A novel stability-indicating high-performance liquid chromatographic assay method was developed and validated for docetaxel in the presence of degradation products generated from forced decomposition studies. A gradient HPLC method was developed to separate the drug from the degradation products, using a Hichrom RPB HPLC column. Mixture of water and acetonitrile was used as mobile phase. The flow rate was 1.0 ml/min and the detection was done at 230 nm. Using the above method one can carry out the quantitative estimation of impurity namely DCT-1 and docetaxel. The developed gradient LC method was subsequently validated.