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 25 December 2017, 840 episodes of Doctor Who have aired, concluding the tenth series. This includes one television movie and multiple specials, and encompasses 276 stories over 36 seasons. 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] In June 2017, it was announced that due to the terms of a deal between BBC Worldwide and SMG Pictures in China, the company has first right of refusal on the purchase for the Chinese market of future series of the programme until and including Series 15.[2][3]

Doctor Who ceased production in 1989, then 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 below titles 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. The practice of individual episode titles resurfaces in the show's 2005 revival, with its altered story structure compared to the 20th century production.

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 and, in many cases, 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 not official designations; they are meant as a rough guide to placement in the overall context of the programme. 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,[4] and whether the unfinished serial Shada should be included.[5] The numbering scheme in this list reflects an internal practice of describing "Planet of the Dead" (2009) as the 200th story.[6] 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; singular specials are not included in episode counts or viewer totals.

Season / SeriesEraDoctorSerialsEpisodesOriginally airedAverage viewers
(millions)
First airedLast aired
Season 1Classic eraFirst Doctor84223 November 1963 (1963-11-23)12 September 1964 (1964-09-12)8.08
Season 293931 October 1964 (1964-10-31)24 July 1965 (1965-07-24)10.46
Season 3104511 September 1965 (1965-09-11)16 July 1966 (1966-07-16)8.65
Season 4[a]Second Doctor94310 September 1966 (1966-09-10)1 July 1967 (1967-07-01)6.05
Season 57402 September 1967 (1967-09-02)1 June 1968 (1968-06-01)7.23
Season 674410 August 1968 (1968-08-10)21 June 1969 (1969-06-21)6.38
Season 7Third Doctor4253 January 1970 (1970-01-03)20 June 1970 (1970-06-20)7.17
Season 85252 January 1971 (1971-01-02)19 June 1971 (1971-06-19)7.96
Season 95261 January 1972 (1972-01-01)24 June 1972 (1972-06-24)8.30
Season 1052630 December 1972 (1972-12-30)23 June 1973 (1973-06-23)8.87
Season 1152615 December 1973 (1973-12-15)8 June 1974 (1974-06-08)8.78
Season 12Fourth Doctor52028 December 1974 (1974-12-28)10 May 1975 (1975-05-10)10.00
Season 1362630 August 1975 (1975-08-30)6 March 1976 (1976-03-06)10.14
Season 146264 September 1976 (1976-09-04)2 April 1977 (1977-04-02)11.08
Season 156263 September 1977 (1977-09-03)11 March 1978 (1978-03-11)8.98
Season 16[b]6262 September 1978 (1978-09-02)24 February 1979 (1979-02-24)8.61
Season 175[c]201 September 1979 (1979-09-01)12 January 1980 (1980-01-12)11.21
Season 1872830 August 1980 (1980-08-30)21 March 1981 (1981-03-21)5.82
Season 19Fifth Doctor7264 January 1982 (1982-01-04)30 March 1982 (1982-03-30)9.24
Season 206223 January 1983 (1983-01-03)16 March 1983 (1983-03-16)7.03
Season 21[d]7245 January 1984 (1984-01-05)30 March 1984 (1984-03-30)7.14
Season 22Sixth Doctor6135 January 1985 (1985-01-05)30 March 1985 (1985-03-30)7.12
Season 23[e]4146 September 1986 (1986-09-06)6 December 1986 (1986-12-06)4.81
Season 24Seventh Doctor4147 September 1987 (1987-09-07)7 December 1987 (1987-12-07)4.94
Season 254145 October 1988 (1988-10-05)4 January 1989 (1989-01-04)5.34
Season 264146 September 1989 (1989-09-06)6 December 1989 (1989-12-06)4.15
TV movieTV movieEighth Doctor1112 May 1996 (1996-05-12)9.08
Series 1Revived eraNinth Doctor101326 March 2005 (2005-03-26)18 June 2005 (2005-06-18)7.95
Series 2Tenth Doctor101315 April 2006 (2006-04-15)8 July 2006 (2006-07-08)7.71
Series 391331 March 2007 (2007-03-31)30 June 2007 (2007-06-30)7.55
Series 410135 April 2008 (2008-04-05)5 July 2008 (2008-07-05)8.05
Specials4525 December 2008 (2008-12-25)1 January 2010 (2010-01-01)11.50
Series 5Eleventh Doctor10133 April 2010 (2010-04-03)26 June 2010 (2010-06-26)7.73
Series 6111323 April 2011 (2011-04-23)1 October 2011 (2011-10-01)7.52
Series 713131 September 2012 (2012-09-01)18 May 2013 (2013-05-18)7.44
Specials2223 November 2013 (2013-11-23)25 December 2013 (2013-12-25)11.97
Series 8Twelfth Doctor111223 August 2014 (2014-08-23)8 November 2014 (2014-11-08)7.26
Series 991219 September 2015 (2015-09-19)5 December 2015 (2015-12-05)6.03
Series 10111215 April 2017 (2017-04-15)1 July 2017 (2017-07-01)5.45
Series 11Thirteenth Doctor10[7]10[8]October 2018 (2018-10)[9]TBATBA
  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. ^ Also known by its subtitle, The Trial of a Time Lord.

