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The DWM top 200

Doctor Who monthly's latest issue publishes the results of a reader poll of all 200 Doctor Who stories to date, ranked in order of popularity. (The article also includes scores for the two Dalek films and other ephemera, but never mind that). The top stories are difficult to argue with, though I am sorry that the best of the black and white era doesn't feature higher. The bottom of the list is impossible to dispute, with The Twin Dilemma coming last by a very significant margin.

There is plenty of discussion going on elsewhere, but my idea for turning this into a meme is to do the list with the stories which you think should be ranked much higher in blue and the stories that you think should be ranked much lower in red, for whatever definition of "much" you feel happy with. (LJ's rich text posting will let you do this; also there's always the option of typing <font color="red">...</font> and <font color="blue">...</font> around the text you want to alter). I've cut-n-pasted the list from here, but also added which Doctor is in each story. If you haven't seen all of them, I encourage you to do this anyway but just put the ones you haven't seen in italics.

001. The Caves of Androzani. (5)
002. Blink. (10)
003. Genesis of the Daleks. (4)
004. The Talons of Weng-Chiang. (4)
005. The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances. (9)
006. Human Nature / The Family of Blood. (10)
007. Pyramids of Mars. (4)
008. City of Death. (4)
009. The Robots of Death. (4)
010. Bad Wolf / The Parting of the Ways. (9)
011. The Girl in The Fireplace. (10)
012. Turn Left. (10)
013. The Stolen Earth / Journeys End. (10)
014. Remembrance of the Daleks. (7)
015. Dalek. (9)
016. The Seeds of Doom. (4)
017. Terror of the Zygons. (4)
018. The Evil of the Daleks. (2)
019. Earthshock. (5)
020. The Deadly Assassin. (4)
021. Power of the Daleks. (2)
022. Army of Ghosts. (9)
023. Web of Fear. (2)
024. Silence in the Library. (10)
025. Tomb of the Cybermen. (2)
026. Horror of Fang Rock (4)
027. Last of the Time Lords (10)
028. The Ark in Space (4)
029. The War Games (2)
030. The Curse of Fenric. (7)
031. The Invasion (2)
032. Inferno. (3)
033. School Reunion (10)
034. The Daemons (3)
035. The Impossible Planet (10)
036. Spearhead From Space. (3)
037. The Daleks. (1)
038. The Five Doctors. (1,2,3,5)
039. The Green Death (3)
040. The Brain of Morbius (4)
041. Fury from the Deep (2)
042. The Daleks' Master Plan (1)
043. Midnight. (10)
044. The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1)
045. Doctor Who and the Silurians (3)
046. Revelation of the Daleks. (6)
047. The Time Warrior (3)
048. The Christmas Invasion (10)
049. Fathers Day (9)
050. The Sea Devils (3)
051. Terror of the Autons. (3)
052. Tooth and Claw. (10)
053. Logopolis. (4)
054. The Unquiet Dead. (9)
055. The Tenth Planet. (1)
056. The Fires of Pompeii. (10)
057. The Aztecs. (1)
058. The Three Doctors. (1,2,3)
059. The Abominable Snowmen. (2)
060. The Mind Robber. (2)
061. An Unearthly Child. (1)
062. Carnival Of Monsters. (3)
063. Rose. (9)
064. The Shakespeare Code. (10)
065. Marco Polo. (1) - I'm actually watching the recon of this at the moment, and it is really good.
066. Smith and Jones. (10)
067. The Stones of Blood. (4)
068. Rise of the Cybermen. (10)
069. Kinda. (5)
070. The Keeper of Traken. (4)
071. Day of the Daleks. (3)
072. Enlightenment. (5)
o73. Image of the Fendahl. (4)
074. Gridlock. (10)
075. The Time Meddler. (1)
076. Ghost Light. (7)
