Sunday, December 30, 2012

Doctor Who, Torchwood, & Sarah Jane Adventures Watching Order

Doctor Who, Torchwood & Sarah Jane Adventures Watching Order

To help my new-to-Who friends,  some of whom are a little confused, I've made a chart showing the order to watch which episode & special of Doctor Who, Torchwood, & The Sarah Jane Adventures ... a sort of Whovian Guide for the Newvian... as best as I can figure :)

Order to Watch Doctor Who,  Torchwood,  & The Sarah Jane Adventures
Doctor Who Series 1
9th Doctor & Rose Tyler
1. Rose
2. The End of the World
3. The Unquiet Dead
4. Aliens of London
5. World War 3
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 

Christmas Special
10th Doctor & Rose Tyler
Christmas Invasion

Doctor Who Series 2
10th Doctor & Rose Tyler
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 
Events at the end of Doctor Who Series 2 take place prior to Torchwood Series 1
Christmas Special 
10th Doctor & Donna Noble 
The Runaway Bride
Torchwood Series 1
1. Everything Changes
2. Day One
Events in Doctor Who Series 2 take place prior to The Sarah Jane Adventures
Doctor Who Series 3
10th Doctor & Martha Jones
1. Smith & 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
3. Ghost Machine
4. Cyberwoman
5. Small Worlds
6. Countrycide
7. Greeks Bearing Gifts
8. They keep Killing Suzie
9. Random Shoes
10. Out of Time
11. Combat
12. Captain Jack Harkness
13. End of Days
The Sarah Jane Adventures
New Year's Day Special
Invasion of the Bane

The Sarah Jane Adventures Series 1

2-part episodes
11. Utopia
12. The Sound of Drums
13. Last of the Time Lords 
<-- Events at the end of Torchwood Series 1 take place before these episodes  1. & 2.
Revenge of the Slitheen
Christmas Special
10th Doctor 
Voyage of the Damned
Torchwood Series 2
1. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
2. Sleeper
3. To The Last Man

3. & 4.
Eye of the Gorgon
Doctor Who Series 4
10th Doctor & Donna Noble
1. Partners in Crime
2. The Fires of Pompeii
3. Planet of the Ood
4. The Sontaran Stratagem
5. The Poison Sky
4. Meat
5. Adam
6. Reset
7. Dead Man Walking
8. A Day in the Death
9. Something Borrowed
10. From Out of the Rain
5. & 6. 
Warriors of Kudlak

7. & 8.
Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?
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
11. Adrift
12. Fragments
13. Exit Wounds

9. & 10. 
The Lost Boy
(see note below)
12. The Stolen Earth 
13. Journey's End 
<-- DW / TW crossover
Events at the end of Torchwood series 2 take place before the final 2 episodes of DW Series 4
<-- DW / SJA crossover.
Events in the final 2 episodes of SJA (take place AFTER the final 2 episodes of DW Series 4 
Christmas Special
10th Doctor
The Next Doctor

Easter Special
10th Doctor
Planet of the Dead
Torchwood : Children of the Earth
Mini-series of 5 episodes titled
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
The Sarah Jane Adventures Series 2
2-part episodes
1. 2. The Last Sontaran
3. 4. The Day of the Clown
5. 6. Secrets of the Stars
7. 8. The Mark of the Berserker
9. 10. The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith
11. 12. Enemy of the Bane
Autumn Special
10th Doctor
The Waters of Mars
Episodes 5 & 6 of the Sarah Jane Adventures Series 3, "The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith", take place before the Doctor Who Christmas Special "End of Time part 1"The Sarah Jane Adventures Series 3 2-part episodes
1. 2. Prisoner of the Judoon
3. 4. The Mad Woman in the Attic
5. 6. The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith
Christmas Special
The End of Time part 1

New Years Special
The End of Time part 2
7. 8. The Eternity Trap
9. 10. Mona Lisa's Revenge
The Gift
Doctor Who Series 5
11th Doctor & Amy Pond
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 
Episodes 5 & 6 of the Sarah Jane Adventures Series 4. "Death of the Doctor" take place after Doctor Who Series 5 episode 13, "The Big Bang", and before the Christmas Special "A Christmas Carol".           Sarah Jane Adventures
Series 4
2-part episodes
1. 2. The Vault of Secrets
3. 4. The Nightmare Man
5. 6. Death of the Doctor
Christmas Special
11th Doctor & Amy Pond
A Christmas Carol
7. 8. The Empty Planet
9. 10. Lost in Time
11. 12. Goodbye Sarah Jane Smith
Doctor Who Series 6
11th Doctor & Amy Pond 
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
Torchwood : Miracle Day

1. The New World
2. Rendition
3. Dead of Night
4. Eascape to L.A.
5. The Categories of Life
6. The Middle Men
7. Immortal Sins
8. End of the Road
9. The Gathering
10. The Blood Line

12. Closing Time
13. The Wedding of River Song
The events in Miracle Day appear to take place and be resolved prior to the end of episode 11 of DW Series 6Sarah Jane Adventures
Series 5

2-part episodes
The Curse of Clyde Langer
The Man Who Never Was
Christmas Special
11th Doctor
The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
Doctor Who Series 7 
Part 1
11th Doctor & Amy Pond 
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
Christmas Special
11th Doctor
The Snowmen
Doctor Who Series 7
Part 2
11th Doctor & Clara 
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
50th Anniversary Prequel
mini webisode
The Night of the Doctor

50th Anniversary Special
The Day of the Doctor
Christmas Special
11th Doctor
The Time of the Doctor
Last Updated June 2015

I hope you find this helpful! I tried not to make it spoiler-ish. If you spot something I should change, please let me know in the comments!


