Doctor Who Series In Order: A Streaming Guide To The Whoniverse

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Doctor Who is one of Britain’s longest running television series. The science-fiction show first premiered on BBC in 1963. The original series ran for 33 years, ending with a movie in 1996. The BBC later produced a revival series, which has been running since 2005.

Doctor Who follows the adventures of an extraterrestrial being called ‘the Doctor’. The Doctor is a Time Lord who ran away from their home, Gallifrey, in a stolen TARDIS. A TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimension(s) in Space) is a time travelling spaceship, which appears in the shape of a British police box. The Doctor (often accompanied by a companion) travels through the universe to save lives and battle nefarious foes.

These are the actors who have starred as the Doctor, in chronological order of appearance:

Original Series

  • First Doctor: William Hartness (season 1 - 4, 1963 - 1966)
  • Second Doctor: Patrick Troughton (season 4 - 6 & 22, 1966 - 1969)
  • Third Doctor: John Pertwee (season 7 - 11, 1970 - 1974)
  • Fourth Doctor: Tom Baker (season 12 - 18, 1974 - 1981)
  • Fifth Doctor: Peter Davidson (season 19 - 21, 1981 - 1984)
  • Sixth Doctor: Colin Baker (season 21 - 23, 1984 - 1986)
  • Seventh Doctor: Sylvester McCoy (season 24 - 26 & movie, 1987 - 1996)
  • Eighth Doctor: Paul McGann (movie, 1996)

Revival Series

  • Ninth Doctor: Christopher Eccleston (season 1, 2005)
  • Tenth Doctor: David Tennant (season 2 - 4, 2005 - 2010)
  • Eleventh Doctor: Matt Smith (season 5 - 7, 2010 - 2013)
  • Twelfth Doctor: Peter Capaldi (season 8 - 10, 2013 - 2017)
  • Thirteenth Doctor: Jodie Whittaker (season 10 - 13, 2017 - 2022)
  • Fourteenth Doctor: Ncuti Gatwa (season 14 - 15, 2023 - present)

There have also been actors who guest starred as various incarnations of the Doctor, including John Hurt as the War Doctor and Jo Martin as the Fugitive Doctor.

Over the years, Doctor Who has become a core part of British pop culture. The series also has a cult following in a number of international markets. In addition to the television series, there have also been a number of television specials, movies, comic books and spin-off series, such as Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.

In 2023, a historic deal between the BBC and Disney was made, as Disney handles international distribution. The show will still air on the BBC and BBC iPlayer in the United Kingdom, and the BBC maintains the rights to the intellectual property.

The list below includes where to watch series and movies in the Doctor Who universe chronologically. Our guide includes the latest streaming information across every popular service in the U.K.

Netflix
Disney Plus
Amazon Prime Video
Apple TV Plus
MGM Amazon Channel
Apple TV
Crunchyroll
Amazon Video
Paramount Plus
Channel 4
Sky Go
Crunchyroll Amazon Channel
BBC iPlayer
MUBI
Google Play Movies
BFI Player
Sky Store
Microsoft Store
Freevee
Curzon Home Cinema
ITVX
YouTube
Shudder
ARROW
Arrow Video Amazon Channel
Talk Talk TV
UKTV Play
Rakuten TV
GuideDoc
Movietickets
Netflix Kids
YouTube Premium
BFI Player Amazon Channel
Hayu
Hayu Amazon Channel
My5
BritBox Amazon Channel
MUBI Amazon Channel
STUDIOCANAL PRESENTS Apple TV Channel
STV Player
Curiosity Stream
Flix Premiere
Hotstar
Revry
DOCSVILLE
Now TV
Spamflix
Dogwoof On Demand
Plex
WOW Presents Plus
Magellan TV
BroadwayHD
Filmzie
MovieSaints
Acorn TV
AcornTV Amazon Channel
Dekkoo
True Story
DocAlliance Films
Hoichoi
Now TV Cinema
CuriosityStream Amazon Channel
DocuBay Amazon Channel
Discovery+ Amazon Channel
Fandor Amazon Channel
Full Moon Amazon Channel
ITV Amazon Channel
Pokémon Amazon Channel
Shout! Factory Amazon Channel
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Eros Now Amazon Channel
FilmBox Live Amazon Channel
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Pluto TV
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ShortsTV Amazon Channel
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Paramount+ Amazon Channel
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Icon Film Amazon Channel
Curzon Amazon Channel
Hallmark TV Amazon Channel
Studiocanal Presents Amazon Channel
Sundance Now Amazon Channel
Classix
Sooner Amazon Channel
Takflix
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Sun Nxt
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Netflix basic with Ads
Paramount Plus Apple TV Channel
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OUTtv Amazon Channel
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  1. Doctor Who

