Doctor Who (season 19)

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Doctor Who season 19
Doctor Who title 1980-1984.jpg
Title card as used in this season
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 26, 7 serials
Broadcast
Original channel BBC One
Original run 4 January 1982 (1982-01-04) – 30 March 1982 (1982-03-30)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 7 September 2004 -
12 April 2011 [1]
Region 2 18 August 2003 -
7 March 2011
Region 4 1 October 2003 -
7 April 2011
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The nineteenth season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 4 January 1982 with Castrovalva, and ended with Time-Flight.

Casting[edit]

Main Characters[edit]

Season 19 saw the introduction of Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor. Tegan Jovanka (Janet Fielding), Nyssa (Sarah Sutton) and Adric (Matthew Waterhouse) were his companions. Adric is killed-off in the climax of Earthshock; a rare instance in the series of a companion dying.

Guest stars[edit]

Anthony Ainley returns again in Castrovalva and Time-Flight as the Master.

David Banks makes the first of four appearances in the show as a Cyber-leader beginning in Earthshock.

Serials[edit]

Antony Root took over from Bidmead as script editor for Four to Doomsday and The Visitation, after which he was replaced by Eric Saward. The show moved from its traditional once-weekly Saturday broadcast to being broadcast twice-weekly primarily on Monday and Tuesday, although there were regional variations to the schedule.

Black Orchid was the first purely historical story, with no science-fiction elements save for the TARDIS and its crew, since The Highlanders from Season 4; it was also the first two-part serial since The Sontaran Experiment in Season 12, and the first of a regular run of a two-parter every season until the change of format to 45 minute episodes in Season 22.

Story No. Serial Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)
AI
(%)
Original air date Production
code
116 1 Castrovalva Fiona Cumming Christopher H. Bidmead Ep. 1 9.1
Ep. 2 8.6
Ep. 3 10.2
Ep. 4 10.4[2]
4–12 January 1982 5Z
The newly regenerated Doctor is in a vulnerable state. His regeneration failing, the Doctor and his companions go to the city of Castrovalva to let him recover.
117 2 Four to Doomsday John Black Terence Dudley Ep. 1 8.4
Ep. 2 8.8
Ep. 3 8.9
Ep. 4 9.4[3]
18–26 January 1982 5W
The Fifth Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric arrive on a spaceship which is headed for Earth. On board they meet natives of Earth from various eras.
118 3 Kinda Peter Grimwade Christopher Bailey Ep. 1 8.4
Ep. 2 9.4
Ep. 3 8.5
Ep. 4 8.9[4]
1–9 February 1982 5Y
When Tegan sleeps near the Windchimes she is confronted by the true evil that threatens Deva Loka.
119 4 The Visitation Peter Moffatt Eric Saward Ep. 1 9.1
Ep. 2 9.3
Ep. 3 9.9
Ep. 4 10.1[5]
15–23 February 1982 5X
The TARDIS arrives in 1666. Villainous creatures known as Terileptils are hatching an evil plan and the Doctor and his friends must stop them before the whole village is wiped out.
120 5 Black Orchid Ron Jones Terence Dudley Ep. 1 9.9
Ep. 2 10.1[6]
1–2 March 1982 6A
At a masked ball at Cranleigh Hall a series of murders begins. The Doctor must uncover the secret the Cranleigh family is hiding from the world.
121 6 Earthshock Peter Grimwade Eric Saward Ep. 1 9.1
Ep. 2 8.8
Ep. 3 9.8
Ep. 4 9.6[7]
8–16 March 1982 6B
The TARDIS drops the Fifth Doctor and his companions in the middle of an investigation into the murder of a team of scientists in a complex of caves. Deadly androids are patrolling the tunnels, but what are they protecting... and for whom are they working?
122 7 Time-Flight Ron Jones Peter Grimwade Ep. 1 10.0
Ep. 2 8.5
Ep. 3 8.9
Ep. 4 8.1[8]
22–30 March 1982 6C
Missing Concordes lead the Fifth Doctor on a curious mission back in time where a deadly foe is seeking to seize control of the ancient powers of the Xeraphin.

Broadcast[edit]

The entire season was broadcast from 4 January to 30 March 1982.

DVD Release[edit]

All serials of season 19 were released individually in between 2003 and 2011.

Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
Castrovalva
Only available as part of the New Beginnings box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Available individually or in the box set in Region 1.
4 × 25 min. 29 January 2007 7 March 2007 5 June 2007
Four to Doomsday 4 × 25 min. 15 September 2008 4 December 2008 6 January 2009
Kinda
Only available as part of the Mara Tales box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
4 × 25 min. 7 March 2011 7 April 2011 12 April 2011
The Visitation 4 × 25 min. 19 January 2004 8 April 2004 1 March 2005
The Visitation - Special Edition 4 × 25 min. 6 May 2013 24 April 2013 6 May 2013
Black Orchid 2 × 25 min. 14 April 2008 5 June 2008 5 August 2008
Earthshock 4 × 25 min. 18 August 2003 1 October 2003 7 September 2004
Time-Flight
Only available as part of the Time-Flight/Arc of Infinity box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
4 × 25 min. 6 August 2007 5 September 2007 6 November 2007

In print[edit]

Serial name Novelisation title Author First published
Castrovalva Castrovalva Christopher H. Bidmead 1983
Four to Doomsday Four to Doomsday Terrance Dicks 1983
Kinda Kinda Terrance Dicks 1984
The Visitation Doctor Who and the Visitation Eric Saward 1982
Black Orchid Black Orchid Terence Dudley 1987
Earthshock Earthshock Ian Marter 1983
Time-Flight Time Flight Peter Grimwade 1983

References[edit]

  1. ^ Doctor Who DVD releases#Fifth Doctor releases
  2. ^ "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): Castrovalva". Shannonsullivan.com. Retrieved 2012-07-20. 
  3. ^ "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): Four To Doomsday". Shannonsullivan.com. Retrieved 2012-07-20. 
  4. ^ "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): Kinda". Shannonsullivan.com. Retrieved 2012-07-20. 
  5. ^ "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): The Visitation". Shannonsullivan.com. Retrieved 2012-07-20. 
  6. ^ "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): Black Orchid". Shannonsullivan.com. Retrieved 2012-07-20. 
  7. ^ "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): Earthshock". Shannonsullivan.com. Retrieved 2012-07-20. 
  8. ^ "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): Time-Flight". Shannonsullivan.com. Retrieved 2012-07-20.