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50th Anniversary Polls – Your Favourite Stories

50th Anniversary Polls – Your Favourite Stories

As we rapidly approach the 50th anniversary we thought we would run a series of polls for visitors to vote on their favourite stories from each Doctor.

Once all the votes are in we will produce a final poll with the top 2 or 3 stories from each Doctor.

You will then be able to vote for your top stories spanning the last 50 years which will give us one ultimate winner!



  • L?????

    September 26th, 2013 - 5:14pm

    If only my local library would get more classic serials! We’ve got all of 9, most of 10 if not all, everything on 11, I think, except series 7 part 2, some of 3 and 4, and a couple of 2s! No 5th Doctor, one of 6 and the last one of 7! Seriously, we are pretty deprived. We have some novels, I think, but most are those e-book things, and some comics, including that new one that’s a crossover with Star Trek, and I don’t know how many audios we have but I’m going to have to look at those.

    • Anonymous

      December 15th, 2015 - 10:15pm

      Same here! Our classic supply ends at Caves of Androzani. No 6, and worse, no 7 (my favorite doctor!!!!)!!!!!!!!!!. They just got Survival a while ago- AFTER I had ordered it online!!!!!

  • Name

    August 31st, 2013 - 4:54pm

    -1st: The Myth Makers, the Ark, the Time Meddler
    -2nd: The Mind Robber, the Evil of the Daleks, the Enemy of the World
    -3rd: Inferno, the Sea Devils, the Daemons
    -4th: City of Death, Genesis of the Daleks, the Ark in Space
    -5th: The Caves of Androzani, Kinda, Snakedance
    -6th: Mindwarp, Vengeance on Varos
    -7th: Ghost Light, the Curse of Fenric
    -8th: (although you didn’t ask audios) The Chimes of Midnight, Immortal Beloved, Scherzo
    -9th: Dalek, Father’s Day
    -10th: Human Nature/The Family of Blood, Blink, Turn Left
    -11th: The Eleventh Hour, the God Complex, the Rebel Flesh/The Almost People

    Shame to see the Myth Makers at the bottom of the poll. I think it’s rather good!

    • Anonymous

      December 15th, 2015 - 10:18pm

      To be fair, the poll is a little outdated. It has no series 8 or 9, which is the only series I have seen every episode of!!!! 🙁

    • Paul Riddick

      December 19th, 2015 - 6:44pm

      Daleks Are My Favourites so are The Cybermen

    • A

      December 20th, 2015 - 11:23am

      Anonymous – yes it’s “outdated”, it was taken in 2013. Only people with time travel could have rated series 8 & 9.

  • The Lonely Lord

    August 13th, 2013 - 11:46am

    Does anyone own Sperehead From Space on blu-ray?

  • The Lonely Lord

    August 13th, 2013 - 11:44am

    What I picked:
    1st Doctor, The Daleks, The Dalek Invasion of Earth, The War Machines
    2nd Doctor, The Tomb of the Cybermen, The Invasion
    3rd Doctor, Sperehead From Space, The Three Doctors
    4th Doctor, Robot, Genesis of the Daleks, The Robots of Death
    5th Doctor, Earthshock, The Five Doctors
    6th Doctor, Attack of the Cybermen
    7th Doctor, Remembrance of the Daleks
    8th Doctor, NO
    9th Doctor, Aliens of London/World War Three, Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways
    10th Doctor, Human Nature/The Family of Blood, The Waters of Mars, The End of Time

    My Doctors in order:
    11. 6th
    10. 7th
    9. 8th
    8. 1st
    6. 5th
    5. 9th
    4. 11th
    3. 2nd
    2. 3rd
    1. 10th

    • The Lonely Lord

      August 13th, 2013 - 2:49pm

      11th Doctor, The Eleventh Hour, Victory of the Daleks, The Angles Take Manhattan

  • TARDIS123

    July 18th, 2013 - 8:16pm

    My Ranking of the Doctors:
    11. The 9th Doctor
    10. The 6th Doctor
    9. The 1st Doctor
    8. The 8th Doctor
    7. The 5th Doctor
    6. The 7th Doctor
    5. The Third Doctor
    4. The Second Doctor
    3. The Tenth Doctor(seriously, he is overrated)
    2. The Fourth Doctor
    1. The Eleventh Doctor

  • Andrew

    June 30th, 2013 - 12:50pm

    The problem with this sort of survey is that you are asking people to compare serials they have seen to those that no longer exist – and as lost episode recoveries have shown, you can’t judge a missing episode by the soundtrack.

    • Dalek: the Supreme

      June 30th, 2013 - 2:55pm

      Fair point, but that’s more a problem with the first two Doctors rather than Three to Eleven.

