Doctor Who (season 14)

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Doctor Who season 14
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Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 26, 6 serials
Broadcast
Original channel BBC One
Original run 4 September 1976 (1976-09-04) – 2 April 1977 (1977-04-02)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 7 October 2003 -
13 March 2012
Region 2 28 April 2003 -
5 March 2012
Region 4 30 June 2003 -
5 April 2012
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The fourteenth season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 4 September 1976 with The Masque of Mandragora, and ended with The Talons of Weng-Chiang.

Casting[edit]

Main Characters[edit]

Tom Baker continues his roles as The Fourth Doctor. Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) departs partway through the season in The Hand of Fear. As Sarah Jane was effectively the only tie the Doctor had to UNIT at this point, he no longer had a reason to return to his former job following her departure. In between the two serials, the Doctor has a solo adventure in The Deadly Assassin. The Doctor is then joined by Leela played by Louise Jameson in The Face of Evil.

Guest stars[edit]

The Master reappears in The Deadly Assassin, his first appearance since Frontier in Space (1973), this time played by Peter Pratt. The character would not make a further appearance until five years later in 1981.

Serials[edit]

The Masque of Mandragora saw the debut of the new wood-panelled "Secondary Console Room" set, which was to be used as the main TARDIS console room throughout the season. The season took a five-week transmission break between the broadcasts of The Deadly Assassin and The Face of Evil in order to extend the season further into 1977, allowing Robert Holmes time to work on the final serial The Talons of Weng-Chiang.[1]

Story No. Serial Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)
AI
(%)
Original air date Production
code
086 1 The Masque of Mandragora Rodney Bennett Louis Marks Ep. 1: 8.3
Ep. 2: 9.8
Ep. 3: 9.2
Ep. 4: 10.6[2]
Ep. 1: 58
Ep. 2: 56
Ep. 3:
Ep. 4: 56[2]
4–25 September 1976 4M
An encounter with the living energy structure known as the Mandragora Helix leads the TARDIS to 15th century Italy.
087 2 The Hand of Fear Lennie Mayne Bob Baker and
Dave Martin
Ep. 1: 10.5
Ep. 2: 10.2
Ep. 3: 11.1
Ep. 4: 12.0[3]
Ep. 1:
Ep. 2:
Ep. 3: 62
Ep. 4:[3]
2–23 October 1976 4N
The Doctor and Sarah are caught in a mining explosion. Sarah is found clutching what appears to be a fossilised hand, buried in a 150-million-year-old stratum.
088 3 The Deadly Assassin David Maloney Robert Holmes Ep. 1: 11.8
Ep. 2: 12.1
Ep. 3: 13.0
Ep. 4: 11.8[4]
Ep. 1:
Ep. 2: 59
Ep. 3:
Ep. 4: 61[4]
30 October - 20 November 1976 4P
The Doctor returns to his homeworld, Gallifrey. When the President of the High Council is assassinated, however, he becomes the prime suspect.
089 4 The Face of Evil Pennant Roberts Chris Boucher Ep. 1: 10.7
Ep. 2: 11.1
Ep. 3: 11.3
Ep. 4: 11.7[1]
Ep. 1: 61
Ep. 2:
Ep. 3: 59
Ep. 4: 60[1]
1–22 January 1977 4Q
The Doctor arrives on a planet where two tribes are at war and discovers that their god of evil is himself.
090 5 The Robots of Death Michael E. Briant Chris Boucher Ep. 1: 12.8
Ep. 2: 12.4
Ep. 3: 13.1
Ep. 4: 12.6[5]
Ep. 1: 62
Ep. 2:
Ep. 3:
Ep. 4: 57[5]
29 January - 19 February 1977 4R
A vessel is commanded by a crew of indolent or avaricious human staff. It is a happy partnership until the human crew start being murdered one by one.
091 6 The Talons of Weng-Chiang David Maloney Robert Holmes Ep. 1: 11.3
Ep. 2: 9.8
Ep. 3: 10.2
Ep. 4: 11.4
Ep. 5: 10.1
Ep. 6: 9.3[6]
Ep. 1:
Ep. 2:
Ep. 3:
Ep. 4: 60
Ep. 5:
Ep. 6: 58[6]
26 February - 2 April 1977 4S
The Doctor and Leela travel to Victorian London where they encounter a sinister Chinese stage magician and his master, a fugitive from the 51st century.

Broadcast[edit]

The entire season was broadcast from 4 September 1976 to 2 April 1977.

DVD Releases[edit]

Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
The Masque of Mandragora 4 × 25 min. 8 February 2010 31 March 2010 4 May 2010
The Hand of Fear 4 × 25 min. 24 July 2006 7 September 2006 7 November 2006
The Deadly Assassin 4 × 25 min. 11 May 2009 2 July 2009 1 September 2009
The Face of Evil 4 × 25 min. 5 March 2012[7][8] 5 April 2012 13 March 2012[9]
The Robots of Death 4 × 25 min. 13 November 2000 2 July 2001 11 September 2001
The Robots of Death – Special Edition
Part of the Revisitations 3 box set.
4 × 25 min. 13 February 2012[10] 1 March 2012[11] 13 March 2012[9]
The Talons of Weng-Chiang 6 × 25 min. 28 April 2003 30 June 2003 7 October 2003
The Talons of Weng-Chiang – Special Edition
Only available as part of the Revisitations 1 box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
6 × 25 min. 4 October 2010 2 December 2010 11 October 2011

In print[edit]

Serial name Novelisation title Author First published
The Masque of Mandragora Doctor Who and the Masque of Mandragora Philip Hinchcliffe 1977
The Hand of Fear Doctor Who and the Hand of Fear Terrance Dicks 1979
The Deadly Assassin Doctor Who and the Deadly Assassin Terrance Dicks 1977
The Face of Evil Doctor Who and the Face of Evil Terrance Dicks 1978
The Robots of Death Doctor Who and the Robots of Death Terrance Dicks 1979
The Talons of Weng-Chiang Doctor Who and the Talons of Weng-Chiang Terrance Dicks 1977

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): The Face Of Evil". Shannonsullivan.com. Retrieved 2012-07-20. 
  2. ^ a b "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): The Masque Of Mandragora". Shannonsullivan.com. Retrieved 2012-07-20. 
  3. ^ a b "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): The Hand Of Fear". Shannonsullivan.com. Retrieved 2012-07-20. 
  4. ^ a b "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): The Deadly Assassin". Shannonsullivan.com. Retrieved 2012-07-20. 
  5. ^ a b "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): The Robots Of Death". Shannonsullivan.com. Retrieved 2012-07-20. 
  6. ^ a b "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): The Talons Of Weng-Chiang". Shannonsullivan.com. Retrieved 2012-07-20. 
  7. ^ "The Doctor Who News Page: DVD Schedule Update". Doctorwhonews.net. 3 May 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "Play.com listings2". Play.com. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "Doctor Who - 4 Classic DVDs in March Include 3 Special Editions and Leela's Introduction!". tvshowsondvd. 30 November 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  10. ^ Amazon.co.uk Revisitations 3
  11. ^ Filmink listings