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Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. As of 25 December 2014, 813 individual episodes, including one television movie of Doctor Who, have been aired, encompassing 253 stories. Additionally, four charity specials and two animated serials have also been aired. The show's high episode count resulted in Doctor Who holding the world record for the highest number of episodes for a science-fiction programme.[1]

Doctor Who ceased airing in 1989 and began again in 2005. Each story in the original series (1963–89) is a multi-episode serial, with two exceptions: the 1965 cutaway episode "Mission to the Unknown" and the 20th anniversary story The Five Doctors. The characters in the column after the serial titles indicate the code used by the production team to designate the serial, where applicable, and are followed either by the titles of the individual episodes where given or by the number of episodes otherwise. Unless otherwise noted, episodes in this period are 25 minutes long. During the early seasons of the programme most serials were linked together and one would usually lead directly into the next. Starting with the 2005 revival, the production team abandoned the traditional serial format for a largely self-contained episodic format with occasional multi-part stories and loose story arcs. Unless otherwise noted, the new episodes are 45 minutes long.

Due to the BBC's 1970s junking policy, 97 episodes from the 1960s are missing, with the result that 26 serials are incomplete, although all of these still exist as audio recordings, and some have been reconstructed. In the first two seasons and most of the third, each episode of a serial had an individual title; no serial had an overall on-screen title until The Savages. The serial titles given below are the most common title for the serials as a whole, used in sources such as the Doctor Who Reference Guide and the BBC's classic episode guide, and are generally those used for commercial release. The practice of individually titled episodes resurfaced with the show's 2005 revival, when Doctor Who‍‍ '​‍s serial nature was abandoned in favour of an episodic format.

The three-digit story numbers are not official designations but are merely to serve as a guide to where the story stands in the overall context of the programme. There is some dispute about, for example, whether to count Season 23's The Trial of a Time Lord as one or four serials,[2] and whether the uncompleted Shada should be included.[3] The numbering scheme used here reflects the current internal practice of describing "Planet of the Dead" (2009) as the 200th story, used in the official magazine's 407th issue.[4] Other sources, such as the Region 1 DVDs of classic Doctor Who serials, use different numbering schemes which diverge after the 108th story, The Horns of Nimon (1979/80).

Overview of seasons and series

Season/Series Doctor Serials Episodes First aired (UK) Premiere viewers (millions) Last aired (UK) Finale viewers (millions) Average viewers (millions)[α]
Season 1 First Doctor 8 42 23 November 1963 4.4 12 September 1964 6.4 7.96
Season 2 9 39 31 October 1964 8.4 24 July 1965 8.3 10.38
Season 3 10 45 11 September 1965 9.0 16 July 1966 5.5 7.38
Season 4 2 8 10 September 1966 4.48 29 October 1966 6.75 5.61
Season 4 Second Doctor 7 35 5 November 1966 7.8 1 July 1967 6.43 7.44
Season 5 7 40 2 September 1967 6.0 1 June 1968 6.5 6.63
Season 6 7 44 10 August 1968 6.1 21 June 1969 5.0 6.57
Season 7 Third Doctor 4 25 3 January 1970 8.4 20 June 1970 5.5 7.18
Season 8 5 25 2 January 1971 7.3 19 June 1971 8.3 7.96
Season 9 5 26 1 January 1972 9.8 24 June 1972 7.6 8.48
Season 10 5 26 30 December 1972 9.6 23 June 1973 7.0 8.98
Season 11 5 26 15 December 1973 8.7 8 June 1974 8.9 8.78
Season 12 Fourth Doctor 5 20 28 December 1974 10.1 10 May 1975 9.0 10.14
Season 13 6 26 30 August 1975 7.5 6 March 1976 10.9 10.08
Season 14 6 26 4 September 1976 9.5 2 April 1977 10.4 11.17
Season 15 6 26 3 September 1977 8.4 11 March 1978 10.5 8.91
Season 16[β] 6 26 2 September 1978 8.1 24 February 1979 8.5 8.56
Season 17 5[γ] 20 1 September 1979 13.5 12 January 1980 8.8 11.22
Season 18 7 28 30 August 1980 5.1 21 March 1981 6.7 5.81
Season 19 Fifth Doctor 7 26 4 January 1982 9.6 30 March 1982 8.9 9.30
Season 20 6 22 4 January 1983 7.2 16 March 1983 7.55 7.00
Season 21 6 20 5 January 1984 7.25 16 March 1984 7.28 7.15
Season 21 Sixth Doctor 1 4 22 March 1984 7.08 30 March 1984 7.08 7.08
Season 22 6 13 5 January 1985 8.05 30 March 1985 7.55 7.17
Season 23[δ] 4 14 6 September 1986 4.35 6 December 1986 5.0 4.83
Season 24 Seventh Doctor 4 14 7 September 1987 4.63 7 December 1987 5.07 4.98
Season 25 4 14 5 October 1988 5.35 4 January 1989 5.45 5.35
Season 26 4 14 6 September 1989 3.65 6 December 1989 4.9 4.19
TV movie Eighth Doctor 1 1 27 May 1996 9.08 27 May 1996 9.08 9.08
Series 1 Ninth Doctor 10 13 26 March 2005 10.81 18 June 2005 6.91 7.31
Series 2 Tenth Doctor 10 13 15 April 2006 8.62 8 July 2006 8.22 7.64
Series 3 9 13 31 March 2007 8.71 30 June 2007 8.61 7.54
Series 4 10 13 5 April 2008 9.14 5 July 2008 10.57 8.04
Specials 4 5 25 December 2008 13.10 1 January 2010 12.27 11.50
Series 5 Eleventh Doctor 10 13 3 April 2010 10.09 26 June 2010 6.70 7.73
Series 6 11 13 23 April 2011 8.86 1 October 2011 7.67 7.51
Series 7 13 13 1 September 2012 8.33 18 May 2013 7.45 7.44
Specials 2 2 23 November 2013 12.80 25 December 2013 11.14 11.97
Series 8 Twelfth Doctor 11 12 23 August 2014 9.17 8 November 2014 7.60 7.40
Series 9 TBA TBA Autumn 2015[5] - TBA - -

First Doctor

The first incarnation of the Doctor was portrayed by William Hartnell. During Hartnell's tenure, the episodes was 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 episodes. 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 (1963–64)

Main article: Doctor Who (season 1)

Verity Lambert was producer with David Whitaker serving as script editor.

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[6]
AI[6] Original air date Production
code
001 1 An Unearthly Child
"An Unearthly Child"
"The Cave of Skulls"
"The Forest of Fear"
"The Firemaker"
Waris Hussein Anthony Coburn
4.4
5.9
6.9
6.4

63
59
56
55

23 November 1963
30 November 1963
7 December 1963
14 December 1963
A
002 2 The Daleks
"The Dead Planet"
"The Survivors"
"The Escape"
"The Ambush"
"The Expedition"
"The Ordeal"
"The Rescue"
Richard Martin and Christopher Barry Terry Nation
6.9
6.4
8.9
9.9
9.9
10.4
10.4

59
58
63
63
63
63
65

21 December 1963
28 December 1963
4 January 1964
11 January 1964
18 January 1964
25 January 1964
1 February 1964
B
003 3 The Edge of Destruction
"The Edge of Destruction"
"The Brink of Disaster"
Richard Martin
& Frank Cox
David Whitaker
10.4
9.9

61
60

8 February 1964
15 February 1964
C
004 4 Marco Polo
"The Roof of the World"
"The Singing Sands"
"Five Hundred Eyes"
"The Wall of Lies"
"Rider from Shang-Tu"
"Mighty Kublai Khan"
"Assassin at Peking"
Waris Hussein and John Crockett John Lucarotti
9.4
9.4
9.4
9.9
9.4
8.4
10.4

63
62
62
60
59
59
59

22 February 1964
29 February 1964
7 March 1964
14 March 1964
21 March 1964
28 March 1964
4 April 1964
D
005 5 The Keys of Marinus
"The Sea of Death"
"The Velvet Web"
"The Screaming Jungle"
"The Snows of Terror"
"Sentence of Death"
"The Keys of Marinus"
John Gorrie Terry Nation
9.9
9.4
9.9
10.4
7.9
6.9

62
60
61
60
61
63

11 April 1964
18 April 1964
25 April 1964
2 May 1964
9 May 1964
16 May 1964
E
006 6 The Aztecs
"The Temple of Evil"
"The Warriors of Death"
"The Bride of Sacrifice"
"The Day of Darkness"
John Crockett John Lucarotti
7.4
7.4
7.9
7.4

62
62
57
58

23 May 1964
30 May 1964
6 June 1964
13 June 1964
F
007 7 The Sensorites
"Strangers in Space"
"The Unwilling Warriors"
"Hidden Danger"
"A Race Against Death"
"Kidnap"
"A Desperate Venture"
Mervyn Pinfield and Frank Cox Peter R. Newman
7.9
6.9
7.4
5.5
6.9
6.9

59
59
56
60
57
57

20 June 1964
27 June 1964
11 July 1964
18 July 1964
25 July 1964
1 August 1964
G
008 8 The Reign of Terror
"A Land of Fear"
"Guests of Madame Guillotine"
"A Change of Identity"
"The Tyrant of France"
"A Bargain of Necessity"
"Prisoners of Conciergerie"
Henric Hirsch and John Gorrie Dennis Spooner
6.9
6.9
6.9
6.4
6.9
6.4

58
54
55
53
53
55

8 August 1964
15 August 1964
22 August 1964
29 August 1964
5 September 1964
12 September 1964
H
^† Episodes are missing


Season 2 (1964–65)

Main article: Doctor Who (season 2)

Dennis Spooner replaced David Whitaker as script editor after The Dalek Invasion of Earth, and edited the remainder of the season apart from The Time Meddler, which was edited by Donald Tosh.