077. The Visitation. (5)
078. The Ice Warriors. (2)
079. Planet of the Ood. (10)
080. Survival. (7)
081. Warriors Gate. (4)
082. The Curse of Peladon. (3)
083. The Unicorn and the Wasp. (10)
084. Planet of Evil. (4)
085. The Masque of Mandragora. (4)
086. The Massacre. (1)
087. State of Decay. (4)
088. Castrovalva. (4)
089. Planet of the Spiders. (3)
090. The Ambassadors of Death. (3)
091. The Sontaran Stratagem. (10)
092. The Mind of Evil. (3)
093. Resurrection of the Daleks. (5)
094. The End of the World. (9)
095. The Androids of Tara. (4)
096. The Hand of Fear. (4)
097. The Romans. (1)
098. Partners in Crime. (10)
099. Planet of the Dead. (10)
100. The Crusade. (1)
101. Full Circle. (4)
102. Mawdryn Undead. (5)
103. The Sontaran Experiment. (4)
104. Frontios. (5)
105. The Ribos Operation. (4)
106. Robot. (4)
107. The Next Doctor. (10)
108. The War Machines. (1)
109. The Pirate Planet. (4)
110. The Awakening. (5)
111. The Seeds of Death. (2)
112. The Moonbase. (2)
113. Frontier in Space. (3)
114. Voyage of the Damned. (3)
115. The Runaway Bride. (3)
116. The Face of Evil. (4)
117. Black Orchid. (5)
118. Planet of the Daleks. (3)
119. The Greatest Show in the Galaxy. (7)
120. Snakedance. (5)
121. Destiny of the Daleks. (4)
122. The Faceless Ones. (2)
123. The Android Invasion. (4)
124. Vengeance on Varos. (6)
125. The Two Doctors. (2,6)
126. The Myth Makers. (1)
127. The Rescue. (1)
128. Death to the Daleks. (3)
129. The Claws of Axos. (3)
130. Revenge of the Cybermen. (4)
131. Invasion of the Dinosaurs. (3)
132. Aliens of London. (9)
133. Mission to the Unknown. (no Doctor but during first Doctor's era)
[The Ultimate Foe (6)]
134. Planet of Fire. (5)
135. Doctor Who The TV Movie. (8)
136. 42. (10)
137. The Macra Terror. (2)
138. The Idiots Lantern. (10)
139. The Enemy of the World. (2)
140. The Doctors Daughter. (10)
141. Boom Town. (9)
142. The Trial of a Time Lord. (6)
143. New Earth. (10)
144. The Reign of Terror. (1)
145. The Highlanders. (2)
146. Battlefield. (7)
147. The Sun Makers. (4)
148. The Mark of the Rani. (7)
149. The Leisure Hive. (4)
150. The Lazarus Experiment. (10)
151. The Celestial Toymaker. (1)
152. Evolution of the Daleks. (10)
[Terror of the Vervoids (6)]
153. Love and Monsters. (10)
154. The Ark. (1)
155. The Invasion of Time. (4)
156. The Wheel in Space. (2)
157. The Chase. (2)
158. Edge of Destruction. (1)
159. The Smugglers. (1)
160. The Keys of Marinus. (1)
[Mindwarp (6)]
161. Attack of the Cybermen. (6)
162. The Savages. (1)
163. Planet of Giants. (1)
164. The Invisible Enemy. (4)
165. The Long Game. (9)
[The Mysterious Planet (6)]
166. The Krotons. (2)
167. Nightmare of Eden. (4)
168. The Armageddon Factor. (4)
169. Terminus. (5)
170. The Happiness Patrol. (7)
171. Colony in Space. (3)
172. Galaxy 4. (1)
173. Four to Doomsday. (5)
174. The Power of Kroll. (4)
175. The Gunfighters. (1)
176. Silver Nemesis. (7)
177. Arc of Infinity. (5)
178. The Web Planet. (1)
179. The Monster of Peladon. (3)
180. Delta and the Bannermen. (7)
181. The King's Demons. (5)
182. The Mutants. (3)
183. The Sensorites. (1)
184. The Creature from the Pit. (1)
185. Warriors Of The Deep. (5)
186. Dragonfire. (7)
187. The Time Monster. (3)
188. Meglos. (4)
189. The Horns Of Nimon. (4)
190. The Space Museum. (1)
191. The Dominators. (2)
192. Fear Her. (10)
193. Paradise Towers. (7)
194. The Underwater Menace. (2)
195. The Space Pirates. (2)
196. Time-Flight. (5)
197. Underworld. (4)
198. Time and the Rani. (7)
199. Timelash. (6)
200. The Twin Dilemma. (6)

