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Doctor Who: The 60 Best Episodes


60 years. 60 brilliant episodes.

William Hartnell, Peter Capaldi, Matt Smith, Tom Baker, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant as Doctor Who
Photo: BBC (Chloe Lewis)

It’s Doctor Who’s 60th year, it’s a time of celebration, and sometimes we like to celebrate by getting granular. Any fool can write a Top 60 Stories list, we’re breaking it down further. The plan is be ranking single frames by 2063.

As it’s a time of celebration, we cordially invite you all to join in by listing your top 60 episodes in the comments. Eat some Celebrations. Play some Kool and the Gang. We can go back to complaining about Doctor Who later, for now let’s try to focus on this extraordinary children’s show featuring a genocidal maverick as its hero, and how mint it is. Because it is, really, I don’t think we mention that enough. This could actually be on telly in 2063.

Very scientific process behind this list: they’re the 60 best Doctor Who TV episodes, listed in chronological order.

1. An Unearthly Child – An Unearthly Child/Part One

(Season One, 1963, written by C.E. Webber and Anthony Coburn, directed by Waris Hussein)

As first episodes go, the one where the Doctor kidnaps some school teachers certainly clashes with the more vibrant optimistic tones of the brand nowadays, but Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor was pretty damn abrasive in ‘Rose’ too. Not quite hostile abduction abrasive, but difficult nonetheless. It works, though.

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