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Doctor Who made a triumphant return ten years ago and after counting 280,000 votes, we can reveal your favourite episode...


SUCH IS THE timey-wimey nature of Doctor Who that hot on the heels of the Time Lord's 50th anniversary in 2013, we are celebrating his tenth. But, on 26 March, it will be a decade since Russell T Davies relaunched the Tardis to great acclaim on BBC1. It's remarkable for any drama series to clock up ten years, so to celebrate, RadioTimes.com ran a poll for readers to select their favourite episodes. A staggering 280,859 votes have been counted and now we can reveal the results for the first time.


1 BLINK 14.13%*

YEAR 2007

DOCTOR David Tennant

WRITER Steven Moffat

Carey Mulligan (before she was famous) plays intrepid Sally Sparrow, who thwarts the Weeping Angels in their terrifying, Bafta-winning debut

STEVEN MOFFAT ON BLINK

You know, when I wrote it, I thought Blink was a perfectly serviceable script. Nothing special, did the job which, back then, was to have a Doctor Who story needing only two days' shooting from David Tennant. I haven't read the script in a long time, but I'm pretty sure I'd think the same now. What made it a little bit magical was, of course, the work of others.

First of all, the astonishing Hettie Macdonald, who took a script with statues for monsters and contemporary Earth for a planet, and gave it scale, grandeur and importance in every beautiful frame. (As I type, I'm delighted to say that Hettie is at long last back on the Who set, and again directing up a storm.) And then, there's the luminous Carey Mulligan, one heartbeat from stardom, demonstrating exactly why her future was so golden in a role I doubt she even remembers playing.

And lest we forget, here come the terrifying Weeping Angels for the very first time - the simple, brilliant, soul-freezing work of Neill Gorton and his amazing team. So thanks to all of them, because they're the ones who deserve it. And thanks also to the amazing David Tennant, [executive producer] Julie Gardner, [producer] Phil Collinson and the irreplaceable - I'm allowed to say that -- Russell T Davies.

Some days everything just works. Sometimes you just stand in the right spot, all the windows align and the sunshine reaches you. I don't think I can take a lot of the credit, but I'm very glad I was there when it happened.


Follow our daily countdown to the anniversary — with exclusive content — by visiting radiotimes.com/doctorwho10


2 VINCENT AND THE DOCTOR 13.7%

YEAR 2010 DOCTOR Matt Smith WRITER Richard Curtis

Ravishingly filmed tearjerker in which the Doctor and Amy show Van Gogh that one day he'll be venerated

3 THE STOLEN EARTH / JOURNEY'S END 13.3%

YEAR 2008 DOCTOR David Tennant WRITER Russell T Davies

Dalek creator Davros returns and Tennant nearly regenerates in an exhilarating series finale watched by 10.6m viewers

4 THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR 13.28%

YEAR 2013 DOCTORS Matt Smith, David Tennant, John Hurt WRITER Steven Moffat The 50th anniversary special united Doctors and won a Guinness World Record for being simulcast in 94 countries

5 THE EMPTY CHILD / THE DOCTOR DANCES 9.99%

YEAR 2005 DOCTOR Christopher Eccleston WRITER Steven Moffat

"Are you my mummy?" An eerie boy in a gas mask stalks London during the Blitz

6 ARMY OF GHOSTS / DOOMSDAY 8.61%

YEAR 2006 DOCTOR David Tennant WRITER Russell T Davies

Daleks battle Cybermen for the very first time - and there's that tear-soaked beach farewell for Billie Piper's Rose

7 THE GIRL IN THE FIREPLACE 8.51%

YEAR 2006 DOCTOR David Tennant WRITER Steven Moffat

The Doctor battles clockwork droids and falls in love with Madame de Pompadour (Sophia Myles)

8 BAD WOLF / THE PARTING OF THE WAYS 7.01%

YEAR 2005 DOCTOR Christopher Eccleston WRITER Russell T Davies Rose becomes "Bad Wolf" and the Daleks return in force as Eccleston bows out after just one series

9 SILENCE IN THE LIBRARY / FOREST OF THE DEAD 6.09%

YEAR 2008 DOCTOR David Tennant WRITER Steven Moffat

The enigmatic River Song (Alex Kingston) debuts on a planet haunted by deadly shadow creatures

10 THE END OF TIME 5.37%

YEARS 2009, 2010 DOCTOR David Tennant WRITER Russell T Davies Guest stars Bernard Cribbins and John Simm help Tennant's massively popular Doctor bow out after nearly five years

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