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[6]
AI[6] Original air date Production
code
009 1 Planet of Giants
"Planet of Giants"
"Dangerous Journey"
"Crisis"
Mervyn Pinfield and Douglas Camfield Louis Marks
8.4
8.4
8.9

57
58
59

31 October 1964
7 November 1964
14 November 1964
J
010 2 The Dalek Invasion of Earth
"World's End"
"The Daleks"
"Day of Reckoning"
"The End of Tomorrow"
"The Waking Ally"
"Flashpoint"
Richard Martin Terry Nation
11.4
12.4
11.9
11.9
11.4
12.4

63
59
59
59
58
63

21 November 1964
28 November 1964
5 December 1964
12 December 1964
19 December 1964
26 December 1964
K
011 3 The Rescue
"The Powerful Enemy"
"Desperate Measures"
Christopher Barry David Whitaker
12.0
13.0

57
59

2 January 1965
9 January 1965
L
012 4 The Romans
"The Slave Traders"
"All Roads Lead to Rome"
"Conspiracy"
"Inferno"
Christopher Barry Dennis Spooner
13.0
11.5
10.0
12.0

53
51
50
50

16 January 1965
23 January 1965
30 January 1965
6 February 1965
M
013 5 The Web Planet
"The Web Planet"
"The Zarbi"
"Escape to Danger"
"Crater of Needles"
"Invasion"
"The Centre"
Richard Martin Bill Strutton
13.5
12.5
12.5
13.0
12.0
11.5

56
53
53
49
48
42

13 February 1965
20 February 1965
27 February 1965
6 March 1965
13 March 1965
20 March 1965
N
014 6 The Crusade
"The Lion"
"The Knight of Jaffa"
"The Wheel of Fortune"
"The Warlords"
Douglas Camfield David Whitaker
10.5
8.5
9.0
9.5

51
50
49
48

27 March 1965
3 April 1965
10 April 1965
17 April 1965
P
015 7 The Space Museum
"The Space Museum"
"The Dimensions of Time"
"The Search"
"The Final Phase"
Mervyn Pinfield Glyn Jones
10.5
9.2
8.5
8.5

61
53
56
49

24 April 1965
1 May 1965
8 May 1965
15 May 1965
Q
016 8 The Chase
"The Executioners"
"The Death of Time"
"Flight Through Eternity"
"Journey into Terror"
"The Death of Doctor Who"
"The Planet of Decision"
Richard Martin and Douglas Camfield Terry Nation
10.0
9.5
9.0
9.5
9.0
9.5

57
56
55
54
56
57

22 May 1965
29 May 1965
5 June 1965
12 June 1965
19 June 1965
26 June 1965
R
017 9 The Time Meddler
"The Watcher"
"The Meddling Monk"
"A Battle of Wits"
"Checkmate"
Douglas Camfield Dennis Spooner
8.9
8.8
7.7
8.3

57
49
53
54

3 July 1965
10 July 1965
17 July 1965
24 July 1965
S
^† : Episodes are missing


Season 3 (1965–66)

Main article: Doctor Who (season 3)

John Wiles replaced Verity Lambert as producer after Mission to the Unknown. Innes Lloyd, in turn, replaced Wiles after The Ark. Donald Tosh continued as script editor until The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve, which was also script-edited by his replacement, Gerry Davis. The practice of giving each individual episode a different title was abandoned after The Gunfighters, near the end of the season.

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[6]
AI[6] Original air date Production
code
018 1 Galaxy 4
"Four Hundred Dawns"
"Trap of Steel"
"Air Lock"
"The Exploding Planet"
Derek Martinus and Mervyn Pinfield William Emms
9.0
9.5
11.3
9.9

56
55
54
53

11 September 1965
18 September 1965
25 September 1965
2 October 1965
T
019 2 "Mission to the Unknown" Derek Martinus Terry Nation 8.3 54 9 October 1965 T/A
020 3 The Myth Makers
"Temple of Secrets"
"Small Prophet, Quick Return"
"Death of a Spy"
"Horse of Destruction"
Michael Leeston-Smith Donald Cotton
8.3
8.1
8.7
8.3

48
51
49
52

16 October 1965
23 October 1965
30 October 1965
6 November 1965
U
021 4 The Daleks' Master Plan
"The Nightmare Begins"
"Day of Armageddon"
"Devil's Planet"
"The Traitors"
"Counter Plot"
"Coronas of the Sun"
"The Feast of Steven"
"Volcano"
"Golden Death"
"Escape Switch"
"The Abandoned Planet"
"Destruction of Time"
Douglas Camfield Terry Nation and Dennis Spooner
9.1
9.8
10.3
9.5
9.9
9.1
7.9
9.6
9.2
9.5
9.8
8.6

54
52
52
51
53
56
39
49
52
50
49
57

13 November 1965
20 November 1965
27 November 1965
4 December 1965
11 December 1965
18 December 1965
25 December 1965
1 January 1966
8 January 1966
15 January 1966
22 January 1966
29 January 1966
V
022 5 The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve
"War of God"
"The Sea Beggar"
"Priest of Death"
"Bell of Doom"
Paddy Russell John Lucarotti and Donald Tosh
8.0
6.0
5.9
5.8

52
52
49
53

5 February 1966
12 February 1966
19 February 1966
26 February 1966
W
023 6 The Ark
"The Steel Sky"
"The Plague"
"The Return"
"The Bomb"
Michael Imison Paul Erickson and Lesley Scott
5.5
6.9
6.2
7.3

55
56
51
50

5 March 1966
12 March 1966
19 March 1966
26 March 1966
X
024 7 The Celestial Toymaker
"The Celestial Toyroom"
"The Hall of Dolls"
"The Dancing Floor"
"The Final Test"
Bill Sellars Brian Hayles and Donald Tosh
8.0
8.0
9.4
7.8

48
49
44
43

2 April 1966
9 April 1966
16 April 1966
23 April 1966
Y
025 8 The Gunfighters
"A Holiday for the Doctor"
"Don't Shoot the Pianist"
"Johnny Ringo"
"The OK Corral"
Rex Tucker Donald Cotton
6.5
6.6
6.2
5.7

45
39
36
30

30 April 1966
7 May 1966
14 May 1966
21 May 1966
Z
026 9 The Savages Christopher Barry Ian Stuart Black
4.8
5.6
5.0
4.5

48
49
48
48

28 May 1966
4 June 1966
11 June 1966
18 June 1966
AA
027 10 The War Machines Michael Ferguson Ian Stuart Black and Kit Pedler
5.4
4.7
5.3
5.5

49
45
44
39

25 June 1966
2 July 1966
9 July 1966
16 July 1966
BB
^† : Episode is missing ^‡ : Serial is missing

Season 4 (1966–67)

Main article: Doctor Who (season 4)

The Smugglers and The Tenth Planet were the last serials to star the First Doctor, his regeneration to the Second occurring in the latter. Peter Bryant joined as associate producer for The Faceless Ones, and replaced Gerry Davis as script editor for the last four episodes of The Evil of the Daleks.

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[6]
AI[6] Original air date Production
code
028 1 The Smugglers
(All episodes missing)
Julia Smith Brian Hayles 4.3
4.9
4.2
4.5
47
45
43
43
10 September 1966
17 September 1966
24 September 1966
1 October 1966
CC
029 2 The Tenth Planet
(Episode 4 missing)
Derek Martinus Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis 5.5
6.4
7.6
7.5
50
48
48
47
8 October 1966
15 October 1966
22 October 1966
29 October 1966
DD

Second Doctor

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 and forced him to regenerate.

Season 4 (1966–67) continued

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[6]
AI[6] Original air date Production
code
030 3 The Power of the Daleks
(All episodes missing)
Christopher Barry David Whitaker and Dennis Spooner 7.9
7.8
7.5
7.8
8.0
7.8
43
45
44
47
48
47
5 November 1966
12 November 1966
19 November 1966
26 November 1966
3 December 1966
10 December 1966
EE
031 4 The Highlanders
(All episodes missing)
Hugh David Elwyn Jones and Gerry Davis 6.7
6.8
7.4
7.3
47
46
47
47
17 December 1966
24 December 1966
31 December 1966
7 January 1967
FF
032 5 The Underwater Menace
(Episodes 1 & 4 missing)
Julia Smith Geoffrey Orme 8.3
7.5
7.1
7.0
48
46
45
47
14 January 1967
21 January 1967
28 January 1967
4 February 1967
GG
033 6 The Moonbase
(Episodes 1 & 3 missing)
Morris Barry Kit Pedler 8.1
8.9
8.2
8.1
50
49
53
58
11 February 1967
18 February 1967
25 February 1967
4 March 1967
HH
034 7 The Macra Terror
(All episodes missing)
John Davies Ian Stuart Black 8.0
7.9
8.5
8.4
50
48
52
49
11 March 1967
18 March 1967
25 March 1967
1 April 1967
JJ
035 8 The Faceless Ones
(Episodes 2, 4, 5 & 6 missing)
Gerry Mill David Ellis and Malcolm Hulke 8.0
6.4
7.9
6.9
7.1
8.0
51
50
53
55
55
52
8 April 1967
15 April 1967
22 April 1967
29 April 1967
6 May 1967
13 May 1967
KK
036 9 The Evil of the Daleks
(Episodes 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 missing)
Derek Martinus David Whitaker 8.1
7.5
6.1
5.3
5.1
6.8
6.1
51
51
52
51
53
49
56
20 May 1967
27 May 1967
3 June 1967
10 June 1967
17 June 1967
24 June 1967
1 July 1967
LL

Season 5 (1967–68)

Main article: Doctor Who (season 5)

Victor Pemberton was script editor for The Tomb of the Cybermen, with Peter Bryant as producer. After this, Bryant resumed the role of script editor, with Innes Lloyd returning as producer, until The Web of Fear when Bryant took over from Lloyd as producer. Derrick Sherwin replaced Bryant as script editor at the same time.

