Alright, this is the last installment of Doctor Who awesomeness. If you've never seen the old series, then check it out. I highly recommend discovering or re-discovering one of the best science fiction series ever made. The special effects might not live up to 21st century expectations, but sometimes one is pleasantly surprised by the ingenuity and final results from the 60's, 70's, and 80's.
These are last 12(!) stories which I personally feel are the best. Why 12 instead of the usual 10? Well, there were a couple gems I couldn't leave behind. Mind you, just because a story is in this category, that doesn't mean it's average... let alone sucks. Being in the top 30 is still quite an achievement when you consider there's about 200 Dr. Who stories which ran between 1963 and 1989. Picking the top 21 - 32 was just as difficult as 11 - 20. Perhaps more so, because whatever I leave out isn't going to get mentioned. This is the last installment, after all.
Now, I bent the rules slightly with the Peladon stories. I counted both The Curse of Peladon and The Monster of Peladon as one. They are very similar and take place only 50 years from each other. Interestingly, the same thing occurred in the William Hartnell story The Ark (a small jump in time while remaining in the same space), except the time jump was within the story. The Ark is a decent story, if you're into that kind of thing.
I almost chose War Games over Snakedance because it's significantly better in a few respects. However, for the 21st century audience, a long, drawn-out black and white story like War Games is more likely to put one to sleep. Plus, Snakedance is the sequel to Kinda - one of my very favorites. I was also on the fence about Colony in Space. I love most stories where Petwee plays the Doctor, but sometimes I just get sick of seeing him in 1970's Britain. At least, this one is set in a different time and place.
Nor was it easy to choose between State of Decay and Full Circle. Both are great stories from the E-Space trilogy. Again, I think today's audience would prefer vampires to humanoid marsh creatures. So, there you go.
I should also mention that there are a couple Dr. Who stories which I haven't seen in years and years. They are not currently available on DVD, so it's difficult for me to judge them a couple decades later. I'm thinking of The Ambassadors of Death, in particular.
Enjoy my selections. Feel free to post your own preferences, experiences watching these stories, and go rent/buy/netflicks the following if you haven't seen them.