Worst Doctor Who Stories

Even though Doctor Who has some amazing episodes, there are many that are absolutely terrible. What is your worst story ever? This covers classic and modern stories.

The Top Ten

1 Love and Monsters

I never understood all that hate. Maybe the bit where Ursula is revived is bad, but the rest is entertaining, emotional and fun. Victor Kennedy's a great villain; clever, manipulative and cunning. The opening scene is great, and I think we need more of the unnamed monster at the beginning. It includes a lot more good stuff. So that's my opinion and please don't start hating on me.

This episode is just: no. No episode has had a face sucking overweight mcdonalds mascot as a monster. This episode dissapointed me. Come on. No one cares about Jackie Tyler anyways, and they make a big fit about how (whatever the guys name is, I don't want to remember) is actually spying on her. Doctor who has failed at a love story, but angels take manhattan comes back for the saddest episode ever.

Whoever written this episode must have been high, drunk or plain stupid. I watched this episode and felt like this was the worst 45 minutes of my life... What a joke...

Good acting, but really? This is just uninspired gunk. Not the worst, but up(or down there).

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2 Fear Her

This is the absolute worst episode of the new series since 2005 that I have seen. However, I have not seen series 9 yet and I hear the episode Sleep No More is really bad too.

The ANNOYING girl pulled this episode down like a 1000 tonne weight. And just imagine what we could have gotten from Stephen Fry instead.

The idea looked good on paper, but on the small screen, it didn't do it. - DapperPickle

The worst episode of Doctor Who.

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3 The Twin Dilemma

I have nothing against Colin Baker or the Sixth Doctor, but the episodes were just too atrocious to watch. And the beginning, The Twin Dilemma, was a perfect sign to show how bad Doctor Who was gonna get.

This episode is criminally underrated, why do people hate this episode? - RickyReeves

Colin Baker is not really good at all as the doctor

A perfect example of getting everything wrong and why you should NEVER PORTRAY THE DOCTOR AS A ARSEHOLE!

4 Time Flight

The plot makes no sense! Why was the master tacked on to the story and why were the planes even stolen!

Oh my gosh. This episode is so BORING! One of the most boring Doctor Who episodes I've ever seen.

I'm so sorry Peter Davison, but this story was quite obviously an absolute flop

I do recall this one being a drag and a run about for nothing. Forgettable

5 The Rings of Akhaten

Not quite as bad as "Closing Time", but it's pretty damn close. Conveniently placed space scooter vender, who just happens to accept Clara's mother's wedding ring as payment? New, never-before-seen (or after) forcefield function from the sonic screwdriver, keeping enemies at bay? A big, long-winded speech about being really old, but just once more saving everyone? An equally long-winded speech about the infinite potential energy of a leaf? That part honestly reminded me of Krusty the Clown making up guests like 'Professor Gas Can'. Over-sentimental rubbish, trying to pull a few heartstrings to cover up a severe lack of any substance.

This is absolute rubbish. The Rings Of Akhaten is a beautiful masterpiece.
The visuals are amazing, the script is brilliant, the characters are unforgettable
And the emotions it carries are beautiful. Not only is it the most underrated
Doctor Who episode, but it is one of the best pieces of television I've seen in
My life.

Actually visually a step forward for the show, dumb script but everything else about it (Visuals, music and doctors speech) were amazing. Underrated to be honest.

It's just so bad the plot is non existent the only saving grace is when the doctor makes his speech

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6 Terminus

Bye bye Nyssa. Shame. This story from Davison could have actually been very good, if the acting wasn't like carrot juice!

7 Boom Town

Farting green aliens for 3/13 episodes of Season 1... No. Just no.

Boom Town wasn't that bad, I actually don't understand why is it so hated - RickyReeves

Boom Town is the definition of a filler episode, but it's not really that terrible.

Worst episode

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8 In the Forest of the Night

I think this one is underrated. Not great, but I'd give it a 3/5.

Boring, stupid plot and very annoying characters. 3/10

The doctor is unneeded in this episode. The matter resolves itself.

I had to pause 5 times while watching this to contemplate whether continuing watching this episode or ripping my eye balls and ears off would be worse.


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9 The Face of Evil

A very tedious story, the plot was a computer who wanted the doctor's face? Seriously? - cameronbrown

I love this story.

10 Timelash

Worst story ever, the plot has more holes than Swiss Cheese, the villain is absolutely crap, and it is boring. The worst part is that it's not even fun to watch fail, like Love & Monsters, or Fear Her.

I felt insulted as a fan of the show after I saw this episode. It's uncreative, extremely dull to just look at, and full of plot holes that could have been easily covered up.

The Doctor has to stop people using a windy tinsel-covered play area/time vortex and get rid of an evil dictator with a half hippopotamus face

I actually lost all interest in the whole series because of this- It took my wife imploring me to watch the 9th Doctor's ep. "Dalek" to get me back.

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The Contenders

11 Robot of Sherwood

I liked this episode. It had a good sense of humor, and the acting was supposed to be a bit campy.

