Doctor Who (season 4)

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Doctor Who (season 4)
Doctor Who Season 4 DVD.jpg
Cover art of the soundtrack release for first serial of the season
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of stories9
No. of episodes43 (33 missing)
Original networkBBC One
Original release10 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). Only 10 out of 43 episodes survive in the BBC archives; 33 remain missing. No serials in this season exist in their entirety. However, The Tenth Planet, The Power of the Daleks, The Moonbase and The Macra Terror and have had their missing episodes (thirteen in total) reconstructed with full-length animation and subsequently have been released on DVD, and four more episodes of The Faceless Ones will be given the same treatment for release in 2020.


Main cast[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.[citation needed]

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 two serials 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 are 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, as well as The Power of the Daleks, have had their missing elements recreated with animated episodes using the original soundtrack in a fashion similar to a reconstruction of The Reign of Terror from Season 1.

StorySerialSerial titleEpisode titlesDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
UK viewers
(millions) [1]
281The Smugglers"Episode 1"Julia SmithBrian Hayles10 September 1966 (1966-09-10)CC4.347
"Episode 2"Julia SmithBrian Hayles17 September 1966 (1966-09-17)CC4.945
"Episode 3"Julia SmithBrian Hayles24 September 1966 (1966-09-24)CC4.243
"Episode 4"Julia SmithBrian Hayles1 October 1966 (1966-10-01)CC4.543
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.
292The Tenth Planet"Episode 1"Derek MartinusKit Pedler8 October 1966 (1966-10-08)DD5.550
"Episode 2"Derek MartinusKit Pedler15 October 1966 (1966-10-15)DD6.448
"Episode 3"Derek MartinusKit Pedler and Gerry Davis22 October 1966 (1966-10-22)DD7.648
"Episode 4"Derek MartinusKit Pedler and Gerry Davis29 October 1966 (1966-10-29)DD7.547
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.
303The Power of the Daleks"Episode 1"Christopher BarryDavid Whitaker5 November 1966 (1966-11-05)EE7.943
"Episode 2"Christopher BarryDavid Whitaker12 November 1966 (1966-11-12)EE7.845
"Episode 3"Christopher BarryDavid Whitaker19 November 1966 (1966-11-19)EE7.544
"Episode 4"Christopher BarryDavid Whitaker26 November 1966 (1966-11-26)EE7.847
"Episode 5"Christopher BarryDavid Whitaker3 December 1966 (1966-12-03)EE8.048
"Episode 6"Christopher BarryDavid Whitaker10 December 1966 (1966-12-10)EE7.847
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.
314The Highlanders"Episode 1"Hugh DavidElwyn Jones and Gerry Davis17 December 1966 (1966-12-17)FF6.747
"Episode 2"Hugh DavidElwyn Jones and Gerry Davis24 December 1966 (1966-12-24)FF6.846
"Episode 3"Hugh DavidElwyn Jones and Gerry Davis31 December 1966 (1966-12-31)FF7.447
"Episode 4"Hugh DavidElwyn Jones and Gerry Davis7 January 1967 (1967-01-07)FF7.347
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.
325The Underwater Menace"Episode 1"Julia SmithGeoffrey Orme14 January 1967 (1967-01-14)GG8.348
"Episode 2"Julia SmithGeoffrey Orme21 January 1967 (1967-01-21)GG7.546
"Episode 3"Julia SmithGeoffrey Orme28 January 1967 (1967-01-28)GG7.145
"Episode 4"Julia SmithGeoffrey Orme4 February 1967 (1967-02-04)GG7.047
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.
336The Moonbase"Episode 1"Morris BarryKit Pedler11 February 1967 (1967-02-11)HH8.150
"Episode 2"Morris BarryKit Pedler18 February 1967 (1967-02-18)HH8.949
"Episode 3"Morris BarryKit Pedler25 February 1967 (1967-02-25)HH8.253
"Episode 4"Morris BarryKit Pedler4 March 1967 (1967-03-04)HH8.158
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.
347The Macra Terror"Episode 1"John DaviesIan Stuart Black11 March 1967 (1967-03-11)JJ8.050
"Episode 2"John DaviesIan Stuart Black18 March 1967 (1967-03-18)JJ7.948
"Episode 3"John DaviesIan Stuart Black25 March 1967 (1967-03-25)JJ8.552
"Episode 4"John DaviesIan Stuart Black1 April 1967 (1967-04-01)JJ8.449
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.
358The Faceless Ones"Episode 1"Gerry MillDavid Ellis and Malcolm Hulke8 April 1967 (1967-04-08)KK8.051
"Episode 2"Gerry MillDavid Ellis and Malcolm Hulke15 April 1967 (1967-04-15)KK6.450
"Episode 3"Gerry MillDavid Ellis and Malcolm Hulke22 April 1967 (1967-04-22)KK7.953
"Episode 4"Gerry MillDavid Ellis and Malcolm Hulke29 April 1967 (1967-04-29)KK6.955
"Episode 5"Gerry MillDavid Ellis and Malcolm Hulke6 May 1967 (1967-05-06)KK7.155
"Episode 6"Gerry MillDavid Ellis and Malcolm Hulke13 May 1967 (1967-05-13)KK8.052
After the TARDIS lands on the runway at Gatwick Airport, Polly witnesses a murder, leading the Doctor to find out that aliens are stealing the identities of travelers.
369The Evil of the Daleks"Episode 1"Derek MartinusDavid Whitaker20 May 1967 (1967-05-20)LL8.151
"Episode 2"Derek MartinusDavid Whitaker27 May 1967 (1967-05-27)LL7.551
"Episode 3"Derek MartinusDavid Whitaker3 June 1967 (1967-06-03)LL6.152
"Episode 4"Derek MartinusDavid Whitaker10 June 1967 (1967-06-10)LL5.351
"Episode 5"Derek MartinusDavid Whitaker17 June 1967 (1967-06-17)LL5.153
"Episode 6"Derek MartinusDavid Whitaker24 June 1967 (1967-06-24)LL6.849
"Episode 7"Derek MartinusDavid Whitaker1 July 1967 (1967-07-01)LL6.156
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.

