Earlier, I mentioned that Jon Pertwee was my favorite Doctor, and it got me thinking about my favorite episodes. Certainly some of the more recent Doctor Who tales have been excellent, but I still have a fond place in my heart for The Dæmons.

The Dæmons is the fifth and final serial of the eighth season of Doctor Who, and features science and magic going head to head as something evil is lurking in Devil’s End. The supernatural and pragmatism go head to head in this romp that ultimately features The Master. Paul Cornell, Martin Day, and Keith Topping have stated “The Dæmons isn’t really very good. Its denouement is risible, and even the much praised church explosion effect looks cheap.” Still, The Dæmons remains one of the more popular Doctor Who episodes of all time.

With that gauntlet being thrown down, it’s time for you to fire back. Use the comment section below and share with the rest of the world, your favorite Doctor Who episode, and feel free to go into detail why it ranks as your favorite episode of all time.

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5 Comments

  1. My favorite story is Enlightenment, which is the final serial of The Black Guardian trilogy in season 20. It’s a very imaginative story with interesting antagonists and some genuinely unsettling drama with companions, which wasn’t all that common in those days. I just wish the Guardians weren’t so campy. :)

    • Yeah, they’re pretty arch in those stories. But that’s my ‘Who’ wheelhouse. While I still say the best is ‘Caves Of Androzani’, my favorite classic Who is the bizarre and incomprehensible mishmash of wonder that is ‘The Five Doctors.’

  2. Ah the Daemons, “Chap with the wings. Five rounds rapid” good stuff

    My personal favourite is probably Curse of Fenric. Time traveling vampires, WW2 code breakers, treachery and betrayal while Sylvester McCoy chews the scenery for all he’s worth. A classic.

  3. Dan Langsdale on

    I whole-heartedly second Enlightenment. I enjoyed the whimsy of a Space Regatta against the drama of the culmination of Turlough’s arc.

    For the modern era, though, I think I’ll go for Dalek, because it was this episode that did two things for me:

    1, it was the first real tie for me bridging the classic series with the new one (the Autons just hadn’t stuck with me the way so many other classic series monsters did)

    and 2, it was the first time really seeing through the madcap facade of Eccleston’s Doctor to really understand how the “Time War” had affected him.

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