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What to Watch If You Love 'Doctor Who'

Updated November 18, 2019 2.6k votes 253 voters 2.1k views45 items

List RulesVote up the films and series you know other fans of Doctor Who will love. Please don’t vote if you haven’t seen Doctor Who.

Doctor Who is not just a television show, it's an institution. With more than 50 years of amazing episodes, the Doctor has become a part of the worldwide pop culture zeitgeist, which makes the series almost incomparable to anything else. If you’re searching for ideas about what to watch after Doctor Who, these TV shows and movies are a great place to start. The best movies and shows like Doctor Who feature good science fiction, often time travel, and incredible wit. In this list, you'll find everything from The Orville to Star Trek to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

What programs will you vote to the top of this list? Maybe you're a fan of Galaxy Quest, a similar science fiction film that makes fun of the genre while still managing to tell an amazing story. If you’re looking for more sci-fi, Firefly is an amazing TV series to dive into space-based science fiction better than most. Some of the other notable movies and shows to watch if you like Doctor Who include Stargate: SG1, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Sherlock.

Which shows and movies are the best for Doctor Who fans? Vote up the ones you would recommend to other fans, and be sure to check out the titles you haven’t seen yet.

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