List of Doctor Who episodes (1963–1989)

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Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. As of 17 April 2022, 870 episodes of Doctor Who have aired, concluding the thirteenth series. This includes one television movie and multiple specials, and encompasses 299 stories over 39 seasons, starting in 1963. Additionally, four charity specials and two animated serials have also been aired. The programme's high episode count has resulted in Doctor Who holding the world record for the highest number of episodes of a science-fiction programme.[1]

Doctor Who ceased production in 1989. A one-off TV movie was produced in the US in 1996, then the series resumed in 2005. The original series (1963–1989), generally consists of multi-episode serials; in the early seasons, and occasionally through its run, serials tend to link together, one story leading directly into the next. The 2005 revival trades the earlier serial format for a run of self-contained episodes, interspersed with occasional multi-part stories and structured into loose story arcs.

For the first two seasons of Doctor Who and most of the third (1963–1966), each episode carries its own title; the show displays no titles for overarching serials until The Savages, at which point the episodic titles cease. The titles below, for these early serials, are those in most common circulation, used for commercial releases and in resources such as the Doctor Who Reference Guide and the BBC's classic episode guide. With the show's revival in 2005, the programme returned to individual episode titles.

Due to the BBC's 1970s junking policy, 97 episodes of Doctor Who from the 1960s are no longer known to exist. As a result, 26 serials are currently incomplete, with one or more episodes represented only by audio, which in many cases is in addition to clips or still frames. For commercial release, some episodes have been reconstructed using off-air audio recordings, paired to surviving visuals or newly commissioned animation.

The story numbers below are meant as a guide to placement in the overall context of the programme.[2] There is some dispute, for instance, about whether to count Season 23's The Trial of a Time Lord as one or as four serials,[3] and whether the unfinished serial Shada should be included.[4] The numbering scheme in this list follows the official website's episode guide.[2] Other sources, such as the Region 1 classic Doctor Who DVD releases, use different numbering schemes, which diverge after the 108th story, The Horns of Nimon (1979–1980).

Series overview[edit]

The following table dictates the season or series in question for the programme as a whole.

Regular seasons[edit]

Season / SeriesDoctorEpisodesSerialsOriginally airedAverage viewers
Average AI
First airedLast aired
Classic era
Season 1First Doctor42823 November 1963 (1963-11-23)12 September 1964 (1964-09-12)8.0859
Season 239931 October 1964 (1964-10-31)24 July 1965 (1965-07-24)10.4654
Season 3451011 September 1965 (1965-09-11)16 July 1966 (1966-07-16)7.6549
Season 4[a]Second Doctor43910 September 1966 (1966-09-10)1 July 1967 (1967-07-01)7.1049
Season 54072 September 1967 (1967-09-02)1 June 1968 (1968-06-01)7.2353
Season 644710 August 1968 (1968-08-10)21 June 1969 (1969-06-21)6.3854
Season 7Third Doctor2543 January 1970 (1970-01-03)20 June 1970 (1970-06-20)7.1759
Season 82552 January 1971 (1971-01-02)19 June 1971 (1971-06-19)7.96
Season 92651 January 1972 (1972-01-01)24 June 1972 (1972-06-24)8.30
Season 1026530 December 1972 (1972-12-30)23 June 1973 (1973-06-23)8.87
Season 1126515 December 1973 (1973-12-15)8 June 1974 (1974-06-08)8.7860
Season 12Fourth Doctor20528 December 1974 (1974-12-28)10 May 1975 (1975-05-10)10.0056
Season 1326630 August 1975 (1975-08-30)6 March 1976 (1976-03-06)10.1457
Season 142664 September 1976 (1976-09-04)2 April 1977 (1977-04-02)11.0859
Season 152663 September 1977 (1977-09-03)11 March 1978 (1978-03-11)8.9862
Season 16[b]2662 September 1978 (1978-09-02)24 February 1979 (1979-02-24)8.6164
Season 17205[c]1 September 1979 (1979-09-01)12 January 1980 (1980-01-12)11.2165
Season 1828730 August 1980 (1980-08-30)21 March 1981 (1981-03-21)5.8263
Season 19Fifth Doctor2674 January 1982 (1982-01-04)30 March 1982 (1982-03-30)9.24
Season 202263 January 1983 (1983-01-03)16 March 1983 (1983-03-16)7.0367
Season 21[d]2475 January 1984 (1984-01-05)30 March 1984 (1984-03-30)7.1465
Season 22[e]Sixth Doctor1365 January 1985 (1985-01-05)30 March 1985 (1985-03-30)7.1264
Season 23[f]1416 September 1986 (1986-09-06)6 December 1986 (1986-12-06)4.8169
Season 24Seventh Doctor1447 September 1987 (1987-09-07)7 December 1987 (1987-12-07)4.9460
Season 251445 October 1988 (1988-10-05)4 January 1989 (1989-01-04)5.3468
Season 261446 September 1989 (1989-09-06)6 December 1989 (1989-12-06)4.1568
Revived era
Series 1Ninth Doctor131026 March 2005 (2005-03-26)18 June 2005 (2005-06-18)7.9582
Series 2Tenth Doctor131015 April 2006 (2006-04-15)8 July 2006 (2006-07-08)7.7184
Series 313931 March 2007 (2007-03-31)30 June 2007 (2007-06-30)7.5586
Series 413105 April 2008 (2008-04-05)5 July 2008 (2008-07-05)8.0588
Series 5Eleventh Doctor13103 April 2010 (2010-04-03)26 June 2010 (2010-06-26)7.7386
Series 6131123 April 2011 (2011-04-23)1 October 2011 (2011-10-01)7.5286
Series 713131 September 2012 (2012-09-01)18 May 2013 (2013-05-18)7.4486
Series 8Twelfth Doctor121123 August 2014 (2014-08-23)8 November 2014 (2014-11-08)7.2683
Series 912919 September 2015 (2015-09-19)5 December 2015 (2015-12-05)6.0382
Series 10121115 April 2017 (2017-04-15)1 July 2017 (2017-07-01)5.4683
Series 11Thirteenth Doctor10107 October 2018 (2018-10-07)9 December 2018 (2018-12-09)7.9681
Series 121081 January 2020 (2020-01-01)1 March 2020 (2020-03-01)5.4080
Series 13[g]6131 October 2021 (2021-10-31)5 December 2021 (2021-12-05)4.9577


SpecialDoctorEpisodesOriginally aired
20th anniversaryFifth Doctor125 November 1983 (1983-11-25)
Television movieEighth Doctor112 May 1996 (1996-05-12)
2005 ChristmasTenth Doctor125 December 2005 (2005-12-25)
2006 Christmas125 December 2006 (2006-12-25)
2007 Christmas125 December 2007 (2007-12-25)
2008–2010 specials[h]525 December 2008 – 1 January 2010 (2008-12-25 – 2010-01-01)
2010 ChristmasEleventh Doctor125 December 2010 (2010-12-25)
2011 Christmas125 December 2011 (2011-12-25)
2012 Christmas125 December 2012 (2012-12-25)
2013 specials[i]223 November – 25 December 2013 (2013-11-23 – 2013-12-25)
2014 ChristmasTwelfth Doctor125 December 2014 (2014-12-25)
2015 Christmas125 December 2015 (2015-12-25)
2016 Christmas125 December 2016 (2016-12-25)
2017 Christmas125 December 2017 (2017-12-25)
2019 New YearThirteenth Doctor11 January 2019 (2019-01-01)
2020 New Year[j]1 January 2020 (2020-01-01)
2021 New Year11 January 2021 (2021-01-01)
2022 specials[k]3[5]1 January 2022 (2022-01-01) – October 2022[6]


  1. ^ The First Doctor remained for the first two serials of season 4. The Second Doctor featured for the remainder of the season from the third serial, The Power of the Daleks.
  2. ^ Also known by its subtitle, The Key to Time.
  3. ^ Shada was left unfinished due to a strike. The story was later completed and officially released on home media in 2017. The voices of the original actors with new animation was incorporated to bridge the gaps between the recorded live-action segments. It is not included in the episode or story counts as it was not broadcast.
  4. ^ The Fifth Doctor regenerated in the sixth serial of season 21. The Sixth Doctor featured only in the final serial, The Twin Dilemma.
  5. ^ A change in transmission format for this season only as episodes were 45 minutes instead of the usual 23 minutes. Thus a traditional 4-part story was transmitted in 2 parts.
  6. ^ Also known by its subtitle, The Trial of a Time Lord.
  7. ^ Also known by its subtitle, Flux.
  8. ^ These specials consist of the 2008 Christmas, 2009 Easter, 2009 November and the 2009–10 Christmas/New Year's Day episodes.
  9. ^ These specials consist of the 50th Anniversary and 2013 Christmas episodes.
  10. ^ This episode was the first episode of the twelfth series, and thus not a special aired outside of a series, but it was aired outside of the respective series' traditional timeslot to air deliberately on New Year's Day.
  11. ^ These specials consist of the 2022 New Year's Day, 2022 Easter, and late-2022 BBC Centenary special.[5]


First Doctor[edit]

The first incarnation of the Doctor was portrayed by William Hartnell. During Hartnell's tenure, the episodes were a mixture of stories set on Earth of the future with extraterrestrial influence, on alien planets, and in historical events without extraterrestrial influence, such as Marco Polo, one of the lost serials. In his last story, The Tenth Planet, the Doctor gradually grew weaker to the point of collapsing at the end of the fourth episode, leading to his regeneration.

Season 1 (1963–1964) [edit]

