Avery's Doctor Who Guide

So, you want to watch Classic Doctor Who but you're not so sure on how much to watch? You've come to the right place! This guide has several different tracks depending on what you're interested in:

Fast Track
Recommended Track
Maybe Track
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This guide is currently a work in progress, and only goes as far as I've watched so far. I started watching through the episodes for this guide in early May 2018, and I'm still going strong.

Note: be aware that a lot of classic (and modern) Doctor Who episodes include flashing colours and lights, which may cause issues.

Important note

A lot of the black and white episodes were destroyed by the BBC to make room for other programs, so all that remains of them is fan reconstructions. The reconstructions are well made, however they can be hard to watch – don't make yourself sit through them if you're having trouble with them.

The reconstructions are clearly marked, so you should be able to tell which ones they are. Note that the partial reconstructions (the ones where not all the episodes are missing) are often much easier to watch than the complete reconstructions, so they have been marked differently.

Table of Contents
  1. First Doctor
  2. Second Doctor
  3. Third Doctor

First Doctor

The First Doctor
William Hartnell played the role of the first Doctor. The early days of Doctor Who are a lot slower paced than a modern viewer would expect, but they have a certain charm to them, and by the second season the pacing has already improved greatly.
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Season 1

An Unearthly Child

Story Number1
Number of Episodes4
Partial watch, only episode 1
SynopsisTwo schoolteachers, Barbara and Ian, follow one of their students (Susan) home, only to discover a strange policebox in a junkyard...
ReviewThe last 3 episodes of this story are dry and difficult to watch. They have several repeated scenes, and the plot is not very interesting
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The Doctor, his grand-daughter Susan, Barbara, and Ian are all introduced in this story

The Daleks

Story Number2
Number of Episodes7
Don't watch, this story is incredibly slow paced, so I can't recommend it, unless you really want to watch the origin of the daleks.
SynopsisThe Tardis crew land on the alien jungle planet Skaro, and are captured by a mutated race of people known as The Daleks...
ReviewThe main cast is fleshed out a lot in this story, and there is a lot of tension. But the pace is excruciatingly slow.
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The Daleks are introduced

The Edge of Destruction

Story Number3
Number of Episodes2
Maybe
SynopsisSomething is wrong with the Tardis, and it seems like one of the crew has sabotaged the ship...
ReviewVery tense and mysterious episodes – however the second episode drags on a bit, and plot contrivances force everyone to act out of character

Marco Polo

Full Reconstruction
Story Number4
Number of Episodes7
Missing EpisodesAll
Maybe, if you're ok with a reconstruction (Note – this story contains white actors in makeup to make them appear Asian)
SynopsisThe travellers arive in China and meet Marco Polo. He coerces them into joining his caravan, and they end up embroiled in political intrigue in the far east...
ReviewOne of the first historical stories, and it works really well as a contrast to the stories around it. The villains are more complex and the problems they face are more personal. Not much action – which means the lack of video isn't a problem.

The Keys of Marinus

Story Number5
Number of Episodes6
✨ Highly Recommended ✨
SynopsisThe Tardis crew must travel all across the planet of Marinus to find the keys to the AI that runs their society...
ReviewThis is a big story, divided into several little ones – a format that works very well, and mitigates a lot of the pacing issues the early seasons had. However the script was rushed, and you can tell – as such, this story isn't recommended because of how good it is, but because of how it is emblematic of the first season.

The Aztecs

Story Number6
Number of Episodes4
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SynopsisBarbara is mistaken as an Aztec God, and attempts to use this mistake to end the human sacrifices of the Aztecs, despite the Doctor's warnings about changing history...
ReviewThe Aztecs is a "historical" story, but it's such an innacurate view of the situation that it can hardly be called that at all. However, it is a very interesting plot.
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This story introduces the concept of fixed points in time

The Sensorites

Story Number7
Number of Episodes6
Maybe, it is very interesting, but also very slow.
SynopsisThe Tardis lands on a ship, trapped in orbit around a planet of psychic aliens known as the Sensorites...
ReviewThe sensorites is an interesting idea..... but it's very slow. I remember enjoying it as a child, but now? I can't really recommend it to everyone

