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Over 6,700 Time Lord fans responded to a Doctor Who Magazine call to rate all 200 episodes of the classic sci-fi TV series, and selected 1984's The Caves of Androzani - in which fifth Doctor Peter Davison hung up his sonic screwdriver - as the best of the bunch. Davison's finale beat 2007's excellent Blink, with David Tennant …

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  1. dunncha
    Happy

    My favorite episode was.....

    A Tom Baker one

    Something about a Big Rat under London. It gave me nightmares for ages.

    Anybody know the name of this episode I would love to revisit it again.

  2. matt 83
    FAIL

    wrong

    bah, everyone knows the best Dr Who is War Games

  3. Francis Vaughan

    Author! Author!

    Great, so the rankings credit the actor who played the Doctor. Not the writer. Nor even director. This seems to say something fundamental about tthe nature of the fans, and it isn't all good.

  4. Mark Randall 1
    Unhappy

    Credit please?

    It would be nice to credit the writer and director of the stories mentioned rather than just the Doctor. Any chance of updating the article?

  5. Adam 41

    @dunncha

    Talons of Weng Chiang. Big rat + london + victorian.

  6. Ken Hagan Gold badge

    Revisiting episodes

    You might want to think about that. The old Dr Who's are pretty clunky and you are probably less easy to scare. Revisiting the older episodes is high on nostalgia and the storylines are at least as good, but you do have to get past a certain "disappointment" threshhold before you can see past the cardboard. The big rat was probably just a fat bloke in a woolly jumper.

  7. TeeCee Gold badge
    Happy

    @dunncha

    In the list at number 4......

    I remember seeing a rerun of this once where the continuity announcer introduced it as: "Oh heck, nobody ever calls it that.........The one with the giant rat."

  8. Xykon
    Unhappy

    Big rat under London?

    That would be the episode at #4 - The Talons of Weng-Chiang.

    Good to see that fully half of the top 10 episodes are Tom Baker ones.

  9. GrahamL

    BBC DVD

    Dunncha: it's the Talons of Weng-Chaing and is available on DVD. The big rat gives me nightmares too, just in a different way.

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Flame

    At those moaning about writer / director credits

    who cares ?

    well obviously you do, but you don't count.

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @dunncha

    There's a big rat under Victorian London in Talons of Weng-Chiang (number four on the list), but the main plot is to do with a theatre and a Chinese God. Tom Baker spends the story dressed much like Sherlock Holmes, and it was originally broadcast in 1977 according to Wikipedia. Could that be it?

  12. Neil 4

    I always liked

    Remembrance of the Daleks by Ben Aaronovitch. And Blink, of course, which happened to be on TV a couple of nights back.

    The one with the clockwork aliens was also very good and clever (Girl In The Fireplace?). Suprised that wasn't there. Impressed at the number of "old" episodes though.

  13. Anonymous Coward
    Coat

    Peri

    Pwoooaaaaarrrr ! Nuff said !

  14. KroSha
    Happy

    The Best Doctor

    Good to see Tom Baker take 5 of those 10 spots. Definitely the best Doctor.

  15. Steve X
    Unhappy

    bet they only asked the youngsters

    Not a Pertwee or Hartnell in sight...

  16. Dave Fox
    Alien

    @Ken Hagan

    Actually I disagree. I grew up as a child in the 70s and Tom Baker was my Doctor. As I grew older, I thought that I had outgrown the programme, especially in the McCoy era, but when they started releasing the Tom Baker episodes on video, I lapped them up because they were still great stories. I now have them on DVD and they are still fantastic!

    IMHO, the Philip Hinchcliffe (producer) era produced some of the very best episodes of Doctor Who, and they stand the test of time to this very day. It is interesting to note that 4 of the 5 Baker episodes listed in this article were produced by Hinchcliffe.

  17. Geoff Spick
    Alien

    Audiobooks - scarier

    I used to have some of these Tom Baker era stories (including Talons) on audio tape (when we lived abroad with no TV) my imagination made them a hell of a lot scarier than when I got to see them on later reruns.

  18. Marvin O'Gravel Balloon Face

    @Revisiting episodes

    True, although I lived without a TV for about seven years, and I began to notice that pretty much all TV is like that, it's just that you become immune to it after a while.

  19. Richard Gadsden 1

    @Neil 4

    The one with the clockwork aliens was also very good and clever (Girl In The Fireplace?).