No. in
Serial titleEpisode titlesDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
UK viewers
(millions) [7]
11An Unearthly Child"An Unearthly Child"Waris HusseinAnthony Coburn and C. E. Webber (uncredited)23 November 1963 (1963-11-23)A4.463
"The Cave of Skulls"Waris HusseinAnthony Coburn30 November 1963 (1963-11-30)A5.959
"The Forest of Fear"Waris HusseinAnthony Coburn7 December 1963 (1963-12-07)A6.956
"The Firemaker"Waris HusseinAnthony Coburn14 December 1963 (1963-12-14)A6.455
22The Daleks"The Dead Planet"Christopher BarryTerry Nation21 December 1963 (1963-12-21)B6.959
"The Survivors"Christopher BarryTerry Nation28 December 1963 (1963-12-28)B6.458
"The Escape"Richard MartinTerry Nation4 January 1964 (1964-01-04)B8.963
"The Ambush"Christopher BarryTerry Nation11 January 1964 (1964-01-11)B9.963
"The Expedition"Christopher BarryTerry Nation18 January 1964 (1964-01-18)B9.963
"The Ordeal"Richard MartinTerry Nation25 January 1964 (1964-01-25)B10.463
"The Rescue"Richard MartinTerry Nation1 February 1964 (1964-02-01)B10.465
33The Edge of Destruction"The Edge of Destruction"Richard MartinDavid Whitaker8 February 1964 (1964-02-08)C10.461
"The Brink of Disaster"Frank CoxDavid Whitaker15 February 1964 (1964-02-15)C9.960
44Marco Polo"The Roof of the World"Waris HusseinJohn Lucarotti22 February 1964 (1964-02-22)D9.463
"The Singing Sands"Waris HusseinJohn Lucarotti29 February 1964 (1964-02-29)D9.462
"Five Hundred Eyes"Waris HusseinJohn Lucarotti7 March 1964 (1964-03-07)D9.462
"The Wall of Lies"John CrockettJohn Lucarotti14 March 1964 (1964-03-14)D9.960
"Rider from Shang-Tu"Waris HusseinJohn Lucarotti21 March 1964 (1964-03-21)D9.459
"Mighty Kublai Khan"Waris HusseinJohn Lucarotti28 March 1964 (1964-03-28)D8.459
"Assassin at Peking"Waris HusseinJohn Lucarotti4 April 1964 (1964-04-04)D10.459
55The Keys of Marinus"The Sea of Death"John GorrieTerry Nation11 April 1964 (1964-04-11)E9.962
"The Velvet Web"John GorrieTerry Nation18 April 1964 (1964-04-18)E9.460
"The Screaming Jungle"John GorrieTerry Nation25 April 1964 (1964-04-25)E9.961
"The Snows of Terror"John GorrieTerry Nation2 May 1964 (1964-05-02)E10.460
"Sentence of Death"John GorrieTerry Nation9 May 1964 (1964-05-09)E7.961
"The Keys of Marinus"John GorrieTerry Nation16 May 1964 (1964-05-16)E6.963
66The Aztecs"The Temple of Evil"John CrockettJohn Lucarotti23 May 1964 (1964-05-23)F7.462
"The Warriors of Death"John CrockettJohn Lucarotti30 May 1964 (1964-05-30)F7.462
"The Bride of Sacrifice"John CrockettJohn Lucarotti6 June 1964 (1964-06-06)F7.957
"The Day of Darkness"John CrockettJohn Lucarotti13 June 1964 (1964-06-13)F7.458
77The Sensorites"Strangers in Space"Mervyn PinfieldPeter R. Newman20 June 1964 (1964-06-20)G7.959
"The Unwilling Warriors"Mervyn PinfieldPeter R. Newman27 June 1964 (1964-06-27)G6.959
"Hidden Danger"Mervyn PinfieldPeter R. Newman11 July 1964 (1964-07-11)G7.456
"A Race Against Death"Mervyn PinfieldPeter R. Newman18 July 1964 (1964-07-18)G5.560
"Kidnap"Frank CoxPeter R. Newman25 July 1964 (1964-07-25)G6.957
"A Desperate Venture"Frank CoxPeter R. Newman1 August 1964 (1964-08-01)G6.957
88The Reign of Terror"A Land of Fear"Henric HirschDennis Spooner8 August 1964 (1964-08-08)H6.958
"Guests of Madame Guillotine"Henric HirschDennis Spooner15 August 1964 (1964-08-15)H6.954
"A Change of Identity"Henric HirschDennis Spooner22 August 1964 (1964-08-22)H6.955
"The Tyrant of France"Henric HirschDennis Spooner29 August 1964 (1964-08-29)H6.453
"A Bargain of Necessity"Henric HirschDennis Spooner5 September 1964 (1964-09-05)H6.953
"Prisoners of Conciergerie"Henric HirschDennis Spooner12 September 1964 (1964-09-12)H6.455

^† Episode is missing

Season 2 (1964–1965) [edit]

This season saw the departure of Carole Ann Ford as Susan Foreman in The Dalek Invasion of Earth, replaced by Maureen O'Brien as Vicki in The Rescue. William Russell and Jacqueline Hill also departed their roles as Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright, respectively, in The Chase, replaced by Peter Purves as Steven Taylor.

No. in
Serial titleEpisode titlesDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
UK viewers
(millions) [7]
91Planet of Giants"Planet of Giants"Mervyn PinfieldLouis Marks31 October 1964 (1964-10-31)J8.457
"Dangerous Journey"Mervyn PinfieldLouis Marks7 November 1964 (1964-11-07)J8.458
"Crisis"Douglas CamfieldLouis Marks14 November 1964 (1964-11-14)J8.959
102The Dalek Invasion of Earth"World's End"Richard MartinTerry Nation21 November 1964 (1964-11-21)K11.463
"The Daleks"Richard MartinTerry Nation28 November 1964 (1964-11-28)K12.459
"Day of Reckoning"Richard MartinTerry Nation5 December 1964 (1964-12-05)K11.959
"The End of Tomorrow"Richard MartinTerry Nation12 December 1964 (1964-12-12)K11.959
"The Waking Ally"Richard MartinTerry Nation19 December 1964 (1964-12-19)K11.458
"Flashpoint"Richard MartinTerry Nation26 December 1964 (1964-12-26)K12.463
113The Rescue"The Powerful Enemy"Christopher BarryDavid Whitaker2 January 1965 (1965-01-02)L12.057
"Desperate Measures"Christopher BarryDavid Whitaker9 January 1965 (1965-01-09)L13.059
124The Romans"The Slave Traders"Christopher BarryDennis Spooner16 January 1965 (1965-01-16)M13.053
"All Roads Lead to Rome"Christopher BarryDennis Spooner23 January 1965 (1965-01-23)M11.551
"Conspiracy"Christopher BarryDennis Spooner30 January 1965 (1965-01-30)M10.050
"Inferno"Christopher BarryDennis Spooner6 February 1965 (1965-02-06)M12.050
135The Web Planet"The Web Planet"Richard MartinBill Strutton13 February 1965 (1965-02-13)N13.556
"The Zarbi"Richard MartinBill Strutton20 February 1965 (1965-02-20)N12.553
"Escape to Danger"Richard MartinBill Strutton27 February 1965 (1965-02-27)N12.553
"Crater of Needles"Richard MartinBill Strutton6 March 1965 (1965-03-06)N13.049
"Invasion"Richard MartinBill Strutton13 March 1965 (1965-03-13)N12.048
"The Centre"Richard MartinBill Strutton20 March 1965 (1965-03-20)N11.542
146The Crusade"The Lion"Douglas CamfieldDavid Whitaker27 March 1965 (1965-03-27)P10.551
"The Knight of Jaffa"Douglas CamfieldDavid Whitaker3 April 1965 (1965-04-03)P8.550
"The Wheel of Fortune"Douglas CamfieldDavid Whitaker10 April 1965 (1965-04-10)P9.049
"The Warlords"Douglas CamfieldDavid Whitaker17 April 1965 (1965-04-17)P9.548
157The Space Museum"The Space Museum"Mervyn PinfieldGlyn Jones24 April 1965 (1965-04-24)Q10.561
"The Dimensions of Time"Mervyn PinfieldGlyn Jones1 May 1965 (1965-05-01)Q9.253
"The Search"Mervyn PinfieldGlyn Jones8 May 1965 (1965-05-08)Q8.556
"The Final Phase"Mervyn PinfieldGlyn Jones15 May 1965 (1965-05-15)Q8.549
168The Chase"The Executioners"Richard MartinTerry Nation22 May 1965 (1965-05-22)R10.057
"The Death of Time"Richard MartinTerry Nation29 May 1965 (1965-05-29)R9.556
"Flight Through Eternity"Richard MartinTerry Nation5 June 1965 (1965-06-05)R9.055
"Journey into Terror"Richard MartinTerry Nation12 June 1965 (1965-06-12)R9.554
"The Death of Doctor Who"Richard MartinTerry Nation19 June 1965 (1965-06-19)R9.056
"The Planet of Decision"Richard Martin and Douglas Camfield (uncredited)Terry Nation26 June 1965 (1965-06-26)R9.557
179The Time Meddler"The Watcher"Douglas CamfieldDennis Spooner3 July 1965 (1965-07-03)S8.957
"The Meddling Monk"Douglas CamfieldDennis Spooner10 July 1965 (1965-07-10)S8.849
"A Battle of Wits"Douglas CamfieldDennis Spooner17 July 1965 (1965-07-17)S7.753
"Checkmate"Douglas CamfieldDennis Spooner24 July 1965 (1965-07-24)S8.354

^† Episode is missing

Season 3 (1965–1966) [edit]

O'Brien departed the role of Vicki in The Myth Makers, replaced by Jackie Lane as Dodo Chaplet. The Savages marked the final appearance of Steven, and The War Machines introduced companions Ben and Polly. The practice of giving each individual episode a different title was abandoned after The Gunfighters, near the end of the season.

No. in
Serial titleEpisode titlesDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
UK viewers
(millions) [7]
181Galaxy 4"Four Hundred Dawns"Derek MartinusWilliam Emms11 September 1965 (1965-09-11)T9.056
"Trap of Steel"Derek MartinusWilliam Emms18 September 1965 (1965-09-18)T9.555
"Air Lock"Derek MartinusWilliam Emms25 September 1965 (1965-09-25)T11.354
"The Exploding Planet"Derek MartinusWilliam Emms2 October 1965 (1965-10-02)T9.953
192"Mission to the Unknown"N/ADerek MartinusTerry Nation9 October 1965 (1965-10-09)T/A8.354
203The Myth Makers"Temple of Secrets"Michael Leeston-SmithDonald Cotton16 October 1965 (1965-10-16)U8.348
"Small Prophet, Quick Return"Michael Leeston-SmithDonald Cotton23 October 1965 (1965-10-23)U8.151
"Death of a Spy"Michael Leeston-SmithDonald Cotton30 October 1965 (1965-10-30)U8.749
"Horse of Destruction"Michael Leeston-SmithDonald Cotton6 November 1965 (1965-11-06)U8.352
214The Daleks' Master Plan"The Nightmare Begins"Douglas CamfieldTerry Nation13 November 1965 (1965-11-13)V9.154
"Day of Armageddon"Douglas CamfieldTerry Nation20 November 1965 (1965-11-20)V9.852
"Devil's Planet"Douglas CamfieldTerry Nation27 November 1965 (1965-11-27)V10.352
"The Traitors"Douglas CamfieldTerry Nation4 December 1965 (1965-12-04)V9.551
"Counter Plot"Douglas CamfieldTerry Nation11 December 1965 (1965-12-11)V9.953
"Coronas of the Sun"Douglas CamfieldDennis Spooner18 December 1965 (1965-12-18)V9.156
"The Feast of Steven"Douglas CamfieldTerry Nation25 December 1965 (1965-12-25)V7.939
"Volcano"Douglas CamfieldDennis Spooner1 January 1966 (1966-01-01)V9.649
"Golden Death"Douglas CamfieldDennis Spooner8 January 1966 (1966-01-08)V9.252
"Escape Switch"Douglas CamfieldDennis Spooner15 January 1966 (1966-01-15)V9.550
"The Abandoned Planet"Douglas CamfieldDennis Spooner22 January 1966 (1966-01-22)V9.849
"Destruction of Time"Douglas CamfieldDennis Spooner29 January 1966 (1966-01-29)V8.657
225The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve"War of God"Paddy RussellJohn Lucarotti5 February 1966 (1966-02-05)W8.052
"The Sea Beggar"Paddy RussellJohn Lucarotti12 February 1966 (1966-02-12)W6.052
"Priest of Death"Paddy RussellJohn Lucarotti19 February 1966 (1966-02-19)W5.949
"Bell of Doom"Paddy RussellJohn Lucarotti and Donald Tosh26 February 1966 (1966-02-26)W5.853
236The Ark"The Steel Sky"Michael ImisonPaul Erickson and Lesley Scott5 March 1966 (1966-03-05)X5.555
"The Plague"Michael ImisonPaul Erickson and Lesley Scott12 March 1966 (1966-03-12)X6.956
"The Return"Michael ImisonPaul Erickson and Lesley Scott19 March 1966 (1966-03-19)X6.251
"The Bomb"Michael ImisonPaul Erickson and Lesley Scott26 March 1966 (1966-03-26)X7.350
247The Celestial Toymaker"The Celestial Toyroom"Bill SellarsBrian Hayles and Donald Tosh (uncredited)2 April 1966 (1966-04-02)Y8.048
"The Hall of Dolls"Bill SellarsBrian Hayles and Donald Tosh (uncredited)9 April 1966 (1966-04-09)Y8.049
"The Dancing Floor"Bill SellarsBrian Hayles and Donald Tosh (uncredited)16 April 1966 (1966-04-16)Y9.444
"The Final Test"Bill SellarsBrian Hayles and Donald Tosh (uncredited)23 April 1966 (1966-04-23)Y7.843
258The Gunfighters"A Holiday for the Doctor"Rex TuckerDonald Cotton30 April 1966 (1966-04-30)Z6.545
"Don't Shoot the Pianist"Rex TuckerDonald Cotton7 May 1966 (1966-05-07)Z6.639
"Johnny Ringo"Rex TuckerDonald Cotton14 May 1966 (1966-05-14)Z6.236
"The O.K. Corral"Rex TuckerDonald Cotton21 May 1966 (1966-05-21)Z5.730
269The Savages"Episode 1"Christopher BarryIan Stuart Black28 May 1966 (1966-05-28)AA4.848
"Episode 2"Christopher BarryIan Stuart Black4 June 1966 (1966-06-04)AA5.649
"Episode 3"Christopher BarryIan Stuart Black11 June 1966 (1966-06-11)AA5.048
"Episode 4"Christopher BarryIan Stuart Black18 June 1966 (1966-06-18)AA4.548
2710The War Machines"Episode 1"Michael FergusonIan Stuart Black25 June 1966 (1966-06-25)BB5.449
"Episode 2"Michael FergusonIan Stuart Black2 July 1966 (1966-07-02)BB4.745
"Episode 3"Michael FergusonIan Stuart Black9 July 1966 (1966-07-09)BB5.344
"Episode 4"Michael FergusonIan Stuart Black16 July 1966 (1966-07-16)BB5.539

^† : Episode is missing

Season 4 (1966–1967) [edit]

The Smugglers and The Tenth Planet were the last serials to star the First Doctor, his regeneration to the Second occurring in the latter. It is also notable as the season with the most missing episodes, with not one serial existing in its entirety.

