Recap / Doctor Who

See also the BBC's episode guide.

Recaps for Doctor Who, spanning all TV series episodes from 1963 up until the present day.

Many of the First and Second Doctor episodes (97 to be precise) are no longer accounted for in video format — though only one, "The Daleks' Master Plan" part 7, "The Feast of Steven", is known to have been exterminated, so a delicate flicker of hope remains for the other 96. And even that isn't enough to stop fans from thinking the 97th episode has a copy lurking somewhere. All missing episodes are available in audio format with stills; these are known as "telesnap reconstructions". Some of these episodes have been animated by dedicated restoration teams for official DVD releases funded by the BBC, while others have received official telesnap reconstructions for the same purpose.

The "Classic Series" (1963-1989) was done in 25-minute long episodes where every story (except for "Mission to the Unknown" and "The Five Doctors") was a multi-episode serial. Season 22 stood out as an exception with 45-minute long episodes, but it was still in the serial format. The "Revival Series" (2005-the present) is done mostly in 45-minute long episodes, most of them self-contained with at least one two-part story each season (and Series 3, 9, and 10 each have a three-parter), with numerous filmed shorts to supplement the series.

Cross-reference recaps pages for The Sarah Jane Adventures, Torchwood, K9 and Class, which are also part of the Whoniverse, as well as for the many tangled continuities and timelines of the Big Finish audio series, which are broadly canonical.

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First Doctor era (William Hartnell)

There is some dispute as to what a number of the serials up to "The Gunfighters" should be called, as these stories had individual episode titles rather than an on-screen full title. Many of the titles have been gleaned from surviving BBC paperwork, but for the very early stories, you may see alternative names being used. The names seen below are those on the DVD or video releases.

    Season 1 
"Have you ever thought what it's like to be wanderers in the fourth dimension? Have you? To be exiles?"
The Doctor

Season 1 (42 episodes of which 33 survive, 23 November 1963 to 12 September 1964)

  1. "An Unearthly Child" (4 episodes)note 
  2. "The Daleks" (7 episodes)note 
  3. "The Edge of Destruction" (2 episodes)note 
  4. "Marco Polo" (7 episodes, all missing)note 
  5. "The Keys of Marinus" (6 episodes)note 
  6. "The Aztecs" (4 episodes)note 
  7. "The Sensorites" (6 episodes)note 
  8. "The Reign of Terror" (6 episodes, 4 & 5 missing but restored with animation)note 

    Season 2 

Season 2 (39 episodes of which 37 survive, 31 October 1964 to 24 July 1965)

  1. "Planet of Giants" (3 episodes, though originally produced as 4 episodes)note 
  2. "The Dalek Invasion of Earth" (6 episodes)note 
  3. "The Rescue" (2 episodes)note 
  4. "The Romans" (4 episodes)note 
  5. "The Web Planet" (6 episodes)note 
  6. "The Crusade" (4 episodes, 2 & 4 missing)note 
  7. "The Space Museum" (4 episodes)note 
  8. "The Chase" (6 episodes)note 
  9. "The Time Meddler" (4 episodes)note 

    Season 3 

Season 3 (45 episodes of which 17 survive, 11 September 1965 to 16 July 1966)

  1. "Galaxy 4" (4 episodes, only episode 3 known to survive)
  2. "Mission to the Unknown" (1 episode, missing; only story to not feature the Doctor)
  3. "The Myth Makers" (4 episodes, all missing)
  4. "The Daleks' Master Plan" (12 episodes, only 2, 5 and 10 known to survive. The Christmas episode is the only one confirmed to be lost, in all likelihood)
  5. "The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve" (4 episodes, all missing; title commonly shortened to "The Massacre")
  6. "The Ark" (4 episodes)
  7. "The Celestial Toymaker" (4 episodes, only episode 4 known to survive)
  8. "The Gunfighters" (4 episodes)
  9. "The Savages" (4 episodes, all missing)
  10. "The War Machines" (4 episodes)

    Season 4 
"This old body of mine is wearing a bit thin."
The Doctor

Season 4 (43 episodes of which 10 survive, 10 September 1966 to 1 July 1967. No story from this season survives in a complete form.)

  1. "The Smugglers" (4 episodes, all missing)
  2. "The Tenth Planet" (4 episodes, episode 4 missing but restored with animation)

Second Doctor era (Patrick Troughton)

The Second Doctor's reappearances in "The Three Doctors", "The Five Doctors", and "The Two Doctors" are ambiguously placed in his timeline. explanation  The BBC nowadays agrees that they fit into the "Season 6b" theory, meaning they take place during otherwise unseen adventures set after "The War Games".

    Season 4 
"There are some corners of the universe which have bred the most terrible things. Things which act against everything we believe in. They must be fought."
The Doctor

The Doctor's astounding transformation leaves him badly drained and his friends wondering if he's even the same person. The universe obligingly brings out the ultimate test: a confrontation with the Daleks. From there, the new Doctor takes on everything from mad scientists to Cybermen to giant crabs...before coming face-to-face with his worst enemies once more.

