Doctor Who (season 8)

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This article is about the 1971 season. For the 2014 series, see Doctor Who (series 8).
Doctor Who season 8
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Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 25, 5 serials
Release
Original channel BBC One
Original release 2 January 1971 (1971-01-02) – 19 June 1971 (1971-06-19)
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The eighth season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 2 January 1971 with Terror of the Autons and ended with The Dæmons featuring Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor.

Casting[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Jon Pertwee continues his role as the Third Doctor. Katy Manning makes her first appearance as companion Jo Grant in Terror of the Autons.

Guest stars[edit]

Roger Delgado makes his first appearance as The Master in Terror of the Autons and continues to make appearances in each of the five 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.

Serials[edit]

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 Serial Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[1]
AI[1] Original air date Production
code
055 1 Terror of the Autons Barry Letts Robert Holmes 7.3
8.0
8.1
8.4
2 January 1971
9 January 1971
16 January 1971
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 6.1
8.8
7.5
7.4
7.6
7.3
30 January 1971
6 February 1971
13 February 1971
20 February 1971
27 February 1971
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 Dave Martin 7.3
8.0
6.4
7.8
13 March 1971
20 March 1971
27 March 1971
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 7.6
8.5
9.5
8.1
8.8
8.7
10 April 1971
17 April 1971
24 April 1971
1 May 1971
8 May 1971
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) 9.2
8.0
8.1
8.1
8.3
22 May 1971
29 May 1971
5 June 1971
12 June 1971
19 June 1971
JJJ
The Master summons Azal to assist him in an incident that happened at an archaeological dig at Devil's End.

Broadcast[edit]

The entire season was broadcast from 2 January to 19 June 1971.

DVD releases[edit]

Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
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[2][3] 19 April 2012[4] 10 April 2012[5]

In print[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ratings Guide". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "The Doctor Who News Page: DVD Schedule Update". Doctorwhonews.net. 3 May 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Play.com listings". Play.com. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Doctor Who: The Daemons | DVD Movies & TV Shows, Genres, Sci-Fi / Fantasy : JB HI-FI". Jbhifionline.com.au. 2012-04-19. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  5. ^ Doctor Who DVD news: Extras for Story #059: The Daemons AND Story #066: Carnival Of Monsters: Special Edition | TVShowsOnDVD.com