Doctor Who

10 Worst Episodes of Doctor Who

The Doctor is a Time Lord: a 900 year old alien with 2 hearts, part of a gifted civilization who mastered time travel. The Doctor saves planets for a living—more of a hobby actually, and the Doctor's very, very good at it.

Written by Sophie and last updated on jan 22, 2024.

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Doctor Who - S11E5

#10 - The Tsuranga Conundrum (Season 11 - Episode 5)

Injured and stranded in the wilds of a far-flung galaxy, the Doctor, Yaz, Graham and Ryan must band together with a group of strangers to survive against one of the universe's most deadly - and unusual - creatures.

The episode was rated 7.10 from 1468 votes.

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#9 - Arachnids in the UK (Season 11 - Episode 4)


“Something's happening with the spiders in this city.” The Doctor, Yaz, Graham and Ryan find their way back to Yorkshire - and Yaz's family - only to find something is stirring amidst the eight-legged arachnid population of Sheffield.

The episode was rated 7.10 from 1543 votes.

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#8 - Fear Her (Season 2 - Episode 11)

When the TARDIS lands in 2012, the Tenth Doctor plans to show Rose the London Olympics. However, ordinary children are vanishing into thin air, a mother living in a seemingly normal British household is trying to hide her daughter's unnatural powers from the world, and a demonic presence lurks in an upstairs cupboard.

The episode was rated 7.07 from 1106 votes.

Doctor Who - S12E7

#7 - Can You Hear Me? (Season 12 - Episode 7)


As Graham, Yaz and Ryan return home to see friends and family, they find themselves haunted by very different experiences. Who is the figure calling from beyond the stars for help, and why? And what are the fearsome Chagaskas terrorising Aleppo in 1380? To find the answers, Team TARDIS must embark on a mission which forces them to face their darkest fears.

The episode was rated 7.05 from 952 votes.

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#6 - Once, Upon Time (Season 13 - Episode 3)

'Time is beginning to run wild.' On a planet that shouldn’t exist, in the aftermath of apocalypse, the Doctor, Dan, Yaz and Vinder face a battle to survive.

The episode was rated 7.01 from 701 votes.

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#5 - Love & Monsters (Season 2 - Episode 10)


An ordinary man named Elton Pope becomes obsessed with the Tenth Doctor, Rose and their strange blue box, joining a group of like-minded people in hopes of finding him. But when the mysterious Victor Kennedy joins the group, the fun soon stops and Elton discovers a darker side to his hobby.

The episode was rated 6.88 from 1177 votes.

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#4 - The Vanquishers (Season 13 - Episode 6)

In the final epic chapter in the story of the Flux, all hope is lost. The forces of darkness are in control. But when the monsters have won, who can you count upon to save the universe?

The episode was rated 6.87 from 683 votes.

Doctor Who - S12E6

#3 - Praxeus (Season 12 - Episode 6)


The mysterious “Praxeus” will cause the quartet to split up (never a good idea) to investigate mysteries all over Earth. And what they find will threaten all human life (again).

The episode was rated 6.82 from 954 votes.

Doctor Who - S9E9

#2 - Sleep No More (Season 9 - Episode 9)

This terrifying story is assembled from footage discovered in the wreckage of Le Verrier Space Station.

The episode was rated 6.73 from 1725 votes.

Doctor Who - S12E3

#1 - Orphan 55 (Season 12 - Episode 3)


The Doctor and her friends discover that the luxury resort where they are holidaying is hiding a number of deadly secrets. What are the ferocious monsters attacking Tranquillity Spa?

The episode was rated 6.33 from 1121 votes.

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