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Following on from last week's question...

For those who felt last week's poll was too negative:

What was the best First Doctor story?

An Unearthly Child a.k.a. "100,000 BC", "The Tribe of Gum"
3(5.4%)
The Daleks a.k.a. "The Mutants", "The Dead Planet"
4(7.1%)
The Edge of Destruction a.k.a. "Inside the Spaceship", "Beyond the Sun"
2(3.6%)
Marco Polo a.k.a. "A Journey to Cathay"
1(1.8%)
The Keys of Marinus
2(3.6%)
The Aztecs
8(14.3%)
The Sensorites
1(1.8%)
The Reign of Terror a.k.a. "The French Revolution"
0(0.0%)
Planet of Giants
0(0.0%)
The Dalek Invasion of Earth
16(28.6%)
The Rescue
0(0.0%)
The Romans
3(5.4%)
The Web Planet
0(0.0%)
The Crusade
0(0.0%)
The Space Museum
0(0.0%)
The Chase
1(1.8%)
The Time Meddler
2(3.6%)
Galaxy 4
0(0.0%)
Mission to the Unknown a.k.a. "Dalek Cutaway"
0(0.0%)
The Myth Makers
1(1.8%)
The Daleks' Master Plan
3(5.4%)
The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve a.k.a. "The Massacre"
0(0.0%)
The Ark
0(0.0%)
The Celestial Toymaker
0(0.0%)
The Gunfighters
0(0.0%)
The Savages
0(0.0%)
The War Machines
1(1.8%)
The Smugglers
0(0.0%)
The Tenth Planet
2(3.6%)
They were all great! I can't choose!
1(1.8%)
They were all terrible! I can't choose!
1(1.8%)

What was the best Second Doctor story?

The Power of the Daleks
0(0.0%)
The Highlanders
3(5.9%)
The Underwater Menace
0(0.0%)
The Moonbase
0(0.0%)
The Macra Terror
0(0.0%)
The Faceless Ones
1(2.0%)
The Evil of the Daleks
4(7.8%)
The Tomb of the Cybermen
10(19.6%)
The Abominable Snowmen
0(0.0%)
The Ice Warriors
1(2.0%)
The Enemy of the World
0(0.0%)
The Web of Fear
2(3.9%)
Fury from the Deep
0(0.0%)
The Wheel in Space
1(2.0%)
The Dominators
0(0.0%)
The Mind Robber
13(25.5%)
The Invasion
8(15.7%)
The Krotons
0(0.0%)
The Seeds of Death
0(0.0%)
The Space Pirates
0(0.0%)
The War Games
5(9.8%)
They were all great! I can't choose!
2(3.9%)
They were all terrible! I can't choose!
1(2.0%)

What was the best Third Doctor story?

Spearhead from Space
2(3.8%)
Doctor Who and the Silurians
5(9.6%)
The Ambassadors of Death
1(1.9%)
Inferno
12(23.1%)
Terror of the Autons
4(7.7%)
The Mind of Evil
2(3.8%)
The Claws of Axos
3(5.8%)
Colony in Space
0(0.0%)
The Dæmons
5(9.6%)
Day of the Daleks
1(1.9%)
The Curse of Peladon
1(1.9%)
The Sea Devils
1(1.9%)
The Mutants
0(0.0%)
The Time Monster
0(0.0%)
The Three Doctors
4(7.7%)
Carnival of Monsters
0(0.0%)
Frontier in Space
1(1.9%)
Planet of the Daleks
0(0.0%)
The Green Death
4(7.7%)
The Time Warrior
0(0.0%)
Invasion of the Dinosaurs
2(3.8%)
Death to the Daleks
0(0.0%)
The Monster of Peladon
0(0.0%)
Planet of the Spiders
2(3.8%)
They were all great! I can't choose!
1(1.9%)
They were all terrible! I can't choose!
1(1.9%)

What was the best Fourth Doctor story?

