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What Are Your Top 10 Doctor Who Serials of the Decade?

Depending on who you ask, 2019 brought the decade to a close (though some would argue that the milestone comes at the end of 2020, so who the heck really knows?). In that time, we’ve had numerous Doctors, many Daleks, quite a few Cybermen, and a Master in a pear-tree. That’s a lot of Doctor Who.

So we turned to the DWC contributors to find out what their favourite serials of the decade are. That’s everything from The End of Time (because Part 2 concluded on 1st January 2010) to Resolution.

Otherwise, the criteria was pretty strict. I didn’t want any rationale. This is a talking point, because I’d love to hear your thoughts, dear reader, and acts as a decent overview (I hope) of what Doctor Who served up between 2010 and 2019. I asked for lists and that’s it. I also didn’t ask for any particular order, so some are by preference, others chronological, and others as-and-when they came to mind.

The biggest quibble was serial. I wanted a list of best serials, and have admittedly been a bit harsh in enforcing this rule. Many picked, for instance, Heaven Sent, but not Hell Bent; Dark Water, but not Death in Heaven. So some of the selections below may cause rioting. Alas, I hate an incomplete story…

With that in mind, there are a few contributors’ thoughts on the Top 10 Doctor Who stories of the past 10 years…

Joe Siegler

  1. The Day of the Doctor
  2. The Doctor’s Wife
  3. The Eleventh Hour
  4. Empress of Mars
  5. The End of Time
  6. The Magician’s Apprentice/ The Witch’s Familiar
  7. The Power of Three
  8. Rosa
  9. Twice Upon a Time
  10. Vincent and the Doctor

Tony Stokes

  1. The Eleventh Hour
  2. Vincent and the Doctor
  3. The Lodger
  4. A Good Man Goes to War
  5. The God Complex
  6. A Town Called Mercy
  7. Cold War
  8. The Day of the Doctor
  9. Flatline
  10. World Enough and Time/ The Doctor Falls.

David Traynier

  1. The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone
  2. The Doctor’s Wife
  3. A Good Man Goes to War
  4. Let’s Kill Hitler
  5. The Girl Who Waited
  6. The Angels Take Manhattan
  7. Flatline
  8. Dark Water/Death in Heaven
  9. Face the Raven/Heaven Sent/ Hell Bent
  10. It Takes You Away

Bar Nash-Williams

  1. The Eleventh Hour
  2. Vincent and the Doctor
  3. The Doctor’s Wife
  4. A Good Man Goes To War
  5. The Day of the Doctor
  6. Last Christmas
  7. The Zygon Invasion/ The Zygon Inversion
  8. Heaven Sent/ Hell Bent
  9. The Pilot
  10. World Enough and Time/ The Doctor Falls

Jordan Shortman

  1. World Enough and Time/ The Doctor Falls
  2. The Magician’s Apprentice/ The Witch’s Familiar
  3.  Last Christmas
  4.  Vincent and the Doctor
  5.  Mummy on the Orient Express
  6.  Dark Water/Death in Heaven
  7. Heaven Sent/ Hell Bent
  8.  The Witchfinders
  9.  Vampires of Venice
  10.  The Day of the Doctor

Drew Boynton

  1. The Day of the Doctor
  2. The Name of the Doctor
  3. The Lodger
  4. Vincent and the Doctor
  5. Asylum of the Daleks
  6. The Snowmen
  7. Cold War
  8. Thin Ice
  9. Robot of Sherwood
  10. The Caretaker

Rick Lundeen

  1. The Day of the Doctor
  2. Vincent and the Doctor
  3. Listen
  4. A Christmas Carol
  5. Last Christmas
  6. Mummy on the Orient Express
  7. Flatline
  8. The Girl Who Waited
  9. Face the Raven/ Heaven Sent/ Hell Bent
  10. Dinosaurs on a Spaceship

Philip Bates

  1. Vincent and the Doctor
  2. The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang
  3. A Christmas Carol
  4. The Girl Who Waited
  5. The God Complex
  6. The Bells of St. John
  7. The Rings of Akhaten
  8. Hide
  9. Under the Lake/ Before the Flood
  10. Smile

What do you think? Now it’s over to you. We want to know which stories you really rate! Let’s stay positive because 10 years ofDoctor Who is an immense achievement, especially to those who lived through the Wilderness Years…

Philip Bates

Editor and co-founder of the Doctor Who Companion. When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything.

What Are Your Top 10 Doctor Who Serials of the Decade?

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