And the Winner Is: Which 2010s Doctor Who Serial Was The Best of the Decade?

A little while ago, we asked regulars to provide their top 10 Doctor Who stories from the last decade (from The End of Time, which concluded on 1st January 2010, to Resolution, which aired on 1st January 2019). They contained some obvious classics and some surprises. Then the commenters added theirs, and threw in a few ‘honourable mentions’ that didn’t quite make their lists.

Rick Lundeen suggested we pool the info into a top 10 and some runners-up, so here it is. As for honourable mentions, I reckon those make good tie-breakers to nudge stories slightly ahead. In the list below I add those as + 1. Which ones surprise you? The Lodger beating The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang on a tie-breaker? The fact that Christmas stories score so well? The fact that three Series 11 stories beat a considerable number of Eleventh and Twelfth Doctor stories? Where the ‘comedy’ stories appear in the list, and the regeneration stories? And yes, go on then, which of these stories make it into your least favourite list?

Without further ado, here we go!

These ones didn’t make anyone’s official lists, but were mentioned in comments:

  • Big Finish’s The Widow’s Assassin (which opens up the whole massive ‘canon’ debate);
  • Amy’s Choice;
  • The Crimson Horror;
  • Deep Breath;
  • Time Heist.

These got only one vote each:

  • It Takes You Away = 1 + 1 honourable mention
  • The End of Time = 1
  • Vampires of Venice = 1
  • Let’s Kill Hitler = 1
  • The Power of Three = 1
  • Dinosaurs on a Spaceship = 1
  • A Town Called Mercy = 1
  • The Angels Take Manhattan = 1
  • The Bells of St. John = 1
  • The Rings of Akhaten = 1
  • Hide = 1
  • Robot of Sherwood = 1
  • The Caretaker = 1
  • Under the Lake/ Before the Flood = 1
  • The Husbands of River Song = 1 Smile = 1
  • Thin Ice = 1
  • Empress of Mars = 1
  • The Witchfinders = 1
  • Resolution = 1

And then those that made the lists of two people:

  • The God Complex = 2 + 1
  • The Impossible Astronaut = 2 + 1 The Snowmen = 2
  • Cold War = 2
  • The Name of the Doctor = 2
  • Listen = 2
  • Dark Water/Death in Heaven = 2
  • The Zygon Invasion/The Zygon Inversion = 2
  • The Pilot = 2
  • Rosa = 2
  • Demons of the Punjab = 2

And those that made it to three votes:

  • The Lodger = 3 + 1
  • The Magician’s Apprentice/ The Witch’s Familiar = 3 + 1
  • The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang = 3
  • The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone = 3
  • The Girl Who Waited = 3
  • A Good Man Goes to War = 3
  • Asylum of the Daleks = 3
  • Twice Upon a Time = 3

And so to our actual Top Ten, in reverse order…

10. A Christmas Carol = 4

9. Last Christmas = 4

8. Flatline = 4 + 1

7. Mummy on the Orient Express = 5

6. The Doctor’s Wife = 5 + 1

5. World Enough and Time/The Doctor Falls. = 6 + 1

4. The Eleventh Hour = 7

3. Face the Raven/Heaven Sent/Hell Bent = 9

2. Vincent and the Doctor = 11

1. The Day of the Doctor = 11 + 1

I love that the top two show the range of Who – from a historical character study of just one man, who they didn’t ‘save’ in the end, immaculately played by Tony Curran, and graced by a cameo from Bill Nighy; to the massive blockbuster, Gallifrey-saving, all-Doctor extravaganza party piece with Sir John Hurt, a few Daleks and Zygons, and just about everybody else…

Thank you to everyone who joined in; I wonder what the next decade will bring…?