List of Doctor Who episodes (2005–present)

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Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. As of 17 April 2022, 870 episodes of Doctor Who have aired, concluding the thirteenth series. This includes one television movie and multiple specials, and encompasses 299 stories over 39 seasons, starting in 1963. Additionally, four charity specials and two animated serials have also been aired. The programme's high episode count has resulted in Doctor Who holding the world record for the highest number of episodes of a science-fiction programme.[1] In May 2017, it was announced that BBC Worldwide sold the right of refusal on future series of the programme until and including series 15 in China.[2][3]

Doctor Who ceased production in 1989, then resumed in 2005. The original series (1963–1989), generally consists of multi-episode serials. The 2005 revival trades the earlier serial format for a run of self-contained episodes, interspersed with occasional multi-part stories and structured into loose story arcs.

The story numbers below are meant as a guide to placement in the overall context of the programme.[4] There is some dispute, for instance, about whether to count Season 23's The Trial of a Time Lord as one or as four serials,[5] and whether the unfinished serial Shada should be included.[6] The numbering scheme in this list follows the official website's episode guide.[4] Other sources, such as the Region 1 classic Doctor Who DVD releases, use different numbering schemes, which diverge after the 108th story, The Horns of Nimon (1979–1980).

Series overview[edit]

The following table dictates the season or series in question for the programme as a whole.

Regular seasons[edit]

Season / SeriesDoctorEpisodesSerialsOriginally airedAverage viewers
Average AI
First airedLast aired
Classic era
Season 1First Doctor42823 November 1963 (1963-11-23)12 September 1964 (1964-09-12)8.0859
Season 239931 October 1964 (1964-10-31)24 July 1965 (1965-07-24)10.4654
Season 3451011 September 1965 (1965-09-11)16 July 1966 (1966-07-16)7.6549
Season 4[a]Second Doctor43910 September 1966 (1966-09-10)1 July 1967 (1967-07-01)7.1049
Season 54072 September 1967 (1967-09-02)1 June 1968 (1968-06-01)7.2353
Season 644710 August 1968 (1968-08-10)21 June 1969 (1969-06-21)6.3854
Season 7Third Doctor2543 January 1970 (1970-01-03)20 June 1970 (1970-06-20)7.1759
Season 82552 January 1971 (1971-01-02)19 June 1971 (1971-06-19)7.96
Season 92651 January 1972 (1972-01-01)24 June 1972 (1972-06-24)8.30
Season 1026530 December 1972 (1972-12-30)23 June 1973 (1973-06-23)8.87
Season 1126515 December 1973 (1973-12-15)8 June 1974 (1974-06-08)8.7860
Season 12Fourth Doctor20528 December 1974 (1974-12-28)10 May 1975 (1975-05-10)10.0056
Season 1326630 August 1975 (1975-08-30)6 March 1976 (1976-03-06)10.1457
Season 142664 September 1976 (1976-09-04)2 April 1977 (1977-04-02)11.0859
Season 152663 September 1977 (1977-09-03)11 March 1978 (1978-03-11)8.9862
Season 16[b]2662 September 1978 (1978-09-02)24 February 1979 (1979-02-24)8.6164
Season 17205[c]1 September 1979 (1979-09-01)12 January 1980 (1980-01-12)11.2165
Season 1828730 August 1980 (1980-08-30)21 March 1981 (1981-03-21)5.8263
Season 19Fifth Doctor2674 January 1982 (1982-01-04)30 March 1982 (1982-03-30)9.24
Season 202263 January 1983 (1983-01-03)16 March 1983 (1983-03-16)7.0367
Season 21[d]2475 January 1984 (1984-01-05)30 March 1984 (1984-03-30)7.1465
Season 22[e]Sixth Doctor1365 January 1985 (1985-01-05)30 March 1985 (1985-03-30)7.1264
Season 23[f]1416 September 1986 (1986-09-06)6 December 1986 (1986-12-06)4.8169
Season 24Seventh Doctor1447 September 1987 (1987-09-07)7 December 1987 (1987-12-07)4.9460
Season 251445 October 1988 (1988-10-05)4 January 1989 (1989-01-04)5.3468
Season 261446 September 1989 (1989-09-06)6 December 1989 (1989-12-06)4.1568
Revived era
Series 1Ninth Doctor131026 March 2005 (2005-03-26)18 June 2005 (2005-06-18)7.9582
Series 2Tenth Doctor131015 April 2006 (2006-04-15)8 July 2006 (2006-07-08)7.7184
Series 313931 March 2007 (2007-03-31)30 June 2007 (2007-06-30)7.5586
Series 413105 April 2008 (2008-04-05)5 July 2008 (2008-07-05)8.0588
Series 5Eleventh Doctor13103 April 2010 (2010-04-03)26 June 2010 (2010-06-26)7.7386
Series 6131123 April 2011 (2011-04-23)1 October 2011 (2011-10-01)7.5286
Series 713131 September 2012 (2012-09-01)18 May 2013 (2013-05-18)7.4486
Series 8Twelfth Doctor121123 August 2014 (2014-08-23)8 November 2014 (2014-11-08)7.2683
Series 912919 September 2015 (2015-09-19)5 December 2015 (2015-12-05)6.0382
Series 10121115 April 2017 (2017-04-15)1 July 2017 (2017-07-01)5.4683
Series 11Thirteenth Doctor10107 October 2018 (2018-10-07)9 December 2018 (2018-12-09)7.9681
Series 121081 January 2020 (2020-01-01)1 March 2020 (2020-03-01)5.4080
Series 13[g]6131 October 2021 (2021-10-31)5 December 2021 (2021-12-05)4.9577


