Doctor Who - Episodes To Watch And Skip Without Spoilers

August - 2021

If you're interested in watching Doctor Who but are intimidated by the number of episodes, here's the list of the ones you should watch with the ones you can skip removed. (The 0 episode numbers are for holiday specials that happened before the official season)

Season 1

  • 1 - Rose
  • 6 - Dalek
  • 8 - Father's Day
  • 9 - The Empty Child
  • 10 - The Doctor Dances
  • 12 - Bad Wolf
  • 13 - The Parting of the Ways

Season 2

  • 0 - The Christmas Invasion
  • 1 - New Earth
  • 3 - School Reunion
  • 4 - The Girl in the Fireplace
  • 5 - Rise of the Cybermen
  • 6 - The Age of Steel
  • 8 - The Impossible Planet
  • 9 - The Satan Pit
  • 12 - Army of Ghosts
  • 13 - Doomsday

Season 3

  • 0 - The Runaway Bride
  • 1 - Smith and Jones
  • 8 - Human Nature
  • 9 - The Family of Blood
  • 10 - Blink
  • 11 - Utopia
  • 12 - The Sound of Drums
  • 13 - Last of the Time Lords

Season 4

  • 1 - Partners in Crime
  • 2 - The Fires of Pompeii
  • 3 - Planet of the Ood
  • 6 - The Doctor's Daughter
  • 8 - Silence in the Library
  • 9 - Forest of the Dead
  • 10 - Midnight
  • 11 - Turn Left
  • 12 - The Stolen Earth
  • 13 - Journey's End

Specials Between 4 and 5

  • 3 - The Waters of Mars
  • 4 - The End of Time – Part One
  • 5 - The End of Time – Part Two

Season 5

  • 1 - The Eleventh Hour
  • 4 - The Time of Angels
  • 5 - Flesh and Stone
  • 7 - Amy's Choice
  • 8 - The Hungry Earth
  • 9 - Cold Blood
  • 10 - Vincent and the Doctor
  • 11 - The Lodger
  • 12 - The Pandorica Opens
  • 13 - The Big Bang

Season 6

  • 1 - The Impossible Astronaut
  • 2 - Day of the Moon
  • 4 - The Doctor's Wife
  • 5 - The Rebel Flesh
  • 6 - The Almost People
  • 7 - A Good Man Goes to War
  • 8 - Let's Kill Hitler
  • 10 - The Girl Who Waited
  • 12 - Closing Time
  • 13 - The Wedding of River Song

Season 7

  • 1 - Asylum of the Daleks
  • 4 - The Power of Three
  • 5 - The Angels Take Manhattan
  • S - The Snowmen
  • 6 - The Bells of Saint John
  • 9 - Hide
  • 13 - The Name of the Doctor

Specials Between 7 and 8

  • 1 - The Day of the Doctor
  • 2 - The Time of the Doctor

Season 8

  • 1 - Deep Breath
  • 4 - Listen
  • 6 - The Caretaker
  • 8 - Mummy on the Orient Express
  • 9 - Flatline
  • 11 - Dark Water
  • 12 - Death in Heaven

Season 9

  • 0 - Last Christmas
  • 1 - The Magician's Apprentice
  • 2 - The Witch's Familiar
  • 5 - The Girl Who Died
  • 6 - The Woman Who Lived
  • 7 - The Zygon Invasion
  • 8 - The Zygon Inversion
  • 10 - Face the Raven
  • 11 - Heaven Sent
  • 12 - Hell Bent
  • 13 - The Husbands of River Song

Season 10

  • 1 - The Pilot
  • 3 - Thin Ice
  • 5 - Oxygen
  • 6 - Extremis
  • 7 - The Pyramid at the End of the World
  • 8 - The Lie of the Land
  • 11 - World Enough and Time
  • 12 - The Doctor Falls
  • 13 - Twice Upon a Time

Season 11

  • 1 - The Woman Who Fell to Earth
  • 2 - The Ghost Monument
  • 3 - Rosa
  • 4 - Arachnids in the UK
  • 6 - Demons of the Punjab
  • 7 - Kerblam!
  • 8 - The Witchfinders
  • 10 - The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos
  • 11 - Resolution

Season 12

  • 1 - Spyfall, Part 1
  • 2 - Spyfall, Part 2
  • 3 - Orphan 55
  • 5 - Fugitive of the Judoon
  • 7 - Can You Hear Me?
  • 8 - The Haunting of Villa Diodati
  • 9 - Ascension of the Cybermen
  • 10 - The Timeless Children
  • 11 - Revolution of the Daleks

Another view

Here's a version of the list with the episodes you can skip scratched out if you prefer to look at it that way.

Season 1

  • 1 - Rose
  • 2 - The End of the World
  • 3 - The Unquiet Dead
  • 4 - Aliens of London
  • 5 - World War Three
  • 6 - Dalek
  • 7 - The Long Game
  • 8 - Father's Day
  • 9 - The Empty Child
  • 10 - The Doctor Dances
  • 11 - Boom Town
  • 12 - Bad Wolf
  • 13 - The Parting of the Ways

Season 2

  • 0 - The Christmas Invasion
  • 1 - New Earth
  • 2 - Tooth and Claw
  • 3 - School Reunion
  • 4 - The Girl in the Fireplace
  • 5 - Rise of the Cybermen
  • 6 - The Age of Steel
  • 7 - The Idiot's Lantern
  • 8 - The Impossible Planet
  • 9 - The Satan Pit
  • 10 - Love & Monsters
  • 11 - Fear Her
  • 12 - Army of Ghosts
  • 13 - Doomsday