No. in
Serial titleEpisode titlesDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
UK viewers
(millions) [7]
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
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

^† : Episode is missing

Second Doctor[edit]

The Second Doctor was portrayed by Patrick Troughton, whose serials were more action-oriented than those of his predecessor. Additionally, after The Highlanders, stories moved away from the purely historical ones that featured during William Hartnell's tenure; instead, any historical tales also included a science fiction element. Patrick Troughton retained the role until the last episode of The War Games when members of the Doctor's race, the Time Lords, put him on trial for breaking the laws of time. The Doctor was forced to regenerate and thereafter exiled on Earth.

Season 4 (1966–1967) continued[edit]

This season introduced companions Jamie McCrimmon (Frazer Hines) and Victoria Waterfield (Deborah Watling), in The Highlanders and The Evil of the Daleks, respectively. Ben and Polly departed in The Faceless Ones.

No. in
Serial titleEpisode titlesDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
UK viewers
(millions) [7]
303The Power of the Daleks"Episode One"Christopher BarryDavid Whitaker5 November 1966 (1966-11-05)EE7.943
"Episode Two"Christopher BarryDavid Whitaker12 November 1966 (1966-11-12)EE7.845
"Episode Three"Christopher BarryDavid Whitaker19 November 1966 (1966-11-19)EE7.544
"Episode Four"Christopher BarryDavid Whitaker26 November 1966 (1966-11-26)EE7.847
"Episode Five"Christopher BarryDavid Whitaker3 December 1966 (1966-12-03)EE8.048
"Episode Six"Christopher BarryDavid Whitaker10 December 1966 (1966-12-10)EE7.847
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
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
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
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
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
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

^† : Episode is missing

Season 5 (1967–1968) [edit]

This season saw the departure of Watling as Victoria, and the debut appearance of Wendy Padbury as Zoe, and Nicholas Courtney as Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart.

No. in
Serial titleEpisode titlesDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
UK viewers
(millions) [7]
371The Tomb of the Cybermen"Episode 1"Morris BarryKit Pedler and Gerry Davis2 September 1967 (1967-09-02)MM6.053
"Episode 2"Morris BarryKit Pedler and Gerry Davis9 September 1967 (1967-09-09)MM6.452
"Episode 3"Morris BarryKit Pedler and Gerry Davis16 September 1967 (1967-09-16)MM7.249
"Episode 4"Morris BarryKit Pedler and Gerry Davis23 September 1967 (1967-09-23)MM7.450
382The Abominable Snowmen"Episode One"Gerald BlakeMervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln30 September 1967 (1967-09-30)NN6.350
"Episode Two"Gerald BlakeMervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln7 October 1967 (1967-10-07)NN6.052
"Episode Three"Gerald BlakeMervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln14 October 1967 (1967-10-14)NN7.151
"Episode Four"Gerald BlakeMervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln21 October 1967 (1967-10-21)NN7.150
"Episode Five"Gerald BlakeMervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln28 October 1967 (1967-10-28)NN7.251
"Episode Six"Gerald BlakeMervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln4 November 1967 (1967-11-04)NN7.452
393The Ice Warriors"One"Derek MartinusBrian Hayles11 November 1967 (1967-11-11)OO6.752
"Two"Derek MartinusBrian Hayles18 November 1967 (1967-11-18)OO7.152
"Three"Derek MartinusBrian Hayles25 November 1967 (1967-11-25)OO7.451
"Four"Derek MartinusBrian Hayles2 December 1967 (1967-12-02)OO7.351
"Five"Derek MartinusBrian Hayles9 December 1967 (1967-12-09)OO8.050
"Six"Derek MartinusBrian Hayles16 December 1967 (1967-12-16)OO7.551
404The Enemy of the World"Episode 1"Barry LettsDavid Whitaker23 December 1967 (1967-12-23)PP6.850
"Episode 2"Barry LettsDavid Whitaker30 December 1967 (1967-12-30)PP7.649
"Episode 3"Barry LettsDavid Whitaker6 January 1968 (1968-01-06)PP7.148
"Episode 4"Barry LettsDavid Whitaker13 January 1968 (1968-01-13)PP7.849
"Episode 5"Barry LettsDavid Whitaker20 January 1968 (1968-01-20)PP6.949
"Episode 6"Barry LettsDavid Whitaker27 January 1968 (1968-01-27)PP8.352
415The Web of Fear"Episode 1"Douglas CamfieldMervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln3 February 1968 (1968-02-03)QQ7.254
"Episode 2"Douglas CamfieldMervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln10 February 1968 (1968-02-10)QQ6.853
"Episode 3"Douglas CamfieldMervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln17 February 1968 (1968-02-17)QQ7.051
"Episode 4"Douglas CamfieldMervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln24 February 1968 (1968-02-24)QQ8.453
"Episode 5"Douglas CamfieldMervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln2 March 1968 (1968-03-02)QQ8.055
"Episode 6"Douglas CamfieldMervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln9 March 1968 (1968-03-09)QQ8.355
426Fury from the Deep"Episode 1"Hugh DavidVictor Pemberton16 March 1968 (1968-03-16)RR8.255
"Episode 2"Hugh DavidVictor Pemberton23 March 1968 (1968-03-23)RR7.955
"Episode 3"Hugh DavidVictor Pemberton30 March 1968 (1968-03-30)RR7.756
"Episode 4"Hugh DavidVictor Pemberton6 April 1968 (1968-04-06)RR6.656
"Episode 5"Hugh DavidVictor Pemberton13 April 1968 (1968-04-13)RR5.956
"Episode 6"Hugh DavidVictor Pemberton20 April 1968 (1968-04-20)RR6.957
437The Wheel in Space"Episode 1"Tristan DeVere ColeDavid Whitaker and Kit Pedler (story)27 April 1968 (1968-04-27)SS7.257
"Episode 2"Tristan DeVere ColeDavid Whitaker and Kit Pedler (story)4 May 1968 (1968-05-04)SS6.960
"Episode 3"Tristan DeVere ColeDavid Whitaker and Kit Pedler (story)11 May 1968 (1968-05-11)SS7.555
"Episode 4"Tristan DeVere ColeDavid Whitaker and Kit Pedler (story)18 May 1968 (1968-05-18)SS8.656
"Episode 5"Tristan DeVere ColeDavid Whitaker and Kit Pedler (story)25 May 1968 (1968-05-25)SS6.857
"Episode 6"Tristan DeVere ColeDavid Whitaker and Kit Pedler (story)1 June 1968 (1968-06-01)SS6.562

^† : Episode is missing

Season 6 (1968–1969) [edit]

Hines and Padbury both departed in The War Games, alongside Troughton. It was the show's last season to be filmed in black and white.

No. in
Serial titleEpisode titlesDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
UK viewers
(millions) [7]
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

^† : Episode is missing

Third Doctor[edit]

The Third Doctor was portrayed by Jon Pertwee. Sentenced to exile on Earth and forcibly regenerated at the end of The War Games, the Doctor spent his time working for UNIT (United Nations Intelligence Taskforce). After The Three Doctors, the Time Lords repealed his exile; however, the Doctor still worked closely with UNIT from time to time. The Third Doctor regenerated into his fourth incarnation as a result of radiation poisoning in the last moments of Planet of the Spiders.

Season 7 (1970)[edit]

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 continued to have between 20 and 28 episodes until season 22. This season featured companion Liz Shaw.

No. in
Serial titleEpisode titlesDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
UK viewers
(millions) [7]
511Spearhead from Space"Episode 1"Derek MartinusRobert Holmes3 January 1970 (1970-01-03)AAA8.454
"Episode 2"Derek MartinusRobert Holmes10 January 1970 (1970-01-10)AAA8.1
"Episode 3"Derek MartinusRobert Holmes17 January 1970 (1970-01-17)AAA8.3
"Episode 4"Derek MartinusRobert Holmes24 January 1970 (1970-01-24)AAA8.157
522Doctor Who and the Silurians"Episode 1"Timothy CombeMalcolm Hulke31 January 1970 (1970-01-31)BBB8.858
"Episode 2"Timothy CombeMalcolm Hulke7 February 1970 (1970-02-07)BBB7.358
"Episode 3"Timothy CombeMalcolm Hulke14 February 1970 (1970-02-14)BBB7.557
"Episode 4"Timothy CombeMalcolm Hulke21 February 1970 (1970-02-21)BBB8.260
"Episode 5"Timothy CombeMalcolm Hulke28 February 1970 (1970-02-28)BBB7.558
"Episode 6"Timothy CombeMalcolm Hulke7 March 1970 (1970-03-07)BBB7.257
"Episode 7"Timothy CombeMalcolm Hulke14 March 1970 (1970-03-14)BBB7.558
533The Ambassadors of Death"Episode 1"Michael FergusonDavid Whitaker and Trevor Ray (uncredited)21 March 1970 (1970-03-21)CCC7.160
"Episode 2"Michael FergusonDavid Whitaker, Malcolm Hulke (uncredited), and Terrance Dicks (uncredited)28 March 1970 (1970-03-28)CCC7.661
"Episode 3"Michael FergusonDavid Whitaker, Malcolm Hulke (uncredited), and Terrance Dicks (uncredited)4 April 1970 (1970-04-04)CCC8.059
"Episode 4"Michael FergusonDavid Whitaker, Malcolm Hulke (uncredited), and Terrance Dicks (uncredited)11 April 1970 (1970-04-11)CCC9.358
"Episode 5"Michael FergusonDavid Whitaker, Malcolm Hulke (uncredited), and Terrance Dicks (uncredited)18 April 1970 (1970-04-18)CCC7.1
"Episode 6"Michael FergusonDavid Whitaker, Malcolm Hulke (uncredited), and Terrance Dicks (uncredited)25 April 1970 (1970-04-25)CCC6.961
"Episode 7"Michael FergusonDavid Whitaker, Malcolm Hulke (uncredited), and Terrance Dicks (uncredited)2 May 1970 (1970-05-02)CCC6.462
544Inferno"Episode 1"Douglas CamfieldDon Houghton9 May 1970 (1970-05-09)DDD5.761
"Episode 2"Douglas CamfieldDon Houghton16 May 1970 (1970-05-16)DDD5.961
"Episode 3"Douglas Camfield and Barry Letts (uncredited)Don Houghton23 May 1970 (1970-05-23)DDD4.860
"Episode 4"Douglas Camfield and Barry Letts (uncredited)Don Houghton30 May 1970 (1970-05-30)DDD6.060
"Episode 5"Douglas Camfield and Barry Letts (uncredited)Don Houghton6 June 1970 (1970-06-06)DDD5.4
"Episode 6"Douglas Camfield and Barry Letts (uncredited)Don Houghton13 June 1970 (1970-06-13)DDD6.758
"Episode 7"Douglas Camfield and Barry Letts (uncredited)Don Houghton20 June 1970 (1970-06-20)DDD5.560

Season 8 (1971)[edit]

This season forms a loose arc with the introduction of the Master, the villain in each of the season's storylines, and introduces the companion Jo Grant portrayed by Katy Manning.

