Doctor Who (season 4)

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Doctor Who season 4
Doctor Who logo 1963-1967.jpg
Logo used from The Smugglers to The Moonbase
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 43: 9 serials
Original channel BBC One
Original release 10 September 1966 (1966-09-10) – 1 July 1967 (1967-07-01)
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The fourth season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 10 September 1966 with the 1st Doctor (William Hartnell) story The Smugglers and, after a change of lead actor (Patrick Troughton) part-way through the series, ended on 1 July 1967 with The Evil of the Daleks. For the first time, the entire main cast changed over the course of a single season (the only other occasion this has happened is during Season 21).


Main characters[edit]

William Hartnell appears as the First Doctor for the first two full serials before being succeeded in the role by Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor for the remaining seven stories.

Anneke Wills and Michael Craze continue their roles as Polly and Ben respectively. They are shortly joined by Frazer Hines playing Jamie McCrimmon in The Highlanders. Polly and Ben depart in the penultimate story The Faceless Ones, and at the end of the season Deborah Watling makes her debut as Victoria Waterfield in The Evil of the Daleks.


Season 4 was produced by Innes Lloyd. Gerry Davis served as Script Editor, apart from the final four episodes of The Evil of the Daleks. Peter Bryant joined as associate producer for The Faceless Ones, and replaced Gerry Davis as script editor for the last four episodes of the season.

The Smugglers was the final serial to be produced during the third production block, but was held over to the start of Season 4.[1]

The Power of the Daleks was the first Dalek story to use the traditional ...of the Daleks title form. Of the nine subsequent Dalek serials, only Death to the Daleks from Season 11 was not named in this way. The naming convention for Dalek stories was first used in the revived series with "Evolution of the Daleks" in Series 3.

While each of the other seasons produced in black and white have at least one serial completely intact (all serials from the transition to color onwards have surviving copies in the BBC archive), none of the nine serials from Season 4 is complete in the BBC archive, with four (The Smugglers, The Power of the Daleks, The Highlanders and The Macra Terror) each having all of their episodes missing; of the total of 43 episodes between Episode 1 of The Smugglers and Episode 7 of The Evil of the Daleks, only 10 are currently in the BBC archive. The most complete serial of the season, The Tenth Planet, is missing only its last episode; both this and the season's other Cyberman story, The Moonbase, have been recreated with animated episodes using the original soundtrack in a fashion similar to a reconstruction of The Reign of Terror from Season 1.

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
UK viewers
(million) [2]
AI [2]
028 1 The Smugglers
(all episodes missing)
Julia Smith Brian Hayles 10 September 1966
17 September 1966
24 September 1966
1 October 1966
CC 4.3
The Doctor’s new companions Ben and Polly arrive with him in the TARDIS on the coast of seventeenth-century Cornwall, where a group of pirates are searching for treasure.
029 2 The Tenth Planet
(episode 4 missing)
Derek Martinus Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis 8 October 1966
15 October 1966
22 October 1966
29 October 1966
DD 5.5
The TARDIS crew arrive at the South Pole in the year 1986, near a South Pole tracking base. Soon afterwards, hostile cyborgs from Earth's twin planet Mondas, known as Cybermen, quickly take over the base, planning to convert every human being into Cybermen like themselves while the Doctor's old body is wearing a little bit thin.
030 3 The Power of the Daleks
(all episodes missing)
Christopher Barry David Whitaker and Dennis Spooner 5 November 1966
12 November 1966
19 November 1966
26 November 1966
3 December 1966
10 December 1966
EE 7.9
The newly regenerated Doctor, Ben and Polly soon arrive on the planet Vulcan, a human colony. There, the Doctor finds the humans claiming that the Daleks are their servants. But a more sinister plan is behind the Daleks.
031 4 The Highlanders
(all episodes missing)
Hugh David Elwyn Jones and Gerry Davis 17 December 1966
24 December 1966
31 December 1966
7 January 1967
FF 6.7
The TARDIS arrives after the Battle of Culloden in 1746, where the TARDIS crew encounter the McLaren Clan and their piper, Jamie McCrimmon. They learn of a plan to sell defeated Scots rebels into slavery.
032 5 The Underwater Menace
(episodes 1 & 4 missing)
Julia Smith Geoffrey Orme 14 January 1967
21 January 1967
28 January 1967
4 February 1967
GG 8.3
The TARDIS lands on a deserted volcanic island. The Doctor, Ben, Polly and Jamie are captured and taken in a lift down a shaft below the seabed, There they realise they are prisoners of the survivors of Atlantis, and that their High Priest, Lolem, declares they are to be sacrificed to the great god Amdo. Professor Zaroff arrives and has a plan to raise Atlantis from the sea.
033 6 The Moonbase
(episodes 1 & 3 missing)
Morris Barry Kit Pedler 11 February 1967
18 February 1967
25 February 1967
4 March 1967
HH 8.1
The TARDIS makes a bumpy landing on the Moon in the year 2070. When the TARDIS crew venture outside, they find a moonbase. Suddenly on the base, people start becoming seriously ill with symptoms of fever and delirium. The Doctor realises that their old enemies, the Cybermen, are stalking the moonbase and taking the patients' bodies. The leader of the moonbase gives the Doctor 24 hours to discover the cause of the virus, or else he leaves the Moon.
034 7 The Macra Terror
(all episodes missing)
John Davies Ian Stuart Black 11 March 1967
18 March 1967
25 March 1967
1 April 1967
JJ 8.0
The Doctor and his companions arrive at a planet in Earth's colonial future, where they discover that the inhabitants are being menaced by giant crabs called the Macra.
035 8 The Faceless Ones
(episodes 2, 4, 5 & 6 missing)
Gerry Mill David Ellis and Malcolm Hulke 8 April 1967
15 April 1967
22 April 1967
29 April 1967
6 May 1967
13 May 1967
KK 8.0
After the TARDIS lands on the runway at Gatwick Airport, Polly witness a murder, leading the Doctor to find out that aliens are stealing the identities of travelers.
036 9 The Evil of the Daleks
(episodes 1, 3 - 7 missing)
Derek Martinus David Whitaker 20 May 1967
27 May 1967
3 June 1967
10 June 1967
17 June 1967
24 June 1967
1 July 1967
LL 8.1
While trying to retrieve the TARDIS, the Doctor and Jamie are transported back in time to the 19th century by a professor working for the Daleks; the Daleks aim to use the Doctor's knowledge to give the Daleks human intelligence, but the plan backfires spectacularly.


