Doctor Who (season 8)
|Doctor Who season 8|
Title card as used in this season
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of episodes||25, 5 serials|
|Original channel||BBC One|
|Original run||2 January 1971– 19 June 1971|
|Home video release|
|Region 1||8 November 2005 -
|Region 2||25 April 2005 -
|Region 4||2 June 2005 -
|List of Doctor Who serials|
Nicholas Courtney and John Levene continue their roles of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and Sergeant Benton, while Richard Franklin makes his first appearance as Captain Mike Yates, while Fernanda Marlowe makes appearances in The Mind of Evil and The Claws of Axos as Corporal Bell.
The season marks the first appearance of the Master who goes on to make further appearances through the season in every serial as the main antagonist who is finally captured at the end of the season. Colony in Space was the first serial set away from Earth since The War Games at the end of Season 6, and came about as a result of producer Barry Letts' feeling that the Earthbound stories of the Doctor's exile were too limiting in terms of potential plotting.
|Story No.||Serial||Title||Directed by||Written by||UK viewers
|Original air date||Production
|055||1||Terror of the Autons||Barry Letts||Robert Holmes||Ep. 1: 7.3
Ep. 2: 8.0
Ep. 3: 8.1
Ep. 4: 8.4
|—||2–23 January 1971||EEE|
|The Master arrives on Earth and makes an alliance with the Autons to conquer the planet.|
|056||2||The Mind of Evil||Timothy Combe||Don Houghton||Ep. 1: 6.1
Ep. 2: 8.8
Ep. 3: 7.5
Ep. 4: 7.4
Ep. 5: 7.6
Ep. 6: 7.3
|—||30 January - 6 March 1971||FFF|
|The Master creates the Keller Machine, a device that appears to rehabilitate prisoners, but instead kills them.|
|057||3||The Claws of Axos||Michael Ferguson||Bob Baker and
|Ep. 1: 7.3
Ep. 2: 8.0
Ep. 3: 6.4
Ep. 4: 7.8
|—||13 March - 3 April 1971||GGG|
|The Axons land on Earth supposedly peacefully, even offering a new energy source. However, that is not their real purpose.|
|058||4||Colony in Space||Michael E. Briant||Malcolm Hulke||Ep. 1: 7.6
Ep. 2: 8.5
Ep. 3: 9.5
Ep. 4: 8.1
Ep. 5: 8.8
Ep. 6: 8.7
|—||10 April - 15 May 1971||HHH|
|On his first trip to another planet since his regeneration, the Doctor and Jo travel to Uxaerius, where they find that its colonists are struggling to survive.|
|059||5||The Dæmons||Christopher Barry||Guy Leopold (Robert Sloman
and Barry Letts)
|Ep. 1: 9.2
Ep. 2: 8.0
Ep. 3: 8.1
Ep. 4: 8.1
Ep. 5: 8.3
|—||22 May – 19 June 1971||JJJ|
|The Master summons Azal to assist him in an incident that happened at an archaeological dig at Devil's End.|
The entire season was broadcast from 2 January to 19 June 1971.
|Serial name||Number and duration
|R2 release date||R4 release date||R1 release date|
|Terror of the Autons
Only available as part of the Mannequin Mania box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
|4 × 25 min.||9 May 2011||2 June 2011||10 May 2011|
|Terror of the Autons - Doctor Who DVD Files Issue 101||4 × 25 min.||14 November 2012||14 November 2012||N/A|
|The Mind of Evil||6 × 25 min.||3 June 2013||5 June 2013||11 June 2013|
|The Claws of Axos||4 × 25 min.||25 April 2005||2 June 2005||8 November 2005|
|The Claws of Axos - Special Edition||4 x 25 min.||22 October 2012||7 November 2012||13 November 2012|
|The Claws of Axos - Doctor Who DVD Files Issue 97||4 × 25 min.||19 September 2012||19 September 2012||N/A|
|Colony in Space||6 × 25 min.||3 October 2011||1 December 2011||8 November 2011|
|The Dæmons||5 × 25 min.||19 March 2012||19 April 2012||10 April 2012|
|Serial name||Novelisation title||Author||First published|
|Terror of the Autons||Doctor Who and the Terror of the Autons||Terrance Dicks||1975|
|The Mind of Evil||The Mind of Evil||Terrance Dicks||1985|
|The Claws of Axos||Doctor Who and the Claws of Axos||Terrance Dicks||1977|
|Colony in Space||Doctor Who and the Doomsday Weapon||Malcolm Hulke||1974|
|The Dæmons||Doctor Who and the Dæmons||Barry Letts||1974|
- "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): Colony In Space". Shannonsullivan.com. Retrieved 2012-07-19.
- "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): Terror Of The Autons". Shannonsullivan.com. Retrieved 2012-07-19.
- "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): The Mind Of Evil". Shannonsullivan.com. Retrieved 2012-07-19.
- "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): The Claws Of Axos". Shannonsullivan.com. Retrieved 2012-07-19.
- "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): The Daemons". Shannonsullivan.com. Retrieved 2012-07-19.
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- "Play.com listings". Play.com. Retrieved 14 December 2011.
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- Doctor Who DVD news: Extras for Story #059: The Daemons AND Story #066: Carnival Of Monsters: Special Edition | TVShowsOnDVD.com