    Yes that's Girl in the Fireplace with Sophia Myles as Reinette, Madame de Pompadour.

    It's yet another Stephen Moffat episode.

  20. Richard Cartledge
    Happy

    Tom Baker

    Tom Baker was the best, the way he would do something like quip "I don't suppose there's any chance of a cup of tea?" to the head Cyberman is funnier today than it was back then.

  21. graeme leggett

    credit for writers and directors....

    Genesis - written by Terry Nation, Dir Maloney, produced by Hinchcliffe

    Talons - written by Robert Holmes, Dir Maloney, produced by Hinchcliffe

    Pyramids - written by R. Holmes and Lewis Greiffer , Dir Paddy Russell , produced by Hinchcliffe

    Robots - Chris Boucher, Dir Briant produced Hinchliffe

    Holmes was script editor for all these

    Anyone see a pattern yet?

  22. Paul 25

    Personally I love the audio plays

    I've recently started listening to the Big Finish audio episodes. While some of them are a bit by the numbers, many of them are absolutely terrific.

    And of course, being audio, the pictures are *much* better :) There are no clunky special effects in my head. A lot of the story-lines are much grander than you could possibly get away with on TV since it's all in your head. Some of them are genuinely very scary as well, but you can't hide behind the sofa.

    Worth checking out.

  23. Bo Pedersen
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    always a Tom Baker fan

    so its good to see him realised as pretty much the best doctor there :)

    one of the scariest ones for me was the T-Baker one with the vampires, sorry I am not quite nerdy enough to remember the titles, but the big spaceship as a stake was a smashing idea :)

    The recent one where Jon Simms plays the master wsa also amazingly great

    especially as he carries off that not very sane thing really well! :)

  24. Steve Williams

    Caves.. wouldn't haveanything to do...

    ...with Peri in a bikini, would it?

  25. Nick G
    Coat

    @KorSha

    It's interesting to note that 4 of those 5 Baker eps are from the Hinchcliff era.

    Also Davisons Doctor lost his Sonic Screwdriver way before Caves...

    Mine's the anorak with the bottle of Clearasil...

  26. Brian Morrison
    Black Helicopters

    Not mentioned, but good....

    ...was The Green Death with Jon Pertwee. !972 or thereabouts?

    Not a black helicopter, a nasty large flying insect!

  27. Liam Johnson
    Pint

    @Steve X

    >>bet they only asked the youngsters

    You mean anybody under 50??

    That makes me feel better anyway, but not much.

  28. Ian Ferguson
    Troll

    What?!

    Where's the excellent episode with Peter Kay as the baddie?

    Or the one where David Tennant shrivels up and is kept in a little cage before being saved by the power of human luuurve?

  29. spegru
    Alien

    Surely it's Logopolis

    The last episode with Tom Baker.

    End of the universe stuff complete with Temporal Loops and Cloister Bell.

    Finishes with him falling from a radio telescope and regenerating into Peter Davisdson.

    Does it for me!

  30. Dan 10
    Happy

    Blink

    Blink was awesome, as was the Empty child - adopting a childlike voice to say "Are you my mummy?"scares the bjesus out of my missus!

  31. tangerine Sedge

    2 good reasons for 'caves' topping poll.

    And it just happens to have Peri bending over caring for the 'sick' Dr, revealing plenty of cleavage. Who says that all Dr Who Fans are 40 year old virgins ?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMXRqaeoCLc

  32. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Logopolis

    it had to be ... the whole program was drenched in a fantastic air of foreboding and mystery. Quite elegaic. The TARDIS inside a TARDIS paradox. The concept of pure maths keeping the CVEs open, the corruption of the register leading to the decay of the universe ...

    AND Sarah Sutton - ding dong !!!!

  33. nichomach
    Thumb Up

    I loved...

    ...Talons and Pyramids, so it's nice to see those in there. I would like to make it clear that this has absolutely NOTHING to do with Leela's or Sarah Jane Smith's respective presences in them. At all. In any way, shape or form. Just so's we're clear on that. *shuffles feet awkwardly*

  34. Andrew Halliwell
    Coat

    There's a rather good reason why Tom Baker gets 5 of the 10 slots...

    And it's not all to do with how good a doctor he was... (no denying he WAS a good doctor, but then, so were all the ones before colin baker).

