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 Doctors' 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", was almost certainly exterminated beyond recovery as no copies were ever made of it, 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 the missing episodes survive in audio form thanks to viewers at the time using tape recorders during the original broadcasts, and in addition to these soundtracks being released with narration from an original cast member to fill in the visual elements, there are also telesnap reconstructions, which marry the audio to off-screen photographs of the original broadcasts. Some of these episodes have been animated by dedicated restoration teams for official DVD releases funded by the BBC.
The "Classic Series" (1963-1989, plus the 1996 TV movie) 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; typically these ranged from four to six episodes, but on rare occasions could go from as little as a single episode to as many as twelve (fourteen if you count Season 23, The Trial of a Time Lord, as one serialnote ). Season 22 stood out as an exception, with serials comprised of two or three 45-minute long episodes each, but it was still in the serial format. When the series began airing in the US in the early 70's, the individual episodes for each serial were combined into full-length "movies"; because of this, most fans consider each episode part of a much larger story, aided by the fact that serials quickly switched to using overarching titles in season 3. Consequently, fan discussions about the Classic Series will typically refer to serials rather than individual episodes unless the latter becomes absolutely necessary (e.g. production differences between individual episodes).
The "Revival Series" (2005-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. Series 11 ups the episode length to 50 minutes. For all intents and purposes, the Revival Series is an official continuation of the Classic Series, taking place within the same canon.
Cross-reference recap 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.
First Doctor era (William Hartnell): 1963-1966There 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 home media releases.
The Doctor begins his adventures throughout space and time, along with the company of his granddaughter Susan, and the rather less willing company of her teachers Ian and Barbara. The four find themselves veering between being caught up in historical events, and meeting new, unusual, and often deadly alien foes.
Season 1 (42 episodes of which 33 survive, 23 November 1963 — 12 September 1964)
- "An Unearthly Child" (4 episodes)note
- "The Daleks" (7 episodes)note
- "The Edge of Destruction" (2 episodes)note
- "Marco Polo" (7 episodes, all missing)note
- "The Keys of Marinus" (6 episodes)note
- "The Aztecs" (4 episodes)note
- "The Sensorites" (6 episodes)note
- "The Reign of Terror" (6 episodes, 4 & 5 missing but remade with animation married to the original soundtrack)note
While the Doctor continues to veer between adventures in Earth's history, and those on far-off worlds, he soon finds everything changing. Firstly he's forced to bid a tearful farewell to Susan, who is eventually replaced by the orphan Vicki, and later on he assists Ian and Barbara in finally getting back to their own time, with space pilot Steven Taylor replacing them.
Season 2 (39 episodes of which 37 survive, 31 October 1964 — 24 July 1965)
- "Planet of Giants" (3 episodes, though originally produced as 4 episodes)note
- "The Dalek Invasion of Earth" (6 episodes)note
- "The Rescue" (2 episodes)note
- "The Romans" (4 episodes)note
- "The Web Planet" (6 episodes)note
- "The Crusade" (4 episodes, 2 & 4 missing)note
- "The Space Museum" (4 episodes)note
- "The Chase" (6 episodes)note
- "The Time Meddler" (4 episodes)note
Season 3 (45 episodes of which 17 survive, 11 September 1965 — 16 July 1966)
- "Galaxy 4" (4 episodes, all but Episode 3 missing but remade with animation)
- "Mission to the Unknown" (1 episode, missing but remade in live-action; only story to not feature the Doctor)
- "The Myth Makers" (4 episodes, all missing)
- "The Daleks' Master Plan" (12 episodes, only 2, 5 and 10 known to survive. The Christmas episode is the only one that is irretrievably lost, in all likelihood)
- "The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve" (4 episodes, all missing; title commonly shortened to "The Massacre")
- "The Ark" (4 episodes)
- "The Celestial Toymaker" (4 episodes, only Episode 4 known to survive)
- "The Gunfighters" (4 episodes)
- "The Savages" (4 episodes, all missing)
- "The War Machines" (4 episodes)
The Doctor and his new companions Ben and Polly barely even have time to get used to each other's company before an encounter with a deadly new enemy helps push the Doctor's ageing body over the edge.