No. in
Serial titleEpisode titlesDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
UK viewers
(millions) [7]
551Terror of the Autons"Episode One"Barry LettsRobert Holmes2 January 1971 (1971-01-02)EEE7.3
"Episode Two"Barry LettsRobert Holmes9 January 1971 (1971-01-09)EEE8.0
"Episode Three"Barry LettsRobert Holmes16 January 1971 (1971-01-16)EEE8.1
"Episode Four"Barry LettsRobert Holmes23 January 1971 (1971-01-23)EEE8.4
562The Mind of Evil"Episode One"Timothy CombeDon Houghton30 January 1971 (1971-01-30)FFF6.1
"Episode Two"Timothy CombeDon Houghton6 February 1971 (1971-02-06)FFF8.8
"Episode Three"Timothy CombeDon Houghton13 February 1971 (1971-02-13)FFF7.5
"Episode Four"Timothy CombeDon Houghton20 February 1971 (1971-02-20)FFF7.4
"Episode Five"Timothy CombeDon Houghton27 February 1971 (1971-02-27)FFF7.6
"Episode Six"Timothy CombeDon Houghton6 March 1971 (1971-03-06)FFF7.3
573The Claws of Axos"Episode One"Michael FergusonBob Baker and Dave Martin13 March 1971 (1971-03-13)GGG7.3
"Episode Two"Michael FergusonBob Baker and Dave Martin20 March 1971 (1971-03-20)GGG8.0
"Episode Three"Michael FergusonBob Baker and Dave Martin27 March 1971 (1971-03-27)GGG6.4
"Episode Four"Michael FergusonBob Baker and Dave Martin3 April 1971 (1971-04-03)GGG7.8
584Colony in Space"Episode One"Michael E. BriantMalcolm Hulke10 April 1971 (1971-04-10)HHH7.6
"Episode Two"Michael E. BriantMalcolm Hulke17 April 1971 (1971-04-17)HHH8.5
"Episode Three"Michael E. BriantMalcolm Hulke24 April 1971 (1971-04-24)HHH9.5
"Episode Four"Michael E. BriantMalcolm Hulke1 May 1971 (1971-05-01)HHH8.1
"Episode Five"Michael E. BriantMalcolm Hulke8 May 1971 (1971-05-08)HHH8.8
"Episode Six"Michael E. BriantMalcolm Hulke15 May 1971 (1971-05-15)HHH8.7
595The Dæmons"Episode One"Christopher BarryGuy Leopold (Robert Sloman and Barry Letts)22 May 1971 (1971-05-22)JJJ9.2
"Episode Two"Christopher BarryGuy Leopold (Robert Sloman and Barry Letts)29 May 1971 (1971-05-29)JJJ8.0
"Episode Three"Christopher BarryGuy Leopold (Robert Sloman and Barry Letts)5 June 1971 (1971-06-05)JJJ8.1
"Episode Four"Christopher BarryGuy Leopold (Robert Sloman and Barry Letts)12 June 1971 (1971-06-12)JJJ8.1
"Episode Five"Christopher BarryGuy Leopold (Robert Sloman and Barry Letts)19 June 1971 (1971-06-19)JJJ8.3

Season 9 (1972)[edit]

No. in
Serial titleEpisode titlesDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
UK viewers
(millions) [7]
601Day of the Daleks"Episode One"Paul BernardLouis Marks1 January 1972 (1972-01-01)KKK9.8
"Episode Two"Paul BernardLouis Marks8 January 1972 (1972-01-08)KKK10.4
"Episode Three"Paul BernardLouis Marks15 January 1972 (1972-01-15)KKK9.1
"Episode Four"Paul BernardLouis Marks22 January 1972 (1972-01-22)KKK9.1
612The Curse of Peladon"Episode One"Lennie MayneBrian Hayles29 January 1972 (1972-01-29)MMM10.3
"Episode Two"Lennie MayneBrian Hayles5 February 1972 (1972-02-05)MMM11.0
"Episode Three"Lennie MayneBrian Hayles12 February 1972 (1972-02-12)MMM7.8
"Episode Four"Lennie MayneBrian Hayles19 February 1972 (1972-02-19)MMM8.4
623The Sea Devils"Episode One"Michael E. BriantMalcolm Hulke26 February 1972 (1972-02-26)LLL6.4
"Episode Two"Michael E. BriantMalcolm Hulke4 March 1972 (1972-03-04)LLL9.7
"Episode Three"Michael E. BriantMalcolm Hulke11 March 1972 (1972-03-11)LLL8.3
"Episode Four"Michael E. BriantMalcolm Hulke18 March 1972 (1972-03-18)LLL7.8
"Episode Five"Michael E. BriantMalcolm Hulke25 March 1972 (1972-03-25)LLL8.3
"Episode Six"Michael E. BriantMalcolm Hulke1 April 1972 (1972-04-01)LLL8.5
634The Mutants"Episode One"Christopher BarryBob Baker and Dave Martin8 April 1972 (1972-04-08)NNN9.1
"Episode Two"Christopher BarryBob Baker and Dave Martin15 April 1972 (1972-04-15)NNN7.8
"Episode Three"Christopher BarryBob Baker and Dave Martin22 April 1972 (1972-04-22)NNN7.9
"Episode Four"Christopher BarryBob Baker and Dave Martin29 April 1972 (1972-04-29)NNN7.5
"Episode Five"Christopher BarryBob Baker and Dave Martin6 May 1972 (1972-05-06)NNN7.9
"Episode Six"Christopher BarryBob Baker and Dave Martin13 May 1972 (1972-05-13)NNN6.5
645The Time Monster"Episode One"Paul BernardRobert Sloman and Barry Letts (uncredited)20 May 1972 (1972-05-20)OOO7.6
"Episode Two"Paul BernardRobert Sloman and Barry Letts (uncredited)27 May 1972 (1972-05-27)OOO7.4
"Episode Three"Paul BernardRobert Sloman and Barry Letts (uncredited)3 June 1972 (1972-06-03)OOO8.1
"Episode Four"Paul BernardRobert Sloman and Barry Letts (uncredited)10 June 1972 (1972-06-10)OOO7.6
"Episode Five"Paul BernardRobert Sloman and Barry Letts (uncredited)17 June 1972 (1972-06-17)OOO6.0
"Episode Six"Paul BernardRobert Sloman and Barry Letts (uncredited)24 June 1972 (1972-06-24)OOO7.6

Season 10 (1972–1973) [edit]

This season marked the final appearance of companion Jo Grant and the end of the Doctor's exile on Earth.

No. in
Serial titleEpisode titlesDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
UK viewers
(millions) [7]
651The Three Doctors"Episode One"Lennie MayneBob Baker and Dave Martin30 December 1972 (1972-12-30)RRR9.6
"Episode Two"Lennie MayneBob Baker and Dave Martin6 January 1973 (1973-01-06)RRR10.8
"Episode Three"Lennie MayneBob Baker and Dave Martin13 January 1973 (1973-01-13)RRR8.8
"Episode Four"Lennie MayneBob Baker and Dave Martin20 January 1973 (1973-01-20)RRR11.9
662Carnival of Monsters"Episode One"Barry LettsRobert Holmes27 January 1973 (1973-01-27)PPP9.5
"Episode Two"Barry LettsRobert Holmes3 February 1973 (1973-02-03)PPP9.0
"Episode Three"Barry LettsRobert Holmes10 February 1973 (1973-02-10)PPP9.0
"Episode Four"Barry LettsRobert Holmes17 February 1973 (1973-02-17)PPP9.2
673Frontier in Space"Episode One"Paul BernardMalcolm Hulke24 February 1973 (1973-02-24)QQQ9.1
"Episode Two"Paul BernardMalcolm Hulke3 March 1973 (1973-03-03)QQQ7.8
"Episode Three"Paul BernardMalcolm Hulke10 March 1973 (1973-03-10)QQQ7.5
"Episode Four"Paul BernardMalcolm Hulke17 March 1973 (1973-03-17)QQQ7.1
"Episode Five"Paul BernardMalcolm Hulke24 March 1973 (1973-03-24)QQQ7.7
"Episode Six"Paul BernardMalcolm Hulke31 March 1973 (1973-03-31)QQQ8.9
684Planet of the Daleks"Episode One"David MaloneyTerry Nation7 April 1973 (1973-04-07)SSS11.0
"Episode Two"David MaloneyTerry Nation14 April 1973 (1973-04-14)SSS10.7
"Episode Three"David MaloneyTerry Nation21 April 1973 (1973-04-21)SSS10.1
"Episode Four"David MaloneyTerry Nation28 April 1973 (1973-04-28)SSS8.3
"Episode Five"David MaloneyTerry Nation5 May 1973 (1973-05-05)SSS9.7
"Episode Six"David MaloneyTerry Nation12 May 1973 (1973-05-12)SSS8.5
695The Green Death"Episode One"Michael E. BriantRobert Sloman and Barry Letts (uncredited)19 May 1973 (1973-05-19)TTT9.2
"Episode Two"Michael E. BriantRobert Sloman and Barry Letts (uncredited)26 May 1973 (1973-05-26)TTT7.2
"Episode Three"Michael E. BriantRobert Sloman and Barry Letts (uncredited)2 June 1973 (1973-06-02)TTT7.8
"Episode Four"Michael E. BriantRobert Sloman and Barry Letts (uncredited)9 June 1973 (1973-06-09)TTT6.8
"Episode Five"Michael E. BriantRobert Sloman and Barry Letts (uncredited)16 June 1973 (1973-06-16)TTT8.3
"Episode Six"Michael E. BriantRobert Sloman and Barry Letts (uncredited)23 June 1973 (1973-06-23)TTT7.0

Season 11 (1973–1974) [edit]

This season introduces the companion Sarah Jane Smith portrayed by Elisabeth Sladen.