The Reign of Terror

Partial Reconstruction
Story Number8
Number of Episodes6
Missing Episodes4, and 5
Maybe, but note there are missing episodes, which makes it harder to get through
SynopsisThe Doctor decides to take Barbara and Ian home... but accidentally lands them all in the middle of the Reign of Terror, and they instead have to try not to lose their heads...
ReviewSurprisingly interesting. The 2 episodes which are missing footage are a slog to get through – without the motion, the pacing is more obviously slow

Season 2

The Planet of Giants

Story Number9
Number of Episodes3
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SynopsisThe travellers find themselves on a planet much like Earth, but many times larger...
ReviewEntertaining and fun, and a good start to the second season – although some of the actors give rather stilted performances

The Dalek Invasion of Earth

Story Number10
Number of Episodes6
Watch, just be warned of the usual slowness of the early seasons
SynopsisThe tardis crew land in a mysteriously abandoned london, and discover that the daleks have invaded earth...
ReviewThis story is very important and very good, but at the same time the pacing is still incredibly slow. Definitely more worth a watch than many of the other early stories
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Susan leaves the TARDIS to marry a man she met, and help humanity to rebuild. The Doctor says a very heartfelt fairwell, and that scene alone is definitely worth watching.

The Rescue

Story Number11
Number of Episodes2
✨ Highly Recommended ✨
SynopsisThe two survivors of a spaceship crash are held in captivity by a mysterious alien...
ReviewVery short, and quite interesting. It introduces a new regular cast member, and does so quite well!
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Vicki, a young crewmember of a crashed spaceship, joins the TARDIS crew.

The Romans

Story Number12
Number of Episodes4
✨ Highly Recommended ✨
SynopsisThe TARDIS crashes in Ancient Rome. After spending some time relaxing, The Doctor and Vicki impersonate a Lyre player and his assisstant, and Barbara and Ian are kidnapped to be sold as slaves...
ReviewVery, very good! And notable for using quite a lot of humour, which makes it stand out from the episodes around it

The Web Planet

Story Number13
Number of Episodes6
Don't watch
SynopsisThe TARDIS is pulled down to the insect planet of Vortis, where they struggle to help it's former inhabitants reclaim the planet from the malignant Animus...
ReviewThis story is incredibly dull, and full of obnoxious and annoying sounds. It's a shame – the concept is good, and they clearly put a lot of effort into making an alien planet with the sets and costumes.

The Crusade

Partial Reconstruction
Story Number14
Number of Episodes4
Missing Episodes2, and 4
Maybe, despite the reconstructions. (Note – this story contains white actors in makeup to make them look Middle-Eastern)
SynopsisThe Tardis Crew find themselves embroiled in a conflict between Richard the Third and Saladin...
ReviewExceptional quality, with some incredibly good acting. The two reconstructed episodes are, of course, harder to watch, but the other episodes in this story make up for it in spades.

The Space Museum

Story Number15
Number of Episodes4
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SynopsisThe TARDIS is knocked slightly out of sync with time, and the crew have to fight against the clock to avoid a horrible fate – being stuffed and displayed in a museum...
ReviewAn all-round decent story. It was clearly intended to be a somewhat self-aware parody of the format of the show, but is played completely straight, which is weird.

The Chase

Story Number16
Number of Episodes6
Watch
SynopsisThe TARDIS crew are chased through time and space by the daleks..
ReviewAn important story, that is told well
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Barbara and Ian are sick of travelling with the Doctor, and want to go home. They take the dalek time machine and return back to Earth, to continue their lives. Steven, a human who had been imprisoned on the planet, manages to get into the TARDIS just before it dematerialises.

The Time Meddler

Story Number17
Number of Episodes4
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SynopsisThe TARDIS lands in 1066, but Steven doesn't believe it – several anachronistic artifacts abound, and there's something strange about the local monk...
ReviewI like this story, even if it is a bit slow.
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The Time Meddling Monk is introduced, as well as the idea that there are other people with TARDISes.

