Wham Episode / Doctor Who

Doctor Who has been around for fifty years. It is inevitable that wham episodes are frequent in its long history. Beware of unmarked spoilers for the entire series except for the most recent episodesnote .
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"The Hybrid, destined to conquer Gallifrey and stand in its ruins... is me." note 

    Wham Episodes 

Season 2

  • The Dalek Invasion of Earth was the first time a companion, Susan, had left. It was also the first time villains from a previous story appeared, and it set up the further Dalek stories. It was also the first story featuring an invasion of (almost-)contemporary Earth, setting this plot up for future stories.
  • The Chase may seem like a comical and lesser Dalek story, but has major implications. The Daleks have created a time machine, so for the first time the Doctor's enemies can time travel and returning to the TARDIS no longer means safety. It also saw the departure of the last of the Doctor's original companions, marking the start of the series' Revolving Door Casting.
  • The very next story, The Time Meddler, depicted another time traveller from the Doctor's (still unnamed) culture for the first time and, for the first time, suggested that it was possible to alter Earth's past history on a large scale.

Season 3

  • The Daleks' Master Plan established that the Doctor's companions weren't safe: it featured not one but two companions dying, one of them spacing herself and her assailant in a last-ditch attempt to save the mission.

Season 4

  • The Tenth Planet was the first regeneration episode. Basically every fan these days is familiar with regeneration, but the switch from the First Doctor to the Second Doctor must have been a massive Wham Episode for viewers back in the 1960s, especially kids, as the majority of viewers in the pre-Internet age would have been totally unaware the change was coming. This was also the first Cybermen story ever.

Season 6

  • The War Games, where the Doctor is forced to call on his own people to fix a problem for the first time, during which we learn the Doctor is a Time Lord, and that his people are extremely powerful. It ends with the Doctor being exiled to Earth and forced to regenerate, changing the course of the series for the next three years and beyond. The story also bid goodbye to companion Jamie McCrimmon as a generation of British tween girls wept.

Season 7

  • Spearhead from Space, the first serial in colour, is almost a companion to its predecessor in the amount of Wham. The entire starring cast was reset, the Doctor was suddenly on a much more violent adventure, it was revealed the Doctor has two hearts, and suddenly the space race suddenly had a much more chilling consequence. It also satisfies the "game changing" aspect of the trope by changing the format of the series, with the Doctor now exclusively Earth-based and working for UNIT, rather than travelling on his own.

Season 10

  • The Three Doctors brought back the two previous actors who had played the Doctor, a previously unprecedented event, but at the end the format of the series changed as the Doctor's exile to Earth was lifted.

Season 11

  • The Time Warrior, in addition to introducing the Sontarans, revealed the name of the Doctor's home planet as Gallifrey.
  • Invasion of the Dinosaurs: The revelation that Captain Yates is working with the conspirators marks the first time a trusted associate of the Doctor has turned against him on-screen. UNIT's previously-cohesive atmosphere is marred, heralding the Doctor's eventual resignation and return to wandering.
  • Planet of the Spiders. Jon Pertwee had held sway over the role for a record five seasons at this point, and for the first time, a younger man was cast as the Doctor, setting a precedent that the Doctor could be virtually any age.

Season 14

  • The Deadly Assassin: The first serial to completely take place on Gallifrey, and as such established much of the backstory regarding the culture that would inform stories for decades to come, including the revelation that Time Lords (in theory) may only regenerate 12 times. The Doctor is companion-less for the first time in the series, accused of a crime he didn't commit. It also featured the return of the Master (the character had previously been retired due to Author Existence Failure) and the revelation that yes, the Time Lords were absolutely capable of political scheming and skullduggery.

Season 18

  • Logopolis. Tom Baker was the most popular Doctor the classic series ever had, so his departure after seven seasons into the (then) youngest Doctor actor ever was a Wham.

Season 19

  • Earthshock, both for the Episode One cliffhanger revealing the Cybermen (that Producer John Nathan-Turner took great pains to keep a secret, even turning down a cover of the Radio Times) and for the Episode Four ending, the first time an established companion was killed off.note 

Season 21

  • Resurrection Of The Daleks. One of the bloodiest, goriest Dalek episodes of the original series. Tegan was upset by all the death and violence in the Doctor's travels and this was the straw that broke the camel's back, prompting her very abrupt and somewhat cold departure. It was the first time that we actually get a good insight on how the Doctor's travels can take a psychological toll on a person.
    Tegan: It stopped being fun, Doctor!

