42 Best Doctor Who Story Arcs (2005-2013 Series)

by Margaret_Nieter | created - 16 Jun 2013 | updated - 16 Jun 2013 | Public

These are my favorite story arcs of Doctor Who since the reboot in 2005.

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1. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The Impossible Planet (2006)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The TARDIS lands on an alien planet shrouded in a darkness that even the Doctor can't figure out. And what is lurking at the bottom of The Satan Pit?

Director: James Strong | Stars: David Tennant, Billie Piper, Danny Webb, Shaun Parkes

Votes: 4,621

2. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The End of Time: Part One (2009)

TV-PG | 60 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The Ood have given a warning to The Doctor. The Master is returning yet that is not the biggest threat. A darkness is coming which brings with it The End of Time.

Director: Euros Lyn | Stars: David Tennant, John Simm, Bernard Cribbins, Timothy Dalton

Votes: 3,669

3. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The Stolen Earth (2008)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The return of an old enemy leaves Earth along with 26 other planets stolen from their places. As the Doctor and Donna look for the whereabouts of Earth, former companions of the Doctor assemble a resistance against the new Dalek Empire.

Director: Graeme Harper | Stars: David Tennant, Catherine Tate, Billie Piper, Freema Agyeman

Votes: 4,671

4. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: Human Nature (2007)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

In 1913, Martha watches in jealousy from afar as The Doctor learns what it is to be human and to fall in love with the local school nurse, Joan Redfern.

Director: Charlie Palmer | Stars: David Tennant, Freema Agyeman, Jessica Hynes, Rebekah Staton

Votes: 5,063

5. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The Name of the Doctor (2013)

TV-PG | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The Doctor's friends are being kidnapped, which leads him to the fields of Trenzalore, where his greatest secret will be revealed and Clara's mystery will be solved.

Director: Saul Metzstein | Stars: Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman, Alex Kingston, Richard E. Grant

Votes: 5,442

6. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The Doctor's Daughter (2008)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

Caught in the middle of a war between the Humans and the Hath in the planet Messaline, the Doctor finds himself once again a father.

Director: Alice Troughton | Stars: David Tennant, Catherine Tate, Freema Agyeman, Georgia Moffett

Votes: 4,022

7. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The Girl in the Fireplace (2006)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The Doctor, Mickey and Rose land on a spaceship in the 51st century only to find 18th century Versailles on board, the time of Madame De Pompadour! To find out what's going on the Doctor must enter Versailles and save Madame De Popmpadour but it turns into an emotional roller coaster for the Doctor.

Director: Euros Lyn | Stars: David Tennant, Billie Piper, Noel Clarke, Sophia Myles

Votes: 7,453

8. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: Vincent and the Doctor (2010)

TV-PG | 47 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The Doctor and Amy travel back in time to meet Vincent Van Gough and face an invisible monster that only the painter can see

Director: Jonny Campbell | Stars: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Tony Curran, Nik Howden

Votes: 7,232

9. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The Girl Who Waited (2011)

TV-PG | 47 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

Amy is trapped in a quarantine facility for victims of an alien plague which could kill the doctor in minutes if he were to catch it. So Rory is the only one who can go into the facility to... See full summary »

Director: Nick Hurran | Stars: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Josie Taylor

Votes: 3,901

10. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: Bad Wolf (2005)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

Jack, The Doctor and Rose have been kidnapped and forced to play terrible and deadly games. But what happens to the bodies of the murdered contestants? And what sinister plot do the games hide?

Director: Joe Ahearne | Stars: Christopher Eccleston, Billie Piper, John Barrowman, Jo Joyner

Votes: 4,524

11. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: A Christmas Carol (2010)

TV-PG | 62 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

A space liner, with a large number of passengers aboard, is in difficulties while flying through the atmosphere of an unknown planet. Amy and Rory have been spending some time on board in ... See full summary »

Director: Toby Haynes | Stars: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Michael Gambon

Votes: 4,993

12. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The Waters of Mars (2009)

TV-PG | 62 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

In a Mars base the inhabitants are being infected by a mysterious water creature which takes over its victims. The Doctor is thrust into the middle of this catastrophe knowing a larger one is waiting around the corner.