Season 3

Galaxy 4

Partial Reconstruction
Story Number18
Number of Episodes4
Missing Episodes1, 2, and 4
Maybe, this story is missing a lot of footage. The reconstruction is well done, but it can be hard to sit through. (Note – this story contains more sexism than is usual)
SynopsisThe TARDIS crew land on a planet on the brink of destruction, with two marooned species trying to escape it...
ReviewIt's passable, nothing to really write home about. The Loose Cannons reconstruction works well, especially considering how little surviving footage they had to work with.

Mission to the Impossible

Full Reconstruction
Story Number19
Number of Episodes1
Missing EpisodesAll
Watch, if you're willing to watch a reconstruction
SynopsisA Space Security Agent attempts to warn Earth of the dalek's latest plan... (This episode is also known as "Dalek Cutaway", as it sets up things for the upcoming story "The Dalek's Master Plan")
ReviewThis episode is very unique, because it does not feature the doctor or any companions at all. It's worth a watch, just for the sheer uniqueness of it.

The Myth Makers

Full Reconstruction
Story Number20
Number of Episodes4
Missing EpisodesAll
Don't watch
SynopsisThe Doctor and companions find themselves in the battle for ancient troy... and accidentally make the myth of the trojan horse come true...
ReviewA silly concept, with poor execution – the trojans are portrayed as unbelievably dense, and then Vicki falls for one and runs off with him. I had trouble suspending my disbelief for this one.
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Vicki stays with a warrior from Troy, to help him rebuild. (As I mentioned above, I did not find this a particularly realistic or interesting way for the character to be written out). As she leaves, she sends Katarina, a handmaiden, into the TARDIS to help the Doctor.

The Daleks Master Plan

Partial Reconstruction
Story Number21
Number of Episodes12
Missing Episodes1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, and 12
Partial watch, don't watch episode 7 ("The Feast of Steven"). (Note – this story contains a white actor in makeup to make them appear Asian)
SynopsisMavic Chen, the guardian of the solar system, is hatching a plan with the daleks that will allow them to take over the universe with a device known as The Time Destructor...
ReviewOne of the darkest and most violent stories in the early show, and it is incredibly engaging... with the exception of the 7th episode, which was scheduled to be broadcast on Christmas Day. It doesn't tie in to the actual plot, and is basically just a farcical interlude
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Katarina is killed while saving the Doctor from an assailant (the first death of a companion in the series). Sara Kingdom, a former guard of Mavic Chen, joins the Doctor for a while, but she too meets her end. The story concludes with the Doctor and Steven lamenting their deaths.

The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve

Full Reconstruction
Story Number22
Number of Episodes4
Missing EpisodesAll
Don't watch
SynopsisThe Tardis lands in Paris, just as tensions between the Protestants and the Catholics have reached their peak...
ReviewNot an awful story, and would be a 'Maybe' if it weren't for the fact that it's a reconstruction, and very difficult to watch.
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Dodo Chaplet, the descendent of one of the characters in Paris, joins the TARDIS while it makes a pit-stop in 1960s london.

The Ark

Story Number23
Number of Episodes4
Watch
SynopsisThe Doctor, Steven, and Dodo land on a ship carrying humanity to a new home... but accidentally bring the common cold with them, which turns out to be fatal to the inhabitants...
ReviewA very good story from the classic era

The Celestial Toymaker

Partial Reconstruction
Story Number24
Number of Episodes4
Missing Episodes1, 2, and 3
Don't watch
SynopsisThe TARDIS crew land in te Celestial Toymaker's domain, and have to play his games to earn their freedom...
ReviewReally just garbage.

The Gunfighters

Story Number25
Number of Episodes4
Maybe
SynopsisThe Doctor is mistaken for Doc Holiday, a famous outlaw in the wild west...
ReviewNot much to say – a solid story, and fairly fun to watch.