    Most doctors expire within about 3 or 4 years. Tom Baker lasted 7 meaning he had a far larger pool of episodes to choose from.

    Mine's the one with the pockets that're bigger on the inside.

  35. Mike Richards Silver badge

    Unearthly Child

    Sure it's a bit slow, but has DW ever topped the sense of wonder and awe when they step out of a 1960s junkyard into the TARDIS for the first time?

  36. NogginTheNog
    Thumb Down

    No Girl In The Fireplace??

    Can't believe that didn't make the top 5??!! A better 45 minutes of television drama it's hard to find (well apart from The Doc's ever-so naff wink when the horse jumps through the mirror!).

    No way Caves is better than this :-O

  37. Andrew Moore Silver badge

    Mine...

    I would have added Girl in the Fireplace, The Green Death, Terror at Fang Rock, Seeds of Doom and The Sea Devils.

  38. Shakje

    What's the one...

    based on Doom called? I like it purely for that reason. I still have the VHS of Pyramids somewhere, it was the first VHS I bought I think..

  39. Gordon is not a Moron

    What's the one....

    with Nicholas Parsons, Communist infiltrators & a vampire.

    The fact that I can remember it after who knows how long has to be a big thumbs up.

  40. Wize

    Loss of the Sonic Screwdriver

    It wasn't that episode where he dumped the driver.

    He lost it in London, just before the great fire. Destroyed by a baddie.

  41. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @Bo

    The 'vampire' story was State of Decay, part of the E-space sequence. Good, but the grasp of the physics of entropy was.....painful.

    Moreover, where's 'Tomb of the Cybermen'?

    and Victoria > Peri

  42. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Yeti

    Being of sufficient maturity *ahem* to remember watching the first ever episode...

    ...the answer of course is the one with the Yeti in the London Underground.

    oh, and Blink - which was one of those episodes they make with minimal use of the Doctor or his companion(s). Hmm.

  43. Graham Bartlett

    More Moffat?

    So the one in the library-world with the Vashta Narada shadows didn't make it to the top 10?! Now *that* was an amazing episode (pair of episodes actually). Not just carnivorous shadows, but also ghosts in mobiles, virtual worlds *and* a time-travel paradox thrown in. And the most impressive set ever used, because it was a real building.

    For that matter, I'm surprised there weren't any Sylvester McCoy episodes in the top 10. His time as Doctor was when they finally managed to team up decent scripts with decent sets, and he made a very good Doctor.

  44. dunncha
    Thumb Up

    @ @ @ @ @ dunncha

    Cheers everyone.

    And available on eBay.

    Giving me the willies just thinking about it.

  45. Sir Runcible Spoon Silver badge
    Joke

    Big rat episode

    I seem to recall that every single one of Eccleston's episodes had a huge rat in it - was that what you were thinking of?

  46. Anonymous Coward
    FAIL

    Remake, please NOW!

    Hopeful they remake "The Caves of Androzani" asap with Matt Smith.

    1 season of Matt Smith as the Doctor is way to LOOOOOOONG!

  47. Richard Wharram
    WTF?

    Davies eps ? Seriously ?

    I can't believe anyone mentioned any new episodes that AREN'T Moffat. The non-Moffat ones are pretty average at best.

  48. Rod MacLean

    Patrick Troughton

    My favourite episode (well, it's 4 episodes or something) is the one where the Cybermen have a base at the North Pole. It's downright scary, even today. It certainly puts most of the "new" Dr Who episodes to shame.

    The problem is, no-one else seems to have seen it!

  49. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    spiders!

    The one with the spider and blue crystals used to freak me out.

    Strangely when growing up i didnt relaise how raunchy some of the assitants were at the time, maybe i have just become a dirty old man? (maybe Mary whitehouse was correct, maybe seeing such cleaveage at a young age twisted my psyche?)

  50. Yorkshirepudding
    FAIL

    SONTA-HA!

    What no sontarrans! FAIL

  51. TeeCee Gold badge
    Happy

    Re: @Bo

    I see your Victoria and raise you a Jo Grant.

    As for the comments about Peri's boobs, if that had been the major factor "Planet of Fire" would have won hands down...

    *Anyone else see the Spitting Image style Dr Who "making of" pisstake that had in the credits: "Peri's boobs by Industrial Light and Magic"? I'd give my eyed teeth for a copy of that.

