Top of the Docs: Series Averages

We’ve come to the end of the line with these articles.  Eventually there will be new episodes to review, but for now, Roger and I have given a rating to every episode televised.  Since my real life is all about data analytics, it’s only natural that some of that bleeds over into my hobbies.  Having completed the series, I wanted to know which season of the show we felt strongest about.  Color me surprised with my findings…

Series averages

Yeah, it’s a bit of a tough thing to really sink your teeth into when you cover the entire run of the series.  And one thing we need to remember is that Doctor Who was a different style of show before the great hiatus.  Right up until season 26, the show might have 4 stories in a season but they could be broken up into a handful of episodes.  So it might be unfair to look at them in one big data dump.

Classic Averages

A big takeaway is that, while Rog and I didn’t agree entirely, we were never far from each other with our numbers.  It seems the biggest variance for us was Season 23, which is unsurprising.  So much of The Trial of a Time Lord was hit or miss.  I saw it at a time in my life that I was probably far more forgiving of the series.  Roger’s least liked season was season 21 and his favorite was season 5 during Troughton’s era.  Who could blame him: The Tomb of the Cybermen says it all!  My least liked was season 22, Colin’s first full season, while the season 13 was my favorite; was there a weak episode in the bunch?!

By and large, I was more critical of the modern era of Doctor Who than Roger was, though that shifts towards the newer stuff.  Maybe I’m a bit more forgiving in that regard.  I did love Capaldi’s last season which might have softened my ratings for some of Jodie’s stuff.  Roger’s least favorite of the modern era was Jodie’s first season while his favorite was the Eccleston era.  Ironically, if we exclude the Specials which scored slightly higher for me, we were in sync here, even if not to the exact same score.  (Rog: 8.7, 4.82.  Mike: 8.0, 5.36)

Numbers like this just give us an idea of what we think and it does tell you something that even with all the variation, Roger and I do come in with the same overall opinions of the show during the modern era.  Make of it what you will.

modern averages

It’s important to remember that Doctor Who, like any show, might hit a person differently at different times in their lives.  10 years from now, we may love Orphan 55 and want to change our ratings.  I might suddenly see value in Hell Bent or fall out of love with The Seeds of Doom.  Unlikely in both cases, but you can never tell.

Overall this has been an insightful journey and I’ve enjoyed looking at the series like this.  I can now tell people what season was my favorite or where I think it was weak, with just a glance and maybe entice them to try these episodes for themselves.  Of course, it’s never going to be the same for everyone.  One man’s Twin Dilemma is another’s Twice Upon a Time.

ADDENDUM, after the fact: Roger asked me which Doctor came in highest, which entails a bit of work since the first Doctor ends midway through his 4th season, and Colin starts at the end of Davison’s final season.  McGann has 2 episodes as well, which entails a bit of moving around.  Without a graph, I can report that Eccleston came in highest with Roger’s ranking of 8.7 for his episodes, and mine at 8 (tying Patrick Troughton for me; Roger’s ratings gave us an 8.4 for Pat).    Of supreme strangeness is that I carried out the decimals several places to find that Tennant’s era tied for me and Roger with 7.657895!  Our least favorite era was Colin’s.  Roger’s rating was 3.6 while mine was slightly higher at 4.8.

I hope you’ve enjoyed taking this journey with us.  We’ll take on Series 13 whenever it comes and I’ll update these numbers. It’ll be interesting to see where it goes.  But until then, just remember that travel isn’t the only thing that broadens the mind… sometimes data does too.  Allons-y!  ML

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2 Responses to Top of the Docs: Series Averages

  1. scifimike70 says:

    The Junkyard has been very helpful in making us all reflect on favorite classics in refreshingly new ways. For Doctor Who particularly, given its quite unique scope in both sci-fi and drama, it’s easier to enjoy certain things for one’s own reasons as I’ve expressed many times in my comments. So it’s been most gratifying to have even further reflections via the Top of the Docs.

    Because Doctor Who’s vast sci-fi dimensionality has paved the way for many other sci-fi classics on the Junkyard, from Babylon 5 to Star Trek, The Outer Limits and Girls’ Last Tour to name just a few that we’ve started with, we will always be reminded of how intertwining our sci-fi inspirations can be. The Six Degrees Of Who articles were encouraging enough for mentions of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, Stranger Things, Game Of Thrones and The Box Of Delights (which is now being revived by Big Finish). So who knows how far we have yet to go with Doctor Who articles on the Junkyard?

    Thank you both for all your Top of the Docs. Maybe someday, Top of the Treks will be next.

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  2. scifimike70 says:

    Whether a sci-fi classic series depends on vast scopes, like Doctor Who, Star Trek and Stargate, or earns enough universal appeal despite fatefully small scopes, like Sapphire & Steel, Space: Above And Beyond and Space Island One, varied lists for its top best episodes are always encouraged. I have always found general encouragement in the discussions which WordPress and YouTube are consequently more popular for. Certainly when the time is right for appreciating things more in retrospect and that’s a great blessing from the Junkyard. So I can respect why someone’s vote on Doctor Who’s or Star Trek’s best or worst might differ most significantly for someone else’s. This makes me comfortable to share my own views on the strongest in the weakest, and vice versa. It justly proves how strength and weakness have their own equilibrium.

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