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11 Doctor Who Instances When It Was Just… Blissful

Gustaff Behr examines some of those rare moments when things aren’t quite so dangerous.

We’ve had the worst moments, the dark moments, the best moments and now we have the ‘blissful’ moments. These scenes range from a few seconds to a few minutes. They are those moments when companions are actually happy to be travelling onboard the TARDIS because they aren’t being chased by monsters of any kind. At least not yet! Viewers might like to see them defeating Daleks, Cybermen and the Master, but the characters themselves just want the Doctor to take them somewhere fun, cool, exciting and most importantly – blissful!

1. Mother of All Toothaches – The Gunfighters

doctor-who-the-gunfighters-cap-toothIt’s been a while since I watched The Gunfighters, but John Barrowman’s comments in The Doctors Revisited on it being one of the funniest instances of Doctor Who made me watch it again and I have to declare…yes! Yes it is (channeling Phineas from Phineas & Ferb). For those of you who haven’t seen it yet: The Doctor has the worst possible toothache imaginable. But it’s okay. He knows just the place the go. The only place to go to get a tooth fixed and that is the O.K Corral. Yes ladies and gentlemen. Big spacey-wacey, super-duper time machine and it doesn’t occur to anyone that they could just hop back into the TARDIS and go someplace that actually has anesthetic. The most of the first episode is just one big laugh as Steven and Dodo live out their childhood fantasies of being cowboys, leaving the poor Doctor the only fellow who isn’t having the time of his first life.

2. Just Another Day at the Beach – The Enemy of the World

enemy-of-the-world-beach-troughtonThe opening scenes of The Enemy of the World with the Doctor stripping down into an onesie and jumping into the ocean are pure bliss. I believe he is the only Doctor to do actually something like that. It is so out of character (for the show, not the character) that it is welcomed as opportunities like these seldom come along. The idea that the Doctor actually sporting swimming attire underneath his world saving clothes is not only funny to watch, but exemplifies how enjoyable travelling with the Second Doctor can be. Because let’s face it, who wouldn’t want one of their first trips in the TARDIS to be somewhere near a kind of ocean (exotic in my case) with warm sunshine and fancy drinks?

3. A Bloke Fixing his Motor – Doctor Who and the Silurians

doctor-who-the-silurians-bessieI think it was the Sixth Doctor who once said: There are few ways in which a Time Lord can be more innocently occupied than fixing your yellow roadster. The first Silurian story features the Doctor murmuring a tune while fixing up his car like a typical male. I know he’s a male, but…the whole image just bleeds quintessence because it is the Doctor! It’s a fitting reminder to us at home that now he really is stuck on earth like a proper human and is already keeping busy with earthy habits. Throw in some comedy with the Doctor not sure what ‘that’ part is for. Oh well. It can’t be important so we’ll just chuck it aside. Onwards!

4. A Relaxing Dip – The Invasion of Time

The-Invasion-of-Time-leela-swimYou know, one of these days we’re going to enjoy a proper scene with the Doctor and his companion actually in the TARDIS pool instead of wandering past some CG screen. It’ll probably be a minisode or prequel, but it will happen (I hope). Nevertheless, this scene with Leela essentially enjoying a brief dip in the pool, surrounded by a frog relaxer and whatever that pink one was, is quite nice and not just because it provides lots of fanservice to the male viewers at home, but because it fits. How else does one cool off? With a swim of course! At least that’s what I do. Bonus points because the companion relaxing is Leela, a character who is normally always on guard or confused – or both!

5. Bowled Over – Black Orchid

fifth-doctor-Davison-cricketPeter Davison described this scene as one of the highlights of his run as the Doctor. However I can’t help but wonder why the production team spent five out of a forty five minute serial playing cricket. It seems like a waste of screen time. Visually, it’s very entertaining watching the Cricketer Doctor actually play a game of cricket with his companions looking on. Hilarity is thrown in when you’re informed by those bewildering faces that only Tegan understands what’s actually going on.

6. Fellas Gone Fishing – The Two Doctors

baker-fishing-two-doctorsThis one’s my personal favorite. So the Doctor decides that taking Peri fishing is a good idea. Fishing? The one activity that requires the patience of a monk, the determination of a drunk and the luck of an Irish. What on earth (or whatever planet they were visiting at the time) convinced him that this was a good idea? Attractive college student who always sporting revealing attire and he takes her fishing? Yip! The Doctor is definitely an alien. On top of all that, he fumbles and ends up spending hours boring poor Ms. Brown and only reeling in a guppy he claims was intentional in order to save it from a “mean old Gumblejack” that was trying to eat the poor little fellow. How precious? If only we believed you Doctor. If only…

7. Favorite Kind of Jazz – Silver Nemesis

silver-nemesis-jazz mccoyWhat’s not to love about this scene? The Doctor and Ace attend a garden party and listen to a musician laying down some old-school jazz. What a strange, but wonderful notion. The scene is short, but sweet as a wise man would say. Ace is checking poll results while the Doctor is fiddling around with his fob watch almost certain he’s forgotten something. Amidst all the running about, Cybermen attacks, alien invasions, Doctor Who needs more scenes like this instead of just having the TARDIS randomly land somewhere at the start the story. In this case, the Doctor and Ace are already secured within an earth setting and stumble into the plot from there. See? It’s not that hard.

