Doctor Who (season 22)

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Doctor Who (season 22)
Doctor Who Season 22 DVD.jpg
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 (1985-01-05) – 30 March 1985 (1985-03-30)
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The twenty-second season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 5 January 1985 with the serial Attack of the Cybermen, and ended with Revelation of the Daleks.


Main cast[edit]

Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant continue their roles as the Sixth Doctor and Peri Brown.

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) The Five Doctors in 1983.

Recurring stars[edit]

Anthony Ainley returns in The Mark of the Rani as The Master.

Kate O'Mara makes her first appearance as the Rani in The Mark of the Rani.

Terry Molloy returns to play Davros in Revelation of the Daleks and also played Russell in Attack of the Cybermen.

Guest stars[edit]

Maurice Colbourne returned as Lytton from the story Resurrection of the Daleks in Attack of the Cybermen.

David Banks makes his third of four appearances as a Cyber-leader in Attack of the Cybermen.

Michael Kilgarriff reprises his role of the Cyber-Controller from The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967).


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.
UK viewers
(millions) [1]
AI [1]
137 1 Attack of the Cybermen Matthew Robinson Paula Moore 5 January 1985 (1985-01-05)
12 January 1985
6T 8.9
The Cybermen plot to hijack Halley's comet.
138 2 Vengeance on Varos Ron Jones Philip Martin 19 January 1985 (1985-01-19)
26 January 1985
6V 7.2
The Doctor and Peri arrive on Varos, when they are pulled into a live torture show.
139 3 The Mark of the Rani Sarah Hellings Pip and Jane Baker 2 February 1985 (1985-02-02)
9 February 1985
6X 6.3
The Master works with the Rani, who plans to take away a chemical that causes people to sleep.[2]
140 4 The Two Doctors Peter Moffatt Robert Holmes 16 February 1985 (1985-02-16)
23 February 1985
2 March 1985
6W 6.6
A Sontaran plot for mastery of time leads the Sixth Doctor to team up with the Second, in order to stop them and a duo of Androgums.
141 5 Timelash Pennant Roberts Glen McCoy 9 March 1985 (1985-03-09)
16 March 1985
6Y 6.7
The people of Karfel are terrorised by the sinister Borad.
142 6 Revelation of the Daleks Graeme Harper Eric Saward 23 March 1985 (1985-03-23)
30 March 1985
6Z 7.4
The Great Healer (Davros) has come up with a solution for famine. It involves dead bodies and Daleks.

Supplemental episodes[edit]

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.[3]

Title Directed by Written by Original air date
"A Fix with Sontarans" Marcus Mortimer Eric Saward 23 February 1985 (1985-02-23)
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.

DVD Release[edit]

All serials of season 22 were released individually in between 2001 and 2009.

Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
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[4] 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

In print[edit]

Serial name Novelisation title Author First published
Attack of the Cybermen Attack of the Cybermen Eric Saward 1989
Vengeance on Varos Vengeance on Varos Philip Martin 1988
The Mark of the Rani The Mark of the Rani Pip and Jane Baker 1986
The Two Doctors The Two Doctors Robert Holmes 1985
Timelash Timelash Glen McCoy 1986
Revelation of the Daleks Never novelised^1

:^1 As of May 2015, Revelation of the Daleks is one of two serials by Eric Saward never to have been novelised.


  1. ^ a b "Ratings Guide". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  2. ^ BBC - Doctor Who Classic Episode Guide - The Mark of the Rani - Index
  3. ^ Mento, Charles. "A Fix with Sontarans". Doctor Who Reference Guide. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  4. ^ "Doctor Who Online – Vengeance on Varos DVD for 2012". 3 March 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2011.