SpecialDoctorEpisodesOriginally aired
20th anniversaryFifth Doctor125 November 1983 (1983-11-25)
Television movieEighth Doctor112 May 1996 (1996-05-12)
2005 ChristmasTenth Doctor125 December 2005 (2005-12-25)
2006 Christmas125 December 2006 (2006-12-25)
2007 Christmas125 December 2007 (2007-12-25)
2008–2010 specials[h]525 December 2008 – 1 January 2010 (2008-12-25 – 2010-01-01)
2010 ChristmasEleventh Doctor125 December 2010 (2010-12-25)
2011 Christmas125 December 2011 (2011-12-25)
2012 Christmas125 December 2012 (2012-12-25)
2013 specials[i]223 November – 25 December 2013 (2013-11-23 – 2013-12-25)
2014 ChristmasTwelfth Doctor125 December 2014 (2014-12-25)
2015 Christmas125 December 2015 (2015-12-25)
2016 Christmas125 December 2016 (2016-12-25)
2017 Christmas125 December 2017 (2017-12-25)
2019 New YearThirteenth Doctor11 January 2019 (2019-01-01)
2020 New Year[j]1 January 2020 (2020-01-01)
2021 New Year11 January 2021 (2021-01-01)
2022 specials[k]3[7]1 January 2022 (2022-01-01) – October 2022[8]


  1. ^ The First Doctor remained for the first two serials of season 4. The Second Doctor featured for the remainder of the season from the third serial, The Power of the Daleks.
  2. ^ Also known by its subtitle, The Key to Time.
  3. ^ Shada was left unfinished due to a strike. The story was later completed and officially released on home media in 2017. The voices of the original actors with new animation was incorporated to bridge the gaps between the recorded live-action segments. It is not included in the episode or story counts as it was not broadcast.
  4. ^ The Fifth Doctor regenerated in the sixth serial of season 21. The Sixth Doctor featured only in the final serial, The Twin Dilemma.
  5. ^ A change in transmission format for this season only as episodes were 45 minutes instead of the usual 23 minutes. Thus a traditional 4-part story was transmitted in 2 parts.
  6. ^ Also known by its subtitle, The Trial of a Time Lord.
  7. ^ Also known by its subtitle, Flux.
  8. ^ These specials consist of the 2008 Christmas, 2009 Easter, 2009 November and the 2009–10 Christmas/New Year's Day episodes.
  9. ^ These specials consist of the 50th Anniversary and 2013 Christmas episodes.
  10. ^ This episode was the first episode of the twelfth series, and thus not a special aired outside of a series, but it was aired outside of the respective series' traditional timeslot to air deliberately on New Year's Day.
  11. ^ These specials consist of the 2022 New Year's Day, 2022 Easter, and late-2022 BBC Centenary special.[7]


Ninth Doctor[edit]

In 2005, the BBC relaunched Doctor Who after a 15-year absence from episodic television, with Russell T Davies, Julie Gardner, and Mal Young as executive producers, Phil Collinson as producer, and Christopher Eccleston taking the lead role of the Ninth Doctor.

