The BEST Episodes of Doctor Who (2005)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 29, 2019

Network: BBC One

The Doctor is an alien Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey who travels through all of time and space in the TARDIS. The Doctor has a long list of friends and companions who have shared journeys along the way. Instead of dying, the Doctor is able to “regenerate” into a new body, taking on a new personality with each regeneration.

Blink

#1 - Blink

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 9, 2007

Location: Hull, London, England Date: 2007 Enemies: The Weeping Angels Suggestion is a powerful weapon ... The Doctor is lost in time and within the walls of an old, abandoned house, murder is afoot and the Weeping Angels await... A young woman called Sally visits a dilapidated house, and is led down a terrifying time-torn path.

star 9.14
3,385 votes
Writers: Steven Moffat
The Name of the Doctor

#2 - The Name of the Doctor

Season 7 - Episode 13 - Aired May 18, 2013

Someone is kidnapping the Doctor's friends, leading him towards the one place in all of time and space that he should never go.

star 8.57
3,138 votes
Directors: Saul Metzstein
Writers: Steven Moffat
A Good Man Goes to War (1)

#3 - A Good Man Goes to War (1)

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired Jun 4, 2011

Amy Pond has been kidnapped and the Doctor is raising an army to rescue her as the drama continues. But as he and Rory race across galaxies, calling in long-held debts and solemnly given promises, his enemies are laying a carefully concealed trap. In her cell in Stormcage, River Song sadly acknowledges that the time has come at last – today will mark the Battle of Demons Run and the Doctor’s darkest hour. Both sides will make their sacrifices and River Song must finally reveal her most closely guarded secret to the Doctor.

star 8.56
3,887 votes
Directors: Peter Hoar
Writers: Steven Moffat
Forest of the Dead (2)

#4 - Forest of the Dead (2)

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Jun 7, 2008

Location: The Library Date: 51st Century Enemies: Vashta Nerada The Doctor and Donna land in a frightening position in the far future. While investigating a derelict library, the duo come face to face with the disembodied mind of a little girl, an archaeological team led by a woman from the Doctor's future, and swarms of flesh-eating creatures that are seen only as shadows

star 8.55
2,888 votes
Directors: Euros Lyn
Writers: Steven Moffat
Journey's End (2)

#5 - Journey's End (2)

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Jul 5, 2008

Location: The Dalek Crucible and Earth Date: 2009 Enemies: The Daleks and Davros The Earth has been overwhelmed and the universe faces dominion by the resurgent forces of a terrifying and limitless empire led by one of The Doctor's greatest enemies. Aiding the Time Lord in a final battle are several of his closest allies and companions, but for one of them, a price will be paid...

star 8.54
3,367 votes
Directors: Graeme Harper
Writers: Russell T. Davies
Heaven Sent (1)

#6 - Heaven Sent (1)

Season 9 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 28, 2015

Trapped in a world unlike any other he has seen, the Doctor faces the greatest challenge of his many lives. One final test. And he must face it alone. Pursued by the fearsome creature known only as the Veil, he must attempt the impossible. If he makes it through, Gallifrey is waiting…

star 8.53
2,602 votes
Directors: Rachel Talalay
Writers: Steven Moffat
The Angels Take Manhattan

#7 - The Angels Take Manhattan

Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 29, 2012

The Doctor’s heart-breaking farewell to Amy and Rory – a race against time through the streets of Manhattan, as New York’s statues come to life around them… With Rory’s life in danger, the Doctor and Amy must locate him before it’s too late! Luckily, an old friend helps them and guides the way.

star 8.51
3,633 votes
Directors: Nick Hurran
Writers: Steven Moffat
Doomsday (2)

#8 - Doomsday (2)

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jul 8, 2006

Location: London, Torchwood Tower Date: 2007 Enemies: Cybermen, Daleks Humanity is caught in the crossfire as the Cybermen and the Daleks wage war against each other. When the mysterious Genesis Ark opens, the Tenth Doctor is faced with an impossible decision: saving the world could mean losing Rose Tyler forever…

star 8.51
2,978 votes
Directors: Graeme Harper
Writers: Russell T. Davies
The Big Bang (2)

#9 - The Big Bang (2)

