Doctor Who (season 6)

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Doctor Who (season 6)
Doctor Who Season 6 DVD.jpg
Cover art of the Region 2 DVD release for first serial of the season
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of stories7
No. of episodes44 (7 missing)
Original networkBBC One
Original release10 August 1968 (1968-08-10) –
21 June 1969 (1969-06-21)
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The sixth season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 10 August 1968 with the first story of season 6 The Dominators and ended Patrick Troughton's reign as the Doctor with its final story The War Games. Only 37 out of 44 episodes are held in the BBC archives; 7 remain missing. As a result, 2 serials are incomplete.


Main cast[edit]

Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury make their final appearances as the Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon and Zoe Heriot respectively. Troughton and his fellow actors collectively decided that the workload of Doctor Who was exhausting them, and that they would soon depart from the show. From Season 7 onwards the show would never have such a high number of episodes again. The three actors remained with the show until the conclusion of the final season six serial The War Games.

Guest stars[edit]

Nicholas Courtney reappears as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart in The Invasion, last seen (as a Colonel) in The Web of Fear. He would soon make regular appearances in the program beginning with season 7's Spearhead from Space.

John Levene makes his first appearance as Corporal Benton in The Invasion. He would continue to make regular appearances, with the character promoted to sergeant, from season 7 until season 13.

Alan Bennion makes his first of three appearances in the series playing an Ice Warrior. In this, his first appearance, he portrays Lord Slaar in The Seeds of Death.


Terrance Dicks took over from Derrick Sherwin as script editor from The Invasion, with Sherwin resuming the role for The Space Pirates. Derrick Sherwin took over as producer from Peter Bryant for The War Games.

Season 6 is the most complete of all the Second Doctor's seasons, with only seven episodes missing (compared with twenty-eight from Season 4 and eighteen from Season 5), none of the season's stories missing in their entirety and only two stories (The Invasion and The Space Pirates) incomplete. This compares to the first two seasons of the Second Doctor from which only two complete serials (The Tomb of the Cybermen and The Enemy of the World) survive. The missing two episodes of The Invasion have since been reconstructed using animation and released on DVD.

The War Games, which was the final serial of the season, and the last of Patrick Troughton's tenure as the Doctor, was also the second longest serial up to that point, spanning 10 episodes – only the 12-part serial The Daleks' Master Plan from Season 3 was longer.

The Dominators and The Mind Robber were both produced at the end of the fifth recording block and held over to Season 6.[citation needed]

