The Best Episodes of Doctor Who

An Unearthly Child (1)

#1 - An Unearthly Child (1)

Season 1 - Episode 1

London, 1963. Schoolteachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright are perplexed by the behaviour of one of their pupils, Susan Foreman. Her knowledge of science and history exceeds theirs, yet she seems totally ignorant of many common aspects of everyday life. They follow her to her home address, a junkyard with a police telephone box standing in it, and encounter her grandfather, the enigmatic Doctor. When they force their way past him into the police box, Susan's secret is revealed: she and the Doctor are aliens, and the police box is a time machine, the TARDIS, capable of visiting any point in the universe at any moment in time…

Directors: Waris Hussein
The Tomb of the Cybermen (1)

#2 - The Tomb of the Cybermen (1)

Season 5 - Episode 1

A team of archaeologists travels to the planet Telos, the home of the Cybermen, to excavate the tombs of the long-extinct cybernetic race. At least, it's assumed that they're extinct. The Doctor isn't sure that the tombs should be disturbed, but he soon comes to suspect that some of the "archaeologists" have an agenda far more dangerous than the team leader, Parry, suspects. In order to find out what the sinister Kleig and Kaftan are really up to, the Doctor helps the archaeologists to enter the tombs – where they find that the Cybermen are only dormant, not dead, and that Kleig and Kaftan intend to revive them. But they have underestimated the power of the Cybermen, and only the Doctor can save the archaeologists from being transformed into Cybermen themselves.

Directors: Morris Barry
Four Hundred Dawns (1)

#3 - Four Hundred Dawns (1)

Season 3 - Episode 1

The TARDIS materialises on a doomed planet in Galaxy 4, and the travellers are captured by warriors of the beautiful female clone race known as Drahvins. According to the Drahvins' leader, Maaga, their ship was shot down in an unprovoked attack by the vicious alien Rills, but they managed to inflict damage on the Rill ship as well; now both ships are stuck here, on a planet doomed to explode in fourteen days. Maaga orders the Doctor to help her and her warriors capture the Rill ship, and keeps Steven hostage to ensure his co-operation; however, the Doctor soon learns that Maaga is both lying and mistaken. The Drahvins are in fact the aggressors, and the peaceful Rills want nothing more than to escape in one piece – and help their enemies do so as well, if they can. Unfortunately, that may not be possible, as the Doctor discovers that time is shorter than they thought; the planet in fact has less than a day of life remaining...

Directors: Derek Martinus
Planet of Giants (1)

#4 - Planet of Giants (1)

Season 2 - Episode 1

Earth, 1964. An accident on landing vastly reduces the TARDIS and the travellers in size. They come across a scheme run by Forester, a ruthless businessman and his misguided scientist colleague Smithers to launch a new insecticide which is capable of destroying the local ecology. Forester is prepared to commit murder to secure the success of this project - can the inch-high travellers somehow foil him?

Directors: Mervyn Pinfield
The Dominators (1)

#5 - The Dominators (1)

Season 6 - Episode 1

The TARDIS materialises on Dulkis, a world where war has been outlawed. Several years ago, atomic tests were conducted on the Island of Death, but now a survey team from the local university discovers that all of the radioactive fallout has vanished. The Doctor and his friends aren't the only visitors to Dulkis; two Dominators and their robot servants, the Quarks, have landed on the island, and their ship has sucked up all of the radiation into its engines. When the Dominators encounter the members of the survey team, they take them captive and work them to exhaustion, clearing space to drill into the bedrock of the island while testing the Dulcians' suitability as slaves. The Doctor must convince the complacent senate of Dulkis that their world faces a real threat – before the Dominators destroy the entire planet simply to fuel their space fleet.

Directors: Morris Barry
Spearhead From Space (1)

#6 - Spearhead From Space (1)

Season 7 - Episode 1

England, the near future. Exiled to the 20th century by the Time Lords, the newly-regenerated Doctor is immediately caught up in UNIT's investigation of anomalous meteorite showers. What dark secret does the local plastics factory hold?

