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Old 26-10-2013, 21:22
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Since its the 50th anniversary & RadioTimes is running polls for the best monster & companion, I thought I'd put it out there -what do you think was the best series or season (can be, with best stories, the most consistent or just the one you liked the most)?
I (think) I have mine, I just want to see if others have similar opinions, particularly around classic Who..
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Old 26-10-2013, 21:41
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Anyone of season 12 to 14 which covers robot to talons of weng Chiang. At a push would pick 13 as in terror of the zygons,pyramids of mars,seeds of doom all classics. The new series would have to say season 4.
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Old 26-10-2013, 21:51
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Season 13 or 14. No duff episodes in them. Baker and Sladen at their best.
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Old 26-10-2013, 22:02
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Blimey Charlie that's tricky. Particularly fond of Seasons 7, 13, 16, 19...and Series 4 and 5 for C21 Who. (Will be able to reevaluate Season 5 when certain DVD's come out. )

Might not be the 'best'...but Season 19 will always be particularly special as it turned me into a fan, so going with that. Today.
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Old 26-10-2013, 22:38
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All good choices from what I can see there guys IMHO. I was thinking S7, 12 through to 14 too. If I had to choose one it would probably be S13, as I really like all those stories & it contains at least 3 classics that most agree on: ToZ, PoM & SoD.
I haven't seen S16 (Keys of Time) when I was growing up, & because it isn't cheap to buy, is one of the few missing from my classic collection. Might have to get it although it doesn't look like there are any great stories from what I've heard.
Although WoF & EotW certainly might help, it's a shame we haven't got a little more from season 5 , as this, the "monster season" could be right up there too.
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Old 26-10-2013, 23:08
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A very good thread idea. So far I would say my favorites are Seasons 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 21, 25, and 26. because most stories are excellent in them.
As said above, hopefully season 5 will be a favorite soon.
Out of New Who, I would say Series 1, 3, 4, 5 and 7A. again because most stories are personal favorites.

If I had to pick one season, I would have to say Season 7.
Excellent start to the Jon Pertwee era, Spearhead from Space, The Silurians, The Ambassadors of Death and Inferno are all just brilliant stories IMO,
with Ambassadors being my favorite. When the DVD came out, I watched it all in one sitting because it was so tense and gripping. Excellent story.
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Old 26-10-2013, 23:25
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In terms of quality, Seasons 5 and 13 of Classic Who are hard to top but my fave Season is still Season 19. The first series I ever watched and therfore the best imo.
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Old 26-10-2013, 23:35
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In terms of quality, Seasons 5 and 13 of Classic Who are hard to top but my fave Season is still Season 19. The first series I ever watched and therfore the best imo.
Season 19 is certainly Davison's best season. Watched Earthshock on Watch today. Hadn't seen it for ages, one of Davison's best stories.
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Old 26-10-2013, 23:36
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In terms of quality, Seasons 5 and 13 of Classic Who are hard to top but my fave Season is still Season 19. The first series I ever watched and therfore the best imo.
True that -JNT has got quite a bit of abuse from fans for what he did to the show, but (probably with the guiding hand of Barry Letts), seasons 18, 19 & 21 were very consistent seasons & there were some good stories there
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Old 26-10-2013, 23:52
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A difficult choice to pick a 'best one' because I have to assume a consistently excellent run throughout and I haven't seen everything yet.

But there have been some series where you get a good run of stories through most of the season/series so from the classic series i love

Season 16 ( The Key to Time season- Barring The Pirate Planet for the Captain)
Season 18 (Full Circle - to Logopolis except for Warriors Gate)
Season 19 ( Davison's first and I became a super fan- Not sure about Time Flight)
Season 26 ( McCoy's last - not Battlefield though)

New series 3 ( Human Nature to Sound of Drums)
& 4 ( Unicorn and the Wasp to the Stolen earth)
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Old 27-10-2013, 00:32
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I love Jon Pertwees initial series with Liz Shaw.

Those 4 stories are interesting.

Also love Tom Baker with Sarah and Peter Davison with Adric / Tegan / Nissa.

I think its mostly the cast that make the series best and which characters jell well together with the doctor at that time.
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Old 27-10-2013, 01:44
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My favourite seasons would be -

season 3 (1965-6)
season 1 (1963-4)
season 2 (1964-5)
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Old 27-10-2013, 02:05
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Season 19 is my favourite. Sure, it has a cast-iron clunker in Time-Flight, but every season/series has at least one stinker in my opinion.
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Old 27-10-2013, 02:23
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Have to agree with other posters about season 19. It was the first season I and a lot of others watched religiously. It was the start of a new era and we could all be in at the beginning. Tom Baker had been the Doctor for 7 years (virtually a lifetime back then for a 12 year old!) I vividly remember the cliffhanger for episode 1 of "Earthshock". I can remember falling off the sofa in shock and then jumping around the room saying how brilliant this story was going to be, while my Mum and Sister looked on in bemusment!!