    Doctor Who

    1963

    IMDB 8.4 (39k)

    #1

    The adventures of a Time Lord—a time-travelling humanoid alien known as the Doctor—who explores the universe in his TARDIS, a sentient time-travelling space ship. Its exterior appears as a blue British police box, which was a common sight in Britain in 1963 when the series first aired. Along with a succession of companions, the Doctor faces a variety of foes while working to save civilisations, help ordinary people, and right wrongs. The show has received recognition as one of Britain's finest television programmes, winning the 2006 British Academy Television Award for Best Drama Series and five consecutive awards at the National Television Awards during Russell T Davies's tenure as Executive Producer. In 2011, Matt Smith became the first Doctor to be nominated for a BAFTA Television Award for Best Actor. In 2013, the Peabody Awards honoured Doctor Who with an Institutional Peabody "for evolving with technology and the times like nothing else in the known television universe." The programme is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running science fiction television show in the world and as the "most successful" science fiction series of all time—based on its over-all broadcast ratings, DVD and book sales, and iTunes traffic. During its original run, it was recognised for its imaginative stories, creative low-budget special effects, and pioneering use of electronic music.

  2. Dr. Who and the Daleks

    #2

    Scientist Doctor Who accidentally activates his new invention, the Tardis, a time machine disguised as a police telephone box. Who, his two granddaughters Barbara and Susan, and Barbara's boyfriend Ian are transported through time and space to the planet Skaro, where a peaceful race of Thals are under threat of nuclear attack from the planet's other inhabitants: the robotic mutant Daleks.

  3. Doctor Who: The Chase

    #3

    The Doctor and his companions are pursued through time and space by the Daleks on the desert planet Aridius and beyond.

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  4. Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.

    #4

    Doctor Who and his companions are hurled into the future and make a horrifying discovery: the Daleks have conquered Earth! The metal fiends have devastated entire continents and turned the survivors into Robomen.

  5. K-9 and Company: A Girl's Best Friend

    #5

    Sarah Jane Smith arrives at the home of her Aunt Lavinia in the cozy village of Moreton Harwood, only to find that Lavinia is nowhere to be found and that the Doctor has left her a parting gift in K·9 Mark III. With the help of K·9 and Lavinia's young ward Brendan Richards, Sarah Jane starts investigating her aunt's disappearance. In the process, they discover that Moreton Harwood is home to a coven worshipping the pagan god Hecate and preparing for a human sacrifice...

  6. Downtime

    #6

    Retired commander of the United Nations' Intelligence Taskforce, and long-time associate of the mysterious time traveler the Doctor, Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart faces the toughest battle of his military career when he is embroiled in a plot unwittingly set in motion by university chancellor Victoria Waterfield, herself a former companion of the Doctor, to take over the Earth by an evil alien entity called the Great Intelligence, aided by its ferocious robot Yeti cohorts. Can the Brigadier defeat this menace to the Earth without the Doctor's help?

  7. Doctor Who

    #7

    The Seventh Doctor becomes the Eighth. And on the streets of San Francisco – alongside new ally Grace Holloway - he battles the Master.

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  8. Doctor Who

    Doctor Who

    2005

    IMDB 8.6 (247k)

    #8

    The Doctor is a Time Lord: a 900 year old alien with 2 hearts, part of a gifted civilization who mastered time travel. The Doctor saves planets for a living—more of a hobby actually, and the Doctor's very, very good at it.