The revival is a continuation of the original series. The new series is formatted to a 16:9 widescreen display ratio, and a standard episode length of 45 minutes. For the first time since the 1965–1966 season, each episode has a title, and most stand alone as complete stories. The show also returned to its traditional Saturday evening slot.

Series 1 (2005)[edit]

The 2005 series constitutes a loose story arc, dealing with the consequences of the Time War and the mystery of the seemingly omnipresent phrase 'Bad Wolf'.

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
UK viewers
(millions) [9]
1571"Rose"Keith BoakRussell T Davies26 March 2005 (2005-03-26)1.110.8176
1582"The End of the World"Euros LynRussell T Davies2 April 2005 (2005-04-02)1.27.9776
1593"The Unquiet Dead"Euros LynMark Gatiss9 April 2005 (2005-04-09)1.38.8680
160a4"Aliens of London"Keith BoakRussell T Davies16 April 2005 (2005-04-16)1.47.6382
160b5"World War Three"Keith BoakRussell T Davies23 April 2005 (2005-04-23)1.57.9881
1616"Dalek"Joe AhearneRobert Shearman30 April 2005 (2005-04-30)1.68.6384
1627"The Long Game"Brian GrantRussell T Davies7 May 2005 (2005-05-07)1.78.0181
1638"Father's Day"Joe AhearnePaul Cornell14 May 2005 (2005-05-14)1.88.0683
164a9"The Empty Child"James HawesSteven Moffat21 May 2005 (2005-05-21)1.97.1184
164b10"The Doctor Dances"James HawesSteven Moffat28 May 2005 (2005-05-28)1.106.8685
16511"Boom Town"Joe AhearneRussell T Davies4 June 2005 (2005-06-04)1.117.6882
166a12"Bad Wolf"Joe AhearneRussell T Davies11 June 2005 (2005-06-11)1.126.8186
166b13"The Parting of the Ways"Joe AhearneRussell T Davies18 June 2005 (2005-06-18)1.136.9189

Tenth Doctor[edit]

The Tenth Doctor was portrayed by David Tennant, who was cast before the first series aired.[10]

Series 2 (2006)[edit]

The back-story for the spin-off series Torchwood is "seeded" in various episodes in the 2006 series. Each episode also has an accompanying online Tardisode.

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
UK viewers
(millions) [9]
167"The Christmas Invasion"James HawesRussell T Davies25 December 2005 (2005-12-25)2X9.8484
1681"New Earth"James HawesRussell T Davies15 April 2006 (2006-04-15)2.18.6285
1692"Tooth and Claw"Euros LynRussell T Davies22 April 2006 (2006-04-22)2.29.2483
1703"School Reunion"James HawesToby Whithouse29 April 2006 (2006-04-29)2.38.3185
1714"The Girl in the Fireplace"Euros LynSteven Moffat6 May 2006 (2006-05-06)2.47.9084
172a5"Rise of the Cybermen"Graeme HarperTom MacRae13 May 2006 (2006-05-13)2.59.2286
172b6"The Age of Steel"Graeme HarperTom MacRae20 May 2006 (2006-05-20)2.67.6386
1737"The Idiot's Lantern"Euros LynMark Gatiss27 May 2006 (2006-05-27)2.76.7684
174a8"The Impossible Planet"James StrongMatt Jones3 June 2006 (2006-06-03)2.86.3285
174b9"The Satan Pit"James StrongMatt Jones10 June 2006 (2006-06-10)2.96.0886
17510"Love & Monsters"Dan ZeffRussell T Davies17 June 2006 (2006-06-17)2.106.6676
17611"Fear Her"Euros LynMatthew Graham24 June 2006 (2006-06-24)2.117.1483
177a12"Army of Ghosts"Graeme HarperRussell T Davies1 July 2006 (2006-07-01)2.128.1986
177b13"Doomsday"Graeme HarperRussell T Davies8 July 2006 (2006-07-08)2.138.2289

Series 3 (2007)[edit]

This series introduces Martha Jones and deals with the Face of Boe's final message, the mysterious Mr. Saxon, and the Doctor dealing with the loss of Rose Tyler.