The worst injustice is The Daleks' Master Plan coming as low as 42nd; I think this is probably because few have settled down to the whole 12-episode saga in a frame of mind to appreciate it. I will never understand the popularity of Remembrance of the Daleks, but the most over-rated story in the poll for my money is The Faceless Ones, which if it weren't for Pauline Collins should have been in the last ten, and in no way deserves even the rather low rank of 122nd.


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Sep. 26th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
Numbers 10 and 11 are attributed to the wrong Doctors -- should be 9 & 10 respectively. Not sure if there are any other similar errors.
Sep. 26th, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
Fixed that; I'm sure there are others!
Sep. 26th, 2009 08:50 pm (UTC)
Day of the Daleks is (3) and Underworld is (4), aren't they?
Sep. 26th, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
Sep. 26th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
I think it is a huge injustice and proof that the wrong sort of people are voting that Love and Monsters, Fear Her and The Happiness Patrol are all in the bottom quarter. Especially Love and Monsters.

Edited at 2009-09-26 08:56 pm (UTC)
Sep. 27th, 2009 11:16 am (UTC)
Yay, it's not just me that loves L&M. You're also right that there are far, far worse stories that Fear Her.
(no subject) - davesangel - Sep. 27th, 2009 07:24 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 26th, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
You're not a big fan of 3, are you? I like the idea that you consider even 9% from the bottom to be insufficiently harsh for The Mutants.

I'm a bit surprised not to see you blue Warriors' Gate.
Sep. 26th, 2009 11:03 pm (UTC)
The only stories worse than The Mutants are Timelash and The Twin Dilemma. Trufax.

I didn't feel as strongly about the Warrior's Gate ranking as about some of the others!
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Sep. 26th, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
We watched The Twin Dilemma last night for the first time, and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's not great, and the costume design alone would put it in the bottom quartile of Who stories, but the worst ever? No. It's not even the worst Colin Baker story (Attack of the Cybermen and The Mysterious Planet are both worse), or the worst story of season 21 (Warriors of the Deep, by a long chalk).
Sep. 27th, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC)
I think part of the shock factor for the awfulness of The Twin Dilemma is that it came immediately after Caves of Androzani. Reasonable people may disagree about whether Androzani deserves the top spot it got in the DWM poll; you and a few others may disagree about whether The Twin Dilemma really deserves the bottom spot; but nobody at all (apart from John Nathan-Turner, apparently) could disagree as to which ranks above the other.
Sep. 26th, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
For some reason that I can't adequately explain, I've always had a soft spot for The Mutants (I'm not even much of a Pertwee fan either).

Based on what I've seen, I always think The Space Pirates gets too much of an unfair kicking, too.

Girl in the Fireplace and Blink (which I thoroughly enjoyed but don't think it's that fantastic) could do with being swapped round, and I don't seem to be quite as much in love with Talons of Weng Chiang as everyone else, but otherwise, a fairly sensible list.
Sep. 27th, 2009 03:09 pm (UTC)
We might love The Space Pirates more if more of the visuals survived. (Have you listened to the whole thing, or just the one surviving episode?) As it is, we have the awful diction of Milo Clancy and the tedious and implausible plot, with the Doctor and companions barely making a difference. It's a more serious effort at space opera than anything in the Pertwee era, but it fails in a lot of different ways!
(no subject) - strictlytrue - Sep. 27th, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 27th, 2009 07:17 am (UTC)
I can't believe you blued The Invasion even though nothing happens after the episode 6 cliffhanger.