Season 4 (Continued)

  1. "The Power of the Daleks" (6 episodes, all missing but restored with animation)
  2. "The Highlanders" (4 episodes, all missing)
  3. "The Underwater Menace" (4 episodes, 1 & 4 missing)
  4. "The Moonbase" (4 episodes, 1 & 3 missing but restored with animation)
  5. "The Macra Terror" (4 episodes, all missing)
  6. "The Faceless Ones" (6 episodes, only 1 & 3 known to survive)
  7. "The Evil of the Daleks" (7 episodes, only episode 2 known to survive)

    Season 5 

Season 5 (40 episodes of which 22 survive, 2 September 1967 to 1 June 1968)

  1. "The Tomb of the Cybermen" (4 episodes)
  2. "The Abominable Snowmen" (6 episodes, only episode 2 known to survive)
  3. "The Ice Warriors" (6 episodes, 2 & 3 missing but restored with animation)
  4. "The Enemy of the World" (6 episodes)
  5. "The Web of Fear" (6 episodes, episode 3 missing)
  6. "Fury from the Deep" (6 episodes, all missing)
  7. "The Wheel in Space" (6 episodes, only 3 & 6 known to survive)

    Season 6 

Season 6 (44 episodes of which 37 survive, 10 August 1968 to 21 June 1969)

  1. "The Dominators" (5 episodes)
  2. "The Mind Robber" (5 episodes, 20 minutes each)
  3. "The Invasion" (8 episodes, 1 & 4 missing but restored with animation)
  4. "The Krotons" (4 episodes)
  5. "The Seeds of Death" (6 episodes)
  6. "The Space Pirates" (6 episodes, only episode 2 known to survive, last of known incomplete serials)
  7. "The War Games" (10 episodes)

Third Doctor era (Jon Pertwee)

The actual regeneration sequence from Patrick Troughton to Jon Pertwee was not televised explanation , but was depicted in a comic (the TV Comic story "The Night Walkers") shortly before Season 7 began (and later explored in a psuedo-canon fan project work titled Devious that is loosely connected to official Doctor Who and featured Pertwee himself in a filmed regeneration sequence). From this point onwards, all episodes survive and can be found in the BBC archives. This era also marked the start of the series being in full colour, although a handful of Third Doctor episodes had survived only in black and white. These have since been restored to full colour by various methods.

    Season 7 
"We deal with the odd... the unexplained. Anything on Earth... or beyond."
The Brigadier

Having been executed by his own people and exiled to Earth, the Doctor finds himself on the front lines of an Auton invasion. With no way off-planet for the foreseeable future, he grudgingly joins forces with UNIT, acting as their scientific advisor against various alien threats.

Season 7 (25 episodes, 3 January 1970 to 20 June 1970.)

  1. "Spearhead from Space" (4 episodes)
  2. "Doctor Who and the Silurians" (7 episodes)
  3. "The Ambassadors of Death" (7 episodes)
  4. "Inferno" (7 episodes)

    Season 8 
Brigadier: Think he'll turn up again, Doctor?
The Doctor: Yes, bound to.
Jo: You don't seem very worried about it.
The Doctor: I'm not. As a matter of fact, Jo, I'm rather looking forward to it.

The Doctor is joined by socialite / escapologist Josephine Grant, and his exile to Earth is enlivened by the arrival of The Master, an old friend turned would-be world conqueror.

Season 8 (25 episodes, 2 January 1971 to 19 June 1971)

  1. "Terror of the Autons" (4 episodes)
  2. "The Mind of Evil" (6 episodes)
  3. "The Claws of Axos" (4 episodes)
  4. "Colony in Space" (6 episodes)
  5. "The Dæmons" (5 episodes)

    Season 9 

The Doctor and Jo deal with Daleks, interstellar politics, and the Master's ever-more-dangerous bids for world domination.

Season 9 (26 episodes, 1 January 1972 to 24 June 1972)

  1. "Day of the Daleks" (4 episodes)
  2. "The Curse of Peladon" (4 episodes)
  3. "The Sea Devils" (6 episodes)
  4. "The Mutants" (6 episodes)
  5. "The Time Monster" (6 episodes)

    Season 10 

When the Doctor — with the help of his previous two incarnations — helps save the Time Lords and the universe from a threat from their ancient past, his Earthly exile is lifted at last. But the freedom to explore time and space once more paves the way for more confrontations with old enemies...

Season 10 (26 episodes, 30 December 1972 to 23 June 1973)

  1. "The Three Doctors" (4 episodes, 10th anniversary special, multi-Doctor, with First and Second Doctors)
  2. "Carnival of Monsters" (4 episodes)
  3. "Frontier in Space" (6 episodes)
  4. "Planet of the Daleks" (6 episodes)
  5. "The Green Death" (6 episodes)

    Season 11 

The Doctor takes on a new companion, plucky reporter Sarah Jane Smith, on the way to meeting his destiny when an event from his recent past turns out to have paved the way for a terrible new threat.

Season 11 (26 episodes, 15 December 1973 to 8 June 1974)

  1. "The Time Warrior" (4 episodes)
  2. "Invasion of the Dinosaurs" (6 episodes, part 1 titled "Invasion" to preserve the twist)
  3. "Death to the Daleks" (4 episodes)
  4. "The Monster of Peladon" (6 episodes)
  5. "Planet of the Spiders" (6 episodes)

Fourth Doctor era (Tom Baker)

From this point onwards, no episodes were ever junked, so all episodes survive. Furthermore, from Season 16 on, no episodes were ever in danger of being junked, as it was in 1978 that the BBC ended its junking policy. A twelve-regeneration (=thirteen incarnations) limit was also put into practice during Tom Baker's tenure for the sake of explaining the return of an old villain, and as a way of bringing a definite end to the series if the need arose, back during the days when its future was in doubt.

    Season 12 
"You may be a doctor, but I am the Doctor. The definite article, you might say."
The Doctor

The Fourth Doctor is itching to get away from UNIT more than ever, even as he helps them deal with mysterious thefts. With both Sarah Jane Smith and amiable UNIT doctor Harry Sullivan in tow, he journeys to a far-future space station. But solving a crisis involving the future of humanity is just the beginning of a roundabout journey through time and space that will set him against three of his most powerful adversaries...and give him the chance to stop one of them from ever existing.