Season 23

  • The Trial of a Time Lord episode 13. The Valeyard is really a corrupted future incarnation of the Doctor, employed by the Time Lord High Council to destroy the Doctor to prevent him from revealing their role in the attempted genocide of the human race. The Doctor's only ally in this is the Master, who (obviously) cannot be trusted.


The TV movie


Series 1/Season 27

  • The End of the World, an otherwise ordinary episode, comes with the now well-known reveal that the Doctor is actually the last of his race, and all the Daleks (for now) were killed in the Time War.
  • The Long Game ends with the Ninth Doctor literally kicking Adam Mitchell off the TARDIS due to his attempts to exploit time travel for personal gain. This was the first time that the Doctor has ever expelled a companion for bad behavior. Writer Russell T Davies admits that Adam was meant to be a short term companion and an example of a companion that didn't work out.
  • The Parting of the Ways was intended to be a bigger wham than it was, as Davies had intended for the regeneration of Christopher Eccleston's Doctor into David Tennant's to be a complete surprise. Unfortunately, the BBC publicity department prematurely announced that Eccleston was leaving. The moment still packs the punch, as does the episode's revelation as to who and what Bad Wolf is. Retroactively, additional wham factor for depicting the origin of Captain Jack's immortality.

Series 2/Season 28

  • School Reunion which was a wham in-universe for reintroducing Sarah Jane Smith and K9 (not to mention having Rose discover that she was far from unique), and a wham in fandom for officially confirming that the revival series is part of the 1963-1989 continuity, something that had been the subject of serious debate among fans during Series 1.
  • Doomsday and the emotionally devastating separation of Rose and the Doctor, the first time a full-time companion left in the revived series.

Series 3/Season 29

  • Utopia: You Are Not Alone, the culmination of a series full of foreshadowing and the return of The Master.
  • Last of the Time Lords: where the three-episode arc comes to a close, and it is revealed, among other things, that Captain Jack Harkness might be the Face of Boe.

Series 4/Season 30

  • The Stolen Earth: especially in the final few minutes. Rose and the Doctor are reunited... almost, until a Dalek shoots the Doctor. And once Jack, Donna, and Rose get the Doctor back in the TARDIS, it appears he's going to regenerate- the first time a possible regeneration is used as a legitimate cliffhanger.
  • The Waters of Mars: The Doctor actually does what he swore never to do, and changes a fixed event. After saving people from certain destruction, there's some pretty heavy stuff, including a What the Hell, Hero? from the very people he saved. In fact, the main protagonist he saved commits suicide shortly after so as to maintain the 'proper timeline' leading to an Heroic B.S.O.D..
  • The End of Time: Especially in the last twenty seconds of Part 1; The Time Lords aren't just back, they're the ones trying to do as the title says.

Series 5/Season 31

  • The otherwise rather average episode Cold Blood turned into a Wham Episode in the last five minutes when companion Rory was shot and killed, and then promptly erased by the crack eating up everything in the universe; this made Amy, his fiancée (though she didn't remember it) a more tragic character for the remainder of the season.
  • The Pandorica Opens, Big time. Where to begin? Rory gets revived after being erased from time, only he's not real; he's an Auton Duplicate! And he ends up shooting Amy, which kills her. Next, the TARDIS exploding is the cause of the cracks in time, and it explodes with River inside, which destroys the whole universe. And to top it all off, the titular Pandorica is actually a prison for the Doctor, and he's been locked inside it, all the while screaming how he is the only person who can stop the TARDIS exploding!