Director: Graeme Harper | Stars: David Tennant, Lindsay Duncan, Peter O'Brien, Aleksandar Mikic

Votes: 3,975

13. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The Rings of Akhaten (2013)

TV-PG | 46 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

Still not quite able to explain just who she is, the Doctor and Clara set off on their first adventure. He takes her to see the Rings of Akhaten and its famous pyramid. The residents of the... See full summary »

Director: Farren Blackburn | Stars: Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman, Michael Dixon, Nicola Thorp

Votes: 4,025

14. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS (2013)

TV-PG | 47 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The Doctor and Clara find themselves aboard a space freighter that has taken the TARDIS on-board as salvage. While the Doctor is ejected, Clara finds herself wandering through the vehicle ... See full summary »

Director: Mat King | Stars: Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman, Ashley Walters, Mark Oliver

Votes: 3,283

15. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The Empty Child (2005)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

Rose and the Doctor find themselves in 1941 London when the TARDIS receives an emergency signal from another time-traveling vehicle. While the Doctor tries to determine where the object may... See full summary »

Director: James Hawes | Stars: Christopher Eccleston, Billie Piper, Kate Harvey, Albert Valentine

Votes: 5,732

16. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The Angels Take Manhattan (2012)

TV-PG | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The Doctor takes Amy and Rory to New York, where the Weeping Angels are waiting for them. River Song returns.

Director: Nick Hurran | Stars: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Alex Kingston

Votes: 5,448

17. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The Sound of Drums (2007)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The Doctor, Martha and Jack return to the 21st Century eighteen months after the Doctor and Martha left. They find they've missed the election, and the new Prime Minister, Harold Saxon, is someone they've met before by another name.

Director: Colin Teague | Stars: David Tennant, Freema Agyeman, John Barrowman, John Simm

Votes: 4,496

18. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The Snowmen (2012)

TV-PG | 60 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

London, 1892. Snow is trying to evolve, feeding off of the nightmares of a little girl. But the Doctor has given up on saving the world. It is up to a young governess named Clara to convince him, with just one word, to save the day.

Director: Saul Metzstein | Stars: Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman, Tom Ward, Richard E. Grant

Votes: 4,488

19. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: Blink (2007)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

Sally Sparrow receives a cryptic message from the Doctor about a mysterious new enemy species that is after the TARDIS.

Director: Hettie Macdonald | Stars: David Tennant, Freema Agyeman, Carey Mulligan, Lucy Gaskell

Votes: 14,754

20. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The Unicorn and the Wasp (2008)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

With a 1926 dinner party turning into a murder mystery, The Doctor and Donna Noble get the chance to meet Agatha Christie on the eve of her well-known 9-days disappearance.

Director: Graeme Harper | Stars: David Tennant, Catherine Tate, Fenella Woolgar, Felicity Kendal

Votes: 4,007

21. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The Sontaran Stratagem (2008)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

UNIT's newest recruit Martha Jones enlists The Doctor's help to investigate kid genius Luke Rattigan and his ATMOS system that is used in every car on Earth.

Director: Douglas Mackinnon | Stars: David Tennant, Catherine Tate, Freema Agyeman, Bernard Cribbins

Votes: 3,555

22. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: Asylum of the Daleks (2012)

TV-PG | 49 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The Doctor, along with Amy and Rory who are headed for divorce, are kidnapped by the Daleks. They find themselves before the Dalek Parliament and the Doctor is quite surprised when he ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Hurran | Stars: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Jenna Coleman

Votes: 5,036

23. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: Planet of the Dead (2009)

TV-PG | 59 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

A meeting in a London bus with jewel thief Lady Christina takes a turn for the worst for the Doctor when the bus takes a detour to a desert-like planet, where the deadly Swarm awaits.

Director: James Strong | Stars: David Tennant, Michelle Ryan, Lee Evans, Noma Dumezweni

Votes: 3,102

24. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The Fires of Pompeii (2008)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

Instead in Rome, The Doctor and Donna Noble end up visiting Pompeii in AD 79, on the eve of the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius, before anyone even knew it was actually a volcano.The entire city is doomed for destruction.

Director: Colin Teague | Stars: David Tennant, Catherine Tate, Phil Cornwell, Karen Gillan

Votes: 4,186

25. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The Doctor's Wife (2011)

TV-PG | 47 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

While traveling in the TARDIS with Rory and Amy, the Doctor hears a knock on the TARDIS doors. Bewildered and no doubt curious, he answers, only to be presented with a mysterious box which ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Clark | Stars: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Suranne Jones

Votes: 5,222

26. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The Unquiet Dead (2005)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The Doctor has great expectations for his latest adventure when he and Rose join forces with Charles Dickens to investigate a mysterious plague of zombies.

Director: Euros Lyn | Stars: Christopher Eccleston, Billie Piper, Alan David, Huw Rhys

Votes: 4,505

27. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The God Complex (2011)

TV-PG | 49 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The Doctor, Amy and Rory become trapped in a hotel of horrors unable to escape and unable to find the TARDIS. The Doctor must save as many people as he can taking many twists and seeing his own worst fear.

Director: Nick Hurran | Stars: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Sarah Quintrell

Votes: 3,553

28. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: 42 (2007)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

On a spaceship headed straight for the center of the sun, The Doctor only has 42 minutes to save Martha and the rest of the ship's crew from an inevitable doom...