StorySerialSerial titleEpisode titlesDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
UK viewers
(millions) [1]
441The Dominators"Episode 1"Morris BarryNorman Ashby (Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln)10 August 1968 (1968-08-10)TT6.152
"Episode 2"Morris BarryNorman Ashby (Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln)17 August 1968 (1968-08-17)TT5.955
[Episode 3][note 1]Morris BarryNorman Ashby (Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln)24 August 1968 (1968-08-24)TT5.455
"Episode 4"Morris BarryNorman Ashby (Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln)31 August 1968 (1968-08-31)TT7.551
"Episode 5"Morris BarryNorman Ashby (Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln)7 September 1968 (1968-09-07)TT5.953
Arriving on an irradiated island, The Doctor, Jamie and new companion Zoe Heriot find an alien craft bearing the imperious and ruthless Dominators.
452The Mind Robber"Episode 1"David MaloneyDerrick Sherwin14 September 1968 (1968-09-14)UU6.651
"Episode 2"David MaloneyPeter Ling21 September 1968 (1968-09-21)UU6.549
"Episode 3"David MaloneyPeter Ling28 September 1968 (1968-09-28)UU7.253
"Episode 4"David MaloneyPeter Ling5 October 1968 (1968-10-05)UU7.356
"Episode 5"David MaloneyPeter Ling12 October 1968 (1968-10-12)UU6.749
By blowing a fluid link, the Doctor is forced to use the emergency unit to take the TARDIS away from danger and indeed out of reality itself: to the Land of Fiction. Here, he meets fictional characters, such as Rapunzel, Lemuel Gulliver and Medusa.
463The Invasion"Episode One"Douglas CamfieldDerrick Sherwin and Kit Pedler (story)2 November 1968 (1968-11-02)VV7.355
"Episode "Two"Douglas CamfieldDerrick Sherwin and Kit Pedler (story)9 November 1968 (1968-11-09)VV7.153
"Episode Three"Douglas CamfieldDerrick Sherwin and Kit Pedler (story)16 November 1968 (1968-11-16)VV7.154
"Episode "Four"Douglas CamfieldDerrick Sherwin and Kit Pedler (story)23 November 1968 (1968-11-23)VV6.451
"Episode Five"Douglas CamfieldDerrick Sherwin and Kit Pedler (story)30 November 1968 (1968-11-30)VV6.752
"Episode Six"Douglas CamfieldDerrick Sherwin and Kit Pedler (story)7 December 1968 (1968-12-07)VV6.556
"Episode Seven"Douglas CamfieldDerrick Sherwin and Kit Pedler (story)14 December 1968 (1968-12-14)VV7.255
"Episode Eight"Douglas CamfieldDerrick Sherwin and Kit Pedler (story)21 December 1968 (1968-12-21)VV7.053
After becoming invisible, the TARDIS arrives in England. While looking for a missing scientist at an electronics company, the TARDIS crew find out that the Cybermen are hidden within London's sewers and are planning an invasion.
474The Krotons"Episode One"David MaloneyRobert Holmes28 December 1968 (1968-12-28)WW9.059
"Episode Two"David MaloneyRobert Holmes4 January 1969 (1969-01-04)WW8.457
"Episode "Three"David MaloneyRobert Holmes11 January 1969 (1969-01-11)WW7.556
"Episode Four"David MaloneyRobert Holmes18 January 1969 (1969-01-18)WW7.155
On an unnamed planet, a race called the Gonds are subject to the mysterious Krotons, unseen beings to whom they provide their brightest members as "companions".
485The Seeds of Death"Episode One"Michael FergusonBrian Hayles25 January 1969 (1969-01-25)XX6.657
"Episode Two"Michael FergusonBrian Hayles1 February 1969 (1969-02-01)XX6.859
"Episode Three"Michael FergusonBrian Hayles and Terrance Dicks (uncredited)8 February 1969 (1969-02-08)XX7.555
"Episode Four"Michael FergusonBrian Hayles and Terrance Dicks (uncredited)15 February 1969 (1969-02-15)XX7.155
"Episode Five"Michael FergusonBrian Hayles and Terrance Dicks (uncredited)22 February 1969 (1969-02-22)XX7.657
"Episode Six"Michael FergusonBrian Hayles and Terrance Dicks (uncredited)1 March 1969 (1969-03-01)XX7.759
The Ice Warriors plan to destroy every living thing on Earth by making Earth more habitable for them.
496The Space Pirates"Episode One"Michael HartRobert Holmes8 March 1969 (1969-03-08)YY5.857
"Episode "Two"Michael HartRobert Holmes15 March 1969 (1969-03-15)YY6.852
"Episode "Three"Michael HartRobert Holmes22 March 1969 (1969-03-22)YY6.455
"Episode "Four"Michael HartRobert Holmes29 March 1969 (1969-03-29)YY5.853
"Episode "Five"Michael HartRobert Holmes5 April 1969 (1969-04-05)YY5.556
"Episode Six"Michael HartRobert Holmes12 April 1969 (1969-04-12)YY5.352
Space beacons on the space lanes are being blown up and plundered for precious argonite by a gang of space pirates led by Caven and his associate Dervish.
507The War Games"Episode One"David MaloneyTerrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke19 April 1969 (1969-04-19)ZZ5.555
"Episode Two"David MaloneyTerrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke26 April 1969 (1969-04-26)ZZ6.354
"Episode Three"David MaloneyTerrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke3 May 1969 (1969-05-03)ZZ5.153
"Episode Four"David MaloneyTerrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke10 May 1969 (1969-05-10)ZZ5.750
"Episode Five"David MaloneyTerrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke17 May 1969 (1969-05-17)ZZ5.153
"Episode Six"David MaloneyTerrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke24 May 1969 (1969-05-24)ZZ4.253
"Episode Seven"David MaloneyTerrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke31 May 1969 (1969-05-31)ZZ4.953
"Episode Eight"David MaloneyTerrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke7 June 1969 (1969-06-07)ZZ3.553
"Episode Nine"David MaloneyTerrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke14 June 1969 (1969-06-14)ZZ4.157
"Episode Ten"David MaloneyTerrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke21 June 1969 (1969-06-21)ZZ5.058
Brainwashed soldiers are being abducted from Earth by aliens and forced to fight in simulated environments, reflecting the periods in history whence they were taken. The aliens' aim is to produce a super army from the survivors. The Doctor is forced to make a choice that will change who he is.

^† : Episode is missing

Missing episodes[edit]

  • The Invasion – Episodes 1 & 4 (of 8 total)
  • The Space Pirates – Episodes 1, 3 – 6 (of 6 total)

DVD releases[edit]

Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
The Dominators 5 × 25 min. 12 July 2010 2 September 2010 11 January 2011
The Mind Robber 5 × 20 min. 7 March 2005 5 May 2005 6 September 2005
The Invasion (episodes 2–3 & 5–8 of 8, animation of 1 & 4) 8 × 25 min. 6 November 2006 3 January 2007 6 March 2007
The Krotons 4 × 25 min. 2 July 2012[3][4] 2 August 2012[5] 10 July 2012
The Seeds of Death 6 × 25 min. 17 February 2003 5 May 2003 2 March 2004
The Seeds of Death – Special Edition
Only available as part of the Revisitations 2 box set in Regions 2 and 4.
6 × 25 min. 28 March 2011 5 May 2011 12 June 2012[6]
The War Games 10 × 25 min. 6 July 2009 3 September 2009 3 November 2009

Lost in Time
All existing episodes from otherwise missing Second Doctor serials from this season have been released on the Lost in Time collection, with the exception of The Invasion which had its missing episodes animated for its DVD release. 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 Space Pirates (episode 2 of 6) 1 × 25 min.
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 Dominators The Dominators Ian Marter 19 April 1984
The Mind Robber The Mind Robber Peter Ling 20 November 1986
The Invasion The Invasion Ian Marter 16 May 1985
The Krotons The Krotons Terrance Dicks 13 June 1985
The Seeds of Death The Seeds of Death Terrance Dicks 17 July 1986
The Space Pirates The Space Pirates Terrance Dicks 15 March 1990
The War Games Doctor Who and the War Games Malcolm Hulke 25 September 1979


  1. ^ This episode has no on-screen episode title[2]


  1. ^ a b "Ratings Guide". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  2. ^ "BBC – Doctor Who Classic Episode Guide – The Dominators – Details".
  3. ^ "The Doctor Who News Page: DVD Schedule Update". 3 May 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  4. ^ "Twitter / Classic Doctor Who: All content for KROTONS DV". Twitter.
  5. ^ "Doctor Who: The Krotons". Retrieved 18 July 2012.
  6. ^ "Doctor Who: The Seeds of Death – Special Edition – DVD". Bbc Retrieved 18 May 2011.