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[6]
AI[6] Original air date Production
code
037 1 The Tomb of the Cybermen Morris Barry Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis 6.0
6.4
7.2
7.4
53
52
49
50
2 September 1967
9 September 1967
16 September 1967
23 September 1967
MM
038 2 The Abominable Snowmen
(Episodes 1, 3, 4, 5 & 6 missing)
Gerald Blake Mervyn Haisman
and Henry Lincoln
6.3
6.0
7.1
7.1
7.2
7.4
50
52
51
50
51
52
30 September 1967
7 October 1967
14 October 1967
21 October 1967
28 October 1967
4 November 1967
NN
039 3 The Ice Warriors
(Episodes 2 & 3 missing)
Derek Martinus Brian Hayles 6.7
7.1
7.4
7.3
8.0
7.5
52
52
51
51
50
51
11 November 1967
18 November 1967
25 November 1967
2 December 1967
9 December 1967
16 December 1967
OO
040 4 The Enemy of the World Barry Letts David Whitaker 6.8
7.6
7.1
7.8
6.9
8.3
50
49
48
49
49
52
23 December 1967
30 December 1967
6 January 1968
13 January 1968
20 January 1968
27 January 1968
PP
041 5 The Web of Fear
(Episode 3 missing)
Douglas Camfield Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln 7.2
6.8
7.0
8.4
8.0
8.3
54
53
51
53
55
55
3 February 1968
10 February 1968
17 February 1968
24 February 1968
2 March 1968
9 March 1968
QQ
042 6 Fury from the Deep
(All episodes missing)
Hugh David Victor Pemberton 8.2
7.9
7.7
6.6
5.9
6.9
55
55
56
56
56
57
16 March 1968
23 March 1968
30 March 1968
6 April 1968
13 April 1968
20 April 1968
RR
043 7 The Wheel in Space
(Episodes 1, 2, 4 & 5 missing)
Tristan DeVere Cole David Whitaker and Kit Pedler 7.2
6.9
7.5
8.6
6.8
6.5
57
60
55
56
57
62
27 April 1968
4 May 1968
11 May 1968
18 May 1968
25 May 1968
1 June 1968
SS

Season 6 (1968–69)

Main article: Doctor Who (season 6)

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

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[6]
AI[6] Original air date Production
code
044 1 The Dominators Morris Barry Norman Ashby (Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln) 6.1
5.9
5.4
7.5
5.9
52
55
55
51
53
10 August 1968
17 August 1968
24 August 1968
31 August 1968
7 September 1968
TT
045 2 The Mind Robber David Maloney Peter Ling and Derrick Sherwin 6.6
6.5
7.2
7.3
6.7
51
49
53
56
49
14 September 1968
21 September 1968
28 September 1968
5 October 1968
12 October 1968
UU
046 3 The Invasion
(Episodes 1 & 4 missing)
Douglas Camfield Derrick Sherwin and Kit Pedler 7.3
7.1
7.1
6.4
6.7
6.5
7.2
7.0
55
53
54
51
52
56
55
53
2 November 1968
9 November 1968
16 November 1968
23 November 1968
30 November 1968
7 December 1968
14 December 1968
21 December 1968
VV
047 4 The Krotons David Maloney Robert Holmes 9.0
8.4
7.5
7.1
59
57
56
55
28 December 1968
4 January 1969
11 January 1969
18 January 1969
WW
048 5 The Seeds of Death Michael Ferguson Brian Hayles and Terrance Dicks 6.6
6.8
7.5
7.1
7.6
7.7
57
59
55
55
57
59
25 January 1969
1 February 1969
8 February 1969
15 February 1969
22 February 1969
1 March 1969
XX
049 6 The Space Pirates
(Episodes 1, 3, 4, 5 & 6 missing)
Michael Hart Robert Holmes 5.8
6.8
6.4
5.8
5.5
5.3
57
52
55
53
56
52
8 March 1969
15 March 1969
22 March 1969
29 March 1969
5 April 1969
12 April 1969
YY
050 7 The War Games David Maloney Malcolm Hulke and Terrance Dicks 5.5
6.3
5.1
5.7
5.1
4.2
4.9
3.5
4.1
5.0
55
54
53
50
53
53
53
53
57
58
19 April 1969
26 April 1969
3 May 1969
10 May 1969
17 May 1969
24 May 1969
31 May 1969
7 June 1969
14 June 1969
21 June 1969
ZZ

Third Doctor

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. 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)

Main article: Doctor Who (season 7)

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 28 episodes until season 22.

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[6]
AI[6] Original air date Production
code
051 1 Spearhead from Space Derek Martinus Robert Holmes 8.4
8.1
8.3
8.1
54


57
3 January 1970
10 January 1970
17 January 1970
24 January 1970
AAA
052 2 Doctor Who and the Silurians Timothy Combe Malcolm Hulke 8.8
7.3
7.5
8.2
7.5
7.2
7.5
58
58
57
60
58
57
58
31 January 1970
7 February 1970
14 February 1970
21 February 1970
28 February 1970
7 March 1970
14 March 1970
BBB
053 3 The Ambassadors of Death Michael Ferguson David Whitaker, Trevor Ray and Malcolm Hulke 7.1
7.6
8.0
9.3
7.1
6.9
6.4
60
61
59
58

61
62
21 March 1970
28 March 1970
4 April 1970
11 April 1970
18 April 1970
25 April 1970
2 May 1970
CCC
054 4 Inferno Douglas Camfield and Barry Letts Don Houghton 5.7
5.9
4.8
6.0
5.4
6.7
5.5
61
61
60
60

58
60
9 May 1970
16 May 1970
23 May 1970
30 May 1970
6 June 1970
13 June 1970
20 June 1970
DDD

Season 8 (1971)

Main article: Doctor Who (season 8)

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.

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[6]
AI[6] Original air date Production
code
055 1 Terror of the Autons Barry Letts Robert Holmes 7.3
8.0
8.1
8.4
2 January 1971
9 January 1971
16 January 1971
23 January 1971
EEE
056 2 The Mind of Evil Timothy Combe Don Houghton 6.1
8.8
7.5
7.4
7.6
7.3
30 January 1971
6 February 1971
13 February 1971
20 February 1971
27 February 1971
6 March 1971
FFF
057 3 The Claws of Axos Michael Ferguson Bob Baker and Dave Martin 7.3
8.0
6.4
7.8
13 March 1971
20 March 1971
27 March 1971
3 April 1971
GGG
058 4 Colony in Space Michael E. Briant Malcolm Hulke 7.6
8.5
9.5
8.1
8.8
8.7
10 April 1971
17 April 1971
24 April 1971
1 May 1971
8 May 1971
15 May 1971
HHH
059 5 The Dæmons Christopher Barry Guy Leopold (Robert Sloman and Barry Letts) 9.2
8.0
8.1
8.1
8.3
22 May 1971
29 May 1971
5 June 1971
12 June 1971
19 June 1971
JJJ

Season 9 (1972)

Main article: Doctor Who (season 9)
Story Serial Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[6]
AI[6] Original air date Production
code
060 1 Day of the Daleks Paul Bernard Louis Marks 9.8
10.4
9.1
9.1
1 January 1972
8 January 1972
15 January 1972
22 January 1972
KKK
061 2 The Curse of Peladon Lennie Mayne Brian Hayles 10.3
11.0
7.8
8.4
29 January 1972
5 February 1972
12 February 1972
19 February 1972
MMM
062 3 The Sea Devils Michael E. Briant Malcolm Hulke 6.4
9.7
8.3
7.8
8.3
8.5
26 February 1972
4 March 1972
11 March 1972
18 March 1972
25 March 1972
1 April 1972
LLL
063 4 The Mutants Christopher Barry Bob Baker and Dave Martin 9.1
7.8
7.9
7.5
7.9
6.5
8 April 1972
15 April 1972
22 April 1972
29 April 1972
6 May 1972
13 May 1972
NNN
064 5 The Time Monster Paul Bernard Robert Sloman and Barry Letts 7.6
7.4
8.1
7.6
6.0
7.6
20 May 1972
27 May 1972
3 June 1972
10 June 1972
17 June 1972
24 June 1972
OOO

Season 10 (1972–73)

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[6]
AI[6] Original air date Production
code
065 1 The Three Doctors Lennie Mayne Bob Baker and Dave Martin 9.6
10.8
8.8
11.9
30 December 1972
6 January 1973
13 January 1973
20 January 1973
RRR
066 2 Carnival of Monsters Barry Letts Robert Holmes 9.5
9.0
9.0
9.2
27 January 1973
3 February 1973
10 February 1973
17 February 1973
PPP
067 3 Frontier in Space Paul Bernard Malcolm Hulke 9.1
7.8
7.5
7.1
7.7
8.9
24 February 1973
3 March 1973
10 March 1973
17 March 1973
24 March 1973
31 March 1973
QQQ
068 4 Planet of the Daleks David Maloney Terry Nation 11.0
10.7
10.1
8.3
9.7
8.5
7 April 1973
14 April 1973
21 April 1973
28 April 1973
5 May 1973
12 May 1973
SSS
069 5 The Green Death Michael E. Briant Robert Sloman and Barry Letts 9.2
7.2
7.8
6.8
8.3
7.0
19 May 1973
26 May 1973
2 June 1973
9 June 1973
16 June 1973
23 June 1973
TTT

Season 11 (1973–74)

This season introduces the companion Sarah Jane Smith.