Episodes[edit]

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]

StorySerialTitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [10]
AI[10]
11An Unearthly Child
"An Unearthly Child"
"The Cave of Skulls"
"The Forest of Fear"
"The Firemaker"
Waris HusseinAnthony Coburn
23 November 1963 (1963-11-23)
30 November 1963
7 December 1963
14 December 1963
A
4.4
5.9
6.9
6.4

63
59
56
55
22The Daleks
"The Dead Planet"
"The Survivors"
"The Escape"
"The Ambush"
"The Expedition"
"The Ordeal"
"The Rescue"
Richard Martin and Christopher BarryTerry Nation
21 December 1963 (1963-12-21)
28 December 1963
4 January 1964
11 January 1964
18 January 1964
25 January 1964
1 February 1964
B
6.9
6.4
8.9
9.9
9.9
10.4
10.4

59
58
63
63
63
63
65
33The Edge of Destruction
"The Edge of Destruction"
"The Brink of Disaster"
Richard Martin
and Frank Cox
David Whitaker
8 February 1964 (1964-02-08)
15 February 1964
C
10.4
9.9

61
60
44Marco 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 CrockettJohn Lucarotti
22 February 1964 (1964-02-22)
29 February 1964
7 March 1964
14 March 1964
21 March 1964
28 March 1964
4 April 1964
D
9.4
9.4
9.4
9.9
9.4
8.4
10.4

63
62
62
60
59
59
59
55The 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 GorrieTerry Nation
11 April 1964 (1964-04-11)
18 April 1964
25 April 1964
2 May 1964
9 May 1964
16 May 1964
E
9.9
9.4
9.9
10.4
7.9
6.9

62
60
61
60
61
63
66The Aztecs
"The Temple of Evil"
"The Warriors of Death"
"The Bride of Sacrifice"
"The Day of Darkness"
John CrockettJohn Lucarotti
23 May 1964 (1964-05-23)
30 May 1964
6 June 1964
13 June 1964
F
7.4
7.4
7.9
7.4

62
62
57
58
77The Sensorites
"Strangers in Space"
"The Unwilling Warriors"
"Hidden Danger"
"A Race Against Death"
"Kidnap"
"A Desperate Venture"
Mervyn Pinfield and Frank CoxPeter R. Newman
20 June 1964 (1964-06-20)
27 June 1964
11 July 1964
18 July 1964
25 July 1964
1 August 1964
G
7.9
6.9
7.4
5.5
6.9
6.9

59
59
56
60
57
57
88The 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 GorrieDennis Spooner
8 August 1964 (1964-08-08)
15 August 1964
22 August 1964
29 August 1964
5 September 1964
12 September 1964
H
6.9
6.9
6.9
6.4
6.9
6.4

58
54
55
53
53
55

^† Episode is missing

Season 2 (1964–1965) [edit]

StorySerialTitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [10]
AI [10]
91Planet of Giants
"Planet of Giants"
"Dangerous Journey"
"Crisis"
Mervyn Pinfield and Douglas CamfieldLouis Marks
31 October 1964 (1964-10-31)
7 November 1964
14 November 1964
J
8.4
8.4
8.9

57
58
59
102The Dalek Invasion of Earth
"World's End"
"The Daleks"
"Day of Reckoning"
"The End of Tomorrow"
"The Waking Ally"
"Flashpoint"
Richard MartinTerry Nation
21 November 1964 (1964-11-21)
28 November 1964
5 December 1964
12 December 1964
19 December 1964
26 December 1964
K
11.4
12.4
11.9
11.9
11.4
12.4

63
59
59
59
58
63
113The Rescue
"The Powerful Enemy"
"Desperate Measures"
Christopher BarryDavid Whitaker
2 January 1965 (1965-01-02)
9 January 1965
L
12.0
13.0

57
59
124The Romans
"The Slave Traders"
"All Roads Lead to Rome"
"Conspiracy"
"Inferno"
Christopher BarryDennis Spooner
16 January 1965 (1965-01-16)
23 January 1965
30 January 1965
6 February 1965
M
13.0
11.5
10.0
12.0

53
51
50
50
135The Web Planet
"The Web Planet"
"The Zarbi"
"Escape to Danger"
"Crater of Needles"
"Invasion"
"The Centre"
Richard MartinBill Strutton
13 February 1965 (1965-02-13)
20 February 1965
27 February 1965
6 March 1965
13 March 1965
20 March 1965
N
13.5
12.5
12.5
13.0
12.0
11.5

56
53
53
49
48
42
146The Crusade
"The Lion"
"The Knight of Jaffa"
"The Wheel of Fortune"
"The Warlords"
Douglas CamfieldDavid Whitaker
27 March 1965 (1965-03-27)
3 April 1965
10 April 1965
17 April 1965
P
10.5
8.5
9.0
9.5

51
50
49
48
157The Space Museum
"The Space Museum"
"The Dimensions of Time"
"The Search"
"The Final Phase"
Mervyn PinfieldGlyn Jones
24 April 1965 (1965-04-24)
1 May 1965
8 May 1965
15 May 1965
Q
10.5
9.2
8.5
8.5

61
53
56
49
168The 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 CamfieldTerry Nation
22 May 1965 (1965-05-22)
29 May 1965
5 June 1965
12 June 1965
19 June 1965
26 June 1965
R
10.0
9.5
9.0
9.5
9.0
9.5

57
56
55
54
56
57
179The Time Meddler
"The Watcher"
"The Meddling Monk"
"A Battle of Wits"
"Checkmate"
Douglas CamfieldDennis Spooner
3 July 1965 (1965-07-03)
10 July 1965
17 July 1965
24 July 1965
S
8.9
8.8
7.7
8.3

57
49
53
54

^† Episode is missing

Season 3 (1965–1966) [edit]

The practice of giving each individual episode a different title was abandoned after The Gunfighters, near the end of the season.

StorySerialTitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [10]
AI [10]
181Galaxy 4
"Four Hundred Dawns"
"Trap of Steel"
"Air Lock"
"The Exploding Planet"
Derek Martinus and Mervyn PinfieldWilliam Emms
11 September 1965 (1965-09-11)
18 September 1965
25 September 1965
2 October 1965
T
9.0
9.5
11.3
9.9

56
55
54
53
192"Mission to the Unknown"Derek MartinusTerry Nation9 October 1965 (1965-10-09)T/A8.354
203The Myth Makers
"Temple of Secrets"
"Small Prophet, Quick Return"
"Death of a Spy"
"Horse of Destruction"
Michael Leeston-SmithDonald Cotton
16 October 1965 (1965-10-16)
23 October 1965
30 October 1965
6 November 1965
U
8.3
8.1
8.7
8.3