The Savages

Full Reconstruction
Story Number26
Number of Episodes4
Missing EpisodesAll
Maybe
SynopsisThe far future. Humanity has reached new levels of peace and prosperity... but a sinister secret lies behind their success...
ReviewA very good story, that feels very well paced – one of the few reconstructions that I didn't have difficulty watching.
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Steven stays behind to help humanity rebuild and repay the savages for what they had done.

The War Machines

Story Number27
Number of Episodes4
✨ Highly Recommended ✨
SynopsisThe computer WOTAN is a wonderful invention, and is set to improve humanity... until it decides that humanity is no longer needed...
ReviewOne of the most engaging doctor who stories, and very well worth the watch
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Dodo is hypnotised so the doctor sends her to the country to recover. She decides to stay there. Polly and Ben, who are both major characters in this story, enter the TARDIS just before it dematerialises.

Season 4

The Smugglers

Full Reconstruction
Story Number28
Number of Episodes4
Missing EpisodesAll
Don't watch
SynopsisPolly and Ben do not believe that they can be travelling through time... and yet, they find themselves in Cornwall in the 17th century, right at the height of the smuggling era...
ReviewBoring and bland and racist, and even I had trouble watching through this one

The Tenth Planet

Partial Reconstruction
Story Number29
Number of Episodes4
Missing EpisodesOnly episode 4
Watch
SynopsisMondas, the Tenth Planet of the solar system, appears in the sky, bringing with it the cybermen, who are planning to drain the Earth's Energy...
ReviewThis is a good story, however the doctor is absent for half of it, and thus we don't really get to see much of what made William Hartnell great.
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The Doctor collapses, and only just makes it back into the tardis in time before he regenerates into the second doctor...


Second Doctor

The Second Doctor
Patrick Troughton played the Second Doctor. The Second Doctor's stories are more action packed than the First Doctor's, and that brings a breath of fresh air. Unfortunately, many of the Second Doctor stories are missing.
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Season 4 (continued)

The Power of the Daleks

Full Reconstruction
Story Number30
Number of Episodes6
Missing EpisodesAll
Watch, make sure to watch the animated re-release!
SynopsisThe Doctor, in his new body, brings the TARDIS to Vulcan, where a dalek capsule has laid dormant for centuries...
ReviewAn interesting take on a Dalek story, where humans cause more issues than the daleks do.

The Highlanders

Full Reconstruction
Story Number31
Number of Episodes4
Missing EpisodesAll
Maybe, if you can stand a reconstruction. (Note – this story uses the "man crossdresses for laughs" trope.)
SynopsisThe travellers arrive just after the Battle of Culloden, in Scotland, and gain the trust of some desperate Jacobites...
ReviewOne of the better historical stories (and the last). I'm glad that Doctor Who moved away from this format, but this was a good story regardless.
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Jamie, a Scotsman they befriended, is invited to join the travellers in the TARDIS.

The Underwater Menace

Partial Reconstruction
Story Number32
Number of Episodes4
Missing Episodes1, and 4
Maybe
SynopsisThe travellers find themselves in the underwater city of Atlantas, where a scientist has hatched a plan to raise Atlantas up... but at what cost?
ReviewA decent story, and still watchable - half of the episodes have been recovered. The costumes for the fish people are.... not amazing, however.

The Moonbase

Partial Reconstruction
Story Number33
Number of Episodes4
Missing Episodes1, and 3
Watch
SynopsisThe Earth's weather is controlled with a device called a gravitron on the moon. The crew up there have been using it to control rain over crops, and to provide sunny beaches. But something is going wrong, and if they don't fix it, then the Earth's weather will become disastrously chaotic... the perfect time for the cybermen to show up...
ReviewA really good sci-fi story, and a really good cybermen story.

The Macra Terror

Full Reconstruction
Story Number34
Number of Episodes4
Missing EpisodesAll
Maybe
SynopsisThe Travellers arrive in a colony of humans, living a happy and idyllic life... but one man claims to have seen terrible crab-like creatures roaming the colony at night...
ReviewA fairly good story, and the reconstruction works quite well. Would be a "Watch" recommendation, if the full episodes still existed. This story also develops both Ben and Jamie as characters, and gives them an interesting dynamic.