Also I have to give an honary mention to the "Five Faces Of Doctor Who" season which aired on BBC 2 in November/December of 1981. It was the first time that many of us got to see adventures featuring the previous Doctors. To this day,I still love the Krotons!
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Old 27-10-2013, 03:28
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Season 5. If there was a disappointment it was The Ice Warriors, which drags a bit, but even in that one the Warriors themselves were a great introduction for a new enemy.

If I were limited to New Who it would be hard to choose between Series 4 and 5. Best periods for Tennant and Smith respectively, Tennant because he had found his best companion and Smith because the series had just the right amount of story arc and the 'dark fairy tale' atmosphere suited his Doctor so well.
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Old 27-10-2013, 07:24
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There isn't a single best season.

Pertwee's first season, Troughton's second season, 'The Baker / Hinchcliffe / Holmes period, The Key to Time' Season and Matt Smith's first season are all particularly strong.
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Old 27-10-2013, 09:05
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Pertwee's first season, Troughton's second season, 'The Baker / Hinchcliffe / Holmes period, The Key to Time' Season and Matt Smith's first season are all particularly strong.
I would go along with this
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Old 27-10-2013, 09:07
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Since its the 50th anniversary & RadioTimes is running polls for the best monster & companion, I thought I'd put it out there -what do you think was the best series or season (can be, with best stories, the most consistent or just the one you liked the most)?
I (think) I have mine, I just want to see if others have similar opinions, particularly around classic Who..
Obviously nothing from 2005 - 2013.
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Old 27-10-2013, 09:24
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Definitely the Baker/Hinchcliffe era was the best for me. As a child nearly every episode scared me.. The wirrn, seeing Davros for the first time, the zygons, the mummies, the robots , Mr Sin. Brilliant.
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Old 27-10-2013, 12:28
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Have to agree with other posters about season 19. It was the first season I and a lot of others watched religiously. It was the start of a new era and we could all be in at the beginning. Tom Baker had been the Doctor for 7 years (virtually a lifetime back then for a 12 year old!) I vividly remember the cliffhanger for episode 1 of "Earthshock". I can remember falling off the sofa in shock and then jumping around the room saying how brilliant this story was going to be, while my Mum and Sister looked on in bemusment!!

Also I have to give an honary mention to the "Five Faces Of Doctor Who" season which aired on BBC 2 in November/December of 1981. It was the first time that many of us got to see adventures featuring the previous Doctors. To this day,I still love the Krotons!
Snap! Flippin' heck! And aside from Season 7, I've always adored Pertwee's 'Carnival of Monsters' for similar reasons.

Respect to Ian K Mc's choices too. Always a bit miffed when it's opined that the Second Doctor was really the template for what followed. Certainly by the end of his first year, Hartnell is absolutely the character we know and love, albeit a bit frailer for obvious reasons. Certainly by Dalek Invasion../The Rescue he's absolutely adorable, albeit with the edge that was there with most Doctors. The first Doctor rocks! (Mind, so does the Second.)
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Old 27-10-2013, 12:42
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Always a bit miffed when it's opined that the Second Doctor was really the template for what followed. Certainly by the end of his first year, Hartnell is absolutely the character we know and love, albeit a bit frailer for obvious reasons. Certainly by Dalek Invasion../The Rescue he's absolutely adorable, albeit with the edge that was there with most Doctors. The first Doctor rocks! (Mind, so does the Second.)
This! The First Doctor contains all the others in miniature.
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Old 27-10-2013, 12:46
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the war games. without a doubt. usually high up on most peoples' lists.

the story keeps progressing and never stalls despite 12 episodes. b&w actually helps. the ridiculously cheap sets (tardis interiors made from bubblewrap) actually set a "style"

..... and troughton is superb of course, he uses all his dr who tricks and mannerisms ..... not to mention phillip madoc a fine actor who did quite a lot of dr who .....
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Old 27-10-2013, 12:50
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.... after war games it was rather downhill ..... doc no 3 was confined to earth supposedly to reduce budgets & a "James Bond" element nwas introduced with ridiculous gadets ......

..... then we got tom baker with his constant knowing wink at the camera. oh dear .....
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Old 27-10-2013, 12:56
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Obviously nothing from 2005 - 2013.
agreed. occasionally an interesting story but mostly relies on gimmicks.
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Old 27-10-2013, 13:41
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Well I've only been watching from Series 2 so I would have to say Series 5
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