The Captain (captain18) wrote,
The Captain
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Rating Doctor Who

One of the the things that has been of interest to me when it comes to my most favorite shows is the whole best/worst episode rankings (or if you prefer, classics/clangers). Back when I was huge into The Simpsons, I spent a lot of time creating and maintaining my personal Top 5 list. Back then it was a lot easier for a show with 6 seasons as opposed to 27. If you asked me for my Top 5 for DW's classic years right now off the top of my head, I'd have to give you these, in no specific order:

  • The Talons of Weng-Chiang
  • The Caves of Androzani
  • The Power of the Daleks
  • Genesis of the Daleks
  • Inferno

    Of course, this is a knee-jerk crapshoot because as soon as I got past the first 3, I had another 10 stories come to mind that are all awesome. Some of them are ones I like (I have a soft spot for "The Keeper of Traken", for example) and there are others that I believe are well written ("The Curse of Peladon"), and others that have great production values ("Warriors' Gate"). I'd really like to quantify an analyze this, and then to be able to filter the result. It's not hard to guess that Robert Holmes will easily rank as my favorite writer, but do I actually have a favorite director? Phillip Hinchcliffe is unquestionably my favorite producer, but how does Innes Lloyd compare to, say, Graham Williams?

    To that end I've built a spreadsheet that lists each serial, writer, director, script editor, producer, and primary director. I plan to go through and rank each serial based on a handful of categories so that I can manipulate the result to see what really rises to the top and under what circumstances. I'm trying to decide what these categories should be -- without reaching the point of overkill. Writing, Directing, and Acting seem to be easy starters, probably also with a subjective Like category. But I'm not sure those would all measure what I want. "The Tenth Planet" has some stylish direction but the sets are uninspired. "Mindwarp" has a great concept but the Trial scenes gut much of the story. The Doctor is cracking good in "Tomb of the Cybermen" but Kaftan is awful -- I'm not sure how to balance that.

    Any thoughts from the peanut gallery?
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