Season 12 (20 episodes, 28 December 1974 to 10 May 1975)

  1. "Robot" (4 episodes)
  2. "The Ark in Space" (4 episodes)
  3. "The Sontaran Experiment" (2 episodes)
  4. "Genesis of the Daleks" (6 episodes)
  5. "Revenge of the Cybermen" (4 episodes)

    Season 13 
"About time I found something better to do than around after the Brigadier!"
The Doctor

As the Fourth Doctor slowly severs his ties with UNIT, he and Sarah Jane are faced with a particularly Gothic series of adventures.

Season 13 (26 episodes, 30 August 1975 to 6 March 1976)

  1. "Terror of the Zygons" (4 episodes)
  2. "Planet of Evil" (4 episodes)
  3. "Pyramids of Mars" (4 episodes)
  4. "The Android Invasion" (4 episodes)
  5. "The Brain of Morbius" (4 episodes)
  6. "The Seeds of Doom" (6 episodes)

    Season 14 

The Doctor and Sarah Jane are forced to part ways when he is called back to Gallifrey, where he faces the treachery that lies beneath the glamorous facade of the Time Lords. From there, he finds himself saddled with a very different companion in the curious Amazonian warrior Leela.

Season 14 (26 episodes, 4 September 1976 to 2 April 1977)

  1. "The Masque of Mandragora" (4 episodes)
  2. "The Hand of Fear" (4 episodes)
  3. "The Deadly Assassin" (4 episodes; only classic serial with no companion)
  4. "The Face of Evil" (4 episodes)note 
  5. "The Robots of Death" (4 episodes)
  6. "The Talons of Weng-Chiang" (6 episodes)

    Season 15 

The Doctor and Leela's journey continues as oppressed societies are liberated, terrifying creatures are obliterated, and robot dog K-9 becomes a third member of the team.

Season 15 (26 episodes, 3 September 1977 to 11 March 1978)

  1. "Horror of Fang Rock" (4 episodes)
  2. "The Invisible Enemy" (4 episodes)
  3. "Image of the Fendahl" (4 episodes)
  4. "The Sun Makers" (4 episodes)
  5. "Underworld" (4 episodes)
  6. "The Invasion of Time" (6 episodes)

    Season 16 (The Key to Time) 

In the first season to feature a season-spanning story arc (one of only two in the original run), the Doctor and K-9 Mark II are teamed up with Time Lady Romana to track down the six pieces of a cosmic artifact that can be used to restore balance to the universe...or destroy it utterly.

Season 16 (26 episodes, 2 September 1978 to 24 February 1979)

  1. "The Ribos Operation" (4 episodes)
  2. "The Pirate Planet" (4 episodes)
  3. "The Stones of Blood" (4 episodes)
  4. "The Androids of Tara" (4 episodes)
  5. "The Power of Kroll" (4 episodes)
  6. "The Armageddon Factor" (6 episodes)

    Season 17 

Now traveling to mostly random locations to throw his enemies off his scent, the Doctor and Romana — who has voluntarily regenerated into a pluckier, snarkier lass — are ready to face anything that comes their way, with the powers of obfuscating stupidity on his part and wit on both their parts.

Season 17 (20 episodes, plus 6 unfinished, 1 September 1979 to 12 January 1980)

  1. "Destiny of the Daleks" (4 episodes)
  2. "City of Death" (4 episodes)
  3. "The Creature from the Pit" (4 episodes)
  4. "Nightmare of Eden" (4 episodes)
  5. "The Horns of Nimon" (4 episodes)
  6. "Shada" (6 episodes, formerly incomplete and unaired; unfilmed parts were completed in 2017 with animation and most of the original voice cast) note 

    Season 18 
"It's the end, but the moment has been prepared for."
The Doctor

This season features two mini-arcs: First, the Doctor, Romana II, and K-9 Mark III become trapped in "E-Space", a pocket universe. The journey to escape it will bring a new companion, child genius Adric, aboard the TARDIS — but also see Romana and K-9 depart. Next, an old enemy of the Doctor sets in motion a plan that will lead to the arrival of more companions...and the near-destruction of the universe.

Season 18 (28 episodes, 30 August 1980 to 21 March 1981)

  1. "The Leisure Hive" (4 episodes)
  2. "Meglos" (4 episodes)
  3. "Full Circle" (4 episodes)
  4. "State of Decay" (4 episodes)
  5. "Warriors' Gate" (4 episodes)
  6. "The Keeper of Traken" (4 episodes)
  7. "Logopolis" (4 episodes)

Fifth Doctor era (Peter Davison)

The Sonic Screwdriver was retired during this era, and remained out of use onscreen until the TV Movie. Also, due to an oversight regarding what date "Mawdryn Undead" took place in-universe and vagueness over the date of retirement of Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, it became impossible to tell if any stories featuring UNIT while he was an enlisted officer took place in the 1970s or 1980s without narratives contradicting each other. This became known as the "UNIT dating controversy", and has been riffed on in the revival: even the Doctor isn't sure when it happened, while Kate Stewart claims it depends on "dating protocol".

    Season 19 
"An apple a day keeps the... No, never mind."
The Doctor

The Fifth Doctor, after a bout of regeneration sickness and one more attempt by the Master to undo him, quickly ingratiates himself with Adric and his newest companions: Tegan Jovanka, a sharp-tongued stewardess, and the gentle Nyssa of Traken. But as he tries to get Tegan back to the present day, their adventures sometimes take tragic turns...