Season 4 (43 episodes of which 10 survive, 10 September 1966 — 1 July 1967. No story from this season survives in a complete form.)
Second Doctor era (Patrick Troughton): 1966-1969The Second Doctor's reappearances in "The Three Doctors", "The Five Doctors", and "The Two Doctors" are ambiguously placed in his timeline. explanation It has been proposed that they are set in "Season 6b", meaning they take place during otherwise unseen adventures set after "The War Games".
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 — with highlander Jamie McCrimmon also joining the team — 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)
- "The Power of the Daleks" (6 episodes, all missing but remade with animation)
- "The Highlanders" (4 episodes, all missing)
- "The Underwater Menace" (4 episodes, 1 & 4 missing)
- "The Moonbase" (4 episodes, 1 & 3 missing but remade with animation)
- "The Macra Terror" (4 episodes, all missing but remade with animation)
- "The Faceless Ones" (6 episodes, 2, 4, 5, and 6 missing but remade with animation)
- "The Evil of the Daleks" (7 episodes, all but Episode 2 missing but remade with animation)
Season 5 (40 episodes of which 22 survive, 2 September 1967 — 1 June 1968)
- "The Tomb of the Cybermen" (4 episodes)
- "The Abominable Snowmen" (6 episodes, only Episode 2 known to survive)
- "The Ice Warriors" (6 episodes, 2 & 3 missing but remade with animation)
- "The Enemy of the World" (6 episodes)
- "The Web of Fear" (6 episodes, Episode 3 missing but remade with animation)
- "Fury from the Deep" (6 episodes, all missing but remade with animation, last serial to be missing in its entirety)
- "The Wheel in Space" (6 episodes, only 3 & 6 known to survive)
Season 6 (44 episodes of which 37 survive, 10 August 1968 — 21 June 1969)
- "The Dominators" (5 episodes)
- "The Mind Robber" (5 episodes, 20 minutes each)
- "The Invasion" (8 episodes, 1 & 4 missing but remade with animation)
- "The Krotons" (4 episodes)
- "The Seeds of Death" (6 episodes)
- "The Space Pirates" (6 episodes, only Episode 2 known to survive, last of known incomplete serials)
- "The War Games" (10 episodes)
Third Doctor era (Jon Pertwee): 1970-1974The actual regeneration sequence from Patrick Troughton to Jon Pertwee was not televised explanation , but a possible version based on the idea that the Doctor actually managed to escape the Time Lords at the end of "The War Games" 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). While this was the last era to be affected by the BBC's routine archive purges, from this point onwards all episodes survive and can be found in the BBC archives, albeit as telerecordings alone in many cases.
This era also marked the start of the series being in full colour (as well as scaling the series back from running all year round with a two-month break to running for just half of the year), 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.note
Having been forced to change his appearance 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 — 20 June 1970)
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 — 19 June 1971)
Season 9 (26 episodes, 1 January — 24 June 1972)
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 — 23 June 1973)
Season 11 (26 episodes, 15 December 1973 — 8 June 1974)
Fourth Doctor era (Tom Baker): 1974-1981From 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.
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 — 10 May 1975)
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 — 6 March 1976)
Season 14 (26 episodes, 4 September 1976 — 2 April 1977)
Season 15 (26 episodes, 3 September 1977 — 11 March 1978)
Season 16 (26 episodes, 2 September 1978 — 24 February 1979)
The Doctor: Are you talking philosophically or geographically?
The Doctor: Then we're going to lunch.
