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The results of Doctor Who Magazine‘s First 50 Years survey have been revealed. What follows are the 10 highest and lowest rated stories according to the readers who voted.

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The_Horrors_Crimson
The_Horrors_Crimson

Anyone know where The Doctor's Wife came?


Just wondering, would have liked to see it in the Top Ten, but nevermind.

KarenBee2
KarenBee2

I would love to make a small bet that the next awards if they are run after say the second year of Capaldi's run will be

1. Capaldi, just ahead of...

2. Baker, T, followed by a fair drop to

3. Smith ahead by a fair number of votes of

4. Tennant or Eccleston or McGann

It seems fit and proper for 4 to continue to rule and for the most recent regenerations to drift back from the incumbent. In this case, Capaldi's start is so highly anticipated and there has been so much time in the planning that we may just get the most complete doctor to date who may very well shade the 'essential' doctor 4.

The more I hear about Steven Moffat starting from basics and making the most fundamental changes to the show since the revival, the more excited I am becoming. The way Moffat is grouping doctors 9 to 11 as the past and Capaldi as the future in so many of his media niblets underlines the narrative of Capaldi as being more than just a fresh slate. New music, new TARDIS interior and perhaps Doctor 12 will go through his first season completely disconnected from his predecessors, hence Clara needing to be reassured by a voice from the past that they are indeed the same man. That would also allow an effective use of Clara knowing more about all of the oast doctors than any other companion which has not been used effectively to date.

LordRassilon
LordRassilon

How veteran viewers would rate 'Blink' above 'genesis', is beyond me, and I've never found 'Androzani' to be exceptionally compelling; at least, I would have placed 'Underworld', and 'The Space Museum' much further up the tiers; and how 'Akhaten; came so close to last, is beyond me.


I've never quite been able to rank favourite Doctors, but I would place Patrick, Jon, Tom, Paul, and Matt at the top of the spectrum. That's mostly due to story treatment: Colin is fantastic in the audios, but he had terrible scripts for his first year, and was never allowed to move on after 'Trial'.


Some stories are also under-rated, primarily because they're lost, and so few people have viewed recons of them; much less any memory of what they were like, on telly, when they first aired.

I also would not rank 'Remembrance' anywhere near the top. For McCoy era stories, I feel that 'Ghostlight', and 'The Curse of Fenric' were fantastic. I'm a but curious how 'Fendahl' fared though, as that;s another of my all-time favourites, as is 'The Daemons'. There's no accounting for taste.

Christopher Brown
Christopher Brown

HOORAY TOM BAKER WON!!!!! AND MATT CAME SECOND!!! And...McCoy came 7th, which is at least appropriate if nothing else.

Also, just saying that however horribly flawed Rings of Akhaten might be, it in no way deserves to be in the Bottom 10. I mean, that's from the same season that featured "Journey to the Center of the TARDIS" for crying out loud...

LucasW
LucasW

None of my favourite stories are even on there! How could they forget about The Light at the End, The Crimson Hand and The Flood? Some of the best Doctor Who stories there have ever been. Disappointed :D

PaulMorris7777
PaulMorris7777

I would like to know how they work out the voting. Does 92% of the vote for DoftheD mean that it got an average of 9.2/10 per voter? Cause, I gave it a ONE!

calliarcale
calliarcale

I actually really like "Time Flight".  I know it's not popular, and the effects . . . well, you can tell they spent the budget on "Earthshock".  But I like it, though admittedly mostly because of its technological guest star, the Concorde.  ;-)

KingOfTheInterWebs has Kidneys
KingOfTheInterWebs has Kidneys

Why do so many people hate Rings of Akhaten? Personally I enjoyed the episode, sure it's got a fair share of flaws but all the hatred for it, is rather sudden really. I know it's all an opinion but... I'm confused...

cunningmunki
cunningmunki

'The Rings of Akhaten' - The reason I stopped watching. 'Day of the Doctor' - The reason I started again (well, that and the casting news about Peter Capaldi).



