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Ten Best Doctor Who Episodes

Updated on July 25, 2015

Since the new Doctor Who series has started, there has not been a lack of amazing episodes to chose from. Of the over 100 episodes so far, there have been a lot which stand out as quite exceptional. However this article is a list of the top ten episodes of the new series, as voted on by me, a Doctor Who enthusiast. If you're looking to go back over and rewatch a few old episodes, these might be the ones you'd want to start with.

SPOILERS ALERT - Beware, I've been careful not to completely give away the entire plot line for each of these episodes, however there are some spoilers in the descriptions of the episodes below. If you don't want to risk the spoilers, then scroll down to the bottom of the page where there is just a list of each episode without the descriptions.

10. The Asylum of the Daleks

Season 7, Episode 1
Season 7, Episode 1 | Source

I'll admit, there are parts of this episode which could be improved upon, however they're far outweighed by the rest of the episode, which is how it ended up on this list. This episode is great, not only introducing Clara Oswald, a brilliant character, but also giving viewers a very interesting look into the inner workings of the Dalek's world. If the Daleks are one of your favourite Doctor Who villains then this is most definitely the episode for you. Although parts of Amy and Rory's relationship problems in this episode are a bit odd, you also get some great Amy/Rory scenes throughout the episode, which completely make up for it. However this episode isn't all fun and games, and has it's own very surprising twist near the end, which alone would make this episode worth watching. So, keep an eye out for this episode, and make sure you give it another watch when you get the chance.

9. The Eleventh Hour

Season 5, Episode 1
Season 5, Episode 1 | Source

Who can deny that the episodes featuring a new Doctor are always the most exciting, followed closely by those featuring a new companion. So how about those episodes which feature both? This is a great episode for that very reason, getting introduced to Matt Smith's Doctor is very exciting, as is the introduction of Amy Pond, the favourite companion amongst many Doctor Who fans. This episode doesn't take itself too seriously, and is not only fun and exciting, but sets the tone for Smith's version of the Doctor. If you've seen any later episodes, then getting a chance to see the awkward interactions between Rory and Amy, still early on in their relationship, is not a thing easily passed up, as Rory's presence in this episode just makes it even better. This episode really is the epitome of brilliant Matt Smith episodes, and definitely deserves it's spot on this list.

8. Silence in the Library / Forest of the Dead

Season 4, Episode 8 and 9
Season 4, Episode 8 and 9 | Source

This double episode, is exciting, terrifying, and completely heartbreaking. In short, it's absolutely amazing. This episode is the introduction of River Song to the show, which if you've watched any of the later episodes, you'll understand how significance of. The Doctor's relationship with River Song is a storyline which continues on through many seasons, so in some ways this episode is the beginning of an era, even if that makes little sense after watching this. As always, Donna is the perfect companion for this episode, her relationship with the Doctor helping set the tone of the whole storyline perfectly. If you haven't already seen this double episode, then you should watch it immediately, and if you have seen it, then it's most definitely worth another watch.

7. The Beast Below

Season 5, Episode 2
Season 5, Episode 2 | Source

When you start this episode, you don't quite realise how deep and heart wrenching it's going to be until quite close to the end. However the episode itself barely has a dull moment, staying exciting, and fast paced throughout the entire thing. The storyline itself turns out to be something completely different than you expected, which just makes the entire episode worth watching, and in my case, often makes me want to rewind and restart the episode the minute it's over. If you're looking for something fun, with a few serious moments towards the end then this is the episode for you, and you should definitely give it a watch.

6. The Girl Who Waited

Season 6, Episode 10
Season 6, Episode 10 | Source

Do you want to see a brilliant, yet completely angsty episode of Doctor Who? Because if you do, then this is definitely the episode you're going to want to watch. This really is a episode which perfectly showcases just how badass Amy Pond really is, in case anyone had any doubts before. This episode also has a lot of Amy/Rory fluff, which always makes for a good episode. This is another amazing episode which showcases Rory's devotion to Amy, in possibly the most heartbreaking way possible, cementing their place as the most adorable couple ever. Watch this episode if you don't mind a bit of angst, but plenty of fluff, and altogether a brilliant episode.