The Faceless Ones

Partial Reconstruction
Story Number35
Number of Episodes6
Missing Episodes2, 4, 5, and 6
Watch
SynopsisThe TARDIS lands in Gatwick Airport, right in the middle of a runway. While the travellers are evading the airport police, they discover that something sinister is happenning in the Chameleon Tours hanger...
ReviewThis story is incredibly creepy and incredibly tense – possibly one of the creepiest stories. It is definitely worth watching, despite the reconstruction – if it wasn't missing episodes, it would have a ✨Highly Recommended✨ rating.
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Ben and Polly, upon realising that they are back in London on the same day that they left, decide to return to their normal lives.

The Evil of the Daleks

Partial Reconstruction
Story Number36
Number of Episodes7
Missing Episodes1, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7
Watch
SynopsisThe Doctor and Jamie search for the TARDIS, and are lured into a trap – the Daleks want the Doctor to enhance them with the human factor, to make them undefeatable...
ReviewThis is a really interesting dalek story – it's slow burn, but also the stakes are high and it manages to keep you on the edge of your seat for quite a lot of it. The reconstruction team went to a lot of effort to recreate this one, with several CGI sets and animated sections, making it one of the highest quality reconstructions.
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Victoria Waterfield joins the TARDIS.

Season 5

The Tomb of the Cybermen

Story Number37
Number of Episodes4
✨ Highly Recommended ✨
SynopsisThe travellers arrive on Telos, where they discover an expedition who are trying to uncover the Tomb of the Cybermen...
ReviewA very good story – it's a lot more action focused than previous cybermen stories, but it also has a lot more intrigue, and is well paced. The cinematography in this story is also much more impactful than usual.

The Abominable Snowmen

Partial Reconstruction
Story Number38
Number of Episodes6
Missing Episodes1, 3, 4, 5, and 6
Don't watch, unless you really want the background for The Web of Fear (Note – this story contains white actors in makeup to make them appear Asian)
SynopsisThe TARDIS arrives in the Himalayas, nearby a Tibetan monestary. The travellers discover that the Yeti are real, and that something sinister is afoot...
ReviewSlow and dull, and the villain's plan doesn't make any sense. One of my least favourite stories so far.

The Ice Warriors

Partial Reconstruction
Story Number39
Number of Episodes6
Missing Episodes2, and 3
Maybe
SynopsisIn the distant future, another ice age is beginning. A crew of scientists is desperately trying to slow the pace of the glaciers rolling across Britain, when they discover a creature in the Ice...
ReviewIt's got some good action and drama, but the moral of the story is overt and... questionable

The Enemy of the World

Story Number40
Number of Episodes6
✨ Highly Recommended ✨
SynopsisThe TARDIS lands on Earth in the near future (2018), and The Doctor is mistaken for the Dictator of the World, Salamander...
ReviewPatrick Troughton's performance in this story (as both The Doctor and Salamander) is incredible, and that alone is worth the watch. The plot is full of intrigue and mystery, and kept me engaged the entire time. It's not your standard Doctor Who story, which might put some people off, but it's well written, well made, and well acted.

The Web of Fear

Partial Reconstruction
Story Number41
Number of Episodes6
Missing EpisodesOnly episode 3
Watch, even if you don't usually watch reconstructions
SynopsisAvoiding a web in space, the Tardis lands in the London Underground, which is mysteriously abandoned – and full of yeti...
ReviewThis is a good story, and quite frightening! Definitely worth watching – especially since the BBC reconstruction of the missing episode is quite good

Fury from the Deep

Full Reconstruction
Story Number42
Number of Episodes6
Missing EpisodesAll
Don't watch
SynopsisThe crew find themselves on an oil rig, where the manager is a jerk and there's something in the pipes...
ReviewThis story is not worth watching. Frustratingly, the story itself isn't bad, but it's exactly the kind of story that is ruined by having to be a reconstruction.
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Victoria decides she's had enough of running into danger everywhere they go, and stays behind.