8. Breaking Tradition – TV Movie

tv-movie-mcgann-grace-kissThere weren’t a lot to choose from, but it seems like the scene I chose was tailor-made for this portion of the article. Hilariously, the Master blunders (again) and accidently helps bring back his arch nemesis’ memory just in time for the Doctor to realize that there is an attractive woman within arm’s length. So what does a Doctor do? What would later Doctors always do? Kiss her damnit! Just reach out, grab her by the arm, reel her in like a barracuda and celebrate. Afterwards and upon her request of course – do it again! This moment may have enraged many fans at the time, but in hindsight, it is a remarkably important, if not vital point in the show’s run. Plus it provides lots of fanservice to both genders watching at home. Win-Win!

9. Fish & Chips – Boom Town

boom-town-jack-rose-laughThis particular scene is what makes Boom Town marvelous for me and I’ll just remind you that I hate the Slitheen with a capital H. Described as Series 1’s ‘cheap’ episode, this episode’s scene in the restaurant with the TARDIS team sitting down for a bit of breakfast with Jack Harkness at the end of a very naughty recount involving fifteen naked men running away from something with white ‘tusks’, stands as one of the highlights of Series 1. It gives you a sense that when they’re not defeating Quarks or Ice Warriors, this is the kind of stuff the Doctor and company get up to. Oh what I wouldn’t give to hear the start of that story Mr. Harkness.

10. I am Not Amused – Tooth and Claw

doctor-who-tooth-and-claw-queen-knightThe Tenth Doctor and Rose at their best is when they’re just having fun and what can be more fun than annoying the hell out of Queen Victoria by tempting her to say those immortal words to you? Played for dramatic irony as the viewer is well aware of the danger, but the Doctor and Rose aren’t because they’re too busy having a laugh to notice anything out of the ordinary until she is kidnapped fifteen minutes into it. Yip! The first ten minutes of this episode probably fits this article. That and the final reveal when the Queen finally does utter those words, as well as the part at the end of the story with them mocking the royal family’s heritage on route to the TARDIS. With all the fun, one can almost forget that there was a werewolf stalking around in this episode.

11. Doctor Who’s Declassified TARDIS Survival Guide for Dating River Song – Night and the Doctor

nightandthedoctor-river-doctorThis is something I wish Doctor Who did more often in the RTD era and in the classic series – minisodes about all the amazing (non-dangerous) things the Doctor and his companions get up to. An entire minisode (two actually) dedicated to the Doctor just trying to have a normal date with River Song. What could possibly go wrong? Cue two more River Songs showing up to spoil the party, convinced that the Doctor is seeing “someone” else behind her back. Or is that backs? Not only does Steven manage to deliver some character development, hilarity left right and center, but he even manages to drop a few tears down our cheeks when the Doctors discuss River while she’s busy getting dressed. Personally, I wouldn’t mind a Night and the Doctor series every year covering the exploits the Doctor and River get up to while everybody’s resting comfortably.

Feel free to lay down some comments about what your favorite moments are that don’t involve any danger of any kind! Cheers!

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117 comments
Gallade Zero
Gallade Zero

I like how you chose one moment for each Doctor. That's a nice way to do it, draws attention to every era of the show. I love it. :)

iMikeZero
iMikeZero

The End of The World - When the music starts playing from the jukebox and The Doctor starts nodding to it and everyone is interacting. 

josephbernados
josephbernados

this list is missing the Doctor teaching Donna how to drive the TARDIS.

Clara Laurinda
Clara Laurinda

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I LOVE THIS ARTICLE! What a clever idea: moments of bliss! It's like a warm summer rain, that's how refreshing it was to read. THANK YOU GUSTAFF!

Seekles
Seekles

If you're after one for The War Doctor, then the scene in The Day of the Doctor after they've all frozen Gallifrey is a prime example. Just having a nice sit down and a cup of tea. Blissful.

11th Doctors Purple Coat
11th Doctors Purple Coat

Great article, indeed! Some of my favourites from 11's run would be The Lodger. It is FILLED with moments like the one in this article. Just an all around well done, funny episode. Especially, "Practical eruption in chicken! Descartes's Lombardy spiral." XD

MeglosProductions
MeglosProductions

Great article, by the way. I would have included the scene in The Rings Of Akhaten when the doctor and Clara are just part of the audience watching the girl singing. Pretty nice moment.