Series 6/Season 32

  • The Impossible Astronaut and Day of the Moon.
    • The Doctor, in his future, gets shot twice, then again during his regeneration sequence, killing him permanently. The companions know that but the Doctor mustn't know.
    • The young girl from the Apollo spacesuit is implied to be Amy's daughter. This possibility is made even more confusing by the fact the TARDIS can't determine whether Amy is actually pregnant or not. To top things off, the girl is seen wandering the streets close to death at the end of the episode...and then starts regenerating! Yes, as in Time Lord-style regenerating.
    • River kisses the Doctor at the end of the episode, confirming their relationship is DEFINITELY romantic to some degree.
  • In The Almost People, it's revealed that the Amy accompanying the Doctor and Rory is actually a Ganger, and has been for some time, and the real Amy is, erm, somewhere, being kept by a Midwife from hell, and about to give birth.
  • A Good Man Goes to War:
    • River Song's name is a mistranslation of "Melody Pond", clarifying the earlier line "the only water in the forest is the river", and revealing that River is Amy and Rory's daughter.
    • There's a war going on against the Doctor, with Melody/River intended as a weapon to kill him.
  • Let's Kill Hitler: River is the astronaut that killed the Doctor.
  • In The Wedding of River Song, we find out that the Doctor who was shot in Utah was actually a Teselecta, that the Doctor's exact relationship with River is that they're married, and that it will be the Doctor who will cause silence to fall. Then we find out that the first question is..."Doctor Who?"

Series 7/Season 33

  • The mini-episode Pond Life Pt. 5 may qualify for the shortest Wham Episode of all time. After four 90-second long shorts featuring Amy and Rory as a happily married couple, the fifth shows Amy throwing Rory out of their home and announcing her plans to file for divorce.
  • Asylum of the Daleks. The Dalek species now has no idea who the Doctor is. Also the introduction of Jenna-Louise Coleman as Oswin Oswald months ahead of her announced debut.
  • The Angels Take Manhattan has Amy and Rory kill themselves to destroy the Weeping Angel farm with a paradox, Rory taken back in time immediately after this, and then Amy sacrificing any further time with the Doctor to spend the rest of her life with Rory, after he accidentally gets brought back in time by them.
  • The Snowmen. For starters, the new companion, Clara dies, and her Famous Last Words are exactly the same as Oswin in Asylum of the Daleks. Then you find out her full name: Clara Oswin Oswald, proving there is a connection between them. Oh yeah, and there's yet another Clara walking around in the present day!
  • The Name of the Doctor. While we don't learn the Doctor's name, we do learn that Clara had scattered herself throughout the Doctor's life in order to save him from the Great Intelligence's interference. On top of that, we learn that the Doctor's greatest secret is a past regeneration that did something so awful, he couldn't be called "The Doctor".
  • The Night of the Doctor, one of the webisodes that was released before the 50th Anniversary special, not only features the return of the Eighth Doctor, but also has him regenerate into John Hurt's Doctor from the end of The Name of the Doctor. It also officially brought over a decade of EU material into full Canon status.
  • The Day of the Doctor. Gallifrey falls no more. The ending changes the course of the series in much the same way The War Games and The Three Doctors did.
    • Another wham moment occurs when Peter Capaldi makes his surprise debut as the Twelfth Doctor.
    • The surprise appearance of Tom Baker as the Curator was both a glorious nostalgia-fix for Classic series fans, and an early indicator that the future awaiting the Doctor on Trenzalore might not be so grim, after all.
  • The Time of the Doctor. A message suddenly broadcasts to the universe and every walk of life seems psyched to figure out what the message is saying. Through this one event, the entirety of Matt Smith's era gets resolved. We find out who blew up the TARDIS, what the Doctor's greatest fear was in The God Complex, the purpose of the Silents, the significance of The Question and "Silence Will Fall", what Trenzalore is, and why it will fall when the Question is asked.
    • The Doctor's new regeneration cycle resolves a plot point dating back to 1976 and something that has been hanging over the future of the series since it returned to TV.

Series 8/Season 34

  • Eleven's cameo appearance in Deep Breath
  • Listen: 804 episodes, 245 stories, 51 years, thirteen Doctors and we finally get to see the Doctor as a child. We also find out what significance the barn the War Doctor enters in "The Day of the Doctor" had: It was the Doctor's hideaway as a child. It also has Clara realize that time travel has left her a Butterfly of Doom, accidentally but drastically altering the lives of both the Doctor and Danny Pink.
  • Dark Water: Danny dies, leaving Clara completely ready to betray the Doctor, albeit in a simulation. Missy finally reveals her identity as a female incarnation of the Master.