  • Dalek: the Supreme

    June 28th, 2013 - 9:01pm

    Fav 1st Doctor: Dalek Invasion of Earth
    Fav 2nd Doctor: Tomb of the Cybermen
    Fav 3rd Doctor: The Three Doctors
    Fav 4th Doctor: City of Death
    Fav 5th Doctor: Caves of Androzanni
    Fav 6th Doctor: Trial of a Time Lord (The whole thing)
    Fav 7th Doctor: Remembrance of the Daleks
    8th Doctor: Maybe, it was good but flawed
    9th Doctor: The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances
    10th Doctor: Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead
    11th Doctor: The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang

    Honorable mentions: Earthshock, Asylum of the Daleks, The War Games, Genesis of the Daleks, and Vincent and the Doctor

  • Anonymous

    June 26th, 2013 - 9:41pm

    Can tell many younger people here that ain’t listened to audios or watched many classics fury potd and highlanders should be higher but highlanders is underated. Smugglers is classic on audio

    • Big D

      July 7th, 2013 - 7:02pm

      And this is the big problem with this kind of survey. Alot of us that have watched it from the beginning will remember those episodes but others wont for the reasons you point out.

      One of my personal favourites is Web Of Fear (PT)but I know this wont feature because its unavailble on dvd for the younger generation to enjoy.

      So too, the overall winner will come from Doctor 4 onwards but will most likely be one of the RTD/SM ones as these are in the recent memory.

  • DoctorArkham

    June 26th, 2013 - 6:03pm

    Here’s what I think of the 11 Doctors
    1- Don’t know too much about
    2- Musical
    3- Funny and Sarcastic
    4- Hilarious and Serious
    5- Sporty
    6- Freaky
    7- Dark
    8- Too Romantic
    9- Cool
    10- Best Doctor Ever
    11- Wears and bow tie and has too many admirers.

    • Dalek: the Supreme

      June 28th, 2013 - 8:55pm

      I think Ten is the one who had too many admirers, but that’s my opinion.

    • Big D

      July 7th, 2013 - 7:07pm

      Three – funny and sarcastic???? I would have to disagree on that one – sorry. (JP is definitely my favourite). Action man – yes. Serious – yes. Injector of humour – yes but Sarcastic – no no no.
      Ten – overrated. Sorry.

  • gndhruvesh

    June 26th, 2013 - 5:48pm

    ready to be mistaken… but looking at the list, to my knowledge Doctor No. 11 has not yet met the Master…? wish they would return to the satanic bearded look if/when they bring him back for the 50th / or Christmas Special; hope it is not the latter, two consecutive regenerations heavily involving the same adversary would start to seem predictable as ever… 😀

    • Dalek: the Supreme

      June 30th, 2013 - 2:57pm

      Eleven hasn’t met the Master yet, the only Doctor who hasn’t, which is a real shame because even One and Two, who were around before the Master was even thought of, met him in The Five Doctors.

    • DoctorArkham

      July 1st, 2013 - 4:14pm

      Steven Moffat stated in a Vlog that he had no current plans on the Master’s return as he thinks that the Doctor should not have an arch nemesis but I think he’s wrong. The Master shoud not be thought of as a mere arch villain, but a match for the Doctor. Has anyone noticed that all the Master episodes don’t have Deus Ex Machina endings?

    • Dalek: the Supreme

      July 2nd, 2013 - 5:27am

      I think Last of the Time Lords did, but I haven’t seen it in a while, so who knows?

  • Yusuf

    June 25th, 2013 - 12:29pm

    People voted for Warriors of the Deep over Enlightenment, Frontios and Snakedance???!!!???

    How does that possibly happen? What mirror universe am I living in?

    • MaxP

      June 27th, 2013 - 3:55am

      here ye!

    • Andrew

      June 30th, 2013 - 9:42pm

      For some reason people seem to be equating monsters with good serials – rather than plot, character development and imagination. The original Dalek serial is quite rightly high on the Hartnell list because it is a very good serial (and not because it features the Daleks). Quite why the convoluted Attack of the Cybermen trumps the imaginative and darkly humorous Revelation of the Daleks beats me! But then, The End of Time is top of the DT list – so I’m obviously missing something…

    • Dalek: the Supreme

      July 2nd, 2013 - 5:31am

      While I like Attack of the Cybermen better, I see your point. I think people mainly voted for The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End was because either the Daleks were in it or Rose/Davros was returning. As great as the Daleks are, just cause they’re in a story doesn’t mean it’s great. Sure Genesis, Remembrance, and Dalek are classics, but Destiny and the aforementioned Journey’s End are clear examples of why the presence of the Daleks doesn’t make it a good story.