Season 19 (26 episodes, 4 January 1982 to 30 March 1982)

  1. "Castrovalva" (4 episodes)
  2. "Four to Doomsday" (4 episodes)
  3. "Kinda" (4 episodes)
  4. "The Visitation" (4 episodes)
  5. "Black Orchid" (2 episodes)
  6. "Earthshock" (4 episodes)
  7. "Time-Flight" (4 episodes)

    Season 20 

A plethora of old enemies are gunning for the Doctor — most importantly the Black Guardian, who recruits Vislor Turlough, an exiled alien prince masquerading as a schoolboy on Earth, to become the Doctor's newest companion and finish the Time Lord off for good. But even under pain of death if he fails, can Turlough bring himself to do this once he gets to know him?

Season 20 (22 episodes, 3 January 1983 to 16 March 1983)

  1. "Arc of Infinity" (4 episodes)
  2. "Snakedance" (4 episodes)
  3. "Mawdryn Undead" (4 episodes) (first part of the Black Guardian trilogy)
  4. "Terminus" (4 episodes) (second part of the Black Guardian trilogy)
  5. "Enlightenment" (4 episodes) (third part of the Black Guardian trilogy)
  6. "The King's Demons" (2 episodes)

20th Anniversary Special – 1983 Children in Need Special (23 November 1983 [US], 25 November 1983 [UK]; not officially part of any season, but listed here for sanity's sake)

  • "The Five Doctors" (1 90-minute special, multi-Doctor, with First, Second, Third, and Fourth Doctors) note 

    Season 21 

It is a time of great changes in the TARDIS. There are departures as Tegan grows disillusioned with the tragedies that surround the Doctor, Turlough comes to terms with his past, and even the shapeshifting robot Kamelion's story comes full circle. From this, the Doctor takes on Peri Brown, but when they are caught up in skullduggery on a distant planet he will have to risk everything in the hopes of saving her from the horrors that ensue...

Season 21 (24/26 episodes, 5 January 1984 to 30 March 1984)

  1. "Warriors of the Deep" (4 episodes)
  2. "The Awakening" (2 episodes)
  3. "Frontios" (4 episodes)
  4. "Resurrection of the Daleks" (produced as 4 episodes, aired as 2 45-minute episodes)
  5. "Planet of Fire" (4 episodes)
  6. "The Caves of Androzani" (4 episodes)

Sixth Doctor era (Colin Baker)

Colin Baker's era is notable for starting at the tail end Peter Davison's final season, and for experimenting with the show's format. However, due to troubled production values, criticisms and Executive Meddling, Season 23 was placed on hiatus, had its runtime drastically reduced and retooled into a large story arc, causing several planned stories featuring him to be dropped entirely. You can find the missing pieces of his Doctor's existence here.

    Season 21 
"Whatever else happens, I am the Doctor, whether you like it or not."
The Doctor

Season 21 (Continued)

  1. "The Twin Dilemma" (4 episodes)

    Season 22 
Peri: Look Doctor, ever since you regenerated, i-it's as if your memory has been put through the meat grinder. I mean, it's all there, but in a pile of unrelated bits and pieces.
The Doctor: That's a horrible simile.
Peri: It's true, though. In the past couple of days, you've called me Tegan, Zoe, Susan... on one occasion, you even referred to me as Jamie.

The much-changed, more bombastic and less-amiable Sixth Doctor spars with the frustrated Peri as they face off with old and new enemies — who are often collaborating with each other.

Season 22 (13 episodes, 5 January 1985 to 30 March 1985. For this season only, episodes ran 45 minutes instead of the traditional 25, hence the low episode count.)

  1. "Attack of the Cybermen" (2 episodes)
  2. "Vengeance on Varos" (2 episodes)
  3. "The Mark of the Rani" (2 episodes)
  4. "The Two Doctors" (3 episodes, multi-Doctor, with Second Doctor)
  5. "Timelash" (2 episodes)
  6. "Revelation of the Daleks" (2 episodes)

1985 – "Jim'll Fix It" Guest Segment (23 February 1985)

    Season 23 (The Trial of a Time Lord) 
"In all my travelling throughout the universe, I have battled against evil, against power-mad conspirators. I should have stayed here! The oldest civilisation: decadent, degenerate, and rotten to the core! Power-mad conspirators? Daleks? Sontarans? Cybermen? They're still in the nursery compared to us! Ten million years of absolute power! That's what it takes to be REALLY corrupt!"
The Doctor

The Doctor is captured and put on trial by the Time Lords over his interfering with events across time and space. The menacing Valeyard makes his case for the Doctor's guilt by revealing the details of two recent adventures of his — including the fate of Peri — while the Doctor counters with a story from his future. But all is not as it seems in the present, and the Doctor, with the help of his future companion Melanie Bush, is on the path to a showdown with an enemy he never could have imagined.

Season 23 (14 episodes, 6 September 1986 to 6 December 1986) note 

  1. "The Mysterious Planet" (4 episodes)
  2. "Mindwarp" (4 episodes)
  3. "Terror of the Vervoids" (4 episodes)
  4. "The Ultimate Foe" (2 episodes, Part 2 is 30 minutes long)

Seventh Doctor era (Sylvester McCoy)

This was the last era of the classic series, after Doctor Who was not renewed for a 27th season. The series kept its reduced episode count and suffered a timeslot bump that pitted it against Coronation Street before finally being placed on indefinite hiatus. However, Sylvester McCoy made guest appearances as the Seventh Doctor on children's shows throughout the 1990s, such as Search Out Science and a Children in Need special, before finally returning for the 1996 Doctor Who television movie.