Series 9/Season 35

  • Face the Raven: Clara dies to save Rigsy's life, the Doctor is teleported away from the TARDIS, and he is angry at Ashildr.
  • Heaven Sent: The Doctor endures a nigh-unbelievable ordeal of grief, fear and defiance inside his own Confession Dial, but gets through to Gallifrey in the end. And warns the Time Lords that now, he's angry at them. The first story since The Deadly Assassin in which the Doctor is without even a temporary companion, and in which (almost) every line of dialogue is his.
  • "Hell Bent" makes it three Wham Episodes in a row to finish the series. Rassilon is exiled from Gallifrey, the Doctor allows Clara to live indefinitely until she feels like returning to the fixed point in space-time where she dies, Clara and Ashildr steal a TARDIS and go off to have their own adventures, and the Doctor loses his memories of Clara's face and voice, among other things.


Expanded Universe

  • Alien Bodies has reveals in the future the Time Lords will be in a war they are losing, it introduces Faction Paradox, and involves the Doctor's corpse.
  • The Shadows of Avalon has the Doctor's TARDIS apparently being destroyed and Compassion mutating into one.
  • The Ancestor Cell resolves the Eighth Doctor Adventures' Time War plot and, for the first time in any medium of Doctor Who, destroys the Time Lords.
  • The Time of the Daleks ends with the realisation that something is wrong with time and it involves Charley.
  • Neverland ends with the Doctor infected by Anti-Time and becoming... ZAGREUS!
  • Zagreus has the return of Rassilon and ends with the Doctor being exiled to another Universe, one without time.
  • To The Death, where you either ended up dead, broken or defeated. There was no in between. It kills not one, but THREE companions, and shows just how heavily The Eighth Doctor gets emotionally DESTROYED!

    Wham Lines 

Season 2

  • The final scene of "The Space Museum", leading into "The Chase":
    Dalek: They cannot escape! Our time machine will soon follow them. They will be exterminated! Exterminated! Exterminated!

Season 10

  • "The Green Death"
    BOSS: I am the BOSS. I'm all around you. Exactly! I am the computer!

Season 15

  • "Image of the Fendahl":
    The Doctor: There are four thousand million people here on this planet and, if I'm right, within a year there'll be one. Just one.

Season 19

  • "Castrovalva":
    The Doctor: Show me where the pharmacy is on this map.
    Man: Well, it's here, and here, and here, and... oh.

Season 23

  • From "The Ultimate Foe"
    The Master: They made a deal with the Valeyard, or as I've always known him, the Doctor...

Season 26


The TV movie

The Master: The Doctor is half-human! No wonder...
  • And for the benefit of those who missed it the first time:
The Doctor: I'm half-human. On my mother's side. note 


Series 1/Season 27

  • "The End of The World": "I'm not just a Time Lord. I'm the last of the Time Lords." And suddenly the Doctor's darker mood comes into focus.
  • "Dalek": When Rose, Adam, and a Red Shirt are fleeing from a Dalek, and manage to leave it at the bottom of a flight of stairs...
    Dalek: El-E-Vate!
    • Earlier on, while the Doctor and the Dalek are talking about the end of the Time War:
      The Doctor: I watched it happen! I MADE it happen!
    • And this exceptionally whammy one:
      The Doctor: Alright. If you want orders, follow this one: kill yourself.
      Dalek: The Daleks must survive!
      The Doctor: The Daleks have failed! So why don't you finish the job: rid the universe of your filth. Why don't you just DIE?!
      Dalek: ...You would make a good Dalek.

Series 2/Season 28

  • "Army of Ghosts":
    Cyberman: The sphere is not of Cybermen design.
  • "Doomsday":
    The Doctor: Time Lord science... It's bigger on the inside!

Series 3/Season 29

  • "Utopia":
    Professor Yana: I... am... the Master...
  • "Last of the Time Lords":
    Martha:A gun in four parts, scattered across the world. I mean, come on. Did you really believe it?
    • Followed up by:
      Martha: Right across the world. One word, just one thought, at one moment, but with fifteen satellites!
    • Not as influential, but later on:
      Jack Harkness: ..."The Face of Boe", they called me.

