Top 10 heartbreaking moments in Russell T Davies’ ‘Doctor Who’ era

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In a particularly masochistic mood?

Then why don’t you remind yourselves of a few of the most heartbreaking moments in Russell T Davies’ era of Doctor Who


10) “I am your mummy. I will always be your mummy. I’m so sorry. I am so, so sorry.”

Doctor Who The Doctor Dances

In ‘The Doctor Dances’, Nancy reveals to the terrified, zombie child Jamie that she is, in fact, his mummy.

After all this time, Nancy had been terrified to tell her own son that she was there for him, because he had apparently risen from the dead and begun infecting people with a mysterious gas-mask virus. It’s heart-breaking; but there’s also nothing more heart-warming than a family reunion.


9) “I was never there for you… But I can do this for you. I can be a proper dad to you now.”

Doctor who Fathers Day

Pete Tyler shows that the power of a father’s love can do great things when he sacrifices his own life to save his daughter’s future, restoring the previous timeline.


8) “That’s just it. Don’t you see, Donna? Can’t you understand? If I could go back and save them then I would, but I can’t. I can never go back, I can’t. I just can’t, I can’t.”

Doctor Who David Tennant

The Doctor and Donna argue over saving Pompeii. It might be a fixed event in time, but it’s still worth trying to save it, right?

Well, in this rather intense scene the Doctor explains to Donna that the world just isn’t that fair. It’s in this moment that we realise how tormented The Doctor is by the destruction of Gallifrey, and by his own mistakes.


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