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[6]
AI[6] Original air date Production
code
070 1 The Time Warrior Alan Bromly Robert Holmes 8.7
7.0
6.6
10.6
59


60
15 December 1973
22 December 1973
29 December 1973
5 January 1974
UUU
071 2 Invasion of the Dinosaurs Paddy Russell Malcolm Hulke 11.0
10.1
11.0
9.0
9.0
7.5
62

63


62
12 January 1974
19 January 1974
26 January 1974
2 February 1974
9 February 1974
16 February 1974
WWW
072 3 Death to the Daleks Michael E. Briant Terry Nation 8.1
9.5
10.5
9.5
61

61
62
23 February 1974
2 March 1974
9 March 1974
16 March 1974
XXX
073 4 The Monster of Peladon Lennie Mayne Brian Hayles 9.2
6.8
7.4
7.2
7.5
8.1
23 March 1974
30 March 1974
6 April 1974
13 April 1974
20 April 1974
27 April 1974
YYY
074 5 Planet of the Spiders Barry Letts Robert Sloman and Barry Letts 10.1
8.9
8.8
8.2
9.2
8.9
58
60
57


56
4 May 1974
11 May 1974
18 May 1974
25 May 1974
1 June 1974
8 June 1974
ZZZ

Fourth Doctor

The Fourth Doctor was portrayed by Tom Baker. He is, to date, the actor who has played the Doctor on television for the longest time,[7] having held the role for seven seasons.

Season 12 (1974–75)

Barry Letts served as producer for Robot, after which he was succeeded by Philip Hinchcliffe. Robert Holmes took over from Terrance Dicks as script editor. 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 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.

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[6]
AI[6] Original air date Production
code
075 1 Robot Christopher Barry Terrance Dicks 10.8
10.7
10.1
9.0
53
53

51
28 December 1974
4 January 1975
11 January 1975
18 January 1975
4A
076 2 The Ark in Space Rodney Bennett Robert Holmes 9.4
13.6
11.2
10.2
25 January 1975
1 February 1975
8 February 1975
15 February 1975
4C
077 3 The Sontaran Experiment Rodney Bennett Bob Baker and Dave Martin 11.0
10.5

55
22 February 1975
1 March 1975
4B
078 4 Genesis of the Daleks David Maloney Terry Nation 10.7
10.5
8.5
8.8
9.8
9.1

57

58
57
56
8 March 1975
15 March 1975
22 March 1975
29 March 1975
5 April 1975
12 April 1975
4E
079 5 Revenge of the Cybermen Michael E. Briant Gerry Davis 9.5
8.3
8.9
9.4
57


58
19 April 1975
26 April 1975
3 May 1975
10 May 1975
4D

Season 13 (1975–76)

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 would not return until Season 20 in Mawdryn Undead.

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[6]
AI[6] Original air date Production
code
080 1 Terror of the Zygons Douglas Camfield Robert Banks Stewart 8.4
6.1
8.2
7.2
59

54
30 August 1975
6 September 1975
13 September 1975
20 September 1975
4F
081 2 Planet of Evil David Maloney Louis Marks 10.4
9.9
9.1
10.1

56
57
54
27 September 1975
4 October 1975
11 October 1975
18 October 1975
4H
082 3 Pyramids of Mars Paddy Russell Stephen Harris (Lewis Greifer and Robert Holmes) 10.5
11.3
9.4
11.7



60
25 October 1975
1 November 1975
8 November 1975
15 November 1975
4G
083 4 The Android Invasion Barry Letts Terry Nation 11.9
11.3
12.1
11.4
58


22 November 1975
29 November 1975
6 December 1975
13 December 1975
4J
084 5 The Brain of Morbius Christopher Barry Robin Bland (Terrance Dicks and Robert Holmes) 9.5
9.3
10.1
10.2


57
3 January 1976
10 January 1976
17 January 1976
24 January 1976
4K
085 6 The Seeds of Doom Douglas Camfield Robert Banks Stewart 11.4
11.4
10.3
11.1
9.9
11.5
59




31 January 1976
7 February 1976
14 February 1976
21 February 1976
28 February 1976
6 March 1976
4L

Season 14 (1976–77)

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

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[6]
AI[6] Original air date Production
code
086 1 The Masque of Mandragora Rodney Bennett Louis Marks 8.3
9.8
9.2
10.6
58
56

56
4 September 1976
11 September 1976
18 September 1976
25 September 1976
4M
087 2 The Hand of Fear Lennie Mayne Bob Baker and Dave Martin 10.5
10.2
11.1
12.0


62
2 October 1976
9 October 1976
16 October 1976
23 October 1976
4N
088 3 The Deadly Assassin David Maloney Robert Holmes 11.8
12.1
13.0
11.8

59

61
30 October 1976
6 November 1976
13 November 1976
20 November 1976
4P
089 4 The Face of Evil Pennant Roberts Chris Boucher 10.7
11.1
11.3
11.7
61

59
60
1 January 1977
8 January 1977
15 January 1977
22 January 1977
4Q
090 5 The Robots of Death Michael E. Briant Chris Boucher 12.8
12.4
13.1
12.6
62


57
29 January 1977
5 February 1977
12 February 1977
19 February 1977
4R
091 6 The Talons of Weng-Chiang David Maloney Robert Holmes 11.3
9.8
10.2
11.4
10.1
9.3



60

58
26 February 1977
5 March 1977
12 March 1977
19 March 1977
26 March 1977
2 April 1977
4S

Season 15 (1977–78)

Graham Williams took over as producer from Philip Hinchcliffe. Robert Holmes was replaced as script editor by Anthony Read during The Sun Makers.

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[6]
AI[6] Original air date Production
code
092 1 Horror of Fang Rock Paddy Russell Terrance Dicks 6.8
7.1
9.8
9.9
58

60
57
3 September 1977
10 September 1977
17 September 1977
24 September 1977
4V
093 2 The Invisible Enemy Derrick Goodwin Bob Baker and Dave Martin 8.6
7.3
7.5
8.3



60
1 October 1977
8 October 1977
15 October 1977
22 October 1977
4T
094 3 Image of the Fendahl George Spenton-Foster Chris Boucher 6.7
7.5
7.9
9.1



61
29 October 1977
5 November 1977
12 November 1977
19 November 1977
4X
095 4 The Sun Makers Pennant Roberts Robert Holmes 8.5
9.5
8.9
8.4


68
59
26 November 1977
3 December 1977
10 December 1977
17 December 1977
4W
096 5 Underworld Norman Stewart Bob Baker and Dave Martin 8.9
9.1
8.9
11.7
65


7 January 1978
14 January 1978
21 January 1978
28 January 1978
4Y
097 6 The Invasion of Time Gerald Blake David Agnew
(Graham Williams and Anthony Read)
11.2
11.4
9.5
10.9
10.3
9.8
56




4 February 1978
11 February 1978
18 February 1978
25 February 1978
4 March 1978
11 March 1978
4Z

Season 16 (1978–79)

Douglas Adams took over as script editor from Anthony Read for The Armageddon Factor. 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.

