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The Worst Who stories

Sparked by a debate between blue_condition and myself, I must ask the following questions:

Which is the worst First Doctor story?

An Unearthly Child a.k.a. "100,000 BC", "The Tribe of Gum"
2(5.6%)
The Daleks a.k.a. "The Dead Planet," "The Mutants"
1(2.8%)
The Edge of Destruction a.k.a. "Beyond the Sun", "Inside the Spaceship"
1(2.8%)
Marco Polo
1(2.8%)
The Keys of Marinus
0(0.0%)
The Aztecs
0(0.0%)
The Sensorites
3(8.3%)
The Reign of Terror a.k.a. "The French Revolution"
0(0.0%)
Planet of Giants
2(5.6%)
The Dalek Invasion of Earth
0(0.0%)
The Rescue
0(0.0%)
The Romans
0(0.0%)
The Web Planet
3(8.3%)
The Crusade
0(0.0%)
The Space Museum
3(8.3%)
The Chase
4(11.1%)
The Time Meddler
0(0.0%)
Galaxy 4
4(11.1%)
Mission to the Unknown, a.k.a. "Dalek Cutaway"
0(0.0%)
The Myth Makers
0(0.0%)
The Daleks' Master Plan
0(0.0%)
The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve, a.k.a. "The Massacre"
0(0.0%)
The Ark
0(0.0%)
The Celestial Toymaker
1(2.8%)
The Gunfighters
5(13.9%)
The Savages
0(0.0%)
The War Machines
0(0.0%)
The Smugglers
2(5.6%)
The Tenth Planet
0(0.0%)
What do you mean? They are all fantastic!
2(5.6%)

Which is the worst Second Doctor story?

The Power of the Daleks
0(0.0%)
The Highlanders
1(3.0%)
The Underwater Menace
12(36.4%)
The Moonbase
0(0.0%)
The Macra Terror
2(6.1%)
The Faceless Ones
0(0.0%)
The Evil of the Daleks
0(0.0%)
The Tomb of the Cybermen
0(0.0%)
The Abominable Snowmen
0(0.0%)
The Ice Warriors
0(0.0%)
The Enemy of the World
0(0.0%)
The Web of Fear
0(0.0%)
Fury from the Deep
1(3.0%)
The Wheel in Space
1(3.0%)
The Dominators
3(9.1%)
The Mind Robber
0(0.0%)
The Invasion
0(0.0%)
The Krotons
4(12.1%)
The Seeds of Death
0(0.0%)
The Space Pirates
1(3.0%)
The War Games
1(3.0%)
What do you mean? They are all fantastic!
7(21.2%)

Which is the worst Third Doctor story?

Spearhead from Space
0(0.0%)
Doctor Who and the Silurians
1(2.6%)
The Ambassadors of Death
0(0.0%)
Inferno
0(0.0%)
Terror of the Autons
1(2.6%)
The Mind of Evil
1(2.6%)
The Claws of Axos
4(10.5%)
Colony in Space
1(2.6%)
The Dæmons
0(0.0%)
Day of the Daleks
0(0.0%)
The Curse of Peladon
0(0.0%)
The Sea Devils
0(0.0%)
The Mutants
9(23.7%)
The Time Monster
5(13.2%)
The Three Doctors
0(0.0%)
Carnival of Monsters
3(7.9%)
Frontier in Space
0(0.0%)
Planet of the Daleks
1(2.6%)
The Green Death
0(0.0%)
The Time Warrior
0(0.0%)
Invasion of the Dinosaurs
2(5.3%)
Death to the Daleks
0(0.0%)
The Monster of Peladon
1(2.6%)
Planet of the Spiders
1(2.6%)
What do you mean? They are all fantastic!
8(21.1%)

Which is the worst Fourth Doctor story?