Director: Graeme Harper | Stars: David Tennant, Freema Agyeman, Michelle Collins, Adjoa Andoh

Votes: 3,804

29. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The Shakespeare Code (2007)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The Doctor takes Martha to London in 1599, where William Shakespeare's new play is being used by three witches in an evil plan.

Director: Charlie Palmer | Stars: David Tennant, Freema Agyeman, Dean Lennox Kelly, Christina Cole

Votes: 4,207

30. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: Tooth and Claw (2006)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The Doctor and Rose are transported to 19th Century Scotland, where they meet Queen Victoria, and try to protect her from a ravenous werewolf and a band of assassinating warrior-monks

Director: Euros Lyn | Stars: David Tennant, Billie Piper, Pauline Collins, Ian Hanmore

Votes: 4,326

31. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: Father's Day (2005)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

All of her life, Rose's mother told how great a man her father Pete was. He was killed by a hit and run driver when Rose was just a baby and among her many regrets was that her father died ... See full summary »

Director: Joe Ahearne | Stars: Christopher Eccleston, Billie Piper, Camille Coduri, Shaun Dingwall

Votes: 4,619

32. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: Love & Monsters (2006)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

A run in with the Doctor at a young age leads Elton to a group who's studying him, they become friends and have a laugh until Victor Kennedy arrives. Suddenly everything becomes more ... See full summary »

Director: Dan Zeff | Stars: David Tennant, Billie Piper, Camille Coduri, Peter Kay

Votes: 4,939

33. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: Gridlock (2007)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The Doctor takes Martha to New Earth, where she is kidnapped by two carjackers and taken to an underground Motorway, where the remainder of humanity on the planet live in perpetual gridlock.

Director: Richard Clark | Stars: David Tennant, Freema Agyeman, Ardal O'Hanlon, Anna Hope

Votes: 4,323

34. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: New Earth (2006)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

As Rose Tyler embarks upon her first big TARDIS adventure with the newly-regenerated Doctor, they discover a sinister hospital run by strange cat people and run in to two old acquaintances, The Face of Boe and Cassandra.

Director: James Hawes | Stars: David Tennant, Billie Piper, Camille Coduri, Noel Clarke

Votes: 4,139

35. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: A Town Called Mercy (2012)

TV-PG | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The Doctor gets a Stetson (and a gun), and finds himself the reluctant Sheriff of a Western town under siege by a relentless cyborg who goes by the name of The Gunslinger. But who is he and what does he want?

Director: Saul Metzstein | Stars: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Andrew Brooke

Votes: 3,787

36. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The End of the World (2005)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The Doctor takes Rose to the year 5 billion to witness the destruction of the Earth.

Director: Euros Lyn | Stars: Christopher Eccleston, Billie Piper, Simon Paisley Day, Yasmin Bannerman

Votes: 4,874

37. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: Rose (2005)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

Rose Tyler is just an ordinary shop worker living an ordinary life in 21st century Britain. But that life is turned upside down when a strange man calling himself The Doctor drags her into an alien invasion attempt!

Director: Keith Boak | Stars: Christopher Eccleston, Billie Piper, Camille Coduri, Noel Clarke

Votes: 5,562

38. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: School Reunion (2006)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The Krillitanes - aliens with a mix-and-match physiology - are trying to crack the 'God-Maker', a paradigm to give them ultimate power. They are using children as a computer, and only the Doctor and Rose, re-united with Sarah Jane Smith and K9 can prevent them from becoming masters of time and space.

Director: James Hawes | Stars: David Tennant, Billie Piper, Noel Clarke, Anthony Head

Votes: 4,613

39. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe (2011)

TV-PG | 59 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

It's Christmas Eve, 1938, when Madge Arwell comes to the aid of an injured Spaceman Angel as she cycles home. He promises to repay her kindness - all she has to do is make a wish. Three ... See full summary »

Director: Farren Blackburn | Stars: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Claire Skinner

Votes: 3,625

40. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: Amy's Choice (2010)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

Five years after finally leaving the TARDIS Amy and Rory now married, live in the quiet little village of Leadworth. But everything is not what it would seem.

Director: Catherine Morshead | Stars: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Toby Jones

Votes: 4,108

41. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: Partners in Crime (2008)

TV-PG | 48 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

With a new weight-loss pill tested in London by Adipose Industries, The Doctor goes to investigate the sinister truth behind the product, only to find out that his old friend Donna Noble is investigating as well.

Director: James Strong | Stars: David Tennant, Catherine Tate, Billie Piper, Sarah Lancashire

Votes: 4,110

42. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The Hungry Earth (2010)

TV-PG | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The Doctor tries to get everyone to Rio, but nothing quite goes as planned. They arrive in a small Welsh village where the Doctor immediately senses that the ground isn't quite right. There... See full summary »

Director: Ashley Way | Stars: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Neve McIntosh

Votes: 3,589