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UK viewers
(millions) [7]
701The Time Warrior"Part One"Alan BromlyRobert Holmes15 December 1973 (1973-12-15)UUU8.759
"Part Two"Alan BromlyRobert Holmes22 December 1973 (1973-12-22)UUU7.0
"Part Three"Alan BromlyRobert Holmes29 December 1973 (1973-12-29)UUU6.6
"Part Four"Alan BromlyRobert Holmes5 January 1974 (1974-01-05)UUU10.660
712Invasion of the Dinosaurs"Part One"Paddy RussellMalcolm Hulke12 January 1974 (1974-01-12)WWW11.062
"Part Two"Paddy RussellMalcolm Hulke19 January 1974 (1974-01-19)WWW10.1
"Part Three"Paddy RussellMalcolm Hulke26 January 1974 (1974-01-26)WWW11.063
"Part Four"Paddy RussellMalcolm Hulke2 February 1974 (1974-02-02)WWW9.0
"Part Five"Paddy RussellMalcolm Hulke9 February 1974 (1974-02-09)WWW9.0
"Part Six"Paddy RussellMalcolm Hulke16 February 1974 (1974-02-16)WWW7.562
723Death to the Daleks"Part One"Michael E. BriantTerry Nation23 February 1974 (1974-02-23)XXX8.161
"Part Two"Michael E. BriantTerry Nation2 March 1974 (1974-03-02)XXX9.5
"Part Three"Michael E. BriantTerry Nation9 March 1974 (1974-03-09)XXX10.561
"Part Four"Michael E. BriantTerry Nation16 March 1974 (1974-03-16)XXX9.562
734The Monster of Peladon"Part One"Lennie MayneBrian Hayles23 March 1974 (1974-03-23)YYY9.2
"Part Two"Lennie MayneBrian Hayles30 March 1974 (1974-03-30)YYY6.8
"Part Three"Lennie MayneBrian Hayles6 April 1974 (1974-04-06)YYY7.4
"Part Four"Lennie MayneBrian Hayles13 April 1974 (1974-04-13)YYY7.2
"Part Five"Lennie MayneBrian Hayles20 April 1974 (1974-04-20)YYY7.5
"Part Six"Lennie MayneBrian Hayles27 April 1974 (1974-04-27)YYY8.1
745Planet of the Spiders"Part One"Barry LettsRobert Sloman and Barry Letts (uncredited)4 May 1974 (1974-05-04)ZZZ10.158
"Part Two"Barry LettsRobert Sloman and Barry Letts (uncredited)11 May 1974 (1974-05-11)ZZZ8.960
"Part Three"Barry LettsRobert Sloman and Barry Letts (uncredited)18 May 1974 (1974-05-18)ZZZ8.857
"Part Four"Barry LettsRobert Sloman and Barry Letts (uncredited)25 May 1974 (1974-05-25)ZZZ8.2
"Part Five"Barry LettsRobert Sloman and Barry Letts (uncredited)1 June 1974 (1974-06-01)ZZZ9.2
"Part Six"Barry LettsRobert Sloman and Barry Letts (uncredited)8 June 1974 (1974-06-08)ZZZ8.956

Fourth Doctor[edit]

The Fourth Doctor was portrayed by Tom Baker. He is, to date, the actor who has played the Doctor on television for the longest period of time,[9] having held the role for seven seasons.

Season 12 (1974–1975) [edit]

All serials in this season continue directly one after the other, tracing one single problematic voyage of the TARDIS crew. Despite the continuity, each serial is considered its own standalone story. This season also introduced the character of Harry Sullivan portrayed by Ian Marter as a companion; this character was intended to undertake action scenes, during the period prior to Tom Baker being cast, when it was unclear how old the actor playing the new Doctor would be.

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UK viewers
(millions) [7]
751Robot"Part One"Christopher BarryTerrance Dicks28 December 1974 (1974-12-28)4A10.853
"Part Two"Christopher BarryTerrance Dicks4 January 1975 (1975-01-04)4A10.753
"Part Three"Christopher BarryTerrance Dicks11 January 1975 (1975-01-11)4A10.1
"Part Four"Christopher BarryTerrance Dicks18 January 1975 (1975-01-18)4A9.051
762The Ark in Space"Part One"Rodney BennettRobert Holmes25 January 1975 (1975-01-25)4C9.4
"Part Two"Rodney BennettRobert Holmes1 February 1975 (1975-02-01)4C13.6
"Part Three"Rodney BennettRobert Holmes8 February 1975 (1975-02-08)4C11.2
"Part Four"Rodney BennettRobert Holmes15 February 1975 (1975-02-15)4C10.2
773The Sontaran Experiment"Part One"Rodney BennettBob Baker and Dave Martin22 February 1975 (1975-02-22)4B11.0
"Part Two"Rodney BennettBob Baker and Dave Martin1 March 1975 (1975-03-01)4B10.555
784Genesis of the Daleks"Part One"David MaloneyTerry Nation8 March 1975 (1975-03-08)4E10.7
"Part Two"David MaloneyTerry Nation15 March 1975 (1975-03-15)4E10.557
"Part Three"David MaloneyTerry Nation22 March 1975 (1975-03-22)4E8.5
"Part Four"David MaloneyTerry Nation29 March 1975 (1975-03-29)4E8.858
"Part Five"David MaloneyTerry Nation5 April 1975 (1975-04-05)4E9.857
"Part Six"David MaloneyTerry Nation12 April 1975 (1975-04-12)4E9.156
795Revenge of the Cybermen"Part One"Michael E. BriantGerry Davis19 April 1975 (1975-04-19)4D9.557
"Part Two"Michael E. BriantGerry Davis26 April 1975 (1975-04-26)4D8.3
"Part Three"Michael E. BriantGerry Davis3 May 1975 (1975-05-03)4D8.9
"Part Four"Michael E. BriantGerry Davis10 May 1975 (1975-05-10)4D9.458

Season 13 (1975–1976) [edit]

During this season, Ian Marter (Harry Sullivan) left after Terror of the Zygons, but returned for a guest appearance in The Android Invasion. Terror of the Zygons also saw the last semi-regular appearance of Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart) who did not return until Season 20 in Mawdryn Undead.

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UK viewers
(millions) [7]
801Terror of the Zygons"Part One"Douglas CamfieldRobert Banks Stewart30 August 1975 (1975-08-30)4F8.459
"Part Two"Douglas CamfieldRobert Banks Stewart6 September 1975 (1975-09-06)4F6.1
"Part Three"Douglas CamfieldRobert Banks Stewart13 September 1975 (1975-09-13)4F8.254
"Part Four"Douglas CamfieldRobert Banks Stewart20 September 1975 (1975-09-20)4F7.2
812Planet of Evil"Part One"David MaloneyLouis Marks27 September 1975 (1975-09-27)4H10.4
"Part Two"David MaloneyLouis Marks4 October 1975 (1975-10-04)4H9.956
"Part Three"David MaloneyLouis Marks11 October 1975 (1975-10-11)4H9.157
"Part Four"David MaloneyLouis Marks18 October 1975 (1975-10-18)4H10.154
823Pyramids of Mars"Part One"Paddy RussellStephen Harris (Lewis Greifer and Robert Holmes)25 October 1975 (1975-10-25)4G10.5
"Part Two"Paddy RussellStephen Harris (Lewis Greifer and Robert Holmes)1 November 1975 (1975-11-01)4G11.3
"Part Three"Paddy RussellStephen Harris (Lewis Greifer and Robert Holmes)8 November 1975 (1975-11-08)4G9.4
"Part Four"Paddy RussellStephen Harris (Lewis Greifer and Robert Holmes)15 November 1975 (1975-11-15)4G11.760
834The Android Invasion"Part One"Barry LettsTerry Nation22 November 1975 (1975-11-22)4J11.958
"Part Two"Barry LettsTerry Nation29 November 1975 (1975-11-29)4J11.3
"Part Three"Barry LettsTerry Nation6 December 1975 (1975-12-06)4J12.1
"Part Four"Barry LettsTerry Nation13 December 1975 (1975-12-13)4J11.4
845The Brain of Morbius"Part One"Christopher BarryRobin Bland (Terrance Dicks and Robert Holmes)3 January 1976 (1976-01-03)4K9.5
"Part Two"Christopher BarryRobin Bland (Terrance Dicks and Robert Holmes)10 January 1976 (1976-01-10)4K9.3
"Part Three"Christopher BarryRobin Bland (Terrance Dicks and Robert Holmes)17 January 1976 (1976-01-17)4K10.157
"Part Four"Christopher BarryRobin Bland (Terrance Dicks and Robert Holmes)24 January 1976 (1976-01-24)4K10.2
856The Seeds of Doom"Part One"Douglas CamfieldRobert Banks Stewart31 January 1976 (1976-01-31)4L11.459
"Part Two"Douglas CamfieldRobert Banks Stewart7 February 1976 (1976-02-07)4L11.4
"Part Three"Douglas CamfieldRobert Banks Stewart14 February 1976 (1976-02-14)4L10.3
"Part Four"Douglas CamfieldRobert Banks Stewart21 February 1976 (1976-02-21)4L11.1
"Part Five"Douglas CamfieldRobert Banks Stewart28 February 1976 (1976-02-28)4L9.9
"Part Six"Douglas CamfieldRobert Banks Stewart6 March 1976 (1976-03-06)4L11.5

Season 14 (1976–1977) [edit]

Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith) left the series this season in The Hand of Fear and was replaced by Louise Jameson (Leela) in The Face of Evil . The season also saw the first story in which the Doctor did not have a companion, The Deadly Assassin.

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UK viewers
(millions) [7]
861The Masque of Mandragora"Part One"Rodney BennettLouis Marks4 September 1976 (1976-09-04)4M8.358
"Part Two"Rodney BennettLouis Marks11 September 1976 (1976-09-11)4M9.856
"Part Three"Rodney BennettLouis Marks18 September 1976 (1976-09-18)4M9.2
"Part Four"Rodney BennettLouis Marks25 September 1976 (1976-09-25)4M10.656
872The Hand of Fear"Part One"Lennie MayneBob Baker and Dave Martin2 October 1976 (1976-10-02)4N10.5
"Part Two"Lennie MayneBob Baker and Dave Martin9 October 1976 (1976-10-09)4N10.2
"Part Three"Lennie MayneBob Baker and Dave Martin16 October 1976 (1976-10-16)4N11.162
"Part Four"Lennie MayneBob Baker and Dave Martin23 October 1976 (1976-10-23)4N12.0
883The Deadly Assassin"Part One"David MaloneyRobert Holmes30 October 1976 (1976-10-30)4P11.8
"Part Two"David MaloneyRobert Holmes6 November 1976 (1976-11-06)4P12.159
"Part Three"David MaloneyRobert Holmes13 November 1976 (1976-11-13)4P13.0
"Part Four"David MaloneyRobert Holmes20 November 1976 (1976-11-20)4P11.861
894The Face of Evil"Part One"Pennant RobertsChris Boucher1 January 1977 (1977-01-01)4Q10.761
"Part Two"Pennant RobertsChris Boucher8 January 1977 (1977-01-08)4Q11.1
"Part Three"Pennant RobertsChris Boucher15 January 1977 (1977-01-15)4Q11.359
"Part Four"Pennant RobertsChris Boucher22 January 1977 (1977-01-22)4Q11.760
905The Robots of Death"Part One"Michael E. BriantChris Boucher29 January 1977 (1977-01-29)4R12.862
"Part Two"Michael E. BriantChris Boucher5 February 1977 (1977-02-05)4R12.4
"Part Three"Michael E. BriantChris Boucher12 February 1977 (1977-02-12)4R13.1
"Part Four"Michael E. BriantChris Boucher19 February 1977 (1977-02-19)4R12.657
916The Talons of Weng-Chiang"Part One"David MaloneyRobert Holmes26 February 1977 (1977-02-26)4S11.3
"Part Two"David MaloneyRobert Holmes5 March 1977 (1977-03-05)4S9.8
"Part Three"David MaloneyRobert Holmes12 March 1977 (1977-03-12)4S10.2
"Part Four"David MaloneyRobert Holmes19 March 1977 (1977-03-19)4S11.460
"Part Five"David MaloneyRobert Holmes26 March 1977 (1977-03-26)4S10.1
"Part Six"David MaloneyRobert Holmes2 April 1977 (1977-04-02)4S9.358

Season 15 (1977–1978) [edit]

This season saw the final appearance of Leela and the first appearance of K9 as voiced by John Leeson.