The Mind Probe
The Mind Probe

I must admit I'm glad to see The Rings of Akhaten so low - The writing was all over the place, only saved slightly by a decent speech (but even Matt Smith doing epic speeches had become a cliche by then).

DasManiac
DasManiac

Glad to see Pertwee so high. For a while he wasn't too liked by fans. Still though this list doesn't matter as nobody reads magazines anymor.

WhoLock
WhoLock

Love and Monsters: I can see why people don't like you..you're different to all the other episodes and yes, the big baddie is a bit immature but I won't lie to you...I like you, I think that LInDA were a great bunch of characters and the exploration of how the companions family cope with out them was brilliant. On the most part the acting was brilliant and the references to season 1 events from a different perspective were great on first viewing. Now I know that a lot of whovians don't like you all that much but think, you get more attention than the rest of series 2 and you will definitely be remembered in Dr who's long history, for good or bad. And to finish off, I'd like to say how much I enjoy watching you!

Love Wholock, whovian since 2005 :D

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

I feel the urge to set up a pressure group to support The Rings of Akhaten, similar to the one in Love and Monsters.

The Rings of Akhaten Defenders Society (ROADS) will stand up for this sadly under appreciated episode. Peter Kay has already said he wants to join...

The Count
The Count

It's slightly depressing to see John Hurt with such a percentage when he performed such a marvellous role in Day. But it's understandable, even if it's also a shame...

LucasW
LucasW

I know quite a lot of people on here are talking about The Talons of Weng-Chiang. Please, please read this. It sums up why I think the complaints are completely unfair. http:// doctorwho.livejournal.com/6464482.html Thanks a lot, whoever wrote that article!

DawnTime
DawnTime

Really good top ten glad to see Pyramids of Mars still in the top 10.- city of Death and Family of blood and Blink all amazing.

bowtiesarecool100
bowtiesarecool100

a) why is john hurt ranked so low. even though he was only in 1 epiaode he still remains to be one of the best doctors in my eyes. and b) why has the rings of akhaten rated so low. good story. personally one of my favourites.










PaulMorris7777
PaulMorris7777

@LordRassilon  I think your a little confused with the meaning of veteran. Most DWM readers are fans of NuWho, and have very little to do with Classic Who. 

Handles
Handles

I feel like I'm the only one who likes Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS. Other than the rushed ending I thought that was a terrific episode.

troughton who?
troughton who?

@PaulMorris7777  I'm curious on why you scored it so low. It's obvious you don't like it, but even my least favourite episode Fear Her comes to something like 3/10. What was so "onney" about it? (out of curiosity)


ClaireAbraham
ClaireAbraham

@MeglosProductions (Whispers) I like it, too.  Although I prefer to assume that Elton went crazy at the end and Ursula is not actually living life as a slab of concrete with a... bit of a love life.

tardisplus
tardisplus

I like the ending, not because it was the end, but because of the great writing:

"It's like when your a kid. They tell you it's grow up, get a house, have kids and that's it. Nah. Because the truth is the world is so much wilder than that, and so much bigger and so much better". Something along those lines.

RyanMRKO721
RyanMRKO721

I wholeheartedly disagree. It's in my top 5 episodes as I've stated further down.

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

@WhoLock Funnily enough, the latest Sherlock series had a slightly similar concept, with member of the public discussing how Sherlock might have died, perhaps Moff was a fan of the episode! 

troughton who?
troughton who?

@The Count It doesn't mean he's bad, it just mean's he's the least popular. The vote was for your favourite 3 Doctors. I honestly can't see a doctor as brief as his with no spin-off media (not yet, at least) being anyone's favourite doctor, much less being more popular than a "real" doctor. Even McGann has about 9 years of spin off media to account for. 




mczolly
mczolly

Same goes with Colin Baker and the man who started the party - William Hartnell. I don't like these 'Who's the best Doctor?' votes as it's usually just a trend contest and one of the recent Doctors or Tom Baker wins.

