Best Doctor Who Episodes

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

The Top Ten

1 Blink Blink

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.

So good

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2 The Day of the Doctor The 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

Amazing. nothing more nothing less

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3 The End of Time The 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 episode always brings tears to my eyes. Honestly, this is a brilliant episode and my heart always breaks. - GordonRamsay

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4 The Empty Child The Empty Child

Not my favourite, but I just think that it deserves to be in the top 3 because it definitely makes chills run down your spine! And not to mention Christopher Eccleston, John Barrowman and Billie Piper's FANTASTIC acting! It was an episode that marked the formation of a wonderful trio. It's a shame that Captain didn't stick along with Nine after regeneration and that Christopher Eccleston left after one season! Would have loved to seen more of him. I salute Christopher Eccleston because it's a tough job to bring back a faded T.V. show back to the top after so many years and introduce it to an entirely different generation, and I'd say that he did his role FANTASTIC-ally (get what I mean? )!

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.

Ok I watched this when I was a little kid... I got so scared I started to CRY 😭 great acting and GREAT episode

Love it!

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5 Silence in the Library Silence in the Library

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.

OF COURSE this one! introduction to River Song, and also the Vashta Nerada scared me so I couldn't go into the shadows for a month!

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6 Vincent and the Doctor Vincent and the Doctor

This isn't just an episode of Doctor Who, it's an artistic statement about beauty and pain and depression, and it also shows that the Doctor doesn't always win, which is akin to the early episodes of the original series where victory sometimes meant getting back to the TARDIS safely. In this instance, Vincent and the Doctor murdered an innocent Krafayis that was just confused, scared and lonely.

This episode has more emotional impact that any other episode, in my opinion. It also tackles the significant topic of depression and mental illness very well. I also cried several times through, and the scene at the end is heart-wrenching.

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.

A beautiful episode that make me sadhappy cry! Especially the last scene whit the pond!

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7 The Eleventh Hour The 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!

Yes! His is when Amy Pond is introduced! I have fallen in love with her Scottish accent! She is fearless, and I love how she has Rory drooling over her!

A brilliant introduction to the Eleventh Doctor!

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8 City of Death City of Death

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

I personally believe this is the best episode of the show. It's witty and has a brilliant plot. Love it!

Deepest story. Best Top 3.

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

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9 The Waters of Mars The 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!

The Doctor's freakout was amazing, and the flood is the scariest Doctor Who monster ever created - kempokid

This one was the creepiest episode, but I really liked it.

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10 Human Nature Human 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.

Should be higher. at least top 3

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The Newcomers

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The Contenders

11 Horror 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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12 The Girl In the Fireplace The 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.

An amazing episode. I'm in tears by the end. The only episode I sought out for purchase.

I think this episode is very fun and sad as well. I love the clockwork robots in fact (after the gas mask zombies) they are my favorite Doctor Who monsters. Awesome episode! Doctor Who is one of my favorite T.V. shows!

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13 The 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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14 Turn Left Turn 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 episode had me going crazy! It blew me away, especially everything with Rose coming back. This episode proved that everyone's life changes after the Doctor waltzes into their lives, Sarah starting the theory, Martha continuing it and Rose finally proving it to be true. I loved this episode!

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.

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

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15 A Good Man Goes to War A 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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16 Utopia

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.

YES YES YES This should be top 5 - 2storm

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17 The Angels Take Manhattan

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

18 The 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.

19 The Time of the Doctor The Time of the Doctor

It's an interesting goodbye for the Eleventh Doctor, but I think the whole "the Doctor defends Trenzalore from a bunch of monsters was glossed over just a little too much.

It may be the best doctor who episode of all time.

Actually, I found this one a bit meh.

20 Dalek Dalek

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

First of 9 is the best and this is like the only episode I thought the daleks we're cool

Best one

21 The Satan Pit The Satan Pit

Amazing episode, totally my favorite, I mean it's so intense, and scary, and sad, depending on how you look at it. Cleverly written, this episode really deserves to be in at least the top twenty. I absolutly love it.(Sorry about my spelling)

22 The Unicorn and the Wasp

The effects of the wasp are so cheesy though - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak

23 The Ark in Space

Best Tom Baker story and best Doctor Who story ever. There are a few genuine classic contenders but Ark in Space is special and everything works.

That episode was so thrilling; it also inspired Alien!

