The Best Seasons of Doctor Who

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List of the best seasons of Doctor Who, listed from best to worst with DVD cover pictures when available. Television fans from around the world have voted on this list of the best Doctor Who seasons, so the order the seasons are in isn't just the opinion of one person. Hardcore fans of the show often argue over what the greatest season of Doctor Who is, which is exactly why this ranked list was created. Every season of Doctor Who has at least one memorable episode, so it isn't necessarily easy to figure out what the top season is. Is your favorite season of Doctor Who not as high as it should be? Be sure to vote it up so it rises to the top.

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  • Doctor Who Series 4 (2008)
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    The fourth season of "Doctor Who" premiered on April 5, 2008 and contains 13 episodes. This season features episodes in which the Doctor plays a minimal role.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including "Voyage of the Damned," "The Unicorn and the Wasp" and "Journey's End."

    Memorable moments from Season 4 include:

    - The Doctor lands on an interstellar Titanic
    - Rose and Donna work together to help the Doctor
    - The Doctor regenerates
    915 votes
  • The fifth season of "Doctor Who" premiered on April 3, 2010 and contains 13 episodes. This season features the eleventh Doctor, played by Matt Smith.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including "The Eleventh Hour," "The Hungry Earth" and "The Big Bang."

    Memorable moments from Season 5 include:

    - The return of the Silurians 
    - An alien escapes through Amy's wall
    - Amy and Rory finally get their wedding
    862 votes
  • The first season of "Doctor Who" premiered on March 26, 2005 and contains 13 episodes. This season features the Ninth Doctor, played by Christopher Eccleston.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including "Rose," "World War Three" and "The Parting of the Ways."

    Memorable moments from Season 1 include:

    - The Doctor rescues Rose after she is attacked by mannequins
    - The Doctor and Rose invite Jack on the TARDIS
    - The Doctor regenerates
    803 votes
  • Doctor Who Season 13
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    449 VOTES

    Doctor Who Season 13

    The thirteenth season of "Doctor Who" premiered on Aug. 30, 1975 and contains 26 episodes. This season finds The Doctor cutting ties with UNIT.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including "Terror of the Zygons," "Pyramids of Mars" and "The Seeds of Doom."

    Memorable moments from Season 13 include:

    - The Fourth Doctor is summoned to Earth by the Brigadier
    - The Doctor is taken prisoner, accused of murder
    - The Krynoid aims to make everything plant-based
    449 votes
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    354 VOTES

    Doctor Who Season 12

    The twelfth season of "Doctor Who" premiered on Dec. 18, 1974 and contains 20 episodes. This season features The Fourth Doctor, played by Tom Baker.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including "Robot," "Genesis of the Daleks" and "Revenge of the Cybermen."

    Memorable moments from Season 12 include:

    - The plans for the new disintegrator gun are stolen
    - The Doctor, Sarah, and Harry travel to Skaro to change the history of the Daleks
    - The time travelers face the plague
    354 votes
  • Doctor Who Season 14
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    325 VOTES

    Doctor Who Season 14

    The fourteenth season of "Doctor Who" premiered on Sept. 4, 1976 and contains 26 episodes. This season marks the departure of The Doctor's longtime companion Sarah Jane Smith.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including "The Masque of Mandragora," "The Robots of Death" and "The Talons of Weng-Chiang."

    Memorable moments from Season 14 include:

    - The Doctor and Sarah find themselves caught in a mining explosion
    - The Doctor is named The Evil One by a local tribe
    - The Doctor disintegrates Greel
    325 votes