5. The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances

Season 1, Episode 9 and 10
Season 1, Episode 9 and 10 | Source

Are you ready to be terrified? Because on top of being one of the best episodes of the entire Doctor Who show, it's also one of the most frightening. Eccleston is perfect for this double episode, giving a brilliant performance and creating a terrifying, yet emotional episode of the show. The addition of Captain Jack Harkness to these episodes manages to lighten the mood slightly on what's quite a serious episode, just making it even more enjoyable. The writers really got this one right, managing to make this double episode of which every minute captures the views attention and manages to keep them entertained. If you don't mind a rather frightening episode of Doctor Who, then this is absolutely worth watching, as it without a doubt earned it's spot on this list.

4. Vincent and the Doctor

Season 5, Episode 10
Season 5, Episode 10 | Source

Let's be honest for a second, this episode was pure brilliance. It isn't often that the Doctor Who episodes containing famous historical figures are quite this good, but somehow this episode completely changed that. This episode, following the story line of the Doctor, Amy, and Vincent Van Gough is a little bit sad, but is also an exciting, and captivating episode. One of the more rare episodes which doesn't contain Rory at all, this episode is a little different from a lot of the other ones with Amy as a companion. However it's brilliance shouldn't be underestimated, and this episode should definitely be watched.

3. Planet of the Ood

Season 4, Episode 3
Season 4, Episode 3 | Source

Do you want to cry? Because this tearjerker of an episode is going to make you sniffle whether you want to or not. This episode is really the epitome of the very serious Tennent episodes. Donna was the perfect companion for this episode, just making it even more enjoyable to watch. This episode is going to make you feel sorry for the Ood in a way you hadn't expected, and is going to give completely new meaning to the episode "The Impossible Planet", where they first appeared. If you enjoy the more serious Doctor Who episodes then this is without a doubt a must watch, because this brilliant episode most definitely deserves this spot at number 3 of the best Doctor Who episodes.

2. Blink

Season 3, Episode 10
Season 3, Episode 10 | Source

It's funny how an episode with so little of the Doctor in it managed to make it so high up on this list, but it's impossible not to love this episode. Sally Sparrow is absolutely amazing in this episode, making you wish she had been brought onto the show as a companion. The introduction of the Weeping Angels, which also play large roles in several later episodes and storylines, is both exciting and terrifying at the same time. Watch this episode, regardless of your favourite Doctor, your favourite kind of episode, or your favourite companion. It doesn't matter, just watch this episode, because it is the perfect example Steven Moffat's most brilliant work, and it is without a doubt worth watching, regardless of how many times you've seen it in the past.

1. The Impossible Planet / The Satan Pit

Season 2, Episode 8 and 9
Season 2, Episode 8 and 9 | Source

This double episode story line is amazing, and definitely earned it's spot at the top of this list. The Impossible Planet and The Satan Pit, manage to get the mix between sci-fi and fantasy just right, which results in a thought provoking and very unusual episode of Doctor Who. It's the second episode of this story line which makes this the best episodes of the whole show, taking the entire plot line and tying it up in a spectacularly thought provoking ending. It also contained another great performance by Tennent, who spent a large portion of the time musing over deep philosophical issues, setting the tone for the entire episode. If you're looking for an episode that makes you think, and is a little different from the usual Doctor Who episode, then this is definitely worth watching again, because it without a doubt deserved this spot at number one of this list.

Ten Best Episodes List

  1. Asylum of the Daleks
  2. The Eleventh Hour
  3. Silence in the Library / Forest of the Dead
  4. The Beast Below
  5. The Girl Who Waited
  6. The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances
  7. Vincent and the Doctor
  8. Planet of the Ood
  9. Blink
  10. The Impossible Planet / The Satan Pit

Tell Me What You Think

It's always difficult to chose the best episode of a show like Doctor Who which is so consistently brilliant. The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit was only the best in my opinion, so why don't you share which is your favourite episode below.

Which of These Episodes Was Your Favourite?

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      Doctor Who Conspiracy Theories 18 months ago

      These are my top 10:

      10. The Girl Who Waited

      9. Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead

      8. The Zygon Invasion/The Zygon Inversion

      7. The Day of the Doctor

      6. Utopia/The Sound Of Drums/The Last of the Time Lords

      5. Heaven Sent

      4. Dalek

      3. The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances

      2. Midnight

      1. The Waters of Mars