Directors: Derek Martinus
Day of the Daleks (1)

#7 - Day of the Daleks (1)

Season 9 - Episode 1

Earth, the near future. Diplomat Sir Reginald Styles has started seeing ghosts at his country mansion - an alarming development given the precarious international situation and his position as possibly the only man capable of stopping the Third World War. The Doctor and Jo go ghost hunting - but are these ghosts from the past or the future?

Directors: Paul Bernard
The Three Doctors (1)

#8 - The Three Doctors (1)

Season 10 - Episode 1

England, the near future. A strange anti-matter creature arrives on Earth and attacks UNIT HQ. It seems to be specifically seeking the Doctor out - but why? With the Time Lords themselves unable to help, it seems the only person who can help the Doctor is himself - or selves...

Directors: Lennie Mayne
Destiny of the Daleks (1)

#9 - Destiny of the Daleks (1)

Season 17 - Episode 1

Skaro, the Dalek homeworld, some time in the future. The TARDIS lands in the irradiated ruins of the old Kaled city and something is moving underneath the wasted surface of the planet…

Directors: Ken Grieve
Galaxy Four Introduction

#10 - Galaxy Four Introduction

Season 3 - Episode 0

The Time Warrior (1)

#11 - The Time Warrior (1)

Season 11 - Episode 1

England, the 12th century. Robber baron Irongron is recruited by Linx, a Sontaran warrior whose starship has been forced down on Earth. Linx is forced to use a time-travel device to steal resources and scientists from the future to repair his ship, but in doing so involves UNIT and the Doctor...

Directors: Alan Bromley
The Masque of Mandragora (1)

#12 - The Masque of Mandragora (1)

Season 14 - Episode 1

Italy, 1492. Not realising the TARDIS has been infiltrated by the malevolent Mandragora Helix, the Doctor and Sarah arrive in the tiny duchy of San Martino. With the locals preoccupied by the struggle for the Dukedom, will the time travellers be able to resist a force that threatens to drag Earth into a new Dark age?

Directors: Rodney Bennett
The Smugglers (1)

#13 - The Smugglers (1)

Season 4 - Episode 1

Ben and Polly's first trip by TARDIS takes them to the 17th-century Cornish coast, in the era of smugglers and pirates. There, the Doctor receives a clue to the location of hidden pirate treasure – making him a target for the vicious captain Pike. His interrogation is delayed when a smuggler named Jacob Kewper contacts Pike, erroneously believing him to be a fellow smuggler; when Pike learns that the local Squire is the head of a smuggling ring, he decides to impersonate a smuggler, learn the location of the smugglers' hoard, and then kill them all and acquire the goods for himself. The Doctor and Kewper manage to escape, but Kewper goes straight to the Squire with news of the hidden treasure. The Doctor and his friends have only one ally – Revenue man Josiah Blake, who has been investigating smuggling in the area but now finds that all hell is about to break loose. While Blake rides for the militia, the Doctor struggles to decipher the clue he's been given, knowing that only by locating the treasure himself can he bargain with the pirates and smugglers and prevent a battle which will inevitably result in the deaths of innocent townsfolk.

Directors: Julia Smith
Warriors of the Deep (1)

#14 - Warriors of the Deep (1)

Season 21 - Episode 1

Earth's ocean floor, 2084. With two superpowers poised on the brink of a devastating photonic war, a missile base comes under attack from the reptilian Sea Devils and Silurians, intent on eradicating the upstart human race and reclaiming the planet…

Directors: Pennant Roberts
Terror of the Autons (1)

#15 - Terror of the Autons (1)

Season 8 - Episode 1

Earth, the near future. The Master – another renegade Time Lord and the Doctor's sworn enemy – arrives and allies himself with the Nestene Consciousness in an attempt to conquer the planet.

Directors: Barry Letts
Arc of Infinity (1)

#16 - Arc of Infinity (1)

Season 20 - Episode 1

The Time Lords of Gallifrey are disturbed by the possible return of an old enemy... and the only way to stop him is to execute the Doctor.

Directors: Ron Jones
Attack of the Cybermen (1)

#17 - Attack of the Cybermen (1)

Season 22 - Episode 1

London, 1985. The alien mercenary Lytton has been stranded here for nearly a year, but now he has a plan to escape. But how does it involve the Doctor's old enemies - and why are they on Earth at this point in history?