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
UK viewers
(millions) [9]
178"The Runaway Bride"Euros LynRussell T Davies25 December 2006 (2006-12-25)3X9.3584
1791"Smith and Jones"Charles PalmerRussell T Davies31 March 2007 (2007-03-31)3.18.7188
1802"The Shakespeare Code"Charles PalmerGareth Roberts7 April 2007 (2007-04-07)3.27.2387
1813"Gridlock"Richard ClarkRussell T Davies14 April 2007 (2007-04-14)3.38.4185
182a4"Daleks in Manhattan"James StrongHelen Raynor21 April 2007 (2007-04-21)3.46.6986
182b5"Evolution of the Daleks"James StrongHelen Raynor28 April 2007 (2007-04-28)3.56.9785
1836"The Lazarus Experiment"Richard ClarkStephen Greenhorn5 May 2007 (2007-05-05)3.67.1986
1847"42"Graeme HarperChris Chibnall19 May 2007 (2007-05-19)3.77.4185
185a8"Human Nature"Charles PalmerPaul Cornell26 May 2007 (2007-05-26)3.87.7486
185b9"The Family of Blood"Charles PalmerPaul Cornell2 June 2007 (2007-06-02)3.97.2186
18610"Blink"Hettie MacDonaldSteven Moffat9 June 2007 (2007-06-09)3.106.6287
187a11"Utopia"Graeme HarperRussell T Davies16 June 2007 (2007-06-16)3.117.8487
187b12"The Sound of Drums"Colin TeagueRussell T Davies23 June 2007 (2007-06-23)3.127.5187
187c13"Last of the Time Lords"Colin TeagueRussell T Davies30 June 2007 (2007-06-30)3.138.6188

Series 4 (2008)[edit]

This series explores the coincidences binding the Doctor and Donna together. There is also the loose story arc of the planets disappearing and bees also disappearing.

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
UK viewers
(millions) [9]
188"Voyage of the Damned"James StrongRussell T Davies25 December 2007 (2007-12-25)4X13.3186
1891"Partners in Crime"James StrongRussell T Davies5 April 2008 (2008-04-05)4.19.1488
1902"The Fires of Pompeii"Colin TeagueJames Moran12 April 2008 (2008-04-12)4.39.0487
1913"Planet of the Ood"Graeme HarperKeith Temple19 April 2008 (2008-04-19)4.27.5087
192a4"The Sontaran Stratagem"Douglas MackinnonHelen Raynor26 April 2008 (2008-04-26)4.47.0687
192b5"The Poison Sky"Douglas MackinnonHelen Raynor3 May 2008 (2008-05-03)4.56.5388
1936"The Doctor's Daughter"Alice TroughtonStephen Greenhorn10 May 2008 (2008-05-10)4.67.3388
1947"The Unicorn and the Wasp"Graeme HarperGareth Roberts17 May 2008 (2008-05-17)4.78.4186
195a8"Silence in the Library"Euros LynSteven Moffat31 May 2008 (2008-05-31)4.96.2789
195b9"Forest of the Dead"Euros LynSteven Moffat7 June 2008 (2008-06-07)4.107.8489
19610"Midnight"Alice TroughtonRussell T Davies14 June 2008 (2008-06-14)4.88.0586
19711"Turn Left"Graeme HarperRussell T Davies21 June 2008 (2008-06-21)4.118.0988
198a12"The Stolen Earth"Graeme HarperRussell T Davies28 June 2008 (2008-06-28)4.128.7891
198b13"Journey's End"Graeme HarperRussell T Davies5 July 2008 (2008-07-05)4.1310.5791

Specials (2008–2010)[edit]

The specials focus on the "four knocks" and the death of the Tenth Doctor. From "Planet of the Dead", episodes were filmed in HD.[11]

TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
UK viewers
(millions) [9]
1991"The Next Doctor"Andy GoddardRussell T Davies25 December 2008 (2008-12-25)4.1413.1086
2002"Planet of the Dead"James StrongRussell T Davies & Gareth Roberts11 April 2009 (2009-04-11)4.159.7588
2013"The Waters of Mars"Graeme HarperRussell T Davies & Phil Ford15 November 2009 (2009-11-15)4.1610.3288
202a4"The End of Time – Part One"Euros LynRussell T Davies25 December 2009 (2009-12-25)4.1712.0487
202b5"The End of Time – Part Two"Euros LynRussell T Davies1 January 2010 (2010-01-01)4.1812.2789

Eleventh Doctor[edit]

The Eleventh Doctor was portrayed by Matt Smith. Steven Moffat took over as showrunner from the fifth series.

Series 5 (2010)[edit]

This series deals with cracks spreading throughout time, the Pandorica and the Silence which is mentioned in various episodes.

