Doctor Who (season 6)

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This article is about the 1968/69 season. For the 2011 series, see Doctor Who (series 6).
Doctor Who season 6
Doctor Who title 1967-1969.jpg
Title card as used in this season
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 44: 7 serials
Broadcast
Original channel BBC One
Original run 10 August 1968 (1968-08-10) – 21 June 1969 (1969-06-21)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 2 March 2004 -
10 July 2012
Region 2 17 February 2003 -
2 July 2012
Region 4 5 May 2003 -
2 August 2012
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The sixth season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 10 August 1968 with the first story of season 6 The Dominators and ended Patrick Troughton's reign as the Doctor with its final story The War Games.

Casting[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury make their final appearances as the Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon and Zoe Heriot respectively. Troughton and his fellow actors collectively decided that the workload of Doctor Who was exhausting them, and that they would soon depart from the show. From Season 7 onwards the show would never have such a high number of episodes again. The three actors remained with the show until the conclusion of the final season six serial The War Games.

Guest stars[edit]

Nicholas Courtney reappears as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart in The Invasion, last seen (as a Colonel) in The Web of Fear. He would soon make regular appearances in the program beginning with season 7's Spearhead from Space.

John Levene makes his first appearance as Corporal Benton in The Invasion. He would continue to make regular appearances, with the character promoted to sergeant, from season 7 until season 13.

Alan Bennion makes his first of three appearances in the series playing an Ice Warrior. In this, his first appearance, he portrays Lord Slaar in The Seeds of Death.

Serials[edit]

Terrance Dicks took over from Derrick Sherwin as script editor from The Invasion, with Sherwin resuming the role for The Space Pirates. Derrick Sherwin took over as producer from Peter Bryant for The War Games.

Season 6 is the most complete of all the second Doctor's seasons, with only seven episodes missing (compared with twenty-eight from Season 4 and eighteen from Season 5), none of the season's stories missing in their entirety and only two stories (The Invasion and The Space Pirates) incomplete. This compares to the first two second Doctor seasons from which only two complete serials (The Tomb of the Cybermen and The Enemy of the World) survive. The missing two episodes of The Invasion have since been reconstructed using animation and released on DVD.

The War Games, which was the final serial of the season, and the last of Patrick Troughton's tenure as the Doctor, was also the second longest serial up to that point, spanning 10 episodes - only the 12-part serial The Daleks' Master Plan from Season 3 was longer.