    Season 24 
"Think about me when you're living your life one day after another, all in a neat pattern. Think about the homeless traveller and his old police box, with his days like crazy paving."
The Doctor

The Seventh Doctor and Mel Bush embark upon a more whimsical series of adventures befitting a more lighthearted Doctor.

Season 24 (14 episodes, 7 September 1987 to 7 December 1987)

  1. "Time and the Rani" (4 episodes)
  2. "Paradise Towers" (4 episodes)
  3. "Delta and the Bannermen" (3 episodes)
  4. "Dragonfire" (3 episodes)

    Season 25 
Davros: You flatter yourself, Doctor. In the end, you are merely another Time Lord!
The Doctor: Oh, Davros. I am far more than just "another" Time Lord.

The Doctor has a new companion in the quick-witted, scrappy teenager Ace. She had a strange life even before she met the Doctor...but she comes to learn that it can't compare to the mysteries surrounding the man she calls "Professor", whose clownish bumbling is giving way to the machinations of a chessmaster with many secrets in his distant past...some of which are now coming to light.

Season 25 (14 episodes, 5 October 1988 to 4 January 1989)

  1. "Remembrance of the Daleks" (4 episodes)
  2. "The Happiness Patrol" (3 episodes)
  3. "Silver Nemesis" (3 episodes, 25th anniversary special)
  4. "The Greatest Show in the Galaxy" (4 episodes)

    Season 26 
"There are worlds out there where the sky is burning, and the sea's asleep, and the rivers dream; people made of smoke and cities made of song. Somewhere there's danger, somewhere there's injustice, and somewhere else the tea's getting cold. Come on, Ace. We've got work to do."
The Doctor

With the help of the Doctor — and whether she wants to or not — Ace must learn and come to terms with the mysteries of her past on the way to returning to the present and facing the future.

Season 26 (14 episodes, 6 September 1989 to 6 December 1989)

  1. "Battlefield" (4 episodes)
  2. "Ghost Light" (3 episodes)
  3. "The Curse of Fenric" (4 episodes)
  4. "Survival" (3 episodes)

30th Anniversary Special – 1993 Children in Need Special (2 parts, 26 November 1993 to 27 November 1993)

  • "Dimensions in Time" (2 episodes, multi-Doctor, with Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Doctors, and posthumously, the First and Second Doctors, considered Canon Discontinuity by the BBC)

Eighth Doctor era (Paul McGann)

Paul McGann did not receive a full televised tenure, due to the the television movie not being picked up for a new series. Instead, his character was explored in a very wide range Expanded Universe material. His two on-screen appearances act as bookends to his life, with his 2013 regeneration story name-checking his Big Finish Doctor Who audio companions. The Eighth Doctor's second on-screen appearance, "The Night of the Doctor", is listed under the Eleventh Doctor era.

    The TV Movie 
"Grace, I came back to life before your eyes. I held back death. Look, I can't make your dream come true forever, but I can make it come true today!"
The Doctor

Made-for-TV Special (1 episode, 90 minutes, 12 May 1996 [Canada], 27 May 1996 [UK])


War Doctor era (Sir John Hurt)

The War Doctor, played by Sir John Hurt, was introduced retroactively in 2013 as a bygone, concealed incarnation of the Doctor who fought in the Last Great Time War. His on-screen appearances are contained to the Eleventh Doctor era, and are listed in that section below: "The Name of the Doctor", "The Night of the Doctor" and "The Day of the Doctor". You'll find the rest of his adventures in the Big Finish Doctor Who audio range and the Expanded Universe.

Ninth Doctor era (Christopher Eccleston)

This series marks the beginning of the revived TV series. All episodes before this series are considered "Classic Who". Notably, Christopher Eccleston limited his tenure to one season for personal reasons stemming from a troubled working atmosphere behind the scenes. He is well-known among fan circles for maintaining a professional attitude on the matter, where he will only come back if the offer is truly enticing to him, and has yet to return in any capacity, including the audio range of the franchise.note  Eccleston is technically the shortest-tenured actor of them all in terms of time actually playing the part - John Hurt's twelve audio episodes, cameo in "Name of the Doctor" and the extra-long "Day of the Doctor" just nudge him over the line in terms of episodes and screen time.

    Series 1 
"Do you know like we were saying? About the Earth revolving? It's like when you're a kid. The first time they tell you that the world's turning and you just can't quite believe it because everything looks like it's standing still. I can feel it. The turn of the Earth. The ground beneath our feet is spinning at 1,000 miles an hour and the entire planet is hurtling around the sun at 67,000 miles an hour, and I can feel it. We're falling through space, you and me, clinging to the skin of this tiny little world, and if we let go... that's who I am."
The Doctor

Rose Tyler was just an ordinary Londoner until the day she met the Ninth Doctor — who, after solving a new crisis involving his old enemy the Autons, invites her to see the wonders of the universe with him. Leaving behind both an anxious mum and a frustrated boyfriend, Rose gets to know the Doctor, learning bits and pieces of the terrible tragedies of his recent past along the way to a crisis that pivots upon the mysterious phrase "Bad Wolf".

Series 1/Season 27 (13 episodes, 26 March 2005 to 18 June 2005. Regular episode length returns to 45 minutes.)

