Doctor Who art for the Doctor Who viewing order, featuring a peek at each Doctor.

What’s on the Doctor Who Viewing Order?


Creating a Doctor Who viewing order has always been tricky. The makers of Doctor Who never made clear statements about the canon of the Doctor Who franchise. Many of the novels have little to do with the show. However, some of the recent ones do. It is also very tricky to build a timeline due to the fact that the Doctor transcends space and time. Thankfully we have the chronology of the Doctors themselves. So I have tried to put the pieces of media in a list by doctor. For now, I’ve included just the television series. Perhaps the novels and other platforms will join this timeline eventually.

This is the episode list for all the Doctor Who episodes from William Hartnell to the present. Furthermore, this timeline also contains episodes from Torchwood, the Sarah Jane Adventures, and Class. These are spin-off series. So if you’re only interested in watching the episodes, here you go. Additionally, if you want a really good timeline with all forms of Doctor Who media, including books and comics, I recommend visiting this site.

entries

ChronologicalSeriesBuyTitleTypeAuthorReleased

35

First Doctor

TV Episode

Peter R. Newman

1964-07-25

31

First Doctor

TV Episode

Peter R. Newman

1964-06-20

263

Ninth Doctor

TV Episode

Russell T Davies

2005-05-07

32

First Doctor

TV Episode

Peter R. Newman

1964-06-27

41

First Doctor

TV Episode

Dennis Spooner

1964-09-05

39

First Doctor

TV Episode

Dennis Spooner

1964-08-22

37

First Doctor

TV Episode

Dennis Spooner

1964-08-08

264

Ninth Doctor

TV Episode

Paul Cornell

2005-05-14

38

First Doctor

TV Episode

Dennis Spooner

1964-08-15

42

First Doctor

TV Episode

Dennis Spooner

1964-09-12

40

First Doctor

TV Episode

Dennis Spooner

1964-08-29

265

Ninth Doctor

TV Episode

Steven Moffat

2005-05-21

266

Ninth Doctor

TV Episode

Steven Moffat

2005-05-28

267

Ninth Doctor

TV Episode

Russell T Davies

2005-06-04

268

Ninth Doctor

TV Episode

Russell T Davies

2005-06-11

269

Ninth Doctor

TV Episode

Russell T Davies

2005-06-18

481

Twelfth Doctor

TV Episode

Steven Moffat

2017-04-15

158

Third Doctor

TV Episode

Bob Baker
Dave Martin

1972-12-30

159

Third Doctor

TV Episode

Robert Holmes

1973-01-27

482

Twelfth Doctor

TV Episode

Frank Cottrell-Boyce

2017-04-22

160

Third Doctor

TV Episode

Malcolm Hulke

1973-02-24

483

Twelfth Doctor

TV Episode

Sarah Dollard

2017-04-29

484

Twelfth Doctor

TV Episode

Mike Bartlett

2017-05-06

161

Third Doctor

TV Episode

Terry Nation

1973-04-07

485

Twelfth Doctor

TV Episode

Jamie Mathieson

2017-05-13

2 thoughts on “Doctor Who Viewing Order

  1. Well done, except please don’t tell people to watch Night of the Doctor after the TV movie, as it spoils the reveal of the war doctor. You should watch it as a prequel to Day of The Doctor.

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