Doctor Who voted second best BBC TV show of all time


BBC viewers voted Doctor Who the second-best BBC television series in the broadcaster’s 100-year history. The long-running sci-fi series comes second only to the popular sitcom Only fools and horseswhich aired seven series from 1981 to 1991 and seven additional specials from 1992 to 2003. Doctor Who precedes popular shows like Come dance strictly, Course of action, Call the midwife, Fawlty Towers, black viper, Earth, Kill Eveand sherlock. Doctor Who will celebrate the BBC’s centenary with a special episode in the autumn. The episode will be Jodie Whittaker’s last performance as Doctor WhoThirteenth Doctor, the first female Doctor in the series’ history.

BBCOne The only show conducted the survey. Participants could vote from a shortlist of 50 BBC TV shows, selected across genres and eras by members of the press and a BFI archivist. Here are the top 20 voters:

  1. Only fools and horses
  2. Doctor Who
  3. Come dance strictly
  4. Course of action
  5. Call the midwife
  6. Gavin and Stacey
  7. Fawlty Towers
  8. black viper
  9. Morecambe and Wise show
  10. The Vicar of Dibley
  11. daddy’s army
  12. Planet Earth I and II
  13. Kill Eve
  14. dinner ladies
  15. Yes Minister / Yes Prime Minister
  16. sherlock
  17. The good life
  18. top pops
  19. The Roy family
  20. blue stone

Doctor Who debuted on the BBC in 1963. Sydney Newman, CE Webber and Donald Wilson developed the series as an educational program for British children and families. The series would rely on the Doctor’s scientific knowledge and TARDIS time travel to teach children about scientific principles and historical facts. However, science fiction adventures have proven more popular than historical adventures, both with audiences and writers. Over time, Doctor Who abandoned its educational premises and became a science fiction institution in the UK. In the 1970s, the series became cult overseas, including in the United States, where episodes aired in syndication on PBS.

The BBC has stopped broadcasting Doctor Who in 1989 but revived it in 2005, reformatted for modern viewers under showrunner Russell T. Davies. Since, Doctor Who reached a new level of mainstream popularity. Davies returns to the program for the 60th anniversary season of Doctor Who in 2023.

“I am beyond delighted to be back on my favorite show,” Davies said when the BBC announced his return. “But we’re traveling through time too fast, there’s a whole series of Jodie Whittaker’s brilliant Doctor for me, with my friend and hero Chris Chibnall at the helm – I’m still a viewer at the moment.”

Chibnall has worked with Davies on previous seasons of Doctor Who and the spin-off series Torchwood. He said: “It’s monumentally exciting and fitting that Doctor WhoThe 60th anniversary of will see one of Britain’s screenwriting diamonds return home. Russell built the stick which is about to be returned to him – Doctor Whothe BBC, the screen industry in Wales, and let’s be honest, everyone around the world, have so much to be really, really excited about what’s to come.”

What do you think of the BBC viewers’ vote Doctor Who the second best BBC series of all time? Let us know in the comments. Classic episodes of Doctor WhoThe original series is streaming now on Britbox. Season 1 to Season 12 of Doctor WhoThe 21st Century revival is streaming now on HBO Max (check out our viewing guide to catch up quickly). The final season, the six parts Doctor Who: Flowis streaming now on AMC+.


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