Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,
Nicholas
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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.

200 Doctor Who storiesCollapse )

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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