Our Favorite Doctor Who Places: A Countdown

March 30 is an exciting day. Why, you ask? It’s the day we get a new episode of Doctor Who, of course! We’ve been waiting patiently (well, impatiently) since Christmas, and we’re stoked to see the Doctor return in “The Bells of St. John” this Saturday.

A new episode means a new companion, new enemies, and above all, new adventures! One of our favorite things about Doctor Who is getting to see amazing locations through the eyes of a time traveler. To celebrate the show’s return, we’re counting down our 10 favorite places the Doctor’s ever visited. Today, we present #10 through #7. Check back throughout the week for the rest of our list!

Where would you most like to travel with the Doctor? Let us know in the comments!

#10: The Spaceship Titanic

as seen in: Voyage of the Damned

David Tennant, Doctor Who, Kylie Minogue

When the Doctor crash-lands the TARDIS (sort of a regular occurrence for him) at the beginning of this episode, he thinks he’s aboard the RMS Titanic. While we would’ve loved to seen the Doctor frolicking on the iceberg-crashing, Jack-and-Rose version of the Titanic, this ship turns out to be way better. In fact, it’s a spaceship based on the doomed ocean-liner, careening through space on its way to Earth. It’s super cool when Doctor Who takes the history we all know and puts its own spin on things, so this intergalactic Titanic is an awesome setting, even if it does eventually get destroyed by meteors.

#9: Krop Tor

as seen in: The Impossible Planet

The Impossible Planet, Doctor Who

Although the episodes that take place here are pretty horrifying (Spoiler alert: the Doctor comes face-to-face with the devil), Krop Tor itself is an interesting planet. For starters, it shouldn’t even exist. It’s casually orbiting a black hole, which, basically, is physically impossible. Even the Doctor’s confused about how it manages to not be sucked into nothingness. We love watching the Doctor navigate situations that puzzle and challenge him, and Krop Tor does just that. We may not necessarily want to visit, though—we’re cool with watching from a distance.

#8: The Pirate Ship

as seen in: The Curse of the Black Spot

Doctor Who, Matt Smith, Amy Pond, Karen Gillan, Rory, Arthur Darvill

Everyone loves a good pirate story, and since this one takes place on an eerie 17th-century pirate ship haunted by a mysterious siren, we love it even more. What makes this location so cool? Apart from the fact that we’d kind of love to sail the high seas with the Doctor, the vessel is the perfect balance of creepy and classic. Plus, it’s a great place for a Doctor Who episode. If things get dangerous on a pirate ship, you can’t exactly run away—you’re pretty much stuck there until you defeat your swashbuckling enemies once and for all.

#7: Starship UK

as seen in: The Beast Below

The Beast Below, Doctor Who

Since Doctor Who is a British show, we’ve seen tons of representations of England over the years. The Starship UK, though, might be one of our favorite interpretations. Set far into the future, this episode centers on a starship containing the entire population of the United Kingdom, which left Earth behind to escape solar flares. It’s super awesome to see London reconstructed on a futuristic spaceship, even though it turns out to be more evil than an innocent space colony. But let’s be real, did you really think there was such a thing as an innocent space colony in the Doctor’s universe?

Check back throughout the week as we count down to #1!

11 thoughts on “Our Favorite Doctor Who Places: A Countdown

  1. I found a spelling error while I was reading through this, and I thought you might want to know about it. Its in the Krop Tor paragraph, and instead of writing though, you guys wrote thought.
    ‘We may not necessarily want to visit, thought—we’re cool with watching from a distance.’
    Keep up the amazing work with this website; I’m proud to be a part of Figment! 🙂

  2. I’d have to say the Starship UK was pretty cool, but it would be awesome to go to satellite 5. Well, maybe not to GO there, but it is my favorite setting for the show.

  3. I do note that so far all the places we’ve seen have been for “Newvians.” Not a single place where Classic Doctors have trod — like South American with the ancient Aztecs, the Highlands at the time of Bonnie Prince Charlie, Logopolis, the Leisure Hive, E-Space…

    Heck, even Gallifrey itself!

  4. The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit remains one of my favorite DW stories ever, though I probably wouldn’t want to go to Krop Tor any time soon.

  5. My favs New new new new new new new new new new new new new new new York (or however many “news” are in it) 🙂

  6. You know growing up I was always such a wanderer at heart. I’ve always wanted to travel the stars and experience all the knowledge I could possibly gain from adventures so this really is hard. As cool as it would be to look into the heart of a black hole or visit the various parts of London in space I think I’m more of a buccaneer at heart. it would be a really tough choice between the pirate ship (I mean come on, who doesn’t want to live a day in the life of a pirate?) or the Titanic but in the end I would choose the damned voyage. There are just so many things about the sunken ship that have always captivated me. I think it would be an amazing and unforgettable experience to walk the halls of the replica and experience the majesty of the ship.

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