Robot
0(0.0%)
The Ark in Space
1(1.9%)
The Sontaran Experiment
0(0.0%)
Genesis of the Daleks
15(27.8%)
Revenge of the Cybermen
0(0.0%)
Terror of the Zygons
0(0.0%)
Planet of Evil
0(0.0%)
Pyramids of Mars
3(5.6%)
The Android Invasion
1(1.9%)
The Brain of Morbius
1(1.9%)
The Seeds of Doom
0(0.0%)
The Masque of Mandragora
1(1.9%)
The Hand of Fear
0(0.0%)
The Deadly Assassin
3(5.6%)
The Face of Evil
0(0.0%)
The Robots of Death
4(7.4%)
The Talons of Weng-Chiang
6(11.1%)
Horror of Fang Rock
0(0.0%)
The Invisible Enemy
0(0.0%)
Image of the Fendahl
1(1.9%)
The Sun Makers
0(0.0%)
Underworld
0(0.0%)
The Invasion of Time
0(0.0%)
The Ribos Operation
0(0.0%)
The Pirate Planet
1(1.9%)
The Stones of Blood
1(1.9%)
The Androids of Tara
0(0.0%)
The Power of Kroll
0(0.0%)
The Armageddon Factor
0(0.0%)
Destiny of the Daleks
0(0.0%)
City of Death
12(22.2%)
The Creature from the Pit
0(0.0%)
Nightmare of Eden
0(0.0%)
The Horns of Nimon
0(0.0%)
Shada
0(0.0%)
The Leisure Hive
0(0.0%)
Meglos
0(0.0%)
Full Circle
0(0.0%)
State of Decay
1(1.9%)
Warriors' Gate
1(1.9%)
The Keeper of Traken
0(0.0%)
Logopolis
0(0.0%)
They were all great! I can't choose!
2(3.7%)
They were all terrible! I can't choose!
0(0.0%)

What was the best Fifth Doctor story?

Castrovalva
2(3.8%)
Four to Doomsday
0(0.0%)
Kinda
5(9.6%)
The Visitation
2(3.8%)
Black Orchid
2(3.8%)
Earthshock
5(9.6%)
Time-Flight
0(0.0%)
Arc of Infinity
1(1.9%)
Snakedance
1(1.9%)
Mawdryn Undead
1(1.9%)
Terminus
1(1.9%)
Enlightenment
2(3.8%)
The King's Demons
0(0.0%)
The Five Doctors
4(7.7%)
Warriors of the Deep
1(1.9%)
The Awakening
0(0.0%)
Frontios
1(1.9%)
Resurrection of the Daleks
1(1.9%)
Planet of Fire
1(1.9%)
The Caves of Androzani
19(36.5%)
They were all great! I can't choose!
3(5.8%)
They were all terrible! I can't choose!
0(0.0%)

What was the best Sixth Doctor story?

The Twin Dilemma
0(0.0%)
Attack of the Cybermen
1(2.1%)
Vengeance on Varos
4(8.3%)
The Mark of the Rani
7(14.6%)
The Two Doctors
8(16.7%)
Timelash
2(4.2%)
Revelation of the Daleks
14(29.2%)
The Mysterious Planet (Trial of a Time Lord 1-4)
0(0.0%)
Mindwarp (Trial of a Time Lord 5-8)
3(6.2%)
Terror of the Vervoids (Trial of a Time Lord 9-12)
0(0.0%)
The Ultimate Foe a.k.a. "Time, Inc." (Trial of a Time Lord 13-14)
2(4.2%)
They were all great! I can't choose!
1(2.1%)
They were all terrible! I can't choose!
6(12.5%)

What was the best Seventh Doctor story?

Time and the Rani
0(0.0%)
Paradise Towers
1(2.0%)
Delta and the Bannermen
0(0.0%)
Dragonfire
3(5.9%)
Remembrance of the Daleks
13(25.5%)
The Happiness Patrol
3(5.9%)
Silver Nemesis
0(0.0%)
The Greatest Show in the Galaxy
2(3.9%)
Battlefield
7(13.7%)
Ghost Light
3(5.9%)
The Curse of Fenric
14(27.5%)
Survival
3(5.9%)
They were all great! I can't choose!
0(0.0%)
They were all terrible! I can't choose!
2(3.9%)

What was the best Eighth Doctor story?

Doctor Who: The TV Movie, a.k.a. "Enemy Within" or "The Movie"
13(22.0%)
Come on, Nicholas. I respect you and all that, but this is a really stupid question.
46(78.0%)

What was the best Ninth Doctor story?

Rose
2(2.9%)
The End of the World
0(0.0%)
The Unquiet Dead
0(0.0%)
Aliens of London / World War Three
0(0.0%)
Dalek
7(10.0%)
The Long Game
0(0.0%)
Father's Day
7(10.0%)
The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances
46(65.7%)
Boom Town
1(1.4%)
Bad Wolf / The Parting of the Ways
3(4.3%)
They were all great! I can't choose!
4(5.7%)
They were all terrible! I can't choose!
0(0.0%)

What has been the best Tenth Doctor story so far?

