Doctor Who (season 19)

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Doctor Who (season 19)
Doctor Who Season 19 Blu-ray.jpg
Cover art of the Blu-ray release for the complete season
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of stories7
No. of episodes26
Original networkBBC One
Original release4 January (1982-01-04) –
30 March 1982 (1982-03-30)
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The nineteenth season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 4 January 1982 with Castrovalva, and ended with Time-Flight.


Main cast[edit]

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.

Recurring stars[edit]

Anthony Ainley returns again in Castrovalva and Time-Flight as the Master.

Guest stars[edit]

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,[1] 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.

StorySerialSerial titleEpisode titlesDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
UK viewers
(millions) [2]
1161Castrovalva"Part One"Fiona CummingChristopher H. Bidmead4 January 1982 (1982-01-04)5Z9.1
"Part Two"Fiona CummingChristopher H. Bidmead5 January 1982 (1982-01-05)5Z8.6
"Part Three"Fiona CummingChristopher H. Bidmead11 January 1982 (1982-01-11)5Z10.2
"Part Four"Fiona CummingChristopher H. Bidmead12 January 1982 (1982-01-12)5Z10.4
While the Doctor retreats to the TARDIS Zero Room to recover from his regeneration, the Master kidnaps Adric and sends the TARDIS hurtling back in time to the Big Bang, where it will be torn apart. Tegan and Nyssa manage to save the time machine, and soon find themselves arriving in the town of Castrovalva, a place legendary for its serene atmosphere. There they hope that the Doctor will be able to recuperate from his recent trauma. But the Master is lurking in Castrovalva, and it soon becomes clear that he has drawn the time travellers into a trap from which there may be no escape.
1172Four to Doomsday"Part One"John BlackTerence Dudley18 January 1982 (1982-01-18)5W8.4
"Part Two"John BlackTerence Dudley19 January 1982 (1982-01-19)5W8.8
"Part Three"John BlackTerence Dudley25 January 1982 (1982-01-25)5W8.9
"Part Four"John BlackTerence Dudley26 January 1982 (1982-01-26)5W9.4
Trying to get Tegan home, the Doctor instead lands the TARDIS on a spaceship heading towards Earth. Its owner, the frog-like Monarch, has visited Earth four times in the past, kidnapping specimens of human culture on each occasion. His true goal, however, is to find a way to travel faster than light, thereby going back to the beginning of time where he hopes to meet God, whom he believes is actually himself. In pursuit of this aim, he has exhausted the resources of his home planet, Urbanka. Now he intends to transplant the Urbankans to Earth – and eradicate humanity to make room for his people.
1183Kinda"Part One"Peter GrimwadeChristopher Bailey1 February 1982 (1982-02-01)5Y8.4
"Part Two"Peter GrimwadeChristopher Bailey2 February 1982 (1982-02-02)5Y9.4
"Part Three"Peter GrimwadeChristopher Bailey8 February 1982 (1982-02-08)5Y8.5
"Part Four"Peter GrimwadeChristopher Bailey9 February 1982 (1982-02-09)5Y8.9
The TARDIS brings the Doctor, Adric, Nyssa and Tegan to the idyllic jungle world of Deva Loka, which is being surveyed for possible Earth colonisation. Deva Loka is already home to a race of apparent savages, however: a mysterious people with strange powers which have mentally unbalanced the members of the expedition. To make matters worse, an ancient enemy of the natives – a serpentine being called the Mara – still lurks on Deva Loka. The Mara is intent upon revenge, and latches onto Tegan's mind as its bridgehead to victory.
1194The Visitation"Part One"Peter MoffattEric Saward15 February 1982 (1982-02-15)5X9.1
"Part Two"Peter MoffattEric Saward16 February 1982 (1982-02-16)5X9.3
"Part Three"Peter MoffattEric Saward22 February 1982 (1982-02-22)5X9.9
"Part Four"Peter MoffattEric Saward23 February 1982 (1982-02-23)5X10.1
In the 17th century, the Great Plague is rampant throughout England. The Doctor, Adric, Nyssa and Tegan discover that aliens – the Terileptils – are operating in a small village. They have taken control of much of the local population and are driving away the rest using an android disguised as the Grim Reaper. With the help of unemployed thespian Richard Mace, the Doctor learns that the Terileptils intend to rid the Earth of humanity, and have amassed an army of plague-carrying rats to help them finish the deed.
1205Black Orchid"Part One"Ron JonesTerence Dudley1 March 1982 (1982-03-01)6A9.9
"Part Two"Ron JonesTerence Dudley2 March 1982 (1982-03-02)6A10.1
The Doctor, Adric, Nyssa and Tegan find themselves in 1925 England, where through a case of mistaken identity they become involved in a charity cricket match at Cranleigh Halt. There, Nyssa discovers that Charles Cranleigh's fiancee, Ann Talbot, is her exact double. The Cranleighs harbour a dark family secret, however: a hideous monster hidden in a secret wing of their house. Fixated on Ann, it breaks out during a costume ball and attempts to kidnap her... but takes Nyssa by mistake.
1216Earthshock"Part One"Peter GrimwadeEric Saward8 March 1982 (1982-03-08)6B9.1
"Part Two"Peter GrimwadeEric Saward9 March 1982 (1982-03-09)6B8.8
"Part Three"Peter GrimwadeEric Saward15 March 1982 (1982-03-15)6B9.8
"Part Four"Peter GrimwadeEric Saward16 March 1982 (1982-03-16)6B9.6
In the 26th century, the Doctor, Adric, Nyssa and Tegan come to the aid of a platoon of soldiers, which is investigating the murder of a scientific team in a cave complex on Earth. The Doctor discovers that the killers are actually androids serving the Cybermen, and are guarding a bomb intended to destroy the planet. The Doctor disarms the explosive but by tracing the detonation signal, he learns that the greatest danger is yet to come. The Cybermen have secreted themselves on board a freighter heading for Earth, which will unknowingly serve as the bridgehead for a massive invasion.
1227Time-Flight"Part One"Ron JonesPeter Grimwade22 March 1982 (1982-03-22)6C10.0
"Part Two"Ron JonesPeter Grimwade23 March 1982 (1982-03-23)6C8.5
"Part Three"Ron JonesPeter Grimwade29 March 1982 (1982-03-29)6C8.9
"Part Four"Ron JonesPeter Grimwade30 March 1982 (1982-03-30)6C8.1
When a Concorde disappears, the Doctor discovers that it has been hijacked back through time to the Pleistocene Era. Arriving there, he, Nyssa and Tegan find that Concorde's crew and passengers have been enslaved by the sinister Kalid, who is forcing them to excavate a sanctum within a mysterious citadel. Entombed within is the consciousness of a gestalt race called the Xeraphin, who possess devastating mental powers. The Doctor learns that Kalid is really the Master, who plans to harness the evil side of the Xeraphin in order to wreak havoc throughout the cosmos.