48
51
49
52
214The 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 CamfieldTerry Nation and Dennis Spooner
13 November 1965 (1965-11-13)
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
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
225The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve
"War of God"
"The Sea Beggar"
"Priest of Death"
"Bell of Doom"
Paddy RussellJohn Lucarotti and Donald Tosh
5 February 1966 (1966-02-05)
12 February 1966
19 February 1966
26 February 1966
W
8.0
6.0
5.9
5.8

52
52
49
53
236The Ark
"The Steel Sky"
"The Plague"
"The Return"
"The Bomb"
Michael ImisonPaul Erickson and Lesley Scott
5 March 1966 (1966-03-05)
12 March 1966
19 March 1966
26 March 1966
X
5.5
6.9
6.2
7.3

55
56
51
50
247The Celestial Toymaker
"The Celestial Toyroom"
"The Hall of Dolls"
"The Dancing Floor"
"The Final Test"
Bill SellarsBrian Hayles and Donald Tosh
2 April 1966 (1966-04-02)
9 April 1966
16 April 1966
23 April 1966
Y
8.0
8.0
9.4
7.8

48
49
44
43
258The Gunfighters
"A Holiday for the Doctor"
"Don't Shoot the Pianist"
"Johnny Ringo"
"The OK Corral"
Rex TuckerDonald Cotton
30 April 1966 (1966-04-30)
7 May 1966
14 May 1966
21 May 1966
Z
6.5
6.6
6.2
5.7

45
39
36
30
269The Savages
(all episodes missing)
Christopher BarryIan Stuart Black
28 May 1966 (1966-05-28)
4 June 1966
11 June 1966
18 June 1966
AA
4.8
5.6
5.0
4.5

48
49
48
48
2710The War MachinesMichael FergusonIan Stuart Black and Kit Pedler
25 June 1966 (1966-06-25)
2 July 1966
9 July 1966
16 July 1966
BB
5.4
4.7
5.3
5.5

49
45
44
39

^† : 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.

StorySerialTitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [10]
AI [10]
281The Smugglers
(all episodes missing)
Julia SmithBrian Hayles10 September 1966 (1966-09-10)
17 September 1966
24 September 1966
1 October 1966
CC4.3
4.9
4.2
4.5
47
45
43
43
292The Tenth Planet
(episode 4 missing)
Derek MartinusKit Pedler and Gerry Davis8 October 1966 (1966-10-08)
15 October 1966
22 October 1966
29 October 1966
DD5.5
6.4
7.6
7.5
50
48
48
47

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 and forced him to regenerate.

Season 4 (1966–1967) continued[edit]

StorySerialTitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [10]
AI [10]
303The Power of the Daleks
(all episodes missing) was re-created in animated form
Christopher BarryDavid Whitaker and Dennis Spooner5 November 1966 (1966-11-05)
12 November 1966
19 November 1966
26 November 1966
3 December 1966
10 December 1966
EE7.9
7.8
7.5
7.8
8.0
7.8
43
45
44
47
48
47
314The Highlanders
(all episodes missing)
Hugh DavidElwyn Jones and Gerry Davis17 December 1966 (1966-12-17)
24 December 1966
31 December 1966
7 January 1967
FF6.7
6.8
7.4
7.3
47
46
47
47
325The Underwater Menace
(episodes 1 & 4 missing)
Julia SmithGeoffrey Orme14 January 1967 (1967-01-14)
21 January 1967
28 January 1967
4 February 1967
GG8.3
7.5
7.1
7.0
48
46
45
47
336The Moonbase
(episodes 1 & 3 missing)
Morris BarryKit Pedler11 February 1967 (1967-02-11)
18 February 1967
25 February 1967
4 March 1967
HH8.1
8.9
8.2
8.1
50
49
53
58
347The Macra Terror
(all episodes missing)
John DaviesIan Stuart Black11 March 1967 (1967-03-11)
18 March 1967
25 March 1967
1 April 1967
JJ8.0
7.9
8.5
8.4
50
48
52
49
358The Faceless Ones
(episodes 2, 4, 5 & 6 missing)
Gerry MillDavid Ellis and Malcolm Hulke8 April 1967 (1967-04-08)
15 April 1967
22 April 1967
29 April 1967
6 May 1967
13 May 1967
KK8.0
6.4
7.9
6.9
7.1
8.0
51
50
53
55
55
52
369The Evil of the Daleks
(episodes 1, 3 – 7 missing)
Derek MartinusDavid Whitaker20 May 1967 (1967-05-20)
27 May 1967
3 June 1967
10 June 1967
17 June 1967
24 June 1967
1 July 1967
LL8.1
7.5
6.1
5.3
5.1
6.8
6.1
51
51
52
51
53
49
56

Season 5 (1967–1968) [edit]

StorySerialTitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [10]
AI [10]
371The Tomb of the CybermenMorris BarryKit Pedler and Gerry Davis2 September 1967 (1967-09-02)
9 September 1967
16 September 1967
23 September 1967
MM6.0
6.4
7.2
7.4
53
52
49
50
382The Abominable Snowmen
(Episodes 1, 3, 4, 5 & 6 missing)
Gerald BlakeMervyn Haisman
and Henry Lincoln
30 September 1967 (1967-09-30)
7 October 1967
14 October 1967
21 October 1967
28 October 1967
4 November 1967
NN6.3
6.0
7.1
7.1
7.2
7.4
50
52
51
50
51
52
393The Ice Warriors
(Episodes 2 & 3 missing)
Derek MartinusBrian Hayles11 November 1967 (1967-11-11)
18 November 1967
25 November 1967
2 December 1967
9 December 1967
16 December 1967
OO6.7
7.1
7.4
7.3
8.0
7.5
52
52
51
51
50
51
404The Enemy of the WorldBarry LettsDavid Whitaker23 December 1967 (1967-12-23)
30 December 1967
6 January 1968
13 January 1968
20 January 1968
27 January 1968
PP6.8
7.6
7.1
7.8
6.9
8.3
50
49
48
49
49
52
415The Web of Fear
(Episode 3 missing)
Douglas CamfieldMervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln3 February 1968 (1968-02-03)
10 February 1968
17 February 1968
24 February 1968
2 March 1968
9 March 1968
QQ7.2
6.8
7.0
8.4
8.0
8.3
54
53
51
53
55
55
426Fury from the Deep
(All episodes missing)
Hugh DavidVictor Pemberton16 March 1968 (1968-03-16)
23 March 1968
30 March 1968
6 April 1968
13 April 1968
20 April 1968
RR8.2
7.9
7.7
6.6
5.9
6.9
55
55
56
56
56
57
437The Wheel in Space
(Episodes 1, 2, 4 & 5 missing)
Tristan DeVere ColeDavid Whitaker and Kit Pedler27 April 1968 (1968-04-27)
4 May 1968
11 May 1968
18 May 1968
25 May 1968
1 June 1968
SS7.2
6.9
7.5
8.6
6.8
6.5
57
60
55
56
57
62

