Doctor Who (season 14)

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Doctor Who
Season 14
Doctor Who Season 14 Blu-ray.jpg
Cover art of the Blu-ray release for the complete season
Starring
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of stories6
No. of episodes26
Release
Original networkBBC1
Original release4 September 1976 (1976-09-04) –
2 April 1977 (1977-04-02)
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The fourteenth season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 4 September 1976 with The Masque of Mandragora, and ended with The Talons of Weng-Chiang.

Casting[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Tom Baker continues his role as the Fourth Doctor. Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) departs in The Hand of Fear, before the Doctor is joined by Leela (Louise Jameson) in The Face of Evil. Uniquely in the 'classic' era of Doctor Who, no companion appears in The Deadly Assassin.

Guest stars[edit]

The Master reappears in The Deadly Assassin as the main antagonist, his first appearance since Frontier in Space (1973), this time played by Peter Pratt. The character would not make a further appearance until five years later in 1981.

Serials[edit]

The Masque of Mandragora saw the debut of the new wood-panelled "Secondary Console Room" set, which was to be used as the main TARDIS console room throughout the season. The season took a five-week transmission break between the broadcasts of The Deadly Assassin and The Face of Evil in order to extend the season further into 1977, allowing Robert Holmes time to work on the final serial The Talons of Weng-Chiang.

StorySerialSerial titleEpisode titlesDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [1]
AI[1]
861The Masque of Mandragora"Part One"Rodney BennettLouis Marks4 September 1976 (1976-09-04)4M8.358
"Part Two"Rodney BennettLouis Marks11 September 1976 (1976-09-11)4M9.856
"Part Three"Rodney BennettLouis Marks18 September 1976 (1976-09-18)4M9.2
"Part Four"Rodney BennettLouis Marks25 September 1976 (1976-09-25)4M10.656
An encounter with the living energy structure known as the Mandragora Helix leads the TARDIS to 15th century Italy.
872The Hand of Fear"Part One"Lennie MayneBob Baker and Dave Martin2 October 1976 (1976-10-02)4N10.5
"Part Two"Lennie MayneBob Baker and Dave Martin9 October 1976 (1976-10-09)4N10.2
"Part Three"Lennie MayneBob Baker and Dave Martin16 October 1976 (1976-10-16)4N11.162
"Part Four"Lennie MayneBob Baker and Dave Martin23 October 1976 (1976-10-23)4N12.0
The Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane are caught in a mining explosion. Sarah Jane is found clutching what appears to be a fossilised hand, buried in a 150-million-year-old stratum.
883The Deadly Assassin"Part One"David MaloneyRobert Holmes30 October 1976 (1976-10-30)4P11.8
"Part Two"David MaloneyRobert Holmes6 November 1976 (1976-11-06)4P12.159
"Part Three"David MaloneyRobert Holmes13 November 1976 (1976-11-13)4P13.0
"Part Four"David MaloneyRobert Holmes20 November 1976 (1976-11-20)4P11.861
The Doctor returns to his homeworld, Gallifrey. When the President of the High Council is assassinated, however, he becomes the prime suspect.
894The Face of Evil"Part One"Pennant RobertsChris Boucher1 January 1977 (1977-01-01)4Q10.761
"Part Two"Pennant RobertsChris Boucher8 January 1977 (1977-01-08)4Q11.1
"Part Three"Pennant RobertsChris Boucher15 January 1977 (1977-01-15)4Q11.359
"Part Four"Pennant RobertsChris Boucher22 January 1977 (1977-01-22)4Q11.760
The Doctor arrives on a planet where two tribes are at war and discovers that their god of evil is himself.
905The Robots of Death"Part One"Michael E. BriantChris Boucher29 January 1977 (1977-01-29)4R12.862
"Part Two"Michael E. BriantChris Boucher5 February 1977 (1977-02-05)4R12.4
"Part Three"Michael E. BriantChris Boucher12 February 1977 (1977-02-12)4R13.1
"Part Four"Michael E. BriantChris Boucher19 February 1977 (1977-02-19)4R12.657
A vessel is commanded by a crew of indolent or avaricious human staff. It is a happy partnership until the human crew start being murdered one by one.
916The Talons of Weng-Chiang"Part One"David MaloneyRobert Holmes26 February 1977 (1977-02-26)4S11.3
"Part Two"David MaloneyRobert Holmes5 March 1977 (1977-03-05)4S9.8
"Part Three"David MaloneyRobert Holmes12 March 1977 (1977-03-12)4S10.2
"Part Four"David MaloneyRobert Holmes19 March 1977 (1977-03-19)4S11.460
"Part Five"David MaloneyRobert Holmes26 March 1977 (1977-03-26)4S10.1
"Part Six"David MaloneyRobert Holmes2 April 1977 (1977-04-02)4S9.358
The Doctor and Leela travel to Victorian London where they encounter a sinister Chinese stage magician and his master, a fugitive from the 51st century.

