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The BEST episodes of Doctor Who

Every episode of Doctor Who ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Doctor Who!

The Doctor, a mysterious traveller in space and time, travels in his ship, the TARDIS. The TARDIS can take him and his companions anywhere in time and space. Inevitably he finds evil at work wherever he goes...

Last Updated: 8/17/2022Network: BBC One
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City of Death (4)
star
8.80
157 votes

#1 - City of Death (4)

Season 17 - Episode 8 - Aired 10/20/1979

Scaroth is determined to go back 400 million years in time to prevent a mistake. But the Doctor must stop him – because the consequences would be disastrous.

Directors: Michael Hayes
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The Robots of Death (3)
star
8.54
164 votes

#2 - The Robots of Death (3)

Season 14 - Episode 19 - Aired 2/12/1977

Under the direction of a madman, the robots continue their rampage as the Doctor finds an unexpected ally.

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Genesis of the Daleks (6)
star
8.51
296 votes

#3 - Genesis of the Daleks (6)

Season 12 - Episode 16 - Aired 4/12/1975

The planet Skaro, the distant past. The Time Lords divert the Doctor, Sarah and Harry to this war-torn world, and give the Doctor a mission: the evil of the Daleks is about to be born here, and the Doctor is to try to ensure they evolve into less lethally aggressive beings - or, failing that, to avert their creation altogether. But has even the Doctor the right to commit genocide?

Directors: David Maloney
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The Caves of Androzani (3)
star
8.47
129 votes

#4 - The Caves of Androzani (3)

Season 21 - Episode 19 - Aired 3/15/1984

The situation on Androzani Minor is building toward a violent confrontation. And the Doctor and Peri are slowly succumbing to spectrox toxemia.

Directors: Graeme Harper
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The Robots of Death (2)
star
8.45
166 votes

#5 - The Robots of Death (2)

Season 14 - Episode 18 - Aired 2/5/1977

The Doctor and Leela are suspected of murder. But the real foe is using robots to cut down the crew – and even sabotage the sand miner itself!

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City of Death (2)
star
8.44
151 votes

#6 - City of Death (2)

Season 17 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/6/1979

Captured by the Count, the Doctor and Romana uncover an elaborate plan to steal the Mona Lisa. But there is more to Scarlioni's plans than a simple theft.

Directors: Michael Hayes
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The Robots of Death (4)
star
8.42
163 votes

#7 - The Robots of Death (4)

Season 14 - Episode 20 - Aired 2/19/1977

The Doctor and the surviving humans fight for their lives againt Teran Capel and his growing army of deadly robots.

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Earthshock (4)
star
8.38
165 votes

#8 - Earthshock (4)

Season 19 - Episode 22 - Aired 3/16/1982

The TARDIS crew arrives on Earth in the 26th Century in a cave system where a military force is investigating the disappearance of a palaentological expedition.

Directors: Peter Grimwade
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The Caves of Androzani (2)
star
8.35
109 votes

#9 - The Caves of Androzani (2)

Season 21 - Episode 18 - Aired 3/9/1984

The Doctor and Peri have been rescued from the firing squad by the mysterious Sharaz Jek. But he has his own plans for them. And why are they suddenly feeling ill?

Directors: Graeme Harper
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The War Games (10)
star
8.35
217 votes

#10 - The War Games (10)

Season 6 - Episode 44 - Aired 6/21/1969

The TARDIS lands in what appears to be the front-line trenches at the height of battle in war-torn France, right in the middle of World War I. Everyone they meet are convinced that the crew are spying and it doesn't take long for the crew to be on the run, but not before breaking the hypnotic conditioning of Carstairs and Lady Jennifer. Having escaped one war-zone they find themselves in another - Roman occupied Britain of some 2,000 years ago, then on to the American Civil War. The situation worstens when the Doctor suspects one of his own people, a Time Lord, to be behind the War Games working for a race of aliens trying to run the wars to their conclusions under controlled conditions to find a super-army or fighters. The Doctor is faced with an impossible situation - not only does the War Lords' control over hundreds of thousands of fighters need to be removed, but the soldiers have to be returned to their natural habitats. He concedes defeat, knowing that the TARDIS is not equipped for the task. He sends an SOS, calling in his own people even though it is revealed that he is 'on the run' from them for the theft of a TARDIS and for meddling... The Doctor is caught and faces trial.

Directors: David Maloney
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The Caves of Androzani (1)
star
8.33
112 votes

#11 - The Caves of Androzani (1)

Season 21 - Episode 17 - Aired 3/8/1984

The planet Androzani Minor, the distant future. In the planets' caves war rages between government troops and the android warriors of the mysterious Sharaz Jek. But what makes spectrox, the substance they battle to control, so valuable? And how far will the Doctor go to protect his companion?

Directors: Graeme Harper
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City of Death (3)
star
8.33
150 votes

#12 - City of Death (3)

Season 17 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/13/1979

The Doctor and Romana unwrap an intricate plot involving aliens, time travel and the Mona Lisa. How is Count Scarlioni living in two times at once? And what does he want?

Directors: Michael Hayes
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Genesis of the Daleks (2)
star
8.30
281 votes

#13 - Genesis of the Daleks (2)

Season 12 - Episode 12 - Aired 3/15/1975

The planet Skaro, the distant past. The Time Lords divert the Doctor, Sarah and Harry to this war-torn world, and give the Doctor a mission: the evil of the Daleks is about to be born here, and the Doctor is to try to ensure they evolve into less lethally aggressive beings - or, failing that, to avert their creation altogether. But has even the Doctor the right to commit genocide?

