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

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


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

Best of them all

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.

The Robots of Death

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

The Dalek Invasion of Earth
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.

Terror of the Zygons
Carnival of Monsters

It's a perfect example of Doctor Who.

The Talons of Weng-Chiang

The Contenders

The Five Doctors
Delta & the Bannermen

I love this it was so good

Destiny of the Daleks
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.


Pyramids of Mars

Could be in Tom baker top ten!


Adric dies. 'enough said.

The Horns of Nimon
Terror of the Autons

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

The Daleks
The Hand of Fear
An Unearthly Child
Remembrance Of The Daleks

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


The Face of Evil
The War Machines
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

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