Best Doctor Who Episodes

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This was such an amazing, suspense filled episode!
Favourite monster, the weeping angels, amazing episode and will always be my favourite I think
Its not even a question.
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2The Day of the Doctor
Oh, come on. I know it's new but david tenant and matt smith are the best.
Tennant and Smith were awesome together. John Hurt worked well with them too! Great story!


I literally stood up and saluted this episode along with all the 12 Doctors... Actually all 13. This IS the Best episode of Doctor Who.

3The End of Time
When the Tenth said, "I don't want to go", I knew the greatest Doctor of all time was gone, and nothing could bring him back, except for a 50th anniversary special! But now he is gone :'(
The best episode!
David had an amazing finale! :D
Greatest ending for the greatest doctor
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4The Deadly Assassin
Awesome episode plus the first time the doctor doesn't have a companion
This episode contains thrill, adventure and murder which a Doctor Who episode should rightfully have

5Silence in the Library / Forest of the Dead
THE best episode. It was exceptional. We had the suspense leaving us clutching the edge of our seats, the bit of scariness that added more flavor, the creepiness that made it so amazing. We had the best doctor, the best companion (Donna) AND River Song which made it even better. The Vashda Narada took advantage fear many of us have and gave us an impossible, nerve wracking enemy. The bit with Cal gave it that extra mile, it used was frighteningly close to the world we have and the world of doctor who. To think that the real world was not real and the dream world was made it so interesting. BEST EPISODE EVER!
This is the first place we see River and get her ripped away. It was terribly sad the second time I went back and watched it. That fourth season was just great and maybe Cal was Clara.

6The Caves of Androzani
Always been my favourite. But can everyone stop calling Doctor Who stories "episodes"? Most of these stories actually have several episodes...
This episode is number 1 in the top 200 and I have to admit, this episode is very good
Yes, this episode is that good.

7The Eleventh Hour
I thought Matt was absolutely brilliant in this one! Even though I was sad to see David go, Matt stole my heart in his first episode.

8The Robots of Death
This episode is a classic Whodunnit, it is the least expected person and the robots are very scary

9A Good Man Goes to War
This episode was an awesome intro to Team Vastra, who everyone admits to liking! Madame Kovarian, The Headless and Dorium in one wonderful episode! All set on an asteroid! The twists and turns had me on the edge of my seat.

10Vincent and the Doctor
Hard to beat the emotional impact of the episode. Seeing the painting through Pond's eyes at the very end was truly touching. It also made foe a good starting point on a discussion about mental illness with my boys.
This was my favorite episode

The Contenders

11The Time of the Doctor

12The Time of Angels / Flesh and Stone
A magnificent sequel for the weeping angels. Words cannot describe how good it is.


13The War Games
This episode is one of my particular favorites, even though it is 10 episodes, it is still perfect for that time by the long tale of the different wars

14Turn Left
This episode was amazing in every way! Definitely the best Doctor-lite episode I have seen, usually episodes which are focused mainly on a companion can be slightly boring but this episode is so slick and mind-boggling that you just want to keep watching! Definitely one of Catherine Tate's best episodes!

15Amy's Choice
This was one of the most riveting episodes ever...the HUGE plot twist at the end makes it all come together!
This episode bought chills into me, this makes it a chilling and scary episode

16City of Death
Awesome episode, stands the test of time and holds up perfectly!
Phenomonal story. Oh it's a classic everyone knows it is. Berilliant location filming in Paris. wonderful and funny perfromances, brillaint and strong storyline and the nasty Scaroth, last of the Jagaroth! This is my favourite Doctor who episode.


17The Tomb of the Cybermen
Outstanding classic story. My favourite cyberman stroy, well written, well directed. Absolutely outstanding. Thank goodness this one was recovered in Hong Kong.


18Genesis of the Daleks
A brilliant origin story, Genesis of the Daleks is great Doctor Who all together, featuring a superb cast, regular or otherwise, beautiful imagery, a memorable score, but the star here is the script. Terry Nation at his best.
Terry Nation makes the Daleks great again! The explanation of the Daleks' origins, and a wonderful story for Fourth Doctor Tom Baker (and Lis Sladen, RIP).
Best Dalek story ever with the best TARDIS crew.