The entire season was broadcast from 4 January to 30 March 1982.

Home media releases[edit]

All serials of season 19 were released individually on DVD between 2003 and 2011, and the complete season was released as a Blu-ray boxset in late 2018.

Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2/B release date R4/B release date R1/A 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
Complete Season (Blu-ray)
Released as Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 19 in Region B.
Released as Doctor Who – Peter Davison: Season 1 in Region A.
26 × 25 min. 10 December 2018[3] 23 January 2019[4] 4 December 2018[5]

In print[edit]

Serial name Novelisation title Author First published
Castrovalva Castrovalva Christopher H. Bidmead 17 March 1983
Four to Doomsday Four to Doomsday Terrance Dicks 14 April 1983
Kinda Kinda Terrance Dicks 8 December 1983
The Visitation Doctor Who and the Visitation Eric Saward 19 August 1982
Black Orchid Black Orchid Terence Dudley 18 September 1986
Earthshock Earthshock Ian Marter 19 May 1983
Time-Flight Time Flight Peter Grimwade 20 January 1983


  1. ^ "BBC - Archive - The Changing Face of Doctor Who - Audience Research Report on 'Doctor Who' for 1982".
  2. ^ a b "Ratings Guide". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 19 coming to Blu-ray boxset". Retrieved 22 August 2018 – via Doctor Who.
  4. ^ "Doctor Who (1963): The Collection - Season 19". Retrieved 28 November 2018 – via EzyDVD.
  5. ^ "Doctor Who: Peter Davison Complete First Season". Retrieved 22 August 2018 – via Amazon.