  1. I wish I had this a few months ago!! I think I screwed up the specials... oh well, I guess a re-watch is in order!!! thanks!!!!

  2. Netflix has them all in order except the "Planet of the Dead" through "The End of Time" are separate

  3. i just started watching doctor who and this has been incredibly helpful...thank you the wallpaper

  4. Nice, thank you! One recommendation though: Torchwood series 2 should be watched before DW Stolen Earth/Journey's End since these include Capt. Jack Harkness and other Torchwood members and not those who deceased on Torchwood S02, E13. Also I'd add featuring Capt. Jack Harkness to Stolen Earth/Journey's End and maybe also The End of Time part 2 (small role).

    1. Thanks, good catch! I've made that adjustment, as well as added that it crosses over with Sarah Jane Adventures - I may add that series to the chart.

    2. Please add the Sarah Jane Adventures to the chart! :)

  5. I want to say that this has been immensely helpful in going in order with everything. Are you going to update it as the series continues?

    Thank you so very much for this!

    1. Thanks, I'm glad! I suppose I'll keep it up to date as soon as we get new episodes - one more month until the 50th anniversary special!

  6. Where do you watch day of the doctor?

  7. Very helpful!
    Please don't forget to keep it up to date :P

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  9. I just want to thank you for posting this. I am a new Doctor Who fan, and I was told that I needed to watch Torchwood, and in a certain. I have used this guide, I am Cycle 3/Season1 right now... Thanks

  10. Can you add The Sarah Jane Adventures, please?

  11. I just wanted to say thank you for this excellent guide. I has been my bible for the last couple of months, being a whovian in the making. First time watcher of the Doctor and Torchwood this viewing order has been priceless. So: Thank you!

  12. Thank you so much for this wonderful guide! I've quickly become addicted to Doctor Who and Torchwood. And I'm also really glad that you added the Sarah Jane Adventures, because that series has been on my to-watch list for ages. I have a question, though- I'm currently just catching up to the end of DW season 4 and Torchwood season 2, and I'm anticipating the finale of DW, but I've only seen the first episode of the SJ adventures. Do I need to watch the whole series before watching the DW finale? Will there be spoilers in it?

  13. I am a little confused about this. I just finished watching Doctor Who Series 1 and now I am wondering if I should watch Series 1 of Torchwood after the Series 2 Christmas special of Doctror who or if I should watch Series 3 of Doctor who (until episode Utopia) and then Torchwood Series 1 or if I should watch one episode of Doctor Series 3 and then one episode of Torchwood Series 1 and so on... I would really appreciate some help pleas.

    1. I had reponded to this but then deleted it - it's gone all wibbly wobbly in my own mind now! I'll have to give it some thought and see why I put that notation there, perhaps it should be left off or changed.

  14. Excellently compiled. Very useful, and it hasn't steered us wrong!

  15. Thanks so much for creating this, and for keeping it updated. It's been extremely helpful, and I love the color coding. :)

  16. This is BRilliant thank you so much, I'm writing a complicated fanfiction and this is an amazing help, I was wondering if you could add the years? I need the years of around the the Torchwood series It would be greatly appreciated.

  17. I do not mean to be picky, but in Journey's End (Doctor Who Series 4 finale) Mr Smith on his screen still has the crystal pattern. Doesn't that mean, Mr Jackson in the Sarah Jane Adventures hasn't (SPOILER ALERT) uploaded the virus onto Mr Smith yet, meaning that The Sarah Jane Adventures Series 1 finishes AFTER Doctor Who Series 4?! Sorry to be a pain....

    1. Sure, good catch! Not having exact dates and only drawing from details like this, "being picky" is helpful!

  18. You could ignore Torchwood series 4 completely as the show had by now completely broken away from Doctor Who to become a stand-alone series. Also, let's be honest series 4 is not very good. Great guide btw.

  19. Where do you watch "the last day" mini episode?

    1. You would watch it after the other mini webisode, The Night of the Doctor, which comes after series 7's final episode, The Name of the Doctor, and before the 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor. I haven't included all the webisodes and minis because you don't really NEED to see them to follow. But they are fun bonuses :)

  20. Just a note for anybody using this list. The part that says "Episodes 3 & 4 of the Sarah Jane Adventures Series 3 take place before the Doctor Who Christmas Specials" should really be taken as the following; Episodes 5 & 6 of the Sarah Jane Adventures Series 3 take place before the Doctor Who Christmas Specials. Minor spoiler warning: The tenth Doctor appears in The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith and in The End of Time the tenth Doctor becomes eleven thus meaning the SJA episodes must take place prior to the events of the specials. Not only that but the doctor saves Luke but in The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith he'd never met him before.

  21. Christopher MabieApril 17, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Since The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith (SJA Season 3, episodes 5 &6) episodes feature David Tennant, those episodes should probably be watched before the DW The End of Time episodes.

    Thanks for putting this together.

    1. Of course, how silly of me to mess it up - thanks for the catch! :)

  22. You list to watch Warriors of Kudlak in SJA before Eye of the Gorgon, even though the episode order is actually switched in the series. Is this a typo?


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