The BEST Seasons of Doctor Who

Every season ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Apr 12, 2020

Network: BBC One

Doctor Who is the longest-running science fiction TV series in history, airing initially from 1963 to 1989. Doctor Who is about ideas. It pioneered sophisticated mixed-level storytelling. Its format was the key to its longevity: 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...

Season 14

#1 - Season 14

First Aired: Sep 4, 1976

The fourteenth season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 4 September 1976 with The Masque of Mandragora and ended with The Talons of Weng-Chiang.

star 8.75
16 votes
Season 13

#2 - Season 13

First Aired: Aug 30, 1975

The thirteenth season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 30 August 1975 with the story Terror of the Zygons and ended with The Seeds of Doom.

star 8.26
19 votes
Season 12

#3 - Season 12

First Aired: Dec 28, 1974

The twelfth season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 28 December 1974 with Tom Baker's first serial Robot and ended with Revenge of the Cybermen on 10 May 1975. This is the first season to feature Tom Baker as the fourth incarnation of the Doctor, an alien Time Lord who travels through time and space in his TARDIS, which appears to be a British police box on the outside. He is accompanied by companions Sarah Jane Smith, continuing from season eleven, and Harry Sullivan, who joins in this season.

star 8.25
20 votes
Season 16

#4 - Season 16

First Aired: Sep 2, 1978

The sixteenth season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began in 1 September 1978 with the episode The Ribos Operation and ended with The Armageddon Factor.

star 8.21
14 votes
Season 5

#5 - Season 5

First Aired: Sep 2, 1967

The fifth season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 2 September 1967 with the first story of season 5 The Tomb of the Cybermen and ended on 1 June 1968 with The Wheel in Space.

star 8.17
18 votes
Season 17

#6 - Season 17

First Aired: Sep 1, 1979

The seventeenth season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 1 September 1979 with the story Destiny of the Daleks and ended with Horns of Nimon -- although the usual season 6-episode closing story, Shada, was not televised.

star 8.17
12 votes
Season 15

#7 - Season 15

First Aired: Sep 3, 1977

K-9 is introduced, Rutans invade Earth and Sontarans storm Gallifrey!

star 8.08
12 votes
Season 7

#8 - Season 7

First Aired: Jan 3, 1970

The seventh season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 3 January 1970 with Jon Pertwee's first story Spearhead from Space and ended with Inferno.

star 8.00
18 votes
Season 8

#9 - Season 8

First Aired: Jan 2, 1971

The eighth season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 2 January 1971 with Terror of the Autons and ended with The Dæmons featuring Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor.

star 8.00
14 votes
Season 18

#10 - Season 18

First Aired: Aug 30, 1980

The eighteenth season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 30 August 1980 with the serial The Leisure Hive and ended with Tom Baker's swan song Logopolis.

star 8.00
12 votes
Season 21

#11 - Season 21

First Aired: Jan 5, 1984

The twenty-first season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 5 January 1984 with the 5th Doctor serial Warriors of the Deep, and ended with Colin Baker's first serial The Twin Dilemma. For only the second time, the entire TARDIS crew changed over the course of a single season.

star 8.00
11 votes
Season 26

#12 - Season 26

First Aired: Sep 6, 1989

The twenty-sixth season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 9 September 1989 with the serial Battlefield, after a regular series of four serials was broadcast finishing with Survival which was the final episode of Doctor Who to air before a 16-year absence from episodic television following its cancellation.

star 7.94
16 votes
Season 20

#13 - Season 20

First Aired: Jan 3, 1983

The twentieth season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 3 January 1983 with the story Arc of Infinity, and ended 16 March 1983 with The King's Demons. A 20th Anniversary special, The Five Doctors, followed in November 1983.

star 7.89
9 votes
Season 6

#14 - Season 6

First Aired: Aug 10, 1968

The sixth season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 10 August 1968 with the first story of season 6 The Dominators and ended Patrick Troughton's reign as the Doctor with its final story The War Games.

star 7.83
18 votes
Season 10

#15 - Season 10

First Aired: Dec 30, 1972

The tenth season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 30 December 1972 with the 10th anniversary special The Three Doctors, and ended with Katy Manning's final serial The Green Death.

star 7.80
15 votes
Season 19

#16 - Season 19

First Aired: Jan 4, 1982

The nineteenth season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 4 January 1982 with Castrovalva, and ended with Time-Flight.

star 7.67
12 votes
Season 9

#17 - Season 9

First Aired: Jan 1, 1972

The ninth season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 1 January 1972 with Day of the Daleks, and ended with The Time Monster.

star 7.64
14 votes
Season 4

#18 - Season 4

First Aired: Sep 10, 1966

The fourth season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 10 September 1966 with the 1st Doctor story The Smugglers and, after a change of lead actor part-way through the series, ended on 1 July 1967 with The Evil of the Daleks. For the first time, the entire main cast changed over the course of a single season.

star 7.58
19 votes
Season 25

#19 - Season 25

First Aired: Oct 5, 1988

The twenty-fifth season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 5 October 1988 with the serial Remembrance of the Daleks, and ended with The Greatest Show in the Galaxy.

star 7.54
13 votes
Season 1

#20 - Season 1

First Aired: Nov 23, 1963

The first season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 23 November 1963 with the first ever story An Unearthly Child and ended on 12 September 1964 with The Reign of Terror.

star 7.49
51 votes
Season 2

#21 - Season 2

First Aired: Oct 31, 1964

The second season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 31 October 1964 with the story Planet of Giants and ended on 24 July 1965 with The Time Meddler.

star 7.39
31 votes
Season 11

#22 - Season 11

First Aired: Dec 15, 1973

The eleventh season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 15 December 1973 with the serial The Time Warrior, and ended with Jon Pertwee's final serial Planet of the Spiders.

star 7.38
13 votes
Season 23

#23 - Season 23

First Aired: Sep 6, 1986

The Trial of a Time Lord is a 14-part British science fiction serial of the long-running BBC series Doctor Who. The serial, produced as the twenty-third season of the Doctor Who television series, aired in weekly episodes from 6 September to 6 December 1986. The only Doctor Who presentation of its kind, it contains four mini-adventures, The Mysterious Planet, Mindwarp, Terror of the Vervoids and ended with Colin Baker's final story The Ultimate Foe. The idea for the serial stemmed from several production changes to Doctor Who, such as reduced screen time for the season and a request from BBC controller Michael Grade that the series contain less violence and more humour. Several problems occurred during production, including the death of scriptwriter Robert Holmes, and the resignation of script editor Eric Saward.

star 7.21
14 votes
Season 22

#24 - Season 22

First Aired: Jan 5, 1985

The twenty-second season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 5 January 1985 with the serial Attack of the Cybermen, and ended with Revelation of the Daleks.

star 7.18
11 votes
Season 3

#25 - Season 3

First Aired: Sep 11, 1965

The third season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 11 September 1965 with the story Galaxy 4 and ended on 16 July 1966 with The War Machines.

star 7.09
22 votes
Season 24

#26 - Season 24

First Aired: Sep 7, 1987

The twenty-fourth season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 7 September 1987 with Sylvester McCoy's first story Time and the Rani, and ended with Dragonfire.

star 6.50
14 votes