Doctor Who: 10 Most Disturbing Storylines

These aren’t the ones that made us jump out of our seat, but the ones that made us think, made us pity the victims, and made us gasp in horror.

Mark White

Contributor

BBC

BBC

The one thing so many of us associate with that pounding bass line and that otherworldly synth riff, is hiding behind the sofa; whether you were petrified of the Yeti back in the sixties, or you’re still frightened of the Weeping Angels. It’s openly admitted by any Doctor Who writer that their goal is to scare, and often, scare they do.

But sometimes, Doctor Who scares us in a completely different way. There are plots and ideas in the show that are so psychologically terrifying that it’s a wonder they made it into a family show at all. They’re never the most obvious messages that a writer’s sending out, but when you sit and think about an episode you’ve just seen, it’s often a chilling thought to wonder how you’d feel if you were in the same position. How would you feel if a Cyberman converted you? How would you react to the Doctor’s darker side surfacing?

Let’s have a look at ten of the darkest moments in the show. These aren’t the ones that made us jump out of our seat, or recoil in disgust, but the ones that made us think, made us pity the victims, and made us gasp in horror. Which moments from Doctor Who do you think are the most psychologically disturbing? Comment below!