Check out the crazy/beautiful/ugly/monster-stuffed cover foldout image for this months Doctor Who Magazine! Every monster to ever feature in the show. I don’t imagine they’d be capable of stuffing any more! Anyway, DWM 474 reveals the results of their biggest survey yet, ranking each story. With exactly 800 episodes encompassing 241 stories that is no simple task. The survey was previously conducted in 2009, with The Caves of Androzani topping the charts, and surprisingly it’s jumped down to fourth. What I’m most surprised about however is that The Day of the Doctor claimed the number one spot. I know how good it was – I watched it many times. But number one might be too high of praise in my opinion. I wonder where it’d fall if this survey were released a few years after it’s airing.
1. The Day of the Doctor (92.06%)
2. Blink (91.87%)
3. Genesis of the Daleks (91.60%)
4. The Caves of Androzani (90.60%)
5. City of Death (90.30%)
6. The Talons of Weng-Chiang (90.15%)
7. The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances (89.48%)
8. Pyramids of Mars (88.26%)
9. Human Nature/The Family of Blood (87.90%)
10. Remembrance of the Daleks (87.88%)
And now the worst rated stories. No surprises here. The only “newcomer” to this end of the spectrum is The Rings of Akhaten. Man oh man, I ranted about how bad that episode was for weeks!
232. The Space Museum (53.78%)
233. The Rings of Akhaten (53.44%)
234. The Dominators (50.32%)
235. The Space Pirates (47.23%)
236. Underworld (46.68%)
237. Time-Flight (45.74%)
238. Timelash (45.22%)
239. Time and the Rani (45.09%)
240. Fear Her (42.68%)
241. The Twin Dilemma (40.18%)
And now, for the sake of science and wasting your precious time, here’s some more useless facts! Below are both the results of the survey’s favorite Doctors and then the calculated average score of each Doctor’s era as a whole.
First Doctor – 9th favorite, 9th place in ranked average at 148.
Second Doctor – 4th favorite, 4th place in ranked average at 111.
Third Doctor – 5th favorite, 2nd place in ranked average at 99.
Fourth Doctor – THE favorite, 5th place in ranked average at 112.
Fifth Doctor – 6th favorite, 7th place in ranked average at 135.
Sixth Doctor – 11th favorite, 11th place in ranked average at 170.
Seventh Doctor – 7th favorite, 8th place in ranked average at 145.
Eighth Doctor – 10th favorite, 10th place in ranked average at 152.
Ninth Doctor – 8th favorite, 1st place in ranked average at 95.
Tenth Doctor – 3rd favorite, 3rd place in ranked average at 109.
Eleventh Doctor – 2nd favorite, 6th place in ranked average at 121.
I hope Colin Baker never reads the outcome of this poll… Also, very interesting the correlation of where Eccleston falls on the favorites list, compared to how high his accumulated stories rank.
What are your thoughts? Is The Day of the Doctor your favorite story? Is Fear Her really that bad? (It is). Should the Sixth Doctor be cut some slack?? And would you like me to post the full list?