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[6]
AI[6] Original air date Production
code
098 1 The Ribos Operation George Spenton-Foster Robert Holmes 8.3
8.1
7.9
8.2
59


67
2 September 1978
9 September 1978
16 September 1978
23 September 1978
5A
099 2 The Pirate Planet Pennant Roberts Douglas Adams 9.1
7.4
8.2
8.4
61

64
64
30 September 1978
7 October 1978
14 October 1978
21 October 1978
5B
100 3 The Stones of Blood Darrol Blake David Fisher 8.6
6.6
9.3
7.6



67
28 October 1978
4 November 1978
11 November 1978
18 November 1978
5C
101 4 The Androids of Tara Michael Hayes David Fisher 9.5
10.1
8.9
9.0

65

66
25 November 1978
2 December 1978
9 December 1978
16 December 1978
5D
102 5 The Power of Kroll Norman Stewart Robert Holmes 6.5
12.4
8.9
9.9



63
23 December 1978
30 December 1978
6 January 1979
13 January 1979
5E
103 6 The Armageddon Factor Michael Hayes Bob Baker and Dave Martin 7.5
8.8
7.8
8.6
8.6
9.6
65




66
20 January 1979
27 January 1979
3 February 1979
10 February 1979
17 February 1979
24 February 1979
5F

Season 17 (1979–80)

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[6]
AI[6] Original air date Production
code
104 1 Destiny of the Daleks Ken Grieve Terry Nation 13.0
12.7
13.8
14.4
67

63
64
1 September 1979
8 September 1979
15 September 1979
22 September 1979
5J
105 2 City of Death Michael Hayes David Agnew
(Douglas Adams, Graham Williams and David Fisher)
12.4
14.1
15.4
16.1

64

64
29 September 1979
6 October 1979
13 October 1979
20 October 1979
5H
106 3 The Creature from the Pit Christopher Barry David Fisher 9.3
10.8
10.2
9.6

67

27 October 1979
3 November 1979
10 November 1979
17 November 1979
5G
107 4 Nightmare of Eden Alan Bromly Bob Baker 8.7
9.6
9.6
9.4



65
24 November 1979
1 December 1979
8 December 1979
15 December 1979
5K
108 5 The Horns of Nimon Kenny McBain Anthony Read 6.0
8.8
9.8
10.4



67
22 December 1979
29 December 1979
5 January 1980
12 January 1980
5L
6 Shada Pennant Roberts Douglas Adams Unaired[γ] 5M

Season 18 (1980–81)

John Nathan-Turner replaced Graham Williams as producer. Barry Letts returned, as executive producer, for just this season. Christopher H. Bidmead replaced Douglas Adams as script editor. 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.

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[6]
AI[6] Original air date Production
code
109 1 The Leisure Hive Lovett Bickford David Fisher 5.9
5.0
5.0
4.5



65
30 August 1980
6 September 1980
13 September 1980
20 September 1980
5N
110 2 Meglos Terence Dudley John Flanagan
& Andrew McCulloch
5.0
4.2
4.7
4.7
61
64

63
27 September 1980
4 October 1980
11 October 1980
18 October 1980
5Q
111 3 Full Circle Peter Grimwade Andrew Smith 5.9
3.7
5.9
5.4



65
25 October 1980
1 November 1980
8 November 1980
15 November 1980
5R
112 4 State of Decay Peter Moffatt Terrance Dicks 5.8
5.3
4.4
5.4



69
22 November 1980
29 November 1980
6 December 1980
13 December 1980
5P
113 5 Warriors' Gate Paul Joyce
& Graeme Harper
Stephen Gallagher 7.1
6.7
8.3
7.8
59


59
3 January 1981
10 January 1981
17 January 1981
24 January 1981
5S
114 6 The Keeper of Traken John Black Johnny Byrne 7.6
6.1
5.2
6.1



63
31 January 1981
7 February 1981
14 February 1981
21 February 1981
5T
115 7 Logopolis Peter Grimwade Christopher H. Bidmead 7.7
7.7
5.8
6.1

61

65
28 February 1981
7 March 1981
14 March 1981
21 March 1981
5V

Fifth Doctor

The Fifth Doctor was portrayed by Peter Davison.

Season 19 (1982)

Antony Root took over from Bidmead as script editor for Four to Doomsday and The Visitation (the first stories produced for season 19), with Eric Saward assuming the role for the remainder of the season. The show moved from its traditional once-weekly Saturday broadcast to being broadcast twice-weekly primarily on Monday and Tuesday, 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.

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[6]
AI[6] Original air date Production
code
116 1 Castrovalva Fiona Cumming Christopher H. Bidmead 9.1
8.6
10.2
10.4
4 January 1982
5 January 1982
11 January 1982
12 January 1982
5Z
117 2 Four to Doomsday John Black Terence Dudley 8.4
8.8
8.9
9.4
18 January 1982
19 January 1982
25 January 1982
26 January 1982
5W
118 3 Kinda Peter Grimwade Christopher Bailey 8.4
9.4
8.5
8.9
1 February 1982
2 February 1982
8 February 1982
9 February 1982
5Y
119 4 The Visitation Peter Moffatt Eric Saward 9.1
9.3
9.9
10.1
15 February 1982
16 February 1982
22 February 1982
23 February 1982
5X
120 5 Black Orchid Ron Jones Terence Dudley 9.9
10.1
1 March 1982
2 March 1982
6A
121 6 Earthshock Peter Grimwade Eric Saward 9.1
8.8
9.8
9.6
8 March 1982
9 March 1982
15 March 1982
16 March 1982
6B
122 7 Time-Flight Ron Jones Peter Grimwade 10.0
8.5
8.9
8.1
23 March 1982
24 March 1982
30 March 1982
31 March 1982
6C

Season 20 (1983)

To commemorate the twentieth season, the stories in this season involve the return of previous villains. Mawdryn Undead, Terminus and Enlightenment involve the Black Guardian's plot 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.

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[6]
AI[6] Original air date Production
code
123 1 Arc of Infinity Ron Jones Johnny Byrne 7.2
7.3
6.9
7.2
69
70
67
66
3 January 1983
5 January 1983
11 January 1983
12 January 1983
6E
124 2 Snakedance Fiona Cumming Christopher Bailey 6.7
7.7
6.6
7.4
65
66
67
67
18 January 1983
19 January 1983
25 January 1983
26 January 1983
6D
125 3 Mawdryn Undead Peter Moffatt Peter Grimwade 6.5
7.5
7.4
7.7
67
70
67
68
1 February 1983
2 February 1983
8 February 1983
9 February 1983
6F
126 4 Terminus Mary Ridge Stephen Gallagher 6.8
7.5
6.5
7.4
65
67
64
67
15 February 1983
16 February 1983
22 February 1983
23 February 1983
6G
127 5 Enlightenment Fiona Cumming Barbara Clegg 6.6
7.2
6.2
7.3
67
65
68
70
1 March 1983
2 March 1983
8 March 1983
9 March 1983
6H
128 6 The King's Demons Tony Virgo Terence Dudley 5.8
7.2
65
63
15 March 1983
16 March 1983
6J
129 The Five Doctors Peter Moffatt Terrance Dicks 7.7 75 25 November 1983 6K

Season 21 (1984)

Episodes were broadcast twice weekly on Thursday and Friday evenings, with Resurrection of the Daleks broadcast on two consecutive Wednesday nights. 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.

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[6]
AI[6] Original air date Production
code
130 1 Warriors of the Deep Pennant Roberts Johnny Byrne 7.6
7.5
7.3
6.6
65
64
62
65
5 January 1984
6 January 1984
12 January 1984
13 January 1984
6L
131 2 The Awakening Michael Owen Morris Eric Pringle 7.9
6.6
65
63
19 January 1984
20 January 1984
6M
132 3 Frontios Ron Jones Christopher H. Bidmead 8.0
5.8
7.8
5.6
66
69
65
65
26 January 1984
27 January 1984
2 February 1984
3 February 1984
6N
133 4 Resurrection of the Daleks Matthew Robinson Eric Saward 7.3
8.0
69
65
8 February 1984
15 February 1984
6P
134 5 Planet of Fire Fiona Cumming Peter Grimwade 7.4
6.1
7.4
7.0
23 February 1984
24 February 1984
1 March 1984
2 March 1984
6Q
135 6 The Caves of Androzani Graeme Harper Robert Holmes 6.9
6.6
7.8
7.8
65

65
68
8 March 1984
9 March 1984
15 March 1984
16 March 1984
6R

Sixth Doctor

The Sixth Doctor was portrayed by Colin Baker.

Season 21 (1984) continued

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[6]
AI[6] Original air date Production
code
136 7 The Twin Dilemma Peter Moffatt Anthony Steven 7.6
7.4
7.0
6.3
61
66
59
67
22 March 1984
23 March 1984
29 March 1984
30 March 1984
6S

Season 22 (1985)

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.

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[6]
AI[6] Original air date Production
code
137 1 Attack of the Cybermen Matthew Robinson Paula Moore 8.9
7.2
61
65
5 January 1985
12 January 1985
6T
138 2 Vengeance on Varos Ron Jones Philip Martin 7.2
7.0
63
65
19 January 1985
26 January 1985
6V
139 3 The Mark of the Rani Sarah Hellings Pip and Jane Baker 6.3
7.3
64
64
2 February 1985
9 February 1985
6X
140 4 The Two Doctors Peter Moffatt Robert Holmes 6.6
6.0
6.9
65
62
65
16 February 1985
23 February 1985
2 March 1985
6W
141 5 Timelash Pennant Roberts Glen McCoy 6.7
7.4
66
64
9 March 1985
16 March 1985
6Y
142 6 Revelation of the Daleks Graeme Harper Eric Saward 7.4
7.7
67
65
23 March 1985
30 March 1985
6Z

Season 23 (1986)

After an 18-month production hiatus, the series returned. Eric Saward was script editor up to part eight, when Nathan-Turner unofficially took over script editing the remainder of the season because of Saward's departure. 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 working titles[9] (listed below) but the season was broadcast as one fourteen-part story and the working 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.

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[6]
AI[6] Original air date Production
code
143a 1 The Mysterious Planet Nicholas Mallett Robert Holmes 4.9
4.9
3.9
3.7
72
69
70
72
6 September 1986
13 September 1986
20 September 1986
27 September 1986
7A
143b 2 Mindwarp Ron Jones Philip Martin 4.8
4.6
5.1
5.0
71
69
66
72
4 October 1986
11 October 1986
18 October 1986
25 October 1986
7B
143c 3 Terror of the Vervoids Chris Clough Pip and Jane Baker 5.2
4.6
5.3
5.3
66
69
69
69
1 November 1986
8 November 1986
15 November 1986
22 November 1986
7C
143d 4 The Ultimate Foe Chris Clough Robert Holmes
Pip and Jane Baker
4.4
5.6
69
69
29 November 1986
6 December 1986
7C

Seventh Doctor

The Seventh Doctor was portrayed by Sylvester McCoy.