Extremely crappy acting (sans Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman) - RickyReeves

Peter capaldi's acting is enough. Its really enough.

Really? What a dissapointment. After all the robot stories done in thr Doctors universe, this is just uninspired.

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12 A Good Man Goes to War

This set up all the weird, confusing story arc stuff that is hard to keep track of. I prefer an episode with its own plot. - Hajj

Slightly overrated, but still better than most of the second half of series 6. - IronSabbathPriest

This is really when Doctor Who went from good to bad. Thanks a lot Moffat, you fan-hating lunatic.

I don't know why this isn't on the worst of all time list. love and monsters deserves to be at the top of ths list because they got the title wrong obviously and it is meant to say best doctor who stories ever. easy mistake to make so I don't mind. a good man goes to war should be on the worst of all time lliist because I hat e moffat he is a meanhead :((

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13 Sleep No More

Whilst it does try a new perspective on the found footage genre, it was really generic and too scary to show to children. I know Doctor Who has been too "silly" in the past, but you can't go into slasher-horror mode and perform that feat before the watershed hour.

Extremely boring piece of DW. I didn't care about the supporting cast. Monster of the week was an eye dust something. Moments which should have been scary or thrilling were just boring. Only the ending saves th

I found it to be average

Didn't understand it - not even scary - just boring to watch

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14 Hell Bent

I speak for everyone who's watch this episode for when I say "Why the hell would you bring back a character to send them off when you've already brought a fitting end to their story? ". I won't spoil who it is, but seriously, this episode is the worst of all series finales in the show's run, and, believe me, I've seen some terrible ones.

It ruined what could potentially be Capaldi's best story

This episode tainted the whole of Series 9 for me.

Guys there is millions childish episodes in season 1,3 and 5.
How can this is top 13?

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15 Heaven Sent

Oh come on, this one is the best in Series 9. Interesting story, full of great surprises and great development of the Twelfth Doctor's character. It's really the episode afterwards "Hell Bent" that deserves all the backlash.

I can't believe this is on here! It is one of my favourite stories! It has great acting and a great script. It worked as an abstract metaphor for conquering grief and is very mature and dark. 10/10

A brilliant evocation of what it means to be the Doctor, and just how far this man will go to do what he thinks is right. This episode is one of the best, plot holes and all, and no way should it be on any kind of "worst Doctor Who episodes" list.

This is the best episode in the whole doctor who

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16 Kill the Moon

Oh how I hate this episode. To be fair, it wasn't TERRIBLE for the first bit of the episode, but Courtney is obnoxious the whole time, and that plot twist... is just so bad. I absolutely despise this episode, and 20 is not a good place for it. It's worse than Love and Monsters, and honestly, I think Fear Her is an excellent episode, at least when compared to this one. - LarkwingFlight

I loved most of this episode, but the Moon being an egg was stupid. Everything else is 10/10 material for me.

I just cannot take the whole concept of the Moon being a bloody egg, I hate the cast and I hate the new Doctor Who. This has got to be the most terrible episode of the new Doctor

Physics? Bah, I spit on your physics!

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17 Victory of the Daleks

I was excited for this episode at first, Daleks showing up in World War II? Seemed pretty cool! But the Daleks were not the Daleks we all saw as the evil war machines they were before, this time they were serving tea and pretending to be soldiers of the humans... Despite the Dalek's highest priority is to exterminate all life forms except them. The writing was terrible, it didn't all make sense, the Daleks were transformed into a bunch of colorful non-intimidating jokes. Also, don't get me started on the World War II Spitfires flying up to space and taking a Dalek Ship down!
This is the worst episode in my opinion because with other terrible episodes like "Fear Her" and "Love & Monsters" they are easily forgettable, but this one isn't.
This episode can't be ignored since it has a big impact on the Daleks, the monsters that appear far more frequent than any other in Doctor Who.

A prime example of the new series' overuse of the daleks. Poorly written with incredibly stupid resolutions, with the worst design of the daleks by a very large margin.

Would you care for some tea?

It's not the worst episode of the revived series (in fact, there are episodes that are much, much, much, MUCH worse than this) but the concept of spitfires in orbit around Earth and Daleks that look like colourful bowling pins kind of drags it down.
But undoubtedly the worst thing in this episode by fifty country miles is the scene where the Doctor seems to think that a jammy dodger is a suitable weapon of choice for the Daleks and aims it at them thinking they're gonna retreat.
This is probably the stupidest decision the Doctor has made in nearly three hundred stories and fifty dozen books, audio stories, fan fiction and pretty much everything in the Doctor Who universe.
It had so much potential, but some of the concepts unfortunately didn't quite gel with me.

18 The Long Game
19 Survival

WHAT?! Why is this here? Survival is one of the most popular Doctor Who episodes!

I love Survival. 9/10

20 The Curse of the Black Spot

Bad idea. Bad execution. Bad story.

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Top Remixes

1. The Rings of Akhaten
2. A Good Man Goes to War
3. Robot of Sherwood
1. Love and Monsters
2. The Twin Dilemma
3. Fear Her



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