Doctor Who (season 10)
|Doctor Who (season 10)|
Cover art of the Blu-ray release for the complete season
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of stories||5|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Original network||BBC One|
|Original release||30 December 1972 –|
23 June 1973
The tenth season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 30 December 1972 with the tenth anniversary special The Three Doctors, and ended with Katy Manning's final serial The Green Death.
Recurring and guest cast
- Nicholas Courtney as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart
- John Levene as Sergeant Benton
- Richard Franklin as Mike Yates
- Roger Delgado as The Master
- Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor
- William Hartnell as the First Doctor
Previous lead actors William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton return to guest as the First and Second Doctors in the programme's tenth anniversary serial, The Three Doctors, although illness limited Hartnell's involvement. This was the first time that previous incarnations of the Doctor had returned to the programme, in what would become a regular feature of anniversary episodes.
At the conclusion of The Three Doctors, the Doctor is finally released from his sentence of exile by the Time Lords, enabling him to travel through time and space once again. This ends the cycle of mostly Earth-bound stories where the Doctor was stranded that began at the conclusion of The War Games in 1969.
The serials Frontier in Space and Planet of the Daleks both feature the Daleks and lead directly from the first into the second, forming a rough twelve-part epic.
|Story||Serial||Serial title||Episode titles||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|65||1||The Three Doctors||"Episode One"||Lennie Mayne||Bob Baker and Dave Martin||30 December 1972||RRR||9.6||—|
|"Episode Two"||Lennie Mayne||Bob Baker and Dave Martin||6 January 1973||RRR||10.8||—|
|"Episode Three"||Lennie Mayne||Bob Baker and Dave Martin||13 January 1973||RRR||8.8||—|
|"Episode Four"||Lennie Mayne||Bob Baker and Dave Martin||20 January 1973||RRR||11.9||—|
|Omega, the solar engineer and pioneer of Time Lord civilisation, besieges the Time Lords in revenge for abandoning him.|
|66||2||Carnival of Monsters||"Episode One"||Barry Letts||Robert Holmes||27 January 1973||PPP||9.5||—|
|"Episode Two"||Barry Letts||Robert Holmes||3 February 1973||PPP||9.0||—|
|"Episode Three"||Barry Letts||Robert Holmes||10 February 1973||PPP||9.0||—|
|"Episode Four"||Barry Letts||Robert Holmes||17 February 1973||PPP||9.2||—|
|The Doctor and Jo are caught in a miniscope, a device an intergalactic showman uses to put humans and other life forms on display.|
|67||3||Frontier in Space||"Episode One"||Paul Bernard||Malcolm Hulke||24 February 1973||QQQ||9.1||—|
|"Episode Two"||Paul Bernard||Malcolm Hulke||3 March 1973||QQQ||7.8||—|
|"Episode Three"||Paul Bernard||Malcolm Hulke||10 March 1973||QQQ||7.5||—|
|"Episode Four"||Paul Bernard||Malcolm Hulke||17 March 1973||QQQ||7.1||—|
|"Episode Five"||Paul Bernard||Malcolm Hulke||24 March 1973||QQQ||7.7||—|
|"Episode Six"||Paul Bernard||Malcolm Hulke||31 March 1973||QQQ||8.9||—|
|Materialising on an Earth cargo spaceship, the Doctor is caught up in the tensions between the Earth and Draconian Empires.|
|68||4||Planet of the Daleks||"Episode One"||David Maloney||Terry Nation||7 April 1973||SSS||11.0||—|
|"Episode Two"||David Maloney||Terry Nation||14 April 1973||SSS||10.7||—|
|"Episode Three"||David Maloney||Terry Nation||21 April 1973||SSS||10.1||—|
|"Episode Four"||David Maloney||Terry Nation||28 April 1973||SSS||8.3||—|
|"Episode Five"||David Maloney||Terry Nation||5 May 1973||SSS||9.7||—|
|"Episode Six"||David Maloney||Terry Nation||12 May 1973||SSS||8.5||—|
|The Time Lords have landed the TARDIS on the planet Spiridon, where the Daleks are awakening the biggest Dalek army the galaxy has ever seen.|
|69||5||The Green Death||"Episode One"||Michael E. Briant||Robert Sloman and Barry Letts (uncredited)||19 May 1973||TTT||9.2||—|
|"Episode Two"||Michael E. Briant||Robert Sloman and Barry Letts (uncredited)||26 May 1973||TTT||7.2||—|
|"Episode Three"||Michael E. Briant||Robert Sloman and Barry Letts (uncredited)||2 June 1973||TTT||7.8||—|
|"Episode Four"||Michael E. Briant||Robert Sloman and Barry Letts (uncredited)||9 June 1973||TTT||6.8||—|
|"Episode Five"||Michael E. Briant||Robert Sloman and Barry Letts (uncredited)||16 June 1973||TTT||8.3||—|
|"Episode Six"||Michael E. Briant||Robert Sloman and Barry Letts (uncredited)||23 June 1973||TTT||7.0||—|
|Waste produced by an oil company causes mutated giant maggots to appear in South Wales.|
The entire season was broadcast from 30 December 1972 to 23 June 1973.
Home media releases
All serials of season 10 were released individually on DVD in between 2002 and 2009. The complete season will be released on Blu-ray in 2019.
|Serial name||Number and duration
|R2 release date||R4 release date||R1 release date|
|The Three Doctors||4 × 25 min.||24 November 2003||12 November 2003||2 March 2004|
|The Three Doctors – Special Edition
Part of the Revisitations 3 box set.
|4 × 25 min.||13 February 2012||1 March 2012||13 March 2012|
|Carnival of Monsters||4 × 25 min.||15 July 2002||2 September 2002||1 July 2003|
|Carnival of Monsters – Special Edition
Only available as part of the Revisitations 2 box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
|4 × 25 min.||28 March 2011||5 May 2011||10 April 2012|
Frontier in Space (6 episodes)
Planet of the Daleks (6 episodes)
|12 × 25 min.||5 October 2009||4 February 2010||2 March 2010|
|The Green Death||6 × 25 min.||10 May 2004||5 August 2004||1 March 2005|
|The Green Death – Special Edition||6 x 25 min.||5 August 2013||7 August 2013||13 August 2013|
|Complete Season (Blu-ray)
Released as Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 10 in Region B.
Released as Doctor Who – Jon Pertwee: Complete Season Four in Region A.
|26 × 25 min.||8 July 2019||TBA||15 October 2019|
|Serial name||Novelisation title||Author||First published|
|The Three Doctors||The Three Doctors[a]||Terrance Dicks||20 November 1975|
|Carnival of Monsters||Doctor Who and the Carnival of Monsters||Terrance Dicks||20 January 1977|
|Frontier in Space||Doctor Who and the Space War||Malcolm Hulke||23 September 1976|
|Planet of the Daleks||Doctor Who and the Planet of the Daleks||Terrance Dicks||21 October 1976|
|The Green Death||Doctor Who and the Green Death||Malcolm Hulke||21 August 1975|
- The 1976 edition (and subsequent reprintings until 1991) have the title as Doctor Who and the Three Doctors on the front cover.
- "Ratings Guide". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
- Amazon.co.uk Revisitations 3
- Filmink listings
- "Doctor Who – 4 Classic DVDs in March Include 3 Special Editions and Leela's Introduction!". tvshowsondvd. 30 November 2011. Archived from the original on 2 December 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
- "Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 10". Retrieved 16 April 2019 – via Amazon.
- "Doctor Who: Jon Pertwee Complete Season Four". Retrieved 16 April 2019 – via Amazon.