The Best Episodes Directed by Paddy Russell

Pyramids of Mars (4)

#1 - Pyramids of Mars (4)

Doctor Who Season 13 - Episode 12

England, 1911. The TARDIS is drawn off-course and lands in the country house of archaeologist Marcus Scarman. But what did Scarman unearth on his last visit to Egypt, and how can the Doctor defeat his most powerful foe yet - Sutekh, the God of Destruction?

star 8.27
162 votes
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Horror of Fang Rock (3)

#2 - Horror of Fang Rock (3)

Doctor Who Season 15 - Episode 3

The Doctor barricades everyone in the lighthouse to protect them from the mysterious deadly creature in the fog. But it may already be inside, biding its time…

star 8.05
177 votes
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Horror of Fang Rock (4)

#3 - Horror of Fang Rock (4)

Doctor Who Season 15 - Episode 4

The Rutan starts picking off the surviving humans one by one as the Doctor and Leela struggle to defeat not only the alien but an entire fleet waiting to occupy Earth.

star 8.04
172 votes
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Pyramids of Mars (2)

#4 - Pyramids of Mars (2)

Doctor Who Season 13 - Episode 10

England, 1911. The TARDIS is drawn off-course and lands in the country house of archaeologist Marcus Scarman. But what did Scarman unearth on his last visit to Egypt, and how can the Doctor defeat his most powerful foe yet - Sutekh, the God of Destruction?

star 8.04
163 votes
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Pyramids of Mars (3)

#5 - Pyramids of Mars (3)

Doctor Who Season 13 - Episode 11

England, 1911. The TARDIS is drawn off-course and lands in the country house of archaeologist Marcus Scarman. But what did Scarman unearth on his last visit to Egypt, and how can the Doctor defeat his most powerful foe yet - Sutekh, the God of Destruction?

star 7.96
168 votes
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Horror of Fang Rock (2)

#6 - Horror of Fang Rock (2)

Doctor Who Season 15 - Episode 2

The survivors of a wrecked ship are stranded with the lighhouse crew on Fang Rock as a deadly menace slithers through the fog. Has the Beast of Fang Rock returned?

star 7.89
175 votes
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Pyramids of Mars (1)

#7 - Pyramids of Mars (1)

Doctor Who Season 13 - Episode 9

England, 1911. The TARDIS is drawn off-course and lands in the country house of archaeologist Marcus Scarman. But what did Scarman unearth on his last visit to Egypt, and how can the Doctor defeat his most powerful foe yet - Sutekh, the God of Destruction?

star 7.88
173 votes
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Horror of Fang Rock (1)

#8 - Horror of Fang Rock (1)

Doctor Who Season 15 - Episode 1

The English channel, the 1900s AD. The TARDIS lands on barren Fang Rock, inhabited until now only by three light-house keepers. But what is the strange fog covering the island, and can it be connected to the falling star sighted earlier that night?

star 7.74
179 votes
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Invasion of the Dinosaurs (5)

#9 - Invasion of the Dinosaurs (5)

Doctor Who Season 11 - Episode 9

London, the near future. The Doctor and Sarah return to a deserted city under martial law. Dinosaurs are running amok in the streets - but how can this be happening? And who stands to gain from it?

star 7.36
171 votes
Invasion of the Dinosaurs (6)

#10 - Invasion of the Dinosaurs (6)

Doctor Who Season 11 - Episode 10

London, the near future. The Doctor and Sarah return to a deserted city under martial law. Dinosaurs are running amok in the streets - but how can this be happening? And who stands to gain from it?

star 7.33
166 votes
Invasion (1)

#11 - Invasion (1)

Doctor Who Season 11 - Episode 5

London, the near future. The Doctor and Sarah return to a deserted city under martial law.

star 7.20
215 votes
Invasion of the Dinosaurs (3)

#12 - Invasion of the Dinosaurs (3)

Doctor Who Season 11 - Episode 7

London, the near future. The Doctor and Sarah return to a deserted city under martial law. Dinosaurs are running amok in the streets - but how can this be happening? And who stands to gain from it?

star 7.16
169 votes
The Sea Beggar (2)

#13 - The Sea Beggar (2)

Doctor Who Season 3 - Episode 23

The TARDIS materialises in Paris in the year 1572, and the Doctor leaves Steven on his own while he visits the apothecary Charles Preslin. However, Preslin faces persecution at the hands of the Catholics, and the Doctor thus comes up with a scheme to get him out of Paris. Steven, meanwhile, falls in with a group of Huguenots who fear that the Catholics are plotting against them, but when Steven recognises the Abbot of Amboise as the Doctor, his Huguenot friends conclude that he's part of the conspiracy. As it happens, the Abbot in fact only looks like the Doctor, but since the Huguenots won't listen to Steven's warnings, the Admiral de Coligny is mortally wounded in an assassination attempt orchestrated by the Queen Mother, Catherine de Medici. When the attempt fails, the Queen Mother manages to convince her weak-willed son that the Huguenots will respond violently, and he authorises the slaughter of all Huguenots within the city. The real Doctor returns, and he and Steven escape just as the St Bartholomew's Day Massacre begins. The TARDIS then materialises briefly in present-day Wimbledon, where a young girl named Dodo Chaplet stumbles aboard the TARDIS and is whisked away on new adventures.