  1. "Rose"note 
  2. "The End of the World"
  3. "The Unquiet Dead"
  4. "Aliens of London" (Part 1)
  5. "World War Three" (Part 2)
  6. "Dalek"
  7. "The Long Game"
  8. "Father's Day"
  9. "The Empty Child" (Part 1)
  10. "The Doctor Dances" (Part 2)
  11. "Boom Town"
  12. "Bad Wolf" (Part 1)
  13. "The Parting of the Ways" (Part 2)

Tenth Doctor era (David Tennant)

David Tennant's era re-introduced old companions, such as Sarah Jane Smith and K9. It also bore witness to the creation of the spin-off series Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. At this point in the series, Doctor Who saw a huge popularity boom with a new generation.

    Series 2 
"I made my choice a long time ago. I'm never gonna leave you."
Rose Tyler

The just-regenerated Doctor picks up his friendship with Rose with barely a pause...but is it becoming something more? They encounter both old, new, and even alternative faces from each other's lives while their exploits inspire the establishment of a mysterious government organization known as Torchwood — which will be ground zero for a cataclysmic confrontation.

Children in Need Special (18 November 2005)

Christmas Special (25 December 2005)

Series 2/Season 28 (13 episodes, 15 April 2006 to 8 July 2006)

  1. "New Earth"
  2. "Tooth and Claw"
  3. "School Reunion"
  4. "The Girl in the Fireplace"
  5. "Rise of the Cybermen" (Part 1)
  6. "The Age of Steel" (Part 2)
  7. "The Idiot's Lantern"
  8. "The Impossible Planet" (Part 1)
  9. "The Satan Pit" (Part 2)
  10. "Love & Monsters" (Doctor-lite)
  11. "Fear Her"
  12. "Army of Ghosts" (Part 1)
  13. "Doomsday" (Part 2)

    Series 3 
"You are not alone."
The Face of Boe

The Doctor, brooding over his separation from Rose Tyler, rescues would-be Christmas bride Donna Noble from an Earth-threatening plot and goes on to find a new companion in medical doctor Martha Jones. But while they're away having adventures, her family becomes involved with the mysterious politician Mr. Saxon, who seems to have a special interest in her new friend...

Christmas Special (25 December 2006)

Series 3/Season 29 (13 episodes, 31 March 2007 to 30 June 2007)

  1. "Smith and Jones"
  2. "The Shakespeare Code"
  3. "Gridlock"
  4. "Daleks in Manhattan" (Part 1)
  5. "Evolution of the Daleks" (Part 2)
  6. "The Lazarus Experiment"
  7. "42"
  8. "Human Nature" (Part 1)
  9. "The Family of Blood" (Part 2)
  10. "Blink" (Doctor-lite)
  11. "Utopia" (Part 1, continuing from Torchwood "End of Days") note 
  12. "The Sound of Drums" (Part 2)
  13. "Last of the Time Lords" (Part 3, 50 minutes)

2007 Totally Doctor Who Animated Serial (13 mini-episodes, 2 April 2007 to 30 June 2007)

    Series 4 
"Because he's still out there, somewhere. And I'll find him, Gramps. Even if I have to wait a hundred years, I'll find him."

Donna Noble is reunited with the Doctor and comes to realize there's more to her than anyone ever knew as together they witness the uprising of the Ood, solve an actual murder mystery with Agatha Christie, and meet a mysterious woman from the Doctor's own future named River Song. And when a universe-spanning crisis looms, all of the "Children of Time" who have come to befriend this particular Doctor will band together to meet it with him.

Children in Need Special (16 November 2007)

Christmas Special (25 December 2007)

Series 4/Season 30 (13 episodes, 5 April 2008 to 5 July 2008)

  1. "Partners in Crime" (50 minutes)
  2. "The Fires of Pompeii" (50 minutes)
  3. "Planet of the Ood"
  4. "The Sontaran Stratagem" (Part 1)
  5. "The Poison Sky" (Part 2)
  6. "The Doctor's Daughter"
  7. "The Unicorn and the Wasp"
  8. "Silence in the Library" (Part 1)
  9. "Forest of the Dead" (Part 2)
  10. "Midnight"
  11. "Turn Left" (Doctor-lite; ties-in with the next episode) (50 minutes)
  12. "The Stolen Earth" (Part 1; crossover with Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures)
  13. "Journey's End" (Part 2; featuring the birth of a Tenth Doctor clone, the Meta-Crisis Doctor, 65 minutes)

Proms Special (27 July 2008)

     2009 Specials 
These specials are part of production Series 4, but are listed separately due to being a mini-series.

Carmen: But you be careful, because your song is ending, sir.
The Doctor: What do you mean?
Carmen: It is returning, it is returning through the dark. And then Doctor... oh, but then... he will knock four times.

The Doctor is on his own now, and all is well at first. But soon enough he learns he won't be "himself" much longer, and without the influence of a companion he becomes less stable, more willing to take risks he shouldn't. When an old enemy returns as the harbinger of an even more terrible force, the Tenth Doctor will have to face up to his responsibilities, his destiny, at last.

2009 Specials (5 episodes, 25 December 2008 to 1 January 2010)

  1. "The Next Doctor" (2008 Christmas special, 60 minutes)
  2. "Planet of the Dead" (2009 Easter special, 60 minutes)
  3. "The Waters of Mars" (2009 Fall special, 60 minutes)

Dreamland (6 mini-episodes, 21 November 2009 to 27 November 2009)

  • "Dreamland" (set some time between "The Waters of Mars" and "The End of Time")

2009 Specials (Continued)

The 50th Anniversary, for the Tenth Doctor, takes place in between "The Waters of Mars" and "The End of Time". Due to overlapping timelines, he doesn't recall the full details, only the wedding.

