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, and some have been animated by dedicated restoration teams for official DVD releases funded by the BBC.

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 still in the multi-episode format. The "Revival Series" (2005-the present) is done mostly in 45-minute long episodes, most of them self contained with a few two-part stories and two three-part stories, with numerous filmed shorts to supplement the series.

Cross-reference recaps pages for The Sarah Jane Adventures, and Torchwood, 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 Forever, 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

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, but was depicted in a comic (the TV Comic story "The Night Walkers") shortly before Season 7 began. 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 

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 

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 

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 

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 

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

  1. "The Time Warrior" (4 episodes)
  2. "Invasion of the Dinosaurs" (6 episodes)
  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 

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 

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 

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)
  5. "The Robots of Death" (4 episodes)
  6. "The Talons of Weng-Chiang" (6 episodes)

    Season 15 

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 is 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 

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, incomplete and unaired; various adaptations bridge the missing pieces)

    Season 18 

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 was finally explained away during the Eleventh Doctor's era, with UNIT stating it depends on "dating protocol".

    Season 19 

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 

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 

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 

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, while the Doctor counters with a story from his future. But all is not as it seems in the present, and the Doctor 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 

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 

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

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 
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"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".

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.

    Series 1 
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"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.

    Series 2 
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Sir Doctor of TARDIS and Dame Rose of the Powell Estate.
"I made my choice a long time ago. I'm never gonna leave you."
Rose

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 
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Doctors Smith and Jones.
"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 
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Not a couple. DEFINITELY not a couple.
"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

Donna Noble is reunited with the Doctor and comes to realize there's more to her than anyone ever knew as together they liberate the Ood, encounter Agatha Christie, and meet the Doctor's future wife 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.

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"This song is ending, but the story never ends."
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).

    Series 5 
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The Raggedy Doctor and the Girl Who Waited.
"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."
Amy

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 fiance, 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 
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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. In 7A, the Doctor returns to the Ponds, reaffirming their friendship before a final farewell. In 7B, the Doctor brings Clara Oswald — an "Impossible Girl" he has met and lost in two other time periods — onboard the TARDIS in hopes of figuring out the riddle of her existence. Does it have anything to do with the return of an old enemy, the Great Intelligence?

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

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 
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"And now it's time for one last bow.
Like all your other selves.
Eleven's hour is over now.
The clock is striking Twelve's."
Clara

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 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, with the differential made up via "event" episodes running longer than the usual 45 minutes. Series 9 is unique 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 
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"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, she is drawn to a gentle colleague at Coal Hill School, Danny Pink, and must decide whose world she belongs in. Meanwhile, the mysterious Missy sees all from a place where humans go after they die...

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 
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"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

The Doctor and Clara have never been closer. She is his best friend... partner... soulmate... his distaff counterpart...and he fears for her future. As he faces the consequences of his decisions regarding everything from a human-alien peace treaty to the fate of a Viking lass, all while being haunted by an ancient Gallifreyan prophecy about a creature known only as "The Hybrid", can the two of them ever come to terms with the inevitability that one day they will be parted for good? And if a man is driven to extremes over the death of his love, can that love redeem him?

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 
On January 22, 2016, the BBC confirmed that Doctor Who will return for a Christmas special in 2016 followed by a full season of 12 episodes in the spring of 2017. A 2017 Christmas special, the last episode to be overseen by outgoing producer Steven Moffat, was confirmed by Moffat in early February 2016. Series 11, under new producer Chris Chibnall, has also been announced by the BBC with a target broadcast of spring 2018. While Peter Capaldi has been confirmed as returning for the 2016 Christmas special and Series 10, as of May 2016 it is not yet confirmed whether he will return for the 2017 Christmas special or Series 11.

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The legend and the learner.
"Oh, you do surprise me!"
The Doctor (regarding his new companion's urge to ask a lot of questions)

Mini-Episode (23 April 2016)

2016 Christmas Special (25 December 2016)

  • TBA

Series 10/Season 36 (12 episodes, Spring 2017)

  1. "A Star in Her Eye"
  2. TBA
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2017 Christmas Special (25 December 2017)

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    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