Series 4/Season 30

  • "Silence in the Library", when the child psychologist character says exactly the opposite of what you'd expect:
    "The real world is a lie and your nightmares are real."
  • "Forest of the Dead":
    The Doctor: "You knew my name. You whispered my name in my ear!"
  • "The Stolen Earth" has a few.
    "Why don't you ask her yourself?"
    "Exterminate!"
    "Your voice is different. Yet its arrogance remains unchanged." - One for the Doctor, as well as Sarah Jane.
    • Earlier, there's this, but more because of who's saying it: "Supreme one. Is there news of him?"
  • From "The End of Time", Part 1'': "This was the day the Time Lords returned."
    • Part 2 has a Wham Sound Effect:
      tap tap tap tap...

Series 5/Season 31

  • "Victory of the Daleks": "Bracewell is a bomb."
  • This little crap-inducing exchange from "The Time of Angels":
    The Doctor: Bob, keep running, but tell me: how did you escape?
    Bob: I didn't, sir. The Angels killed me too.
    • And most certainly:
      "The Aplans! They have two heads!"
      "So?"
      "So why don't the statues?"
  • From "The Pandorica Opens":
    Sontaran: The Pandorica is ready!
    The Doctor: Ready for what?
    Dalek: Ready for you.

Series 6/Season 32

Series 7/Season 33

  • From "Asylum of the Daleks":
    Amy: I don't have a husband.
    • Just when the Doctor is surrounded by thousands of Daleks, expecting to be killed immediately.
    Dalek PM: Save us. You will save us.
    • Later on in that episode:
      Amy: Don't you dare say that to me. Don't you ever dare! You want kids, you have always wanted kids. Ever since you were a kid. And I can't have them! Whatever they did to me at Demon's Run, I can't ever give you children. I didn't kick you out, I gave you up!
  • From "Hide":
    The Doctor: (near-whisper) I am The Doctor... and I am very afraid.
  • Although it is not a line of spoken dialogue, the on-screen credit "Introducing John Hurt as The Doctor" at the end of "The Name of the Doctor" changes the entire course of the series and its history in six words.
    • And then there are the actual lines that pack a huge punch:
      Jenny: Sorry, ma'am, so sorry. So sorry, so sorry. I think I've been murdered.
    • This, more so than the rest of the episode's wham moments:
      War Doctor: What I did, I did without choice.
      Eleventh Doctor: I know.
      War Doctor: In the name of peace...and sanity.
      Eleventh Doctor: But not in the name of the Doctor!
  • Several stunning lines in "The Night of the Doctor", especially the first:
    Eighth Doctor: I'm a Doctor. Though probably not the one you were expecting.
    • A stunning reversal of 50 years of Doctor-companion banter:
      Cass: Is that... a TARDIS? DON'T TOUCH ME!
    • After the Eighth Doctor is almost Killed Off for Real:
      Ohila: We restored you to life, but it's a temporary measure. You have a little under four minutes.
    • After Eight has been encouraged to join the Time War:
      Eighth Doctor: I would rather die.
      Ohila: You're dead already. How many more will you let join you?
    • Eight loses hope:
      Eighth Doctor: I don't suppose there's any need for a Doctor anymore.
    • And the final line:
      War Doctor: Doctor no more.
  • From "The Day of the Doctor":
    • For the fans who's thought they knew what Billie Piper's role would be:
    The Moment: Rose Tyler... no. In this form, I'm known as... Bad Wolf.
    • One of the biggest:
    First Doctor: Calling the War Council of Gallifrey Ė this is the Doctor.
    • And just afterward:
      Androgan: No sir, all thirteen!
    • This line provides a link from "The Day of the Doctor" straight into "Rose" and sets up a retroactive Brick Joke:
      War Doctor: I hope the ears are a bit less conspicuous this time.
    • The Tenth Doctor's parting line:
      Ten: We need a new destination... because... I don't wanna go.
    • Revealing a possible future regeneration of the Doctor:
      Eleven: I could retire, and become head of the museum.
      The Curator: You know, I really think you might...
    • And later:
      The Curator: Gallifrey Falls... No More!
  • From "The Time of the Doctor":
    • The Doctor is told by Handles that the source of the signal is Gallifrey
    • When the Doctor finds out what planet they're on:
      The Doctor: Mother Superious, there is only one thing I need from you. This planet, what's it called?
      Tasha: Trenzalore.
    • When Tasha Lem declares the new purpose of the Papal Mainframe:
      Tasha: From this moment on, I dedicate this church to one cause: Silence.
    • When Tasha tells the Doctor about the Dalek attack:
      The Doctor: Why didn't you call me? I could have helped you.
      Tasha: I did! I died in this room screaming your name!

