Doctor Who story guide

The Husbands of River Song ***

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The Husbands of River Song ***

The Time Lord hooks up with his old flame in a hectic caper, which saves its sparkle till the end

Hell Bent *****

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Hell Bent *****

The Doctor faces down the Time Lords – and says a proper farewell to Clara in a satisfying finale that opens a well of sorrow

Heaven Sent *****

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Heaven Sent *****

Peter Capaldi's one-man show is an instant, format-stretching classic from Steven Moffat

Face the Raven ***

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Face the Raven ***

A pedestrian dramatic cul-de-sac with a poignant dead end, as Ashildr ensnares the Doctor, and Clara apparently dies

Sleep No More ****

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Sleep No More ****

Mark Gatiss keeps us wide awake in his spookiest episode yet – guest-starring Reece Shearsmith

The Zygon Invasion / The Zygon Inversion *****

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The Zygon Invasion / The Zygon Inversion *****

The alien shapeshifters are back in a suspenseful commentary on real-world crises – and Peter Capaldi triumphs in a soul-searching peace negotiation for our times

The Woman Who Lived ***

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The Woman Who Lived ***

Who is the Knightmare – and who is the real woman who lived? A dark and beautiful study of immortality and the brevity of life

The Girl Who Died *****

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The Girl Who Died *****

Jamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat invest a traditional formula with a twist of unpredictability and immortality

Last Christmas ***

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Last Christmas ***

Santa Claus meets the Doctor..? "Certainly the strangest bloody thing I’ve ever written,” says Steven Moffat

Dark Water/Death in Heaven ****

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Dark Water/Death in Heaven ****

Missy is revealed as the Master and the Cybermen invade as Doctor Who honours its fallen soldiers in a macabre, exhilarating two-part finale

In the Forest of the Night ***

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In the Forest of the Night ***

Frank Cottrell-Boyce swathes Doctor Who in greenery and visions of William Blake — fable and poetry under a canopy of nonsense

Flatline *****

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Flatline *****

The 250th story: the Doctor and Clara face a dimensionally transcendental menace in an outstanding, gritty tribute to Banksy

Kill the Moon *****

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Kill the Moon *****

Save the Earth and kill the Moon? Clara faces a dreadful dilemma – and giant spiders

The Caretaker *****

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The Caretaker *****

An undercover Doctor brings delightful mayhem to Clara's school

Time Heist *

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Time Heist *

This bank robbery time-bender, co-starring Keeley Hawes, could have been solid gold but pays in lead

Listen *****

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Listen *****

Has everyone had the same nightmare? A classy, creepy study of fear and loneliness

Robot of Sherwood *****

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Robot of Sherwood *****

When folk heroes collide – a superb, witty, heart-warming encounter between the Time Lord and Robin Hood