The WORST episodes of Doctor Who (2005)

Every episode of Doctor Who (2005) ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of Doctor Who (2005)!

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.

Last Updated: 9/23/2023Network: BBC OneStatus: Continuing
Orphan 55
1130 votes

#1 - Orphan 55

Season 12 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/12/2020

Having decided that everyone could do with a holiday, the Doctor takes Graham, Yasmin, Ryan to a luxury resort for a spot of rest and relaxation. However, they discover the place where they are having a break is hiding a number of deadly secrets. What are the ferocious monsters that are attacking Tranquillity Spa?

Directors: Lee Haven Jones
Writer: Ed Hime
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Sleep No More
2203 votes

#2 - Sleep No More

Season 9 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/14/2015

This terrifying story is assembled from footage discovered in the wreckage of Le Verrier Space Station.

Writer: Mark Gatiss
967 votes

#3 - Praxeus

Season 12 - Episode 6 - Aired 2/2/2020

The Doctor and her friends split up to investigate multiple mysteries across planet Earth. What they find will threaten all of humanity.

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Love and Monsters
2679 votes

#4 - Love and Monsters

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 6/17/2006

Who is the sinister and mysterious Victor Kennedy, and why is he so keen to find the Doctor?

Directors: Dan Zeff
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The Vanquishers
675 votes

#5 - The Vanquishers

Season 13 - Episode 6 - Aired 12/5/2021

In the final epic chapter in the story of the Flux, all hope is lost. The forces of darkness are in control. But when the monsters have won, who can you count upon to save the universe?

Directors: Azhur Saleem
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Once, Upon Time
693 votes

#6 - Once, Upon Time

Season 13 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/14/2021

'Time is beginning to run wild.' On a planet that shouldn’t exist, in the aftermath of apocalypse, the Doctor, Dan, Yaz and Vinder face a battle to survive.

Directors: Azhur Saleem
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Can You Hear Me?
965 votes

#7 - Can You Hear Me?

Season 12 - Episode 7 - Aired 2/9/2020

From ancient Syria to present day Sheffield, and out into the wilds of space, something is stalking the Doctor and infecting people's nightmares.

Directors: Emma Sullivan
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Arachnids in the UK
1561 votes

#8 - Arachnids in the UK

Season 11 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/28/2018

“Something’s happening with the spiders in this city.” The Doctor, Yaz, Graham and Ryan find their way back to Yorkshire – and Yaz’s family – only to find something is stirring amidst the eight-legged arachnid population of Sheffield.

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The Tsuranga Conundrum
1484 votes

#9 - The Tsuranga Conundrum

Season 11 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/4/2018

“Risk to life: absolute.” Injured and stranded in the wilds of a far-flung galaxy, The Doctor, Yaz, Graham and Ryan must band together with a group of strangers to survive against one of the universe’s most deadly — and unusual — creatures.

Directors: Jennifer Perrott
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Fear Her
2474 votes

#10 - Fear Her

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 6/24/2006

London, 2012. The Doctor has brought Rose to see the Olympics, but a little girl unwittingly threatens billions of lives.

Directors: Euros Lyn
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In the Forest of the Night
2317 votes

#11 - In the Forest of the Night

Season 8 - Episode 10 - Aired 10/25/2014

One morning in London, and every city and town in the world, the human race wakes up to the most surprising invasion yet: the trees have moved back in. Everywhere, in every land, a forest has grown overnight and taken back the Earth.

Directors: Sheree Folkson
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Survivors of the Flux
678 votes

#12 - Survivors of the Flux

Season 13 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/28/2021

As the forces of evil mass, the Doctor, Yaz and Dan face perilous journeys and seemingly insurmountable obstacles in their quest for survival.

Directors: Azhur Saleem
Watch Now:Apple TV
Kill the Moon
2495 votes

#13 - Kill the Moon

Season 8 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/4/2014

In the near future, The Doctor and Clara arrive on a decrepit shuttle making a suicide mission to the Moon. Crashing on the lunar surface, they find a mining base full of eviscerated corpses, spider-like creatures scuttling about in the dark, and a terrible dilemma.