  52. Ian Bremner
    Coat

    @ By Gordon is not a Moron

    The title you're looking for is "The Curse of Fenric" one of the better Sylvester McCoy stories.

    GVood thing "Silly Nemesis" isn;t in there.

    Mine's the one with the sonic screwdriver in thepocket.

  53. Toastan Buttar
    WTF?

    Re: More Moffat?

    Totally agree. Silence in the Library/Forests of the Dead was my all-time fave Who story, with Blink coming a very close second. I have high hopes for the Moffat-led episodes to come. Hope we haven't seen the last of River Song or Sally Sparrow (although she did have 'closure' at the end of Blink).

  54. Clarissa

    Having a Dr Who nerd for a brother...

    ... has resulted in some knowledge transfer.

    @Rod MacLean

    I believe the one you are referring to is "The Tenth Planet" which was the last of William Hartnell's stories. Last I heard the first three episodes survive but the only remaining bit of the concluding episode is a clip of the regeneration scene.

    @AC 12:40

    That would be Jon Pertwee''s final story entitled (appropriately enough) "The Planet of the Spiders"

  55. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Best episode EVER?

    These headings are always soooo stupid:

    a) There will be more.

    b) There's always going to be a huge bias towards the more recent ones.

    The fact that some of the older ones got to the top only goes to demonstrate that the kids are turning off the idiot-box. Unfortunately, they're turning on the idiot-interspazz-social-nets-web instead.

  56. Winkypop Silver badge
    Unhappy

    Killer foam

    I remember a real oldie, one where deadly 'foam' was spewing out of the ocean via pipes?

    Scared me whit-less as a kid.

  57. Lu
    Thumb Up

    @Graham Bartlett and Toastan Buttar

    Couldn't agree more. The climax of that episode had one of the greatest lines in television:

    "My name is The Doctor and we're standing in the biggest library in the Universe. Look me up." Invincible alien pauses, and decides not eating The Doctor would probably be the better part of valour.

    CLASSIC.

    Can't wait for the new season.

    Oh, good to see "Blink" in there, of course.

  58. Wun Hung Lo
    WTF?

    The Girl in the Fireplace

    has to be one of the best IMHO, and I'm an old fart who's been watching since the Patrick Troughton days. I too am surprised that it's not in the top 10.

  59. Chris Seiter
    Alien

    Stupid Question

    Can anyone point me to a site where I can order/download all the Dr. Who episodes? MY only exposure here in 'Merka is from the now-named SyFy channel with Christopher Eccleston being "that guy in G.I Joe" and David Tennant being "the Harry Potter guy".

    I'm reading right now "HGTG"; I want to move onto Lovecraft next. Why does it seem, that for good stories that have some science in them for fun and not the other way around, I need to look across the ocean?

  60. William Boyle

    If I had voted

    I would have voted for Hartnell's "The Aztecs" (episode 6) or Troughton's "The War Games" (episode 50). I liked "The Aztecs" because it didn't have any alien/robotic antagonists and gave what was for the time an accurate view of aspects of the Aztec civilization.

  61. Michael Fremlins

    Hold on a minute

    If an episode with John Pertwee didn't win, it's flawed.

    How can anyone not like that bouffant hair and crushed velvet jacket?

  62. Mark York 3 Silver badge
    Alien

    Spewing out of the ocean via pipes?

    That would be Fury from the deep (goodbye Victoria).

  63. Peter Kay

    Logopolis? You must be joking

    I loved that as a child and watched it again about four years ago. It's painful. Wooden acting, deeply crappy sets. I'll grant that the ending is good and the plot isn't that bad but it really doesn't stand up when stripped of its nostalgic glow.

    I agree that War Games was pretty good and much of Moffat's episodes were excellent. Ditto lots of Holmes episodes.

    No one seems to have mentioned Impossible Planet/Satan Pit which has a hackneyed plot but great implementation. Likewise Family of Blood.

    I have a soft spot for Warrior's Gate, Black Orchid and The Deadly Assassin too.

  64. dunncha
    Happy

    Stupid Question @ Chris Seiter

    I just ordered one off eBay. Do you have eBay in 'Merka'.

    You could also try the BBC shop although just looking now BBCmerica looks a little expensive.

    Of course you could hunt around but I would never condone infringing BBC License Payers copyright.

