Starring William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton as The Doctor
with Michael Craze as Ben Jackson, Anneke Wills as Polly Wright, Fraser Hines as Jamie McCrimmon and Deborah Watling as Victoria Waterfield

28 The Smugglers

A charming low-stakes story that's a much more fitting send-off for Hartnell than "The Tenth Planet". The wonderfully crafted script is brought to life by a great cast. There's always plenty going on, and both Ben and Polly are much improved when removed from the series' inept rendering of present-day London. This one deserves more love.


29 The Tenth Planet

A failure on multiple fronts. The storyline is sub B-movie and tedious to boot, populated by cardboard characters that are impossible to take seriously. It's a wonder the Cybermen were ever asked back after an irritating debut where they fail to provide a credible threat, and Hartnell has a very subdued swansong. Michael Craze is the best thing in it.


30 The Power of the Daleks

An ambitious script doesn't just settle for the difficult job of introducing the new Doctor, also adding the complex machinations of the Vulcan colony and the return of the Daleks to the mix. David Whittaker's neat, detailed script carries it all off with some aplomb. The Doctor's early behaviour is something of an acquired taste, but the clever plot and strong performances carry the thing off with style to spare.


31 The Highlanders

A simple plot dressed up thanks to some excellent supporting characters, a winningly scattershot performance from Patrick Troughton, a fine introduction for Jamie and a all-too-rare decent role for Polly. In places it's maybe a little too whimsical, and occasionally things just grind to a halt, but it does give space for the new Doctor and his similarly-fresh companions to grow.


32 The Underwater Menace

The tackiness of the serial is widely known, but sadly this one isn't as much fun as it sounds. Joseph Furst's Professor Zarkoff is hilariously over the top (and more power to him), but the thing sags when he's not on the screen, getting bogged down in the dire plot and flat characterisation. If only Furst's conviction had been spread more evenly among the cast it might... It'd still be dire, actually.


33 The Moonbase

A low point for the era. Effectively a stripped down remake of "The Tenth Planet" relocated to the moon, and a base populated by cheap stereotypes and very stupid people. The Cybermen, despite the makeover, are terrible too thanks to their rampant stupidity. It's phenomenally dull, and the regulars spend long passages just sitting around doing nothing.


34 The Macra Terror

A welcome slice of imagination in a season threatening to head for disaster, "The Macra Terror" features the welcome return of a bit of surrealism as well. The trippy Colony is appropriately spooky, and the Macra are a great idea. There isn't quite the budget to pull off the ideas in the script convincingly - and some aspects of the plot aren't faultless either - but it's an interesting story.


35 The Faceless Ones

The series returns to the present once more, and this time the results are much more satisfactory. The plot holds up nicely thanks to careful storytelling and a couple of good twists, while Samantha is charming (sadly, her involvement means Ben and Polly get an anticlimactic final story). By this stage it's already difficult to remember Troughton and Hines' early days, and it feels like the Doctor and Jamie have always been a team.


36 Evil of the Daleks

The convoluted plot relies on coincidence and over-complex planning a little, but the story is made with such swaggering style it's hard to get too annoyed. The set-pieces, such as Jamie's tests, are suitably tense and the move to Skaro happens at just the right time. Troughton gives one of his best performances, while Deborah Watling makes a charming debut as a genuine damsel in distress.