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Top 50 Classic Doctor Who episodes*

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The list author says: "The purpose of this list is to assist new Doctor Who fans as a guide for buying the best Classic DVD episodes without sifting through the entire 160 programs over the course of the original 26 year run.

In addition to my own opinions, input from Amazon user reviews, Doctor Who fan sites and other various online user lists were all taken into consideration. Of course, there are as many lists as there are Doctor Who fans and so I needed to choose my criteria as objectively as possible. In the end, I decided on the following order of importance...

1) An engaging story plot - This is further defined as a story that is interesting, makes technical sense, has reasonable continuity and a satisfying resolution.

2) Dialog - This is more based on quality than style. For example, some fans do not like the humorous Tom Baker or the violent Colin Baker, neither of which is a factor in this list.

3) All Doctors are treated equally - Someone may just despise Sylvester McCoy and not select a representative number of his episodes, even though some are good.

4) All Companions are treated equally - Fans tend to play favorites but it is important to realize that many people like myself enjoy companions like Tegan and Adric for what they bring to the program, even though that may not be as strong as Ian and Barbara.

5) Continuity in regard to the history of the show. In that respect, shows that contain major events such as a regeneration, arrival/departure of a companion, or a critical piece of knowledge, are given a higher priority.

6) Special effects, costumes, and set design does not detract from an episode in most cases. However, there are a few exceptions like Warriors from the Deep where the design is so poor that it draws attention to itself and thus detracts from the story.

Please let me know if you have comments or suggestions...Thanks and enjoy!!!