Season 6 (1968–1969) [edit]

StorySerialTitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [10]
AI [10]
441The DominatorsMorris BarryNorman Ashby (Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln)10 August 1968 (1968-08-10)
17 August 1968
24 August 1968
31 August 1968
7 September 1968
TT6.1
5.9
5.4
7.5
5.9
52
55
55
51
53
452The Mind RobberDavid MaloneyPeter Ling and Derrick Sherwin14 September 1968 (1968-09-14)
21 September 1968
28 September 1968
5 October 1968
12 October 1968
UU6.6
6.5
7.2
7.3
6.7
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463The Invasion
(Episodes 1 & 4 missing)
Douglas CamfieldDerrick Sherwin and Kit Pedler2 November 1968 (1968-11-02)
9 November 1968
16 November 1968
23 November 1968
30 November 1968
7 December 1968
14 December 1968
21 December 1968
VV7.3
7.1
7.1
6.4
6.7
6.5
7.2
7.0
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474The KrotonsDavid MaloneyRobert Holmes28 December 1968 (1968-12-28)
4 January 1969
11 January 1969
18 January 1969
WW9.0
8.4
7.5
7.1
59
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485The Seeds of DeathMichael FergusonBrian Hayles and Terrance Dicks25 January 1969 (1969-01-25)
1 February 1969
8 February 1969
15 February 1969
22 February 1969
1 March 1969
XX6.6
6.8
7.5
7.1
7.6
7.7
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496The Space Pirates
(Episodes 1, 3 – 6 missing)
Michael HartRobert Holmes8 March 1969 (1969-03-08)
15 March 1969
22 March 1969
29 March 1969
5 April 1969
12 April 1969
YY5.8
6.8
6.4
5.8
5.5
5.3
57
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507The War GamesDavid MaloneyTerrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke19 April 1969 (1969-04-19)
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
ZZ5.5
6.3
5.1
5.7
5.1
4.2
4.9
3.5
4.1
5.0
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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. 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 would continue to have between 20 and 28 episodes until season 22.

StorySerialTitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [10]
AI [10]
511Spearhead from SpaceDerek MartinusRobert Holmes3 January 1970 (1970-01-03)
10 January 1970
17 January 1970
24 January 1970
AAA8.4
8.1
8.3
8.1
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522Doctor Who and the SiluriansTimothy CombeMalcolm Hulke31 January 1970 (1970-01-31)
7 February 1970
14 February 1970
21 February 1970
28 February 1970
7 March 1970
14 March 1970
BBB8.8
7.3
7.5
8.2
7.5
7.2
7.5
58
58
57
60
58
57
58
533The Ambassadors of DeathMichael FergusonDavid Whitaker, Trevor Ray and Malcolm Hulke21 March 1970 (1970-03-21)
28 March 1970
4 April 1970
11 April 1970
18 April 1970
25 April 1970
2 May 1970
CCC7.1
7.6
8.0
9.3
7.1
6.9
6.4
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544InfernoDouglas Camfield and Barry LettsDon Houghton9 May 1970 (1970-05-09)
16 May 1970
23 May 1970
30 May 1970
6 June 1970
13 June 1970
20 June 1970
DDD5.7
5.9
4.8
6.0
5.4
6.7
5.5
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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.

StorySerialTitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [10]
AI [10]
551Terror of the AutonsBarry LettsRobert Holmes2 January 1971 (1971-01-02)
9 January 1971
16 January 1971
23 January 1971
EEE7.3
8.0
8.1
8.4
562The Mind of EvilTimothy CombeDon Houghton30 January 1971 (1971-01-30)
6 February 1971
13 February 1971
20 February 1971
27 February 1971
6 March 1971
FFF6.1
8.8
7.5
7.4
7.6
7.3
573The Claws of AxosMichael FergusonBob Baker and Dave Martin13 March 1971 (1971-03-13)
20 March 1971
27 March 1971
3 April 1971
GGG7.3
8.0
6.4
7.8
584Colony in SpaceMichael E. BriantMalcolm Hulke10 April 1971 (1971-04-10)
17 April 1971
24 April 1971
1 May 1971
8 May 1971
15 May 1971
HHH7.6
8.5
9.5
8.1
8.8
8.7
595The DæmonsChristopher BarryGuy Leopold (Robert Sloman and Barry Letts)22 May 1971 (1971-05-22)
29 May 1971
5 June 1971
12 June 1971
19 June 1971
JJJ9.2
8.0
8.1
8.1
8.3

Season 9 (1972)[edit]

StorySerialTitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [10]
AI [10]
601Day of the DaleksPaul BernardLouis Marks1 January 1972 (1972-01-01)
8 January 1972
15 January 1972
22 January 1972
KKK9.8
10.4
9.1
9.1
612The Curse of PeladonLennie MayneBrian Hayles29 January 1972 (1972-01-29)
5 February 1972
12 February 1972
19 February 1972
MMM10.3
11.0
7.8
8.4
623The Sea DevilsMichael E. BriantMalcolm Hulke26 February 1972 (1972-02-26)
4 March 1972
11 March 1972
18 March 1972
25 March 1972
1 April 1972
LLL6.4
9.7
8.3
7.8
8.3
8.5
634The MutantsChristopher BarryBob Baker and Dave Martin8 April 1972 (1972-04-08)
15 April 1972
22 April 1972
29 April 1972
6 May 1972
13 May 1972
NNN9.1
7.8
7.9
7.5
7.9
6.5
645The Time MonsterPaul BernardRobert Sloman and Barry Letts20 May 1972 (1972-05-20)
27 May 1972
3 June 1972
10 June 1972
17 June 1972
24 June 1972
OOO7.6
7.4
8.1
7.6
6.0
7.6