^† : Episode is missing


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) (animated re-creation exists)
  • The Power of the Daleks – All 6 episodes (animated re-creation exists)
  • The Highlanders – All 4 episodes
  • The Underwater Menace – Episodes 1 & 4 (of 4 total)
  • The Moonbase – Episodes 1 & 3 (of 4 total) (animated re-creation exists)
  • The Macra Terror – All 4 episodes (animated re-creation exists)
  • The Faceless Ones – Episodes 2, 4, 5 & 6 (of 6 total) (animated recreation is due to be released in 2020)
  • 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[2]
18 November 2013[3]
20 November 2013[4] 19 November 2013[4]
The Power of the Daleks
(all six episodes reconstructed using animation)
6 × 25 min. 21 November 2016[5][6] 14 December 2016[7] 24 January 2017[8]
The Underwater Menace
(episodes 1 & 4 reconstructed using tele-snaps)
4 × 25 min.
26 October 2015[9] 2 December 2015[10] 24 May 2016
The Moonbase
(episodes 1 & 3 reconstructed using animation)
4 x 24 min. 20 January 2014 29 January 2014[11] 11 February 2014[12]
The Macra Terror
(all four episodes reconstructed using animation)
4 × 25 min. 18 March 2019[13] TBC TBC

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 Smugglers, The Tenth Planet, The Power of the Daleks, The Highlanders and The Macra Terror)
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 16 June 1988
The Tenth Planet Doctor Who and the Tenth Planet Gerry Davis 19 February 1976
The Power of the Daleks The Power of the Daleks John Peel 15 July 1993
The Highlanders The Highlanders Gerry Davis 16 August 1984
The Underwater Menace The Underwater Menace Nigel Robinson 18 February 1988
The Moonbase Doctor Who and the Cybermen Gerry Davis 20 February 1975
The Macra Terror The Macra Terror Ian Stuart Black 16 July 1987
The Faceless Ones The Faceless Ones Terrance Dicks 11 December 1986
The Evil of the Daleks The Evil of the Daleks John Peel 19 August 1993

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Ratings Guide". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  2. ^ Exclusive to the Regeneration Box set
  3. ^ DWM 460
  4. ^ a b "The Tenth Planet: DVD cover and contents announced". BBC Worldwide. 20 August 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  5. ^ Released via BBC Store 5 November 2016
  6. ^ "Doctor Who – The Power of the Daleks". Amazon UK. 7 September 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  7. ^ Johnston, Rae (25 October 2016). "Lost Doctor Who Animation 'The Power Of The Daleks' Is Coming To Australian Cinemas". Gizmodo Australia. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  8. ^ McEwan, Cameron K (4 November 2016). "The Power of the Daleks – Where to Watch". Doctor Who. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  9. ^ "Doctor Who: The Underwater Menace". BBC Shop. 1 September 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Doctor Who: The Underwater Menace (DVD)". Archived from the original on 18 November 2015. Retrieved 9 October 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  11. ^ "Buy Doctor Who: Moonbase on DVD-Video from". 22 April 2013. Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  12. ^ "Doctor Who DVD news: Extras for Doctor Who – Story #033: The Moonbase". 16 December 2013. Archived from the original on 15 August 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  13. ^ "Doctor Who – The Macra Terror". Amazon UK. 4 December 2018. Retrieved 9 January 2019.