Directors: Paul Wilmshurst
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The Witchfinders
1411 votes

#14 - The Witchfinders

Season 11 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/25/2018

The Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz arrive in 17th century Lancashire and become embroiled in a witch trial, run by the local landowner. As fear stalks the land, the arrival of King James I only serves to intensify the witch hunt. But is there something even more dangerous at work? Can the Doctor and friends keep the people of Bilehurst Cragg safe from all the forces that are massing in the land?

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The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos
1328 votes

#15 - The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos

Season 11 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/9/2018

On the planet of Ranskoor Av Kolos, lies the remains of a brutal battlefield. But as the Doctor, Graham, Yaz and Ryan answer nine separate distress calls, they discover the planet holds far more secrets. Who is the mysterious commander with no memory? What lies beyond the mists? Who or what are the Ux? The answers will lead the Doctor and her friends towards a deadly reckoning.

Directors: Jamie Childs
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The Lazarus Experiment
2562 votes

#16 - The Lazarus Experiment

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/5/2007

Martha has to save her family from the lunatic schemes of the monstrous Professor Lazarus.

Directors: Richard Clark
Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror
1033 votes

#17 - Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror

Season 12 - Episode 4 - Aired 1/19/2020

Inventor Nikola Tesla is at war with his rival Thomas Edison. However, there's an even greater threat in their midst.

Directors: Nida Manzoor
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The Curse of the Black Spot
3887 votes

#18 - The Curse of the Black Spot

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired 5/7/2011

The TARDIS is marooned onboard a 17th-century pirate ship whose crew is being attacked by a mysterious and beautiful sea creature. Becalmed and beset by cabin fever, the pirates have numerous superstitious explanations for the Siren's appearance. The Doctor has other ideas but, as his theories are disproved and every plan of escape is thwarted, he must work to win the trust of the implacable Captain Avery and uncover the truth behind the pirates' supernatural fears – and he must work quickly, for some of his friends have already fallen under the Siren's spell...

Directors: Jeremy Webb
World War Three (2)
3029 votes

#19 - World War Three (2)

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 4/23/2005

Time is running out for the Doctor as Downing Street announces mankind's first Interplanetary War.

Directors: Keith Boak
Robot of Sherwood
2612 votes

#20 - Robot of Sherwood

Season 8 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/6/2014

In a sun-dappled Sherwood Forest, The Doctor discovers an evil plan from beyond the stars. But with the fate of Nottingham at stake (and possibly Derby), there's no time for the two adventurers to get into a fight about who is real and who isn't - which is probably why they do very little else!

Directors: Paul Murphy
Writer: Mark Gatiss
Watch Now:Apple TV
The Halloween Apocalypse
826 votes

#21 - The Halloween Apocalypse

Season 13 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/31/2021

On Halloween, all across the universe, terrifying forces are stirring. From the Arctic Circle to deep space, an ancient evil is breaking free. And in present-day Liverpool, the life of Dan Lewis is about to change forever. Why is the Doctor on the trail of the fearsome Karvanista? And what is the Flux?

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War of the Sontarans
706 votes

#22 - War of the Sontarans

Season 13 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/7/2021

During the Crimean War, the Doctor discovers the British army fighting a brutal alien army of Sontarans, as Yaz and Dan are thrown deeper into a battle for survival. What is the Temple of Atropos? Who are the Mouri?

Watch Now:Apple TV
1455 votes

#23 - Kerblam!

Season 11 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/18/2018

“Delivery for the Doctor!” A mysterious message arrives in a package addressed to the Doctor, leading her, Graham, Yaz and Ryan to investigate the warehouse moon orbiting Kandoka, and the home of the galaxy’s largest retailer: Kerblam!

Directors: Jennifer Perrott
Writer: Pete McTighe
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The Timeless Children
962 votes

#24 - The Timeless Children

Season 12 - Episode 10 - Aired 3/1/2020

The Cybermen are on the march. The last remaining humans are hunted down. Lies are exposed, truths are revealed, and for the Doctor nothing will ever be the same.

Watch Now:Apple TV
Aliens of London (1)
3181 votes

#25 - Aliens of London (1)

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 4/16/2005

Rose is taken home, but a spaceship crashes in the Thames and London is closed off... Enter the Slitheen!

Directors: Keith Boak

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