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...

The worst part is that oral sex joke at the end...

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2 Fear Her

Once this girl was identified as dangerous, the notion that she'd ever be left alone at any time was ludicrous. Still not sure how the monster dad in the closet helped the story.

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 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 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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10 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.

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.

"Childish and unfunny. Worst episode ever.

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12 Hell Bent

Positives: Peter is always good even if what he is given is wrong he acts brilliantly, and the first 20 minutes was tolerable even if a little bit boring. Negatives: They brought back Clara which I really disagreed with as she had an amazing death in Face The Raven, the doctor shoots the general which totally goes against the doctors character and everything he stands for. Gallifrey is wasted as they just leave the place at the halfway mark in the story, the doctor loses all his memories of Clara which I wouldn't mind if she hadn't died already and to top this awful mess off the hybrid story arc is just brushed away as apparently the doctor didn't know if it was real or not it was just theories. In conclusion: Hell Bent is a mess of a story with it bringing Clara back which undermines Face The Raven and Heaven Sent which are some of the better episodes in series 9, Gallifrey is just used to bring Clara back and then the doctor just leaves and the hybrid story arc is completely ruined ...more - TheGamingLad

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.

This episode undermines "Face the Raven" and "Heaven Sent", both of which present great character development for the Doctor. It also leaves the hybrid story arch is left unexplained and wastes the return to Gallifrey, which had been building up since the 50th anniversary. That's why people hate it so much.

It ruined what could potentially be Capaldi's best story

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13 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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14 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

I vowed to never watch this episode after the first time. Enough said.

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15 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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16 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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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.

The thing is, in this one, the Daleks have a plan, and if they want that plan to succeed, they can't just exterminate everything they see. And it's not the first time they've pretended to be servants. They did that back in Power of the Daleks. - Galagion

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

. #Dumbest episode

19 Survival

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

I love Survival. 9/10

20 Time and the Rani

Time and the Rani was great! Why do people hate this episode! The part 1 cliffhanger is one of my favorite cliffhangers in Doctor Who. - RickyReeves

This is just unfortunate. It is not bad because of the stars and crew, it is bad because the BBC clearly did not care anymore about DW at this point.

Poor Sylvester McCoy. What a terrible start. A first episode worse than Colin Baker's.
This episode is full of uninspired dialogue and plot points, ridiculous monsters, pantomime-ish performances, and, worst of all, it's SO dull.

21 The Curse of the Black Spot

Boring and badly written. 4/10

Bad idea. Bad execution. Bad story.

22 The Girl Who Waited

This is my favourite episode of series 6. I don't understand the hate it gets. It is an emotional character piece with great writing and acting. 10/10

Complete bull, like most of series 6. this was all about the retarded Amy/Rory/Doctor love triangle.

Very overrated and boring

Series 6 had the worst stories of NuWho. Stupid Amy/Rory/Doctor love triangle. - FrozenHatingPokefan

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23 Let's Kill Hitler
24 The Web Planet

Why is it we can't see The Myth Makers or The Daleks' Master Plan, but we're forced to have this?

It's just absolutely boring.

I like it - cameronbrown

25 Delta and the Bannermen

One of the most pointless and boring episodes in the entire show.

Worst story ever! God's of Ragnock not withstanding! Sorry Ken!

26 Nightmare in Silver

This episode is why I don't like Clara she was an idiot she took the kids the baby sits on the trip and left them in a room of cybermen? It was also a really boring episode - goinsane413

This one would probably been decent, if it had been kept in it's original two-part format.

Disappointing but not bad. 7/10

I love this episode. What are you thinking

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27 Amy's Choice

Who put this on here it was so unnerving and creepy and was just so clever!

Bad, very bad,

What's great about Amy's Choice?
It stars Toby Jones as the main villain - Need I say more?
That aside, it's creepy, it's unsettling, it's rather unpredictable, and it also says a fair bit about the characters of Amy, Rory and even the Doctor. Toby Jones was endlessly entertaining and unsettling as the Dream Lord.

28 Warriors of the Deep


29 Underworld
30 Daleks in Manhattan

I haven't seen a whole lot of the episodes post-series 5, the show just sort of went downhill for me after Matt Smith's first series in my opinion - not because of him, I thought he was a great Doctor, but simply down to what I saw as the poor storytelling of the writers. So because of this I guess I am a bit limited, but I'll roll with what I have.

Although I am really not a fan of 'Fear Her' and consider that episode a strong candidate for worst, I have to go with this joke of a story because episodes like Fear Her and Love & Monsters are stand-alone stories with no real ties to any other episodes and can pretty much be left and forgotten. Daleks in Manhatten, however, ties into a bigger and greater overall story, being an episode featuring the Daleks, and features some terribly ideas and ruins great characters, notably Dalek Sec. When Dalek Sec was first introduced in Army of Ghosts / Doomsday he came across as such a cool Dalek; visually different, truly evil in personality ...more

Daleks needing pig slaves+ Daleks feeling the need to make human dalek hybrids despite hating them+ a compassionate human-dalek that somehow survived through almost all of part 2= the absolute worst dalek story you could ever imagine. - lolimmaninja

Woeful, but with some good supporting performances.The thing I hated the most was the Doc being hit by lightning and shrugging it off. SUPER-MAN!

