Best Classic Doctor Who Episodes

This list is to determine what the best episodes of Doctor Who are which were produced during the classic era.

The Top Ten

1 City of Death

Perfection, plain and simple. There is not a single flaw in the story. Amazing Doctor, amazing companion, AMAZING villains, amazing guests cast, amazing writing, amazing score, amazing... Well, amazing everything.

1. City of Death 2. Genesis of the Daleks


2 Genesis Of The Daleks

You get to see the creation of the Daleks that by itself would be enough.

A classic in its own right, this story introduced one of the most known villains in the series, Davros. It is also the most thought provoking of the classic series.


This one has to be the best - 2storm

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3 The Tomb of the Cybermen

This story is thrilling and nail-biting, for a black and white story it is far more believable and exciting than modern day counterparts.

4 The Robots of Death
5 Inferno

Great concept, exciting, amazing execution, and a unique unelsettling time make this easily the best third doctor story

Most underrated story in the shows history. "Doctor Who's first nightmare" as Douglas Camfeild put it. The one and only story of Classic Who were I was genuinely unsettled.

Great story, great characters and great cliffhangers

6 The Dalek Invasion of Earth
7 Carnival of Monsters

It's a perfect example of Doctor Who.

8 Terror of the Zygons
9 The Caves of Androzani

Brilliant the doctor fighting off his regeneration until he can save Peri and 3 excellent cliff hangers at the ends of parts 1,3 and 4 yes 4 and part 3 cliffhanger one of the very best

Best final story of an outing doctor, great story, great villain, great performances.

Best story. The writing,cliffhangers, execution, and villain, all perfect.

10 The Talons of Weng-Chiang

The Contenders

11 The Five Doctors
12 Delta & the Bannermen

I love this it was so good

13 The War Games


14 Pyramids of Mars

Could be in Tom baker top ten!

15 Earthshock

Adric dies. 'enough said.

16 Destiny of the Daleks Destiny of the Daleks
17 The Horns of Nimon
18 Remembrance Of The Daleks


So good! It's definitely my favourite Doctor who story!

19 The Hand of Fear
20 Terror of the Autons

Very Very scary and film like in its quality. Hard to believe it's so old.

21 The Daleks
22 An Unearthly Child
23 The War Machines
24 The Face of Evil
25 Speahead from Space

The first classic Doctor Who episode I watched, and it is a perfect way to start of Jon Pertwee's era

26 The Time Meddler

Brilliant throughout!

27 The Masque of Mandragora
28 The Sea Devils

One of the best, and most intense stories!

29 Fury from the Deep
30 The Seeds of Death The Seeds of Death
31 Vengeance on Varos

Brilliant story
One of the best cliffhangers of all time in part 1 very effective
And Colin Baker is superb I can't believe how underrated Colin is and Sil is brilliant in this the last best villain in the classic series and the story as well is just fantastic.

Another good story I wanna mention is revelation of the daleks brilliant my second favorite after genesis out of the daleks stories

All of Colins stories are great apart from the twin dilemma and timelash.

32 The Brain Of Morbius
33 Planet Of Giants
34 The Keys Of Marinus

Each episode brings another adventure and has an exciting pace. The early Key To Time.

Has that classic ha-ha moment where the doctor figured it all out.

35 The Aztecs
36 The Stones Of Blood
37 The Happiness Patrol
38 The Ark in Space
39 The Web of Fear
40 Survival
41 Planet of the Spiders
42 The Three Doctors
43 The Space Museum
44 The Time Warrior
45 Robot
46 The Tenth Planet
47 The Power of the Daleks
48 The Claws of Axos
49 The Myth Makers
50 The Time Monster The Time Monster
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2. Destiny of the Daleks
3. The Horns of Nimon
1. Genesis Of The Daleks
2. Inferno
3. The Talons of Weng-Chiang
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