Doctor Who (season 11)

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Doctor Who season 11
Doctor Who title 1973-1980.jpg
Title card as used in this season. This was the first instance this new title card and branding was used for Doctor Who
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 26, 5 serials
Broadcast
Original channel BBC One
Original run 15 December 1973 (1973-12-15) – 8 June 1974 (1974-06-08)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 1 April 2008 -
10 July 2012
Region 2 3 September 2007 -
18 June 2012
Region 4 3 October 2007 -
5 July 2012
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List of Doctor Who serials

The eleventh season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 15 December 1973 with the serial The Time Warrior, and ended with Jon Pertwee's final serial Planet of the Spiders. The season's writing was recognized by the Writer's Guild of Great Britain for Best Children's Drama Script.[1]

Casting[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Jon Pertwee makes his final appearance as the Third Doctor in Planet of the Spiders (although he would reprise the role in 1983 in The Five Doctors, a special episode made to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the programme). Elisabeth Sladen makes her first appearance as Sarah Jane Smith in The Time Warrior.

Guest stars[edit]

Nicholas Courtney and John Levene continue their roles of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and Sergeant Benton, while Richard Franklin makes his final regular appearance as Captain Yates in Planet of the Spiders

Alan Bennion makes his third of three appearances in the series. In this, his final appearance (to date), he portrays Lord Azaxyr in The Monster of Peladon.

Serials[edit]

This season oversaw the new logo that would be used nearly throughout the fourth Doctor's era, as well as the new companion Sarah Jane Smith and the alien race, the Sontarans.

Story No. Serial Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)
AI
(%)
Original air date Production
code
070 1 The Time Warrior Alan Bromly Robert Holmes Ep. 1: 8.7
Ep. 2: 7.0
Ep. 3: 6.6
Ep. 4: 10.6[2]
Ep. 1: 59
Ep. 2:
Ep. 3:
Ep. 4: 60[2]
15 December 1973 - 5 January 1974 UUU
In the Middle Ages, a rabble of criminals find the crashed spaceship of a Sontaran warrior. Meanwhile the Doctor is investigating the disappearance of several scientists from a top secret research complex.
071 2 Invasion of the Dinosaurs Paddy Russell Malcolm Hulke Ep. 1: 11.0
Ep. 2: 10.1
Ep. 3: 11.0
Ep. 4: 9.0
Ep. 5: 9.0
Ep. 6: 7.5[3]
Ep. 1: 62
Ep. 2:
Ep. 3: 63
Ep. 4:
Ep. 5:
Ep. 6: 62[3]
12 January - 16 February 1974 WWW
The Doctor and Sarah arrive in 1970s London to find that it has been evacuated due to the mysterious appearance of dinosaurs.
072 3 Death to the Daleks Michael E. Briant Terry Nation Ep. 1: 8.1
Ep. 2: 9.5
Ep. 3: 10.5
Ep. 4: 9.5[4]
Ep. 1: 61
Ep. 2:
Ep. 3: 61
Ep. 4: 62[4]
23 February - 16 March 1974 XXX
Travelling through space, the TARDIS suffers an energy drain and crash-lands on the planet Exxilon.
073 4 The Monster of Peladon Lennie Mayne Brian Hayles Ep. 1: 9.2
Ep. 2: 6.8
Ep. 3: 7.4
Ep. 4: 7.2
Ep. 5: 7.5
Ep. 6: 8.1[5]
23 March - 27 April 1974 YYY
The Third Doctor returns to Peladon, where once again the sacred beast Aggedor casts its shadow.
074 5 Planet of the Spiders Barry Letts Robert Sloman with Barry Letts (uncredited) Ep. 1: 10.1
Ep. 2: 8.9
Ep. 3: 8.8
Ep. 4: 8.2
Ep. 5: 9.2
Ep. 6: 8.9[6]
Ep. 1: 58
Ep. 2: 60
Ep. 3: 57
Ep. 4:
Ep. 5:
Ep. 6: 56[6]
4 May - 8 June 1974 ZZZ
Mysterious goings-on at a meditation retreat run by Tibetan monks are linked to the blue planet Metebelis III, and a colony of monstrous, evolved spiders.

Broadcast[edit]

Episode one of The Time Warrior saw the first appearance of the iconic diamond shaped Doctor Who logo. This would be used throughout the Third Doctor's final season and almost through the Fourth Doctor's tenure before retiring in part four of The Horns of Nimon (not including the unbroadcast and incomplete serial Shada which would have followed The Horns of Nimon).

The entire season was broadcast from 15 December 1973 to 8 June 1974.

DVD releases[edit]

All serials of season 11 have been released on DVD.

Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
The Time Warrior
Available individually or in the Bred for War box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
4 × 25 min. 3 September 2007 3 October 2007 1 April 2008
Invasion of the Dinosaurs
Only available as part of the U.N.I.T. Files box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
6 × 25 min. 9 January 2012 5 January 2012 10 January 2012
Death to the Daleks 4 × 25 min. 18 June 2012[7][8] 5 July 2012[9] 10 July 2012
The Monster of Peladon
Only available as part of the Peladon Tales box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
6 × 25 min. 18 January 2010 4 March 2010 4 May 2010
Planet of the Spiders 6 × 25 min. 18 April 2011 2 June 2011 10 May 2011

In print[edit]

Serial name Novelisation title Author First published
The Time Warrior Doctor Who and the Time Warrior Terrance Dicks and Robert Holmes 1978
Invasion of the Dinosaurs Doctor Who and the Dinosaur Invasion Malcolm Hulke 1976
Death to the Daleks Death to the Daleks Terrance Dicks 1978
The Monster of Peladon Doctor Who and the Monster of Peladon Terrance Dicks 1980
Planet of the Spiders Doctor Who and the Planet of the Spiders Terrance Dicks 1975

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.digitalspy.com/british-tv/s7/doctor-who/news/a198534/doctor-whos-trophy-cabinet.html
  2. ^ a b "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): The Time Warrior". Shannonsullivan.com. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  3. ^ a b "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): Invasion Of The Dinosaurs". Shannonsullivan.com. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  4. ^ a b "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): Death To The Daleks". Shannonsullivan.com. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  5. ^ "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): The Monster Of Peladon". Shannonsullivan.com. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  6. ^ a b "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): Planet Of The Spiders". Shannonsullivan.com. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  7. ^ "The Doctor Who News Page: DVD Schedule Update". Doctorwhonews.net. 3 May 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "Twitter / Classic Doctor Who: Finished commissioning res". Twitter. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "Doctor Who: Death to the Daleks". Ezydvd.com.au. Retrieved 2012-07-19.