My version here.
Sep. 27th, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
It's got one of the most sapphic scenes in all of Who, which is worth a lot; and I do like the ending, and the redesigned Cybermen.
Sep. 27th, 2009 11:18 am (UTC)
I think especially re: the last three episodes of 10, that it's the usual skew of people liking the things they saw most recently more than they would in ten years time.
Nov. 28th, 2009 09:56 am (UTC)
Thanks for that, bookmarked to prioritise more classic eps to watch (and the Twin Dilemma... lol). DWM readers have a bit more taste than OG's poll in 03 I think it was.

I still think Talons is a bit s**t.

Also, I can't find Utopia on this list!
Mar. 14th, 2010 02:59 am (UTC)
Utopia, along with The Sound of Drums, is probably together with Last of the Time Lords even though not shown. While on that note, I also think Talons is a bit meh. And I know there will be backlash from this but I thought Blink was totally overrated. I'd put it in the 70s or 80s at least. And my personal favorite would be Inferno. Pertwee is my favorite doctor and this one proved that to me at least. Plus you can't go wrong with an evil Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart in an eye patch.
Jan. 15th, 2010 01:27 am (UTC)
Midnight should be much MUCH higher. although it was a typical Russell moment to have all this build up and conflict over a monster and then say "i don't know what it was"
Jul. 15th, 2010 11:44 am (UTC)
Creature from the Pit = 4th Doctor
The Chase = 1st Doctor
Runaway Bride = 10th Doctor
Voyage of the Damned = 10th Doctor
Castrovalva = 5th Doctor
Army of Ghosts = 10th Doctor
Jul. 22nd, 2010 10:35 am (UTC)
This is an interesting list. Caves of Androzani was the first dr who story i remember watching, so i'm glad it's number 1. I agree with others that blink is very overrated, compared to human nature or girl in the fireplace (in terms of the new series).
I also think Curse of Fenric deserves a higher standing, the best seventh doctor episode by far.

And as for Twin Dilemma.....I've always had a strange liking for this story. It's not the best, but it's certainly not the worst!

Btw....Mark of The Rani is a Colin Baker story, not Sylvester.

Mark of the Rani a sixth doctor story, not seventh.
Dec. 21st, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
114. Voyage of the Damned and 115. The Runaway Bride are 10.
Jun. 13th, 2011 06:21 pm (UTC)
All this hate for Sylvester McCoy's era is outrageous. Sure, Time and the Rani, Dragonfire, Silver Nemesis, and Battlefield deserve the places they got, but Paradise Towers, Delta and the Bannermen, and The Happiness Patrol shouldn't be so low. And Greatest Show in the Galaxy? 119? No, it should be around 40 or 50. Glad Fenric and Remembrance got high ratings.

Other quips include the Sun Makers at 147 (so wrong), The Face of Evil so low (also so wrong), The Curse of Peladon is too low and Vengeance on Varos was fantastic.

The Silurians and The Sea Devils are much too high. I hate those episodes. Silurians was boring and Sea Devils had no plot and ripped off of Silurians. Stupid.
Sep. 26th, 2011 10:01 pm (UTC)
I agree with all of this, except that i think Silurians deserves to be seen as well as it is (though the music is questionable), and Silver Nemesis and Battlefield are both underrated in my opinion as well.
The Peladon stories are much better than they are rated in this list, as is the Invasion of Time, whilst The Claws of Axos, Revenge of the Cybermen and The Seeds of Doom are all overrated. Then again my favourite classic Doctor is Sylvester McCoy, which isnt a very popular opinion, so i think maybe there's something odd about me rather than the general consensus.
Jun. 22nd, 2011 08:28 am (UTC)
Putting Inferno at no.32 is a crime against humanity.
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