A nice base under siege story. Too bad the Wirrn look so fake.

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. - cameronbrown

24 The Deadly Assassin The 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

25 The Tomb of the Cybermen The 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. - cameronbrown

This would be a great episode if it didn't have racism...

Best 2nd Doctor Episode - 2storm

I always thought this story was a little overrated.It;s good, but the Cybermen are comepletley unintelligible.

26 Rosa Rosa

This episode may be new but focuses on a story which was a long time coming for doctor who.The acting was great and was just moving.

27 The Pandorica Opens
28 The Trial of a Time Lord
29 Inferno Inferno

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

One of the darker classic episodes. In a good way, of course.

Incredible, my first pertwee story needs to be moved up

30 The Doctor's Wife

"No but I always took you where you needed to go."

I love this look at the TARDIS. It's great to know what she thinks of the Doctor and his companions.

31 Pyramids of Mars Pyramids of Mars

Nice mix of Egyptian mythology and science fiction. Also, there is Sarah Jane, so it's always a fun time.

32 Heaven Sent Heaven Sent

My question is: how is blink beating this masterpiece. I get that this is more recent, less understandable for casual viewers, lacking of David Tennant, and overall just less popular, but really. I would rank it along side the best the show has to offer. From Inferno to Remembrance of the Daleks. From the Empty Child to Human Nature. From the Waters of Mars to the 11th Hour. I might even place it about all of those. Quite simply, Heaven sent is one of the finest pieces of Doctor Who ever created, and I doubt there will ever be one finer. - Mangocave

This cemented Capaldi as my favorite Doctor. It was all on him and am not sure any of the other doctors could have pulled it off as beautiful. You forget he is an actor. He is the Doctor. And this specific Regeneration of the Doctor is the most intense, tender, tenacious, and strong-willed. And the least self-righteous. Such a great episode! Made me a fan of Capaldi in that I am watching his other movies/shows.

Surprised this is not at least in the top 5 this episode is superior to most above it

This episode deserves to be higher up it is scary, sad and beautiful.

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33 The Asylum of the Daleks

It's a good episode, and a nice introduction to Clara Oswald. It's crazy to think that the Daleks can be more deranged than they already are.

34 The Seeds of Doom

This is an excellent, exciting episode. True, the Krynoids look a bit silly, but it's such a great story, that doesn't matter.

35 Genesis of the Daleks Genesis 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.

Best Dalek story since Power, and probably the best one of all time, too.

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).

This was probably the best 4th Doctor Episode - 2storm

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36 The 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

All these New Who stories getting top spots because people don't watch the classics. - Aeterna

My absolute favorite episode, and my first. This episode made me fall in love with doctor who.


37 Midnight Midnight

Wow. This is very intense and cool with efficient writing. It is tight and nice to see the doctor without a companion.

A cliched premise is still cliched, but at least here it is given a good understanding of the terrors of crowd mentality.

Obsessed with this episode. Brilliant brilliant brilliant.

The best chapter.

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38 Carnival of Monsters

That concept is so creative! Also shows the Doctor and Jo at their near-best

39 Planet of the Daleks
40 Terror of the Zygons
41 Listen Listen

A love letter to the show! A beautifully directed episode with emotion and a powerful theme. Capaldi at his most unpredictable and very very best!

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!

Clara did great in this one - 2storm

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43 Delta and the Bannermen

What? This is a terrible episode! It's mostly just boring filler.

44 The Time of Angels

A magnificent sequel for the weeping angels. Words cannot describe how good it is. - cameronbrown

How does Amy turn stone what

45 Remembrance of the Daleks Remembrance of the Daleks

But this is my favorite Who episode! This deserves a WAY higher spot. It may not be the best, but is there any other Doctor Who story where the Doctor uses trickery as his only weapon?

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

Hands down best dalek and best McCoy Story


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46 Father's Day Father's Day
47 The Bells of Saint John

The Bells of Saint John is a wonderful episode with quick quips, twisty turns, and a menacing threat. It's a very breezy episode, but it feels effortless. It does become a bittersweet episode after watching the Series 9 finale "Hell Bent," which only serves to add to its scope. Definitely the cream of the Series 7 crop, this episode is, as Clara puts it, "page one."

48 It Takes You Away It Takes You Away
49 Fury from the Deep

This is one of my favorite lost Doctor who story's that I
Have ever heard

50 The Dalek Invasion of Earth
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