Robot
0(0.0%)
The Ark in Space
0(0.0%)
The Sontaran Experiment
1(2.4%)
Genesis of the Daleks
0(0.0%)
Revenge of the Cybermen
2(4.8%)
Terror of the Zygons
1(2.4%)
Planet of Evil
0(0.0%)
Pyramids of Mars
0(0.0%)
The Android Invasion
0(0.0%)
The Brain of Morbius
0(0.0%)
The Seeds of Doom
0(0.0%)
The Masque of Mandragora
0(0.0%)
The Hand of Fear
1(2.4%)
The Deadly Assassin
1(2.4%)
The Face of Evil
0(0.0%)
The Robots of Death
1(2.4%)
The Talons of Weng-Chiang
2(4.8%)
Horror of Fang Rock
0(0.0%)
The Invisible Enemy
2(4.8%)
Image of the Fendahl
1(2.4%)
The Sun Makers
2(4.8%)
Underworld
4(9.5%)
The Invasion of Time
0(0.0%)
The Ribos Operation
0(0.0%)
The Pirate Planet
1(2.4%)
The Stones of Blood
0(0.0%)
The Androids of Tara
1(2.4%)
The Power of Kroll
1(2.4%)
The Armageddon Factor
2(4.8%)
Destiny of the Daleks
1(2.4%)
City of Death
0(0.0%)
The Creature from the Pit
2(4.8%)
Nightmare of Eden
1(2.4%)
The Horns of Nimon
6(14.3%)
Shada
0(0.0%)
The Leisure Hive
0(0.0%)
Meglos
2(4.8%)
Full Circle
0(0.0%)
State of Decay
1(2.4%)
Warriors' Gate
0(0.0%)
The Keeper of Traken
0(0.0%)
Logopolis
0(0.0%)
What do you mean? They are all fantastic!
6(14.3%)

Which is the worst Fifth Doctor story?

Castrovalva
0(0.0%)
Four to Doomsday
3(7.9%)
Kinda
3(7.9%)
The Visitation
1(2.6%)
Black Orchid
4(10.5%)
Earthshock
1(2.6%)
Time-Flight
16(42.1%)
Arc of Infinity
1(2.6%)
Snakedance
2(5.3%)
Mawdryn Undead
0(0.0%)
Terminus
0(0.0%)
Enlightenment
0(0.0%)
The King's Demons
3(7.9%)
The Five Doctors
0(0.0%)
Warriors of the Deep
3(7.9%)
The Awakening
0(0.0%)
Frontios
0(0.0%)
Resurrection of the Daleks
0(0.0%)
Planet of Fire
0(0.0%)
The Caves of Androzani
0(0.0%)
What do you mean? They are all fantastic!
1(2.6%)

Which is the worst Sixth Doctor story?

The Twin Dilemma
11(29.7%)
Attack of the Cybermen
1(2.7%)
Vengeance on Varos
0(0.0%)
The Mark of the Rani
2(5.4%)
The Two Doctors
0(0.0%)
Timelash
9(24.3%)
Revelation of the Daleks
1(2.7%)
The Mysterious Planet (Trial of a Time Lord eps 1-4)
1(2.7%)
Mindwarp (Trial of a Time Lord eps 5-8)
1(2.7%)
Terror of the Vervoids (Trial of a Time Lord eps 9-12)
1(2.7%)
The Ultimate Foe a.k.a. "Time, Inc." (Trial of a Time Lord eps 13-14)
1(2.7%)
What do you mean? They are all fantastic!
3(8.1%)
How can you ask? They are all terrible!
6(16.2%)

Which is the worst Seventh Doctor story?

Time and the Rani
9(22.0%)
Paradise Towers
2(4.9%)
Delta and the Bannermen
8(19.5%)
Dragonfire
0(0.0%)
Remembrance of the Daleks
0(0.0%)
The Happiness Patrol
8(19.5%)
Silver Nemesis
2(4.9%)
The Greatest Show in the Galaxy
2(4.9%)
Season Twenty-Six - 1989
2(4.9%)
Battlefield
1(2.4%)
Ghost Light
0(0.0%)
The Curse of Fenric
1(2.4%)
Survival
1(2.4%)
What do you mean? They are all fantastic!
3(7.3%)
How can you ask? They are all terrible!
2(4.9%)

Which is the worst Eighth Doctor story?

Doctor Who: The TV Movie, a.k.a. "Enemy Within" or "The Movie"
11(20.8%)
This really isn't a fair question.
42(79.2%)

Which is the worst Ninth Doctor story?