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UK viewers
(millions) [7]
921Horror of Fang Rock"Part One"Paddy RussellTerrance Dicks3 September 1977 (1977-09-03)4V6.858
"Part Two"Paddy RussellTerrance Dicks10 September 1977 (1977-09-10)4V7.1
"Part Three"Paddy RussellTerrance Dicks17 September 1977 (1977-09-17)4V9.860
"Part Four"Paddy RussellTerrance Dicks24 September 1977 (1977-09-24)4V9.957
932The Invisible Enemy"Part One"Derrick GoodwinBob Baker and Dave Martin1 October 1977 (1977-10-01)4T8.6
"Part Two"Derrick GoodwinBob Baker and Dave Martin8 October 1977 (1977-10-08)4T7.3
"Part Three"Derrick GoodwinBob Baker and Dave Martin15 October 1977 (1977-10-15)4T7.5
"Part Four"Derrick GoodwinBob Baker and Dave Martin22 October 1977 (1977-10-22)4T8.360
943Image of the Fendahl"Part One"George Spenton-FosterChris Boucher29 October 1977 (1977-10-29)4X6.7
"Part Two"George Spenton-FosterChris Boucher5 November 1977 (1977-11-05)4X7.575
"Part Three"George Spenton-FosterChris Boucher12 November 1977 (1977-11-12)4X7.9
"Part Four"George Spenton-FosterChris Boucher19 November 1977 (1977-11-19)4X9.161
954The Sun Makers"Part One"Pennant RobertsRobert Holmes26 November 1977 (1977-11-26)4W8.5
"Part Two"Pennant RobertsRobert Holmes3 December 1977 (1977-12-03)4W9.5
"Part Three"Pennant RobertsRobert Holmes10 December 1977 (1977-12-10)4W8.968
"Part Four"Pennant RobertsRobert Holmes17 December 1977 (1977-12-17)4W8.459
965Underworld"Part One"Norman StewartBob Baker and Dave Martin7 January 1978 (1978-01-07)4Y8.965
"Part Two"Norman StewartBob Baker and Dave Martin14 January 1978 (1978-01-14)4Y9.1
"Part Three"Norman StewartBob Baker and Dave Martin21 January 1978 (1978-01-21)4Y8.9
"Part Four"Norman StewartBob Baker and Dave Martin28 January 1978 (1978-01-28)4Y11.7
976The Invasion of Time"Part One"Gerald BlakeDavid Agnew (Graham Williams and Anthony Read)4 February 1978 (1978-02-04)4Z11.256
"Part Two"Gerald BlakeDavid Agnew (Graham Williams and Anthony Read)11 February 1978 (1978-02-11)4Z11.4
"Part Three"Gerald BlakeDavid Agnew (Graham Williams and Anthony Read)18 February 1978 (1978-02-18)4Z9.5
"Part Four"Gerald BlakeDavid Agnew (Graham Williams and Anthony Read)25 February 1978 (1978-02-25)4Z10.9
"Part Five"Gerald BlakeDavid Agnew (Graham Williams and Anthony Read)4 March 1978 (1978-03-04)4Z10.3
"Part Six"Gerald BlakeDavid Agnew (Graham Williams and Anthony Read)11 March 1978 (1978-03-11)4Z9.8

Season 16 (1978–1979) [edit]

Season 16 consists of one long story arc encompassing six separate, linked stories. This season is referred to by the umbrella title The Key to Time and has been released on DVD under this title. This season introduced Mary Tamm as Romana I.

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UK viewers
(millions) [7]
981The Ribos Operation"Part One"George Spenton-FosterRobert Holmes2 September 1978 (1978-09-02)5A8.359
"Part Two"George Spenton-FosterRobert Holmes9 September 1978 (1978-09-09)5A8.1
"Part Three"George Spenton-FosterRobert Holmes16 September 1978 (1978-09-16)5A7.9
"Part Four"George Spenton-FosterRobert Holmes23 September 1978 (1978-09-23)5A8.267
992The Pirate Planet"Part One"Pennant RobertsDouglas Adams30 September 1978 (1978-09-30)5B9.161
"Part Two"Pennant RobertsDouglas Adams7 October 1978 (1978-10-07)5B7.4
"Part Three"Pennant RobertsDouglas Adams14 October 1978 (1978-10-14)5B8.264
"Part Four"Pennant RobertsDouglas Adams21 October 1978 (1978-10-21)5B8.464
1003The Stones of Blood"Part One"Darrol BlakeDavid Fisher28 October 1978 (1978-10-28)5C8.6
"Part Two"Darrol BlakeDavid Fisher4 November 1978 (1978-11-04)5C6.6
"Part Three"Darrol BlakeDavid Fisher11 November 1978 (1978-11-11)5C9.3
"Part Four"Darrol BlakeDavid Fisher18 November 1978 (1978-11-18)5C7.667
1014The Androids of Tara"Part One"Michael HayesDavid Fisher25 November 1978 (1978-11-25)5D9.5
"Part Two"Michael HayesDavid Fisher2 December 1978 (1978-12-02)5D10.165
"Part Three"Michael HayesDavid Fisher9 December 1978 (1978-12-09)5D8.9
"Part Four"Michael HayesDavid Fisher16 December 1978 (1978-12-16)5D9.066
1025The Power of Kroll"Part One"Norman StewartRobert Holmes23 December 1978 (1978-12-23)5E6.5
"Part Two"Norman StewartRobert Holmes30 December 1978 (1978-12-30)5E12.4
"Part Three"Norman StewartRobert Holmes6 January 1979 (1979-01-06)5E8.9
"Part Four"Norman StewartRobert Holmes13 January 1979 (1979-01-13)5E9.963
1036The Armageddon Factor"Part One"Michael HayesBob Baker and Dave Martin20 January 1979 (1979-01-20)5F7.565
"Part Two"Michael HayesBob Baker and Dave Martin27 January 1979 (1979-01-27)5F8.8
"Part Three"Michael HayesBob Baker and Dave Martin3 February 1979 (1979-02-03)5F7.8
"Part Four"Michael HayesBob Baker and Dave Martin10 February 1979 (1979-02-10)5F8.6
"Part Five"Michael HayesBob Baker and Dave Martin17 February 1979 (1979-02-17)5F8.6
"Part Six"Michael HayesBob Baker and Dave Martin24 February 1979 (1979-02-24)5F9.666

Season 17 (1979–1980) [edit]

During this season, the role of Romana was taken over by Lalla Ward.

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UK viewers
(millions) [7]
1041Destiny of the Daleks"Episode One"Ken GrieveTerry Nation1 September 1979 (1979-09-01)5J13.067
"Episode Two"Ken GrieveTerry Nation8 September 1979 (1979-09-08)5J12.7
"Episode Three"Ken GrieveTerry Nation15 September 1979 (1979-09-15)5J13.863
"Episode Four"Ken GrieveTerry Nation22 September 1979 (1979-09-22)5J14.464
1052City of Death"Part One"Michael HayesDavid Agnew (Douglas Adams, Graham Williams and David Fisher)29 September 1979 (1979-09-29)5H12.4
"Part Two"Michael HayesDavid Agnew (Douglas Adams, Graham Williams and David Fisher)6 October 1979 (1979-10-06)5H14.164
"Part Three"Michael HayesDavid Agnew (Douglas Adams, Graham Williams and David Fisher)13 October 1979 (1979-10-13)5H15.4
"Part Four"Michael HayesDavid Agnew (Douglas Adams, Graham Williams and David Fisher)20 October 1979 (1979-10-20)5H16.164
1063The Creature from the Pit"Part One"Christopher BarryDavid Fisher27 October 1979 (1979-10-27)5G9.3
"Part Two"Christopher BarryDavid Fisher3 November 1979 (1979-11-03)5G10.867
"Part Three"Christopher BarryDavid Fisher10 November 1979 (1979-11-10)5G10.2
"Part Four"Christopher BarryDavid Fisher17 November 1979 (1979-11-17)5G9.6
1074Nightmare of Eden"Part One"Alan BromlyBob Baker24 November 1979 (1979-11-24)5K8.7
"Part Two"Alan BromlyBob Baker1 December 1979 (1979-12-01)5K9.6
"Part Three"Alan BromlyBob Baker8 December 1979 (1979-12-08)5K9.6
"Part Four"Alan BromlyBob Baker15 December 1979 (1979-12-15)5K9.465
1085The Horns of Nimon"Part One"Kenny McBainAnthony Read22 December 1979 (1979-12-22)5L6.0
"Part Two"Kenny McBainAnthony Read29 December 1979 (1979-12-29)5L8.8
"Part Three"Kenny McBainAnthony Read5 January 1980 (1980-01-05)5L9.8
"Part Four"Kenny McBainAnthony Read12 January 1980 (1980-01-12)5L10.467
108.5[10]6ShadaN/APennant RobertsDouglas AdamsUnaired[note 2] (Unaired[note 2])5M

Season 18 (1980–1981) [edit]

In a return to the format of early seasons, virtually all serials from Seasons 18 through 20 are linked together, often running directly into each other. Season 18 forms a loose story arc dealing with the theme of entropy. Full Circle, State of Decay, and Warriors' Gate trace the Doctor's adventures in E-Space; they were released in both VHS and DVD boxsets with the umbrella title The E-Space Trilogy. This season saw the departure of Romana and the introduction of companions Adric and Nyssa, and soon-to-be companion, Tegan Jovanka.

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Serial titleEpisode titlesDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
UK viewers
(millions) [7]
1091The Leisure Hive"Part One"Lovett BickfordDavid Fisher30 August 1980 (1980-08-30)5N5.9
"Part Two"Lovett BickfordDavid Fisher6 September 1980 (1980-09-06)5N5.0
"Part Three"Lovett BickfordDavid Fisher13 September 1980 (1980-09-13)5N5.0
"Part Four"Lovett BickfordDavid Fisher20 September 1980 (1980-09-20)5N4.565
1102Meglos"Part One"Terence DudleyJohn Flanagan & Andrew McCulloch27 September 1980 (1980-09-27)5Q5.061
"Part Two"Terence DudleyJohn Flanagan & Andrew McCulloch4 October 1980 (1980-10-04)5Q4.264
"Part Three"Terence DudleyJohn Flanagan & Andrew McCulloch11 October 1980 (1980-10-11)5Q4.7
"Part Four"Terence DudleyJohn Flanagan & Andrew McCulloch18 October 1980 (1980-10-18)5Q4.763
1113Full Circle"Part One"Peter GrimwadeAndrew Smith25 October 1980 (1980-10-25)5R5.9
"Part Two"Peter GrimwadeAndrew Smith1 November 1980 (1980-11-01)5R3.7
"Part Three"Peter GrimwadeAndrew Smith8 November 1980 (1980-11-08)5R5.9
"Part Four"Peter GrimwadeAndrew Smith15 November 1980 (1980-11-15)5R5.465
1124State of Decay"Part One"Peter MoffattTerrance Dicks22 November 1980 (1980-11-22)5P5.8
"Part Two"Peter MoffattTerrance Dicks29 November 1980 (1980-11-29)5P5.3
"Part Three"Peter MoffattTerrance Dicks6 December 1980 (1980-12-06)5P4.4
"Part Four"Peter MoffattTerrance Dicks13 December 1980 (1980-12-13)5P5.469
1135Warriors' Gate"Part One"Paul Joyce & Graeme Harper (uncredited)Stephen Gallagher3 January 1981 (1981-01-03)5S7.159
"Part Two"Paul Joyce & Graeme Harper (uncredited)Stephen Gallagher10 January 1981 (1981-01-10)5S6.7
"Part Three"Paul Joyce & Graeme Harper (uncredited)Stephen Gallagher17 January 1981 (1981-01-17)5S8.3
"Part Four"Paul Joyce & Graeme Harper (uncredited)Stephen Gallagher24 January 1981 (1981-01-24)5S7.859
1146The Keeper of Traken"Part One"John BlackJohnny Byrne31 January 1981 (1981-01-31)5T7.6
"Part Two"John BlackJohnny Byrne7 February 1981 (1981-02-07)5T6.1
"Part Three"John BlackJohnny Byrne14 February 1981 (1981-02-14)5T5.2
"Part Four"John BlackJohnny Byrne21 February 1981 (1981-02-21)5T6.163
1157Logopolis"Part One"Peter GrimwadeChristopher H. Bidmead28 February 1981 (1981-02-28)5V7.7
"Part Two"Peter GrimwadeChristopher H. Bidmead7 March 1981 (1981-03-07)5V7.761
"Part Three"Peter GrimwadeChristopher H. Bidmead14 March 1981 (1981-03-14)5V5.8
"Part Four"Peter GrimwadeChristopher H. Bidmead21 March 1981 (1981-03-21)5V6.165

Fifth Doctor[edit]

The Fifth Doctor was portrayed by Peter Davison.

