Doctor Who (season 8)
|Doctor Who (season 8)|
Cover art of the Region 2 DVD release for first serial of the season
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of stories||5|
|No. of episodes||25|
|Original network||BBC One|
|Original release||2 January –|
19 June 1971
- Nicholas Courtney as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart
- John Levene as Sergeant Benton
- Richard Franklin as Mike Yates
- Roger Delgado as The Master
Fernanda Marlowe makes appearances in The Mind of Evil and The Claws of Axos as Corporal Bell.
The season marks the first appearance of the Master who goes on to make further appearances through the season in every serial as the main antagonist who is finally captured at the end of the season. Colony in Space was the first serial set away from Earth since The War Games at the end of Season 6, and came about as a result of producer Barry Letts' feeling that the Earthbound stories of the Doctor's exile were too limiting in terms of potential plotting.
|Story||Serial||Serial title||Episode titles||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|55||1||Terror of the Autons||"Episode One"||Barry Letts||Robert Holmes||2 January 1971||EEE||7.3||—|
|"Episode Two"||Barry Letts||Robert Holmes||9 January 1971||EEE||8.0||—|
|"Episode Three"||Barry Letts||Robert Holmes||16 January 1971||EEE||8.1||—|
|"Episode Four"||Barry Letts||Robert Holmes||23 January 1971||EEE||8.4||—|
|The Master arrives on Earth and makes an alliance with the Autons to conquer the planet.|
|56||2||The Mind of Evil||"Episode One"||Timothy Combe||Don Houghton||30 January 1971||FFF||6.1||—|
|"Episode Two"||Timothy Combe||Don Houghton||6 February 1971||FFF||8.8||—|
|"Episode Three"||Timothy Combe||Don Houghton||13 February 1971||FFF||7.5||—|
|"Episode Four"||Timothy Combe||Don Houghton||20 February 1971||FFF||7.4||—|
|"Episode Five"||Timothy Combe||Don Houghton||27 February 1971||FFF||7.6||—|
|"Episode Six"||Timothy Combe||Don Houghton||6 March 1971||FFF||7.3||—|
|The Master creates the Keller Machine, a device that appears to rehabilitate prisoners, but instead kills them.|
|57||3||The Claws of Axos||"Episode One"||Michael Ferguson||Bob Baker and Dave Martin||13 March 1971||GGG||7.3||—|
|"Episode Two"||Michael Ferguson||Bob Baker and Dave Martin||20 March 1971||GGG||8.0||—|
|"Episode Three"||Michael Ferguson||Bob Baker and Dave Martin||27 March 1971||GGG||6.4||—|
|"Episode Four"||Michael Ferguson||Bob Baker and Dave Martin||3 April 1971||GGG||7.8||—|
|The Axons land on Earth supposedly peacefully, even offering a new energy source. However, that is not their real purpose.|
|58||4||Colony in Space||"Episode One"||Michael E. Briant||Malcolm Hulke||10 April 1971||HHH||7.6||—|
|"Episode Two"||Michael E. Briant||Malcolm Hulke||17 April 1971||HHH||8.5||—|
|"Episode Three"||Michael E. Briant||Malcolm Hulke||24 April 1971||HHH||9.5||—|
|"Episode Four"||Michael E. Briant||Malcolm Hulke||1 May 1971||HHH||8.1||—|
|"Episode Five"||Michael E. Briant||Malcolm Hulke||8 May 1971||HHH||8.8||—|
|"Episode Six"||Michael E. Briant||Malcolm Hulke||15 May 1971||HHH||8.7||—|
|On the human colony Uxarieus, the colonists' crops are failing and a giant reptile appears to be killing them.|
|59||5||The Dæmons||"Episode One"||Christopher Barry||Guy Leopold (Robert Sloman and Barry Letts)||22 May 1971||JJJ||9.2||—|
|"Episode Two"||Christopher Barry||Guy Leopold (Robert Sloman and Barry Letts)||29 May 1971||JJJ||8.0||—|
|"Episode Three"||Christopher Barry||Guy Leopold (Robert Sloman and Barry Letts)||5 June 1971||JJJ||8.1||—|
|"Episode Four"||Christopher Barry||Guy Leopold (Robert Sloman and Barry Letts)||12 June 1971||JJJ||8.1||—|
|"Episode Five"||Christopher Barry||Guy Leopold (Robert Sloman and Barry Letts)||19 June 1971||JJJ||8.3||—|
|The Master awakens the demonic Azal from his spaceship under a Bronze Age burial mound.|
The entire season was broadcast from 2 January to 19 June 1971.
|Serial name||Number and duration
|R2 release date||R4 release date||R1 release date|
|Terror of the Autons
Only available as part of the Mannequin Mania box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
|4 × 25 min.||9 May 2011||2 June 2011||10 May 2011|
|Terror of the Autons – Doctor Who DVD Files Issue 101||4 × 25 min.||14 November 2012||14 November 2012||N/A|
|The Mind of Evil||6 × 25 min.||3 June 2013||5 June 2013||11 June 2013|
|The Claws of Axos||4 × 25 min.||25 April 2005||2 June 2005||8 November 2005|
|The Claws of Axos – Special Edition||4 x 25 min.||22 October 2012||7 November 2012||13 November 2012|
|The Claws of Axos – Doctor Who DVD Files Issue 97||4 × 25 min.||19 September 2012||19 September 2012||N/A|
|Colony in Space||6 × 25 min.||3 October 2011||1 December 2011||8 November 2011|
|The Dæmons||5 × 25 min.||19 March 2012||19 April 2012||10 April 2012|
|Serial name||Novelisation title||Author||First published|
|Terror of the Autons||Doctor Who and the Terror of the Autons||Terrance Dicks||15 May 1975|
|The Mind of Evil||The Mind of Evil||Terrance Dicks||21 March 1985|
|The Claws of Axos||Doctor Who and the Claws of Axos||Terrance Dicks||21 April 1977|
|Colony in Space||Doctor Who and the Doomsday Weapon||Malcolm Hulke||27 March 1974|
|The Dæmons||Doctor Who and the Dæmons||Barry Letts||17 October 1974|
- "Ratings Guide". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
- "The Doctor Who News Page: DVD Schedule Update". Doctorwhonews.net. 3 May 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
- "Play.com listings". Play.com. Archived from the original on 4 January 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2011.
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