Doctor Who fans name best episode ever
And it's not Blink or Genesis of the Daleks...
Over 6,700 Time Lord fans responded to a Doctor Who Magazine call to rate all 200 episodes of the classic sci-fi TV series, and selected 1984's The Caves of Androzani - in which fifth Doctor Peter Davison hung up his sonic screwdriver - as the best of the bunch.
Davison's finale beat 2007's excellent Blink, with David Tennant, into second spot. Tom Baker deservedly took third place with 1975's Genesis of the Daleks.
The Telegraph explains that in The Caves of Androzani, the Doctor and companion Peri "arrive on the planet Androzani Minor, and are soon entangled in a dark plot involving gun-running, drug-smuggling and android duplicates.
"At the climax of the story, dying from poison, the Doctor has to regenerate to save his own life, but saves the life of Peri in the process."
Davison said of the programme: “I think you immediately knew when you read the script, that it was a very good Doctor Who story. It was a Bob Holmes script, and he was one of the writers that you dreamed of having on Doctor Who.”
The full 200-episode league table appears in Doctor Who Magazine #413, out today. The top ten are:
- The Caves of Androzani (1984 - Peter Davison)
- Blink (2007 - David Tennant)
- Genesis of the Daleks (1975 - Tom Baker)
- The Talons of Weng-Chiang (1977 - Tom Baker)
- The Empty Child (2005 - Christopher Eccleston)
- Human Nature (2007 - David Tennant)
- Pyramids of Mars (1975 - Tom Baker)
- City of Death (1979 - Tom Baker)
- The Robots of Death (1977 - Tom Baker)
- Bad Wolf (2005 - Christopher Eccleston)
Actually I disagree. I grew up as a child in the 70s and Tom Baker was my Doctor. As I grew older, I thought that I had outgrown the programme, especially in the McCoy era, but when they started releasing the Tom Baker episodes on video, I lapped them up because they were still great stories. I now have them on DVD and they are still fantastic!
IMHO, the Philip Hinchcliffe (producer) era produced some of the very best episodes of Doctor Who, and they stand the test of time to this very day. It is interesting to note that 4 of the 5 Baker episodes listed in this article were produced by Hinchcliffe.
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@ Francis Vaughan
"Great, so the rankings credit the actor who played the Doctor. Not the writer. Nor even director. This seems to say something fundamental about tthe nature of the fans, and it isn't all good."
The thing is that most people who are Doctor Who fans would know the story by who played the Doctor in it, not the writer or director. They would know, for instance, that The Doctor in Caves of Androzani was Peter Davison, they would not necessarily know that the director was Graeme Harper, despite Graeme Harper directing many excellent stories in both New and Classic Who.
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I was able to find episodes from the originals to 2007(I think); some recreated. I just watched the first episode yesterday where we they go back to 100000bc (the timer said "0") and they have to teach the cavemen fire to get out.