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Jun 26, 2010

Location: National Museum Date: 1996 Enemies: Stone Dalek The Doctor is gone, the Tardis has been destroyed, and the universe is collapsing. The only hope for all reality is a little girl who still believes in stars.

star 8.50
4,131 votes
Directors: Toby Haynes
Writers: Steven Moffatt
Turn Left

#10 - Turn Left

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 21, 2008

Location: Earth Date: 2007/2008/2009 Enemies: Member of the Trickster's Brigade Whilst attending a carnival on the Chino-planet of Shan Shen, Donna is cajoled into having her fortune read, where her past is carefully examined. With the Doctor missing, Donna must work with Rose, a traveller from a parallel universe, to prevent darkness encompassing the whole of the universe.

star 8.48
2,778 votes
Directors: Graeme Harper
Writers: Russell T. Davies
The Eleventh Hour

#11 - The Eleventh Hour

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 3, 2010

Location: Leadworth Date: (1996,2008,2010) Enemies: Prisoner Zero, Atraxi The Doctor has regenerated into a brand new man, but danger strikes before he can even recover. With the TARDIS wrecked, and the sonic screwdriver destroyed, the new Doctor has just 20 minutes to save the whole world - and only Amy Pond to help him.

star 8.42
4,536 votes
Directors: Adam Smith
Writers: Steven Moffat
Silence in the Library (1)

#12 - Silence in the Library (1)

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired May 31, 2008

Location: The Library Date: 51st century Enemies: Vashta Nerada The Doctor and Donna land in a frightening position in the far future. While investigating a derelict library, the duo come face to face with the disembodied mind of a little girl, an archaeological team led by a woman from the Doctor's future, and swarms of flesh-eating creatures that are seen only as shadows.

star 8.41
2,962 votes
Directors: Euros Lyn
Writers: Steven Moffat
Hell Bent (2)

#13 - Hell Bent (2)

Season 9 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 5, 2015

If you took everything from him, betrayed him, trapped him, and broke both his hearts...how far might the Doctor go? Returning to Gallifrey, the Doctor faces the Time Lords in a struggle that will take him to the end of time itself. Who is the Hybrid? And what is the Doctor’s confession?

star 8.41
2,361 votes
Directors: Rachel Talalay
Writers: Steven Moffat
The Stolen Earth (1)

#14 - The Stolen Earth (1)

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 28, 2008

Location: Earth, The Medusa Cascade, The Shadow Proclamation Date: 2009 Enemies: The Daleks and Davros The Earth has been moved, and it's a race against time as Donna and the Doctor try to find it before the Daleks destroy everything; they head for the Shadow Proclamation and the Medusa Cascade. Meanwhile on Earth a veritable bevy of ex-companions join together to contact the Doctor and take down the Daleks. Can Captain Jack, Sarah-Jane, Martha Jones and Rose find the Doctor in time...

star 8.41
3,321 votes
Directors: Graeme Harper
Writers: Russell T. Davies
Vincent and the Doctor

#15 - Vincent and the Doctor

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 5, 2010

Location: Auvers-sur-Oise, Earth Date: 1890 Enemies: Krafayis Terror lurks in the cornfields of Provence, but only a sad and lonely painter can see it. Amy Pond finds herself shoulder to shoulder with Vincent van Gogh, in a battle with a deadly alien - saving the world has never been so ginger! But can even the Doctor save Vincent?

star 8.40
4,079 votes
Directors: Jonny Campbell
Writers: Richard Curtis
The Parting of the Ways (2)

#16 - The Parting of the Ways (2)

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jun 18, 2005

Location: The Gamestation (Satellite 5) Date: 200,100 Enemy: Emperor Dalek, The Daleks The fate of the Universe is hanging in the balance as the Dalek fleet begin their invasion of Earth. The Doctor must decide whether to sacrifice every human being on Earth in order to save every other living creature in the universe from the Daleks. Either way, he knows he must send Rose home...

star 8.38
3,101 votes
Directors: Joe Ahearne
Writers: Russell T. Davies
The Pandorica Opens (1)

#17 - The Pandorica Opens (1)

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 19, 2010

Location: Stonehenge, Earth Date: 102AD Enemies: The Alliance The Doctor's friends unite to send him a terrible warning; the Pandorica - which is said to contain the most feared being in all the cosmos - is opening. But what's inside, and can the Doctor stop it?