    Does anyone remember the Dr Who with Peter Cushing and Roy Castle?

    Pure suspense in greyscale

  65. Anonymous Coward
    Pirate

    Re: Stupid Question

    <cough> TPB </cough>

  66. OffBeatMammal

    re-visited the chronology

    Having lived in Australia I was lucky enough to be able to revisit - with my daughter - the whole run of Dr Who from first opening in the junkyard to today.

    Sure, a lot of the older episodes where pretty cheesy - wooden acting, plastic sets, and plots you could drive a truck through... but for sheer entertainment I really enjoyed it (and was really glad to be able to introduce my daughter to the whole back story)

    Nice to see some of my favourite episodes on this list, though Fang Rock was the one that scared the willies out of me as a kid and even re-watching it made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck.

    Big fan of the new series (and Torchwood and even Sarah Jane Chronicles)... really keen to see how it evolves

  67. Mal Franks

    Stephen Gallagher

    I'm rather fond of the two stories he wrote for Doctor Who - Warrior's Gate (4th Doctor) and Terminus (5th Doctor)

  68. Simon Rockman

    What was the one with Jo Grant

    And the big green maggots. I liked that one.

  69. El Richard Thomas
    Joke

    Re: Blink

    "Blink was awesome, as was the Empty child - adopting a childlike voice to say "Are you my mummy?"scares the bjesus out of my missus!"

    I bet it does - especially during sex!

  70. Dave Mundt
    Linux

    Too Many Good Lines...

    Greetings and Salutations....

    Alas, I have not seen ALL the episodes, but, the thing that impresses me about them is the continual flood of amusingly subtle (and not so subtle) humor that shows up. The Talons of Weng-Chaing is one of my favorite episodes, too, both for the over the top acting and, that golden moment when Li H'sen Chang opens the box of swords, to discover that the Dr. has slipped out; looks at the audience and says in that delightfully bad Chinese accent "One of us is Yellow...".

    All in all, though Dr. Who demonstrates that a well written show, even with cheesy effects and amazingly huge calls for the suspension of disbelief can provide pleasure for generation after generation, and, can evolve to bring a "reality" to the characters in it. Some of the recent episodes where the Dr. has been truly scary have done just that, and have enriched the show by the exposure of these facets of his complex personality.

  71. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @Chris Seiter

    BBC America show it, not sure how often they repeat it though, and NetFlix have just about all the modern series available, apart from the Christmas specials.

  72. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @Gordon is not a Moron, @Ian Ferguson

    Gordon is not a Moron, you are thinking about "The Curse of Fenric".

    Ian Ferguson, I don't remember an excellent episode with Peter Kay. There was an increcibly lame one, though, called "Love and Monsters".

    I agree with someone else who commented that the large number of episodes from the last three series is probably largely due to them being most recent. but I personally think that Blink is possibly the best episode ever.

    And City of Death has to be there, if only for John Cleese's cameo in the art gallery (oh, and it is a genuinely excellent story as well).

    (Anonymous, to avoid getting lynched by all the RTD and/or Peter Kay fans.)

  73. Anonymous Coward
    FAIL

    Time(lord) sensitive poll

    And if you do this poll again in ten years you will get a more recent doctor's episode as favorite I bet. It all depends on the ages of those surveyed. Its unlikely the poll was weighted by age....

  74. Petrea Mitchell
    Boffin

    Mr. Rockman, your story is...

    ..."The Green Death".

  75. Petrea Mitchell
    Go

    Re: Stupid Question

    Amazon.com has nearly all the commercially available DVDs. I've been getting mine from a mixture of them, DVD Empire, Deep Discount, and, in a couple cases where I was willing to pay the trans-Atlantic shipping charges and absolutely couldn't wait the extra couple months for the region 1 DVD, Amazon.co.uk.

    I've seen better prices than Amazon.co.uk for the region 2 DVDs, but none of those sites are willing to ship outside the EU.

    If you want a list of all the "classic" stories currently available, see the DVD list on the Doctor Who Restoration Team site at: http://www.restoration-team.co.uk/

  76. Kevin Campbell
    Thumb Up

    just wanted an excuse to say...

    "wibbly wobbly, timey wimey..."

    and

    "reverse the polarity of the neutron flow!"