Tardis Stowaway
Tardis Stowaway

First one that comes to mind is the scene in Rise Of The Cybermen, where the Doctor and Rose were telling Mickey a story from their travels and the Doctor admits to having forgotten that he told Mickey to hold something down 20 minutes ago :D

JohnnyDisney
JohnnyDisney

To me, what this list is definitely missing is... well almost the whole episode "The Power of Three"! It has a lot of blissful moments and just really shows what the Doctor and Co. are doing when no danger is in sight.. in a hilarious way!

Galactic Yo Yo
Galactic Yo Yo

This is one of the reasons that I like "Rings of Akhatan". It has one of the longest sustained looks at what it's like when nothing is really going wrong. 

Gerard Morvan
Gerard Morvan

What about "The Romans" ? The first Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Vicki took advantage of the owner's absence to occupy a roman villa for quite a while before finding trouble (for the Doctor and Vicki) or trouble finding them (for Ian and Barbara) in this episode. The Doctor was quite fond of roman cooking.

pinkjaguar12
pinkjaguar12

I'm really glad you put the Boom Town scene in there - it's one of my absolute favorites :D

gingersnapgirl
gingersnapgirl

Oooh, great picks! Personally, I'd add the first few minutes of Rings Of Akhaten, where Eleven and Clara are just wandering around the bazaar, checking out the locals, eating the blue food... (It's a large part of the reason I love that episode so much, to be honest!)

AlessandroArsuffi
AlessandroArsuffi

Eleven playing football is definitely my alternate pick for his incarnation.

The Outer Space K9
The Outer Space K9

Reading about the Doctor fixing his car in the article made me think it would be cool for the Twelfth Doctor to get a car like Bessie (or maybe something modern) and take Clara and Danny for a ride, just to chill out after a long day fighting monsters...

MaraBackman
MaraBackman

I'm getting ideas for what the Doctor does to relax whenever we don't see his on-screen adventures. The Doctor in his various incarnations strikes me as the kind of person who'd go to a jazz bar, very possibly to the early days of the New Orleans jazz scene or to a "speakeasy" in Chicago. I also imagine him visiting libraries in diffferent time-periods, such as the Great Library of Alexandria, so that he can read everything collected there and possibly memorize the ancient tomes to copy them to the Tardis-library. Seeing as the Doctor is occasionally portrayed as an unabashed fanboy of some authors, it would not surprise me if he went "cosplaying" and would visit certain places in period-clothing, so that he could evoke the feel of some story he likes. Such as when he's dressed as Sherlock Holmes in The Talons of Weng-Chiang.

are_you_my_doctor
are_you_my_doctor

I think for me it was when the Tenth Doctor put on a Gas Mask in Sontaran Stratagem/The Poison Sky and says 'Are you my mummy?'  Still makes me laugh now.







mgm1229
mgm1229

The 10th Doctor and Madame de Pompadour, discussing the slow path.

ManWithChips
ManWithChips

my favourite is the beginning of the rebel flesh/the almost people where amy and rory are playing darts in the tardis while listening to muse:)

KoderKev
KoderKev

For me, it has to be the end of "The Doctor Dances." Just seeing Christopher Eccleston's Doctor happy for a change was refreshing. "I just remembered! I can dance!"

The Finn
The Finn

Only 11? You could make a series of articles of these moments ;)

Creepy_Ghoul
Creepy_Ghoul

A scene that could count is the Doctor and Clara going to Akhaten for the festival, before the queen of years gets kidnapped.

csaguy
csaguy

I like the third Doctor, Spearhead from Space, second episode, standing in the shower singing. You can see his tattoo too.

ClaireAbraham
ClaireAbraham

The question asked, and then answered in the same paragraph:


"However I can’t help but wonder why the production team spent five out of a forty five minute serial playing cricket. It seems like a waste of screen time. Visually, it’s very entertaining..."

Yes.  It was. I actually have pretty mixed marks for Black Orchid. I wasn't all that enthralled by the mystery, but it was SUCH fun to see the Doctor playing expert cricket while Teagen, of all people, was the only one understood and enjoyed the experience properly! And then, later on, when she was enjoying every minute of that dance, doing the Charleston like a pro... Teagen rarely got to have any fun on the Tardis, but she did at that party, right up until people started dying.  Yep, they spent five out of a forty-five minute serial playing cricket, and it was easily the best, sparkling part of what was otherwise a fairly humdrum episode. 

