This list of shows that are similar to Doctor Who is a good place to start for sci-fi fans who enjoy the show.
There’s no other way to put it. Besides eleven seasons of time travel episodes in the revival, it has also provided more than 150 episodes of the original series. Even if you haven’t seen the show in its entirety, you may be craving more.
For those who enjoy Doctor Who, there are a number of other shows that have elements that will appeal. These fans can find something to their liking in the hundreds of sci-fi series out there, from space exploration to British drama to time travel to ethical dilemmas. Aside from Doctor Who, here are 10 other shows you might enjoy if you’re a fan of the sci-fi series.
10. Battlestar Galactica
Like Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica has a long history. Battlestar’s original series premiered in 1978 and was followed by Battlestar 1980, which aired in 1980. Many other iterations have appeared since, from comic books to television, in a variety of media. The rebooted series from 2004 is perhaps the most popular, though.
BSG, developed by Ronald D. Moore, tells the story of an interstellar war between humans and artificially intelligent Cylons. For their own survival, they must work together to overcome their differences and the threat of this android. As a fan of Doctor Who’s space-based episodes and moral dilemmas, Battlestar Galactica is for you. Even if you’re not a fan of Doctor Who, this series is a must-see for any fan of science fiction.
Torchwood is a no-brainer as a new series to watch after Doctor Who. As far as Doctor Who spinoffs go, it’s hands down the most popular (aside from The Sarah Jane Adventures and Class). Former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T. Davies created this series about Captain Jack Harkness, who leads a team of undercover agents to protect the Earth from an alien invasion.
Torchwood, in contrast to Doctor Who, is a show that no parent should watch with their children. In comparison to Doctor Who, this show deals with far more complex and nuanced themes. As a result, the show has a splintering fan base. But if you’re looking for a show with more mature themes and a hint of X-Files storytelling, Torchwood is the way to go.
8. Being Human
It’s not uncommon to find some of the best episodes of Doctor Who when the fantastical meets the real world. The Lodger is a great example of what it might be like to have an alien as a flatmate, as shown in the film. Being Human, on the other hand, takes a more supernatural approach to the same subject matter.
Three flatmates who happen to be supernatural creatures star in this half-horror, half-comedic series. The supernatural trio of Annie the ghost, George the werewolf, and Hal the vampire all share a Bristol apartment. The majority of the characters in this supernatural world choose to live outside of society, while the three protagonists do the opposite. As a result, the group faces a slew of difficulties. Fisher-out-of-water moments are common in this series, just like in Doctor Who.
7. The Crown
If you’ve just finished watching Doctor Who, The Crown might not seem like a logical follow-up to the show, but it’s actually a wonderful dessert. Perhaps you were introduced to British television through Doctor Who. You may want to explore the island nation’s other forms of storytelling afterward. As she struggles to govern post-war Britain, the Queen of England is the focus of Netflix’s historical drama.
One of the previous Doctors will play a prominent role in this period piece that seamlessly transitions from sci-fi to period detail. Matt Smith portrays Prince Phillip, Elizabeth’s outlandish husband. Compared to his performance as The Doctor, this role is a complete 180. It’s both unnerving and exhilarating to watch Matt Smith take on the role of a sleazeball. Also, it will provide a glimpse into some of the most important historical events in British history that are frequently referenced in Doctor Who and other British television shows.
Many fans of Doctor Who enjoy the show’s use of real-world effects. For many years, the show’s gimmicky costumes and special effects were the punchline of many jokes. Although that was part of the appeal, it was also a part of the revival series. Puppeteers, costume designers, and so many other talented artists worked tirelessly to bring these characters to life. For those who are fans of the Daleks, Slitheen, or Zygons, Farscape would be a great continuation.
Moya, a bio-mechanical ship, is the setting for Farscape, which follows a group of characters aboard the ship. All of the characters are made up of live actors, as well as puppets of all sizes. Brian Henson, the son of Jim Henson, is responsible for this Australian/American series. Fans from around the world flock to Farscape, despite the fact that the show only lasted three seasons. Farscape has everything you’re looking for in a sci-fi space opera, from aliens to fantastical creatures.
