10 'So Bad It's Good' Classic Doctor Who Stories

These classic Doctor Who stories will have you laughing for all the wrong reasons.

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If the internet has taught us anything, it's that even the worst pieces of film, television, music, or video games can be wildly entertaining, but not in the way the media's original creator intended.

This means that, for all the wrong reasons - including the comedic value of the awful dialogue, bad acting, terrible effects, and questionable storylines - 'so bad it's good' media has become wildly successful and popular.

For better or worse, several stories from the classic series of Doctor Who have enjoyed a huge resurgence in recent years, because of the terrible yet hilarious content contained within the episodes. Broadcast between 1963 and 1989, much of the classic series of Doctor Who holds up incredibly well considering its low budget and rapid production, but for every classic that is just as great today as it was upon its first broadcast, there's a serial that is similarly a cult classic because of how laughably bad it is.

Whether it's wobbly sets, terrible dialogue, flubbed lines, or bizarre storylines, these stories have become fan favourites for all the wrong reasons.

10. The Gunfighters - 1966

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Arguably the first story in the show's long history to fall under the 'so bad it's good' label, The Gunfighters is Doctor Who's laughable attempt at a Western. Coming in towards the end of William Hartnell's tenure, this story sees the Doctor and his companions accidentally being caught up in the gunslinging adventures of Tombstone, Arizona, in the Wild West.

Cowboy hats and boots are aplenty with this story, along with lots of horrific American accents coming from the mostly British cast. The Gunfighters is most famous for the scene in which Steven and Dodo are forced to sing a song about The Last Chance Saloon over and over again at gunpoint for a gang of rowdy cowboys. The story then peaks in episode four, with a cheesy gunfight at the O.K. Corral, which is guaranteed to have you in fits of laughter.

The story also contains some interesting lore, which, in true 'so bad it's good' fashion, is soon tossed aside. When offered some alcohol, the Doctor refuses and claims never to drink it, despite indulging in some wine only four stories prior in The Daleks' Master Plan, and several times over the rest of the classic series.

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