Season 19 (1982)[edit]

The show moved from its traditional once-weekly Saturday broadcast to being broadcast twice-weekly primarily on Monday and Tuesday,[11] although there were regional variations to the schedule. Castrovalva, together with the previous two serials, The Keeper of Traken and Logopolis, form a trilogy involving the return of the Master. They were released on DVD under the banner title New Beginnings. The season marked the final appearance of Adric.[11]

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UK viewers
(millions) [7]
1161Castrovalva"Part One"Fiona CummingChristopher H. Bidmead4 January 1982 (1982-01-04)5Z9.1
"Part Two"Fiona CummingChristopher H. Bidmead5 January 1982 (1982-01-05)5Z8.6
"Part Three"Fiona CummingChristopher H. Bidmead11 January 1982 (1982-01-11)5Z10.2
"Part Four"Fiona CummingChristopher H. Bidmead12 January 1982 (1982-01-12)5Z10.4
1172Four to Doomsday"Part One"John BlackTerence Dudley18 January 1982 (1982-01-18)5W8.4
"Part Two"John BlackTerence Dudley19 January 1982 (1982-01-19)5W8.8
"Part Three"John BlackTerence Dudley25 January 1982 (1982-01-25)5W8.9
"Part Four"John BlackTerence Dudley26 January 1982 (1982-01-26)5W9.4
1183Kinda"Part One"Peter GrimwadeChristopher Bailey1 February 1982 (1982-02-01)5Y8.4
"Part Two"Peter GrimwadeChristopher Bailey2 February 1982 (1982-02-02)5Y9.4
"Part Three"Peter GrimwadeChristopher Bailey8 February 1982 (1982-02-08)5Y8.5
"Part Four"Peter GrimwadeChristopher Bailey9 February 1982 (1982-02-09)5Y8.9
1194The Visitation"Part One"Peter MoffattEric Saward15 February 1982 (1982-02-15)5X9.1
"Part Two"Peter MoffattEric Saward16 February 1982 (1982-02-16)5X9.3
"Part Three"Peter MoffattEric Saward22 February 1982 (1982-02-22)5X9.9
"Part Four"Peter MoffattEric Saward23 February 1982 (1982-02-23)5X10.1
1205Black Orchid"Part One"Ron JonesTerence Dudley1 March 1982 (1982-03-01)6A9.9
"Part Two"Ron JonesTerence Dudley2 March 1982 (1982-03-02)6A10.1
1216Earthshock"Part One"Peter GrimwadeEric Saward8 March 1982 (1982-03-08)6B9.1
"Part Two"Peter GrimwadeEric Saward9 March 1982 (1982-03-09)6B8.8
"Part Three"Peter GrimwadeEric Saward15 March 1982 (1982-03-15)6B9.8
"Part Four"Peter GrimwadeEric Saward16 March 1982 (1982-03-16)6B9.6
1227Time-Flight"Part One"Ron JonesPeter Grimwade22 March 1982 (1982-03-22)6C10.0
"Part Two"Ron JonesPeter Grimwade23 March 1982 (1982-03-23)6C8.5
"Part Three"Ron JonesPeter Grimwade29 March 1982 (1982-03-29)6C8.9
"Part Four"Ron JonesPeter Grimwade30 March 1982 (1982-03-30)6C8.1

Season 20 (1983)[edit]

To commemorate the twentieth season, the stories in this season involve the return of previous villains: Omega, the Mara, the Black Guardian and the Master. Mawdryn Undead, Terminus and Enlightenment involve the Black Guardian's plot to force the Doctor's new companion Vislor Turlough to kill the Doctor; they were released individually on VHS and as a set on DVD as parts of The Black Guardian Trilogy. This season was broadcast twice weekly on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings on BBC1. This was the last season to feature Nyssa as a companion.

No. in
Serial titleEpisode titlesDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
UK viewers
(millions) [7]
1231Arc of Infinity"Part One"Ron JonesJohnny Byrne3 January 1983 (1983-01-03)6E7.269
"Part Two"Ron JonesJohnny Byrne5 January 1983 (1983-01-05)6E7.370
"Part Three"Ron JonesJohnny Byrne11 January 1983 (1983-01-11)6E6.967
"Part Four"Ron JonesJohnny Byrne12 January 1983 (1983-01-12)6E7.266
1242Snakedance"Part One"Fiona CummingChristopher Bailey18 January 1983 (1983-01-18)6D6.765
"Part Two"Fiona CummingChristopher Bailey19 January 1983 (1983-01-19)6D7.766
"Part Three"Fiona CummingChristopher Bailey25 January 1983 (1983-01-25)6D6.667
"Part Four"Fiona CummingChristopher Bailey26 January 1983 (1983-01-26)6D7.467
1253Mawdryn Undead"Part One"Peter MoffattPeter Grimwade1 February 1983 (1983-02-01)6F6.567
"Part Two"Peter MoffattPeter Grimwade2 February 1983 (1983-02-02)6F7.570
"Part Three"Peter MoffattPeter Grimwade8 February 1983 (1983-02-08)6F7.467
"Part Four"Peter MoffattPeter Grimwade9 February 1983 (1983-02-09)6F7.768
1264Terminus"Part One"Mary RidgeStephen Gallagher15 February 1983 (1983-02-15)6G6.865
"Part Two"Mary RidgeStephen Gallagher16 February 1983 (1983-02-16)6G7.567
"Part Three"Mary RidgeStephen Gallagher22 February 1983 (1983-02-22)6G6.564
"Part Four"Mary RidgeStephen Gallagher23 February 1983 (1983-02-23)6G7.467
1275Enlightenment"Part One"Fiona CummingBarbara Clegg1 March 1983 (1983-03-01)6H6.667
"Part Two"Fiona CummingBarbara Clegg2 March 1983 (1983-03-02)6H7.265
"Part Three"Fiona CummingBarbara Clegg8 March 1983 (1983-03-08)6H6.268
"Part Four"Fiona CummingBarbara Clegg9 March 1983 (1983-03-09)6H7.370
1286The King's Demons"Part One"Tony VirgoTerence Dudley15 March 1983 (1983-03-15)6J5.865
"Part Two"Tony VirgoTerence Dudley16 March 1983 (1983-03-16)6J7.263
129XThe Five DoctorsN/APeter MoffattTerrance Dicks25 November 1983 (1983-11-25)[a]6K7.775
  1. ^ The Five Doctors was first broadcast in the United States on 23 November 1983, the actual date of the programme's 20th anniversary.

Season 21 (1984)[edit]

Episodes were broadcast twice weekly on Thursday and Friday evenings, with Resurrection of the Daleks broadcast on two consecutive Wednesday nights in 45-minute, rather than 25-minute, parts. The Caves of Androzani saw the regeneration of the Fifth Doctor, and the season finale The Twin Dilemma was the first story of the Sixth Doctor. The season marked the departure of Tegan Jovanka and Vislor Turlough, as well as the introduction of Nicola Bryant as Peri Brown.

No. in
Serial titleEpisode titlesDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
UK viewers
(millions) [7]
1301Warriors of the Deep"Part One"Pennant RobertsJohnny Byrne5 January 1984 (1984-01-05)6L7.665
"Part Two"Pennant RobertsJohnny Byrne6 January 1984 (1984-01-06)6L7.564
"Part Three"Pennant RobertsJohnny Byrne12 January 1984 (1984-01-12)6L7.362
"Part Four"Pennant RobertsJohnny Byrne13 January 1984 (1984-01-13)6L6.665
1312The Awakening"Part One"Michael Owen MorrisEric Pringle19 January 1984 (1984-01-19)6M7.965
"Part Two"Michael Owen MorrisEric Pringle20 January 1984 (1984-01-20)6M6.663
1323Frontios"Part One"Ron JonesChristopher H. Bidmead26 January 1984 (1984-01-26)6N8.066
"Part Two"Ron JonesChristopher H. Bidmead27 January 1984 (1984-01-27)6N5.869
"Part Three"Ron JonesChristopher H. Bidmead2 February 1984 (1984-02-02)6N7.865
"Part Four"Ron JonesChristopher H. Bidmead3 February 1984 (1984-02-03)6N5.665
1334Resurrection of the Daleks"Part One"Matthew RobinsonEric Saward8 February 1984 (1984-02-08)6P7.369
"Part Two"Matthew RobinsonEric Saward15 February 1984 (1984-02-15)6P8.065
1345Planet of Fire"Part One"Fiona CummingPeter Grimwade23 February 1984 (1984-02-23)6Q7.4
"Part Two"Fiona CummingPeter Grimwade24 February 1984 (1984-02-24)6Q6.1
"Part Three"Fiona CummingPeter Grimwade1 March 1984 (1984-03-01)6Q7.4
"Part Four"Fiona CummingPeter Grimwade2 March 1984 (1984-03-02)6Q7.0
1356The Caves of Androzani"Part One"Graeme HarperRobert Holmes8 March 1984 (1984-03-08)6R6.965
"Part Two"Graeme HarperRobert Holmes9 March 1984 (1984-03-09)6R6.6
"Part Three"Graeme HarperRobert Holmes15 March 1984 (1984-03-15)6R7.865
"Part Four"Graeme HarperRobert Holmes16 March 1984 (1984-03-16)6R7.868

Sixth Doctor[edit]

The Sixth Doctor was portrayed by Colin Baker.

Season 21 (1984) continued[edit]

No. in
Serial titleEpisode titlesDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
UK viewers
(millions) [7]
1367The Twin Dilemma"Part One"Peter MoffattAnthony Steven22 March 1984 (1984-03-22)6S7.661
"Part Two"Peter MoffattAnthony Steven23 March 1984 (1984-03-23)6S7.466
"Part Three"Peter MoffattAnthony Steven29 March 1984 (1984-03-29)6S7.059
"Part Four"Peter MoffattAnthony Steven30 March 1984 (1984-03-30)6S6.367

Season 22 (1985)[edit]

The series moved back to once-weekly Saturday broadcasts. All episodes were 45 minutes long, though they also exist in 25-minute versions. Although there were now only 13 episodes in the season, the total running time remained approximately the same as in previous seasons since the episodes were almost twice as long.

No. in
Serial titleEpisode titlesDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
UK viewers
(millions) [7]
1371Attack of the Cybermen"Part One"Matthew RobinsonPaula Moore5 January 1985 (1985-01-05)6T8.961
"Part Two"Matthew RobinsonPaula Moore12 January 1985 (1985-01-12)6T7.265
1382Vengeance on Varos"Part One"Ron JonesPhilip Martin19 January 1985 (1985-01-19)6V7.263
"Part Two"Ron JonesPhilip Martin26 January 1985 (1985-01-26)6V7.065
1393The Mark of the Rani"Part One"Sarah HellingsPip and Jane Baker2 February 1985 (1985-02-02)6X6.364
"Part Two"Sarah HellingsPip and Jane Baker9 February 1985 (1985-02-09)6X7.364
1404The Two Doctors"Part One"Peter MoffattRobert Holmes16 February 1985 (1985-02-16)6W6.665
"Part Two"Peter MoffattRobert Holmes23 February 1985 (1985-02-23)6W6.062
"Part Three"Peter MoffattRobert Holmes2 March 1985 (1985-03-02)6W6.965
1415Timelash"Part One"Pennant RobertsGlen McCoy9 March 1985 (1985-03-09)6Y6.766
"Part Two"Pennant RobertsGlen McCoy16 March 1985 (1985-03-16)6Y7.464
1426Revelation of the Daleks"Part One"Graeme HarperEric Saward23 March 1985 (1985-03-23)6Z7.467
"Part Two"Graeme HarperEric Saward30 March 1985 (1985-03-30)6Z7.765

Season 23 (1986)[edit]

The whole season is titled as The Trial of a Time Lord, and is split into four segments. The segments are commonly referred to by their respective novelisation's titles[12] (listed below) but the season was broadcast as one fourteen-part story and these titles did not appear on screen. Episode length returned to 25 minutes, but with only fourteen episodes in the season, making the total running time of this season (and subsequent seasons) just over half of the previous seasons, going back to season 7. The season saw the departure of Peri and the introduction of Bonnie Langford as companion Mel Bush.