The Wheel in Space

Partial Reconstruction
Story Number43
Number of Episodes6
Missing Episodes1, 2, 4, and 5
Watch, (Note – this story contains a white actor using a racist asian accent)
SynopsisThe Tardis materialises on a spaceship, mysteriously abandoned, and floating towards a wheel in space...
ReviewA mysterious and tense story, and a good finale for this season
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Zoe stows away aboard the Tardis

Season 6

The Dominators

Story Number44
Number of Episodes5
Maybe
SynopsisThe Dominators and the Quarks land on the planet of Dulkis, with a plan for destruction, and the Doctor has to convince the pacifist people of the planet to act...
ReviewThis story has a dull start, but an exciting end. The Quarks are a cool enemy, but much of the rest of the story is predictable and formulaic.

The Mind Robber

Story Number45
Number of Episodes5
Partial watch, only Episodes 1 and 5
SynopsisThe Tardis is buried in lava, causing a fluid link to blow. The Doctor uses the emergency unit to take it out of danger, which brings it outside of time and space...
ReviewThis story has a lot of random events and a lot of faffing around, and it feels disjointed and rather pointless. The first episode is interesting, though: there's the strangeness with the Tardis being out of time, and a great scene at the end of the first episode.

The Invasion

Partial Reconstruction
Story Number46
Number of Episodes8
Missing Episodes1, and 4
Watch
SynopsisThe Tardis crew re-unite with an old friend, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, who is investigating the company International Electromatics. The company's managing director is secretly working with the Cybermen, and intends to take over the world...
ReviewVery millitary focused, and a bit long, but definitely one of the better stories.

The Krotons

Story Number47
Number of Episodes4
Maybe
SynopsisThe Krotons keep the Gonds enslaved, but no-one has ever seen the Krotons. At least, until the Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe arrive...
ReviewA fairly standard Doctor Who story. Well made, though.

The Seeds of Death

Story Number48
Number of Episodes6
Maybe
SynopsisThe Earth has replaced all forms of transport with T-Mat, a teleportation system that is controlled from the moon. But the entire world falls into dissarray when the moon is taken over by the Ice Warriors...
ReviewA pretty good action story.

The Space Pirates

Partial Reconstruction
Story Number49
Number of Episodes6
Missing Episodes1, 3, 4, 5, and 6
Don't watch
SynopsisThe space lanes are being plundered for argonite by a gang of space pirates.. and the TARDIS lands on one of their targets...
ReviewFormulaic, and the action focused plot makes it harder to sit through the reconstructions

The War Games

Story Number50
Number of Episodes10
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SynopsisThe Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe find themselves in World War I... but just through a mysterious fog, there's the American Civil War, and the Romans...
ReviewA good story, and a good finale for the Second Doctor! Suprisingly, despite its length, it doesn't drag on
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This story introduces the Time Lords. For his meddling in time, the Doctor is forced to regenerate, and Zoe and Jamie are sent back to their own time periods (after their memories of their travels with the Doctor have been wiped)


Third Doctor

The Third Doctor
Jon Pertwee played the Third Doctor. Now that the Doctor has been exiled, the next few seasons are very Earth focused, which is a nice change. Another nice change is the change to colour.
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Season 7

Spearhead from Space

Story Number51
Number of Episodes4
✨ Highly Recommended ✨
SynopsisThe Doctor has been exiled to Earth, and unwillingly helps UNIT out with a strange situation involving meteorites and living plastic...
ReviewA really good first story for Pertwee's Doctor. The acting is good, the plot is interesting. It's also 4 episodes, which is a very comfortable amount – this story definitely doesn't outstay its welcome.
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This story introduces Liz Shaw, the Doctor's assistant at UNIT. It also establishes the Doctor's somewhat unwilling employment at UNIT.

Doctor Who and the Silurians

Story Number52
Number of Episodes7
Maybe, but note there is some mild sexism
SynopsisA nuclear research facility is experiencing strange technical difficulties, the source of which is something old – the former rulers of the Earth...
ReviewNot as amazingly paced as the previous story, but still quite good.

