And now for the grand finale. Though not before I make one last stab at pointing out that if you want Class reviews and don’t back the Eruditorum Press Patreon, you’re gonna want to change that, as there’s no way those are going to happen if you don’t.
50: Kill the Moon (57 Points, 8 First Place, 8 Last Place, 13 Downvotes)
This may be the Marmite king of the poll. I know at least some of the last place/downvotes were openly trolling me, which is a bit aggravating, if only because I’m genuinely curious how it would have done without that. But it made the top 50 by the skin of its teeth and I’m perfectly happy with that. Frankly, I wouldn’t want my favorite story not to be a bit Marmite.
49: Alien Bodies (58 Points, 1 First Place, 44 Non-Televised)
Lawrence Miles’s best placing, as well as the highest-placed BBC Books novel. Or if you’d prefer the highest-placed Faction Paradox book, but to be fair, not even the Faction Paradox Wiki counts it as such.
48: Inferno (61 Points, 1 First Place, 2 Downvotes)
47: Dark Water/Death in Heaven (61 Points, 3 First Place, 3 Last Place, 6 Downvotes)
Highest-placed Cybermen story.
46: Turn Left (63 Points, 2 First Place, 1 Downvote)
45: An Unearthly Child (64 Votes, 4 First Place)
Highest-placed Hartnell story. Which… OK. I did say people could vote for it on the basis of the first episode alone, I guess.
44: Paradise Towers (65 Points, 3 First Place, 2 Downvotes)
Highest-placed Kangs story. This was 230th in the Doctor Who Magazine 50th Anniversary poll, twelfth from bottom. Not the only low-ranked story to do way better here, but obviously the one I’m happiest about.
43: Human Nature (67 Points, 1 First Place, 41 Non-Televised)
This one’s tricky – I pretty much had to give it any and all votes cast for “Human Nature,” but every single TV two-parter had multiple votes submitted under the title of its first episode, which means that some of these votes were intended for the TV version. As a result, this surely has a slightly inflated placement while the TV version has a slightly lower one. Personally I think it’d be more accurate if you just swapped their places, but oh well. Highest-placed Virgin book, in any case.
42: Torchwood: Children of Earth (71 Points, 59 Non-Televised)
Highest-placed spin-off. I can’t imagine I have to link it.
41: Enlightenment (71 Points, 2 First Place)
40: The Robots of Death (73 Points)
39: The Chimes of Midnight (74 Points, 2 First Place, 56 Non-Televised)
Highest-placed McGann story.
38: Gridlock (74 Points, 3 First Place, 1 Downvote)
Delighted this one did so well – it was firmly mid-table in the Doctor Who Magazine poll, and strikes me as an almost textbook example of the sort of story this crowd likes more than average.
37: Vincent and the Doctor (77 Points, 2 First Place, 4 Downvotes)
36: Jubilee (78 Points, 2 First Place, 51 Non-Televised)
Highest-placed Big Finish story, non-televised story, and Colin Baker story. Can’t disagree with any of that.
35: Logopolis (78 Points, 4 First Place)
34: The Zygon Invasion/The Zygon Inversion (79 Points, 1 First Place, 2 Last Place)
33: The Girl in the Fireplace (80 Points, 3 First Place, 4 Downvotes)
32: The Deadly Assassin (81 Points, 5 First Place)
Highest-placed Master story.
31: The Ribos Operation (81 Points, 2 First Place)
I gave this the vote cast for the entirety of The Key to Time. Another one I’m glad to see the site’s relentless championing of has worked.
30: Carnival of Monsters (83 Points)
Highest-placed Pertwee story, and the highest-placed story to get no first place votes. It seems a very satisfying story to have that honor.
29: Hell Bent (86 Points, 6 First Place, 3 Last Place, 4 Downvotes)
One of the first place votes was a combo vote for Heaven Sent/Hell Bent. I split the 19 points awarded to the combo 10/9 in favor of Hell Bent based on my personal preference. Another sharply Marmite one, obviously, that I’m glad ended up doing well.
28: The Power of the Daleks (86 Points, 3 First Place)
27: Warriors Gate (87 Points, 4 First Place)
26: The Brain of Morbius (87 Points, 3 First Place)
25: The Happiness Patrol (94 Points, 5 First Place)
24: Dalek (94 Points, 1 First Place)
23: The Enemy of the World (95 Points, 4 First Place)
22: Bad Wolf/Parting of the Ways (96 Points, 4 First Place, 1 Downvote)
The only Davies finale to do well.
21: Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead (98 Points, 3 First Place, 1 Downvote)
20: The Ark in Space (98 Points, 1 First Place)
19: Kinda (101 Points, 3 First Place, 1 Last Place, 4 Downvotes)
18: Human Nature/Family of Blood (108 Points, 2 First Place, 3 Downvotes)
17: The Eleventh Hour (119 Points, 6 First Place, 1 Last Place, 1 Downvotes)
Highest-placed debut story, and one of an impressive six Moffat stories to make the top twenty.
16: The Doctor’s Wife (119 Points, 4 First Place, 1 Last Place, 1 Downvote)
15: The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang (129 Points, 14 First Place, 2 Last Place, 2 Downvotes)
14: Midnight (157 Points, 9 First Place, 1 Last Place, 1 Downvote)
Highest-placed Davies story.
13: Listen (157 Points, 7 First Place)
12: The Mind Robber (158 Points, 6 First Place, 2 Downvotes)
I admit to utter bafflement that two people like this site enough to vote in its poll and hate The Mind Robber enough to downvote it, as it seems like the single least objectionable story ever for this crowd.
11: The War Games (159 Points, 10 First Place)
Highest-placed Troughton story. And now the top ten.
10: Genesis of the Daleks (168 Points, 12 First Place)
9: Blink (177 Points, 9 First Place, 3 Last Place, 5 Downvotes)
Highest-placed Tennant story.
8: Remembrance of the Daleks (203 Points, 8 First Place)
Highest-placed Dalek story.
7: Ghost Light (207 Points, 21 First Place)
Probably the biggest delight of the top ten for me – this got the third highest number of first place votes. I wonder how much having a brilliant Oi! Spaceman with Jack on it shortly before the poll helped.
6: The Day of the Doctor (213 Points, 15 First Place, 2 Last Place, 5 Downvotes)
Highest-placed Smith story. Also the highest-placed Tennant story if you want to count it as one, but I don’t. Definitely the highest-placed story to get any last place votes though. I think this is a ridiculously high placement for a piece of silly froth, but hey, it’s better than the 50th Anniversary DWM poll.
5: The Curse of Fenric (214 Points, 15 First Place)
Highest-placed McCoy story. But everything from here on out is the highest-placed story for their respective Doctors, so I’ll go ahead and stop noting that sort of thing.
4: The Caves of Androzani (232 Points, 16 First Place)
3: The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances (251 Points, 16 First Place)
Both of these are very standard choices, but are unambiguously classics for a reason.
2: Heaven Sent (279 Points, 24 First Place, 1 Downvote)
1: City of Death (321 Points, 25 First Place, 2 Downvotes)
That this would be the #1 story was never in doubt – it took the lead with the first set of ballots counted and never looked back. Which is, in hindsight, pretty obvious – it’s the story that most straightforwardly mixes a tendency to do well on episode rankings (I don’t think it’s ever been outside the top 10 of the DWM poll) and the sort of stuff that does disproportionately well here. And fair enough. I’d say nobody could argue with this as a worthy winner, but apparently two people can. They’re self-evidently wrong.
All right – one final post on Sunday with stuff like favorite Doctor and the much-hated Classic vs New series question.