Over 6,700 Time Lord fans responded to a Doctor Who Magazine call to rate all 200 episodes of the classic sci-fi TV series, and selected 1984's The Caves of Androzani - in which fifth Doctor Peter Davison hung up his sonic screwdriver - as the best of the bunch.
Davison's finale beat 2007's excellent Blink, with David Tennant, into second spot. Tom Baker deservedly took third place with 1975's Genesis of the Daleks.
The Telegraph explains that in The Caves of Androzani, the Doctor and companion Peri "arrive on the planet Androzani Minor, and are soon entangled in a dark plot involving gun-running, drug-smuggling and android duplicates.
"At the climax of the story, dying from poison, the Doctor has to regenerate to save his own life, but saves the life of Peri in the process."
Davison said of the programme: “I think you immediately knew when you read the script, that it was a very good Doctor Who story. It was a Bob Holmes script, and he was one of the writers that you dreamed of having on Doctor Who.”
The full 200-episode league table appears in Doctor Who Magazine #413, out today. The top ten are:
- The Caves of Androzani (1984 - Peter Davison)
- Blink (2007 - David Tennant)
- Genesis of the Daleks (1975 - Tom Baker)
- The Talons of Weng-Chiang (1977 - Tom Baker)
- The Empty Child (2005 - Christopher Eccleston)
- Human Nature (2007 - David Tennant)
- Pyramids of Mars (1975 - Tom Baker)
- City of Death (1979 - Tom Baker)
- The Robots of Death (1977 - Tom Baker)
- Bad Wolf (2005 - Christopher Eccleston)