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10. Barbara and Ian in An Unearthly Child
Our first introduction to the TARDIS comes through schoolteachers Barbara and Ian, paving the way for fifty years of adventures in time and space. How can you not smile at that?
9. The Ninth Doctor in Rose
The first new Doctor Who in a decade? Christopher Eccleston? With Nestenes? Sign me up!
8. Sarah Jane Smith in The Time Warrior
The incomparable Elisabeth Sladen makes her first appearance as Sarah Jane Smith, with Third Doctor Jon Pertwee. Just think of all the things to come!
7. Captain Jack Harkness in The Empty Child
Our introduction to Captain Jack, the man who can’t say hello without flirting. Honorable Mention: the big reveal concerning Jack at the end of The Last Of The Time Lords. NO WAY!
6. The Eighth Doctor and Charley Pollard in Storm Warning
This is the first of the Big Finish Eighth Doctor stories, and Paul McGann and India Fisher have a wonderful chemistry in it. A great way to say hello to the Big Finish episodes (and goodbye to your spare cash).
5. Donna Noble in The Runaway Bride
No one can resist Catherine Tate and David Tennant, and the natural rapport they bring to Donna and the Tenth Doctor. Best car chase scene OF ALL TIME. Honorable Mention: their pantomime reunion in Partners In Crime.
4. The Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler in The Christmas Invasion
She wants to go with him. He wants her to go with him. YES!
3. Sarah Jane Smith (again) in School Reunion
“Hello, Sarah Jane.” The Tenth Doctor is reunited with one of his dearest companions. Don’t tell me you haven’t watched that scene in the gymnasium a million times while grinning your head off. Plus, K-9!
2. The Brigadier in Everything
We all smile when the Brig shows up, especially if he’s been gone a while, like when he meets the Fifth Doctor in Mawdryn Undead or the Seventh in Battlefield or alongside Sarah Jane in The Sarah Jane Adventures.
1. The TARDIS in The Doctor’s Wife
“I just wanted to say… hello.” Admit it, you’re sobbing and smiling at the same time.
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