  77. Russ Williams
    Flame

    Jenkins! Chap with wings there. Five rounds rapid.

    How could The Daemons be missing from that list?

  78. Terry 6 Silver badge
    Thumb Up

    The first daleks - beats anything these youngsters enjoy.

    To this day I remember (in black and white, of course) the Doctor and granddaughter landing on the planet of the Daleks, with the dark spindly forest and the (probably plywood) city full of humans trying not to get killed by Daleks. Lifts with big round buttons for the Daleks to push, and corners for unsuspecting humans to get ambushed and turned into negatives.

    But I was a rather small and gloriously terrified child. Nightmares for weeks!

    BTW, talking of back stories, what happened to the Doctor's granddaughter? She seemed to drop off the plotline quite early.

  79. Petrea Mitchell
    Flame

    This poll was obviously rigged...

    ...by the people who say they can't make any sense of "Warriors' Gate". Best. Story. Ever!

    I do agree "Logopolis" (rather like the idea of trying to fix the universe) and "The Aztecs" (what's this rumor about all the female companions before Ace being wimps, huh?) belong up there as well.

    My soft spot is for the reunion shows, so "Mawdryn Undead", "Battlefield", and all the multi-Doctor stories would be on my list...

  80. E Haines

    McCoy

    Definitely does not deserve any episodes in the top 10, or top 100 for that matter. I can't believe anyone actually paired up "decent script" with "McCoy era" using a straight face...that's just not on, even accounting for differences in taste. I saw a few of them this year for the first time in decades, and even the ones I remembered as "not bad for a McCoy episode" were deeply nonsensical. I think the only half-decent one of the lot was Remembrance of the Daleks (in which a Dalek happily levitated up the stairs, so the commentators you see wibbling on about "ooh, the Daleks can fly in the new Who, they could never get up the stairs before" can kindly stuff it, thank you). Maybe Fenric was OK; I haven't seen it lately, but I remember it as what should have been a 6-parter crammed not entirely successfully into a 4-part story.

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  82. GrantB
    Thumb Up

    My children

    Being modern kids, they thought most sci-fi/horror stuff was a bit naff.. but Blink and the echo's of "are you my mummy" (Empty child) had them squirming on the couch (and my 8 yr old diving behind the couch to hide at key moments).

    Brings back fond memories of me having nightmares as a kid watching Tom Baker. I have never gone back to the old episodes; I suspect my memories are far better than the actual quality of the programs.

  83. Winkypop Silver badge
    Thumb Up

    @Mark York 3

    Great !!

    I'll check it out.

    it's probably not scary at all now..

    Thanks.

  84. Tony Paulazzo
    Happy

    Pertwee

    Top 5 Pertwee IMHO

    The Green Death (I cried with the Doctor at Joe leaving)

    Brain of Morbius (scared the bejesus out of me)

    TOW The demon in the cornish village (witchcraft, ancient alien science being like magic to us - mind expanding stuff to a kid)

    The Axons (golden coloured people?) and the Nestens (plastic people horror)

    Pyramids of Mars (birthed my fascination with Egyptology)

  85. Mark Graybill

    Hartnell & Pertwee

    They should be on this list.

    I remember going to an SF con as a teenager and wondering who the guy with the perm and the scarf next to the words "Doctor Who" was. I'd seen Doctor Who, and it wasn't him! I came to like Tom Baker later, but it took a while. Hartnell _is_ Doctor Who to me. The mystery of the early episodes, never knowing where things would go or what the Doctor could do, is something later episodes just can't match.

    I'd have expected Pertwee, Jo, the Brigadier, Benson and the gadgets to come high on the list,too. Ah, well. Talons of Weng-Chiang made it. Unearthly Child belongs there, too.

    And Fang Rock--if nothing else for:

    "Are you in charge here?"

    "No, but I've got lots of good ideas!"

    Still gets me, every time.

  86. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    As tvtropes puts it

    who can forget the scenes leading up to the regeneration in the final episode of The Caves of Androzani? Carrying Peri across a battlefield surrounded with explosions, nearly dying of asphyxiation in an earlier scene and generally engaging in derring-do - all so he can save the girl he accidentally got into this situation and all while dying from spectrox poisoning. And not only this, but in the final moments of the first scene mentioned, he knows he has no cure for himself - he still delivers Peri to safety and meets death with dignity. And people thought the Fifth Doctor wasn't badass.

