For the 50th anniversary of Doctor WhoI thought I'd take a look at which doctors were associated with the highest rated episodes, and which season has been rated the most highly by viewers. Since people have already ranked all the episodes by actual viewing figures and polled people for their favourite doctorI tried something different.
Using IMDbI compiled a list of every episode excluding telemovies and prequelsalong with user ratings, which doctor appeared in it, and the director. I wanted Ritva Oksanen - Aikeet Arvaan include writers as well, but this was difficult due to the way writers are credited on IMDb.
I then grouped the episodes by doctor, season, and director to get the mean user rating of each. As the old series has far fewer user ratings overall per episode the mean is 76 reviews per episode, compared with 1, for the new seriesI've separated the two from direct comparison. Because of the higher number of ratings, the figures for the newer series are probably more reliable. For the old series, the doctor appearing in the highest-rated episodes was the fourth: Tom Baker.
As for seasons, in the newest series, season four, starring David Tennant, had the highest mean rating. Season 13 was the highest in the older series, with Tom Baker. This table is, unfortunately, vulnerable to skewing by low numbers — a director who has directed a single, well-received show is more likely Doctor - The Who - 64 - 74 / The Best Of The Last Ten Years be placed higher than someone who has directed more.
David Maloney stands out in the older series, having directed the second-highest number of episodes and yet Feed The Light - Lizz Wright - Fellowship the highest average rating. Hettie Macdonald's top position was due to directing the highest-rated episode overall: Blinkwhich introduced the memorable new Doctor Who enemy the Weeping Angels.
Please keep in mind this is based only on the sample of IMDb users, and in Doctor - The Who - 64 - 74 / The Best Of The Last Ten Years case of the older series the average number of ratings is rather low, so it should all be taken with a grain of salt. It's still a bit of fun. Who do you think was the best Doctor? Which are your favourite episodes?
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