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
UK viewers
(millions) [9]
2031"The Eleventh Hour"Adam SmithSteven Moffat3 April 2010 (2010-04-03)1.110.0986
2042"The Beast Below"Andrew GunnSteven Moffat10 April 2010 (2010-04-10)1.28.4286
2053"Victory of the Daleks"Andrew GunnMark Gatiss17 April 2010 (2010-04-17)1.38.2184
206a4"The Time of Angels"Adam SmithSteven Moffat24 April 2010 (2010-04-24)1.48.5987
206b5"Flesh and Stone"Adam SmithSteven Moffat1 May 2010 (2010-05-01)1.58.5086
2076"The Vampires of Venice"Jonny CampbellToby Whithouse8 May 2010 (2010-05-08)1.67.6886
2087"Amy's Choice"Catherine MorsheadSimon Nye15 May 2010 (2010-05-15)1.77.5584
209a8"The Hungry Earth"Ashley WayChris Chibnall22 May 2010 (2010-05-22)1.86.4986
209b9"Cold Blood"Ashley WayChris Chibnall29 May 2010 (2010-05-29)1.97.4985
21010"Vincent and the Doctor"Jonny CampbellRichard Curtis5 June 2010 (2010-06-05)1.106.7686
21111"The Lodger"Catherine MorsheadGareth Roberts12 June 2010 (2010-06-12)1.116.4487
212a12"The Pandorica Opens"Toby HaynesSteven Moffat19 June 2010 (2010-06-19)1.127.5788
212b13"The Big Bang"Toby HaynesSteven Moffat26 June 2010 (2010-06-26)1.136.7089

Series 6 (2011)[edit]

The series centres on River Song's relation to the Doctor, the Doctor's "death" and discovering what the Silence is. The original transmission of series 6 was split into two parts, with the first seven episodes airing April to June 2011 and the final six from late August to October 2011.

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
UK viewers
(millions) [9]
213"A Christmas Carol"Toby HaynesSteven Moffat25 December 2010 (2010-12-25)2.X12.1183
Part 1
214a1"The Impossible Astronaut"Toby HaynesSteven Moffat23 April 2011 (2011-04-23)2.18.8688
214b2"Day of the Moon"Toby HaynesSteven Moffat30 April 2011 (2011-04-30)2.27.3087
2153"The Curse of the Black Spot"Jeremy WebbStephen Thompson7 May 2011 (2011-05-07)2.97.8586
2164"The Doctor's Wife"Richard ClarkNeil Gaiman14 May 2011 (2011-05-14)2.37.9787
217a5"The Rebel Flesh"Julian SimpsonMatthew Graham21 May 2011 (2011-05-21)2.57.3585
217b6"The Almost People"Julian SimpsonMatthew Graham28 May 2011 (2011-05-28)2.66.7286
2187"A Good Man Goes to War"Peter HoarSteven Moffat4 June 2011 (2011-06-04)2.77.5188
Part 2
2198"Let's Kill Hitler"Richard SeniorSteven Moffat27 August 2011 (2011-08-27)2.88.1085
2209"Night Terrors"Richard ClarkMark Gatiss3 September 2011 (2011-09-03)2.47.0786
22110"The Girl Who Waited"Nick HurranTom MacRae10 September 2011 (2011-09-10)2.107.6085
22211"The God Complex"Nick HurranToby Whithouse17 September 2011 (2011-09-17)2.116.7786
22312"Closing Time"Steve HughesGareth Roberts24 September 2011 (2011-09-24)2.126.9386
22413"The Wedding of River Song"Jeremy WebbSteven Moffat1 October 2011 (2011-10-01)2.137.6786

Series 7 (2012–2013)[edit]

Series 7 started with five episodes and a Christmas special in late 2012, followed by eight episodes in 2013. The series dealt with the exit of the Ponds, the Great Intelligence and the mystery of Clara Oswald, the impossible girl.

