Top 10 Episodes of Doctor Who – Ranked

Top 10 Episodes of Doctor Who Ranked
Top 10 Episodes of Doctor Who Ranked

This article will rank the top 10 episodes of Doctor Who of all time. Doctor Who is a show that has been around for over 50 years, and in that time, it has produced some of the best television ever made. It can be hard to determine which ones are the best with so many episodes. But never fear – we have done the hard work for you!

Doctor Who first aired in 1963, and since then, it has become a global phenomenon. The show follows the adventures of the Doctor, a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey, as he travels through time and space combating evil. Doctor Who has been praised for its inventive storytelling, iconic characters, and groundbreaking special effects.

Top 10 Episodes of Doctor Who Ranked

Over the years, Doctor Who has produced some truly unforgettable episodes. This article will rank the top ten Doctor Who episodes of all time. To make this list, we considered several factors, including critical acclaim, popularity, and overall impact on the Doctor Who universe.

Join us as we celebrate the best Doctor Who episodes
Join us as we celebrate the best Doctor Who episodes

10. Journey’s End

The Series 4 finale, “Journey’s End,” was the second installment of the saga that started with “The Stolen Earth.” It also featured crossovers with the other two “Doctor Who” franchise shows, “Torchwood” and “The Sarah Jane Adventures.” Notable for being the Doctor’s final appearance with all of his former companions. The Doctor works with Rose, Mickey, Jack, and Martha once more but sadly loses Donna Noble.

In the episode, Davros and the Daleks threaten to detonate a Reality Bomb that will destroy all reality in all possible universes. With the assistance of former companions, the Doctor discovers a method to stop Davros while putting Donna’s life at risk. To save her, The Good Doctor may have to do something he has never been able to do before: say goodbye to her.

Top 10 Episodes of Doctor Who Ranked
This was the Series 4 Finale

9. 50th Anniversary Special — The Day of The Doctor Who

In “The Day Of The Doctor,” David Tennant and Matt Smith’s Doctors team up with John Hurt’s newly introduced Doctor to battle the Zygons in a personal letter to the franchise’s whole history. Stars from Doctor Who’s past, both distant and recent. Repeat their roles or portray wholly other ones, in the case of former Doctor actor Tom Baker.

All of this, combined with a joint effort by the Doctors from all eras by utilizing film, makes this a legendary episode that every fan should watch at least once in a lifetime. The only complaint is that the series could’ve done a better job of incorporating the anniversary into the main story. But given how huge a deal this was for the program, we can live with that.

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John Hurt reprises his role.

8. World Enough And Time

Part I of the Series Twelve finale, “World Enough And Time,” saw the Twelfth Doctor, his colleagues Nardole and Bill Potts — as well as his rival Missy, who is now a reluctant ally — responding to a distress signal from a gigantic colony ship trapped near a black hole. Onboard, they come across crew member Jorj, who appears to be convinced that they really are not people and shoots Bill in the chest. Bill’s body is spirited away by persons claiming to be able to resuscitate her on the ship’s lowest decks before the Doctor can save her.

However, the Doctor and crew learn that time runs faster on the lower decks because of their proximity to the black hole. This Bill has already been in a strange kind of hospital with an unusual partner for over a year. It’s a terrible episode with several disturbing revelations, including not only the genesis of the Cybermen but also two versions of The Master.

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This is an episode to remember!

7. The Girl In The Fireplace

The Tenth Doctor and his friends arrive at a derelict spacecraft in the 51st century, with Rose’s boyfriend Mickey now aboard the TARDIS. On closer study, the Doctor discovers multiple time portals on the ship that depict the story of Madame de Pompadour. An 18th-century historical character who is continually being watched by a crew of disguised clockwork robots.

“The Girl In The Fireplace,” one of Steven Moffat’s early hits, sees the Doctor experience love with Reinette. He meets Reinette at several stages in her life, a la The Time Traveler’s Wife. The straightforward announcement of the ship’s name at the show’s end is one of the show’s best, answering the audience’s biggest curiosity in the episode’s final few seconds.

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The Girl in the Fireplace will answer a lot of questions.

