Doctor Who (season 7)
|Doctor Who (season 7)|
Cover art of the Region 2 DVD release for first serial of the season
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of stories||4|
|No. of episodes||25|
|Original network||BBC One|
|Original release||3 January –|
20 June 1970
Jon Pertwee makes his first appearance as the Third Doctor replacing Patrick Troughton in the role. Caroline John makes her first appearance as companion and assistant Liz Shaw in Spearhead from Space and last in Inferno.
Barry Letts took over as producer from Derrick Sherwin after Spearhead from Space. From this season onwards the programme was produced in colour. To accommodate the new production methods the number of episodes in a season was cut: season 6 has 44 episodes; season 7 has 25 episodes. The seasons would continue to have between 20 and 26 episodes until season 22. Following the opening four parter, the remaining episodes were divided into three serials each of seven episodes. This, along with setting the entire season exclusively on Earth, had been the choice of previous producer and script editor Peter Bryant and Derrick Sherwin, which Letts and script editor Terrance Dicks were unhappy with.
Spearhead from Space was intended to be produced identically to previous serials, with a mixture of location material shot on 16mm film, and studio based material on videotape. Owing to industrial action by studio technicians at the BBC, the planned studio recording sessions were cancelled, with instead all four episodes being shot on location on 16mm film.
|Story||Serial||Serial title||Episode titles||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|51||1||Spearhead from Space||"Episode 1"||Derek Martinus||Robert Holmes||3 January 1970||AAA||8.4||54|
|"Episode 2"||Derek Martinus||Robert Holmes||10 January 1970||AAA||8.1||—|
|"Episode 3"||Derek Martinus||Robert Holmes||17 January 1970||AAA||8.3||—|
|"Episode 4"||Derek Martinus||Robert Holmes||24 January 1970||AAA||8.1||57|
|The newly regenerated Doctor is exiled to Earth in the 20th century. The Doctor has to devise a way to destroy the Autons before they kill humanity.|
|52||2||Doctor Who and the Silurians||"Episode 1"||Timothy Combe||Malcolm Hulke||31 January 1970||BBB||8.8||58|
|"Episode 2"||Timothy Combe||Malcolm Hulke||7 February 1970||BBB||7.3||58|
|"Episode 3"||Timothy Combe||Malcolm Hulke||14 February 1970||BBB||7.5||57|
|"Episode 4"||Timothy Combe||Malcolm Hulke||21 February 1970||BBB||8.2||60|
|"Episode 5"||Timothy Combe||Malcolm Hulke||28 February 1970||BBB||7.5||58|
|"Episode 6"||Timothy Combe||Malcolm Hulke||7 March 1970||BBB||7.2||57|
|"Episode 7"||Timothy Combe||Malcolm Hulke||14 March 1970||BBB||7.5||58|
|The Silurians, the original inhabitants of the Earth, have been awakened from their hibernation in the caves.|
|53||3||The Ambassadors of Death||"Episode 1"||Michael Ferguson||David Whitaker and Trevor Ray (uncredited)||21 March 1970||CCC||7.1||60|
|"Episode 2"||Michael Ferguson||David Whitaker, Malcolm Hulke (uncredited), and Terrance Dicks (uncredited)||28 March 1970||CCC||7.6||61|
|"Episode 3"||Michael Ferguson||David Whitaker, Malcolm Hulke (uncredited), and Terrance Dicks (uncredited)||4 April 1970||CCC||8.0||59|
|"Episode 4"||Michael Ferguson||David Whitaker, Malcolm Hulke (uncredited), and Terrance Dicks (uncredited)||11 April 1970||CCC||9.3||58|
|"Episode 5"||Michael Ferguson||David Whitaker, Malcolm Hulke (uncredited), and Terrance Dicks (uncredited)||18 April 1970||CCC||7.1||—|