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [9]
Special (2011)
225"The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe"Farren BlackburnSteven Moffat25 December 2011 (2011-12-25)10.7784
Part 1
2261"Asylum of the Daleks"Nick HurranSteven Moffat1 September 2012 (2012-09-01)8.3389
2272"Dinosaurs on a Spaceship"Saul MetzsteinChris Chibnall8 September 2012 (2012-09-08)7.5787
2283"A Town Called Mercy"Saul MetzsteinToby Whithouse15 September 2012 (2012-09-15)8.4285
2294"The Power of Three"Douglas MackinnonChris Chibnall22 September 2012 (2012-09-22)7.6787
2305"The Angels Take Manhattan"Nick HurranSteven Moffat29 September 2012 (2012-09-29)7.8288
Special (2012)
231"The Snowmen"Saul MetzsteinSteven Moffat25 December 2012 (2012-12-25)9.8787
Part 2
2326"The Bells of Saint John"Colm McCarthySteven Moffat30 March 2013 (2013-03-30)8.4487
2337"The Rings of Akhaten"Farren BlackburnNeil Cross6 April 2013 (2013-04-06)7.4584
2348"Cold War"Douglas MackinnonMark Gatiss13 April 2013 (2013-04-13)7.3784
2359"Hide"Jamie PayneNeil Cross20 April 2013 (2013-04-20)6.6185
23610"Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS"Mat KingStephen Thompson27 April 2013 (2013-04-27)6.5085
23711"The Crimson Horror"Saul MetzsteinMark Gatiss4 May 2013 (2013-05-04)6.4785
23812"Nightmare in Silver"Stephen WoolfendenNeil Gaiman11 May 2013 (2013-05-11)6.6484
23913"The Name of the Doctor"Saul MetzsteinSteven Moffat18 May 2013 (2013-05-18)7.4588

Specials (2013)[edit]

The specials focus on various incarnations of the Doctor, including the return of the Tenth Doctor and the reveal of the War Doctor and his actions during the Time War.

TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [9]
2401"The Day of the Doctor"Nick HurranSteven Moffat23 November 2013 (2013-11-23)12.8088
2412"The Time of the Doctor"Jamie PayneSteven Moffat25 December 2013 (2013-12-25)11.1483

Twelfth Doctor[edit]

The Twelfth Doctor was portrayed by Peter Capaldi.

Series 8 (2014)[edit]

For series 8 to 10, the episode count was reduced from thirteen to twelve. This series dealt with the mystery identity of the character "Missy" and the mystery around "The Promised Land".

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [9]
2421"Deep Breath"Ben WheatleySteven Moffat23 August 2014 (2014-08-23)9.1782
2432"Into the Dalek"Ben WheatleyPhil Ford and Steven Moffat30 August 2014 (2014-08-30)7.2984
2443"Robot of Sherwood"Paul MurphyMark Gatiss6 September 2014 (2014-09-06)7.2882
2454"Listen"Douglas MackinnonSteven Moffat13 September 2014 (2014-09-13)7.0182
2465"Time Heist"Douglas MackinnonStephen Thompson and Steven Moffat20 September 2014 (2014-09-20)6.9984
2476"The Caretaker"Paul MurphyGareth Roberts and Steven Moffat27 September 2014 (2014-09-27)6.8283
2487"Kill the Moon"Paul WilmshurstPeter Harness4 October 2014 (2014-10-04)6.9182
2498"Mummy on the Orient Express"Paul WilmshurstJamie Mathieson11 October 2014 (2014-10-11)7.1185
2509"Flatline"Douglas MackinnonJamie Mathieson18 October 2014 (2014-10-18)6.7185
25110"In the Forest of the Night"Sheree FolksonFrank Cottrell-Boyce25 October 2014 (2014-10-25)6.9283
252a11"Dark Water"Rachel TalalaySteven Moffat1 November 2014 (2014-11-01)7.3485
252b12"Death in Heaven"Rachel TalalaySteven Moffat8 November 2014 (2014-11-08)7.6083

Series 9 (2015)[edit]

This series dealt with the consequences of the Doctor and Clara's relationship, and the Doctor's confession about the Hybrid.

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [9]
Special (2014)
253"Last Christmas"Paul WilmshurstSteven Moffat25 December 2014 (2014-12-25)8.2882
254a1"The Magician's Apprentice"Hettie MacDonaldSteven Moffat19 September 2015 (2015-09-19)6.5484
254b2"The Witch's Familiar"Hettie MacDonaldSteven Moffat26 September 2015 (2015-09-26)5.7183
255a3"Under the Lake"Daniel O'HaraToby Whithouse3 October 2015 (2015-10-03)5.6384
255b4"Before the Flood"Daniel O'HaraToby Whithouse10 October 2015 (2015-10-10)6.0583
2565"The Girl Who Died"Ed BazalgetteJamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat17 October 2015 (2015-10-17)6.5682
2576"The Woman Who Lived"Ed BazalgetteCatherine Tregenna24 October 2015 (2015-10-24)6.1181
258a7"The Zygon Invasion"Daniel NettheimPeter Harness31 October 2015 (2015-10-31)5.7682
258b8"The Zygon Inversion"Daniel NettheimPeter Harness and Steven Moffat7 November 2015 (2015-11-07)6.0384
2599"Sleep No More"Justin MolotnikovMark Gatiss14 November 2015 (2015-11-14)5.6178
26010"Face the Raven"Justin MolotnikovSarah Dollard21 November 2015 (2015-11-21)6.0584
26111"Heaven Sent"Rachel TalalaySteven Moffat28 November 2015 (2015-11-28)6.1980
26212"Hell Bent"Rachel TalalaySteven Moffat5 December 2015 (2015-12-05)6.1782
Special (2015)
263"The Husbands of River Song"Douglas MackinnonSteven Moffat25 December 2015 (2015-12-25)7.6982

