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 Best Classic Doctor Who Episodes

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

A near perfect production


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

Best of them all

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

Thrilling and probably the scariest story in the shows history.

Great story, great characters and great cliffhangers

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

6 The Dalek Invasion of Earth
7 Terror of the Zygons
8 The Caves of Androzani

This regeneration story is quite different from the others, and in a good way too.
It’s a lose/lose situation, The Doctor and Peri just land in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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.

9 Carnival of Monsters

It's a perfect example of Doctor Who.

10 The Talons of Weng-Chiang

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11 The Five Doctors
12 Delta & the Bannermen

I love this it was so good

13 The War Games

Introduction of the Time Lords.
Multiple settings.
Second Doctor's swan song.
All antagonists are always at odds making for a thrilling watch, especially given that each are situated in and authors of the worst periods in human history. - C43


14 Destiny of the Daleks
15 Pyramids of Mars

Could be in Tom baker top ten!

16 The Horns of Nimon
17 Earthshock

Adric dies. 'enough said.

18 Terror of the Autons

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

19 The Daleks
20 The Hand of Fear
21 An Unearthly Child
22 Remembrance Of The Daleks

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


23 The Face of Evil
24 The War Machines
25 Speahead from Space

One of the best opening stories for any doctor, also my first.

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

26 The Brain Of Morbius
27 The Ark in Space
28 The Time Meddler

Brilliant throughout!

29 The Masque of Mandragora
30 The Stones Of Blood
31 The Sea Devils

One of the best, and most intense stories!

32 The Web of Fear
33 Planet of the Spiders
34 Planet Of Giants


35 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.

36 The Happiness Patrol
37 The Three Doctors
38 The Time Warrior
39 Robot
40 The Power of the Daleks
41 Fury from the Deep
42 The Seeds of Death
43 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.

44 The Aztecs
45 Survival
46 The Space Museum
47 The Tenth Planet
48 The Claws of Axos
49 The Myth Makers
50 The Time Monster
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