Like all good British television, DOCTOR WHO doesnít carry a 12,000 episode series (I know, I'm exaggerating). Including the Christmas special, the Sixth Series of the show has 14 episodes total. Shows like DOCTOR WHO donít need 26+ episodes to convey their story, they get straight to the point with the occasional one-off episode and itís much more enjoyable television for that reason.
The Sixth Series, as mentioned, has become one of my all-time favourite DOCTOR WHO seriesí. There are several reasons for that with the first and foremost being one Amelia Pond (ďCome along, Pond!Ē), who is played by one of the loveliest gingers around, Karen Gillan. She is an utter and complete joy to watch and she almost steals the show away from the Doctor himself. Prior to this series, there were episodes that were hit and miss for me, but pretty well every episode in this series was a winner and there are several that Iím pretty sure will go down in Whovian History.
I really want to write out what I loved about each and every episode from the series, but instead I'll just talk about some of the highlights aka best episodes from the seriesÖ possibly ever. The Sixth Series gets off to a great start with the Doctor Who version of A Christmas Carol, which guest stars classical singer Katherine Jenkins as well as Michael Gambon (Dumbledore!). This is a really fun Christmas special, which will become a classic for sci-fi fans and fellow Whovians. Since the Christmas special isnít technically part of the actual series, Series Six starts with The Impossible Astronaut, where we learn about some bad news for the Doctor and DOCTOR WHO head writer Steven Moffat lines up the story for the rest of the series. River Song also stars in this episode and sets things off on a very River-heavy series of DOCTOR WHO.
After this, episodes that you absolutely need to watch include E3: The Curse Of The Black Spot since Lily Cole (Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) guest stars as a mermaid, but the real reason to watch this particular episode is for pirate Amy Pond (hint: sheís amazing and if you didnít have a crush on her pre this episode, you will after you watch it). While I absolutely adore pirate Amy Pond, if you never ever see another DOCTOR WHO episode ever again, you have to watch the Neil Gaiman written episode E4: The Doctorís Wife. I wonít go into many details about the episode itself, but itís an absolute must and Gaiman puts a fabulous spin on the DOCTOR WHO world. I pretty well think that ALL of these episodes are must-watch episodes, but the last one Iíll throw into this pile is The Girl Who WaitedÖ If youíve been following DOCTOR WHO, youíll know that this is a reference to Amy Pond and this episode marks the second time where Amy spends her life waiting for the Doctor. Itís a beautifully written and brilliant episode that you absolutely cannot miss.
Five specially recorded episode prequels: Basically these prequels are very short little clips that lead up to the episode. Iím fairly certain that they were all TV spots or little trailers that BBC posted to get fans excited about the upcoming episode. Itís actually a really fantastic idea, since none of the prequels contain any material from the actual episode, so itís all-new stuff (especially for people like me who donít have cable).
Four Monster Files: This is such a fantastic feature that goes through the baddies from select episodes. This is probably the first series of DOCTOR WHO that hasnít had an episode featuring the Dalekís as a villain and thatís pretty epic for this show. Especially since theyíre probably the iconic DOCTOR WHO villains. Anyways, this feature discusses baddies: the Silence, the Gangers (from The Rebel Flesh), the Anti-Bodies and the Cybermats.
Doctor Who Confidential - An inside look at each episode: This feature is a really fun behind-the-scenes look at the episodes from Sixth Series. It mostly features little interviews with the writers and directors as well as the cast during each episode and they talk about what makes the episode so good to them. This is really a superb special feature and the whole thing is a huge treat for fans of the series. My personal favourite part of this feature was The Curse Of The Black Spot and Amy Pondís excitement about being a pirate for the episode. A close second favourite moment is Neil Gaiman talking about the episode he penned, The Doctorís Wife.
And the last few features that are included in this set are a Bonus Doctor Who Confidential - "A Night's Tale", which is all about the exclusive scenes that are mentioned in the features above and another feature is the Audio Commentary on select episodes. Those select episodes are The Impossible Astronaut, The Doctorís Wife, The Rebel Flesh, A Good Man Goes To War and The Wedding Of River Song. Additionally included areTwo sketches recorded for the UK's Comic Relief charity event and that concludes the DOCTOR WHO SERIES SIX special features.