Doctor Who (season 8)

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Doctor Who season 8
Doctor Who title 1970-1973.jpg
Title card as used in this season
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of episodes25, 5 serials
Broadcast
Original channelBBC One
Original run2 January 1971 (1971-01-02) – 19 June 1971 (1971-06-19)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 18 November 2005 -
11 June 2013
Region 225 April 2005 -
3 June 2013
Region 42 June 2005 -
5 June 2013
Season chronology
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List of Doctor Who serials
 
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This article is about the 1971 season. For the 2014 series, see Doctor Who (series 8).
Doctor Who season 8
Doctor Who title 1970-1973.jpg
Title card as used in this season
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of episodes25, 5 serials
Broadcast
Original channelBBC One
Original run2 January 1971 (1971-01-02) – 19 June 1971 (1971-06-19)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 18 November 2005 -
11 June 2013
Region 225 April 2005 -
3 June 2013
Region 42 June 2005 -
5 June 2013
Season chronology
← Previous
Season 7
Next →
Season 9
List of Doctor Who serials

The eighth season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 2 January 1971 with Terror of the Autons and ended with The Dæmons featuring Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor.

Casting[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Jon Pertwee continues his role as the Third Doctor. Katy Manning makes her first appearance as companion Jo Grant in Terror of the Autons.

Guest stars[edit]

Roger Delgado makes his first appearance as The Master in Terror of the Autons and continues to make appearances in each of the five serials.

Nicholas Courtney and John Levene continue their roles of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and Sergeant Benton, while Richard Franklin makes his first appearance as Captain Mike Yates, while Fernanda Marlowe makes appearances in The Mind of Evil and The Claws of Axos as Corporal Bell.

Serials[edit]

The season marks the first appearance of the Master who goes on to make further appearances through the season in every serial as the main antagonist who is finally captured at the end of the season. Colony in Space was the first serial set away from Earth since The War Games at the end of Season 6, and came about as a result of producer Barry Letts' feeling that the Earthbound stories of the Doctor's exile were too limiting in terms of potential plotting.[1]

Story No.SerialTitleDirected byWritten byUK viewers
(million)
AI
(%)
Original air dateProduction
code
0551Terror of the AutonsBarry LettsRobert HolmesEp. 1: 7.3
Ep. 2: 8.0
Ep. 3: 8.1
Ep. 4: 8.4[2]
2–23 January 1971EEE
The Master arrives on Earth and makes an alliance with the Autons to conquer the planet.
0562The Mind of EvilTimothy CombeDon HoughtonEp. 1: 6.1
Ep. 2: 8.8
Ep. 3: 7.5
Ep. 4: 7.4
Ep. 5: 7.6
Ep. 6: 7.3[3]
30 January - 6 March 1971FFF
The Master creates the Keller Machine, a device that appears to rehabilitate prisoners, but instead kills them.
0573The Claws of AxosMichael FergusonBob Baker and
Dave Martin
Ep. 1: 7.3
Ep. 2: 8.0
Ep. 3: 6.4
Ep. 4: 7.8[4]
13 March - 3 April 1971GGG
The Axons land on Earth supposedly peacefully, even offering a new energy source. However, that is not their real purpose.
0584Colony in SpaceMichael E. BriantMalcolm HulkeEp. 1: 7.6
Ep. 2: 8.5
Ep. 3: 9.5
Ep. 4: 8.1
Ep. 5: 8.8
Ep. 6: 8.7[1]
10 April - 15 May 1971HHH
On his first trip to another planet since his regeneration, the Doctor and Jo travel to Uxaerius, where they find that its colonists are struggling to survive.
0595The DæmonsChristopher BarryGuy Leopold (Robert Sloman
and Barry Letts)
Ep. 1: 9.2
Ep. 2: 8.0
Ep. 3: 8.1
Ep. 4: 8.1
Ep. 5: 8.3[5]
22 May – 19 June 1971JJJ
The Master summons Azal to assist him in an incident that happened at an archaeological dig at Devil's End.

Broadcast[edit]

The entire season was broadcast from 2 January to 19 June 1971.

DVD releases[edit]

Serial nameNumber and duration
of episodes
R2 release dateR4 release dateR1 release date
Terror of the Autons
Only available as part of the Mannequin Mania box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
4 × 25 min.9 May 20112 June 201110 May 2011
Terror of the Autons - Doctor Who DVD Files Issue 1014 × 25 min.14 November 201214 November 2012N/A
The Mind of Evil6 × 25 min.3 June 20135 June 201311 June 2013
The Claws of Axos4 × 25 min.25 April 20052 June 20058 November 2005
The Claws of Axos - Special Edition4 x 25 min.22 October 20127 November 201213 November 2012
The Claws of Axos - Doctor Who DVD Files Issue 974 × 25 min.19 September 201219 September 2012N/A
Colony in Space6 × 25 min.3 October 20111 December 20118 November 2011
The Dæmons5 × 25 min.19 March 2012[6][7]19 April 2012[8]10 April 2012[9]

In print[edit]

Serial nameNovelisation titleAuthorFirst published
Terror of the AutonsDoctor Who and the Terror of the AutonsTerrance Dicks1975
The Mind of EvilThe Mind of EvilTerrance Dicks1985
The Claws of AxosDoctor Who and the Claws of AxosTerrance Dicks1977
Colony in SpaceDoctor Who and the Doomsday WeaponMalcolm Hulke1974
The DæmonsDoctor Who and the DæmonsBarry Letts1974

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): Colony In Space". Shannonsullivan.com. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  2. ^ "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): Terror Of The Autons". Shannonsullivan.com. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  3. ^ "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): The Mind Of Evil". Shannonsullivan.com. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  4. ^ "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): The Claws Of Axos". Shannonsullivan.com. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  5. ^ "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): The Daemons". Shannonsullivan.com. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  6. ^ "The Doctor Who News Page: DVD Schedule Update". Doctorwhonews.net. 3 May 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Play.com listings". Play.com. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "Doctor Who: The Daemons | DVD Movies & TV Shows, Genres, Sci-Fi / Fantasy : JB HI-FI". Jbhifionline.com.au. 2012-04-19. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  9. ^ Doctor Who DVD news: Extras for Story #059: The Daemons AND Story #066: Carnival Of Monsters: Special Edition | TVShowsOnDVD.com