|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of stories||6|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Original release||5 January –|
30 March 1985
The twenty-second season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 5 January 1985 and ended on 30 March 1985. It opened with the serial Attack of the Cybermen and ended with the serial Revelation of the Daleks. The season returned to the traditional Saturday transmission for the first time since Season 18, but for the first and only time in the series' first run it featured 45-minute episodes in its entirety. During transmission, BBC One controller Michael Grade announced an 18-month hiatus for the series, partly citing the violence depicted in the stories of the season. John Nathan-Turner produced the series with Eric Saward as script editor.
- Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor
- Nicola Bryant as Peri Brown
- Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor
- Frazer Hines as Jamie McCrimmon
Patrick Troughton and Frazer Hines return to play the Second Doctor and his companion Jamie McCrimmon in The Two Doctors. Their last on-screen appearance was (briefly in the case of Hines) The Five Doctors in 1983.
David Banks makes his third of four appearances as a Cyber-leader in Attack of the Cybermen.
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.
|Serial title||Episode titles||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|137||1||Attack of the Cybermen||"Part One"||Matthew Robinson||Paula Moore||5 January 1985||6T||8.9||61|
|"Part Two"||12 January 1985||7.2||65|
|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||"Part One"||Ron Jones||Philip Martin||19 January 1985||6V||7.2||63|
|"Part Two"||26 January 1985||7.0||65|
|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||"Part One"||Sarah Hellings||Pip and Jane Baker||2 February 1985||6X||6.3||64|
|"Part Two"||9 February 1985||7.3||64|
|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||"Part One"||Peter Moffatt||Robert Holmes||16 February 1985||6W||6.6||65|
|"Part Two"||23 February 1985||6.0||62|
|"Part Three"||2 March 1985||6.9||65|
|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||"Part One"||Pennant Roberts||Glen McCoy||9 March 1985||6Y||6.7||66|
|"Part Two"||16 March 1985||7.4||64|
|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||"Part One"||Graeme Harper||Eric Saward||23 March 1985||6Z||7.4||67|
|"Part Two"||30 March 1985||7.7||65|
|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 (although a book in the Big Finish Short Trips series nevertheless features a sequel to it).
|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.|
|Season||Story no.||Serial name||Number and duration
|UK release date||Australia release date||USA/Canada release date|
|22||137||Attack of the Cybermen||2 x 45 min.||November 2000||November 2000||November 2000|
|138||Vengeance on Varos||2 x 45 min.||May 1993||August 1993||June 1995|
|149||The Mark of the Rani||2 x 45 min.||July 1995||October 1995||February 1997|
|140||The Two Doctors||3 x 45 mins||November 1993||March 1994||June 1995|
|141||Timelash||2 x 45 mins||January 1998||September 1998||March 1998|
|142||Revelation of the Daleks||2 x 45 mins||November 1999||December 1999||February 2001|
DVD and Blu-ray releases
All releases are for DVD unless otherwise indicated:
- (B) indicates a Blu-ray release
|Season||Story no.||Serial name||Number and duration
|R2 release date||R4 release date||R1 release date|
|22||137||Attack of the Cybermen||2 × 45 min.||16 March 2009||7 May 2009||7 July 2009|
|138||Vengeance on Varos||2 × 45 min.||15 October 2001||7 January 2002||6 September 2005|
|Vengeance on Varos (Special Edition)||2 × 45 min.||10 September 2012||10 September 2012||11 September 2012|
|139||The Mark of the Rani||2 × 45 min.||4 September 2006||1 November 2006||7 November 2006|
|140||The Two Doctors[a]||3 × 45 min.||8 September 2003||7 January 2004||1 June 2004|
|141||Timelash||2 × 45 min.||9 July 2007||1 August 2007||1 April 2008|
|142||Revelation of the Daleks[b]||2 × 45 min.||11 July 2005||1 September 2005||6 June 2006|
|137–142||Complete Season 22[c]||14 × 45 min.
2 × 50 min.
2 × 5 min.
|20 June 2022 (B)||14 September 2022 (B)||18 October 2022 (B)|
- Available individually or in the Bred for War box set in Regions 2 and 4. Only available individually in Region 1.
- Available individually or in The Complete Davros Collection.
- Released as Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 22 in Region B. Released as Doctor Who – Colin Baker: Complete Season One in Region A.
|Season||Story no.||Library no.[a]||Novelisation title||Author||Hardcover
|22||137||138||Attack of the Cybermen||Eric Saward||—||20 April 1989||7 August 1995 (abridged)|
1 February 2024 (unabridged)
|138||106||Vengeance on Varos||Philip Martin||21 January 1988||16 June 1988||3 November 1997 (abridged)|
7 November 2019 (unabridged)
|139||107||The Mark of the Rani||Pip and Jane Baker||16 January 1986||12 June 1986||5 April 2018|
|140||100||The Two Doctors||Robert Holmes||15 August 1985||5 December 1985||3 September 2015|
|141||105||Timelash||Glen McCoy||12 December 1985||15 May 1986||3 March 2022|
|142||—||Revelation of the Daleks||Eric Saward||14 November 2019||11 March 2021||14 November 2019|
- Number in Target's Doctor Who Library, if applicable
- Published by Target's parent companies (Allen Wingate, W. H. Allen, BBC Books) unless otherwise indicated
- Published by Target Books (or by BBC Books under the Target Collection umbrella) unless otherwise indicated
- Unabridged from BBC Audio/AudioGo unless otherwise indicated
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