The Best Episodes of Doctor Who (2005)

Last Updated: Oct 31, 2018

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

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 9.33
1,539 votes
Writers: Steven Moffat
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Vincent and the Doctor

#2 - Vincent and the Doctor

Season 5 - Episode 10

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 8.95
1,367 votes
Directors: Jonny Campbell
Writers: Richard Curtis
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Journey's End (2)

#3 - Journey's End (2)

Season 4 - Episode 13

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 8.93
1,214 votes
Directors: Graeme Harper
Writers: Russell T. Davies
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Doomsday (2)

#4 - Doomsday (2)

Season 2 - Episode 13

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 8.93
1,214 votes
Directors: Graeme Harper
Writers: Russell T. Davies
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The Big Bang (2)

#5 - The Big Bang (2)

Season 5 - Episode 13

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 8.91
1,292 votes
Directors: Toby Haynes
Writers: Steven Moffatt
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Forest of the Dead (2)

#6 - Forest of the Dead (2)

Season 4 - Episode 9

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 8.90
1,147 votes
Directors: Euros Lyn
Writers: Steven Moffat
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The Name of the Doctor

#7 - The Name of the Doctor

Season 7 - Episode 13

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 8.90
1,651 votes
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A Good Man Goes to War (1)

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

Season 6 - Episode 7

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 8.87
1,254 votes
Directors: Peter Hoar
Writers: Steven Moffat
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The Angels Take Manhattan

#9 - The Angels Take Manhattan

Season 7 - Episode 5

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 8.82
1,445 votes
Directors: Nick Hurran
Writers: Steven Moffat
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The Stolen Earth (1)

#10 - The Stolen Earth (1)

Season 4 - Episode 12

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 8.77
1,125 votes
Directors: Graeme Harper
Writers: Russell T. Davies
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Turn Left

#11 - Turn Left

Season 4 - Episode 11

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 8.73
1,067 votes
Directors: Graeme Harper
Writers: Russell T. Davies
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The Pandorica Opens (1)

#12 - The Pandorica Opens (1)

Season 5 - Episode 12

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 8.70
1,210 votes
Directors: Toby Haynes
Writers: Steven Moffatt
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Silence in the Library (1)

#13 - Silence in the Library (1)

Season 4 - Episode 8

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 8.70
1,142 votes
Directors: Euros Lyn
Writers: Steven Moffat
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The Parting of the Ways (2)

#14 - The Parting of the Ways (2)

Season 1 - Episode 13

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 8.69
1,334 votes
Directors: Joe Ahearne
Writers: Russell T. Davies
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The Eleventh Hour

#15 - The Eleventh Hour

Season 5 - Episode 1

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 8.63
1,468 votes
Directors: Adam Smith
Writers: Steven Moffat
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The Wedding of River Song

#16 - The Wedding of River Song

Season 6 - Episode 13

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 8.61
1,192 votes
Directors: Richard Senior
Writers: Steven Moffat
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The Doctor's Wife

#17 - The Doctor's Wife

Season 6 - Episode 4

Location: In a bubble universe Date: unknown Enemies: The House, The Nephew The Doctor receives a distress signal from an old friend. Could there really be another living Time Lord out there? Hopes raised, he follows the signal to a junkyard planet sitting upon a mysterious asteroid in a Bubble universe, populated by a very strange family, as the time-travelling drama continues. The Doctor, Amy and Rory are given the warmest of welcomes by Auntie, Uncle and Nephew. But the beautiful and insane Idris greets them in a more unusual fashion – what is she trying to tell the Doctor? As the Doctor investigates, he unwittingly puts his friends in the gravest danger.

star 8.61
1,222 votes
Directors: Richard Clark
Writers: Neil Gaiman
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Day of the Moon (2)

#18 - Day of the Moon (2)

Season 6 - Episode 2

Location: Utah, Washington D.C., New York City Date: 1969 Enemies: The Silence The Doctor is locked in the perfect prison. Amy, Rory and River Song are being hunted down across America by the FBI. With the help of new friend and FBI-insider, Canton Everett Delaware the Third, our heroes are reunited to share their discoveries, if not their memories. For the world is occupied by an alien force who control humanity through post-hypnotic suggestion and no one can be trusted. Aided by President Nixon and Neil Armstrong's foot, the Doctor must mount a revolution to drive out the enemy and rescue the missing little girl. No-one knows why they took her. Or why they have kidnapped Amy Pond...

star 8.59
1,186 votes
Directors: Toby Haynes
Writers: Steven Moffat
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The Impossible Astronaut (1)

#19 - The Impossible Astronaut (1)

Season 6 - Episode 1

Location: Utah, Washington D.C., Florida Date: 2011, 1969 Enemies: The Silence Placing his life entirely in their hands, the Doctor agrees to search for the recipient of the fourth envelope - just who is Canton Everett Delaware the Third? And what is the relevance of their only other clue: 'Space 1969'? Their quest lands them - quite literally - in the Oval Office, where they are enlisted by President Nixon himself to assist enigmatic former-FBI agent Canton, in saving a terrified little girl from a mysterious spaceman.

star 8.59
1,240 votes
Directors: Toby Haynes
Writers: Steven Moffat
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Asylum of the Daleks

#20 - Asylum of the Daleks

Season 7 - Episode 1

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 8.58
1,466 votes
Directors: Nick Hurran
Writers: Steven Moffat
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Last of the Time Lords (3)

#21 - Last of the Time Lords (3)

Season 3 - Episode 13

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 8.58
1,046 votes
Directors: Colin Teague
Writers: Russell T Davies
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The Girl in the Fireplace

#22 - The Girl in the Fireplace

Season 2 - Episode 4

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 8.56
1,287 votes
Directors: Euros Lyn
Writers: Steven Moffat
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Heaven Sent (1)

#23 - Heaven Sent (1)

Season 9 - Episode 11

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
2,059 votes
Directors: Rachel Talalay
Writers: Steven Moffat
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The Sound of Drums (2)

#24 - The Sound of Drums (2)

Season 3 - Episode 12

Location: London Date: 2008 Enemies: The Master, the Toclafane Harry Saxon becomes Prime Minister and his reign of terror begins – but that's only the start of his ambitions, as he announces mankind's first contact with an alien race, the Toclafane. An audacious plan spanning the whole of time and space begins to close around the Earth, in the penultimate episode of Russell T Davies's Doctor Who.

star 8.50
1,026 votes
Directors: Colin Teague
Writers: Russell T Davies
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Flesh and Stone (2)

#25 - Flesh and Stone (2)

Season 5 - Episode 5

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 8.49
1,156 votes
Directors: Adam Smith
Writers: Steven Moffatt
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