|"Episode 6"||Michael Ferguson||David Whitaker, Malcolm Hulke (uncredited), and Terrance Dicks (uncredited)||25 April 1970||CCC||6.9||61|
|"Episode 7"||Michael Ferguson||David Whitaker, Malcolm Hulke (uncredited), and Terrance Dicks (uncredited)||2 May 1970||CCC||6.4||62|
|The British space programme oversees the launch of the Recovery Seven probe that has been sent to Mars to make contact with the missing Mars Probe Seven and its two astronauts, who lost contact with Earth eight months earlier. Van Lyden makes contact with the Probe but is then silenced by a piercing unearthly sound.|
|54||4||Inferno||"Episode 1"||Douglas Camfield||Don Houghton||9 May 1970||DDD||5.7||61|
|"Episode 2"||Douglas Camfield||Don Houghton||16 May 1970||DDD||5.9||61|
|"Episode 3"||Douglas Camfield and Barry Letts (uncredited)||Don Houghton||23 May 1970||DDD||4.8||60|
|"Episode 4"||Douglas Camfield and Barry Letts (uncredited)||Don Houghton||30 May 1970||DDD||6.0||60|
|"Episode 5"||Douglas Camfield and Barry Letts (uncredited)||Don Houghton||6 June 1970||DDD||5.4||—|
|"Episode 6"||Douglas Camfield and Barry Letts (uncredited)||Don Houghton||13 June 1970||DDD||6.7||58|
|"Episode 7"||Douglas Camfield and Barry Letts (uncredited)||Don Houghton||20 June 1970||DDD||5.5||60|
|Inferno is the nickname given to a project to penetrate the Earth's crust. The project, however, has its own problems and the Doctor is sent to an alternate universe.|
The entire season was broadcast from 3 January to 20 June 1970. Peter Bryant and Derrick Sherwin had originally envisaged replacing Doctor Who with a Quatermass-style serial, with Nigel Kneale involved, but this fell through when Kneale refused to write for the show. The plan did, however, have an effect on the programme, seeing the Doctor exiled to a near-future earth as UNIT's scientific advisor.
|Serial name||Number and duration
|R2 release date||R4 release date||R1 release date|
|Spearhead from Space||4 × 25 min.||29 January 2001||12 September 2001||11 September 2001|
|Spearhead from Space – Special Edition
Only available as part of the Mannequin Mania box set in Regions 2 and 4.
|4 × 25 min.||9 May 2011||2 June 2011||14 August 2012|
|Spearhead from Space – Blu-ray Edition
Includes bonus features exclusive to Blu-ray
|4 × 25 min.||15 July 2013||17 July 2013||13 August 2013|
|Spearhead from Space – "Doctor Who DVD Files" Issue 35||4 × 25 min.||5 May 2010||5 May 2010||N/A|
|Doctor Who and the Silurians
Only available as part of the Beneath the Surface box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Available individually or in the box set in Region 1.
|7 × 25 min.||14 January 2008||5 March 2008||3 June 2008|
|Doctor Who and the Silurians – "Doctor Who DVD Files" Issue 65||7 × 25 min.||29 June 2011||29 June 2011||N/A|
|The Ambassadors of Death||7 × 25 min.||1 October 2012||3 October 2012||9 October 2012|
|Inferno||7 × 25 min.||19 June 2006||6 July 2006||5 September 2006|
|Inferno – Special Edition||7 x 25 min.||27 May 2013||5 June 2013||11 June 2013|
|Inferno – "Doctor Who DVD Files" Issue 44||7 × 25 min.||8 September 2010||8 September 2010||N/A|
|Serial name||Novelisation title||Author||First published|
|Spearhead from Space||Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion||Terrance Dicks||17 January 1974|
|Doctor Who and the Silurians||Doctor Who and the Cave Monsters||Malcolm Hulke||17 January 1974|
|The Ambassadors of Death||The Ambassadors of Death||Terrance Dicks||21 May 1987|
|Inferno||Inferno||Terrance Dicks||19 July 1984|
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