star 8.37
3,899 votes
Directors: Toby Haynes
Writers: Steven Moffatt
The Girl in the Fireplace

#18 - The Girl in the Fireplace

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired May 6, 2006

Location: Versailles, France, Earth and on S.S. Madame de Pompadour (a Spaceship) Date: Across the 18th Century and during the 51st Century Enemies: Clockwork Droids On a seemingly abandoned spaceship in the 51st century, the Tenth Doctor, Rose and Mickey find time windows leading to 18th century France and a group of clockwork androids using them to stalk a young woman throughout her life.

star 8.36
3,126 votes
Directors: Euros Lyn
Writers: Steven Moffat
The Wedding of River Song

#19 - The Wedding of River Song

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired Oct 1, 2011

As the Doctor makes his final journey to the shores of Lake Silencio in Utah, he knows only one thing can keep the universe safe – his own death – in the concluding episode of this series of the time-travelling drama. But has he reckoned without the love of a good woman?

star 8.33
3,647 votes
Directors: Richard Senior
Writers: Steven Moffat
World Enough and Time

#20 - World Enough and Time

Season 10 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 24, 2017

Friendship drives the Doctor into the rashest decision of his life. Trapped on a giant spaceship, caught in the event horizon of a black hole, he witnesses the death of someone he is pledged to protect. Is there any way he can redeem his mistake? Are events already out of control? For once, time is the Time Lord’s enemy...

star 8.32
2,366 votes
Directors: Rachel Talalay
Writers: Steven Moffat
The Doctor Falls

#21 - The Doctor Falls

Season 10 - Episode 12 - Aired Jul 1, 2017

“Without hope, without witness, without reward.” The Mondasian Cybermen are on the rise. It’s time for the Doctor’s final battle…

star 8.30
2,254 votes
Directors: Rachel Talalay
Writers: Steven Moffat
Last of the Time Lords (3)

#22 - Last of the Time Lords (3)

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Jun 30, 2007

Location: Earth, The Valiant Date: 2008, 2009 Enemies: The Toclafane, The Master One year has passed since the events of "The Sound of Drums." The Earth has been conquered and its population enslaved, the Doctor is the Master's prisoner, and the warships of a new Time Lord Empire rise from the ashes. The fate of the world is in Martha Jones' hands.

star 8.30
2,601 votes
Directors: Colin Teague
Writers: Russell T. Davies
Flesh and Stone (2)

#23 - Flesh and Stone (2)

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired May 1, 2010

Location: Alfava Metraxis Date: 51st century Enemies: Weeping Angels There's no way back, no way up and no way out. Trapped among an army of Weeping Angels, The Doctor and his friends must try to escape through the wreckage of a crashed space liner. Meanwhile, in the forest vault, the Doctor's companion, Amy Pond, finds herself facing an even more deadly attack.

star 8.30
3,694 votes
Directors: Adam Smith
Writers: Steven Moffatt
Asylum of the Daleks

#24 - Asylum of the Daleks

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 1, 2012

Kidnapped by his oldest foe, the Doctor is forced on an impossible mission - to a place even the Daleks are too terrified to enter... the Asylum. A planetary prison confining the most terrifying and insane of their kind, the Doctor and the Ponds must find an escape route. But with Amy and Rory’s relationship in meltdown, and an army of mad Daleks closing in, it is up to the Doctor to save their lives, as well as the Pond’s marriage.

star 8.29
3,682 votes
Directors: Nick Hurran
Writers: Steven Moffat
The Time of Angels (1)

#25 - The Time of Angels (1)

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 24, 2010

Location: Alfava Metraxis Date: 51st century Enemies: Weeping Angels A crashed spaceship, a shattered temple and a terrifying climb through the maze of the dead - River Song is back in the Doctor's life, and she's brought more trouble than even he can handle. The last of the weeping Angels is loose in the ruins of Alfava Metraxis, and the Doctor is recruited to track it down. "Don't blink!" everyone tells Amy - but Amy is about to discover, not blinking might just be the worst thing you can do...

star 8.29
4,107 votes
Directors: Adam Smith
Writers: Steven Moffatt