  1. "The End of Time" (Part 1 – 2009 Christmas special, 60 minutes, Part 2 – 2010 New Year's special, 75 minutes)

Eleventh Doctor era (Matt Smith)

Matt Smith's era saw a change in format, splitting each 13-episode series into halves that dealt with separate story arcs. Smith's tenure incorporated the franchise's 50th anniversary, and his finale overcame the 12-regeneration limit established by the series in the 1970s. His era also saw the introductions of Amy Pond, Rory Williams and Clara Oswald, the three longest-serving companions of the Modern Era (although most of Clara's tenure actually is set in the Twelfth Doctor's era). This was also the point where the series had its popularity cross into North America.

    Series 5 
"My name is Amy Pond. When I was seven, I had an imaginary friend. Last night was the night before my wedding. And my imaginary friend came back."
Amelia "Amy" Pond

The Eleventh Doctor crashes into the life of Amelia Pond, a little girl who has a mysterious crack in the wall of her bedroom. He aims to help her...but then his five-minute absence accidentally lasts over a decade. He regains Amy's good graces and she sets off to explore the universe with him. But she is leaving behind a fiancé, Rory Williams, while out there in the stars, more and more cracks are appearing...

Series 5/Season 31 (13 episodes, 3 April 2010 to 26 June 2010)

  1. "The Eleventh Hour" (65 minutes)
  2. "The Beast Below"
  3. "Victory of the Daleks"
  4. "The Time of Angels" (Part 1)
  5. "Flesh and Stone" (Part 2)
  6. "The Vampires of Venice" (50 minutes)
  7. "Amy's Choice"
  8. "The Hungry Earth" (Part 1)
  9. "Cold Blood" (Part 2)
  10. "Vincent and the Doctor"
  11. "The Lodger"
  12. "The Pandorica Opens" (Part 1, 50 minutes)
  13. "The Big Bang" (Part 2, 55 minutes)

The Adventure Games Series 1 (5 June 2010 to 23 December 2010)

  1. "City of the Daleks"
  2. "Blood of the Cybermen"
  3. "TARDIS"
  4. "Shadows of the Vashta Nerada"

Christmas Special (25 December 2010)

    Series 6 
"“And silence would fall.” All those times I heard those words, I never realized it was my silence. My death. The Doctor will fall."
The Doctor (alternate timeline)

Amy and Rory, along with River Song, receive a terrible glimpse of the future: On 22 April 2011, the Doctor will die for good at a lake in Utah, slain by a mysterious assassin in a spacesuit. But that Doctor is some 200 years older than who they're currently traveling with. Can their friend be saved? What roles will they play in his fate?

Comic Relief Special (18 March 2011)

Series 6/Season 32 (13 episodes, 23 April 2011 to 4 June 2011, 27 August 2011 to 1 October 2011)

  1. "The Impossible Astronaut" (Part 1)
  2. "Day of the Moon" (Part 2)
  3. "The Curse of the Black Spot"
  4. "The Doctor's Wife"
  5. "The Rebel Flesh" (Part 1)
  6. "The Almost People" (Part 2)
  7. "A Good Man Goes to War" (spring finale, 50 minutes)
  8. "Let's Kill Hitler" (autumn premiere, 50 minutes)
  9. "Night Terrors"
  10. "The Girl Who Waited"
  11. "The God Complex" (50 minutes)
  12. "Closing Time"
  13. "The Wedding of River Song"

The Adventure Games Series 2 - 31 October 2011

  1. "The Gunpowder Plot"

Script to Screen Special (1 October 2011)

Home Video Bonus Special (22 November 2011)

Christmas Special (25 December 2011)

    Series 7 
Due to being split into two separate arcs, many media and the BBC itself treat Series 7 as two separate seasons, 7A and 7B.

"Right then, Clara Oswald. Time to find out who you are."
The Doctor

In 7A, the Doctor returns to the Ponds, reaffirming their friendship before a final, and tragic, farewell. As 7B begins, he has all but retired in the wake of his loss, but he comes down from a Victorian-era cloud thanks to a quirky and inquisitive serving wench and governess named Clara Oswin Oswald. When tragedy strikes again, he realises he's heard her voice before — in a Dalek asylum where she was Oswin Oswald, a computer whiz. How can one woman have lived and died twice? That question gives him a reason to return to the stars, and when a present-day nanny, Clara Oswald, calls the TARDIS for help he brings her onboard in hopes of figuring out the riddle of her existence...and eventually learns how she would/will go on to define a major part of who he is, all while etching herself on his hearts in a way not seen in centuries.

Script to Screen Special (24 May 2012)

Series Prequel (5 mini-episodes, 27 August 2012 to 31 August 2012)

Series 7A/Season 33, First Half (5 episodes, 1 September 2012 to 29 September 2012)

  1. "Asylum of the Daleks" (50 minutes)
  2. "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship"
  3. "A Town Called Mercy"
  4. "The Power of Three"
  5. "The Angels Take Manhattan" (autumn finale)

Web Special (12 October 2012)

  • "P.S." unfilmed scene from "The Angels Take Manhattan"

Children in Need Minisode (16 November 2012)

Web Special (21 December 2012)

Christmas Special (25 December 2012)

Web Special (25 March 2013)

Series 7B/Season 33, Second Half (8 episodes, 30 March 2013 to 18 May 2013)

  1. "The Bells of Saint John" (spring premiere)
  2. "The Rings of Akhaten"
  3. "Cold War"
  4. "Hide"
  5. "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS"
  6. "The Crimson Horror"
  7. "Nightmare in Silver"
  8. "The Name of the Doctor"

Web Special (26 May 2013)

Home Video Bonus Specials (24 September 2013)

     2013 Specials 
"Everything ends, Clara. And sooner than you think."
The Doctor

The Doctor finally comes to terms with his actions in the Last Great Time War in a way he never could have expected. From there, he learns the origin of the forces that have plagued him ever since he regenerated, and prepares to make his final stand...