Now travelling 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 — 12 January 1980)
- "Destiny of the Daleks" (4 episodes)
- "City of Death" (4 episodes)
- "The Creature from the Pit" (4 episodes)
- "Nightmare of Eden" (4 episodes)
- "The Horns of Nimon" (4 episodes)
- "Shada" (6 episodes, incomplete and unaired; unfilmed parts were completed in 2017 with animation using most of the original cast) note
This season features two mini-arcs: First, the Doctor, Romana II, and K-9 Mark II 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 — 21 March 1981)
Fifth Doctor era (Peter Davison): 1982-1984The Sonic Screwdriver was retired during this era, and would remain gone until the TV Movie. On a real-world note, the series also changed timeslot for the first time, leaving its traditional Saturday teatime slot to run twice-weekly on weeknights instead.note This meant it ran for a smaller number of weeks in the year, and that first- and third- episode cliffhangers only had one day before being resolved. Finally, Doctor Who had its first ever season of repeats in the gap between this season and the last, The Five Faces of Doctor Who, which re-ran "An Unearthly Child", "The Krotons", "Carnival Of Monsters", "The Three Doctors", and "Logopolis". This served to re-familiarise viewers with the idea of a Doctor that wasn't Tom Baker, let younger viewers catch their first glimpses of the earlier Doctors, and lastly caught new viewers up on the events of the "Logopolis".
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 — 30 March 1982)
A plethora of old enemies are gunning for the Doctornote 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? Also, due to various production factors screwing with what date "Mawdryn Undead" took place in-universe and which characters were involved,note it finally became completely impossible to work out if UNIT stories happened in the 1970s or 1980s without contradicting each other. This became known as the "UNIT dating controversy", and has been even jokingly been referenced in the new series.
Season 20 (22 episodes, 3 January — 16 March 1983)
- "Arc of Infinity" (4 episodes)
- "Snakedance" (4 episodes)
- "Mawdryn Undead" (4 episodes) (first part of the Black Guardian trilogy)
- "Terminus" (4 episodes) (second part of the Black Guardian trilogy)
- "Enlightenment" (4 episodes) (third part of the Black Guardian trilogy)
- "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
The Doctor: Does it offend you?
Peri: No, just curious.
The Doctor: Safety precaution. I'm allergic to certain gases in the praxis range of the spectrum.
Peri: Well how does the celery help?
The Doctor: If the gas is present, the celery turns purple.
Peri: And... then what do you do?
The Doctor: I eat the celery. If nothing else I'm sure it's good for my teeth.
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 — 30 March 1984)
Sixth Doctor era (Colin Baker): 1984-1986Colin Baker's era is notable for starting at the tail end of 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 this Doctor's existence here. Baker's era ended just as roughly as it began, with severely reduced ratings, general public and executive apathy towards the show, and Baker himself being unceremoniously fired after Season 23's conclusion, marking the only time an actor was outright axed from the role of the Doctor during the show's run.
Season 21 (Continued)
- "The Twin Dilemma" (4 episodes)
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. This series returned to Saturday evenings in a new 45-minute format (hence the low episode count).
Season 22 (13 45-minute episodes, 5 January — 30 March 1985)
- "Attack of the Cybermen" (2 episodes)
- "Vengeance on Varos" (2 episodes)
- "The Mark of the Rani" (2 episodes)
- "The Two Doctors" (3 episodes, multi-Doctor, with Second Doctor)
- "Timelash" (2 episodes)
- "Revelation of the Daleks" (2 episodes)
1985 "Jim'll Fix It" Guest Segment (23 February 1985)
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. This season returned to 25-minute episodes following the previous season's experiment with 45-minuters, but retained a reduced overall episode count.
Season 23 (14 episodes, 6 September — 6 December 1986) note
Seventh Doctor era (Sylvester McCoy): 1987-1989This 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 was again moved from Saturdays to a weeknight slot, this time pitting it against Coronation Street, stifling any chance at regaining its massive ratings losses from the previous two seasons despite significant improvements in fan and critical reception before finally being cancelled in 1989 (though the BBC repeatedly insisted that it was an 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.
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 — 7 December 1987)
The Doctor: Oh, Davros. I am far more than just "another" Time Lord.note
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.