Story No. Episodes Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)
AI
(%)
Original air date Production
code
044 5 The Dominators Morris Barry Mervyn Haisman
& Henry Lincoln
Ep. 1: 6.1
Ep. 2: 5.9
Ep. 3: 5.4
Ep. 4: 7.5
Ep. 5: 5.9[1]
Ep. 1: 52
Ep. 2: 55
Ep. 3: 55
Ep. 4: 51
Ep. 5: 53[1]
10 August – 7 September 1968 TT
Arriving on an irradiated island, The Doctor, Jamie and new companion Zoe Heriot find an alien craft bearing the imperious and ruthless Dominators.
045 5 The Mind Robber David Maloney Peter Ling and
Derrick Sherwin (episode 1, uncredited)
Ep. 1: 6.6
Ep. 2: 6.5
Ep. 3: 7.2
Ep. 4: 7.3
Ep. 5: 6.7[2]
Ep. 1: 51
Ep. 2: 49
Ep. 3: 53
Ep. 4: 56
Ep. 5: 49[2]
14 September – 12 October 1968 UU
By blowing a fluid link, the Doctor is forced to use the emergency unit to take the TARDIS away from danger and indeed out of reality itself: to the Land of Fiction. Here, he meets fictional characters, such as Rapunzel, Lemuel Gulliver and Medusa.
046 8 The Invasion Douglas Camfield Derrick Sherwin
and Kit Pedler
Ep. 1: 7.3
Ep. 2: 7.1
Ep. 3: 7.1
Ep. 4: 6.4
Ep. 5: 6.7
Ep. 6: 6.5
Ep. 7: 7.2
Ep. 8: 7.0[3]
Ep. 1: 55
Ep. 2: 53
Ep. 3: 54
Ep. 4: 51
Ep. 5: 52
Ep. 6: 56
Ep. 7: 55
Ep. 8: 53[3]
2 November – 21 December 1968 VV
After becoming invisible, the TARDIS arrives in England, 1975. While looking for a missing scientist at an electronics company, the TARDIS crew find out that the Cybermen are hidden within London's sewers and are planning an invasion.
047 4 The Krotons David Maloney Robert
Holmes
Ep. 1: 9.0
Ep. 2: 8.4
Ep. 3: 7.5
Ep. 4: 7.1[4]
Ep. 1: 59
Ep. 2: 57
Ep. 3: 56
Ep. 4: 55[4]
28 December 1968 – 18 January 1969 WW
On an unnamed planet, a race called the Gonds are subject to the mysterious Krotons, unseen beings to whom they provide their brightest members as “companions”.
048 6 The Seeds of Death Michael Ferguson Brian Hayles (episodes 1-2)
Terrance Dicks (episodes 3-6)
Ep. 1: 6.6
Ep. 2: 6.8
Ep. 3: 7.5
Ep. 4: 7.1
Ep. 5: 7.6
Ep. 6: 7.7[5]
Ep. 1: 57
Ep. 2: 59
Ep. 3: 55
Ep. 4: 55
Ep. 5: 57
Ep. 6: 59[5]
25 January – 1 March 1969 XX
Landing in the early 21st Century, The Doctor finds the human race has become reliant on a teleportation system known as T-Mat. The Ice Warriors are hiding on the Moon and planning to use T-Mat to destroy every living thing on Earth.
049 6 The Space Pirates Michael Hart Robert
Holmes
Ep. 1: 5.8
Ep. 2: 6.8
Ep. 3: 6.4
Ep. 4: 5.8
Ep. 5: 5.5
Ep. 6: 5.3[6]
Ep. 1: 57
Ep. 2: 52
Ep. 3: 55
Ep. 4: 53
Ep. 5: 56
Ep. 6: 52[6]
8 March – 12 April 1969 YY
Space beacons on the space lanes are being blown up and plundered for precious argonite by a gang of space pirates led by Caven and his associate Dervish.
050 10 The War Games David Maloney Malcolm Hulke &
Terrance Dicks
Ep. 1: 5.5
Ep. 2: 6.3
Ep. 3: 5.1
Ep. 4: 5.7
Ep. 5: 5.1
Ep. 6: 4.2
Ep. 7: 4.9
Ep. 8: 3.5
Ep. 9: 4.1
Ep. 10: 5.0[7]
Ep. 1: 55
Ep. 2: 54
Ep. 3: 53
Ep. 4: 50
Ep. 5: 53
Ep. 6: 53
Ep. 7: 53
Ep. 8: 53
Ep. 9: 57
Ep. 10: 58[7]
19 April – 21 June 1969 ZZ
Arriving in No Man's Land during World War I, the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe are sentenced to death for being enemy spies. They find out brainwashed soldiers are being abducted from Earth and forced to fight in simulated environments, reflecting the periods in history whence they were taken. The aliens' aim is to produce a super army from the survivors. The Doctor is forced to make a choice that will change who he is.

Missing episodes[edit]

  • The Invasion - Episodes 1 & 4 (of 8 total)
  • The Space Pirates - Episodes 1, 3 - 6 (of 6 total)

DVD releases[edit]

Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
The Dominators 5 × 25 min. 12 July 2010 2 September 2010 11 January 2011
The Mind Robber 5 × 20 min. 7 March 2005 5 May 2005 6 September 2005
The Invasion (episodes 2-3 & 5-8 of 8, animation of 1 & 4) 8 × 25 min. 6 November 2006 3 January 2007 6 March 2007
The Krotons 4 × 25 min. 2 July 2012[8][9] 2 August 2012[10] 10 July 2012
The Seeds of Death 6 × 25 min. 17 February 2003 5 May 2003 2 March 2004
The Seeds of Death – Special Edition
Only available as part of the Revisitations 2 box set in Regions 2 and 4.
6 × 25 min. 28 March 2011 5 May 2011 12 June 2012[11]
The War Games 10 × 25 min. 6 July 2009 3 September 2009 3 November 2009

Lost in Time
All existing episodes from otherwise missing Second Doctor serials from this season have been released on the Lost in Time collection, with the exception of The Invasion which had its missing episodes animated for its DVD release. Lost in Time was released in two formats in Region 1, with individual releases for volumes one and two (which cover First Doctor and Second Doctor episodes respectively), as well as an edition combining both volumes. In Regions 2 and 4, Lost in Time is available only as the combined single volume.

Includes episodes from Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
The Space Pirates (episode 2 of 6) 1 × 25 min.
1 November 2004 2 December 2004
(Original release)
1 July 2010
(Re-release)
2 November 2004

In print[edit]

Serial name Novelisation title Author First published
The Dominators The Dominators Ian Marter 1984
The Mind Robber The Mind Robber Peter Ling 1987
The Invasion The Invasion Ian Marter 1985
The Krotons The Krotons Terrance Dicks 1985
The Seeds of Death The Seeds of Death Terrance Dicks 1986
The Space Pirates The Space Pirates Terrance Dicks 1990
The War Games Doctor Who and the War Games Malcolm Hulke 1979

References[edit]

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  5. ^ a b "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): The Seeds Of Death". Shannonsullivan.com. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
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