  9. Doctor Who Confidential

    #9

    Doctor Who Confidential is a documentary series created by the British Broadcasting Corporation to complement the revival of the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. Each episode was broadcast on BBC Three on Saturdays, immediately after the broadcast of the weekly television episode on BBC One. The running time of the first two series was 30 minutes, being extended to 45 minutes in the third. BBC Three also broadcast a cut-down edition of the programme, lasting 15 minutes, shown after the repeats on Sundays and Fridays and after the weekday evening repeats of earlier seasons. Described as focusing on the human element of the series, Confidential features behind-the-scenes footage on the making of Doctor Who through clips and interviews with the cast, production crew and other people, including those who have participated in the television series over the years of its existence. Each episode deals with a different topic, and in most cases refers to the Doctor Who episode that preceded it. There have also been two episodes of Doctor Who Confidential broadcast apart from the showing of Doctor Who episodes: in November 2006 an edition subtitled "Music and Monsters" was produced going behind the scenes of a televised concert of soundtrack music produced as part of that year's Children in Need appeal, and on 3 January 2009, a special edition was broadcast to announce the actor chosen to play the Eleventh Doctor.

  10. Torchwood

    Torchwood

    2006

    IMDB 7.7 (43k)

    #10

    The exploits a team of people whose job is to investigate the unusual, the strange and the extraterrestrial.

  11. The Sarah Jane Adventures

    #11

    A British science fiction television programme that was produced by BBC Cymru Wales for CBBC, created by Russell T Davies and starring Elisabeth Sladen. It was a spin-off of the long-running science fiction show Doctor Who and focused on the adventures of Sarah Jane Smith, an investigative journalist who, as a young woman had numerous adventures across time and space with the Doctor.

  12. Doctor Who: Dreamland

    #12

    While visiting a diner in 1958 Nevada, the Doctor finds an alien artefact and ends up on a mission to save the Rivesh Mantilax from the danger of the Viperox and the U.S. Military.

  13. Doctor Who: Tales Lost in Time

    #13

    Go behind the scenes of Dr Who as never before - and discover the 'lost tales' of the show! Doctors David Tennant, Paul McGann, Peter Davison and Sylvester McCoy are joined in providing insights by Rula Lenska, Simon Pegg, Adam Garcia, John Barrowman, Russell T. Davis and Graham Cole!

  14. Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor

    #14

    In 2013, something terrible is awakening in London's National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion. All of reality is at stake as the Doctor's own dangerous past comes back to haunt him.

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  15. An Adventure in Space and Time

    #15

    Actor William Hartnell felt trapped by a succession of hard-man roles while wannabe producer Verity Lambert was frustrated by the TV industry's glass ceiling. Both of them were to find unlikely hope and unexpected challenges in the form of a Saturday tea-time drama. Allied with a team of unusual but brilliant people, they went on to create the longest running science fiction series ever made.

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  16. Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited

    #16

    As the Doctor's newest companion, Clara Oswald, steps into the TARDIS, take a look back at previous companions that have won over The Doctor's hearts in Doctor Who: The Companions. Along the way, companions past and present talk about how the show has changed their lives, and how they've never quite managed to leave the TARDIS behind.

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  17. Class

    Class

    2016

    IMDB 6.8 (4k)

    #17

    Coal Hill School has been a feature of Doctor Who since the first episode, but now we get to see the day-to-day adventures of the students coping with intrusions from space and time.

  18. Doctor Who Am I

    #18

    In 1996, a Doctor Who TV movie was envisioned to lead the franchise into an exciting new future with a fresh direction but was met only by an outcry from disapproving fans. Now, follow the film’s screenwriter, Matthew Jacobs, as he is pulled back into the world of the Doctor Who fandom, where he unexpectedly finds himself a kindred part of this close-knit, yet vast, family of fans.

  19. Doctor Who: Unleashed

    #19

    Following the same format of Doctor Who: Confidential, Steffan Powell takes audiences behind the scenes of each episode of BBC's Doctor Who.

  20. Doctor Who

    Doctor Who

    2024

    IMDB 5.6 (6k)

    #20

    The Doctor and his companion travel across time and space encountering incredible friends and foes.