Doctor Who (season 19)
|Doctor Who season 19|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of episodes||26, 7 serials|
|Original channel||BBC One|
|Original release||4 January 1982– 30 March 1982|
Season 19 saw the introduction of Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor. Tegan Jovanka (Janet Fielding), Nyssa (Sarah Sutton) and Adric (Matthew Waterhouse) were his companions. Adric is killed-off in the climax of Earthshock; a rare instance in the series of a companion dying.
David Banks makes the first of four appearances in the show as a Cyber-leader beginning in Earthshock.
Antony Root took over from Bidmead as script editor for Four to Doomsday and The Visitation, after which he was replaced by Eric Saward. The show moved from its traditional once-weekly Saturday broadcast to being broadcast twice-weekly primarily on Monday and Tuesday, although there were regional variations to the schedule.
Black Orchid was the first purely historical story, with no science-fiction elements save for the TARDIS and its crew, since The Highlanders from Season 4; it was also the first two-part serial since The Sontaran Experiment in Season 12, and the first of a regular run of a two-parter every season until the change of format to 45 minute episodes in Season 22.
|Story||Serial||Title||Directed by||Written by||UK viewers
|AI||Original air date||Production
|116||1||Castrovalva||Fiona Cumming||Christopher H. Bidmead||9.1
|–||4 January 1982
5 January 1982
11 January 1982
12 January 1982
|The newly regenerated Doctor is in a vulnerable state. His regeneration failing, the Doctor and his companions go to the city of Castrovalva to let him recover.|
|117||2||Four to Doomsday||John Black||Terence Dudley||8.4
|–||18 January 1982
19 January 1982
25 January 1982
26 January 1982
|The Fifth Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric arrive on a spaceship which is headed for Earth. On board they meet natives of Earth from various eras.|
|118||3||Kinda||Peter Grimwade||Christopher Bailey||8.4
|–||1 February 1982
2 February 1982
8 February 1982
9 February 1982
|When Tegan sleeps near the Windchimes she is confronted by the true evil that threatens Deva Loka.|
|119||4||The Visitation||Peter Moffatt||Eric Saward||9.1
|–||15 February 1982
16 February 1982
22 February 1982
23 February 1982
|The TARDIS arrives in 1666. Villainous creatures known as Terileptils are hatching an evil plan and the Doctor and his friends must stop them before the whole village is wiped out.|
|120||5||Black Orchid||Ron Jones||Terence Dudley||9.9
|–||1 March 1982
2 March 1982
|At a masked ball at Cranleigh Hall a series of murders begins. The Doctor must uncover the secret the Cranleigh family is hiding from the world.|
|121||6||Earthshock||Peter Grimwade||Eric Saward||9.1
|–||8 March 1982
9 March 1982
15 March 1982
16 March 1982
|The TARDIS drops the Fifth Doctor and his companions in the middle of an investigation into the murder of a team of scientists in a complex of caves. Deadly androids are patrolling the tunnels, but what are they protecting... and for whom are they working?|
|122||7||Time-Flight||Ron Jones||Peter Grimwade||10.0
|–||23 March 1982
24 March 1982
30 March 1982
31 March 1982
|Missing Concordes lead the Fifth Doctor on a curious mission back in time where a deadly foe is seeking to seize control of the ancient powers of the Xeraphin.|
The entire season was broadcast from 4 January to 30 March 1982.
All serials of season 19 were released individually in between 2003 and 2011.
|Serial name||Number and duration
|R2 release date||R4 release date||R1 release date|
Only available as part of the New Beginnings box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Available individually or in the box set in Region 1.
|4 × 25 min.||29 January 2007||7 March 2007||5 June 2007|
|Four to Doomsday||4 × 25 min.||15 September 2008||4 December 2008||6 January 2009|
Only available as part of the Mara Tales box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
|4 × 25 min.||7 March 2011||7 April 2011||12 April 2011|
|The Visitation||4 × 25 min.||19 January 2004||8 April 2004||1 March 2005|
|The Visitation - Special Edition||4 × 25 min.||6 May 2013||24 April 2013||6 May 2013|
|Black Orchid||2 × 25 min.||14 April 2008||5 June 2008||5 August 2008|
|Earthshock||4 × 25 min.||18 August 2003||1 October 2003||7 September 2004|
Only available as part of the Time-Flight/Arc of Infinity box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
|4 × 25 min.||6 August 2007||5 September 2007||6 November 2007|
|Serial name||Novelisation title||Author||First published|
|Castrovalva||Castrovalva||Christopher H. Bidmead||1983|
|Four to Doomsday||Four to Doomsday||Terrance Dicks||1983|
|The Visitation||Doctor Who and the Visitation||Eric Saward||1982|
|Black Orchid||Black Orchid||Terence Dudley||1987|
|Time-Flight||Time Flight||Peter Grimwade||1983|
- "Ratings Guide". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 27 December 2014.