Season 10 (1972–1973) [edit]

StorySerialTitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [10]
AI [10]
651The Three DoctorsLennie MayneBob Baker and Dave Martin30 December 1972 (1972-12-30)
6 January 1973
13 January 1973
20 January 1973
RRR9.6
10.8
8.8
11.9
662Carnival of MonstersBarry LettsRobert Holmes27 January 1973 (1973-01-27)
3 February 1973
10 February 1973
17 February 1973
PPP9.5
9.0
9.0
9.2
673Frontier in SpacePaul BernardMalcolm Hulke24 February 1973 (1973-02-24)
3 March 1973
10 March 1973
17 March 1973
24 March 1973
31 March 1973
QQQ9.1
7.8
7.5
7.1
7.7
8.9
684Planet of the DaleksDavid MaloneyTerry Nation7 April 1973 (1973-04-07)
14 April 1973
21 April 1973
28 April 1973
5 May 1973
12 May 1973
SSS11.0
10.7
10.1
8.3
9.7
8.5
695The Green DeathMichael E. BriantRobert Sloman and Barry Letts19 May 1973 (1973-05-19)
26 May 1973
2 June 1973
9 June 1973
16 June 1973
23 June 1973
TTT9.2
7.2
7.8
6.8
8.3
7.0

Season 11 (1973–1974) [edit]

This season introduces the companion Sarah Jane Smith.

StorySerialTitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [10]
AI [10]
701The Time WarriorAlan BromlyRobert Holmes15 December 1973 (1973-12-15)
22 December 1973
29 December 1973
5 January 1974
UUU8.7
7.0
6.6
10.6
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712Invasion of the DinosaursPaddy RussellMalcolm Hulke12 January 1974 (1974-01-12)
19 January 1974
26 January 1974
2 February 1974
9 February 1974
16 February 1974
WWW11.0
10.1
11.0
9.0
9.0
7.5
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723Death to the DaleksMichael E. BriantTerry Nation23 February 1974 (1974-02-23)
2 March 1974
9 March 1974
16 March 1974
XXX8.1
9.5
10.5
9.5
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734The Monster of PeladonLennie MayneBrian Hayles23 March 1974 (1974-03-23)
30 March 1974
6 April 1974
13 April 1974
20 April 1974
27 April 1974
YYY9.2
6.8
7.4
7.2
7.5
8.1
745Planet of the SpidersBarry LettsRobert Sloman and Barry Letts4 May 1974 (1974-05-04)
11 May 1974
18 May 1974
25 May 1974
1 June 1974
8 June 1974
ZZZ10.1
8.9
8.8
8.2
9.2
8.9
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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 time,[11] 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 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.

StorySerialTitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [10]
AI [10]
751RobotChristopher BarryTerrance Dicks28 December 1974 (1974-12-28)
4 January 1975
11 January 1975
18 January 1975
4A10.8
10.7
10.1
9.0
53
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762The Ark in SpaceRodney BennettRobert Holmes25 January 1975 (1975-01-25)
1 February 1975
8 February 1975
15 February 1975
4C9.4
13.6
11.2
10.2
773The Sontaran ExperimentRodney BennettBob Baker and Dave Martin22 February 1975 (1975-02-22)
1 March 1975
4B11.0
10.5

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784Genesis of the DaleksDavid MaloneyTerry Nation8 March 1975 (1975-03-08)
15 March 1975
22 March 1975
29 March 1975
5 April 1975
12 April 1975
4E10.7
10.5
8.5
8.8
9.8
9.1

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795Revenge of the CybermenMichael E. BriantGerry Davis19 April 1975 (1975-04-19)
26 April 1975
3 May 1975
10 May 1975
4D9.5
8.3
8.9
9.4
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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 would not return until Season 20 in Mawdryn Undead.

StorySerialTitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [10]
AI [10]
801Terror of the ZygonsDouglas CamfieldRobert Banks Stewart30 August 1975 (1975-08-30)
6 September 1975
13 September 1975
20 September 1975
4F8.4
6.1
8.2
7.2
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812Planet of EvilDavid MaloneyLouis Marks27 September 1975 (1975-09-27)
4 October 1975
11 October 1975
18 October 1975
4H10.4
9.9
9.1
10.1

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823Pyramids of MarsPaddy RussellStephen Harris (Lewis Greifer and Robert Holmes)25 October 1975 (1975-10-25)
1 November 1975
8 November 1975
15 November 1975
4G10.5
11.3
9.4
11.7



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834The Android InvasionBarry LettsTerry Nation22 November 1975 (1975-11-22)
29 November 1975
6 December 1975
13 December 1975
4J11.9
11.3
12.1
11.4
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845The Brain of MorbiusChristopher BarryRobin Bland (Terrance Dicks and Robert Holmes)3 January 1976 (1976-01-03)
10 January 1976
17 January 1976
24 January 1976
4K9.5
9.3
10.1
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856The Seeds of DoomDouglas CamfieldRobert Banks Stewart31 January 1976 (1976-01-31)
7 February 1976
14 February 1976
21 February 1976
28 February 1976
6 March 1976
4L11.4
11.4
10.3
11.1
9.9
11.5
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Season 14 (1976–1977) [edit]

Elisabeth 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.

StorySerialTitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [10]
AI [10]
861The Masque of MandragoraRodney BennettLouis Marks4 September 1976 (1976-09-04)
11 September 1976
18 September 1976
25 September 1976
4M8.3
9.8
9.2
10.6
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872The Hand of FearLennie MayneBob Baker and Dave Martin2 October 1976 (1976-10-02)
9 October 1976
16 October 1976
23 October 1976
4N10.5
10.2
11.1
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883The Deadly AssassinDavid MaloneyRobert Holmes30 October 1976 (1976-10-30)
6 November 1976
13 November 1976
20 November 1976
4P11.8
12.1
13.0
11.8

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894The Face of EvilPennant RobertsChris Boucher1 January 1977 (1977-01-01)
8 January 1977
15 January 1977
22 January 1977
4Q10.7
11.1
11.3
11.7
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905The Robots of DeathMichael E. BriantChris Boucher29 January 1977 (1977-01-29)
5 February 1977
12 February 1977
19 February 1977
4R12.8
12.4
13.1
12.6
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916The Talons of Weng-ChiangDavid MaloneyRobert Holmes26 February 1977 (1977-02-26)
5 March 1977
12 March 1977
19 March 1977
26 March 1977
2 April 1977
4S11.3
9.8
10.2
11.4
10.1
9.3



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Season 15 (1977–1978) [edit]

StorySerialTitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [10]
AI [10]
921Horror of Fang RockPaddy RussellTerrance Dicks3 September 1977 (1977-09-03)
10 September 1977
17 September 1977
24 September 1977
4V6.8
7.1
9.8
9.9
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932The Invisible EnemyDerrick GoodwinBob Baker and Dave Martin1 October 1977 (1977-10-01)
8 October 1977
15 October 1977
22 October 1977
4T8.6
7.3
7.5
8.3



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943Image of the FendahlGeorge Spenton-FosterChris Boucher29 October 1977 (1977-10-29)
5 November 1977
12 November 1977
19 November 1977
4X6.7
7.5
7.9
9.1



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954The Sun MakersPennant RobertsRobert Holmes26 November 1977 (1977-11-26)
3 December 1977
10 December 1977
17 December 1977
4W8.5
9.5
8.9
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965UnderworldNorman StewartBob Baker and Dave Martin7 January 1978 (1978-01-07)
14 January 1978
21 January 1978
28 January 1978
4Y8.9
9.1
8.9
11.7
65


976The Invasion of TimeGerald BlakeDavid Agnew
(Graham Williams and Anthony Read)
4 February 1978 (1978-02-04)
11 February 1978
18 February 1978
25 February 1978
4 March 1978
11 March 1978
4Z11.2
11.4
9.5
10.9
10.3
9.8
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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.

StorySerialTitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [10]
AI [10]
981The Ribos OperationGeorge Spenton-FosterRobert Holmes2 September 1978 (1978-09-02)
9 September 1978
16 September 1978
23 September 1978
5A8.3
8.1
7.9
8.2
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992The Pirate PlanetPennant RobertsDouglas Adams30 September 1978 (1978-09-30)
7 October 1978
14 October 1978
21 October 1978
5B9.1
7.4
8.2
8.4
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1003The Stones of BloodDarrol BlakeDavid Fisher28 October 1978 (1978-10-28)
4 November 1978
11 November 1978
18 November 1978
5C8.6
6.6
9.3
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1014The Androids of TaraMichael HayesDavid Fisher25 November 1978 (1978-11-25)
2 December 1978
9 December 1978
16 December 1978
5D9.5
10.1
8.9
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1025The Power of KrollNorman StewartRobert Holmes23 December 1978 (1978-12-23)
30 December 1978
6 January 1979
13 January 1979
5E6.5
12.4
8.9
9.9



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1036The Armageddon FactorMichael HayesBob Baker and Dave Martin20 January 1979 (1979-01-20)
27 January 1979
3 February 1979
10 February 1979
17 February 1979
24 February 1979
5F7.5
8.8
7.8
8.6
8.6
9.6
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Season 17 (1979–1980) [edit]

StorySerialTitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [10]
AI [10]
1041Destiny of the DaleksKen GrieveTerry Nation1 September 1979 (1979-09-01)
8 September 1979
15 September 1979
22 September 1979
5J13.0
12.7
13.8
14.4
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1052City of DeathMichael HayesDavid Agnew
(Douglas Adams, Graham Williams and David Fisher)
29 September 1979 (1979-09-29)
6 October 1979
13 October 1979
20 October 1979
5H12.4
14.1
15.4
16.1

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1063The Creature from the PitChristopher BarryDavid Fisher27 October 1979 (1979-10-27)
3 November 1979
10 November 1979
17 November 1979
5G9.3
10.8
10.2
9.6

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1074Nightmare of EdenAlan BromlyBob Baker24 November 1979 (1979-11-24)
1 December 1979
8 December 1979
15 December 1979
5K8.7
9.6
9.6
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1085The Horns of NimonKenny McBainAnthony Read22 December 1979 (1979-12-22)
29 December 1979
5 January 1980
12 January 1980
5L6.0
8.8
9.8
10.4



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6ShadaPennant RobertsDouglas AdamsUnaired[note 1] (Unaired[note 1])5M
  1. ^ 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.

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.

StorySerialTitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [10]
AI [10]
1091The Leisure HiveLovett BickfordDavid Fisher30 August 1980 (1980-08-30)
6 September 1980
13 September 1980
20 September 1980
5N5.9
5.0
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1102MeglosTerence DudleyJohn Flanagan
& Andrew McCulloch
27 September 1980 (1980-09-27)
4 October 1980
11 October 1980
18 October 1980
5Q5.0
4.2
4.7
4.7
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1113Full CirclePeter GrimwadeAndrew Smith25 October 1980 (1980-10-25)
1 November 1980
8 November 1980
15 November 1980
5R5.9
3.7
5.9
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1124State of DecayPeter MoffattTerrance Dicks22 November 1980 (1980-11-22)
29 November 1980
6 December 1980
13 December 1980
5P5.8
5.3
4.4
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1135Warriors' GatePaul Joyce
& Graeme Harper
Stephen Gallagher3 January 1981 (1981-01-03)
10 January 1981
17 January 1981
24 January 1981
5S7.1
6.7
8.3
7.8
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1146The Keeper of TrakenJohn BlackJohnny Byrne31 January 1981 (1981-01-31)
7 February 1981
14 February 1981
21 February 1981
5T7.6
6.1
5.2
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1157LogopolisPeter GrimwadeChristopher H. Bidmead28 February 1981 (1981-02-28)
7 March 1981
14 March 1981
21 March 1981
5V7.7
7.7
5.8
6.1

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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, 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.

StorySerialTitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [10]
AI [10]
1161CastrovalvaFiona CummingChristopher H. Bidmead4 January 1982 (1982-01-04)
5 January 1982
11 January 1982
12 January 1982
5Z9.1
8.6
10.2
10.4
1172Four to DoomsdayJohn BlackTerence Dudley18 January 1982 (1982-01-18)
19 January 1982
25 January 1982
26 January 1982
5W8.4
8.8
8.9
9.4
1183KindaPeter GrimwadeChristopher Bailey1 February 1982 (1982-02-01)
2 February 1982
8 February 1982
9 February 1982
5Y8.4
9.4
8.5
8.9
1194The VisitationPeter MoffattEric Saward15 February 1982 (1982-02-15)
16 February 1982
22 February 1982
23 February 1982
5X9.1
9.3
9.9
10.1
1205Black OrchidRon JonesTerence Dudley1 March 1982 (1982-03-01)
2 March 1982
6A9.9
10.1
1216EarthshockPeter GrimwadeEric Saward8 March 1982 (1982-03-08)
9 March 1982
15 March 1982
16 March 1982
6B9.1
8.8
9.8
9.6
1227Time-FlightRon JonesPeter Grimwade22 March 1982 (1982-03-22)
23 March 1982
29 March 1982
30 March 1982
6C10.0
8.5
8.9
8.1

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.

StorySerialTitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [10]
AI [10]
1231Arc of InfinityRon JonesJohnny Byrne3 January 1983 (1983-01-03)
5 January 1983
11 January 1983
12 January 1983
6E7.2
7.3
6.9
7.2
69
70
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1242SnakedanceFiona CummingChristopher Bailey18 January 1983 (1983-01-18)
19 January 1983
25 January 1983
26 January 1983
6D6.7
7.7
6.6
7.4
65
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67
1253Mawdryn UndeadPeter MoffattPeter Grimwade1 February 1983 (1983-02-01)
2 February 1983
8 February 1983
9 February 1983
6F6.5
7.5
7.4
7.7
67
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1264TerminusMary RidgeStephen Gallagher15 February 1983 (1983-02-15)
16 February 1983
22 February 1983
23 February 1983
6G6.8
7.5
6.5
7.4
65
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1275EnlightenmentFiona CummingBarbara Clegg1 March 1983 (1983-03-01)
2 March 1983
8 March 1983
9 March 1983
6H6.6
7.2
6.2
7.3
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1286The King's DemonsTony VirgoTerence Dudley15 March 1983 (1983-03-15)
16 March 1983
6J5.8
7.2
65
63
Special
129The Five DoctorsPeter MoffattTerrance Dicks25 November 1983 (1983-11-25)[12]6K7.775

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. 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.

StorySerialTitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [10]
AI [10]
1301Warriors of the DeepPennant RobertsJohnny Byrne5 January 1984 (1984-01-05)
6 January 1984
12 January 1984
13 January 1984
6L7.6
7.5
7.3
6.6
65
64
62
65
1312The AwakeningMichael Owen MorrisEric Pringle19 January 1984 (1984-01-19)
20 January 1984
6M7.9
6.6
65
63
1323FrontiosRon JonesChristopher H. Bidmead26 January 1984 (1984-01-26)
27 January 1984
2 February 1984
3 February 1984
6N8.0
5.8
7.8
5.6
66
69
65
65
1334Resurrection of the DaleksMatthew RobinsonEric Saward8 February 1984 (1984-02-08)
15 February 1984
6P7.3
8.0
69
65
1345Planet of FireFiona CummingPeter Grimwade23 February 1984 (1984-02-23)
24 February 1984
1 March 1984
2 March 1984
6Q7.4
6.1
7.4
7.0
1356The Caves of AndrozaniGraeme HarperRobert Holmes8 March 1984 (1984-03-08)
9 March 1984
15 March 1984
16 March 1984
6R6.9
6.6
7.8
7.8
65

65
68

Sixth Doctor[edit]

The Sixth Doctor was portrayed by Colin Baker.

Season 21 (1984) continued[edit]

StorySerialTitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [10]
AI [10]
1367The Twin DilemmaPeter MoffattAnthony Steven22 March 1984 (1984-03-22)
23 March 1984
29 March 1984
30 March 1984
6S7.6
7.4
7.0
6.3
61
66
59
67

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.

StorySerialTitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [10]
AI [10]
1371Attack of the CybermenMatthew RobinsonPaula Moore5 January 1985 (1985-01-05)
12 January 1985
6T8.9
7.2
61
65
1382Vengeance on VarosRon JonesPhilip Martin19 January 1985 (1985-01-19)
26 January 1985
6V7.2
7.0
63
65
1393The Mark of the RaniSarah HellingsPip and Jane Baker2 February 1985 (1985-02-02)
9 February 1985
6X6.3
7.3
64
64
1404The Two DoctorsPeter MoffattRobert Holmes16 February 1985 (1985-02-16)
23 February 1985
2 March 1985
6W6.6
6.0
6.9
65
62
65
1415TimelashPennant RobertsGlen McCoy9 March 1985 (1985-03-09)
16 March 1985
6Y6.7
7.4
66
64
1426Revelation of the DaleksGraeme HarperEric Saward23 March 1985 (1985-03-23)
30 March 1985
6Z7.4
7.7
67
65

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[13] (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.

StorySerialTitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [10]
AI [10]
143a1The Mysterious PlanetNicholas MallettRobert Holmes6 September 1986 (1986-09-06)
13 September 1986
20 September 1986
27 September 1986
7A4.9
4.9
3.9
3.7
72
69
70
72
143b2MindwarpRon JonesPhilip Martin4 October 1986 (1986-10-04)
11 October 1986
18 October 1986
25 October 1986
7B4.8
4.6
5.1
5.0
71
69
66
72
143c3Terror of the VervoidsChris CloughPip and Jane Baker1 November 1986 (1986-11-01)
8 November 1986
15 November 1986
22 November 1986
7C5.2
4.6
5.3
5.3
66
69
69
69
143d4The Ultimate FoeChris CloughRobert Holmes
Pip and Jane Baker
29 November 1986 (1986-11-29)
6 December 1986
7C4.4
5.6
69
69

Seventh Doctor[edit]

The Seventh Doctor was portrayed by Sylvester McCoy.

