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In your typical episode of Doctor Who, there are enough clever moments to fill a whole season of other shows — perfectly timed double takes and one-liners so plentiful that even the throwaways are gold. And then there are those moments that catch you off-guard and make you all misty-eyed.
UPDATED: Thousands of you voted, and the results are in. There were five moments that stood out for viewers, and they cover the spectrum from the hilarious to the heartbreaking. The year’s not over yet, and tomorrow’s premiere of Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol will certainly add more selections to this list. But here are your favorite Who moments of 2010 thus far:
5. Fish Custard
Raise your hand if you bought some frozen fish fingers and a huge tub of custard after watching the series premiere of Doctor Who. (I’m assuming a lot of us, if the number of Fish Custard-inspired viral videos is any indication.)
4. The Doctor Confronts the Atraxi
A great exclamation point on Matt Smith‘s first full episode as The Doctor. The montage of the 10 previous Timelords was a superb nod to the franchise’s history, but this moment was all Smith – confident, swaggering, in total command. Key line: “Basically, run.”
3. “I Wear a Fez Now, Fezzes Are Cool”
If Matt Smith can do for fezzes what he did for bowties, the world would be an infinitely better place, donchathink?
2. The Tenth Doctor Regenerates
It’s easy to forget this aired in 2010, as it seems so long ago. The harsh intensity of David Tennant‘s goodbye and the wild exuberance of Smith’s intro was a tough tonal shift, but somehow they pulled it off. Both sad and exciting.
1. Vincent van Gogh visits the museum
One of the fun aspects of Doctor Who is its inclusion of real-life historical figures in fantastical contexts. We’ve seen Queen Victoria and Shakespeare in previous episodes, and in “Vincent and the Doctor,” the Doctor and Amy meet the deeply self-loathing painter Vincent van Gogh, sympathetically portrayed by Tony Curran. After Vincent helps our heroes defeat a monster that only he can see, they offer a gift to the doomed artist. This gift provides the story an emotional payoff that will have you blubbering like a school child.