Every DOCTOR WHO Story, from Best to Worst

What’s that? You’ve heard that DOCTOR WHO fans are crazy? Why would you believe such a thing? It wouldn’t have to do with occurrences like, um, this, would it?

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by Charlie Jane Anders

This weekend, Doctor Who returns, continuing a rich history of time travel and wild adventures. But which of the over 250 Doctor Who stories is the best, and which is the worst? Here’s our stab at ranking every singleDoctor Who story, in order of quality.

Note: this is based on seeing every Who story that’s extant at least once, and in most cases multiple times. We welcome disagreements, or even attempts to come up with entire competing rankings. This is a conversation starter, rather than the last word.

For stories that were erased due to the BBC’s idiotic policy of wiping its old TV shows, we listened to audio recordings, and in some cases watched “telesnap” reconstructions that use existing off-screen photographs. Sorry, no novels or Big Finish stories included here, because that would be an insane list!

And finally, this list is divided roughly into five categories: Classics, Good Stories, Decent Stories, Below-Average Stories, and Disappointments….

Don’t just sit there, click to io9 for the rest of this article. Because, hell, it’s Sunday. What better day to sit back and relax with a character who for all practical purposes is just a thinly disguised version of God?