Best Doctor Who Episodes

This list contains the top ten best Doctor Who episodes from 1963-2012.

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1Blink

This was such an amazing, suspense filled episode!

Favourite monster, the weeping angels, amazing episode and will always be my favourite I think

Very nerve racking and suspenseful. Made me scream every time when sally's boy-partner (nightingale) blinked and the angel popped up in front of him.

This was definitely a "behind the settee" story - awesome in every way.

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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! - Game_Over64

My favourite episode ever! The 10th Doctor (David Tennant) and the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) in the same episode as eachother! Miss these 2 doctors! And Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) and Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) in the episode! I LOVE THE 10th DOCTOR & ROSE & CLARA & 11th DOCTOR! wish those 4 will come back! David Tennant, Billie Piper, Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman are true legends of Doctor Who

This is easily the best episode. Nothing can be better than combining the two best doctors, Matt Smith and David Tennant.

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3The End of Time

David Tennant made me love Doctor Who and he is now my favorite actor and celebrity crush. I had a crying meltdown when he said "I don't want to go." In my brain I said to myself, "I don't want you to, either! " This was a very heart-breaking episode, but it definitely was the best!

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 :'(

Such a heartbreaking episode I balled my eyes out when the tenth regenerated but then there was the eleventh doctor he and the tenth doctor are my favorite they are both terrific actors for the role of the doctor

This is my favorite episode make it number 2

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4The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances

Literally in love with this episode, not only does it give off the perfect eerie tone but it also all fits together amazingly in the end. Not to mention how much I love how they made the Empty Child act (: it totally fit the story

When I watched this it was the most nerve racking besides blink. The gas masks stuck to there faces made it a whole lot scarier. This episode was amazing and made me want to go back and watch it again.

Although I think the 9th Doctor is a terrible actor, the script is excellent. It is, along with Blink, the scariest episode. I think the last couple of minutes was a bit forced, but not enough to detract from a great 90 minutes of entertainment.

I hated this episode it was so scary!

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5Vincent and the Doctor

Vincent and the Doctor is a heart wrenching episode without a real villain, which I think is a good thing in this case. I love it when time travel is used to do stuff like this instead of incredibly confusing season finales like The Wedding of River Song

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.

Beautifully done. Wish I could vote for at least 5 so I could put this one on my list as #2. I'm not someone to cry easily, especially watching a television show, but every single time he sees those paintings in the gallery...

Very touching. I'd rate it 2nd to Blink. - AlGalaxy

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6Silence 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!

When Dona was in the face thing (white platform that looked like a spoon) I screamed and hid behind my pillow. It was very scary and suspenseful but made the episode a whole lot better. The tension that was building was a good tension, what you want to get out of watching a good show. Amazing!

This episode was suspenseful, exciting, terrifying and heart breaking. By far the best episode of doctor who from the introduction to mysterious River Song, the creepy Vashda Narada, the strangeness of CAL, Donna's dream and the Doctor dealing with it all the episode was amazing and even better on a second viewing after knowing River Song: making the episode incredibly sad.

Easily the best episodes ever, but Blink and other episodes are ranked higher because they're more popular or not as emotional

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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.

I was crying.. I am very easily moved by things but this episode is one of few that made me want to watch it over and over again, very tragic but amazingly preformed. Go matt smith!

A brilliant introduction to the Eleventh Doctor!

8Army of Ghosts / Doomsday

This is by far the best 10th doctor episode and easily the best doctor who episode

Daleks vs. Cybermen, and a heartwrenching goodbye to Rose Tyler, my second favorite companion (Clara Oswald is #1). EPIC!

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9Human Nature

"Tremendous acting by David Tennant. After only an hour or so he makes you love John Smith as much as you love the Doctor. "Family of Blood" is certainly the saddest episode I can think of. A unique story that revels in its own simplicity."

The deepest and most touching insight in the tragedy the Doctor is. Baffling.

Best episode of the best T.V. show ever.

10City of Death

Awesome episode, stands the test of time and holds up perfectly!

I hate how so much of this list is biased towards NuWho. Put this higher!

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. - cameronbrown

The Contenders

11The Girl In the Fireplace

I love this episode. It's in my top two - with Blink. It's tender, heartwarming, romantic, scary, and David Tennant -- well, no spoilers or anything, but we see him more involved, in a different way, than usual?

This is the most heartbreaking episode.

This is such a meaningful, deep story.

This reminds me of Phantom of the Opera

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12Utopia/The Sound of Drums/The Last of the Time Lords

No excuses for this one. Possibly the worst three episodes of the revival. Utopia is severely undercooked, with none of its ideas being explored well. Simply an extremely shallow episode with a nice twist.

The Sound of Drums fares a bit better than the other two, but it's still a cliche-ridden underwhelming mess. At least it can be a fun mess.

The Last of the Time Lords... No. Hammy, terrible acting, from both the Master and the Doctor. Atrocious writing, coupled with cliches and the worst offender of deus-ex-machina I have ever seen (I can MAYBE accept that some sort-of of bull**** telepathic field could possibly be generated from many thinking one alike word, but that it ages the Doctor backwards and gives him god-like abilities? Balderdash! ).

What? This is a terrible episode! Well, Utopia was good but the final two parts are way too slow and the few ideas that exist there are terrible.

I liked it, but I don't really like thinking that that's how the human race ends, but perhaps some got away.

The master dies or does he dun dun dun!

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13A Good Man Goes to War

A great episode that should have ended Series 6! It also featured the first appearance of the Paternoster Gang, my favorite recurring characters.

The characterization in this could easily put it in the top 5. If I could vote again it would be in my top five for sure.

"Would you like me to repeat the question? "

Gets me every time.

This one made me cry

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14The Caves of Androzani

Always been my favourite. But can everyone stop calling Doctor Who stories "episodes"? Most of these stories actually have several episodes...

Such a fantastic episode. Always Number 1 for me.

A great shame that it was followed by one of the worst Doctor Who episodes ever made.

This episode is number 1 in the top 200 and I have to admit, this episode is very good

It's not my favorite Doctor Who story, but I like it a lot. The cliffhanger to Part 3 was the best!

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15The 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.

Jarring fan-service can't make up for the rugged, cliched, and deus-ex-machina that is dribbling all over the script. Yuck.

This was a beautifully planned and directed episode. SO WHY IS IT NOT RANKED HIGHER!

I so much love this one! It's just so epic, so suspenseful, so awesomely done! - LarkwingFlight

16Horror of Fang Rock

This was a great episode and all, but I still can't get over the fact that someone hacked this episode and broadcasted a Max Headroom intrusion.

I'm fine if Max Headroom interrupts a sports game. But do not dare interrupt Doctor Who!

If the Max Headroom intrusion happened today millions of people would go ballistic.

Max Headroom ruined this episode for me.

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17The 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!

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18The Angels Take Manhattan

The angels will never be more spooky than here and amys farewell is great

19Turn 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!

This is simultaneously a terrible and good episode. One one hand, it handles it's cliche subject material sloppily, and much fan-service and very little nuance. One the other, you can at least tell that it's trying.

This should be at the top, it's my favourite by far, and Hello Rose comes back, well for a while anyway.

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20The Robots of Death

This episode is a classic Whodunnit, it is the least expected person and the robots are very scary

This may have been the best if they named it... well NOT Robots of Death.

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Top Remixes (23)

1. Horror of Fang Rock
2. City of Death
3. The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances
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1. The Day of the Doctor
2. A Good Man Goes to War
3. The Time of the Doctor
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1. The Angels Take Manhattan
2. Blink
3. The Asylum of the Daleks
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