Season 3

  • 0 - The Runaway Bride
  • 1 - Smith and Jones
  • 2 - The Shakespeare Code
  • 3 - Gridlock
  • 4 - Daleks in Manhattan
  • 5 - Evolution of the Daleks
  • 6 - The Lazarus Experiment
  • 7 - 42
  • 8 - Human Nature
  • 9 - The Family of Blood
  • 10 - Blink
  • 11 - Utopia
  • 12 - The Sound of Drums
  • 13 - Last of the Time Lords

Season 4

  • 0 - Voyage of the Damned
  • 1 - Partners in Crime
  • 2 - The Fires of Pompeii
  • 3 - Planet of the Ood
  • 4 - The Sontaran Stratagem
  • 5 - The Poison Sky
  • 6 - The Doctor's Daughter
  • 7 - The Unicorn and the Wasp
  • 8 - Silence in the Library
  • 9 - Forest of the Dead
  • 10 - Midnight
  • 11 - Turn Left
  • 12 - The Stolen Earth
  • 13 - Journey's End

Specials Between 4 and 5

  • 1 - The Next Doctor
  • 2 - Planet of the Dead
  • 3 - The Waters of Mars
  • 4 - The End of Time – Part One
  • 5 - The End of Time – Part Two

Season 5

  • 1 - The Eleventh Hour
  • 2 - The Beast Below
  • 3 - Victory of the Daleks
  • 4 - The Time of Angels
  • 5 - Flesh and Stone
  • 6 - The Vampires of Venice
  • 7 - Amy's Choice
  • 8 - The Hungry Earth
  • 9 - Cold Blood
  • 10 - Vincent and the Doctor
  • 11 - The Lodger
  • 12 - The Pandorica Opens
  • 13 - The Big Bang

Season 6

  • 0 - A Christmas Carol
  • 1 - The Impossible Astronaut
  • 2 - Day of the Moon
  • 3 - The Curse of the Black Spot
  • 4 - The Doctor's Wife
  • 5 - The Rebel Flesh
  • 6 - The Almost People
  • 7 - A Good Man Goes to War
  • 8 - Let's Kill Hitler
  • 9 - Night Terrors
  • 10 - The Girl Who Waited
  • 11 - The God Complex
  • 12 - Closing Time
  • 13 - The Wedding of River Song

Season 7

  • 0 - The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
  • 1 - Asylum of the Daleks
  • 2 - Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
  • 3 - A Town Called Mercy
  • 4 - The Power of Three
  • 5 - The Angels Take Manhattan
  • S - The Snowmen
  • 6 - The Bells of Saint John
  • 7 - The Rings of Akhaten
  • 8 - Cold War
  • 9 - Hide
  • 10 - Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
  • 11 - The Crimson Horror
  • 12 - Nightmare in Silver
  • 13 - The Name of the Doctor

Specials Between 7 and 8

  • 1 - The Day of the Doctor
  • 2 - The Time of the Doctor

Season 8

  • 1 - Deep Breath
  • 2 - Into the Dalek
  • 3 - Robot of Sherwood
  • 4 - Listen
  • 5 - Time Heist
  • 6 - The Caretaker
  • 7 - Kill the Moon
  • 8 - Mummy on the Orient Express
  • 9 - Flatline
  • 10 - In the Forest of the Night
  • 11 - Dark Water
  • 12 - Death in Heaven

Season 9

  • 0 - Last Christmas
  • 1 - The Magician's Apprentice
  • 2 - The Witch's Familiar
  • 3 - Under the Lake
  • 4 - Before the Flood
  • 5 - The Girl Who Died
  • 6 - The Woman Who Lived
  • 7 - The Zygon Invasion
  • 8 - The Zygon Inversion
  • 9 - Sleep No More
  • 10 - Face the Raven
  • 11 - Heaven Sent
  • 12 - Hell Bent
  • 13 - The Husbands of River Song

Season 10

  • 0 - The Return of Doctor Mysterio
  • 1 - The Pilot
  • 2 - Smile
  • 3 - Thin Ice
  • 4 - Knock Knock
  • 5 - Oxygen
  • 6 - Extremis
  • 7 - The Pyramid at the End of the World
  • 8 - The Lie of the Land
  • 9 - Empress of Mars
  • 10 - The Eaters of Light
  • 11 - World Enough and Time
  • 12 - The Doctor Falls
  • 13 - Twice Upon a Time

Season 11

  • 1 - The Woman Who Fell to Earth
  • 2 - The Ghost Monument
  • 3 - Rosa
  • 4 - Arachnids in the UK
  • 5 - The Tsuranga Conundrum
  • 6 - Demons of the Punjab
  • 7 - Kerblam!
  • 8 - The Witchfinders
  • 9 - It Takes You Away
  • 10 - The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos
  • 11 - Resolution

Season 12

  • 1 - Spyfall, Part 1
  • 2 - Spyfall, Part 2
  • 3 - Orphan 55
  • 4 - Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror
  • 5 - Fugitive of the Judoon
  • 6 - Praxeus
  • 7 - Can You Hear Me?
  • 8 - The Haunting of Villa Diodati
  • 9 - Ascension of the Cybermen
  • 10 - The Timeless Children
  • 11 - Revolution of the Daleks

The list is based off these - three - lists and a few changes of my own. The big difference here is that I don't put descriptions/spoilers. It's just the episode numbers and titles.