*Note: Box sets containing multiple episodes bring the total from 40 to 50."
Doctor Who: The Talons of Weng-Chiang (Story 91)
Doctor Who: The Talons of Weng-Chiang (Story 91)
"A great stand-alone story and a perfect starting point for those who are new to Classic Doctor Who.  The side characters Professor Litefoot and Jago are most endearing and my personal favorites in the classic series."
Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks (Story 78)
Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks (Story 78)
"These first two stories are interchangeable for the #1 spot.  They are quite different with this story requiring some previous knowledge of the Daleks to fully appreciate.  If you are new to Classic Doctor Who, I would begin with The Talons of Weng-Chiang above."
Doctor Who - The Aztecs (Story 6)
Doctor Who - The Aztecs (Story 6)
"The oldest surviving "Historical" Doctor Who episode. No aliens or monsters, just a great story."
Doctor Who: Pyramids of Mars (Story 82)
Doctor Who: Pyramids of Mars (Story 82)
"This story and Pirate Planet are my two personal favorites.  Make sure to watch the Sutekh parody in the DVD extras, absolutely hilarious."
Doctor Who: Inferno (Story 54)
Doctor Who: Inferno (Story 54)
"Most Classic Doctor Who fans consider Tom Baker to be the finest portrayal of The Doctor, however Jon Pertwee with his James Bond delivery (including martial arts) is simply marvelous."
Doctor Who: The Caves of Androzani (Story 136)
Doctor Who: The Caves of Androzani (Story 136)
"Voted the #1 episode of all time by fan magazine readers."
Doctor Who: The Ark In Space (Story 76)
Doctor Who: The Ark In Space (Story 76)
"The first Doctor Who episode that I ever saw and I was hooked!"
Doctor Who: The Dalek Invasion of Earth (Story 10)
Doctor Who: The Dalek Invasion of Earth (Story 10)
Doctor Who: The Key to Time (Special Collector's Edition) (Stories 98-103)
Doctor Who: The Key to Time (Special Collector's Edition) (Stories 98-103)
"A wonderful connected six story box set that includes: The Ribos Operation, The Pirate Planet (my favorite), The Stones of Blood, The Androids of Tara, The Power of the Kroll (forgetable), and The Armageddon Factor."
Doctor Who: Spearhead from Space (Story 51)
Doctor Who: Spearhead from Space (Story 51)
"My favorite Jon Pertwee episode and shot using film (versus video) to look like a movie.  Also the first episode in color."
Doctor Who: City of Death (Story 105)
Doctor Who: City of Death (Story 105)
"Shot on location in Paris and written by Douglas Adams."
Doctor Who: The War Games (Story 50)
Doctor Who: The War Games (Story 50)
"Unfortunately, most of the second Doctor's episodes played by Patrick Troughton do not survive.  However, this one and The Invasion are his best.  Also notable as the longest single story in Doctor Who history at 10 x 25 minute episodes."
Doctor Who: Earthshock (Story 122)
Doctor Who: Earthshock (Story 122)
"One of the most memorable endings in Doctor Who history."
Doctor Who: Vengeance on Varos (Story 139)
Doctor Who: Vengeance on Varos (Story 139)
"Colin Baker's first season as The Doctor has some very enjoyable episodes and this is my favorite."
Doctor Who: Horror of Fang Rock (Story 92)
Doctor Who: Horror of Fang Rock (Story 92)
Doctor Who: The Invasion (Story 46)
Doctor Who: The Invasion (Story 46)
"One of the the two best surviving Patrick Troughton episodes, the other being The War Games."
Doctor Who: The Mark of the Rani (Story No. 140)
Doctor Who: The Mark of the Rani (Story No. 140)
Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks (Story 152)
Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks (Story 152)
"Generally considered to be the best Sylveser McCoy story."
Doctor Who: The Robots of Death (Story 90)
Doctor Who: The Robots of Death (Story 90)
Doctor Who: The Beginning (An Unearthy Child / The Daleks / The Edge of Destruction) (Stories 1 - 3)
Doctor Who: The Beginning (An Unearthy Child / The Daleks / The Edge of Destruction) (Stories 1 - 3)
"The first three episodes that started it all including the very first Dalek episode."
Doctor Who: The Curse of Fenric (Story 158)
Doctor Who: The Curse of Fenric (Story 158)
Doctor Who: The Deadly Assassin (Story 88)
Doctor Who: The Deadly Assassin (Story 88)
Doctor Who: The E-Space Trilogy - Full Circle/State of Decay/Warriors' Gate (Stories 112-114)
Doctor Who: The E-Space Trilogy - Full Circle/State of Decay/Warriors' Gate (Stories 112-114)
"An excellent three story box set with State of Decay being my favorite."
Doctor Who: The Hand of Fear (Story 87)
Doctor Who: The Hand of Fear (Story 87)
Doctor Who: The Green Death (Story 69)
Doctor Who: The Green Death (Story 69)
Doctor Who: Revelation of the Daleks (Story 143)
Doctor Who: Revelation of the Daleks (Story 143)
Doctor Who: The Seeds of Doom (Story 85)
Doctor Who: The Seeds of Doom (Story 85)
Doctor Who: Planet of Evil (Story 81)
Doctor Who: Planet of Evil (Story 81)
Doctor Who: The Time Warrior (Story 70)
Doctor Who: The Time Warrior (Story 70)
Doctor Who: New Beginnings (The Keeper of Traken / Logopolis / Castrovalva) (Stories 115 - 117)
Doctor Who: New Beginnings (The Keeper of Traken / Logopolis / Castrovalva) (Stories 115 - 117)
"The first two stories are great, especially Logopolis.  The Doctor and his nemesis work together to save the universe."
Doctor Who: Day of the Daleks (Story 60)
Doctor Who: Day of the Daleks (Story 60)
"The original Terminator story (at least on TV).  Excellent special edition replaces all of the old special effects and ending fight sequences."
Doctor Who: The Five Doctors (Story 130) (25th Anniversary Edition)
Doctor Who: The Five Doctors (Story 130) (25th Anniversary Edition)
Doctor Who: The Sea Devils (Story 62)
Doctor Who: The Sea Devils (Story 62)
Doctor Who: The War Machines (Story 27)
Doctor Who: The War Machines (Story 27)
Doctor Who: The Black Guardian Trilogy (Mawdryn Undead / Terminus / Enlightenment) (Stories 126 - 128)
Doctor Who: The Black Guardian Trilogy (Mawdryn Undead / Terminus / Enlightenment) (Stories 126 - 128)
"This box set includes the wonderful story Enlightenment with all new special effects.  You might believe that you are watching the new series."
Doctor Who: The Two Doctors (Story 141)
Doctor Who: The Two Doctors (Story 141)
Doctor Who: The  Ambassadors of Death (Story 53)
Doctor Who: The Ambassadors of Death (Story 53)
Doctor Who: Carnival of Monsters (Story 66)
Doctor Who: Carnival of Monsters (Story 66)
Doctor Who: The Time Meddler (Story 17)
Doctor Who: The Time Meddler (Story 17)
Doctor Who: Attack of the Cybermen (Story 138)
Doctor Who: Attack of the Cybermen (Story 138)