Broadcast[edit]

The entire season was broadcast from 4 September 1976 to 2 April 1977.

Home media[edit]

VHS releases[edit]

Season Story no. Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
14 086 The Masque of Mandragora 4 x 25 min. August 1991 October 1992 February 1994
087 The Hand of Fear 4 x 25 min. February 1996 May 1997 February 1997
088 The Deadly Assassin 4 25 min October 1991 March 1992 March 1989 (edited)
089 The Face of Evil 4 x 25 min May 1999 June 1999 March 2000
090 The Robots of Death 1 x 100 min
4 x 25 min
February 1988 (edited)
February 1995 (unedited)
March 1988 (edited) July 1987 (edited)
091 The Talons of Weng-Chiang 1 x 150 min. (edited) November 1988 April 1987 February 1988

DVD and Blu-ray releases[edit]

Season Story no. Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
14 086 The Masque of Mandragora 4 × 25 min. 8 February 2010[2] 5 May 2010[3] 4 May 2010[4]
087 The Hand of Fear 4 × 25 min. 24 July 2006[5] 7 September 2006[6] 7 November 2006[7]
088 The Deadly Assassin 4 × 25 min. 11 May 2009[8] 2 July 2009[9] 1 September 2009[10]
089 The Face of Evil 4 × 25 min. 5 March 2012[11] 5 April 2012[12] 13 March 2012[13]
090 The Robots of Death 4 × 25 min. 13 November 2000[14] 2 July 2001[15] 6 September 2001[16]
The Robots of Death (Special Edition)[a] 4 × 25 min. 13 February 2012[17][18][19] 1 March 2012[20][21] 13 March 2012[22]
091 The Talons of Weng-Chiang 6 × 25 min. 28 April 2003[23] 30 June 2003[24] 7 October 2003[25]
The Talons of Weng-Chiang (Special Edition)[b] 6 × 25 min. 4 October 2010[23] 2 December 2010[26] 11 October 2011[27]
086–091 Complete Season 14[c] 26 × 25 min. 4 May 2020(B)[28] TBA 04 August 2020
  1. ^ Only available as part of the Revisitations 3 box set in Regions 2 and 4. Only available individually in Region 1.
  2. ^ Only available as part of the Revisitations 1 box set in Regions 2 and 4. Only available individually in Region 1.
  3. ^ Released as Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 14 in Region B. Released as Doctor Who – Tom Baker: Complete Season Three in Region A.

In print[edit]

Serial name Novelisation title Author First published
The Masque of Mandragora Doctor Who and the Masque of Mandragora Philip Hinchcliffe 8 December 1977
The Hand of Fear Doctor Who and the Hand of Fear Terrance Dicks 18 January 1979
The Deadly Assassin Doctor Who and the Deadly Assassin Terrance Dicks 20 October 1977
The Face of Evil Doctor Who and the Face of Evil Terrance Dicks 19 January 1978
The Robots of Death Doctor Who and the Robots of Death Terrance Dicks 24 May 1979
The Talons of Weng-Chiang Doctor Who and the Talons of Weng-Chiang Terrance Dicks 15 November 1977

References[edit]

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