50 for 50 … The 50 Greatest Stories in Doctor Who History

The Tour is proud to announce our 50th Anniversary Project. 50 for 50 … the 50 Greatest Stories in Doctor Who History. Every Doctor Who fan knows what they like and don’t like in Doctor Who.

But for the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who in 2013 the Tour wanted to know which stories you like most in Doctor Who history, and would like to help you use Tour content to express which stories are your favorites. In order to make this fun, we made a bit of game out of this. Here were the rules…

  • We confined ourselves to televised Doctor Who only. Any ancillary Doctor Who projects (Big Finish etc) while lovely, aren’t covered by the scope of the Tour so were out of bounds.
  • Ideally participants should have a passing appreciation for the full sweep of the series to allow for fuller story selections. This is NOT a pre-requisite however.
  • Once someone has put a story into the countdown, it’s off everyone elses list, thus you should follow your list in order by what hasn’t to that date been chosen. In this way it’s sort of like a ‘suicide pool’ for picking stories, but should also provide interesting insight into how others view the series.

The Countdown began January 1st 2013 with the first four stories on January 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th, and afterward on Wednesdays leading all the way up to November 20th, 2013.

Here were the Picks (with the overall list picks in red):

Date Alan Andy David Steve Overall Pick
#1 11/20 Fury from the Deep Human Nature / The Family of Blood The Caves of Androzani Midnight Midnight
#2 11/13 The Invasion Utopia, The Sound of Drums, and Last of the Time Lords The Talons of Weng-Chiang Horror of Fang Rock The Talons of Weng-Chiang
#3 11/6 Genesis of the Daleks The Seeds of Doom The Deadly Assassin The Doctor’s Wife UtopiaThe Sound of Drums, Last of the Time Lords
#4 10/30 The Girl in the Fireplace The Talons of Weng-Chiang Pyramids of Mars The Five Doctors Fury from the Deep
#5 10/23 Blink The Girl in the Fireplace Inferno The Green Death The Green Death
#6 10/16 Vincent and the Doctor Genesis of the Daleks The Ark in Space The Sea Devils The Ark in Space
#7 10/9 The Caves of Androzani The Web of Fear Utopia School Reunion The Web of Fear
#8 10/2 The Mind of Evil The Caves of Androzani The Sea Devils Genesis of the Daleks Vincent and the Doctor
#9 9/25 Dalek The Impossible Planet / The Satan Pit Genesis of the Daleks The Invasion School Reunion
#10 9/18 An Unearthly Child The Curse of Fenric The Eleventh Hour Remembrance of the Daleks Genesis of the Daleks
#11 9/11 School Reunion Pyramids of Mars The Seeds of Doom Earthshock The Curse of Fenric
#12 9/4 The Ambassadors of Death Inferno The Girl in the Fireplace The Caves of Androzani The Ambassadors of Death
#13 8/28 The Deadly Assassin The Doctor’s Wife The Tomb of the Cybermen Asylum of the Daleks The Caves of Androzani
#14 8/21 Midnight Father’s Day Terror of the Autons The Eleventh Hour The Girl in the Fireplace
#15 8/14 The Dalek Invasion of Earth The Deadly Assassin A Good Man Goes to War The Three Doctors Father’s Day
#16 8/7 Asylum of the Daleks The Evil of the Daleks. The Christmas Invasion Blink Asylum of the Daleks
#17 7/31 The Empty Child The Enemy Within Blink Carnival of Monsters Carnival of Monsters
#18 7/24 A Good Man Goes to War Kinda Terror of the Zygons The Claws of Axos Terror of the Zygons
#19 7/17 Frontier in Space Spearhead From Space The Girl Who Waited Pyramids of Mars The Evil of the Daleks
#20 7/10 The War Games The Two Doctors Human Nature / The Family of Blood The Brain of Morbius The War Games
#21 7/3 The Doctor’s Wife An Unearthly Child A Christmas Carol The Deadly Assassin The Deadly Assassin
#22 6/26 The Ice Warriors The Robots of Death The Mind Robber City of Death The Mind Robber
#23 6/19 Inferno The Eleventh Hour The Unquiet Dead The Curse of Fenric The Eleventh Hour
#24 6/12 Pyramids of Mars Army of Ghosts / Doomsday Earthshock The TV Movie Pyramids of Mars
#25 6/5 The Brain of Morbius The Greatest Show in the Galaxy Amy’s Choice The Tomb of the Cybermen The TV Movie
#26 5/29 The Evil of the Daleks Terror of the Zygons The Dæmons The Time Warrior The Dæmons
#27 5/22 The War Machines The Mind of Evil Earthshock The Waters of Mars The Mind of Evil
#28 5/15 Survival The Dæmons The Doctor’s Wife The Dalek Invasion of Earth Survival
#29 5/8 The Enemy Within Logopolis The Ribos Operation The Seeds of Doom The Seeds of Doom
#30 5/1 Planet of Fire School Reunion The Aztecs Vengeance on Varos The Aztecs
#31 4/24 Resurrection of the Daleks The Time of Angels / Flesh and Stone Remembrance of the Daleks The Talons of Weng-Chiang The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone
#32 4/17 The Keeper of Traken Remembrance of the Daleks The Invasion The Parting of the Ways The Keeper of Traken
#33 4/10 The Talons of Weng-Chiang The Three Doctors The Face of Evil Terror of the Autons Terror of the Autons
#34 4/3 City of Death The Daleks Master Plan The War Machines Vincent and the Doctor The War Machines
#35 3/26 The Robots of Death The Tomb of the Cybermen Vincent and the Doctor Time Crash The Tomb of the Cybermen
#36 3/19 Full Circle The Fires of Pompeii The Keeper of Traken The Girl Who Waited Full Circle
#37 3/12 The Three Doctors Revelation of the Daleks Midnight Inferno Inferno
#38 3/5 Terror of the Autons The End of the World The End of the World Terror of the Zygons The End of the World
#39 2/27 The War Machines The Invasion The Time Meddler Invasion of the Dinosaurs The Invasion
#40 2/20 The Tenth Planet Mawdryn Undead The Impossible Astronaut Planet of the Spiders The Tenth Planet
#41 2/13 The Dæmons Asylum of the Daleks Vengeance on Varos Castrovalva Castrovalva
#42 2/6 The Sea Devils The Stolen Earth / Journey’s End Spearhead from Space The Waters of Mars Spearhead from Space
#43 1/30 The Time Warrior The Power of the Daleks Enlightenment The Dæmons The Power of the Daleks
#44 1/23 The Seeds of Death Earthshock A Town Called Mercy The Daleks The Seeds of Death
#45 1/16 The Web of Fear The Daleks The Ark An Unearthly Child An Unearthly Child
#46 1/9 The Wheel in Space Planet of the Spiders The Android Invasion The Mind Robber The Android Invasion
#47 1/4 The Edge of Destruction The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances School Reunion Rose The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances
#48 1/3 Snakedance The Waters of Mars The Enemy Within The Hand of Fear Snakedance
#49 1/2 The Greatest Show in the Galaxy Frontios Mindwarp Kinda Kinda
#50 1/1 The Mysterious Planet Tooth and Claw The Angels Take Manhattan Planet of Fire