Title card as used in this season from The Macra Terror to The Evil of the Daleks

During this season the title card for the series was changed for the first time, starting with The Macra Terror.

Missing episodes[edit]

Season 4 is notable for being the only season of Doctor Who from which not a single complete serial survives. The missing episodes are:

  • The Smugglers - All 4 episodes
  • The Tenth Planet - Episode 4 (of 4 total)
  • The Power of the Daleks - All 6 episodes
  • The Highlanders - All 4 episodes
  • The Underwater Menace - Episodes 1 & 4 (of 4 total)
  • The Moonbase - Episodes 1 & 3 (of 4 total)
  • The Macra Terror - All 4 episodes
  • The Faceless Ones - Episodes 2, 4, 5 & 6 (of 6 total)
  • The Evil of the Daleks - Episodes 1, 3 to 7 (of 7 total)

DVD releases[edit]

Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
The Tenth Planet
(episode 4 reconstructed using animation)
4 × 25 min. 24 June 2013[3]
18 November 2013[4]
20 November 2013[5] 19 November 2013[5]
The Underwater Menace 2 × 25 min.
2 × 25 min reconstruction
26 October 2015[6] N/A N/A
The Moonbase
(episodes 1 & 3 reconstructed using animation)
4 x 24 min. 20 January 2014 29 January 2014[7] 11 February 2014[8]

The Underwater Menace was scheduled to be released on DVD, with episodes 1 and 4 reconstructed using animation, but was cancelled in February 2015. It was restored to the schedule for release in October 2015, but with Tele-snap reconstructions instead of full animation.

Lost in Time
All existing episodes from otherwise missing First & Second Doctor serials from this season have been released on the Lost in Time collection, with the exception of The Tenth Planet which had its missing episode animated for DVD release, and The Underwater Menace episode 2, which was recovered after the release of Lost in Time. Lost in Time was released in two formats in Region 1, with individual releases for volumes one and two (which cover First Doctor and Second Doctor episodes respectively), as well as an edition combining both volumes. In Regions 2 and 4, Lost in Time is available only as the combined single volume.

Includes episodes from Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
The Underwater Menace (episode 3 of 4)
The Moonbase (episodes 2 & 4 of 4; soundtracks of 1 & 3)
The Faceless Ones (episodes 1 & 3 of 6)
The Evil of the Daleks (episode 2 of 7)
(Also includes surviving clips from The Power of the Daleks, The Highlanders, The Macra Terror, The Smugglers and The Tenth Planet)
6 × 25 min.
+ 2 × 25 min. audio
1 November 2004 2 December 2004
(Original release)
1 July 2010
2 November 2004

In print[edit]

Serial name Novelisation title Author First published
The Smugglers The Smugglers Terrance Dicks 1988
The Tenth Planet Doctor Who and the Tenth Planet Gerry Davis 1976
The Power of the Daleks The Power of the Daleks John Peel 1993
The Highlanders The Highlanders Gerry Davis 1984
The Underwater Menace The Underwater Menace Nigel Robinson 1988
The Moonbase Doctor Who and the Cybermen Gerry Davis 1975
The Macra Terror The Macra Terror Ian Stuart Black 1987
The Faceless Ones The Faceless Ones Terrance Dicks 1987
The Evil of the Daleks The Evil of the Daleks John Peel 1993

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): The Smugglers". Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  2. ^ a b "Ratings Guide". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Exclusive to the Regeneration Box set
  4. ^ DWM 460
  5. ^ a b "The Tenth Planet: DVD cover and contents announced". BBC Worldwide. 20 August 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  6. ^ "Doctor Who: The Underwater Menace". BBC Shop. 1 September 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "Buy Doctor Who: Moonbase on DVD-Video from". 2013-04-22. Retrieved 2014-06-15. 
  8. ^ "Doctor Who DVD news: Extras for Doctor Who - Story #033: The Moonbase". 2013-12-16. Retrieved 2014-06-15.