This past Saturday was the first night of BBC America’s six-week adventure reliving the best episodes of Doctor Who‘s recent years. It’s called the Doctor’s Finest and it’ll air for the next five weeks, with Hannah Hart hosting and interviewing various luminaries discussing the show and the specific episodes in question. And each week, I’ll be giving my opinion on the episodes (you can read the first one of these right here).
The first two episodes were Series 3’s “Blink” and the special “The Waters of Mars.” Hannah’s first guest was internet star Jimmy Wong. As you can see in the clip above, Jimmy shares the opinion of a lot of Who fans in saying “Blink” is the perfect episode to get new people into the show, because it’s so tightly-scripted and interesting and scary. But, as they later mention, Carey Mulligan, the guest star of the episode, never appears again and she’s really the ep’s main character. I say, if you’re gonna show someone Doctor Who, make it one with the Doctor in it. But hey, what do I know?
Not even current showrunner and “Blink” writer Steven Moffat knows why his episode, which won a Hugo, is so beloved, as he says in the below clip.
You can see more clips, including a look at “The Waters of Mars” and two looks forward to Series 9, on BBC America’s YouTube page. And don’t forget to check back here next Saturday when I tee-up the next episode of Doctor’s Finest where Hannah and comedian Sara Schaefer will watch and talk about “The End of Time.”
Where do you recommend people start Doctor Who? Let me know below!
Kyle Anderson is the weekend editor and a film and TV critic for Nerdist.com. You should yell at him about things on Twitter!