Series 10 (2017)[edit]

This series dealt with the mystery of the vault and the Doctor's oath, later exploring the Doctor and Missy's relationship, and the possibility of Missy "turning good". This season introduces Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) and Nardole (Matt Lucas) as the Doctor's companions.

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [9]
Special (2016)
264"The Return of Doctor Mysterio"Ed BazalgetteSteven Moffat25 December 2016 (2016-12-25)7.8382
2651"The Pilot"Lawrence GoughSteven Moffat15 April 2017 (2017-04-15)6.6883
2662"Smile"Lawrence GoughFrank Cottrell-Boyce22 April 2017 (2017-04-22)5.9883
2673"Thin Ice"Bill AndersonSarah Dollard29 April 2017 (2017-04-29)5.6184
2684"Knock Knock"Bill AndersonMike Bartlett6 May 2017 (2017-05-06)5.7383
2695"Oxygen"Charles PalmerJamie Mathieson13 May 2017 (2017-05-13)5.2783
2706"Extremis"Daniel NettheimSteven Moffat20 May 2017 (2017-05-20)5.5382
2717"The Pyramid at the End of the World"Daniel NettheimPeter Harness and Steven Moffat27 May 2017 (2017-05-27)5.7982
2728"The Lie of the Land"Wayne YipToby Whithouse3 June 2017 (2017-06-03)4.8282
2739"Empress of Mars"Wayne YipMark Gatiss10 June 2017 (2017-06-10)5.0283
27410"The Eaters of Light"Charles PalmerRona Munro17 June 2017 (2017-06-17)4.7381
275a11"World Enough and Time"Rachel TalalaySteven Moffat24 June 2017 (2017-06-24)5.0085
275b12"The Doctor Falls"Rachel TalalaySteven Moffat1 July 2017 (2017-07-01)5.3083
Special (2017)
276"Twice Upon a Time"Rachel TalalaySteven Moffat25 December 2017 (2017-12-25)7.9281

Thirteenth Doctor[edit]

The Thirteenth Doctor is portrayed by Jodie Whittaker.[12] Chris Chibnall took over as showrunner from the eleventh series.

Series 11 (2018)[edit]

For series 11, the episode count was reduced from twelve to ten with each episode having a ten minute increase in run time. The Thirteenth Doctor initially searches for her lost TARDIS, inadvertently bringing her companions with her on her travels, who contemplate returning to their lives but decide to continue travelling. The series also deals with grief. This series also saw the time slot change to Sunday.

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [9]
2771"The Woman Who Fell to Earth"Jamie ChildsChris Chibnall7 October 2018 (2018-10-07)10.9683
2782"The Ghost Monument"Mark TonderaiChris Chibnall14 October 2018 (2018-10-14)9.0082
2793"Rosa"Mark TonderaiMalorie Blackman and Chris Chibnall21 October 2018 (2018-10-21)8.4183
2804"Arachnids in the UK"Sallie AprahamianChris Chibnall28 October 2018 (2018-10-28)8.2283
2815"The Tsuranga Conundrum"Jennifer PerrottChris Chibnall4 November 2018 (2018-11-04)7.7679
2826"Demons of the Punjab"Jamie ChildsVinay Patel11 November 2018 (2018-11-11)7.4880
2837"Kerblam!"Jennifer PerrottPete McTighe18 November 2018 (2018-11-18)7.4681
2848"The Witchfinders"Sallie AprahamianJoy Wilkinson25 November 2018 (2018-11-25)7.2181
2859"It Takes You Away"Jamie ChildsEd Hime2 December 2018 (2018-12-02)6.4280
28610"The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos"Jamie ChildsChris Chibnall9 December 2018 (2018-12-09)6.6579
287"Resolution"Wayne YipChris Chibnall1 January 2019 (2019-01-01)7.1380

Series 12 (2020)[edit]

This series deals with a new incarnation of the Master, the return of Jack Harkness, the appearance of an unknown incarnation of the Doctor who existed at some point before the Time War, and the "lone Cyberman", while following the destruction of Gallifrey and the secret of the Timeless Child. The special marked the last regular appearance of Graham and Ryan.

