Which Classic Doctor Who Episodes are on BBC IPlayer?

This week, an enormous selection of Doctor Who related material dropped on BBC IPlayer to celebrate the British Sci-Fi show’s 60th anniversary. For the first time, a collection of nearly every surviving episode of the classic series is available to stream on the catch-up service.

The series began in 1963, with William Hartnell in the lead role. Over the next twenty-six years, six more actors would take his place. The series was cancelled in 1989, briefly returning for a TV movie in 1996 starring Paul McGann. It was then revived in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston as the doctor. David Tennant, Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi and Jodie Whittaker have all played the title character since then, with Ncuti Gatwa due to take over after a brief second stint from Tennant.

The vast collection of Doctor Who material now available on BBC IPlayer comprises both the classic and modern series plus spin-offs, documentaries and more.

In this article, we shall list classic serials that are part of the collection. This obviously isn’t the complete series, as there are several missing episodes from the early years. One existing serial omitted is the debut An Unearthly Child, which was unable to be licensed. Some of the missing episodes have since been animated using sound from off-air recordings, examples of this will be marked.

There are other instances for the first two doctors where extant episodes from the incomplete series are also included. Here are the serials included in the drop, and the number of episodes available.

The First Doctor (William Hartnell) (1963-1966)

Season 1

The Daleks (7)
The Edge of Destruction (2)
The Keys of Marinus (6)
The Aztecs (4)
The Sensorites (6)
The Reign of Terror (Part Animated episodes) (6)

Season 2

Planet of Giants (3)
The Dalek Invasion of Earth (6)
The Rescue (2)
The Romans (4)
The Web Planet (6)
The Crusade (2)
The Space Museum (4)
The Chase (6)
The Time Meddler (4)

Season 3

Galaxy 4 (Animated) (4)
The Dalek’s Master Plan (3)
The Ark (4)
The Celestial Toymaker (1)
The Gunfighters (4)
The War Machines (4)

Season 4

The Tenth Planet (E4 Animated) (4)

The Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton):(1966-1969)

The Power of the Daleks (Animated) (6)
The Underwater Menace (2)
The Moonbase (Animated) (4)
The Macra Terror (Animates (4)
The Faceless Ones (Animated) (6)
The Evil of the Daleks (Animated) (7)

Season 5

The Tomb of the Cybermen (4)
The Abominable Snowmen (1)
The Ice Warriors – Part Animated) (6)
The Enemy of the World (6)
The Web of Fear – Part Animated (6)
Fury from the Deep – Part Animated (6)
The Wheel in Space (2)

Season 6

The Dominators (5)
The Mind Robber (5)
The Invasion – Part Animated (8)
The Krotons (4)
The Seeds of Death (6)
The Space Pirates (1)
The War Games (10)

The Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) (1970-1974)

Season 7

Spearhead from Space (4)
Doctor Who and the Silurians (7)
The Ambassadors of Death (7)
Inferno (7)

Season 8

Terror of the Autons (4)
The Mind of Evil (6)
The Claws of Axos (4)
Colony in Space (6)
The Dæmons (5)

Season 9

Day of the Daleks (4)
The Curse of Peladon (4)
The Sea Devils (6)
The Mutants (6)
The Time Monster (6)

Season 10

The Three Doctors (4)
Carnival of Monsters (4)
Frontier in Space (6)
Planet of the Daleks (6)
The Green Death (6)

Season 11

The Time Warrior (4)
Invasion of the Dinosaurs (6)
Death to the Daleks (4)
The Monster of Peladon (6)
Planet of the Spiders (6)

The Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) (1974-1981)

Robot (4)
The Ark in Space (4)
The Sontaran Experiment (2)
Genesis of the Daleks (6)
Revenge of the Cybermen (4)

Season 13

Terror of the Zygons (4)
Planet of Evil (4)
Pyramids of Mars (4)
The Android Invasion (4)
The Brain of Morbius (4)
The Seeds of Doom (6)

Season 14

The Masque of Mandragora (4)
The Hand of Fear (4)
The Deadly Assassin (4)
The Face of Evil (4)
The Robots of Death (4)
The Talons of Weng-Chiang (6)

Season 15

Horror of Fang Rock (4)
The Invisible Enemy (4)
Image of the Fendahl (4)
The Sun Makers (4)
Underworld (4)
The Invasion of Time (6)

Season 16

The Ribos Operation (4)
The Pirate Planet (4)
The Stones of Blood (4)
The Androids of Tara (4)
The Power of Kroll (4)
The Armageddon Factor (6)

Season 17

Destiny of the Daleks (4)
City of Death (4)
The Creature from the Pit (4)
Nightmare of Eden (4)
The Horns of Nimon (4)
Shada (Part Animated) (6)

Season 18

The Leisure Hive (4)
Meglos (4)
Full Circle (4)
State of Decay (4)
Warriors’ Gate (4)
The Keeper of Traken (4)
Logopolis (4)

The Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison) (1981-1984)

Season 19

Castrovalva (4)
Four to Doomsday (4)
Kinda (4)
The Visitation (4)
Black Orchid (2)
Earthshock (4)
Time-Flight (4)

Season 20

Arc of Infinity (4)
Snakedance (4)
Mawdryn Undead (4)
Terminus (4)
Enlightenment (4)
The King’s Demons (2)


The Five Doctors

Season 21

Warriors of the Deep (4)
The Awakening (2)
Frontios (4)
Resurrection of the Daleks (2)
Planet of Fire (4)
The Caves of Androzani (4)

The Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker) (1984-1986)

The Twin Dilemma (4)

Season 22

Attack of the Cybermen (2)
Vengeance on Varos (2)
The Mark of the Rani (2)
The Two Doctors (3)
Timelash (2)
Revelation of the Daleks (2)

Season 23

The Trial of a Time Lord (14)

Season 24

Time and the Rani (4)
Paradise Towers (4)
Delta and the Bannermen (3)
Dragonfire (3)

Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) (1987-1989)

Season 25

Remembrance of the Daleks (4)
The Happiness Patrol (3)
Silver Nemesis (3)
The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (4)

Season 26

Battlefield (4)
Ghost Light (3)
The Curse of Fenric (4)
Survival (3)


1996 movie starring Paul McGann.

The following are existing episodes which have been animated elsewhere.

Galaxy 4: Air Lock
The Faceless Ones: Episode 1
The Faceless Ones: Episode 3
The Evil of the Daleks: Episode 2

Please note that the above information could change at any time. Which serial will you watch first?

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