The pig slaves are nightmare fuel.
Why does Dalek Sec sound like Owen Wilson after becoming a hybrid?
David Tennant arrives at the pinnacle of his narm in this episode.

31 The Gunfighters

Absolute bull. I could have fallen to sleep while watching this Western crap with a annoying song.

I'm from the US and I think this is GREAT! The tooth scene is genius!

The song was not only terrible but very obtrusive.

1) The song was terrible.
2) It was extremely slow, with not much story.
3) The accents were horrible, and hard to understand.
4) The plot with the Doctor's tooth was too gross.
5) It wasn't historically accurate.

32 Resurrection of the Daleks

Doctor Who with all of the life drained out of it. Tegan was right to leave after this story. It just wasn't fun anymore and it shows that Eric Saward had learnt all the wrong lessons from the success of Earthshock. With a Producer too busy with "Doable Barkers" and a Script Editor flailing about in search of a style to call his own and failing to come up with one, the show was doomed.

But I actually liked this episode. Julian Bleach will never match up to Terry Mulloy's performance.

God-awful, continuity-obsessed rip-off of Earthshock, with a terrible Davros, plot holes galore, stupid hats, tons of overacting, a Doctor who makes quips as he commits genocide and no plot to be found.

It is epic. - cameronbrown

33 The Crimson Horror

I really liked the Crimson horror. Gaming's best. 8.5/10

34 Castrovalva

Come on. This is a Master classic!

35 The Eleventh Hour

I actually love The Eleventh Hour - it's a great story and introduction to the Eleventh Doctor. Why is this even on this list?

Absolutely horrific, they should never had of gotten rid of David Tennant even if he wanted to leave, and Russell T. Davies too! What is the world coming to! Terrible start for a new doctor, series and head writer Steven Moffatt! I'm glad he is leaving this series, good riddance!

36 Face the Raven Face the Raven
37 The Sensorites

Extremely underrated. I think it's an intriguing story, especially the mystery aspect of it.

I'm surprised it's this low on the list

38 The Trial of a Time Lord

No, just no. Trial was epic! This episode proved why Colin Baker deserved a chance as The Doctor - RickyReeves

I don't really count this as a story. It's more of a story arc.

39 Aliens of London
40 Blink

Why would anyone list this episode as bad? It's arguably one of the best Doctor Who episodes.

41 The Doctor's Daughter

Completely abysmal.

42 Destiny of the Daleks

Classic Daleks at their absolute worst!

I'm the only one who thinks the gooderson davros is the best 910

43 Midnight

This is a fantastic episode! We get to see the Doctor's "I'm clever" attitude pushed back at him, we see frightened humans at their absolute worst(and I always felt this had been "helped" by whatever the entity was) No molly-coddling, no quick fix. Brilliant!

This one of nu-who's best stories! Never seen the doctor that helpless before! What ever that alien was...scared me.

I don't like this episode, but it's not one of the worst.

Boring obnoxious

44 The Space Pirates

It's a bad episode, but no lost episode should stay lost.

Here's one lost episode that should stay lost.

45 Attack of the Cyberman

A great performance by Colin and the plot wasn't actually that bad... Although the theme tune was so overused and annoying!

Underrated, but the story goes nowhere until the Cybermen appear.

A very disappointing episode. Way too violent as well.

46 The Name of the Doctor

I hate this one. It's a horrible conclusion to the impossible girl arc, and the monsters in it do pretty much nothing.

I liked the atmosphere of this episode, but I wish it made more sense.

47 Hide

Love will always save the day! God, if I had £1 every time that cliché happened, including this episode.

48 The King's Demons

Why on Earth would the Master want to stop the singing of the Magna Carta?

49 Closing Time

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Surprised to see this listed. Not the best Cybermen story, but far from the worst(that unfortunately was still to come in that travisty of a story plot involving Mr.Pink) This ep. is well written and fun the Stormageddon bit deserves credit by itself.

Considering James Corden's DW debut was one of the best episodes of the
Moffat era, viewers could have been forgiven for thinking this episode
could have been really good. The episode itself was not so forgivable.
Again, the Cybermen are back, with no explanation. They are living
underground, and low-key terrorizing a department store. Already, this
sounds terrible. But then they try and convert James Corden into a
Cyberman, but fail... because he loves his son too much... and then they
blow up. The worst episode since the reboot of the series. Possibly
even of all time.

50 Time of the Doctor

The whole team must have been high when they wrote this. It attempts to wrap EVERY plot thread from the past few years. Not only is that a near-impossible feat, but they try and throw in a bunch of other crap that doesn't really need to be there. Why are all of the Doctor's enemies returning AGAIN? (Moffat, you already did that with the Pandorica! ) What's up with that cameo from the Weeping Angels? Why does the Doctor only start visibly aging NOW when he's never done so before? In fact, how come this is his last regeneration, when neither the War Doctor or the meta crisis Doctor seemed to count as lives? And how the heck does he trick Clara THREE TIMES to go back to her own time?

Terribly written, terribly executed. I was never a fan of Matt Smith, but anyone deserves better than this.

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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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