Season 24 (1987)

Andrew Cartmel took over as script editor. This season was moved to a Monday schedule.

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[6]
AI[6] Original air date Production
code
144 1 Time and the Rani Andrew Morgan Pip and Jane Baker 5.1
4.2
4.3
4.9
58
63
57
59
7 September 1987
14 September 1987
21 September 1987
28 September 1987
7D
145 2 Paradise Towers Nicholas Mallett Stephen Wyatt 4.5
5.2
5.0
5.0
61
58
58
57
5 October 1987
12 October 1987
19 October 1987
26 October 1987
7E
146 3 Delta and the Bannermen Chris Clough Malcolm Kohll 5.3
5.1
5.4
63
60
60
2 November 1987
9 November 1987
16 November 1987
7F
147 4 Dragonfire Chris Clough Ian Briggs 5.5
5.0
4.7
61
61
64
23 November 1987
30 November 1987
7 December 1987
7G

Season 25 (1988–89)

The series was moved to Wednesdays.

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[6]
AI[6] Original air date Production
code
148 1 Remembrance of the Daleks Andrew Morgan Ben Aaronovitch 5.5
5.8
5.1
5.0
68
69
70
72
5 October 1988
12 October 1988
19 October 1988
26 October 1988
7H
149 2 The Happiness Patrol Chris Clough Graeme Curry 5.3
4.6
5.3
67
65
65
2 November 1988
9 November 1988
16 November 1988
7L
150 3 Silver Nemesis Chris Clough Kevin Clarke 6.1
5.2
5.2
71
70
70
23 November 1988
30 November 1988
7 December 1988[11]
7K
151 4 The Greatest Show in the Galaxy Alan Wareing Stephen Wyatt 5.0
5.3
4.8
6.6
68
66
69
64
14 December 1988
21 December 1988
28 December 1988
4 January 1989
7J

Season 26 (1989)

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.

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[6]
AI[6] Original air date Production
code
152 1 Battlefield Michael Kerrigan Ben Aaronovitch 3.1
3.9
3.6
4.0
69
68
67
65
6 September 1989
13 September 1989
20 September 1989
27 September 1989
7N
153 2 Ghost Light Alan Wareing Marc Platt 4.2
4.0
4.0
68
68
64
4 October 1989
11 October 1989
18 October 1989
7Q
154 3 The Curse of Fenric Nicholas Mallett Ian Briggs 4.3
4.0
4.0
4.2
67
68
68
68
25 October 1989
1 November 1989
8 November 1989
15 November 1989
7M
155 4 Survival Alan Wareing Rona Munro 5.0
4.8
5.0
69
69
71
22 November 1989
29 November 1989
6 December 1989
7P

Eighth Doctor

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. However, producer Philip Segal later suggested Enemy Within as an alternative title. Lacking any other specific name, many fans have adopted this to refer to the movie. Fan groups have also used other informal titles. 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".

Television movie (1996)

Story Episode Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[6]
AI[6] Original air date Production
code
156 Doctor Who Geoffrey Sax Matthew Jacobs 9.08 75 12 May 1996 (Canada)
14 May 1996 (USA)
27 May 1996 (UK)
TVM[ε]

Ninth Doctor

In 2005, the BBC relaunched Doctor Who after a 16-year absence from episodic television, with Russell T Davies, Julie Gardner and Mal Young as executive producers, Phil Collinson as producer, and Christopher Eccleston taking the lead role of the Ninth Doctor.

The revival adheres to the original continuity. The new series is formatted to a 16:9 widescreen display ratio, and a standard episode length of 45 minutes. For the first time since the 1965/66 season each episode has an individual title, although most stories do not span more than one episode. The show also returned to its traditional Saturday evening slot.

Series 1 (2005)

Main article: Doctor Who (series 1)

The 2005 series constitutes a loose story arc, dealing with the consequences of the Time War and the mysterious Bad Wolf.

Story Episode Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[6]
AI[6] Original air date Production
code
157 1 "Rose" Keith Boak Russell T Davies 10.81 81 26 March 2005 (2005-03-26) 1.1
158 2 "The End of the World" Euros Lyn Russell T Davies 7.97 79 2 April 2005 (2005-04-02) 1.2
159 3 "The Unquiet Dead" Euros Lyn Mark Gatiss 8.86 80 9 April 2005 (2005-04-09) 1.3
160a 4 "Aliens of London" Keith Boak Russell T Davies 7.63 81 16 April 2005 (2005-04-16) 1.4
160b 5 "World War Three" Keith Boak Russell T Davies 7.98 82 23 April 2005 (2005-04-23) 1.5
161 6 "Dalek" Joe Ahearne Robert Shearman 8.63 84 30 April 2005 (2005-04-30) 1.6
162 7 "The Long Game" Brian Grant Russell T Davies 8.01 81 7 May 2005 (2005-05-07) 1.7
163 8 "Father's Day" Joe Ahearne Paul Cornell 8.06 83 14 May 2005 (2005-05-14) 1.8
164a 9 "The Empty Child" James Hawes Steven Moffat 7.11 84 21 May 2005 (2005-05-21) 1.9
164b 10 "The Doctor Dances" James Hawes Steven Moffat 6.86 85 28 May 2005 (2005-05-28) 1.10
165 11 "Boom Town" Joe Ahearne Russell T Davies 7.68 82 4 June 2005 (2005-06-04) 1.11
166a 12 "Bad Wolf" Joe Ahearne Russell T Davies 6.81 85 11 June 2005 (2005-06-11) 1.12
166b 13 "The Parting of the Ways" Joe Ahearne Russell T Davies 6.91 89 18 June 2005 (2005-06-18) 1.13

Tenth Doctor

The Tenth Doctor was portrayed by David Tennant, who was cast before the first series aired.[15] Mal Young vacated his position as executive producer when he departed the BBC after Series 1. He was not replaced in that capacity.

Series 2 (2006)

Main article: Doctor Who (series 2)

The back-story for the spin-off series Torchwood is "seeded" in various episodes in the 2006 series. Each episode also has an accompanying online Tardisode.

Story Episode Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[6]
AI[6] Original air date Production
code
167 "The Christmas Invasion" James Hawes Russell T Davies 9.84 84 25 December 2005 (2005-12-25) 2X
168 1 "New Earth" James Hawes Russell T Davies 8.62 85 15 April 2006 (2006-04-15) 2.1
169 2 "Tooth and Claw" Euros Lyn Russell T Davies 9.24 83 22 April 2006 (2006-04-22) 2.2
170 3 "School Reunion" James Hawes Toby Whithouse 8.31 85 29 April 2006 (2006-04-29) 2.3
171 4 "The Girl in the Fireplace" Euros Lyn Steven Moffat 7.90 84 6 May 2006 (2006-05-06) 2.4
172a 5 "Rise of the Cybermen" Graeme Harper Tom MacRae 9.22 86 13 May 2006 (2006-05-13) 2.5
172b 6 "The Age of Steel" Graeme Harper Tom MacRae 7.63 86 20 May 2006 (2006-05-20) 2.6
173 7 "The Idiot's Lantern" Euros Lyn Mark Gatiss 6.76 84 27 May 2006 (2006-05-27) 2.7
174a 8 "The Impossible Planet" James Strong Matt Jones 6.32 85 3 June 2006 (2006-06-03) 2.8
174b 9 "The Satan Pit" James Strong Matt Jones 6.08 86 10 June 2006 (2006-06-10) 2.9
175 10 "Love & Monsters" Dan Zeff Russell T Davies 6.66 76 17 June 2006 (2006-06-17) 2.10
176 11 "Fear Her" Euros Lyn Matthew Graham 7.14 83 24 June 2006 (2006-06-24) 2.11
177a 12 "Army of Ghosts" Graeme Harper Russell T Davies 8.19 86 1 July 2006 (2006-07-01) 2.12
177b 13 "Doomsday" Graeme Harper Russell T Davies 8.22 89 8 July 2006 (2006-07-08) 2.13

Series 3 (2007)

Main article: Doctor Who (series 3)

This series introduces Martha Jones and deals with the Face of Boe's final message, the mysterious Mr. Saxon, and the Doctor dealing with the loss of Rose Tyler. Susie Liggat was the producer for "Human Nature" and "The Family of Blood", with Phil Collinson credited as executive producer for those episodes.

