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Keen to find out how the fans of 2019 ranked the Third Doctor’s stories, we turned to social media…

How better to determine which of the all-action Third Doctor’s many adventures was the greatest than with a World Cup-style knockout tournament? In June, therefore, @DWMtweets ran a series of Twitter polls, pitching story against story in several successive rounds over several successive days. Some of our polls gathered more than 3,000 votes. The finalists are revealed on pages 28 and 29, but here’s how they got to the last two…



The Time Monster (54%)


The Monster of Peladon (46%)

Including the 20th anniversary reunion special The Five Doctors – and how could we not include the 20th anniversary reunion special The Five Doctors? – the Third Doctor appeared in a total of 25 full-length televised adventures. But with only 24 places available in the opening group stage, the two Third Doctor stories that rated lowest in DWM’s ‘First 50 Years’ poll of 2014 went head to head – or horns to horn, given that they feature pronged beasts the Minotaur and Aggedor – in a qualifying round. In the event, The Time Monster took the nominative 24th place in the main competition. “It’s ridiculous. It’s over the top. It has Roger Delgado in it [as the Master]. That alone makes it the better option,” insisted Twitter voter @SigmaLater.

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DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE CELEBRATES JON PERTWEE’S CENTENARY WITH 30 PAGES DEVOTED TO THE THIRD DOCTOR! This issue includes: • The World Cup of the Third Doctor. How did your favourite story fare in our epic Twitter tournament? • Lost for more than 40 years – a candid interview with Jon Pertwee from the very first Doctor Who convention in 1977. • An exclusive interview with Jon’s son, actor Sean Pertwee. • A previously unpublished interview with Barry Letts, who produced most of the Third Doctor’s stories and co-wrote classics like The Dæmons and The Green Death. • An exclusive update on the production of Series 12 from showrunner Chris Chibnall. • Katy Manning, who played the Third Doctor’s companion Jo Grant, visits the Time Team. • The second part of an interview with costume designer Howard Burden, who created outfits for the Twelfth Doctor, Clara and Missy. • The Fact of Fiction explores the Twelfth Doctor story Time Heist. • DWM’s review of the Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 10 Blu-ray box set. • The Legacy of Time – DWM talks exclusively to the cast and crew behind one of the most ambitious Doctor Who adventures ever, which features no fewer than six Doctors. • Part One of Power of the Mobox, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends. • The Blogs of Doom, audio reviews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!