Web Specials (14 November - 21 November 2013)

50th Anniversary Special (23 November 2013)

  • "The Day of the Doctor" (multi-Doctor, with War and Tenth Doctors, as well as cameos by all Doctors so far, including Twelve, 76 minutes)

Christmas Special (25 December 2013)

Twelfth Doctor era (Peter Capaldi)

This era returned to uninterrupted runs and season-long story arcs. Each series has 12 episodes rather than 13; Series 9 is unique to the revival in that it has only one standalone episode. The longer-than-usual gap between Series 9 (Fall 2015) and Series 10 (Spring 2017) was spelled by the annual Christmas Episodes in 2015 and '16.

    Series 8 
"Clara, be my pal and tell me... am I a good man?"
The Doctor

A new life comes with an identity crisis for the broody, more detached Twelfth Doctor. As Clara struggles to understand her much-changed friend, Twelve struggles with feelings he developed in his last incarnation, feelings he hasn't had in centuries, all while now-schoolteacher Clara is drawn to a gentle colleague at Coal Hill School, ex-soldier Danny Pink. She must decide whose world she belongs in, while the mysterious Missy sees all from a place where humans go after they die, setting up a very unwanted reunion...

Series 8/Season 34 (12 episodes, 23 August 2014 to 8 November 2014)

  1. "Deep Breath" (76 minutes)
  2. "Into the Dalek"
  3. "Robot of Sherwood"
  4. "Listen"
  5. "Time Heist"
  6. "The Caretaker"
  7. "Kill the Moon"
  8. "Mummy on the Orient Express"
  9. "Flatline"
  10. "In the Forest of the Night"
  11. "Dark Water" (Part 1)
  12. "Death in Heaven" (Part 2, 55 minutes)

Christmas Special (25 December 2014)

    Series 9 
"Look at you, with your eyes, and your never giving up, and your anger, and your kindness. One day, the memory of that will hurt so much that I won't be able to breathe, and I'll do what I always do. I'll get in my box and I'll run and I'll run, in case all the pain ever catches up. And every place I go, it will be there!"
The Doctor

Clara is growing further into her confidence and abilities, resembling the Doctor himself in many ways, but as they give into the feelings that permeated between them since their first meeting, he becomes less willing to accept that they must be parted one day. Terrible trials await as the consequences of his actions haunt them through the ages. But if a man is driven to extremes over a lost love, can that love redeem him... and make him the man another woman has longed for at last?

Online Special (11 September 2015)

Theatrical Prequel (15 September 2015)

Series 9/Season 35 (12 episodes, 19 September 2015 to 5 December 2015)

  1. "The Magician's Apprentice" (Part 1, 50 minutes)
  2. "The Witch's Familiar" (Part 2, 50 minutes)
  3. "Under the Lake" (Part 1)
  4. "Before the Flood" (Part 2)
  5. "The Girl Who Died" (Part 1)note 
  6. "The Woman Who Lived" (Part 2)
  7. "The Zygon Invasion" (Part 1)
  8. "The Zygon Inversion" (Part 2)
  9. "Sleep No More"
  10. "Face the Raven" (Part 1)note 
  11. "Heaven Sent" (Part 2, 55 minutes)
  12. "Hell Bent" (Part 3, 65 minutes)

2015 Christmas Special (25 December 2015)

  • "The Husbands of River Song" (60 minutes)note 

    Series 10 
This is both Peter Capaldi's final season and Steven Moffat's final season as showrunner.

"Things end. That's all. Everything ends, and it's always sad. But everything begins again too, and that's... always happy. Be happy. I'll look after everything else."
The Doctor

The Doctor is lonely and world-weary after the loss of his love and takes an oath to watch over a mysterious vault hidden beneath an Earth university, aided by far-future humanoid/cyborg, Nardole. Decades have passed when the Doctor meets Bill Potts, a feisty cafeteria worker full of questions and wonder. His wanderlust is renewed but his promise remains. Can he endure and do what is right even in the blackest darkness? Can he convince his oldest friend, and his bitter enemy, to finally stand with him... "without hope, without witness, without reward"? And after his long struggle to understand himself, after all he's lost, can he be convinced to re-embrace change and keep living?

Mini-Episode (23 April 2016)

2016 Christmas Special (25 December 2016)

Series 10/Season 36 (12 episodes, 15 April 2017 to 1 July 2017)

  1. "The Pilot"
  2. "Smile"
  3. "Thin Ice"note 
  4. "Knock Knock"
  5. "Oxygen"
  6. "Extremis" (Part 1)
  7. "The Pyramid at the End of the World" (Part 2)
  8. "The Lie of the Land" (Part 3)
  9. "Empress of Mars"
  10. "The Eaters of Light"
  11. "World Enough and Time" (Part 1)
  12. "The Doctor Falls" (Part 2, 60 minutes)

2017 Christmas Special (25 December 2017)

Thirteenth Doctor era (Jodie Whittaker)

Announced after the Wimbledon Men's Finals in 2017, Jodie Whittaker is the first canon female incarnation of the Doctor. Her first series, under new showrunner Chris Chibnall (who previously wrote several episodes for the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors), is set for sometime in 2018.


    Expanded Universe recaps 
The Doctor Who Expanded Universe builds on the TV series, with many different continuities and timelines. The TV series sometimes references or adapts bits of the Expanded Universe. Recaps can be found under:


http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Recap/DOCTORWHO