No. in
Serial titleEpisode titlesDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
UK viewers
(millions) [7]
143a1The Mysterious Planet"Part One"Nicholas MallettRobert Holmes6 September 1986 (1986-09-06)7A4.972
"Part Two"Nicholas MallettRobert Holmes13 September 1986 (1986-09-13)7A4.969
"Part Three"Nicholas MallettRobert Holmes20 September 1986 (1986-09-20)7A3.970
"Part Four"Nicholas MallettRobert Holmes27 September 1986 (1986-09-27)7A3.772
143b2Mindwarp"Part Five"Ron JonesPhilip Martin4 October 1986 (1986-10-04)7B4.871
"Part Six"Ron JonesPhilip Martin11 October 1986 (1986-10-11)7B4.669
"Part Seven"Ron JonesPhilip Martin18 October 1986 (1986-10-18)7B5.166
"Part Eight"Ron JonesPhilip Martin25 October 1986 (1986-10-25)7B5.072
143c3Terror of the Vervoids"Part Nine"Chris CloughPip and Jane Baker1 November 1986 (1986-11-01)7C5.266
"Part Ten"Chris CloughPip and Jane Baker8 November 1986 (1986-11-08)7C4.669
"Part Eleven"Chris CloughPip and Jane Baker15 November 1986 (1986-11-15)7C5.369
"Part Twelve"Chris CloughPip and Jane Baker22 November 1986 (1986-11-22)7C5.369
143d4The Ultimate Foe"Part Thirteen"Chris CloughRobert Holmes29 November 1986 (1986-11-29)7C4.469
"Part Fourteen"Chris CloughPip and Jane Baker6 December 1986 (1986-12-06)7C5.669

Seventh Doctor[edit]

The Seventh Doctor was portrayed by Sylvester McCoy.

Season 24 (1987)[edit]

This season was moved to a Monday schedule. Mel Bush left in Dragonfire, and the companion role was taken over by Sophie Aldred as Ace.

No. in
Serial titleEpisode titlesDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
UK viewers
(millions) [7]
1441Time and the Rani"Part One"Andrew MorganPip and Jane Baker7 September 1987 (1987-09-07)7D5.158
"Part Two"Andrew MorganPip and Jane Baker14 September 1987 (1987-09-14)7D4.263
"Part Three"Andrew MorganPip and Jane Baker21 September 1987 (1987-09-21)7D4.357
"Part Four"Andrew MorganPip and Jane Baker28 September 1987 (1987-09-28)7D4.959
1452Paradise Towers"Part One"Nicholas MallettStephen Wyatt5 October 1987 (1987-10-05)7E4.561
"Part Two"Nicholas MallettStephen Wyatt12 October 1987 (1987-10-12)7E5.258
"Part Three"Nicholas MallettStephen Wyatt19 October 1987 (1987-10-19)7E5.058
"Part Four"Nicholas MallettStephen Wyatt26 October 1987 (1987-10-26)7E5.057
1463Delta and the Bannermen"Part One"Chris CloughMalcolm Kohll2 November 1987 (1987-11-02)7F5.363
"Part Two"Chris CloughMalcolm Kohll9 November 1987 (1987-11-09)7F5.160
"Part Three"Chris CloughMalcolm Kohll16 November 1987 (1987-11-16)7F5.460
1474Dragonfire"Part One"Chris CloughIan Briggs23 November 1987 (1987-11-23)7G5.561
"Part Two"Chris CloughIan Briggs30 November 1987 (1987-11-30)7G5.061
"Part Three"Chris CloughIan Briggs7 December 1987 (1987-12-07)7G4.764

Season 25 (1988–1989) [edit]

The series was moved to Wednesdays. The programme celebrated its 25th anniversary with the serial story Silver Nemesis.

No. in
Serial titleEpisode titlesDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
UK viewers
(millions) [7]
1481Remembrance of the Daleks"Part One"Andrew MorganBen Aaronovitch5 October 1988 (1988-10-05)7H5.568
"Part Two"Andrew MorganBen Aaronovitch12 October 1988 (1988-10-12)7H5.869
"Part Three"Andrew MorganBen Aaronovitch19 October 1988 (1988-10-19)7H5.170
"Part Four"Andrew MorganBen Aaronovitch26 October 1988 (1988-10-26)7H5.072
1492The Happiness Patrol"Part One"Chris CloughGraeme Curry2 November 1988 (1988-11-02)7L5.367
"Part Two"Chris CloughGraeme Curry9 November 1988 (1988-11-09)7L4.665
"Part Three"Chris CloughGraeme Curry16 November 1988 (1988-11-16)7L5.365
1503Silver Nemesis"Part One"Chris CloughKevin Clarke23 November 1988 (1988-11-23)7K6.171
"Part Two"Chris CloughKevin Clarke30 November 1988 (1988-11-30)[a]7K5.270
"Part Three"Chris CloughKevin Clarke7 December 1988 (1988-12-07)[a]7K5.270
1514The Greatest Show in the Galaxy"Part One"Alan WareingStephen Wyatt14 December 1988 (1988-12-14)7J5.068
"Part Two"Alan WareingStephen Wyatt21 December 1988 (1988-12-21)7J5.366
"Part Three"Alan WareingStephen Wyatt28 December 1988 (1988-12-28)7J4.869
"Part Four"Alan WareingStephen Wyatt4 January 1989 (1989-01-04)7J6.664
  1. ^ a b Parts Two and Three of Silver Nemesis were first broadcast in New Zealand on 25 November 1988 as part of a compilation broadcast before their UK transmission.[13]

Season 26 (1989)[edit]

The final season continued to push the series towards a darker approach, focusing this time more on Ace's personal life as well as The Doctor's past and manipulations. This season set the tone for the Virgin New Adventures novels that followed.

No. in
Serial titleEpisode titlesDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
UK viewers
(millions) [7]
1521Battlefield"Part One"Michael KerriganBen Aaronovitch6 September 1989 (1989-09-06)7N3.169
"Part Two"Michael KerriganBen Aaronovitch13 September 1989 (1989-09-13)7N3.968
"Part Three"Michael KerriganBen Aaronovitch20 September 1989 (1989-09-20)7N3.667
"Part Four"Michael KerriganBen Aaronovitch27 September 1989 (1989-09-27)7N4.065
1532Ghost Light"Part One"Alan WareingMarc Platt4 October 1989 (1989-10-04)7Q4.268
"Part Two"Alan WareingMarc Platt11 October 1989 (1989-10-11)7Q4.068
"Part Three"Alan WareingMarc Platt18 October 1989 (1989-10-18)7Q4.064
1543The Curse of Fenric"Part One"Nicholas MallettIan Briggs25 October 1989 (1989-10-25)7M4.367
"Part Two"Nicholas MallettIan Briggs1 November 1989 (1989-11-01)7M4.068
"Part Three"Nicholas MallettIan Briggs8 November 1989 (1989-11-08)7M4.068
"Part Four"Nicholas MallettIan Briggs15 November 1989 (1989-11-15)7M4.268
1554Survival"Part One"Alan WareingRona Munro22 November 1989 (1989-11-22)7P5.069
"Part Two"Alan WareingRona Munro29 November 1989 (1989-11-29)7P4.869
"Part Three"Alan WareingRona Munro6 December 1989 (1989-12-06)7P5.071

Eighth Doctor[edit]

The Eighth Doctor was portrayed by Paul McGann. The movie is the only television appearance of this Doctor during his tenure. The only production title held by this story was Doctor Who. The DVD release is titled Doctor Who: The Movie. In 2013, Paul McGann returned for the second television appearance of the Eighth Doctor in the minisode titled "The Night of the Doctor". Concerning the production code, "TVM" is used in the BBC's online episode guide.[14] The actual code used during production is 50/LDX071Y/01X.[15] Doctor Who Magazine's "Complete Eighth Doctor Special" gives the production code as #83705.[16]

Television movie (1996)[edit]

TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
UK viewers
(millions) [17]
156Doctor WhoGeoffrey SaxMatthew Jacobs12 May 1996 (1996-05-12) (Canada)
14 May 1996 (USA)
27 May 1996 (UK)
  1. ^ This episode has no on-screen episode title[8]
  2. ^ Shada was left unfinished due to a strike. Its recorded footage was later released on home video using linking narration by Tom Baker to complete the story. It is not included in the episode or story counts as it was not broadcast.

See also[edit]



  1. ^ "Dr Who 'longest-running sci-fi'". BBC. 28 September 2006. Retrieved 15 December 2007.
  2. ^ a b "Stories – Doctor Who". DoctorWho.TV. Retrieved 13 December 2021.
  3. ^ Howe, David J.; Walker, Stephen James (2003) [1998]. "The Trial of a Time Lord: 1–4 : Details". Doctor Who: The Television Companion (Doctor Who website). BBC. Retrieved 27 October 2007.
  4. ^ Cornell, Paul; Day, Martin; Topping, Keith (1995). "The Five Doctors: Details". Doctor Who: The Discontinuity Guide. BBC Doctor Who website. Retrieved 27 October 2007.
  5. ^ a b Kanter, Jake (29 July 2021). "'Doctor Who': BBC Confirms Jodie Whittaker & Chris Chibnall Are Leaving The Iconic Sci-Fi Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 29 July 2021.
  6. ^ "New Doctor Who star Ncuti Gatwa can 'finally breathe'". The Independent. 8 May 2022. Retrieved 9 May 2022.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd "Ratings Guide". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  8. ^ "BBC – Doctor Who Classic Episode Guide – The Dominators – Details".
  9. ^ "Tom Baker". BBC Doctor Who website. 12 August 2004. Archived from the original on 29 December 2008. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  10. ^ "Shada | Doctor Who". Archived from the original on 29 January 2022.
  11. ^ a b "The Changing Face of Doctor Who – Audience Research Report on 'Doctor Who' for 1982". BBC.
  12. ^ "Doctor Who – Classic Series – Episode Guide – Second Doctor Index". BBC. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  13. ^ Howe, David J; Walker, Stephen James (1998). "Part Two – Fiction: The Stories". Doctor Who – The Handbook: The Seventh Doctor. London: Doctor Who Books. p. 69. ISBN 0-426-20527-8.
  14. ^ Howe, David J.; Walker, Stephen James. "The TV Movie: Details". Doctor Who: The Television Companion (Doctor Who website). BBC. Retrieved 26 July 2007.
  15. ^ Segal, Philip; Russell, Gary (2000). Doctor Who: Regeneration. Harper Collins Entertainment. ISBN 0-00-710591-6.
  16. ^ "The DWM Archive: Doctor Who (1996) – In Production". Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition. No. 5. 3 September 2003. p. 69. ISSN 0957-9818.
  17. ^ a b "Ratings Guide". Doctor Who News. Archived from the original on 11 March 2016. Retrieved 27 December 2014.

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