Best Doctor Who Episodes

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The Top Ten

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.
[Newest]"And don't blink classic line EVER

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 gave this episode a 10/10
[Newest]Best episode by far

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
David tenant I miss him my favorite episode was blink

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.
My favorite episode. Makes me cry every time I watch it!

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.

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!
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.
This is my second favourite episode of nu who ever!
[Newest]River and Donna together... Best ever

7The Girl In the Fireplace
This is the most heartbreaking episode.
This is such a meaningful, deep story.
I had a tear at the end...
Thinking about it, this episode reminded me of the most heart-wrenching experience of my life To the Moon.

8Turn 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

9The 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

10Human Nature
Best episode of the best T.V. show ever.

The Contenders

11Army of Ghosts / Doomsday

12City 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.


13The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances

14The 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

15Utopia/The Sound of Drums/The Last of the Time Lords
The master dies or does he dun dun dun!
A thrilling story, both Derek Jacobi and John Simm make a chilling master and the performances made by the whole cast is superb

16A 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.

17The Time of Angels / Flesh and Stone
A magnificent sequel for the weeping angels. Words cannot describe how good it is.


How does Amy turn stone what

18Horror of Fang Rock

19The 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.

20The Doctor's Wife

21The 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.

22The Time of the Doctor
It may be the best doctor who episode of all time.

23The 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

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

26Genesis 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.

27The Unicorn and the Wasp

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

Wow. This is very intense and cool with efficient writing. It is tight and nice to see the doctor without a companion.
Obsessed with this episode. Brilliant brilliant brilliant.
What? I thought this was gonna be number 1 it was great!


30Amy'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

31The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon
How can this be so low on the list?!?! It doesn't even make sense. It was so funny and dark and meaningful.
Thrilling. One of my favourite arcs.

32The God Complex
This episode is very scary, it is set in a hotel and hotels always freaks me out

33The 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!

34The 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.


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

36The 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.


37The Asylum of the Daleks

BY FAR the best in season 8. So beautifully dark. And creepy - VERY creepy.
Dark, scary, and has such a beautiful lesson for fans of all ages!
I new I was in for something good after he said listen at the begining

39The Bells of Saint John

40The Seeds of Doom

41Terror of the Zygons

42The Snowmen

43The Satan Pit

44Carnival of Monsters

45The Unquiet Dead
Come on! People rise from the grave and kill people and they meet Charles Dickens! Definitely my favorite episode.

46The Talons of Weng-Chiang

47The Trial Of A Time Lord

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.


49The Three Doctors

50The Invasion
This episode is creepy, scary and has a shocking plot, what makes this episode very good

51Planet of the Daleks

52The Face of Evil

53Delta and the Bannermen

54The Pandorica Opens

55The Curse of the Black Spot

56Silver Nemesis

57Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS

58Snake Dance

59New Earth

60The Five Doctors

61The Dalek Invasion of Earth

62Voyage of the Damned

63The Rebel Flesh

64The Aztecs

65The Stones of Blood

66The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang
This was by far the best episode. Every single alien in Doctor Who you can think of in the new series is in the episode along with a great cliffhanger

"Hello Stonehenge! "

67An Unearthly Child
Wait, WHAT? Why is this down here? Vote for it immediately, people!
First thing of something great.
Why is this ep so low? It really sets up the show.

68Spearhead From Space

69The Krotons

70The Daleks' Master Plan
The best William Hartnell story, the best Dalek story, the best 1960's story, the best lost episode story and probably the best Doctor Who story ever made. 12 parts of pure epicness. It is extremely dark, grim and tense. The storyline is fantastic. The Daleks are planning to conquer the entire Solar System with their new weapon, The Time Destructor. They have made an allegiance with delegates from outer galaxies and Mavic Chen, Guardian of the Solar System is coming to deliver the taranium core, vital fuel for The Time Destructor. However, the Doctor is able to sneak into the Dalek City and snatch the taranium core resulting in a chase throughout time and space. From the planet Desperus, to the planet Mira and to Ancient Egypt, traitors will be unmasked and loyal allies will die. There is action, horror, thrills and spills throughout this 12 part journey. There are fantastic characters such as Bret Vyon (played by Nicholas Courtney), Sara Kingdom (played by Jean Marsh) and Mavic Chen (played by Kevin Stoney). There is also the return of the meddling Monk (played by peter Butterworth) who is fantastic in this story, fresh from is appearance in The Time Meddler. It also has the greatest and darkest finale to any Doctor Who story in my opinion. Be warned, there will be lots of grim deaths throughout the story. It is an ordeal for the Doctor. it is a shame that only episode 2, 5 and 10 are held in the archives. However episode 10 contains edge of seat suspense and fantastic direction for Douglas Camfield so I am glad that episode is back. please find the Daleks' Master Plan! Look in your attic, your cellar, your shed and see if you have any tape! Even check in a church loft, where parts 5 and 10 of this serial were discovered...


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

72The Girl Who Waited

73The Fires of Pompeii

74The Enemy of the World
The best episode ever


76The Two Doctors

77Revenge of the Cybermen

78Terror of the Autons


80Dinosaurs On A Spaceship

81The Mind Robber
The best episode of Patrick Troughton's career as the Doctor by far

82An Unearthly Child


84Boom Town

85The Parting of the Ways

86The Shakespeare Code


88Tooth and Claw

89The Rings of Akhaten
Awesome episode. Especially love the song and the Doctor's speech.

90Let's Kill Hitler
One of the funniest episodes-had some great lines.

91The Family of Blood

92The Horns of Nimon

93The Beast Below

94The Romans
Its really good and if you ship barbara/ian I recommned for it

95The Wedding of River Song

96Remembrance of the Daleks
I'm disappointed I had to add this one. It's my favorite Dalek story, and it shows the Seventh Doctor at his finest.

97The Lodger

98Victory of the Daleks

99Last Christmas

100Deep Breath

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This list was created 3 years, 103 days ago and has been voted on over 400 times. This top ten list contains 101 items, has been remixed 16 times.

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