  87. Anonymous Coward
    Happy

    The Caves of ... recalled

    Besides Peri's gravity-defying boobs, I remember the 'Caves of ....' episodes as marking one of the first TV appearances for 'Hustle' ever-present Robert Glenister (Ash Morgan), brother of Philip Glenister (Life on Mars/ Ashes to Ashes). He played the rather shifty android Salateen.

    I bet that's made everybody's Friday.

  88. Moz
    Flame

    Tsk.

    No 'Girl in the Fireplace'?? No 'Seed of Doom'???

    Tsk. That's all I can say. Tsk.

  89. Winkypop Silver badge
    Unhappy

    Fury from the Deep - 1968

    "Only stills and/or fragments exist" - wikiwhacky

    awwwww.

  90. call me scruffy
    Thumb Up

    Hmmmmm,

    Certainly peri brought a couple of important qualities to that episode. (Davidson often remarked afterwards that his death scene was his finest moment of acting, but nobody's ever seen it because their attention goes elsewhere.)

    I'd prefer Earthshock though, the script wasn't that good but Adric getting killed whjile trying to save the dinosaurs earns him a fairly unique Darwin award.

  91. lukewarmdog
    Badgers

    Fang Rock

    Terrified as a kid. For years afterwards my dad would make the monster noise.

    All this "voted for by the kids" complaining is nonsense. Anyone can vote. Kids don't watch Doctor Who more than adults nor do they vote more. It's one of those shows you watch *with* your kids if anything, a tradition I'm more than happy to perpetuate.

  92. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @ Winkypop

    Not the same as the DVD, by may be good enough to bring back the memories....

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/classic/photonovels/fury/

  93. Chris Fleming
    Big Brother

    Anyone...

    remember Pirate Planet by Douglas Adams? A classic Dr Who for me along with "the Dr Who Movie"

    Im old old, saw my first Dr in 1963.

  94. Quirkafleeg
    Alien

    Re: Mr. Rockman, your story is…

    The Ark in Space. Big green maggots, played by actors in bubble-wrap.

  95. Simon Millard

    E-Space Trilogy

    Just bought and watched the E-Space Trilogy. Full Circle was interesting, the deciders reminded me of some of the managers I work with. State of Decay was a bit lame. I first heard this on Audio Tape and was much scarier. Warriors Gate had an awful lot of bad acting and maniacal laughing in it.

    People also need to remember that at the time time of broadcast, the TV SFx were cutting egde. Dr Who was the first TV serial to use CSO and boy, was some of it crap - Underworld in particular.

    I'm glad that Talons is in the top 10 as it is my favourite, but the Key to Time Saga was an excellent season.

    People also have to remember that Dr. Who has been going on for 46 years, not 4.

  96. TeeCee Gold badge
    Happy

    @Quirkafleeg

    No, "Green Death" is right. Big green maggots down mineshafts. The requirement for Jo Grant is a giveaway here as it makes it a Jon Pertwee / Katy Manning outing. "Ark in Space" is a Tom Baker / Liz Sladen piece.

    I do appreciate the opportunity to think about Jo Grant again though. Thank you.

    Re: "Planet of the Spiders". I went to a convention once where one of the guests was Matt Irvine (spelling?) of the BBC effects department. He brought the animatronic spider with him. Quite large, but nowhere near as scary once you find out it's called, er, "Boris" (announced to a roomful of groans at the sheer cheese involved). Bloody tempremental, rather difficult to control and a tad fragile (says he wot drove it off a table edge).

  97. Chris Seiter
    Thumb Up

    Got some videos

    I was able to find episodes from the originals to 2007(I think); some recreated. I just watched the first episode yesterday where we they go back to 100000bc (the timer said "0") and they have to teach the cavemen fire to get out.

  98. Stuart Castle

    RE: Author! Author! #

    @ Francis Vaughan

    "Great, so the rankings credit the actor who played the Doctor. Not the writer. Nor even director. This seems to say something fundamental about tthe nature of the fans, and it isn't all good."

    The thing is that most people who are Doctor Who fans would know the story by who played the Doctor in it, not the writer or director. They would know, for instance, that The Doctor in Caves of Androzani was Peter Davison, they would not necessarily know that the director was Graeme Harper, despite Graeme Harper directing many excellent stories in both New and Classic Who.

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