Rose
0(0.0%)
The End of the World
0(0.0%)
The Unquiet Dead
4(6.6%)
Aliens of London / World War Three
11(18.0%)
Dalek
0(0.0%)
The Long Game
16(26.2%)
Father's Day
9(14.8%)
The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances
3(4.9%)
Boom Town
10(16.4%)
Bad Wolf / The Parting of the Ways
0(0.0%)
What do you mean? They are all fantastic!
8(13.1%)

Which is the worst Tenth Doctor story?

Children in Need Special
0(0.0%)
The Christmas Invasion
0(0.0%)
New Earth
1(1.5%)
Tooth and Claw
2(3.1%)
School Reunion
0(0.0%)
The Girl in the Fireplace
0(0.0%)
Rise of the Cybermen / The Age of Steel
1(1.5%)
The Idiot's Lantern
1(1.5%)
The Impossible Planet / The Satan Pit
2(3.1%)
Love & Monsters
16(24.6%)
Fear Her
15(23.1%)
Army of Ghosts / Doomsday
1(1.5%)
The Runaway Bride
0(0.0%)
Smith and Jones
0(0.0%)
The Shakespeare Code
0(0.0%)
Gridlock
0(0.0%)
Daleks in Manhattan / Evolution of the Daleks
6(9.2%)
The Lazarus Experiment
1(1.5%)
42
4(6.2%)
Human Nature / The Family of Blood
1(1.5%)
Blink
0(0.0%)
Utopia / The Sound of Drums / Last of the Time Lords
1(1.5%)
Time Crash
0(0.0%)
Voyage of the Damned
3(4.6%)
Partners in Crime
0(0.0%)
The Fires of Pompeii
0(0.0%)
Planet of the Ood
0(0.0%)
The Sontaran Stratagem/The Poison Sky
1(1.5%)
The Doctor's Daughter
2(3.1%)
The Unicorn and the Wasp
1(1.5%)
Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead
1(1.5%)
Midnight
0(0.0%)
Turn Left/The Stolen Earth/[Journey's End - not clear if it is a 10th Doctor story!]
1(1.5%)
What do you mean? They are all fantastic!
1(1.5%)
Ask me again after next Saturday.
3(4.6%)

Comments

( 29 comments — Leave a comment )
bopeepsheep
Jun. 29th, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately for everything before 7th Doctor, I like the stories I can identify from title-alone, but have no idea about the stories I can't. It needs a Friends-style "the one with..." annotation for me to be able to complete that part, since I don't think I have time to read synopses of them all...
londonkds
Jun. 29th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
For all Doctors pre-Six this is (of the ones I've seen all or parts of). Only one likely to be controversial is Carnival Of Monsters, which is my all-time choice for Most Over-rated Doctor Who Story.
uitlander
Jun. 29th, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
Don't worry, you are not alone - that one is my particular pet hate.
lonemagpie
Jun. 29th, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
Space Museum
Underwater Menace
Colony In Space
Meglos
Kinda
Twin Dilemma
Delta And The Bannermen
Unfair question
Boom Town
Fear Her
nwhyte
Jun. 29th, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC)
You know you can actually click the relevant stories and press "submit", right?
lonemagpie
Jun. 30th, 2008 06:14 am (UTC)
Did that as well, but posted so people could what I picked
altariel
Jun. 29th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
The Underwater Menace is a hoot. "Come on, Ben, we've got other fish to fry!"

Edited at 2008-06-29 07:44 pm (UTC)
blue_condition
Jun. 29th, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
eeek, can't I have my entry for ALL of ToaTL? ;)
loveandgarbage
Jun. 30th, 2008 09:58 pm (UTC)
Even Mindwarp? It's a great script. It's just the execution (mainly direction) that's problematic.

I love Mindwarp.
uitlander
Jun. 29th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
Of course, its very hard to make a fair judgement on the first doctor when so little survives, and what does in 40-odd years out of broadcast context. Similarly the worst second doctor story is pretty much a three way splint IMHO between Underwater Menace (so bad I laughed all the way through), Macra Terror and the Krotons.
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selenak
Jun. 30th, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
As a Three fan, I second that motion.
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nwhyte
Jun. 29th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
I agree. I remembered it as a bit disappointing first time round but really liked it when I re-watched it.
wwhyte
Jun. 29th, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
Yes. It's not standard Doctor Who but it does a lot of very interesting things.
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altariel
Jun. 30th, 2008 08:52 am (UTC)
I agree. As well as the fun dialogue, it's also got some great performances. If only all "filler" was this good!
wwhyte
Jun. 29th, 2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
Good poll!