Directors: Matthew Robinson
The Leisure Hive (1)

#18 - The Leisure Hive (1)

Season 18 - Episode 1

The planet Argolis, around the year 2290. The Argolins live in a huge shielded city, protected from the irradiated wasteland outside. The planet's survival depends on the tourists their Leisure Hive attracts. But a series of horrific deaths seems to jeopardise that future - can the Doctor and Romana find a solution?

Directors: Lovett Bickford
Remembrance of the Daleks (1)

#19 - Remembrance of the Daleks (1)

Season 25 - Episode 1

London, 1963. Returning to the scenes of his first televised adventure, the Doctor and new companion Ace play a tricky game of bluff and deceit involving two rival Dalek factions, local soldiers, and the awesomely powerful Gallifreyan artefact, the Hand of Omega...

Directors: Andrew Morgan
Time and the Rani (1)

#20 - Time and the Rani (1)

Season 24 - Episode 1

The alien world of Lakertya. With the aid of the savage Tetraps, the Rani has conquered this planet to allow her to continue her depraved biochemical experiments. But she finds herself needing the Doctor's assistance...

Directors: Andrew Morgan
The Ribos Operation (1)

#21 - The Ribos Operation (1)

Season 16 - Episode 1

The Magellanic Clouds, the planet Ribos, an unknown time. Ordered by the White Guardian to collect the pieces of the omnipotent Key to Time, The Doctor, K-9 and his new assistant Romana arrive. Collecting the first segment is not going to be easy…

Directors: George Spenton-Foster
The Mysterious Planet (1)

#22 - The Mysterious Planet (1)

Season 23 - Episode 1

The Doctor is taken "out of time" by the Time Lords and made to face an enquiry into his meddling in the affairs of others, overseen by the Inquisitor. The prosecutor, the Valeyard, soon has the proceedings upgraded to a trial for the Doctor's life. Evidence takes the form of recordings of the Doctor's recent adventures, beginning with his visit to the mysterious world of Ravalox and an encounter with Andromedan space pirates...

Directors: Nicholas Mallett
The Tomb of the Cybermen (2)

#23 - The Tomb of the Cybermen (2)

Season 5 - Episode 2

A team of archaeologists travels to the planet Telos, the home of the Cybermen, to excavate the tombs of the long-extinct cybernetic race. At least, it's assumed that they're extinct. The Doctor isn't sure that the tombs should be disturbed, but he soon comes to suspect that some of the "archaeologists" have an agenda far more dangerous than the team leader, Parry, suspects. In order to find out what the sinister Kleig and Kaftan are really up to, the Doctor helps the archaeologists to enter the tombs – where they find that the Cybermen are only dormant, not dead, and that Kleig and Kaftan intend to revive them. But they have underestimated the power of the Cybermen, and only the Doctor can save the archaeologists from being transformed into Cybermen themselves.

Directors: Morris Barry
The Cave of Skulls (2)

#24 - The Cave of Skulls (2)

Season 1 - Episode 2

Earth, 100,000 B.C. The enigmatic Doctor, afraid that schoolteachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright will reveal his secrets to the people of 20th century Earth, has taken them and his granddaughter Susan back to the dawn of human history. There, the four travellers are dragged into the savage politics of a tribe of cavemen who have lost the secret of making fire…

Directors: Waris Hussein
Trap of Steel (2)

#25 - Trap of Steel (2)

Season 3 - Episode 2

The TARDIS materialises on a doomed planet in Galaxy 4, and the travellers are captured by warriors of the beautiful female clone race known as Drahvins. According to the Drahvins' leader, Maaga, their ship was shot down in an unprovoked attack by the vicious alien Rills, but they managed to inflict damage on the Rill ship as well; now both ships are stuck here, on a planet doomed to explode in fourteen days. Maaga orders the Doctor to help her and her warriors capture the Rill ship, and keeps Steven hostage to ensure his co-operation; however, the Doctor soon learns that Maaga is both lying and mistaken. The Drahvins are in fact the aggressors, and the peaceful Rills want nothing more than to escape in one piece – and help their enemies do so as well, if they can. Unfortunately, that may not be possible, as the Doctor discovers that time is shorter than they thought; the planet in fact has less than a day of life remaining...

Directors: Derek Martinus