Doctor Who (season 22)
|Doctor Who (season 22)|
Cover art of the Region 2 DVD release for first serial of the season
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of stories||6|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Original network||BBC One|
|Original release||5 January– 30 March 1985|
- Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor
- Nicola Bryant as Peri Brown
- Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor
- Frazer Hines as Jamie McCrimmon
David Banks makes his third of four appearances as a Cyber-leader in Attack of the Cybermen.
The season mostly focused on Peri trying to adjust to the Sixth Doctor, who is still having trouble "getting his head on straight" while they're on adventures.
The series moved back to once-weekly Saturday broadcasts. All episodes were 45 minutes long, though they also exist in 25-minute versions. Although there were now only 13 episodes in the season, the total running time remained approximately the same as in previous seasons since the episodes were almost twice as long.
|Story||Serial||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|137||1||Attack of the Cybermen||Matthew Robinson||Paula Moore||5 January 1985|
12 January 1985
|The TARDIS is commandeered by the mercenary Lytton and a group of Cybermen, who are using another captured time machine to travel back to 1985. There, the Cybermen intend to use Halley's Comet to obliterate the Earth, thus preventing the destruction of their home planet Mondas in 1986 and perverting the course of history. Taken prisoner on Telos, the Doctor and Peri escape and ally themselves with the native Cryons. But in order to stop the Cyber plot, they may have to rely on none other than Lytton, whose motivations remain a mystery to all.|
|138||2||Vengeance on Varos||Ron Jones||Philip Martin||19 January 1985|
26 January 1985
|When the TARDIS runs out of vital Zyton-7 ore, the Doctor makes an emergency landing on the planet Varos, which is rich in the mineral. Varos is a former penal colony whose residents now derive pleasure purely from the televised tortures which perpetually pass across their screens. The Governor of Varos is engaged in negotiations with the ruthless sluglike businessman Sil, who is trying to cheat the Varosians out of their rightful profit of Zyton-7. It is up to the Doctor and Peri to stop Sil's plans, and break the natives of Varos out of their daily cycle of video nasties.|
|139||3||The Mark of the Rani||Sarah Hellings||Pip and Jane Baker||2 February 1985|
9 February 1985
|The TARDIS is drawn to Earth during the Luddite Uprisings. There, the Master is once again trying to alter the planet's history, while an evil Time Lady called the Rani is also present, extracting chemicals from the brains of local workers for her own use. As a result of the Rani's experiments, rioting amongst the workers is intensifying, threatening the work of famed engineer George Stephenson. It falls to the Doctor and Peri to foil the uneasy partnership between the two villains and restore Earth's history to its proper course.|
|140||4||The Two Doctors||Peter Moffatt||Robert Holmes||16 February 1985|
23 February 1985
2 March 1985
|The Time Lords send the Second Doctor and Jamie to Space Station Camera, to put an end to temporal experiments being conducted by Dastari, an old friend of the Doctor's. Dastari has genetically augmented a savage Androgum named Chessene, who has forged an alliance with the Sontarans. They kidnap the Doctor and take him to a hacienda outside Seville, where they plan to isolate the genetic code which allows Time Lords to travel through the vortex. The Sixth Doctor and Peri rescue Jamie and follow the others to the hacienda, in a race against time with the Doctor's past and future at stake.|
|141||5||Timelash||Pennant Roberts||Glen McCoy||9 March 1985|
16 March 1985
|The Doctor and Peri arrive on Karfel, which is ruled by an enigmatic tyrant known as the Borad who wields the power of a space-time tunnel called the Timelash. The Borad stokes the fires of war with Karfel's neighbours, the Bandrils. He plans to use the conflict to repopulate Karfel with beings such as himself: a hideously mutated cross between a human and a reptilian Morlox. And Peri will be but the first...|
|142||6||Revelation of the Daleks||Graeme Harper||Eric Saward||23 March 1985|
30 March 1985
|The Doctor and Peri go to Necros to attend the funeral of an old friend of the Doctor's. There they discover that Davros is posing as the Great Healer of Tranquil Repose, a famed institution where the terminally ill can be placed in suspended animation until a cure for their ailment is found. Davros is experimenting on the comatose bodies to produce a new race of Daleks loyal to himself. To defeat his old foe, the Doctor may have no choice but to ally himself with the original Daleks on Skaro.|
A specially written segment produced for the BBC children's programme Jim'll Fix It featuring Colin Baker in character as the Sixth Doctor. It was broadcast on 23 February 1985. It is not generally considered to be canonical by Doctor Who fans.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|"A Fix with Sontarans"||Marcus Mortimer||Eric Saward||23 February 1985|
|The Doctor accidentally beams on board Tegan Jovanka and an Earthling called Gareth Jenkins, who happens to be dressed in an outfit similar to his own. They then have a short battle with two Sontarans.|
The entire season was broadcast from 5 January to 30 March 1985.
All serials of season 22 were released individually in between 2001 and 2009.
|Serial name||Number and duration
|R2 release date||R4 release date||R1 release date|
|Attack of the Cybermen||2 × 45 min.||16 March 2009||7 May 2009||7 July 2009|
|Vengeance on Varos||2 × 45 min.||15 October 2001||8 January 2002||4 March 2003|
|Vengeance on Varos – Special Edition||2 × 45 min.||10 September 2012||5 September 2012||11 September 2012|
|The Mark of the Rani||2 × 45 min.||4 September 2006||2 November 2006||7 November 2006|
|The Two Doctors
Available individually or in the Bred for War box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
|3 × 45 min.||8 September 2003||7 January 2004||1 June 2004|
|Timelash||2 × 45 min.||9 July 2007||31 July 2007||1 April 2008|
|Revelation of the Daleks
Available individually or in The Complete Davros Collection box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
|2 × 45 min.||11 July 2005||1 September 2005||6 June 2006|
|Serial name||Novelisation title||Author||First published|
|Attack of the Cybermen||Attack of the Cybermen||Eric Saward||20 April 1989|
|Vengeance on Varos||Vengeance on Varos||Philip Martin||21 January 1988|
|The Mark of the Rani||The Mark of the Rani||Pip and Jane Baker||16 January 1986|
|The Two Doctors||The Two Doctors||Robert Holmes||15 August 1985|
|Timelash||Timelash||Glen McCoy||12 December 1985|
|Revelation of the Daleks||Never novelised^1|
- "Ratings Guide". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
- Mento, Charles. "A Fix with Sontarans". Doctor Who Reference Guide. Retrieved 2012-01-26.
- "Doctor Who Online – Vengeance on Varos DVD for 2012". News.drwho-online.co.uk. 3 March 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2011.