DavrosLives
DavrosLives

Excellent article! The Doctor and Romana's jaunt around Paris in part one of City of Death is probably my favourite instance of a "blissful moment". Also the end of Earthshock was...oh wait.

Liana21
Liana21

I haven't noticed that The Doctor strips on the beach in Enemy. My inner fangirl thinks that she just found her new favourite fantasy with Matt, imagine him stripping on a beach.

You've chosen two serials I've watched recently, I watched The Two Doctors the Sunday (btw Peri was in plan "One for the dads and the teens") and the Silurians this morning. I just love how he doesn't know where the gummy hoop goes.

The kiss scene is so cute, I'm a romantic and a fangirl, I love the the romance. And I love the jazz session and the restaurant scene on Boom Town. And the faces of Nyssa and Adric meanwhile Tegan is cheering The Doctor are really funny.

I can't say anything about The Gunfighters and Invasion of Time yet, so I can't say anything.

And you could've added something for the poor War, the final scene with the tea in the museum is so cute.

Polyphase
Polyphase

 Bonus points because the companion relaxing is Leela, a character who is normally always on guard or confused – or both!

Confused? Huh :)

MrRazza, Awaiting Results on Thursday
MrRazza, Awaiting Results on Thursday

Just about all of Nine's interactions with or mentions of Mickey and Jackie - of course best summarised by this exchange:


Rose : My Mum's cooking  

Doctor:  Good, put her on a slow heat and let her simmer

YaelMoise
YaelMoise

Thanks for the article, Gustaff. I already desperately wanted to watch The Enemy of the World... but with that beach scene, I guess there's no avoiding it: It's DVD purchasing time!


Huknar
Huknar

"Because let’s face it, who wouldn’t want one of their first trips in the TARDIS to be somewhere near a kind of ocean (exotic in my case) with warm sunshine and fancy drinks?" Anywhere in the universe, and any point in time and you think people would want to go to the beech, on any planet? No way! That's not me. 



Gallade Zero
Gallade Zero

@Seekles It just dawned on me that that was probably the first time the Doctor had ever felt at peace in over hundreds of years. Wow.

ClaireAbraham
ClaireAbraham

@Seekles Actually, I'd like to think that all the companions have had a lot of moments like that with the Doctor.  They just didn't make it to the television because conflict, not happy moments of peace and calm, drives story lines.

Night at the Whovies
Night at the Whovies

@Gerard Morvan Especially when the Doctor takes out the thug with the dagger.

This may sound like a dangerous scene, but the doctor handles it like it happens every day.

VictorWong1
VictorWong1

@The Outer Space K9 Modern? No, the car would need to be unique and eccentric. Like a Morgan or a Caterham. Or he could have an additional motorcycle with sidecar.

Gustaff
Gustaff

@The Finn I chose one for each Doctor. That's why it's 11. 

But I agree, you could make a whole series - but not me though! :)

sontaran17
sontaran17

@Polyphase It's pretty evident in many places Leela is out of her depth in such strange environments 

Liana21
Liana21

Maybe he's talking about the scene when The Doctor is explaining her what is a St. Elmos.

The Finn
The Finn

@YaelMoise I have a confession to make... last year, when most of the fandom was celebrating having most of The Web of Fear recovered, I was celebrating having The Enemy of The World recovered. I was not disappointed, the double-Troughton story is great.

Liana21
Liana21

I love it, it's a great serial.

Malohkeh
Malohkeh

@YaelMoise It's a Troughton story that actually mostly exists, what more incentive do you need?!

YaelMoise
YaelMoise

@Huknar Me neither. Aside from me living somewhere sunny, where snow is considered such an attraction that people drive for miles to see it, I would just... not go somewhere that boring. ;)

The Outer Space K9
The Outer Space K9

To be honest I'd love to have the old roadster back, I've just finished watching the Third Doctor episodes and I've become really fond of Bessie.

YaelMoise
YaelMoise

@Malohkeh @Huknar Well..................... Ok. I'd go there just to see the automatic sand. But that's it. Quick trip. Pop my head out of the Tardis to see the sand in action. We don't even have to land. And then it's off to somewhere more interesting! 

Like maybe that place with the magic starlight... or the sky that looks like oil on water. <3


 Notsosmartguy  the dalek of Jersey
Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey

@YaelMoise @Malohkeh @Huknar or an ocean planet full of the most awesome sea creatures like giant versions of sea animals like lobsters, crabs, (delicious) squids, etc., mermaids, and mystical tigermen who live on a tropical paradise while riding on dinosaurs how's that for interesting.


Gustaff
Gustaff

@The Finn @Gustaff Which is your favorite blissful moment? Either from the list or what i somehow missed?

The Finn
The Finn

@Gustaff @The Finn Tough question.... probably the Troughton scene you mentioned or the Brian scene in DOAS.