ClaireAbraham
ClaireAbraham

@LucasW I read the article based on your recommendation. I think the problem still remains that a lot of the characterizations and language still involve stereotypes that I find uncomfortable to watch. The article appears to explain most of these away by stressing that Talons was a product of its time, and The Doctor himself didn't have a lot of patience with the racist attitudes of a lot of the people around him. 

I am not inclined to get upset at Robert Holmes for his script, any more than I throw a fit whenever I see Gone With the Wind, which employs a lot of racist stereotypes, too. Both are masterpieces, and both are products of their time. But if I am wincing at something in an episode or movie because the outmoded norms of the time make me uncomfortable, then I am not able to enjoy the episode properly. That doesn't mean that people who love Talons of Weng-Chiang are wrong; it just means I will not be able to share their enthusiasm and I am likely to vote for something else, like Genesis of the Daleks, instead. 

sgtgarbel
sgtgarbel

@bowtiesarecool100 Because it would be a bloody insult to rate him over people who actually played the part for years?

ClaireAbraham
ClaireAbraham

@bowtiesarecool100 The Doctors who didn't get a lot of screentime are at a distinct disadvantage. I think John Hurt is probably the most skilled actor ever to play the Doctor, but if I am voting for a favorite Doctor, or even ranking my top four favorite Doctors, I am unlikely to include him because he has never been the primary focus of a single episode, let alone a single season.

Unibot
Unibot

@PaulMorris7777 @LordRassilon There was recently an article on what DMW readers voted, prior to the creation of New Who. They voted similarly as this vote: Tom Baker stories dominated then and they still dominate it now. As for that, Rings of Akhaten did not deserve to be on the bottom 10 list. As for my favorite Doctors, I would choose Matt Smith and then Tom Baker, both for the same reasons (despite them being very different): they both make me smile and they both very genuine. After, 11 and 4, I'd probably list it as 2, 3, 10, McGann, 9, Hurt, 5, 7 and then 6. 


mlawesome
mlawesome

Your not the only one! That's one of my favorite episodes!

sgtgarbel
sgtgarbel

@ClaireAbraham @LucasW If you wince at anything in something made before the hellish nightmare of political correctness descended on us, it's time to become a grown-up. 

MeglosProductions
MeglosProductions

@ClaireAbraham @LucasW  I'm sorry, but judging the story because of racial stereotyping is wrong. The script for Talons is so high quality that if it were broadcast today, it would be deserving of a BAFTA. Plus, it was broadcast back in 1975.

ilyootha is back in home Universe
ilyootha is back in home Universe

@ClaireAbrahamTo be fair, even The Time of the Doctor, the lowest-rated serial of the three, made it into the Top 100, so all three are voted at least above average. Besides, the difference between Time and End is only 2.02%, and the difference between End and Angels is even less so.




Personally, I really loved Time, which is my favourite regeneration story (Day doesn't count), apart from maybe The War Games, whereas I dislike End a lot, mostly because of how, in my opinion,  it perverts the concept of regeneration by rivaling it to death, and all the problems that follow it ("I don't wanna go!" et al.). Angels were good, although it somewhat failed to make me mourn the Ponds: initially I wasn't really convinced that "the Doctor can't visit the Ponds anymore because of [technobabble]"; when I first watched it, I was sure that it was deliberately made so that they could return one day, much like Rose did in Series 4, so I wasn't convinced that we should say goodbye yet.

ClaireAbraham
ClaireAbraham

@ilyootha @Ivegotkidneys I agree with all three of those rankings. I thought Time of the Doctor was an incredible mess; I am the only person in my own family that didn't actually walk out while it was airing, including my fervent Matt-loving nine-year-old son. I thought End of Time had some pretty serious flaws, but it also had a couple of magnificent scenes in it.  And I thought Angels Take Manhattan was... entirely OK.