Children in Need Special
1(1.5%)
The Christmas Invasion
0(0.0%)
The Infinite Quest
0(0.0%)
New Earth
0(0.0%)
Tooth and Claw
0(0.0%)
School Reunion
0(0.0%)
The Girl in the Fireplace
5(7.4%)
Rise of the Cybermen / The Age of Steel
0(0.0%)
The Idiot's Lantern
0(0.0%)
The Impossible Planet / The Satan Pit
2(2.9%)
Love & Monsters
1(1.5%)
Fear Her
0(0.0%)
Army of Ghosts / Doomsday
3(4.4%)
The Runaway Bride
0(0.0%)
Smith and Jones
0(0.0%)
The Shakespeare Code
1(1.5%)
Gridlock
0(0.0%)
Daleks in Manhattan / Evolution of the Daleks
0(0.0%)
The Lazarus Experiment
0(0.0%)
42
0(0.0%)
Human Nature / The Family of Blood
14(20.6%)
Blink
15(22.1%)
Utopia / The Sound of Drums / Last of the Time Lords
3(4.4%)
Time Crash
1(1.5%)
Voyage of the Damned
0(0.0%)
Partners in Crime
0(0.0%)
The Fires of Pompeii
7(10.3%)
Planet of the Ood
0(0.0%)
The Sontaran Stratagem/The Poison Sky
1(1.5%)
The Doctor's Daughter
0(0.0%)
The Unicorn and the Wasp
1(1.5%)
Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead
2(2.9%)
Midnight
5(7.4%)
Turn Left/The Stolen Earth/Journey's End
3(4.4%)
They have all been great! I can't choose!
3(4.4%)
They have all been terrible! I can't choose!
0(0.0%)

Comments

( 39 comments — Leave a comment )
mizkit
Jul. 13th, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
Really, there are about five Ten stories that I think are equally best, but I couldn't choose five, so I was forced to go with the one that gave me my twisted happy ending. :)
bellinghwoman
Jul. 13th, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC)
Part of my problem is that although I saw all of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Doctor stories when they were first broadcast, I haven't seen them since, and I'm afraid my memory isn't that good :-) I saw a fair chunk of the 4th and 5th Doctors but can't remember any of the titles and I've tried to expunge all memories of the 6th and 7th Doctors from my mind.
blue_condition
Jul. 13th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC)
There were some hard calls on this.

3: All of Season 7 was superb, but Inferno edges the others - if Ambassadors lost that bloody episode with Reegan running around trying to banjo the rocket it would've won.

4: Oh dear... it could easily have been City of Death, The Deadly Assassin, Genesis of the Daleks... but in the end the sublime Robots of Death takes it.

5: Caves of Adrozani came close, but I love the intricacy of Castrovalva.

6: Pin the tail on the donkey... not much between any of them.

7: The Greatest SHow In The Galaxy came close, but Curse of Fenric stole it. Probably the most nuWho-like oldWho story?

9: I suppose Eccleston-topless-fanciers might vote for Dalek, but there really is no sensible choice other than TEC/TDD.

10: Blink ONLY JUST pipped The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit, Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead and The Girl In The Fireplace

wwhyte
Jul. 13th, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC)
Definitely the most nuWho-like oldWho story -- and better in some ways, because it has the oldWho virtues of caring about the story as well as the emotions.
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lonemagpie
Jul. 13th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
Well, I've voted for

The Aztecs
Web Of Fear
Mind Of Evil
Talons Of Weng Chiang
Frontios
Revelation of the Daleks
Curse Of Fenric
Stupid question
Empty Child
Girl In The Fireplace.

Though I'd reserve the right to pick different stories on another day!
wwhyte
Jul. 13th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
What do you like in particular about Mind of Evil? I voted it worst Pertwee (see my comment below) but I'm interested to find out what its admirers think.
blue_condition
Jul. 13th, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
I'm rating the Hartnell years based on the few I've seen rather than read - I haven't seen The Aztecs but I think it'd pip Dalek Invasion of Earth had I been able to see it.

Similarly I suspect that if I'd seen The Enemy of the World properly rather than the patchy reconstruction-with-stills it might have beaten Tomb of the Cybermen
sovietkiki
Jul. 13th, 2008 11:05 pm (UTC)
*tries to remember what she voted for*

The Aztecs [I loved the Doctor & companion banter];
The Tomb of the Cybermen [first ever Old School arc, and I adored Two & Jamie];
The Three Doctors [only one I've seen >.>];
City of Death [Douglas Adams ftw];
Kinda [it's the crackiest episode of the Old School arcs, I swear];
Timelash [C'mon! HG Wells! :D];
The Happiness Patrol [♥ ♥ ♥]
I love Eight dearly, but I couldn't bring myself to vote for the movie. Ew.

