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Monday, 9 January 2023

Top 10 Eighties Stories


There's probably a longer article to be written about Earthshock - which I like, just not enough to include it in this top 10 - and its largely negative influence on Doctor Who in contrast with Paradise Towers which feels like a necessary relaunch of the series in the wake of Earthshock and the wrong lessons learned from its popularity. Maybe I'll write that after I get round to an essay on the Chibnall era which arrives months too late to be of interest to anyone.

Anyway, here's my ten favourite stories from Eighties Doctor Who, a decade which contains the best stories in the show's history alongside the worst stories in the show's history.

Tuesday, 8 November 2022

Top 10 Sixties Stories


I wrote a 'Top 10 1960s Stories' article for Den of Geek. I'm pretty happy with it, the stories came to me quite quickly for the longlist and it felt quite straightforward to whittle them down. It was only after publication that I remembered these are the stories that have had the longest time to consensus to form around, being covered by every guide book and fan publication in detail (for example, Peter Haining's A Celebration). So this and the Top 10 Seventies article are probably going to be mildly controversial - in the sense that some people on the internet might disagree and possibly use exclamation marks - as a result of my going against these conventions. It's not a conscious thing on my part, it's just - and it's depressing how few people get this - my taste rather than some objective governing truth.

Friday, 28 October 2022

Top 10 Chibnall Era Stories


'Don't make me choose'

In which I choose, fresh from the broadcast of 'The Power of the Doctor', the top ten stories from Chris Chibnall's time as showrunner. 

There's a lot of obvious jokes here - 'You found 10?', 'This'll be a short article' etc. - but thing is I did find ten and it was actually so long Den of Geek had to edit it down. Finding a top ten was harder here than in any of the other articles in this series. For RTD, Moffat, the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties...I had a longlist that I whittled down. For this I had a longlist of eight stories, and then I got rid of one on rewatch. I considered including the Thirteenth Doctor Mr Men book and that lockdown video Jodie Whittaker recorded, but I was trying to be as positive as possible and felt including them would be against the format of the articles and overly harsh. 

Then I put 'Kerblam!' in because I felt like I should represent the cynical grimdark aspect of the era and frankly it's the only one of those stories that is actually interesting to rewatch. So to be honest that was probably harsher. 

Tuesday, 20 September 2022

Top 10 Moffat era stories

I asked to do Top 10s rather than Top 20s for these articles because the plan is to do six of them by the Sixtieth anniversary, so sixty stories listed in total. However I could easily have done a top 20 here.

Tuesday, 16 August 2022

Top 10 RTD Era Stories

Den of Geek have asked me to write summaries of different eras or decades of Doctor Who with top tens for each one. So here's the one for the first run of Russell T. Davies.

I think I should probably give up hope that people will understand the whole 'subjective/objective' thing on these articles.

Wednesday, 6 July 2022