    • Andrew

      July 2nd, 2013 - 3:46pm

      Have to admit I do find The Fat Controller rather amusing in Attack.

  • legendrulz05

    June 24th, 2013 - 9:08pm

    Poor old Sun makers!

    • Andrew

      July 2nd, 2013 - 4:08pm

      Not as bad as Paradise Towers and The Happiness Patrol coming below Silver Nemesis – were people mistaking Silver Nemesis for something else!

  • Jon Roberts

    June 24th, 2013 - 4:36pm

    I’m quite suprised that Midnight has had so few votes, it is in my view the best DT story

    • Dalek: the Supreme

      July 1st, 2013 - 7:09pm

      I can’t blame you, I’m almost insulted that The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End got so many votes.

    • Andrew

      July 2nd, 2013 - 4:00pm

      Boom Town is obviously much under-rated – that and Dalek are my favourite Eccleston episodes.

  • The TARDIS

    June 23rd, 2013 - 4:10pm

    I cannot believe that A Good Man Goes To War has LESS votes than the apocalyptically poor Cold War!

    • JJ

      June 23rd, 2013 - 6:12pm

      really? That is sooooooooo bad. A Good Man Goes To War was absolutely brill.

    • DoctorArkham

      June 26th, 2013 - 5:59pm

      Cold War is better because it is not utterly predictable like AGMGTW.

    • Dalek: the Supreme

      June 28th, 2013 - 9:02pm

      I liked Cold War, but A Good Man Goes To War was brilliant.

    • Andrew

      June 30th, 2013 - 9:48pm

      Why do people like style over substance – I want longer serials where the story is allowed to develop and other characters are allowed to have character and a real role in the story. Compare the interaction between regulars and guests and the various plot strands in the 20th century series to what we have now.

    • Anonymous

      December 15th, 2015 - 10:23pm

      As was discussed earlier on this list, people are voting because of monsters, not how good the episode really was. My Doctor- sense is also telling me nostalgia is a big factor in the voting process

  • Richard

    June 22nd, 2013 - 10:35pm

    9 and 11 were so bad I could not vote for any of them

    Classic is so superior

    • Dalek: the Supreme

      June 28th, 2013 - 9:03pm

      To be honest, with episodes like Vincent and the Doctor, Amy’s Choice, The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang, The Doctor’s Wife, A Good Man Goes To War, Asylum of the Daleks, A Town Called Mercy, The Rings of Akhaten, and The Name of the Doctor, I don’t know why people hate his era.

    • Andrew

      July 1st, 2013 - 3:58pm

      I agree that some of Matt’s serials are really good – especially Amy’s Choice, Vincent and the Doctor and A Town called Mercy – but where I think it has been going wrong is by trying to cram everything into 45-minute episodes. Amy’s choice, Vincent and the Doctor and A Town called Mercy work in this format, but A Good Man goes to War just doesn’t because its a lot of elements that are not allowed to develop and don’t hang together properly as a story. There’s no point in doing spectacle for the sake of it, particularly if there’s no real story to hang it on, just a vague idea. The 2-parter that precedes AGMGTW works much better as the characters can establish themselves, interact with each other, and create a coherent story. Maybe I just like traditional British drama…

    • Dalek: the Supreme

      July 2nd, 2013 - 5:34am

      A Good Man Goes To War does a great job of showing the Doctor’s darker side, and seeing him at his lowest is wonderfully dark and depressing. The side characters Strax, Jenny, and Vastra are greatly entertaining, and when the Doctor asks who this woman is who has joined this orginization just so she can see him again because he touched her life is so sad and depressing.

    • Anonymous

      December 15th, 2015 - 10:25pm

      I like classic as much as the next guy, but the new series has more of a focus on emotions than the classic series.

  • RYCBAR123

    June 22nd, 2013 - 9:56pm

    I didn’t even know how to choose my fave 11th Doctor stories. I nearly imploded.

    • DoctorArkham

      June 26th, 2013 - 5:59pm

      It’s fairly easy, there aren’t many decent ones.

    • Dalek: the Supreme

      June 28th, 2013 - 8:57pm

      I know how you feel, RYCBAR, there’s a lot of greats. My favorites are The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang, Asylum of the Daleks, and Vincent and the Doctor.

    • The Lonely Lord

      August 13th, 2013 - 2:55pm

      If Vincent and the Doctor didn’t have the ending, it wouldn’t have been as great

    • Anonymous

      December 15th, 2015 - 10:26pm


  • Connor Kelly

    June 22nd, 2013 - 12:57pm

    This was so hard!!! So many to choose from!!!