star 7.16
126 votes
War of God (1)

#14 - War of God (1)

Doctor Who Season 3 - Episode 22

The TARDIS materialises in Paris in the year 1572, and the Doctor leaves Steven on his own while he visits the apothecary Charles Preslin. However, Preslin faces persecution at the hands of the Catholics, and the Doctor thus comes up with a scheme to get him out of Paris. Steven, meanwhile, falls in with a group of Huguenots who fear that the Catholics are plotting against them, but when Steven recognises the Abbot of Amboise as the Doctor, his Huguenot friends conclude that he's part of the conspiracy. As it happens, the Abbot in fact only looks like the Doctor, but since the Huguenots won't listen to Steven's warnings, the Admiral de Coligny is mortally wounded in an assassination attempt orchestrated by the Queen Mother, Catherine de Medici. When the attempt fails, the Queen Mother manages to convince her weak-willed son that the Huguenots will respond violently, and he authorises the slaughter of all Huguenots within the city. The real Doctor returns, and he and Steven escape just as the St Bartholomew's Day Massacre begins. The TARDIS then materialises briefly in present-day Wimbledon, where a young girl named Dodo Chaplet stumbles aboard the TARDIS and is whisked away on new adventures.

star 7.13
126 votes
Invasion of the Dinosaurs (2)

#15 - Invasion of the Dinosaurs (2)

Doctor Who Season 11 - Episode 6

London, the near future. The Doctor and Sarah return to a deserted city under martial law. Dinosaurs are running amok in the streets - but how can this be happening? And who stands to gain from it?

star 7.10
201 votes
Priest of Death (3)

#16 - Priest of Death (3)

Doctor Who Season 3 - Episode 24

The TARDIS materialises in Paris in the year 1572, and the Doctor leaves Steven on his own while he visits the apothecary Charles Preslin. However, Preslin faces persecution at the hands of the Catholics, and the Doctor thus comes up with a scheme to get him out of Paris. Steven, meanwhile, falls in with a group of Huguenots who fear that the Catholics are plotting against them, but when Steven recognises the Abbot of Amboise as the Doctor, his Huguenot friends conclude that he's part of the conspiracy. As it happens, the Abbot in fact only looks like the Doctor, but since the Huguenots won't listen to Steven's warnings, the Admiral de Coligny is mortally wounded in an assassination attempt orchestrated by the Queen Mother, Catherine de Medici. When the attempt fails, the Queen Mother manages to convince her weak-willed son that the Huguenots will respond violently, and he authorises the slaughter of all Huguenots within the city. The real Doctor returns, and he and Steven escape just as the St Bartholomew's Day Massacre begins. The TARDIS then materialises briefly in present-day Wimbledon, where a young girl named Dodo Chaplet stumbles aboard the TARDIS and is whisked away on new adventures.

star 7.07
125 votes
Invasion of the Dinosaurs (4)

#17 - Invasion of the Dinosaurs (4)

Doctor Who Season 11 - Episode 8

London, the near future. The Doctor and Sarah return to a deserted city under martial law. Dinosaurs are running amok in the streets - but how can this be happening? And who stands to gain from it?

star 7.01
176 votes
Bell of Doom (4)

#18 - Bell of Doom (4)

Doctor Who Season 3 - Episode 25

The TARDIS materialises in Paris in the year 1572, and the Doctor leaves Steven on his own while he visits the apothecary Charles Preslin. However, Preslin faces persecution at the hands of the Catholics, and the Doctor thus comes up with a scheme to get him out of Paris. Steven, meanwhile, falls in with a group of Huguenots who fear that the Catholics are plotting against them, but when Steven recognises the Abbot of Amboise as the Doctor, his Huguenot friends conclude that he's part of the conspiracy. As it happens, the Abbot in fact only looks like the Doctor, but since the Huguenots won't listen to Steven's warnings, the Admiral de Coligny is mortally wounded in an assassination attempt orchestrated by the Queen Mother, Catherine de Medici. When the attempt fails, the Queen Mother manages to convince her weak-willed son that the Huguenots will respond violently, and he authorises the slaughter of all Huguenots within the city. The real Doctor returns, and he and Steven escape just as the St Bartholomew's Day Massacre begins. The TARDIS then materialises briefly in present-day Wimbledon, where a young girl named Dodo Chaplet stumbles aboard the TARDIS and is whisked away on new adventures.

star 6.98
125 votes