I voted "They're all fantastic!" for Ecclestone because they are, even the bad ones.

I would have voted for Last of the Time Lords on its own as worst of Ten, and a strong candidate for worst ever, but Utopia and Sound of Drums were pretty good.

Who voted Talons of Weng Chiang as worst T Baker? Was that a vote for genuine worst or for most overrated?
redfiona99
Jun. 29th, 2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
I'm going to have to chicken out of submitting answers via poll (I've not seen enough of 1,2,5,6 or 7 to comment) but for 4, 9 and 10 my answers are State of Decay, Father's Day and Tooth and Claw in that order.
nwhyte
Jun. 29th, 2008 11:13 pm (UTC)
Nothing to stop you answering only the ones you feel like answering!
seawasp
Jun. 29th, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
Well...
... I have seen none of the 1st doctor, parts of the 2nd.

I'm surprised at some answers I see, less so at others. I know that I'm in a minority feeling that the Family of Blood, or Blink, are terrible episodes, but I stand by those evaluations. I would have selected both, but having to make the choice I settled on Family of Blood.

I couldn't really choose a bad episode for Tom Baker or Pertwee, and I can't recall enjoying ANY of Colin Baker's.

"Black Orchid" remains, for me, the worst of all the Who episodes I've ever seen. It was worse than stupid, it was POINTLESS.
wwhyte
Jun. 29th, 2008 11:48 pm (UTC)
Can we have a "They're all rubbish except for Revelation" button for C Baker?

Or this same poll again but with multi-choice checkboxes instead of radio buttons? That'd be COOL.
nwhyte
Jun. 30th, 2008 07:14 am (UTC)
Feel free to try coding it...
matgb
Jun. 30th, 2008 09:39 am (UTC)
multi-choice checkboxes instead of radio buttons

Is what I was going to say. I did it for the last series after LotTLs witha Good list and a Bad list, it worked quite well, even allowing for some people to vote the same episode as both to show either ambivalence or 'both great and awful' attitude.

I always did mean to do an aggregation but never actually did, will definitely do it after next weeks episode though.

D'you think I should do one for each of Rusty's series? That might be an interesting result set.
http://matgb.livejournal.com/217810.html
wwhyte
Jun. 30th, 2008 09:59 am (UTC)
Good idea! I'd do it myself but I don't have a big enough readership to make it interesting.
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qatsi
Jun. 30th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
I skipped 1 and 2, because I don't really feel I know them well enough.

I find it interesting to note that one of the things many people (myself included) felt was missing in the first couple of episodes of the New Who was the lack of cliff-hangers, but then, the as you've paired them up it shows how patchy and dissatisfying some of the multi-parters can be. The season 1 and 2 finales work well (even if Doomsday tends towards TBO); Utopia is a great prologue to a rubbish end of season 3. Steve Moffatt's two-parters are good, but then again, so are his single episodes. Daleks in Manhattan is rather let down by Evolution of the Daleks, and the less said about the Slitheen, the better.
mizkit
Jun. 30th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
The only one I'm remotely qualified to comment on is the 10th Doctor (uh, because I totally forgot about Eccleston, wow), but I gotta say, out of the 4 seasons of Doctor Who I've watched, "Love and Monsters" is the only one I wouldn't re-watch unless a gun was held to my head. So. :)
yea_mon
Jul. 1st, 2008 12:52 pm (UTC)
"Love and Monsters" was bad - but cheesy. "Fear Her" was overblown and ridiculous - easily displaced "Father's Day" from the top of my dislike list for the New Who...
mizkit
Jul. 2nd, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
I can't even remember "Fear Her", which I guess...*looks it up* Oh. That one. I didn't think it was nearly as awful as "Love & Monsters". *laughs* Ah well. :)
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