The Ambassadors of Death

Story Number53
Number of Episodes7
Maybe, the start and end are good, but the middle is slow
SynopsisThere has been no contact from the astronauts on Mars Probe 7 since it launched from Mars several months ago, and the rescue mission mysteriously goes silent as well...
ReviewThis story has a very good concept, but the pacing suddenly breaks down and it gets overly complex in the middle.

Inferno

Story Number54
Number of Episodes7
Watch
SynopsisA project to drill through the Earth's Crust goes wrong, a green liquid is turning people into creatures, and the Doctor is sent to a parallel universe where no-one recognises him...
ReviewTense and exciting, but just a bit too slow to be more highly recommended. The parallel universe is pulled off very well, and having the story progress in both universes at once is really interesting.
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This is the last story to feature Liz Shaw (although her leaving is never shown)

Season 8

Terror of the Autons

Story Number55
Number of Episodes4
✨ Highly Recommended ✨
SynopsisThe Doctor discovers that an evil renegade Time Lord known as The Master has arrived on Earth, and has allied himself with the Nestene Consciousness...
ReviewA very good story. The Master is played in an incredibly sinister way, which adds a lot to the story.
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Jo Grant is introduced as the Doctor's new assistant. Captain Yates is introduced as an important character in UNIT. The Master is introduced.

The Mind of Evil

Story Number56
Number of Episodes6
Watch, but note there are some racist caricatures of Chinese people
SynopsisA Professor has invented the Keller Machine, a device which removes negative impulses from the minds of convicted criminals. But then the process goes wrong, and a nearby Peace Conference starts going pear shaped...
ReviewA really good one – the acting is great, the plot is engaging, and the moral is interesting

The Claws of Axos

Story Number57
Number of Episodes4
✨ Highly Recommended ✨
SynopsisBeings called Axons arrive in England in a space ship, and offer a miraculous substance called Axonite in exchange for power...
ReviewA very good story. It's particularly interesting that the Axons seem generous and friendly at first, which is refreshingly new for Doctor Who.

Colony in Space

Story Number58
Number of Episodes6
Maybe, the plot is based on a racist allegory to the conflicts between settlers and First Nations people in Northern America
SynopsisThe Time Lords send Jo and the Doctor to an Earth Colony in the year 2472, where a strange beast is attacking, the crops are wilting, and an Interplanetary Mining Corporation is trying to get the colonists to abandon their homes...
ReviewThis story is somewhat meandering and bland – it's not awful, but it's also not very memorable. Additionally, the plotline involving the Master feels very unnecessary, and the story would be improved if he hadn't been inserted into the script

The Dæmons

Story Number59
Number of Episodes5
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SynopsisThe Master is posing as a vicar in the rural town of Devil's End, an ancient barrow is being opened, and a Daemon is released...
ReviewA good story, that keeps you guessing

Season 9

Day of the Daleks

Story Number60
Number of Episodes4
✨ Highly Recommended ✨, note there are 2 versions – the original, and one with better dalek voices (and some extra CGI)
SynopsisPolitical tensions are high, and a peace conference has been called by Sir Reginald Styles. But guerilla fighters from the future have travelled back in time to attempt to assassinate him... and the Daleks are trying to prevent that...
ReviewA fun romp, which is exciting and engaging all the way through.

The Curse of Peladon

Story Number61
Number of Episodes4
Watch
SynopsisThe planet of Peladon has invited the Galactic Federation to hold a conference, to see if Peladon can join. But civil disturbances are increasing, the delegates are endangered, and someone is trying to frame The Doctor...
ReviewA really good story, and the concept is quite unique. The only issue is the first episode is a bit dull.

The Sea Devils

Story Number62
Number of Episodes6
Watch
SynopsisA colony of aquatic Silurians (or Sea Devils) have begun to wake up in the ocean... right next to where The Master is being held prisoner...
ReviewA great story. The master adds a lot of depth to the story, and makes this more than just a sequel to The Silurians

Acknowledgements

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Reconstructions used

I watched the Loose Cannons reconstructions, with the exception of the following stories:

This guide was not created manually, but was (somewhat) automated with a program I made one afternoon. You can find the source for it on NotABug

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