunion - The Doctor comes up against yet more incontrovertible evidence that he tends to ruin lives everywhere he goes, but he makes up for it. Old friends and others attend a reunion almost exactly thirty years in the making.

10.12.2006
10.17.2006
A+

Jacob Clifton

2-2
Recap

The Breaking Of Albion

Tooth And Claw - The Doctor and Rose kind of destroy two hundred years' worth of culture and inspire the Torchwood Institute after a ninja/werewolf adventure with Queen Victoria treads a little too close to home

10.05.2006
10.09.2006
B

Jacob Clifton

2-1
Recap

Still My Happening, Still Freaks Me Out

New Earth - The Doctor and Rose have a body-swapping good time in the world after the End of the World.

09.28.2006
10.04.2006
B-

Jacob Clifton

2-
Recap

What's Past Is Prologue

The Christmas Invasion - Harriet Jones, Prime Minister, gets a tongue-lashing and a vote of no confidence after the new Doctor finds her tactics a bit too much. In other news, the previously hot Doctor has been replaced by a differently hot Doctor; nobody really minds.

09.28.2006
10.03.2006
A+

Jacob Clifton

1-15
Recap

The Book Of Judas

The Second Coming, Part II - Jude writes the Third Testament on Judgment Day. Everything changes.

02.08.2003
07.31.2006
A+

Jacob Clifton

1-14
Recap

Reach Out And Touch Crazy

The Second Coming, Part I - Christ returns to Manchester and has to deal with a withholding girlfriend, his loser married friends, possessed barflies and government agencies, and a seriously screwed-up business plan.

02.08.2003
07.26.2006
A

Jacob Clifton

1-13
Recap

All The Umbrellas In London

The Parting Of The Ways (2) - The season ends. Captain Jack dies. Leto the God Emperor of Suck spectacularly dies. The Doctor dies. Rose...doesn't. Bad Wolf is revealed. The first and last enemy is defeated. Plans are made for Barcelona.

06.08.2006
06.14.2006
A+

Jacob Clifton

1-12
Recap

Your Viewing Numbers Hate Cliffhangers

Bad Wolf (1) - The crew comes back to Satellite Five, where the learn they screwed up majorly thinking it would right itself -- and who was really behind the "long game" all along. Oh, and Rose totally bites it.

06.01.2006
06.11.2006
A

Jacob Clifton

1-11
Recap

Truth Like Glass

Boom Town - The Doctor gets an object lesson in mercy when an old enemy shows up in Cardiff as the new Mayor, and threatens to take Wales, the TARDIS, and Earth with her.

05.18.2006
05.24.2006
B-

Jacob Clifton

1-10
Recap

The Spirit Of The Blitz

The Doctor Dances (2) - The Doctor finally finds redemption, and Captain Jack and Nancy find grace in unexpected places, as the story of the Gas Masks comes to a close.

05.11.2006
05.17.2006
A+

Jacob Clifton

1-9
Recap

Jack Attack!

The Empty Child (1) - Meet Captain Jack Harkness. And the world of fan fiction did tremble.

05.04.2006
05.10.2006
B+

Jacob Clifton

1-8
Recap

I Am Trying To Break Your Heart

Father's Day - Rose and the Doctor travel back to the day her father died, and she saves him.

04.27.2006
05.03.2006
A+

Jacob Clifton

1-7
Recap

The Re-Animated Corpse Of Anderson Cooper

The Long Game - Playing hide and seek with Shaun Of The Dead proves deadly for at least one adorable sleeper terrorist in the gigantic Murdochian FOX complex the day after tomorrow, and the Doctor and Rose destroy yet another faulty culture.

04.20.2006
04.26.2006
B+

Jacob Clifton

1-6
Recap

Explicate! Elucidate! Exposit...ate!

Dalek - One of the best stories so far strains under the weight of its own anvils, but as usual, the acting sells the story better than the plot can. The eponymous monster meets the Doctor in Utah 2012, and hardly anybody survives.

04.13.2006
04.19.2006
B

Jacob Clifton

1-5
Recap

World War Three (2)

World War Three (2) - Fewer farting aliens, more amateurish commentary on the U.S. political situation, and a slice of real-life emotional processing back home attend the second start of Rose's life with the Doctor.

04.06.2006
04.12.2006
B

Jacob Clifton

1-4
Recap

Did Gyre And Gimble In The Suck

Aliens Of London (1) - Aliens use a fake UFO to distract the public and lead the world's most famous alien experts -- including the Doctor and Rose -- into slaughter. Nothing much actually happens, but Part II should be good.

03.30.2006
04.03.2006
C-

Jacob Clifton

1-3
Recap

Zombie Grandma Is Way Cooler Than All Other Zombies

The Unquiet Dead - Rose and the Doctor meet up with Charles Dickens in Cardiff, and narrowly miss becoming zombies after an ill-advised séance goes wrong.

03.23.2006
03.29.2006
C+

Jacob Clifton

1-2
Recap

This Is My Happening And It Freaks Me Out

The End Of The World - The Myra Breckenridge of alien bitches fails to do anything of import beyond being really, really irritating. Rose and the Doctor come to an emotional détente after a bunch of back-and-forth about what constitutes aliens, people, and home.

03.16.2006
03.23.2006
A

Jacob Clifton

1-1
Recap

Things To Do In London When You're Bored

Rose - Rose meets the Doctor, and sheds her screeching mum, stupid job, and boring boyfriend on a fantastic plastic gymnastic adventure.

03.16.2006
03.22.2006
A

Jacob Clifton

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