Story Episode Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[6]
AI[6] Original air date Production
code
178 "The Runaway Bride" Euros Lyn Russell T Davies 9.35 84 25 December 2006 (2006-12-25) 3X
179 1 "Smith and Jones" Charles Palmer Russell T Davies 8.71 88 31 March 2007 (2007-03-31) 3.1
180 2 "The Shakespeare Code" Charles Palmer Gareth Roberts 7.23 87 7 April 2007 (2007-04-07) 3.2
181 3 "Gridlock" Richard Clark Russell T Davies 8.41 85 14 April 2007 (2007-04-14) 3.3
182a 4 "Daleks in Manhattan" James Strong Helen Raynor 6.69 86 21 April 2007 (2007-04-21) 3.4
182b 5 "Evolution of the Daleks" James Strong Helen Raynor 6.97 85 28 April 2007 (2007-04-28) 3.5
183 6 "The Lazarus Experiment" Richard Clark Stephen Greenhorn 7.19 86 5 May 2007 (2007-05-05) 3.6
184 7 "42" Graeme Harper Chris Chibnall 7.41 85 19 May 2007 (2007-05-19) 3.7
185a 8 "Human Nature" Charles Palmer Paul Cornell 7.74 86 26 May 2007 (2007-05-26) 3.8
185b 9 "The Family of Blood" Charles Palmer Paul Cornell 7.21 86 2 June 2007 (2007-06-02) 3.9
186 10 "Blink" Hettie MacDonald Steven Moffat 6.62 87 9 June 2007 (2007-06-09) 3.10
187a 11 "Utopia" Graeme Harper Russell T Davies 7.84 87 16 June 2007 (2007-06-16) 3.11
187b 12 "The Sound of Drums" Colin Teague Russell T Davies 7.51 87 23 June 2007 (2007-06-23) 3.12
187c 13 "Last of the Time Lords" Colin Teague Russell T Davies 8.61 88 30 June 2007 (2007-06-30) 3.13

Series 4 (2008)

Main article: Doctor Who (series 4)

This series explores the coincidences binding the Doctor and Donna together. Susie Liggat was the producer for "Planet of the Ood", "The Sontaran Stratagem", "The Poison Sky", "The Unicorn and the Wasp" and "Turn Left", with Phil Collinson credited as executive producer for those episodes. Phil Collinson left the position of producer at the end of the series.

Story Episode Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[6]
AI[6] Original air date Production
code
188 "Voyage of the Damned" James Strong Russell T Davies 13.31 86 25 December 2007 (2007-12-25) 4X
189 1 "Partners in Crime" James Strong Russell T Davies 9.14 88 5 April 2008 (2008-04-05) 4.1
190 2 "The Fires of Pompeii" Colin Teague James Moran & Russell T. Davies 9.04 87 12 April 2008 (2008-04-12) 4.3
191 3 "Planet of the Ood" Graeme Harper Keith Temple 7.50 87 19 April 2008 (2008-04-19) 4.2
192a 4 "The Sontaran Stratagem" Douglas Mackinnon Helen Raynor 7.06 87 26 April 2008 (2008-04-26) 4.4
192b 5 "The Poison Sky" Douglas Mackinnon Helen Raynor 6.53 88 3 May 2008 (2008-05-03) 4.5
193 6 "The Doctor's Daughter" Alice Troughton Stephen Greenhorn 7.33 88 10 May 2008 (2008-05-10) 4.6
194 7 "The Unicorn and the Wasp" Graeme Harper Gareth Roberts 8.41 86 17 May 2008 (2008-05-17) 4.7
195a 8 "Silence in the Library" Euros Lyn Steven Moffat 6.27 89 31 May 2008 (2008-05-31) 4.9
195b 9 "Forest of the Dead" Euros Lyn Steven Moffat 7.84 89 7 June 2008 (2008-06-07) 4.10
196 10 "Midnight" Alice Troughton Russell T Davies 8.05 86 14 June 2008 (2008-06-14) 4.8
197 11 "Turn Left" Graeme Harper Russell T Davies 8.09 88 21 June 2008 (2008-06-21) 4.11
198a 12 "The Stolen Earth" Graeme Harper Russell T Davies 8.78 91 28 June 2008 (2008-06-28) 4.12
198b 13 "Journey's End" Graeme Harper Russell T Davies 10.57 91 5 July 2008 (2008-07-05) 4.13

Specials (2008–10)

From "Planet of the Dead", episodes were filmed in HD.[16] Susie Liggat produced "The Next Doctor", while Nikki Wilson produced "The Waters of Mars" and Tracie Simpson produced "Planet of the Dead" and The End of Time. For practical reasons, these specials continued to use Series 4 production codes.

Story Episode Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[6]
AI[6] Original air date Production
code
199 1 "The Next Doctor" Andy Goddard Russell T Davies 13.10 86 25 December 2008 (2008-12-25) 4.14
200 2 "Planet of the Dead" James Strong Russell T Davies & Gareth Roberts 9.75 88 11 April 2009 (2009-04-11) 4.15
201 3 "The Waters of Mars" Graeme Harper Russell T Davies & Phil Ford 10.32 88 15 November 2009 (2009-11-15) 4.16
202a 4 The End of Time
"Part One"
Euros Lyn Russell T Davies 12.04 87 25 December 2009 (2009-12-25) 4.17
202b 5 The End of Time
"Part Two"
Euros Lyn Russell T Davies 12.27 89 1 January 2010 (2010-01-01) 4.18

Eleventh Doctor

The Eleventh Doctor was portrayed by Matt Smith. Steven Moffat took over as head writer and executive producer after Russell T Davies stepped down. Julie Gardner also stepped down as executive producer and was replaced by Piers Wenger and Beth Willis.

Series 5 (2010)

Main article: Doctor Who (series 5)

Tracie Simpson and Peter Bennett shared producer duties for this series only, with Patrick Schweitzer co-producing with Simpson for "The Vampires of Venice" and "Vincent and the Doctor".

Story Episode Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[6]
AI[6] Original air date Production
code
203 1 "The Eleventh Hour" Adam Smith Steven Moffat 10.09 86 3 April 2010 (2010-04-03) 1.1
204 2 "The Beast Below" Andrew Gunn Steven Moffat 8.42 86 10 April 2010 (2010-04-10) 1.2
205 3 "Victory of the Daleks" Andrew Gunn Mark Gatiss 8.21 84 17 April 2010 (2010-04-17) 1.3
206a 4 "The Time of Angels" Adam Smith Steven Moffat 8.59 87 24 April 2010 (2010-04-24) 1.4
206b 5 "Flesh and Stone" Adam Smith Steven Moffat 8.50 86 1 May 2010 (2010-05-01) 1.5
207 6 "The Vampires of Venice" Jonny Campbell Toby Whithouse 7.68 86 8 May 2010 (2010-05-08) 1.6
208 7 "Amy's Choice" Catherine Morshead Simon Nye 7.55 84 15 May 2010 (2010-05-15) 1.7
209a 8 "The Hungry Earth" Ashley Way Chris Chibnall 6.49 86 22 May 2010 (2010-05-22) 1.8
209b 9 "Cold Blood" Ashley Way Chris Chibnall 7.49 85 29 May 2010 (2010-05-29) 1.9
210 10 "Vincent and the Doctor" Jonny Campbell Richard Curtis 6.76 86 5 June 2010 (2010-06-05) 1.10
211 11 "The Lodger" Catherine Morshead Gareth Roberts 6.44 87 12 June 2010 (2010-06-12) 1.11
212a 12 "The Pandorica Opens" Toby Haynes Steven Moffat 7.57 88 19 June 2010 (2010-06-19) 1.12
212b 13 "The Big Bang" Toby Haynes Steven Moffat 6.70 89 26 June 2010 (2010-06-26) 1.13

Series 6 (2011)

Main article: Doctor Who (series 6)

The original transmission of series 6 was split into two parts, with the first seven episodes airing April to June 2011 and the final six from late August to October 2011. Sanne Wohlenberg continued as producer for the first block of filming, consisting of "The Doctor's Wife" and "Night Terrors". Marcus Wilson then took over as series producer, with Denise Paul producing "Closing Time".

Story Episode Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[6]
AI[6] Original air date Production
code
213 "A Christmas Carol" Toby Haynes Steven Moffat 12.11 83 25 December 2010 (2010-12-25) 2.X
214a 1 "The Impossible Astronaut" Toby Haynes Steven Moffat 8.86 88 23 April 2011 (2011-04-23) 2.1
214b 2 "Day of the Moon" Toby Haynes Steven Moffat 7.30 87 30 April 2011 (2011-04-30) 2.2
215 3 "The Curse of the Black Spot" Jeremy Webb Stephen Thompson 7.85 86 7 May 2011 (2011-05-07) 2.9
216 4 "The Doctor's Wife" Richard Clark Neil Gaiman 7.97 87 14 May 2011 (2011-05-14) 2.3
217a 5 "The Rebel Flesh" Julian Simpson Matthew Graham 7.35 85 21 May 2011 (2011-05-21) 2.5
217b 6 "The Almost People" Julian Simpson Matthew Graham 6.72 86 28 May 2011 (2011-05-28) 2.6
218 7 "A Good Man Goes to War" Peter Hoar Steven Moffat 7.51 88 4 June 2011 (2011-06-04) 2.7
219 8 "Let's Kill Hitler" Richard Senior Steven Moffat 8.10 85 27 August 2011 (2011-08-27) 2.8
220 9 "Night Terrors" Richard Clark Mark Gatiss 7.07 86 3 September 2011 (2011-09-03) 2.4
221 10 "The Girl Who Waited" Nick Hurran Tom MacRae 7.60 85 10 September 2011 (2011-09-10) 2.10
222 11 "The God Complex" Nick Hurran Toby Whithouse 6.77 86 17 September 2011 (2011-09-17) 2.11
223 12 "Closing Time" Steve Hughes Gareth Roberts 6.93 86 24 September 2011 (2011-09-24) 2.12
224 13 "The Wedding of River Song" Jeremy Webb Steven Moffat 7.67 86 1 October 2011 (2011-10-01) 2.13