  • Anonymous

    June 22nd, 2013 - 12:38pm

    tennent all the way

    • DoctorArkham

      June 26th, 2013 - 6:00pm

      Agreed. I could’ve voted for more than three. Perhaps… All of them?

    • Dalek: the Supreme

      June 28th, 2013 - 9:07pm

      One would think since he’s one of my least favorite Doctors, I’d have had a hard time finding my favorites, but the good episodes really stand out from the bad ones.

  • AmericanGirl227

    June 22nd, 2013 - 6:09am

    My two fave doctors are tennant and smith! Some ppl say your first doctor is your fave, NOT TRUE! Didn’t care for eccleston much

    • Dalek: the Supreme

      June 30th, 2013 - 5:01am

      I have to somewhat agree with what you say, Troughton was my first, and though he is one of my favorites, I still like Matt and Tom better.

    • Andrew

      July 2nd, 2013 - 3:55pm

      My earliest memories are of when Tom Baker took over (so I have a soft spot for his portrayal, and particularly Revenge of the Cybermen which is one of the earliest serials I remember) but I had a strange early Dr Who experience because, as well as Tom on the tv, I also had an old Hartnell annual at the same time – so Dr Who always had more than one face for men. The annual roused by curiosity about Hartnell, and when I eventually discovered his tv serials he rapidly became my favourite – and still is. Have to admit I don’t go a bundle on Tennant.

  • Eric cartman

    June 21st, 2013 - 7:06pm

    my top 3 favourite stories are

    The End of time

    Doctor who

    The five doctors

    • Dalek: the Supreme

      June 28th, 2013 - 9:07pm

      Mine are: The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang, Tomb of the Cybermen, and Remembrance of the Daleks.

    • Andrew

      July 1st, 2013 - 4:18pm

      I have major problems with Remembrance of the Daleks. First Dr Who is quite happy to destroy a planet in his battle of wits with Davros (regardless of the genocide it will cause to the native species on Skaro and the effect it will have on other planets in the vicinity – this goes against the whole nature of the Dr’s character). Secondly, the serial blatantly re-writes the whole concept of the series with the Hand of Omega thing (so that Dr Who is aware of the Daleks before he has even met them, changing the whole reason for his arrival on earth in 1963, and making him some intergalactic manipulator from the very beginning instead of a traveller exploring the universe – and through this taints what others particularly like their about bygone eras in order to unnecessary overlay the modern whim on it). Thirdly, those early Ace serials just irritate me as her character is written by adults who think they know what teenagers are like but don’t. I hated ROTD at the time and still do – for me, it is a conceited folly. Sorry to those who like it.

    • Dalek: the Supreme

      July 1st, 2013 - 7:17pm

      Firstly, the Seventh Doctor himself is a much darker incarnation. You might notice how the Doctor evolves into a darker character with almost every regeneration (Eight and Ten seem to be slight exceptions, and even in the Audios Eight can be grim). Secondly, It was never said the Doctor knew the Daleks themselves were after it at the time he took it. He obviously wouldn’t trust the Time Lords with mowing the lawn, and probably saw fit to take it. Thirdly, I actually like her character, she did start out a little mean-spirited, but she evolved into a better person as time went on, which is why she’s my favorite companion. Sorry if it seems like I’m attacking you, I’m really not trying to, I’m just trying to defend my favorite Dalek story.

    • Andrew

      July 1st, 2013 - 10:19pm

      We’ll agree to differ

    • Dalek: the Supreme

      July 2nd, 2013 - 5:35am

      I’m sure we can agree that the 50th Special should be impressive with the Tenth Doctor and the Zygons confirmed and the Daleks and Cybermen rumored.

    • Andrew

      July 2nd, 2013 - 3:49pm

      Yes, rather – but wouldn’t it be sooooooo much better if they included the Taran Wood Beast and Zog from The Ultimate Adventure stage show as well.

    • Buy me

      January 12th, 2014 - 1:16pm

      Mine are stones of blod. Zygons. Tomb.

  • Matt Smithy

    June 21st, 2013 - 5:24pm

    May have messed up, didn’t notice that it said “top 3” so only put 1 for the first 2 Doctors…now it won’t accept my votes 🙁

  • drwhofan4ever

    June 21st, 2013 - 4:26pm

    wheres boom town on the ninth doctor list?

    • booboo

      June 21st, 2013 - 4:33pm

      must be a glitch its on the list, try refreshing the page

  • Booboo Jr

    June 21st, 2013 - 4:07pm

    Great idea, it will be interesting to see which story comes out top!


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