The results are now in for The Blogtor Who Readers’ Poll 2011 – many thanks to everyone who voted. Before we get to the Ten, here’s some info about the stories that didn’t make it. Unsurprisingly, the much~maligned The Curse of the Black Spot failed to enter whilst The Doctor, The Widow & The Wardrobe fared only slightly better, though it didn’t even manage to accumulate 1% of the overall vote.

Fact fans also note that the Comic Relief episodes, Time and Space, received a few votes each whilst the Doctor Who Confidential special Death Is The Only Answer, the Complete Sixth Series DVD exclusive Night and The Doctor and the Children In Need special, Nekkid Cutaway, all got one each (whilst the NTA scene got zero). Now, here’s the Top 10….


10. THE REBEL FLESH/THE ALMOST PEOPLE

Holding up the back end (but managing to make the Ten nonetheless) is the Ganger two~parter. Matthew Graham’s story didn’t enter into Blogtor’s own Top 10 but found enough love from you guys and gals to gain 1.6% of the overall vote.

9. NIGHT TERRORS

Mark Gatiss’ first foray into modern day Who does better than his previous year’s Dalek story (it failed to make the Top 10), so the writer has made some headway (though this story hit No. 5 in Blogtor’s chart). Wonder where he’ll end up in the 2012 Poll? Anyway, the creepy effin’ dolls attained 2.2%.

8. CLOSING TIME

Matching the same position in the Readers’ Poll 2010 as his story, The Lodger, the 2011 Gareth Roberts story gets 4.1% of the overall vote. Again, I seemed to like it more than the readership (finished at No. 6).

7. LET’S KILL HITLER

2011’s second series opener won 5.7% of the overall vote and, as you can see, is very close to the next few stories in terms of percentage. “Interestingly”, the episode was also No. 7 in Blogtor’s Top 10.

6. THE GOD COMPLEX

Splitting up the batch of SteeMo stories is Toby Whithouse’s “Eighties” hotel of horrors. The shock ending was nowhere near as shocking as the reference to the Nimon. Or, indeed, the portrait of The Tritovore (look closely, it’s there). Regardless it got 5.9%.

5. THE WEDDING OF RIVER SONG

The second series finale didn’t thrill you lot as much the first one but it still did the job, being the third favourite SteeMo episode. The Doctor fooling the whole of time and space with a robot version of himself marrying a woman old/young enough to be his mother/daughter won 6.5% of the overall vote.

4. A GOOD MAN GOES TO WAR

Gaining a higher place here than in the Blogtor Top 10 (where it was No. 7), the revelation of River Song’s identity was well liked though, as you can see from the figures, some way behind the next entry with just 6.9%.

3. THE IMPOSSIBLE ASTRONAUT/DAY OF THE MOON

The Top 3 is really where the big hitters reside this year with a huge gap between these tales and the rest. And some of you may have noticed that the stories in the Top 3 are the same as the Blogtor Top 3 (though in a slightly different order). This year’s cramaze~balls opener managed 16% of the vote.

2. THE GIRL WHO WAITED

Just edging out the number three story (and by a very small margin) is the Amy Pond Double Up Conundrum with 17.3%. Here’s what writer Tom MacRae had to say when I told him the news:

The Girl Who Waited was my love letter to Doctor Who, and to Doctor Who fans. I stretched myself, more than I ever had on any script before, to write the best story I possibly, possibly could, because this is the best show in the universe, and we have the best fans on the planet, and only the best is good enough.

1. THE DOCTOR’S WIFE

Just like last year’s poll, a newcomer to Doctor Who wins the Readers’ Poll! Neil Gaiman’s masterpiece (now official) managed to attain a massive 31.3% of the voting share. And it also won the top spot in Blogtor’s own Top 10. Be in no doubt, this episode was the best of 2011! Here’s what writer Neil Gaiman had to say when Blogtor tweeted him the good news:

Wonderful. I was so lucky to have been part of it. @rclarkie & @steven_moffat & amazing actors made a decent script magic.

And director Richard Clark (@rclarkie) also had this to say via Twitter:

Wonderful news! Loved making it. Hope they’ll have me back one day. It’s a glorious show to be involved in.

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Cameron K McEwan was the first owner and site editor of Blogtor Who since its creation in May 2008 until Dec 2015. A lifelong Doctor Who fan, Cameron has also written two books, The Who’s Who of Doctor Who and Doctor Who: The Big Book of Lists, and directed a film all about Doctor Who fans throughout the years, Who’s Changing - An Adventure In Time With Fans. Cameron also contributes TV and film news and reviews to BBC Radio London, Metro, Digital Spy, New York Observer and Den of Geek. He lives in London with his one trousers.

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