Doctor Who (season 13)

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Doctor Who season 13
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 26, 6 serials
Broadcast
Original channel BBC One
Original run 30 August 1975 (1975-08-30) – 6 March 1976 (1976-03-06)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 7 September 2004 -
8 October 2013
Region 2 1 March 2004 -
30 September 2013
Region 4 10 June 2004 -
2 October 2013
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The thirteenth season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 30 August 1975 with the story Terror of the Zygons, and ended with The Seeds of Doom.

Casting[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Tom Baker continued his role as The Fourth Doctor along with Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen). Harry Sullivan, played by Ian Marter, departed in Terror of the Zygons and reappeared in The Android Invasion as a guest star.

Guest stars[edit]

Nicholas Courtney returned as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart in Terror of the Zygons having last appeared in Robot. John Levene made his final appearance as Sergeant Benton in The Android Invasion after six years in the role.

Serials[edit]

Terror of the Zygons was produced as part of the production schedule for Season 12, but was held for transmission from the end of that season to the beginning of Season 13, to coincide with a move from the new season starting at the beginning of the calendar year, to starting in late summer.[1] Terror of the Zygons was also the last appearance of the Brigadier until Mawdryn Undead in Season 20. The season took a transmission break of two weeks over the Christmas 1975 period, between the broadcasts of The Android Invasion and The Brain of Morbius.

Story No. Serial Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)
AI
(%)
Original air date Production
code
080 1 Terror of the Zygons Douglas Camfield Robert Banks Stewart Ep. 1: 8.4
Ep. 2: 6.1
Ep. 3: 8.2
Ep. 4: 7.2[1]
Ep. 1: 59
Ep. 2:
Ep. 3: 54
Ep. 4:[1]
30 August - 20 September 1975 4F
The Fourth Doctor is summoned to Earth by the Brigadier who is in Scotland investigating the mysterious loss of oilrigs.
081 2 Planet of Evil David Maloney Louis Marks Ep. 1: 10.4
Ep. 2: 9.9
Ep. 3: 9.1
Ep. 4: 10.1[2]
Ep. 1:
Ep. 2: 56
Ep. 3: 57
Ep. 4: 54[2]
27 September - 18 October 1975 4H
An expedition is murdered. The Doctor lands on the planet at the same time as the expedition's rescue team, and is immediately taken prisoner as the suspected murderer.
082 3 Pyramids of Mars Paddy Russell Stephen Harris (Lewis Greifer and Robert Holmes) Ep. 1: 10.5
Ep. 2: 11.3
Ep. 3: 9.4
Ep. 4: 11.7[3]
Ep. 1:
Ep. 2:
Ep. 3:
Ep. 4: 60[3]
25 October - 15 November 1975 4G
The TARDIS materialises inside a mansion in 1911, where cloth-wrapped mummies roam the grounds killing anyone in their path.
083 4 The Android Invasion Barry Letts Terry Nation Ep. 1: 11.9
Ep. 2: 11.3
Ep. 3: 12.1
Ep. 4: 11.4[4]
Ep. 1: 58
Ep. 2:
Ep. 3:
Ep. 4:[4]
22 November - 13 December 1975 4J
The Doctor and Sarah find themselves in the English village of Devesham. But the village seems deserted, except for mysterious space-suited figures and their own doppelgangers.
084 5 The Brain of Morbius Christopher Barry Robin Bland (Terrance Dicks and Robert Holmes) Ep. 1: 9.5
Ep. 2: 9.3
Ep. 3: 10.1
Ep. 4: 10.2[5]
Ep. 1:
Ep. 2:
Ep. 3: 57
Ep. 4:[5]
3–24 January 1976 4K
Years ago, the renegade Time Lord known as Morbius was executed. When the Fourth Doctor and Sarah arrive on the planet Karn, they discover that Dr Solon is creating a body so that Morbius may live again.
085 6 The Seeds of Doom Douglas Camfield Robert Banks Stewart Ep. 1: 11.4
Ep. 2: 11.4
Ep. 3: 10.3
Ep. 4: 11.1
Ep. 5: 9.9
Ep. 6: 11.5[6]
Ep. 1: 59
Ep. 2:
Ep. 3:
Ep. 4:
Ep. 5:
Ep. 6:[6]
31 January – 6 March 1976 4L
Arctic explorers uncover two giant seedpods from another time and place. Ruthless plant-lover Harrison Chase decides he must have them for his rare collection, but the pods may spell the end of all non-plant life on Earth.

Broadcast[edit]

The entire season was broadcast from 30 August 1975 to 6 March 1976.

DVD releases[edit]

The stories have been released on DVD individually since 2004.

Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
Terror of the Zygons 4 × 25 min. 30 September 2013[7] 2 October 2013 8 October 2013
Planet of Evil 4 × 25 min. 15 October 2007 5 December 2007 4 March 2008
Pyramids of Mars 4 × 25 min. 1 March 2004 10 June 2004 7 September 2004
The Android Invasion
Only available as part of the U.N.I.T. Files box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
4 × 25 min. 9 January 2012 5 January 2012 10 January 2012
The Brain of Morbius 4 × 25 min. 21 July 2008 2 October 2008 7 October 2008
The Seeds of Doom 6 × 25 min. 25 October 2010 2 December 2010 8 March 2011

In print[edit]

Serial name Novelisation title Author First published
Terror of the Zygons Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster Terrance Dicks 1976
Planet of Evil Doctor Who and the Planet of Evil Terrance Dicks 1977
Pyramids of Mars Doctor Who and the Pyramids of Mars Terrance Dicks 1976
The Android Invasion Doctor Who and the Android Invasion Terrance Dicks 1978
The Brain of Morbius Doctor Who and the Brain of Morbius Terrance Dicks 1977
The Seeds of Doom Doctor Who and the Seeds of Doom Philip Hinchcliffe 1977

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): Terror Of The Zygons". Shannonsullivan.com. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  2. ^ a b "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): Planet Of Evil". Shannonsullivan.com. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  3. ^ a b "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): Pyramids Of Mars". Shannonsullivan.com. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  4. ^ a b "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): The Android Invasion". Shannonsullivan.com. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  5. ^ a b "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): The Brain Of Morbius". Shannonsullivan.com. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  6. ^ a b "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): The Seeds Of Doom". Shannonsullivan.com. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  7. ^ Delayed http://www.bbcshop.com/tom-baker/doctor-who-terror-of-the-zygons-dvd/invt/bbcdvd3482/