Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Forty years since we first entered the TARDIS ...
Forty years since we met a strange old man who whisked us off into space and time ...
Forty years since terrifying creatures drove us behind the sofa ...
Forty years since the birth of a legend ...

For four decades Doctor Who has enthralled millions of children and adults throughout the world. Whether you watched in the monochrome days of the 1960s, or during the colourful 1970s and 1980s, or discovered the all-new adventures of the Doctor on CD and in print during the 1990s and 2000s, we have all been captivated by the Doctor's travels through time and space.

So begins the introduction to the 40th Anniversary Special edition Doctor Who magazine #6.  This came out in 2003 by Panini Comics publishers, although it's in a slick magazine-sized edition.  I ran across it in one of my Comic Con attendances.  I think I was looking for old copies of Starlog at the time, and when I saw this Doctor Who magazine, it naturally got my attention.  Since it's dated 2003, it's before the current relaunch of Dr. Who, which started with the Christopher Eccleston/Billie Piper era, but after the Paul McGann made for TV Dr. Who movie, which appeared in 1996.

It's a pretty interesting magazine as they had conducted a poll to their readers for their favorite Dr. Who episodes, audio CDs, and books.  They got back 2,800 replies (or there about, as that seems like a tidy round number).  At any rate, I thought I might post the findings here for anyone interested.


These are the results for the best episodes of the Dr. Who original series.  I have to admit, I was surprised by some of the results too.

1. Caves of Androzani
2. Talons of Weng-Chiang
3. Genesis of the Daleks
4. Pyramids of Mars
5. City of Death
6. The Curse of Fenric
7. Remembrance of the Daleks
8. Robots of Death
9. Inferno
10. Tomb of the Cybermen
11. Seeds of Death
12. Deadly Assassin
13. Revelation of the Daleks
14. The Daemons
15. War Games
16. The Five Doctors
17. The Aztecs
18. Ghost Light
19. Web of Fear
20. Earthshock
21. Horror at Fang Rock
22. The Green Death
23. Terror of the Zygons
24. The Sea Devils
25. The Doctor Who TV movie (1996 w/ Paul McGann)

There you have it.  Don't shoot the messenger, I have my own favorites episodes as well, and a few of them are listed here at least.  The amazing thing about Doctor Who is that everyone seems to like different doctors, episodes, and different things about the longest running SF series.  I've seen previous polling of people's favorite episodes and they seem to change throughout the years.  I'm sure if a new poll is conducted ten or so years from now, it would be different again.   At any rate, with the new relaunch it seems that Doctor Who gains new fans of the show, so hopefully it will be around longer with new episodes to watch.


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