The 10 best modern 'Doctor Who' episodes
Pompeii, Christmas, Fireplaces and more
10. 'The Fires of Pompeii'
Doctor: David Tennant
Companion: Donna Noble
Why we love it: There are so many notable elements about this episode it's hard to know where to begin. The show introduced the idea of fixed points in time, explaining why some elements in history (like the volcanic explosion that leveled Pompeii) can't be altered. It's an explanation that would become more critical as the series progressed and the Time Lord bumps into issues of inevitability and his own mortality. The episode also rounded up some actors who would later be very important to the franchise. Not only do we meet Karen Gillan (the 11th doctor's companion, Amy Pond) as the Soothsayer, we're also introduced to 12th doctor Peter Capaldi. Just ignore the bangs and the ancient Roman minidress.
- Liane Bonin Starr
Photo Credit: BBC