5. Black Mirror
The British have certainly made their mark on science fiction. Black Mirror, one of their most recent productions, has unquestionably become a global phenomenon. The anthology format is used in the series, which tells short stories about our relationship with technology. A twisted, spooky, and always entertaining tale.
Despite the fact that Doctor Who is a long-running series with multiple stories intertwined, many of the episodes have the feel of standalone stories, much like Black Mirror. These two shows deal with a lot of the same science fiction tropes, puzzles, and questions. In addition, the show was originally produced in the United Kingdom before it was acquired by Netflix. The thirteenth doctor, Jodie Whittaker, makes a brief appearance in the series.
4. In The Flesh
The north of England had been a storyteller’s undiscovered treasure trove. Aside from the Bronte Sisters, there is a rich literary history in Yorkshire, which lends itself well to film and television storytelling. Much of Doctor Who series eleven is set in Sheffield and the surrounding areas, demonstrating the show’s willingness to embrace this trend. There are many great sci-fi shows set in the North, including In the Flesh.
The show is unlike any other zombie series that has come before it in terms of style and content. As opposed to focusing on a zombie apocalypse, In the Flesh depicts a world where zombies have been cured of their depravity. Years of presumed fighting between the living and the undead lead to a zombie’s return to consciousness after it has been cured. Horror and science fiction are used to explore issues of xenophobia in small towns. In the Flesh, like Battlestar Galactica and Black Mirror, is a science fiction show that packs a narrative punch (pun definitely intended).
Doctor Who excels at incorporating elements of fantasy and science fiction into urban settings in the United Kingdom. Even on a visual level, seeing aliens running through the slums of London’s boroughs has a powerful effect on the viewer. The gritty landscape is mixed with superhero tropes in one series that follows in the same vein.
Misfits is an E4 original series that introduces superheroes into the modern world of London. This crew is struck by lightning and given superhuman powers after following a group of community service workers. Iwan Rheon, Robert Sheehan, and a pre-Game of Thrones Iwan Rheon star in the series. Like Torchwood, it’s bleak and depressing, but it’s also a lot of fun. Think of Skins and Doctor Who mixed together.
2. Orphan Black
The fact that multiple actors portray the title character is a major draw for Doctor Who devotees. As a result, the series has gone on for far longer than anyone expected. As the show progresses, each of the Doctors brings something new and unique to the table. Then imagine if there was only one actor on the show, but he or she was playing several different characters. Orphan Black would fit the bill.
The lives of clones are the subject of this original BBC America series. Taking over the life of one of her clones, Sarah Manning, opens up an underground science fiction storyworld. Due to the BBC’s involvement in production, the show’s writing, acting, and directing are on par with those of Doctor Who. This is a must-see for Tatiana Maslany’s outstanding performances alone.
This might be the best show to watch after finishing Doctor Who. Broadchurch, an English seaside town, is the setting for the show. Two detectives begin their investigation into the murder of a young boy. The townspeople are then pushed to their limit by their journey. Oh, that’s not much, is it?
It’s one of the best crime shows to air in years, and nearly every aspect of the show is working at its best. The performances are spectacular. Jodie Whittaker, David Bradley, and Olivia Colman are just a few of the many Doctor Who alumni who have appeared on the show over the years. The cliffsides of England’s southwest coast are beautifully captured in the film’s sweeping, panoramic direction. Since Chris Chibnall was responsible for both series eleven of Doctor Who and Broadchurch, you’ll fall in love with the show’s characters. It’s one of the best pieces of television you’ll ever see.
In addition to writing, he is a stand-up comedian, Paddington fanatic, and Corgi dad. His work has appeared in Bloody Disgusting, Screen Rant, and Macabre, and he also hosts the Film School Sucked podcast. Matt earned a double major in English and Film Studies from Portland State University.