Directors: David Maloney
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Genesis of the Daleks (1)
star
8.28
319 votes

#14 - Genesis of the Daleks (1)

Season 12 - Episode 11 - Aired 3/8/1975

The planet Skaro, the distant past. The Time Lords divert the Doctor, Sarah and Harry to this war-torn world, and give the Doctor a mission: the evil of the Daleks is about to be born here, and the Doctor is to try to ensure they evolve into less lethally aggressive beings - or, failing that, to avert their creation altogether. But has even the Doctor the right to commit genocide?

Directors: David Maloney
Watch Now:Amazon
The Caves of Androzani (4)
star
8.27
181 votes

#15 - The Caves of Androzani (4)

Season 21 - Episode 20 - Aired 3/16/1984

Events on Androzani reach a bloody climax. Will the Doctor and Peri survive the carnage? And at what cost?

Directors: Graeme Harper
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Pyramids of Mars (4)
star
8.25
178 votes

#16 - Pyramids of Mars (4)

Season 13 - Episode 12 - Aired 11/15/1975

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?

Directors: Paddy Russell
Watch Now:Amazon
The Deadly Assassin (1)
star
8.23
195 votes

#17 - The Deadly Assassin (1)

Season 14 - Episode 9 - Aired 10/30/1976

Gallifrey, planet of the Time Lords. Summoned home by a premonition of murder, the Doctor discovers a dark conspiracy at the highest levels of Time Lord society... and his oldest enemy, who poses a threat to the existence of Gallifrey itself...

Directors: David Maloney
Watch Now:Amazon
Genesis of the Daleks (4)
star
8.23
237 votes

#18 - Genesis of the Daleks (4)

Season 12 - Episode 14 - Aired 3/29/1975

The planet Skaro, the distant past. The Time Lords divert the Doctor, Sarah and Harry to this war-torn world, and give the Doctor a mission: the evil of the Daleks is about to be born here, and the Doctor is to try to ensure they evolve into less lethally aggressive beings - or, failing that, to avert their creation altogether. But has even the Doctor the right to commit genocide?

Directors: David Maloney
Watch Now:Amazon
The Deadly Assassin (2)
star
8.22
192 votes

#19 - The Deadly Assassin (2)

Season 14 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/6/1976

The President of the High Council has been killed and the Doctor is the prime suspect. The Time Lords are eager to dispense quick justice and the Doctor must race agains the clock to discover the truth... and an old enemy.

Directors: David Maloney
Watch Now:Amazon
Genesis of the Daleks (5)
star
8.21
200 votes

#20 - Genesis of the Daleks (5)

Season 12 - Episode 15 - Aired 4/5/1975

The planet Skaro, the distant past. The Time Lords divert the Doctor, Sarah and Harry to this war-torn world, and give the Doctor a mission: the evil of the Daleks is about to be born here, and the Doctor is to try to ensure they evolve into less lethally aggressive beings - or, failing that, to avert their creation altogether. But has even the Doctor the right to commit genocide?

Directors: David Maloney
Watch Now:Amazon
Earthshock (1)
star
8.13
182 votes

#21 - Earthshock (1)

Season 19 - Episode 19 - Aired 3/8/1982

The TARDIS crew arrives on Earth in the 26th Century in a cave system where a military force is investigating the disappearance of a palaentological expedition.

Directors: Peter Grimwade
Watch Now:Amazon
The War Games (9)
star
8.10
136 votes

#22 - The War Games (9)

Season 6 - Episode 43 - Aired 6/14/1969

The TARDIS lands in what appears to be the front-line trenches at the height of battle in war-torn France, right in the middle of World War I. Everyone they meet are convinced that the crew are spying and it doesn't take long for the crew to be on the run, but not before breaking the hypnotic conditioning of Carstairs and Lady Jennifer. Having escaped one war-zone they find themselves in another - Roman occupied Britain of some 2,000 years ago, then on to the American Civil War. The situation worstens when the Doctor suspects one of his own people, a Time Lord, to be behind the War Games working for a race of aliens trying to run the wars to their conclusions under controlled conditions to find a super-army or fighters. The Doctor is faced with an impossible situation - not only does the War Lords' control over hundreds of thousands of fighters need to be removed, but the soldiers have to be returned to their natural habitats. He concedes defeat, knowing that the TARDIS is not equipped for the task. He sends an SOS, calling in his own people even though it is revealed that he is 'on the run' from them for the theft of a TARDIS and for meddling... The Doctor is caught and faces trial.

Directors: David Maloney
Watch Now:Amazon
Pyramids of Mars (2)
star
8.09
176 votes

#23 - Pyramids of Mars (2)

Season 13 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/1/1975

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?

Directors: Paddy Russell
Watch Now:Amazon
The Brain of Morbius (3)
star
8.04
170 votes

#24 - The Brain of Morbius (3)

Season 13 - Episode 19 - Aired 1/17/1976

While the Doctor goes to confront the Sisterhood to seek a cure for Sarah Jane's blindness, Solon realizes that he must transfer Morbius' brain into a new body before it is too late.

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Horror of Fang Rock (4)
star
8.02
185 votes

#25 - Horror of Fang Rock (4)

Season 15 - Episode 4 - Aired 9/24/1977

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.

Directors: Paddy Russell
Watch Now:Amazon

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