Doctor Who just passed its 60th anniversary since its first airing on TV, and 2025 will mark 20 years since the show was revived for a modern audience. Given this history, it's hard to understate how culturally important the series has been. From the TARDIS to each Doctor's iconic outfit, people can't seem to get enough.
Much of the credit for this popularity can be attributed to the people who made the revival, as the modern era has brought in hundreds of thousands of new fans. From showrunners Russell T. Davies, Steven Moffat, and Chris Chibnall to the actors behind all 6 modern iterations of the Doctor, Doctor Who has had some of its best episodes ever in the last 19 years.
Through that time, there have been 13 seasons of the show, along with specials that fall between seasons. Even the most devoted fans have to admit that, while some seasons are worth endless rewatches, others just missed the mark.
While there is something to love about each of the modern seasons, not every season has stood the test of time. Looking back, some of Russell T. Davies’s early seasons have a lot of filler episodes, while some of Steven Moffat’s have hidden gems.
There is a degree of personal preference to be considered, but we’ve done our best to rank each season from best to worst, taking into account each episode as well as the overall season arc.
Warning: Spoilers ahead!