This is also the first season where the serials were noticeably broadcast Out of Order. They were reshuffled due to the Olympics causing the start date to be pushed back, and wanting to air the first episode of "Silver Nemesis" on the anniversary. The originally intended order order is "Remembrance", "Greatest Show", "Happiness Patrol", "Silver Nemesis".note
Season 25 (14 episodes, 5 October 1988 — 4 January 1989)
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 — 6 December 1989)
- "Battlefield" (4 episodes)
- "Ghost Light" (3 episodes)
- "The Curse of Fenric" (4 episodes)
- "Survival" (3 episodes)
Search Out Space Special Episode of Search Out Science (21 November 1990)
- A special guest episode of Search Out Science, a children's education programme, K9 returned as did Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred, returning as the Seventh Doctor and Ace. Presumably non-canon due to its ties to Doctor Who being tangential at most.
30th Anniversary Special — 1993 Children in Need Special (2 parts, 26 November 1993 to 27 November 1993)
Eighth Doctor era (Paul McGann): 1996Paul 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 of 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.
Made-for-TV Special (1 90-minute episode, 12 May 1996 [Canada], 27 May 1996 [UK])
- The TV Movie (with Seventh Doctor)note
War Doctor era (Sir John Hurt): 2013The 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): 2005This series marks the beginning of the revived TV series; all episodes before this series are considered "Classic Who", on account of both the 16-year cancellation/hiatus and the massive retool in both format and presentation upon the show's eventual return. Notably, Christopher Eccleston limited his tenure to one 13-episode 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 thus took fandom rather by surprise when it was announced in August 2020 that he was reprising the role for 12 Big Finish audio episodes.note For some years Eccleston was technically the shortest-tenured actor of them all in terms of time actually playing the part due to Hurt and McGann's tenures playing the Doctor in the Big Finish audio plays, although Eccleston's own audio adventures will go some way to redressing the balance.
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 — 18 June 2005. Regular episode length returns to the 45-minute format from Season 22, but stories are now typically one episode each.)
Tenth Doctor era (David Tennant): 2005-2010David 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.
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.
At this point in the timeline, the spin-offs Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures launched, the former commencing immediately after the end of Series 2, while the later would proceed airing after that first series finished, allowing for a healthy cycle of year-round Doctor Who material as each show cycled in and out of production.
Children in Need Special (18 November 2005)
- "Doctor Who: Children in Need" (no official title; a.k.a. "Pudsey Cutaway" or "Born Again")
Christmas Special (25 December 2005)
- "The Christmas Invasion" (60 minutes)
- "Attack of the Graske" (interactive episode via BBC Red Button)
Series 2/Season 28 (13 episodes, 15 April — 8 July 2006)
- "New Earth"
- "Tooth and Claw"
- "School Reunion"
- "The Girl in the Fireplace"
- "Rise of the Cybermen" (Part 1)
- "The Age of Steel" (Part 2)
- "The Idiot's Lantern"
- "The Impossible Planet" (Part 1)
- "The Satan Pit" (Part 2)
- "Love & Monsters" (Doctor-lite)
- "Fear Her"
- "Army of Ghosts" (Part 1)
- "Doomsday" (Part 2)
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)
- "The Runaway Bride" (60 minutes)
Series 3/Season 29 (13 episodes, 31 March — 30 June 2007)
- "Smith and Jones"
- "The Shakespeare Code"
- "Daleks in Manhattan" (Part 1)
- "Evolution of the Daleks" (Part 2)
- "The Lazarus Experiment"
- "Human Nature" (Part 1)
- "The Family of Blood" (Part 2)
- "Blink" (Doctor-lite)
- "Utopia" (Part 1, continuing from Torchwood's "End of Days") note
- "The Sound of Drums" (Part 2)
- "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)
- "The Infinite Quest" (set some time between "Gridlock" and "Utopia")
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)
- "Time Crash" (multi-Doctor, with Fifth Doctor)
Christmas Special (25 December 2007)
- "Voyage of the Damned" (72 minutes)
Series 4/Season 30 (13 episodes, 5 April — 5 July 2008)
- "Partners in Crime" (50 minutes)
- "The Fires of Pompeii" (50 minutes)
- "Planet of the Ood"
- "The Sontaran Stratagem" (Part 1)
- "The Poison Sky" (Part 2)
- "The Doctor's Daughter"
- "The Unicorn and the Wasp"
- "Silence in the Library" (Part 1)
- "Forest of the Dead" (Part 2)
- "Turn Left" (Doctor-lite; ties-in with the next episode) (50 minutes)
- "The Stolen Earth" (Part 1; crossover with Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures)
- "Journey's End" (Part 2; featuring the birth of a Tenth Doctor clone, the Meta-Crisis Doctor, 65 minutes)
Proms Special (27 July 2008)
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 — 1 January 2010)
- "The Next Doctor" (2008 Christmas special, 60 minutes)
- "Planet of the Dead" (2009 Easter special, 60 minutes)
- "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.