Season 24 (1987)[edit]

This season was moved to a Monday schedule.

StorySerialTitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [10]
AI [10]
1441Time and the RaniAndrew MorganPip and Jane Baker7 September 1987 (1987-09-07)
14 September 1987
21 September 1987
28 September 1987
7D5.1
4.2
4.3
4.9
58
63
57
59
1452Paradise TowersNicholas MallettStephen Wyatt5 October 1987 (1987-10-05)
12 October 1987
19 October 1987
26 October 1987
7E4.5
5.2
5.0
5.0
61
58
58
57
1463Delta and the BannermenChris CloughMalcolm Kohll2 November 1987 (1987-11-02)
9 November 1987
16 November 1987
7F5.3
5.1
5.4
63
60
60
1474DragonfireChris CloughIan Briggs23 November 1987 (1987-11-23)
30 November 1987
7 December 1987
7G5.5
5.0
4.7
61
61
64

Season 25 (1988–1989) [edit]

The series was moved to Wednesdays.

StorySerialTitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [10]
AI [10]
1481Remembrance of the DaleksAndrew MorganBen Aaronovitch5 October 1988 (1988-10-05)
12 October 1988
19 October 1988
26 October 1988
7H5.5
5.8
5.1
5.0
68
69
70
72
1492The Happiness PatrolChris CloughGraeme Curry2 November 1988 (1988-11-02)
9 November 1988
16 November 1988
7L5.3
4.6
5.3
67
65
65
1503Silver NemesisChris CloughKevin Clarke23 November 1988 (1988-11-23)
30 November 1988
7 December 1988[15]
7K6.1
5.2
5.2
71
70
70
1514The Greatest Show in the GalaxyAlan WareingStephen Wyatt14 December 1988 (1988-12-14)
21 December 1988
28 December 1988
4 January 1989
7J5.0
5.3
4.8
6.6
68
66
69
64

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.

StorySerialTitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [10]
AI [10]
1521BattlefieldMichael KerriganBen Aaronovitch6 September 1989 (1989-09-06)
13 September 1989
20 September 1989
27 September 1989
7N3.1
3.9
3.6
4.0
69
68
67
65
1532Ghost LightAlan WareingMarc Platt4 October 1989 (1989-10-04)
11 October 1989
18 October 1989
7Q4.2
4.0
4.0
68
68
64
1543The Curse of FenricNicholas MallettIan Briggs25 October 1989 (1989-10-25)
1 November 1989
8 November 1989
15 November 1989
7M4.3
4.0
4.0
4.2
67
68
68
68
1554SurvivalAlan WareingRona Munro22 November 1989 (1989-11-22)
29 November 1989
6 December 1989
7P5.0
4.8
5.0
69
69
71

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. 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)[edit]

StoryEpisodeTitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [10]
AI [10]
156Doctor WhoGeoffrey SaxMatthew Jacobs12 May 1996 (1996-05-12) (Canada)
14 May 1996 (USA)
27 May 1996 (UK)
TVM
[note 1]
9.0875
  1. ^ "TVM" is used in the BBC's online episode guide.[16] The actual code used during production is 50/LDX071Y/01X.[17] Doctor Who Magazine's "Complete Eighth Doctor Special" gives the production code as #83705.[18] Big Finish Productions uses the code 8A, and numbers its subsequent Eighth Doctor stories correspondingly.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ "Dr Who 'longest-running sci-fi'". BBC. 28 September 2006. Retrieved 15 December 2007. 
  2. ^ "The BBC is already preparing for at least FIVE more series of Doctor Who". Radio Times. Retrieved 2017-06-19. 
  3. ^ "BBC - Doctor Who Gets Brand Boost in China - Media Centre". BBC News. Retrieved 2017-06-19. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Cornell, Paul; Day, Martin; Topping, Keith (1995). "The Five Doctors: Details". Doctor Who: The Discontinuity Guide. BBC Doctor Who website. Retrieved 27 October 2007. 
  6. ^ Spilsbury, Tom (22 April 2009). "The Mighty 200!". Doctor Who Magazine. Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent: Panini Comics (407): 26–29. 
  7. ^ Jeffery, Morgan (19 July 2017). "Exclusive: Doctor Who series 11 won't feature any two-part stories". DigitalSpy. Retrieved 20 July 2018. 
  8. ^ "Doctor Who: Bradley Walsh among new cast members". BBC News. 22 October 2017. Retrieved 23 October 2017. 
  9. ^ "New Doctor Who logo revealed for upcoming 11th series". BBC. 21 February 2018. Retrieved 23 February 2018. 
  10. ^ 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 "Ratings Guide". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "Tom Baker". BBC Doctor Who website. 12 August 2004. Archived from the original on 29 December 2008. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  12. ^ The Five Doctors was first broadcast in the United States on 23 November 1983, the actual date of the programme's 20th anniversary.
  13. ^ "Doctor Who – Classic Series – Episode Guide – Second Doctor Index". BBC. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  14. ^ Sullivan, Shannon (7 August 2007). "Silver Nemesis". A Brief History of Time Travel. Retrieved 30 August 2008. 
  15. ^ 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.[14]
  16. ^ Howe, David J.; Walker, Stephen James. "The TV Movie: Details". Doctor Who: The Television Companion (Doctor Who website). BBC. Retrieved 26 July 2007. 
  17. ^ Segal, Philip; Russell, Gary (2000). Doctor Who: Regeneration. Harper Collins Entertainment. ISBN 0-00-710591-6. 
  18. ^ "The DWM Archive: Doctor Who (1996) – In Production". Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition (5). 3 September 2003. p. 69. ISSN 0957-9818. 

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