The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances [just...amazing]
Turn Left/The Stolen Earth/Journey's End [fantastic companion wrap-up to Rusty's era, and, personally, I liked how Rose's arc ended. I think I'm the only one. >.>]
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wwhyte
Jul. 13th, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC)
Dalek Master Plan / War Games / Planet of the Spiders / Deadly Assassin / Caves of Androzani / Revelation of the Daleks / Curse of Fenric / Oh FFS / Father's Day / Army of Ghosts - Doomsday.

Tick boxes, not radio buttons!

I just rewatched Planet of the Spiders recently and was greatly struck by its sincerity of purpose. You can critize it, but it does so many Pertwee-era things right (as opposed to comfortably, Daemons stylee) that I think there's a good argument for it as best Pertwee story. Even over Inferno, which is just that bit too long. I have to say this vote surprised me. Interesting to see my Worst Pertwee, The Mind of Evil, get two Best Pertwee votes. For me, the the clincher in my worst of vote was the enormously unlovable way he delivers the line "Brigadier, do you think for once you could manage to arrive before the nick of time?", which is only cemented by the loveble way Nick Courtney delivers the follow-up. I can see it has merits but the whole story is so bad-Pertwee.

Respect to whoever voted Warriors' Gate as best Tom Baker story -- I can see it but I still have to go Deadly Assassin.

Two Doctors leading Colin Baker = your flist needs its head examined.

I'm struck by how many of the stories I voted for are regenerations / season finales -- only Dalek Master Plan, Deadly Assassin, Father's Day aren't.
nwhyte
Jul. 14th, 2008 07:04 am (UTC)
Only you and I have voted for the Dalek Master Plan so far! But it really is excellent. The first First Doctor story I listened to, two years ago, and then I listened to it again driving across Cyprus last year.

Agreed re The Two Doctors and the sanity of the respondents...
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omegar
Jul. 13th, 2008 11:21 pm (UTC)
in truth Sound of Drums would win this, if it weren't for the 'Last of the time lords' crap that was the pay of for a fantastic build-up.
blue_condition
Jul. 13th, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC)
You are far from wrong there ;P
redfiona99
Jul. 13th, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
I've only gone from 3 upwards
The Daemons, Genesis, Caves of the Androzani, Revelation, Fenric (from the book only), not a fair question, The Empty Child (hopefully will not have nightmares tonight) and Love and Monsters. In regards to that last one, I know I'll probably be the only one voting for it.
gervase_fen
Jul. 14th, 2008 02:01 am (UTC)
1. The Dalek Invasion of Earth, mainly for bleak, 1940s Resistance mood of it, and probably because I watched the Stolen Earth/Journey's End double bill today.
2. Tomb, because archaeologists in the future + returning monster is such a high concept.
3. Inferno, because everybody dies. Ish.
4. Fendahl, because palaentologists in the present + Cthulhu-esque horror which even the Time Lords couldn't beat is hard to beat.
5. Androzani.
6. Mindwarp, mainly for the bit in episode 4/8 when the Doctor is taken out of the story and then has to watch a tragedy unfold.
7. Greatest Show, because of the terrific supporting performances all down the line.
8. Silly question.
9. Empty Child/Doctor Dances
10. Fires of Pompeii - witty, gorgeous to look at, could have done with another ten minutes of it at least.
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neth_dugan
Jul. 14th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
Do the non-Doctor episodes even count?

In any case, for Doctors 1-7 I voted for the fave of the ones I've seen, Nine I had a... well not a clear fave but a fave. Ten's? There's so many of them, and sure some of them aren't up to par but most are great and there are several that are fantastic so I've no choice but to vote for They've all been great!
amaresu
Jul. 14th, 2008 11:43 pm (UTC)
Audio is canon.
Actual best Eighth Doctor story is very hard to choose. I think I'm gonna have to go with Neverland due to my insane love of Charley.
livii
Jul. 15th, 2008 08:01 am (UTC)
For Nine and Ten my vote is skewed: favourite Nine episode is The Doctor Dances, but The Empty Child still grates like whoa in a lot of ways. So couldn't vote for that. Same for Ten: vote would have been given to Turn Left with heavy leanings towards Utopia, but as a whole the three-part arcs don't work for me as well as other episodes. Ended up picking based on fun for Ten.

I still have only seen two Six episodes, but I stand by my choice there. God, the most dire era ever. (This from someone who picked Battlefield as their favourite Seven - I truly love that daft thing. And The Daemons for Three!)
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