Series 7 (2012–13)

Main article: Doctor Who (series 7)

Series 7 started with five episodes in late 2012, followed by a Christmas special and eight episodes in 2013. From this series on, the use of production codes were abandoned. The Christmas special had Steven Moffat, Wenger and Caroline Skinner as executive producers.[17] Beth Willis left the BBC and stepped down as executive producer after series 6[18] and Wenger also departed following the Christmas special, leaving Moffat and Skinner as executive producers for series 7.[19] Denise Paul produced "The Bells of Saint John", "The Rings of Akhaten", "Nightmare in Silver" and "The Name of the Doctor" with Marcus Wilson credited as series producer on those episodes.[citation needed]

Story Episode Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[6]
AI[6] Original air date
225 "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe" Farren Blackburn Steven Moffat 10.77 84 25 December 2011 (2011-12-25)
226 1 "Asylum of the Daleks" Nick Hurran Steven Moffat 8.33 89 1 September 2012 (2012-09-01)
227 2 "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship" Saul Metzstein Chris Chibnall 7.57 87 8 September 2012 (2012-09-08)
228 3 "A Town Called Mercy" Saul Metzstein Toby Whithouse 8.42 85 15 September 2012 (2012-09-15)
229 4 "The Power of Three" Douglas Mackinnon Chris Chibnall 7.67 87 22 September 2012 (2012-09-22)
230 5 "The Angels Take Manhattan" Nick Hurran Steven Moffat 7.82 88 29 September 2012 (2012-09-29)
231 "The Snowmen" Saul Metzstein Steven Moffat 9.87 87 25 December 2012
232 6 "The Bells of Saint John" Colm McCarthy Steven Moffat 8.44 87 30 March 2013 (2013-03-30)
233 7 "The Rings of Akhaten" Farren Blackburn Neil Cross 7.45 84 6 April 2013 (2013-04-06)
234 8 "Cold War" Douglas Mackinnon Mark Gatiss 7.37 84 13 April 2013 (2013-04-13)
235 9 "Hide" Jamie Payne Neil Cross 6.61 85 20 April 2013 (2013-04-20)
236 10 "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS" Mat King Stephen Thompson 6.50 85 27 April 2013 (2013-04-27)
237 11 "The Crimson Horror" Saul Metzstein Mark Gatiss 6.47 85 4 May 2013 (2013-05-04)
238 12 "Nightmare in Silver" Stephen Woolfenden Neil Gaiman 6.64 84 11 May 2013 (2013-05-11)
239 13 "The Name of the Doctor" Saul Metzstein Steven Moffat 7.45 88 18 May 2013 (2013-05-18)

Specials (2013)

Following Caroline Skinner's departure, BBC Wales' Head of Drama, Faith Penhale, served as Executive Producer with Moffat for the 50th anniversary special;[20] Brian Minchin, previously a script editor in series 5, took over the role thereafter.[21] Marcus Wilson left the position of producer following the Christmas special.

Story Episode Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[6]
AI[6] Original air date
240 1 "The Day of the Doctor" Nick Hurran Steven Moffat 12.80 88 23 November 2013 (2013-11-23)
241 2 "The Time of the Doctor" Jamie Payne Steven Moffat 11.14 83 25 December 2013 (2013-12-25)

Twelfth Doctor

The Twelfth Doctor is portrayed by Peter Capaldi.

Series 8 (2014)

Main article: Doctor Who (series 8)

Nikki Wilson and Peter Bennett returned as producers, with Paul Frift producing "In the Forest of the Night".

Story Episode Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[6]
AI[6] Original air date
242 1 "Deep Breath" Ben Wheatley Steven Moffat 9.17 82 23 August 2014 (2014-08-23)
243 2 "Into the Dalek" Ben Wheatley Phil Ford & Steven Moffat 7.29 84 30 August 2014 (2014-08-30)
244 3 "Robot of Sherwood" Paul Murphy Mark Gatiss 7.28 82 6 September 2014 (2014-09-06)
245 4 "Listen" Douglas Mackinnon Steven Moffat 7.01 82 13 September 2014 (2014-09-13)
246 5 "Time Heist" Douglas Mackinnon Stephen Thompson & Steven Moffat 6.99 84 20 September 2014 (2014-09-20)
247 6 "The Caretaker" Paul Murphy Gareth Roberts & Steven Moffat 6.82 83 27 September 2014 (2014-09-27)
248 7 "Kill the Moon" Paul Wilmshurst Peter Harness 6.91 82 4 October 2014 (2014-10-04)
249 8 "Mummy on the Orient Express" Paul Wilmshurst Jamie Mathieson 7.11 85 11 October 2014 (2014-10-11)
250 9 "Flatline" Douglas Mackinnon Jamie Mathieson 6.71 85 18 October 2014 (2014-10-18)
251 10 "In the Forest of the Night" Sheree Folkson Frank Cottrell Boyce 6.92 83 25 October 2014 (2014-10-25)
252a 11 "Dark Water" Rachel Talalay Steven Moffat 7.34 85 1 November 2014 (2014-11-01)
252b 12 "Death in Heaven" Rachel Talalay Steven Moffat 7.60 83 8 November 2014 (2014-11-08)

Series 9

Main article: Doctor Who (series 9)

Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman will both return for the ninth series.[22][23] Moffat will write the opening and closing stories, as well as an episode with eighth series writer Jamie Mathieson.[24] Catherine Tregenna will write the sixth episode, entitled "The Woman Who Lived", whilst Toby Whithouse will write his first two-part story for this series.[24][25]

Story Episode Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
(million)[6]
AI[6] Original air date
253 "Last Christmas" Paul Wilmshurst Steven Moffat 8.28 82 25 December 2014 (2014-12-25)
254a 1 "The Magician's Apprentice"[26] Hettie MacDonald[27] Steven Moffat[28] TBA TBA Autumn 2015[5]
254b 2 "The Witch's Familiar"[29] Hettie MacDonald[29] Steven Moffat[29] TBA TBA TBA
255a 3 TBA Daniel O'Hara[5] Toby Whithouse[30] TBA TBA TBA
255b 4 TBA Daniel O'Hara[5] Toby Whithouse[30] TBA TBA TBA
256a 5 "The Girl Who Died"[24] Ed Bazalgette[24] Jamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat[24] TBA TBA TBA
256b 6 "The Woman Who Lived"[24] Ed Bazalgette[24] Catherine Tregenna[24] TBA TBA TBA


See also

Footnotes

  1. ^ One-off episodes such as Christmas specials, although particular to a season or series, are not reflected in the overall ratings.
  2. ^ Although technically the sixteenth season, the season was known by its subtitle, The Key to Time.
  3. ^ a b 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.
  4. ^ Although technically the twenty-third season, the season was known by its subtitle, The Trial of a Time Lord.
  5. ^ "TVM" is used in the BBC's online episode guide.[12] The actual code used during production is 50/LDX071Y/01X.[13] Doctor Who Magazine‍ '​s "Complete Eighth Doctor Special" gives the production code as #83705.[14] Big Finish Productions uses the code 8A, and numbers its subsequent Eighth Doctor stories correspondingly.

References

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  2. ^ Howe, David J.; Walker, Stephen James (2003) [1998]. "The Trial of a Time Lord: 1–4 : Details". Doctor Who: The Television Companion. BBC Doctor Who website. Retrieved 27 October 2007. 
  3. ^ Cornell, Paul; Day, Martin and Topping, Keith (1995). "The Five Doctors: Details". Doctor Who: The Discontinuity Guide. BBC Doctor Who website. Retrieved 27 October 2007. 
  4. ^ Spilsbury, Tom (22 April 2009). "The Mighty 200!". Doctor Who Magazine (Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent: Panini Comics) (407): 26–29. 
  5. ^ a b c d The Doctor Who Team (14 January 2015). "Filming Begins on Doctor Who, Series 9". Doctor Who. BBC One. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  6. ^ 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 be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo bp bq br bs bt bu bv bw bx by bz ca cb "Ratings Guide". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Tom Baker". BBC Doctor Who website. 12 August 2004. Archived from the original on 29 December 2008. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  8. ^ BBC - Doctor Who Classic Episode Guide - The Mark of the Rani - Index
  9. ^ "Doctor Who – Classic Series – Episode Guide – Second Doctor Index". BBC. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  10. ^ Sullivan, Shannon (7 August 2007). "Silver Nemesis". A Brief History of Time Travel. Retrieved 30 August 2008. 
  11. ^ 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.[10]
  12. ^ Howe, David J.; Walker, Stephen James. "The TV Movie: Details". Doctor Who: The Television Companion. BBC Doctor Who website. Retrieved 26 July 2007. 
  13. ^ Segal, Philip; Russell, Gary (2000). Doctor Who: Regeneration. HarperCollinsEntertainment. ISBN 0-00-710591-6. 
  14. ^ "The DWM Archive: Doctor Who (1996) – In Production". Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition (5). 3 September 2003. p. 69. ISSN 0957-9818. 
  15. ^ "Bad Wolf" / "The Parting of the Ways" at Doctor Who: A Brief History Of Time (Travel) Retrieved 28 November 2007.
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  19. ^ "Doctor Who executive Piers Wenger leaves BBC for Film4". BBC News. 26 May 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  20. ^ "Caroline Skinner steps down as Executive Producer of Doctor Who". Media Centre. BBC. 13 March 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
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