Greatest Doctor Who Stories

Introduction:Doctor Who has been running for over fifty years now, with over 200 stories, but which are the greatest?

  • 01

    The War Games

    Patrick Troughton's finale as the Second Doctor fits the definition of "epic" in every sense, with a ten part story that sees not only his exit, but the exit of beloved companions Jamie (Frazer Hines) and Zoe (Wendy Padbury), the end of the 1960s and the black and white era of the show, and the revelation of the Doctor's background and introduction of the Time Lords for the very first time.

  • 02

    The Talons of Weng-Chiang

    This glorious Tom Baker six parter from 1977 sees the Fourth Doctor do Sherlock Holmes as he investigates a murderous ventriloquist's dummy, giant rats and a time-travelling war criminal posing as a Chinese God in Victorian London. Written by Robert Holmes, still the greatest Doctor Who writer of them all, at the peak of his powers.

  • 03

    The Ribos Operation

    This remarkable four part story from 1978 kicks of the show's 16th season, as the Doctor (Tom Baker) is given a new assistant in Time Lady Romana (Mary Tamm) and sent on a galactic quest to find the six segments of the mythic Key to Time. Robert Holmes delivers an incredibly atmospheric, witty character drama the likes of which you cannot imagine being made today.

  • 04

    Horror of Fang Rock

    Tom Baker's Doctor and savage companion Leela (the wonderful Louise Jameson) find themselves trapped in a lighthouse on a desolate island at the turn of the 20th century that is under attack from an alien killer in this atmospheric four part spine-chiller from much loved veteran Who writer Terrance Dicks.

  • 05

    Survival

    The final story of the original series from 1989 sees Sylvester McCoy's Seventh Doctor and companion Ace (Sophie Aldred) taken to a planet where humans are hunted for sport and food by giant cats on horseback. A beautifully strange, atmospheric gem with a gorgeous music score by Dominic Glynn.




Final Thoughts

These stories, as brilliant as they are, barely scratch the surface of the many fantastic stories that the series has offered over its many years on television.




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