- "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): 2010-2013Matt 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.
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 — 26 June 2010)
- "The Eleventh Hour" (65 minutes)
- "The Beast Below"
- "Victory of the Daleks"
- "The Time of Angels" (Part 1)
- "Flesh and Stone" (Part 2)
- "The Vampires of Venice" (50 minutes)
- "Amy's Choice"
- "The Hungry Earth" (Part 1)
- "Cold Blood" (Part 2)
- "Vincent and the Doctor"
- "The Lodger"
- "The Pandorica Opens" (Part 1, 50 minutes)
- "The Big Bang" (Part 2, 55 minutes)
The Adventure Games Series 1 (5 June — 23 December 2010)
Christmas Special (25 December 2010)
- "A Christmas Carol" (60 minutes)
Matt Smith's second series saw a change in format, with the series split into two halves; the first 7 airing in the spring, and the last 6 in the early autumn.
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 travelling 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 — 4 June 2011, 27 August — 1 October 2011)
- "The Impossible Astronaut" (Part 1)
- "Day of the Moon" (Part 2)
- "The Curse of the Black Spot"
- "The Doctor's Wife"
- "The Rebel Flesh" (Part 1)
- "The Almost People" (Part 2)
- "A Good Man Goes to War" (Spring finale, 50 minutes)
- "Let's Kill Hitler" (Autumn premiere, 50 minutes)
- "Night Terrors"
- "The Girl Who Waited"
- "The God Complex" (50 minutes)
- "Closing Time"
- "The Wedding of River Song"
The Adventure Games Series 2 — 31 October 2011
Script to Screen Special (1 October 2011)
Home Video Bonus Special (22 November 2011)
Christmas Special (25 December 2011)
- "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe" (60 minutes)
Like Series 6 before it, Series 7 was split into two halves; five episodes in September 2012, and the remaining eight in Spring 2013, with the Christmas special falling in between. Due to the radical differences between the two halves — featuring completely different companions, story arcs, and even a title sequence — 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, 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, 27-31 August 2012)
Series 7A/Season 33, First Half (5 episodes, 1 September — 29 September 2012)
- "Asylum of the Daleks" (50 minutes)
- "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship"
- "A Town Called Mercy"
- "The Power of Three"
- "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)
- "The Snowmen" (60 minutes)
Web Special (25 March 2013)
Series 7B/Season 33, Second Half (8 episodes, 30 March — 18 May 2013)
- "The Bells of Saint John" (spring premiere)
- "The Rings of Akhaten"
- "Cold War"
- "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS"
- "The Crimson Horror"
- "Nightmare in Silver"
- "The Name of the Doctor"
Web Special (26 May 2013)
Home Video Bonus Specials (24 September 2013)
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)
- "The Night of the Doctor" (prequel to "The Day of the Doctor", starring the Eighth Doctor)
- "The Last Day" (another prequel to "The Day of the Doctor")
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)
- "The Time of the Doctor" (60 minutes)
Twelfth Doctor era (Peter Capaldi): 2014-2017This 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 definitively standalone episode. (According to Steven Moffat, Series 9 was deliberately designed to challenge perceptions as to whether each episode was a one-parter, two-parter or even a three-parter, and hence there is some argument about whether some episodes are standalone or not.) The longer-than-usual gap between Series 9 (Fall 2015) and Series 10 (Spring 2017) was relieved by the annual Christmas Episodes in 2015 and '16; a short-lived spinoff, Class, also aired during this gap.
