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Considering the rather dark times we are currently sitting through, the terms travesty and disaster have taken on a new context. This was however the language being used by diehard Whovians having witnessed one their favourite show’s biggest and most divisive game changing moment ever.
This was of course not the first ‘big moment’ that the show has had in its lusty tenure, and no doubt there will be plenty more to follow. The game changing moments on this list were put in place by various show runners for a number of reasons and were often a means to an end rather than a deliberate choice.
Outside of the writer’s want for interesting and engaging narrative choices, reasons for these big moments occurring include a companion who just wasn’t working, the ill health of an actor, failing ratings and anniversary celebrations. The flow on effect though has always been significant, but the effectiveness of these change ups has definitely varied.
The list is not cast in order of quality or impact, but instead has been listed in chronological order. While it could be argued that the first episode itself was a ‘game changer’, we are more looking here for those moments that changed what we already knew about the lore, characters, companions or our own expectations.
So sit back and prepare for a trip back through the show’s epic run as we look at the 12 biggest game changing moments in Doctor Who history.