This episode is a thrilling tale of another universe and that makes it a perfect Doctor Who episode

20The Doctor's Wife

21The Stolen Earth / Journey's End
I wonder why this one isn't higher up! It was so amazing. All of the amazing characters who return, the twisting plot line, and the very very very emotional ending scenes. It was so sad, so emotional, so exiting, and just so perfect. I think Tennant did an amazing job- one of the best performances I've seen. I loved these episodes- it wasn't the happiest. but I think it had some of the most meaning.

22Army of Ghosts / Doomsday

23The Invasion
This episode is creepy, scary and has a shocking plot, what makes this episode very good

24Bad Wolf / The Parting of the Ways
Just so awesome. Ties together the bad wolf storyline, great dystopian settings, return of sattlite five, return of the daleks, emotional, epice fight scenes, anne-droid, big brother, bear with me, christopher eccleson rose tyler and john barrowman! Just amazing

25The God Complex
This episode is very scary, it is set in a hotel and hotels always freaks me out

26The Waters of Mars
This is a freaky and nail-biting story because of the fear of how dangerous water has become
This was the first Doctor Who episode I ever saw. Once I saw it, I was hooked!

Intense and thrilling, alas a special episode of Doctor Who set in a train is certainly in flexed to claustrophia!
Obsessed with this episode. Brilliant brilliant brilliant.

28Carnival of Monsters

29The Girl In the Fireplace

30The Seeds of Doom

31Terror of the Zygons

32Utopia/The Sound of Drums/The Last of the Time Lords
A thrilling story, both Derek Jacobi and John Simm make a chilling master and the performances made by the whole cast is superb

33The Bells of Saint John

34The Talons of Weng-Chiang

35Planet of the Daleks

36The Face of Evil

37The Angels Take Manhattan
The angels will never be more spooky than here and amys farewell is great

38The Pandorica Opens

39The Unquiet Dead
Come on! People rise from the grave and kill people and they meet Charles Dickens! Definitely my favorite episode.

40Horror of Fang Rock

41Silver Nemesis

42The Unicorn and the Wasp

How could such a beautiful and perfectly written story be so low on the list?

44The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances

45The Five Doctors

46The Dalek Invasion of Earth

47Human Nature

48The Three Doctors

49The Aztecs

Really fun story, leading up to 'Snake Dance, ' a year later.
Superb story. I wouldn't describe it as 'fun' though. It's actually quite a mature dark story.


51Snake Dance

52The Satan Pit



55The Two Doctors

56The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon

57Revenge of the Cybermen

58Terror of the Autons

59The Krotons
The krotons is epic! There's only two at first and then there's a whole army attempting to disperse The Joctor, Jamie, Zoe and The Gonds in a massive battle and a parting of the ways. One of the best stories ever get it!


60New Earth

61The Ark in Space
The Ark in Space is a superb story and is bursting with strength. Written by the superb Robert Holmes who has written some of the best doctor who stories ever (Spearhead from Space, The Talons of Weng Chiang, The Caves of Androzani), he doesn't let me down because this is my favourite. A strong stroyline, brilliant creative mosnters, the Wirrn, and great actors! Most people refer to this stroy as Dr who and the bubble wrap. People who ahve seen this stroy will know what I mean.


62The Daleks' Master Plan

63The Mind Robber
The best episode of Patrick Troughton's career as the Doctor by far

64An Unearthly Child
This one makes it on the list for being the first episode of a show that amazed audiences for 50+ years.


66Boom Town

67The Parting of the Ways

Absolutely amazing episode with my favourite doctor! The jumping from car to car and 'The Motorway' :D I'm a hardcore Whovian and this is one of my favourite episodes

69The Shakespeare Code


71Tooth and Claw

72The Girl Who Waited

73The Rings of Akhaten
Awesome episode. Especially love the song and the Doctor's speech.

74Let's Kill Hitler
One of the funniest episodes-had some great lines.

75The Family of Blood

76The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang

77Delta and the Bannermen

78The Trial Of A Time Lord

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