The first Doctor Who series, simply named Doctor Who, premiered in 1963, introducing viewers to the good Doctor and his time-traveling TARDIS. Since then, there have been some fun Doctor Who series that expanded the wibbly wobbly universe, spanning over 50 years on air and over 1,000 episodes.
Doctor Who in its thirty-eighth season, made history in 2018 when Jodie Whittaker became the first female Doctor in the show's history. David Tennant, Christopher Eccleston, and Matt Smith are other notable actors who played The Doctor. Torchwood is also a popular series that follows Jack Harkness and a team of alien hunters.
In total, there are eight series in the Doctor Who franchise, some of which are animated or clip shows. Many characters and companions in the Doctor Who franchise appear in multiple series.
In this list, we're going to look at all the Doctor Who shows and find out once and for all which are the best in the Doctor Who TV universe. “Run!” to your nearest screen to revisit Doctor Who and vote up the best Doctor Who TV shows ever made, then check out this list of more shows like Doctor Who to watch and vote on.
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Main Characters: The Doctor, Susan Foreman, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright, Vicki, Steven Taylor, Katarina, Sara Kingdom, Dodo Chaplet, Polly, Ben Jackson, Jamie McCrimmon, Victoria Waterfield, Zoe Heriot, Liz Shaw, Jo Grant, Sarah Jane Smith, Harry Sullivan, The Master, Leela, K-9, Romana, Adric, Nyssa, Tegan Jovanka, Vislor Turlough, The Brigadier, Kamelion, Peri Brown, Jamie McCrimmon, Mel Bush, Ace, Grace Holloway, Rose Tyler, Donna Noble, Martha Jones, Jack Harkness, Astrid Peth, Jackson Lake, Christina de Souza, Adelaide Brooke, Wilfred Mott, Amy Pond, Rory Williams, Madge Arwell, Clara Oswald, Santa Claus, River Song, Nardole, Bill Potts, The Captain, Graham O'Brien, Ryan Sinclair, Yasmin Khan.
Theme Song: "Doctor Who Theme" composed by Ron Grainer.
What Made This Show Unique in the Franchise: One of the most popular science fiction series since it debuted in 1963 and in 2018, the Doctor travels the universe in a space ship called the TARDIS to save civilizations. Jodie Whittaker made history by becoming the first female Doctor.Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, and Donald Wilson. The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer known as the Doctor, a Time Lord/Lady who can change appearance and gender, and his/her companions.... more on Wikipedia
- Actors: Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi, Jodie Whittaker
- Premiered: 1963
Main Characters: Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper, Owen Harper, Toshiko Sato, Suzie Costello, Ianto Jones, Martha Jones, Rhys Williams, Rex Matheson, Esther Drummond, Oswald Danes.
Theme Song: "Torchwood Theme" composed by Murray Gold.
What Made This Show Unique in the Franchise: A small number of alien hunters comprise the Torchwood team. Jack Harkness – who first appeared in Doctor Who – is the immortal con-man who leads the team.Torchwood is a British science fiction television programme created by Russell T Davies. A spin-off from the 2005 revival of long-running science fiction programme Doctor Who, Torchwood aired four series between 2006 and 2011. The show shifted its broadcast channel each series to reflect its growing audience, moving from BBC Three to BBC Two to BBC One, and acquiring US financing in its fourth series when it became a co-production of BBC One and Starz. In contrast to Doctor Who, whose target audience includes both adults and children, Torchwood is aimed at an older audience. Over its run, the show explored a number of themes; prominent among these were existentialism, gay and bisexual... more on Wikipedia
- Actors: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Kai Owen
- Premiered: 2006
Main Characters: Sarah Jane Smith, Maria Jackson, Luke Smith, Mr Smith, Clyde Langer, Rani Chandra, K9, Sky Smith.
Theme Song: "The Sarah Jane Adventures Theme" composed by Murray Gold.
What Made This Show Unique in the Franchise: Sarah Jane Smith uses her past experiences traveling time with The Doctor as a guide to her current work as an investigative journalist. Extraterrestrials are her focus and she and her team often protect the world from alien threats.The Sarah Jane Adventures is a British science fiction television programme, that was produced by BBC Cymru Wales for CBBC, created by Russell T Davies starring Elisabeth Sladen. The programme is a spin-off of the long-running BBC science fiction programme Doctor Who and is focused on a younger audience than Doctor Who. It focuses on the adventures of Sarah Jane Smith, a middle-aged investigative journalist who, in her youth, had numerous adventures across time and space. The series debuted on BBC One with a 60-minute special, "Invasion of the Bane", on 1 January 2007, and broadcast through to 2011. It was nominated for a British Academy Children's Award in 2008 in the Drama category, and... more on Wikipedia
- Actors: Elisabeth Sladen, Daniel Anthony, Alexander Armstrong
- Premiered: 2007
Main Characters: Charlie Smith, Ram Sing, April MacLean, Tanya Adeola, Miss Andrea Quill.
Theme Song: "Up All Night" by Alex Clare.
What Made This Show Unique in the Franchise: Five students and staff at Coal Hill Academy deal with alien threats and their own complicated personal lives. Monsters threaten to breakthrough the the walls of space and time and this elite group must stop them.Class is a British science fiction drama programme, and a spin-off of the long-running programme Doctor Who. The story focuses on five of the students and staff at Coal Hill Academy, a longtime recurrent location of Doctor Who, who are tasked by the Doctor to deal with alien threats while trying to deal with their personal lives.... more on Wikipedia
- Actors: Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins, Vivian Oparah, Katherine Kelly
- Premiered: 2016