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

Its not even a question.

I have a lot of favorites but this is a perfect stand-alone to introduce friends to the show. It needs no introduction.

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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

So happy that nearly all the cast of Merlin are haven sen in doctor who!

David Tennant and Matt Smith, How could you possibly beat that?

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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 was heart breaking, entertaining and suspenseful. Easily one of the best episodes

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4Vincent 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.

Blink is overrated, this need's more attention.

A wonderful period piece. A great take on a tragic figure. Always makes me cry.

This episode is the best. I cry every time

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5The 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!

6Army of Ghosts / Doomsday
7The 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.

8Human Nature

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

9Silence 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 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.

So scary, yet sad.

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10The 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.

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The Contenders

11City 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

12Turn 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 should be at the top, it's my favourite by far, and Hello Rose comes back, well for a while anyway.

That was awesome I also like the part were the dead dr drops his sonic screwdriver

13Utopia/The Sound of Drums/The Last of the Time Lords

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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14A Good Man Goes to War

It was awesome, sad and more awesome

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.

15The 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

Yes, this episode is that good.

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16The 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.

17Horror of Fang Rock

This story is so depressing, but it has a strong plot and I never lose my attention. Plus, the mystery behind the aliens are frighting!

18The Deadly Assassin

This episode contains thrill, adventure and murder which a Doctor Who episode should rightfully have

Awesome episode plus the first time the doctor doesn't have a companion

19The 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.

20The Angels Take Manhattan

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

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1. Vincent and the Doctor
2. Human Nature
3. Turn Left
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2. City of Death
3. The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances
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