Series 8/Season 34

  • Near the end of "Deep Breath":
    Clara: Hello? Hello?
    Eleventh Doctor: (hoarsely and difficult to recognize) It's me.
    Clara: Yes, it's you. Who's this?
    Eleventh Doctor: It's me, Clara. The Doctor.
    Clara: What do you mean, the Doctor?
    Jump Cut to the Eleventh Doctor not long before regenerating
    Eleventh Doctor: I'm phoning you from Trenzalore.
  • From "Into the Dalek":
    Rusty: Daleks must be destroyed!
    The Doctor: (imitating Dalek voice) Daleks must be de- (pauses mid-sentence) ...What did you just say?
    • The episode's main Wham Line:
      Rusty: I see into your soul, Doctor. I see beauty. I see divinity. I... See... Hatred!
    • Near the end of the episode:
      Rusty: I am not a good Dalek. You are a good Dalek.
  • From ''Listen'', the wham is to do with the person it's being said about.
    Unknown Man: Well, he's not going to the Academy. He'll never make a Time Lord.
    • And before that:
      The Doctor: If there's nothing out there, then why's the door locked?
  • From "Time Heist", when the Doctor finds out the identity of the mysterious 'Architect'.
    The Doctor: I hate the Architect!
  • From "Flatline":
    Clara: Go on then, say it. I was a good Doctor.
    The Doctor: You were an exceptional Doctor, Clara...
    Clara: Thank you.
    The Doctor:...goodness had nothing to do with it.
  • From "Dark Water":
    The Doctor: Go to Hell.
    • Misinterpreted by Clara, and the audience, and followed shortly by:
    The Doctor: You betrayed me. You betrayed our trust, you betrayed our friendship, you betrayed everything that I've ever stood for. You let me down!
    Clara: Then why are you helping me?
    The Doctor: Why? Do you think that I care for you so little that betraying me would make a difference?
    • And still later:
    The Doctor: Who are you?
    "Missy": Oh, you know who I am... I'm Missy.
    The Doctor: Who's "Missy"?
    "Missy": [annoyed sigh] Please, try to keep up. Short for "Mistress". Well, I couldn't very well keep calling myself "The Master", now could I?

Series 9/Season 35

  • From "The Magician's Apprentice"
    The Doctor: Tell me the name of the boy who isn't going to die today!
    Boy: Davros. My name is Davros..
  • From "The Witch's Familiar", a wham for the fans in that it marks the Doctor trading in his Sonic Screwdriver in favor of his new Sonic Sunglasses:
    The Doctor: I'll give it a quick blast from my sonic, and the real time envelope will reassemble right here!
    Clara: Doctor, you don't have your screwdriver.
    The Doctor: Oh yeah, Iím over screwdrivers. They spoil the line of your jacket. These days Iím all about wearable technology.
  • From "Heaven Sent", the ending line:
    The Doctor: (To his Confession Dial) You can probably still hear me. So just between ourselves... you got the prophecy wrong. The Hybrid is not half-Dalek. Nothing is half-Dalek; the Daleks would never allow it. The Hybrid, destined to conquer Gallifrey and stand in its ruins... is me!
    The Doctor: The answer, of course, is that there were never any other prisoners. And the stars, they weren't in the wrong place, and I haven't time traveled ... I've just been here a very, very long time.
  • The post-season Christmas Episode "The Husbands of River Song" has two examples that radically alter the tone of their respective scenes and the episode as a whole. First:
    River Song: Hang on a minute. I recognize that planet.
    The Doctor: Well, that's nice! Maybe they'll name the crater after us!
    River Song: That's Darillium!
    • And in the denouement:
    River Song: How long...is a night on Darillium?
    The Doctor: Twenty-four years.
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