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Every 'Doctor Who' Show & Spinoff Across Time And Space

List RulesVote up the best show in the Doctor Who television franchise.

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
    • Actors: Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill, John Bishop, Tosin Cole, Bradley Walsh
    • Premiered: March 26, 2005
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  • Main Characters: Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon, Victoria Waterfield.

    Theme Song: A revised arrangment of the "Doctor Who Theme" composed by Ron Grainer.

    What Made This Show Unique in the Franchise: This was the completely missing serial from the fifth season of the series. The surviving audio was used to recreate the story as an animated miniseries.

    Doctor Who: Fury From the Deep (BBC America, 2021) is a British sci-fi animation miniseries based on the Doctor Who series created by Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, and Donald Wilson. When the TARDIS lands in the sea off the eastern coast of England, the Second Doctor, Jamie, and Victoria investigate a nearby beach, which seems to have an improbably large amount of sea foam as well as a major gas pipe marked “Euro Sea Gas” What is really happening at "Euro Sea Gas." Can the Second Doctor, Jamie and Victoria survive "The Fury from the Deep"!  ...more
    • Actors: Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines, Victor Maddern
    • Premiered: September 14, 2020
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  • 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.

    A journalist and her friends align to combat evil alien forces.  ...more
    • Actors: Elisabeth Sladen, Tommy Knight, Daniel Anthony, Alexander Armstrong, Juliet Cowan
    • Premiered: September 24, 2007
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    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.

    This series is set inside a branch of a covert agency called the Torchwood Institute, where dashing commander in chief Capt. Jack Harkness leads Torchwood Three, an ace team of experts, as it investigates unexplained extraterrestrial incidents on Earth. Other members of the team include newest member Gwen Cooper; medical officer Dr. Owen Harper; computer specialist Toshiko Sato; and technician Ianto Jones. Torchwood Three operates independently of the British government, law enforcement groups and even the United Nations.  ...more
    • Actors: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Burn Gorman, Naoko Mori, Gareth David-Lloyd
    • Premiered: October 22, 2006
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