6. Doomsday

Longtime companion Rose Tyler would leave the program in a well-known affair in the Series 2 finale “Doomsday.” Russell T Davies, the showrunner, stepped in to write the plot himself. It features the Daleks and Cybermen. Both of whom arrived on Earth in the preceding episode, “Army of Ghosts.” The episode features the two robotic races at odds with one another, with Earth’s fate hanging in the balance.

Fans’ hearts had been ripped out just a year before with Christopher Eccleston’s doctor’s departure. And the devastating ending to Rose Tyler’s journey as the Doctor’s one real love and sidekick left them emotionally wrecked once more. When one door closes, another one opens. As a comic actress, Catherine Tate makes her appearance as her new companion Donna Noble in the closing scene.

Billie Piper
Billie Piper in Doctor Who

5. Vicent And The Doctor

When the Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond notice a peculiar image in a van Gogh painting. They travel back in time to investigate. They eventually meet van Gogh and befriend him in order to keep an eye out for the enigmatic issue in the painting van Gogh has just begun to paint.

Vincent Van Gogh makes an appearance at the show
Vincent Van Gogh makes an appearance at the show.

4. Silence In The Library

“Silence In The Library” starts with the Doctor getting a mysterious request for help. When he reaches an ancient interplanetary library that has been mysteriously abandoned, he is greeted by a team of cosmic archeologists commanded by Professor River Song. When Song claims to be an old ally, the Doctor is perplexed, but it quickly becomes clear that she is a time traveler and could be an acquaintance of his future.

Meanwhile, the Doctor finds that the archive has been overrun by a race of sentient shadows known as the Vashta Nerada, who are claiming the team’s lives. A little girl dreams of the library in a parallel reality. But when companion Donna becomes caught inside her world. It’s up to The Doctor to halt the Vashta Nerada and get everyone out alive, all the while uncertain if he can trust the intriguing Professor Song.

Still from Silence in The Library
Still from Silence in The Library

Top 10 Episodes of Doctor Who Ranked — Honorable Mention: The Doctor Dances

The finale “The Doctor Dances,” the second half of the story began with the fan-favorite “The Empty Child.” It begins with Rose, the Doctor, and Jack Harkness locked in a clinic during the Blitz. They’re encircled by patients whose faces have become horrific gas masks. As the faceless monstrosities scream out in monotone for their mothers, Jamie, the first victim of a disease that has distorted the patients, grows stronger.

To find a cure for the disease, The Doctor must return to the crash site of the alien ship and solve an interplanetary mystery before the Empty Child virus spreads throughout London and beyond.

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An honorable mention

3. Forest Of The Dead

River Song and the rest of her crew continue to flee the Vashta Nerada while figuring out what happened to the library’s visitors. Donna, who lives in the library’s virtual reality as a married woman with children, receives a cryptic letter that could change everything.

The episode features River Song’s final chronological meeting with the Doctor and her death. A plot point that will be referenced several times in the following seasons. It also brings up the Doctor’s real name and that River is aware of it, hinting at their future relationship.

This episode gives you the chills!
This episode gives you the chills!


2. Heaven Sent

Very little in Doctor Who’s extensive history compares to “Heaven Sent.” The episode serves as a deeper insight into the Doctor’s head. Exposing some of his most terrifying nightmares as he confronts his overwhelming sadness and attempts to make sense of the creature pursuing him.

Peter Capaldi’s exceptional performance propels the entire plot. A feat made much more impressive given that “Heaven Sent” is basically a one-man show. The episode has also received appreciation for its theatrical approach, which includes the Doctor’s monologues as he attempts to organize his thoughts and feelings while suffering from depression.

The silver medal goes to Heaven Sent
The silver medal goes to Heaven Sent.

1. Blink

To suggest that “Blink” is the most unforgettable Doctor Who episode is an understatement. Apart from presenting one of the series’ most lethal and horrifying animals. The episode has gained widespread critical and fan appreciation for its speed, storytelling, and ambiance. The Doctor’s absence, which began as a production concern, proved to be a gift in disguise in producing the horror movie mood that makes “Blink” so powerful and adored.

Blink is the best episode
Blink is the best episode.

And there you have it, the best episodes of Doctor Who. Did you watch any of them? And if you didn’t, why are you still not watching them? Maybe after reading this, we inspired you to do your next binge-watch marathon with your family and friends. In any case, we’re signing off from Otakukart. Happy streaming, and see you soon!

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