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [9]
288a1"Spyfall, Part 1"Jamie Magnus StoneChris Chibnall1 January 2020 (2020-01-01)6.8982
288b2"Spyfall, Part 2"Lee Haven JonesChris Chibnall5 January 2020 (2020-01-05)6.0782
2893"Orphan 55"Lee Haven JonesEd Hime12 January 2020 (2020-01-12)5.3877
2904"Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror"Nida ManzoorNina Metivier19 January 2020 (2020-01-19)5.2079
2915"Fugitive of the Judoon"Nida ManzoorVinay Patel and Chris Chibnall26 January 2020 (2020-01-26)5.5783
2926"Praxeus"Jamie Magnus StonePete McTighe and Chris Chibnall2 February 2020 (2020-02-02)5.2278
2937"Can You Hear Me?"Emma SullivanCharlene James and Chris Chibnall9 February 2020 (2020-02-09)4.9078
2948"The Haunting of Villa Diodati"Emma SullivanMaxine Alderton16 February 2020 (2020-02-16)5.0780
295a9"Ascension of the Cybermen"Jamie Magnus StoneChris Chibnall23 February 2020 (2020-02-23)4.9981
295b10"The Timeless Children"Jamie Magnus StoneChris Chibnall1 March 2020 (2020-03-01)4.6982
296"Revolution of the Daleks"Lee Haven JonesChris Chibnall1 January 2021 (2021-01-01)6.3679

Series 13 (2021)[edit]

Series 13 consists of a single story arc, with the subtitle Flux. The series deals with a universe-ending anomaly called the "Flux", which brings several enemies together in an attempt to take over Earth. It also features the Division from Series 12.[13][14] Dan Lewis (John Bishop) joins the series as a new companion.

No. in
Title [a]Directed byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [9]
297a1"The Halloween Apocalypse"Jamie Magnus StoneChris Chibnall31 October 2021 (2021-10-31)5.8176
297b2"War of the Sontarans"Jamie Magnus StoneChris Chibnall7 November 2021 (2021-11-07)5.1377
297c3"Once, Upon Time"Azhur SaleemChris Chibnall14 November 2021 (2021-11-14)4.7075
297d4"Village of the Angels"Jamie Magnus StoneChris Chibnall and Maxine Alderton21 November 2021 (2021-11-21)4.5779
297e5"Survivors of the Flux"Azhur SaleemChris Chibnall28 November 2021 (2021-11-28)4.8377
297f6"The Vanquishers"Azhur SaleemChris Chibnall5 December 2021 (2021-12-05)4.6476

Specials (2022)[edit]

Series 13 is followed by three specials in 2022, the first of which was broadcast on New Year's Day, with another airing Easter Sunday. Whittaker's final feature-length special, in which the Thirteenth Doctor will regenerate, will transmit in October 2022 as part of the BBC's Centenary celebrations.[7][8] The specials loosely continue from Flux, and deal with Yaz and the Doctor's relationship.

No. in
TitleDirected by [15]Written by [15]Original air dateUK viewers
(millions) [9]
2981"Eve of the Daleks"Annetta LauferChris Chibnall1 January 2022 (2022-01-01)4.3077
2992"Legend of the Sea Devils"Haolu WangElla Road and Chris Chibnall17 April 2022 (2022-04-17)3.4776
3003TBAJamie Magnus StoneChris ChibnallOctober 2022 (2022-10)[8]TBDTBA

Fourteenth Doctor[edit]

The Fourteenth Doctor is set to be portrayed by Ncuti Gatwa.[16][17] Russell T Davies is set to return as showrunner, partnering with Bad Wolf, and will take over to celebrate the 60th anniversary and "series beyond".[18] The first of Davies' episodes are set to be broadcast from November 2023.[19]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ These titles are normally prefixed with their respective "Chapter" number, or with the overall serial title "Flux".


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