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 — 8 November 2014)
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?
Christmas Special (25 December 2014)
- "Last Christmas" (60 minutes)
Online Special (11 September 2015)
Theatrical Prequel (15 September 2015)
Series 9/Season 35 (12 episodes, 19 September — 5 December 2015)
- "The Magician's Apprentice" (Part 1, 50 minutes)
- "The Witch's Familiar" (Part 2, 50 minutes)
- "Under the Lake" (Part 1)
- "Before the Flood" (Part 2)
- "The Girl Who Died" (Part 1)note
- "The Woman Who Lived" (Part 2)
- "The Zygon Invasion" (Part 1)
- "The Zygon Inversion" (Part 2)
- "Sleep No More"
- "Face the Raven" (Part 1)note
- "Heaven Sent" (Part 2, 55 minutes)
- "Hell Bent" (Part 3, 65 minutes)
2015 Christmas Special (25 December 2015)
- "The Husbands of River Song" (60 minutes)note
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 — 1 July 2017)
- "The Pilot"
- "Thin Ice"
- "Knock Knock"
- "Extremis" (Part 1)
- "The Pyramid at the End of the World" (Part 2)
- "The Lie of the Land" (Part 3)
- "Empress of Mars"
- "The Eaters of Light"
- "World Enough and Time" (Part 1)
- "The Doctor Falls" (Part 2, 60 minutes)
2017 Christmas Special (25 December 2017)
- "Twice Upon a Time" (multi-Doctor, with the First Doctor)
Thirteenth Doctor era (Jodie Whittaker): 2018-presentAnnounced 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 and helmed Torchwood), launched on October 7, 2018 with "The Woman Who Fell to Earth".
Chibnall becoming showrunner also caused a change to the format followed since the birth of NewWho, with the show now consisting of 50-minute episodes airing on Sundays, with the post-series special moved from Christmas to New Year's Day. In addition, for the third time, there was a one-year gap between series, with Series 12 not airing until 2020.
On July 25th, 2021, it was revealed that Series 13 would be comprised of six episodes that comprise a single narrative — the second time Doctor Who has done this since Trial of a Time Lord. Series 13 is also the last regular series that Chris Chibnall would serve as showrunner and the last that Jodie Whittaker would appear as the Doctor. A trilogy of specials in 2022 will bring their runs to a complete close.
Everyone knows you don't get aliens in Sheffield... until a warrior from 5,000 galaxies away arrives to prey on innocent people, and the Doctor drops out of the sky to stop him. With a brand new "Team TARDIS" in tow, she heads off into the unknown once more.
Series 11/Season 37 (10 episodes, 7 October — 9 December 2018)
This series began with the two-parter "Spyfall", with part one airing on New Year's Day and part two airing on January 5, shifting the show to the Sunday slot began by Series 11.
2019 New Year's Special (1 January 2019)
Series 12/Season 38 (10 episodes, 1 January — 1 March 2020)
- "Spyfall" (2 episodes)
- "Orphan 55"
- "Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror"
- "Fugitive of the Judoon"
- "Can You Hear Me?"
- "The Haunting of Villa Diodati" (Part 1)
- "Ascension of the Cybermen" (Part 2)
- "The Timeless Children" (Part 3)
2021 New Year's Special (1 January 2021)
- Doctor Who New Adventures (novels starring the Seventh Doctor, set after his TV episodes)
- Eighth Doctor Adventures (novels starring the Eighth Doctor, set after the TV movie)
- New Series Adventures (novels featuring the New Series Doctors)
- Doctor Who: The Curse of Fatal Death (1999 Comic Relief TV spoof)
- Death Comes to Time (2001 webcast starring Sylvester McCoy)
- The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot (50th Anniversary spoof, 23 November 2013)
- Doctor Who Magazine (comic strips published in the titular magazine)
- Doctor Who (IDW) (comic strips in Doctor Who (IDW))
- Doctor Who Lockdown (webisodes produced and released during the COVID-19 Pandemic lockdown)