List of Doctor Who serials

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Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. As of 8 November 2014, 812 individual episodes, including one television movie of Doctor Who, have been aired, encompassing 252 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] For comparison, the Guinness World Record holder for the highest number of consecutive episodes, Smallville,[2] aired 218 episodes.

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,[3] and whether the uncompleted Shada should be included.[4] 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.[5] 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/SeriesDoctorSerialsEpisodesFirst aired (UK)Premiere viewers (in millions)Last aired (UK)Finale viewers (in millions)Average viewers (in millions)
Season 1First Doctor84223 November 19634.412 September 19646.47.96
Season 293931 October 19648.424 July 19658.310.38
Season 3104511 September 19659.016 July 19665.57.38
Season 424310 September 19664.31 July 19676.17.11
Season 4Second Doctor74310 September 19664.31 July 19676.17.11
Season 57402 September 19676.01 June 19686.56.63
Season 674410 August 19686.121 June 19695.06.57
Season 7Third Doctor4253 January 19708.420 June 19705.57.18
Season 85252 January 19717.319 June 19718.37.96
Season 95261 January 19729.824 June 19727.68.48
Season 1052630 December 19729.623 June 19737.08.98
Season 1152615 December 19738.78 June 19748.98.78
Season 12Fourth Doctor52028 December 197410.110 May 19759.010.14
Season 1362630 August 19757.56 March 197610.910.08
Season 146264 September 19769.52 April 197710.411.17
Season 156263 September 19778.411 March 197810.58.91
Season 16[α]6262 September 19788.124 February 19798.58.56
Season 175[β]201 September 197913.512 January 19808.811.22
Season 1872830 August 19805.121 March 19816.75.81
Season 19Fifth Doctor7264 January 19829.630 March 19828.99.30
Season 206224 January 19837.216 March 19837.557.00
Season 217245 January 19847.2530 March 19847.18.37
Season 21Sixth Doctor7245 January 19847.2530 March 19847.18.37
Season 226135 January 19858.0530 March 19857.557.17
Season 23[γ]4146 September 19864.356 December 19865.04.83
Season 24Seventh Doctor4147 September 19874.637 December 19875.074.98
Season 254145 October 19885.354 January 19895.455.35
Season 264146 September 19893.656 December 19894.94.19
Series 1Ninth Doctor101326 March 200510.8118 June 20056.917.31
Series 2Tenth Doctor101315 April 20068.628 July 20068.227.64
Series 391331 March 20078.7130 June 20078.617.54
Series 410135 April 20089.145 July 200810.578.04
Series 5Eleventh Doctor10133 April 201010.0926 June 20106.707.73
Series 6111323 April 20118.861 October 20117.677.51
Series 713131 September 20128.3318 May 20137.457.44
Series 8Twelfth Doctor111223 August 20149.178 November 20147.607.40


DoctorSeason/SeriesEpisodesFirst aired (UK)Last aired (UK)Average viewers (in millions)
Fifth Doctor20th anniversary special125 November 1983N/A7.70
First DoctorSeason 1 pilot126 August 1991N/A1.70
Eighth DoctorTelevision movie127 May 1996N/A9.10
Tenth Doctor2005 specials218 November 200525 December 200510.27
2006 Christmas special125 December 2006N/A9.35
2007 specials216 November 200725 November 200712.16
2008-10 specials525 December 20081 January 201011.36
Eleventh Doctor2010-11 specials325 December 201018 March 201111.19
2011-12 specials625 December 201131 August 201210.77
2012 specials312 October 201225 December 20129.87
2013 specials414 November 201325 December 20138.81
Twelfth Doctor2014 Christmas special1Christmas 2014N/AN/A

First Doctor

The first incarnation of the Doctor was portrayed by William Hartnell. During Hartnell's tenure, the Doctor visited a mixture of stories set in the future and in historical events that had no extraterrestrial influence, such as fifteenth century Mesoamerica. 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.

NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
001An Unearthly Child
aka 100,000 BC
aka The Tribe of Gum
A"An Unearthly Child"
"The Cave of Skulls"
"The Forest of Fear"
"The Firemaker"
Anthony Coburn
(and C. E. Webber)[δ]
Waris Hussein23 November 1963
30 November 1963
7 December 1963
14 December 1963
002The Daleks
aka The Mutants
aka The Dead Planet
B"The Dead Planet"
"The Survivors"
"The Escape"
"The Ambush"
"The Expedition"
"The Ordeal"
"The Rescue"
Terry NationRichard Martin &
Christopher Barry
21 December 1963
28 December 1963
4 January 1964
11 January 1964
18 January 1964
25 January 1964
1 February 1964
003The Edge of Destruction
aka Inside the Spaceship
C"The Edge of Destruction"
"The Brink of Disaster"
David WhitakerRichard Martin &
Frank Cox
8 February 1964
15 February 1964
004Marco Polo
aka A Journey to Cathay
D"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"
(all missing)
John LucarottiWaris Hussein &
John Crockett
22 February 1964
29 February 1964
7 March 1964
14 March 1964
21 March 1964
28 March 1964
4 April 1964
005The Keys of Marinus
aka The Sea of Death
E"The Sea of Death"
"The Velvet Web"
"The Screaming Jungle"
"The Snows of Terror"
"Sentence of Death"
"The Keys of Marinus"
Terry NationJohn Gorrie11 April 1964
18 April 1964
25 April 1964
2 May 1964
9 May 1964
16 May 1964
006The AztecsF"The Temple of Evil"
"The Warriors of Death"
"The Bride of Sacrifice"
"The Day of Darkness"
John LucarottiJohn Crockett23 May 1964
30 May 1964
6 June 1964
13 June 1964
007The SensoritesG"Strangers in Space"
"The Unwilling Warriors"
"Hidden Danger"
"A Race Against Death"
"A Desperate Venture"
Peter R. NewmanMervyn Pinfield &
Frank Cox
20 June 1964
27 June 1964
11 July 1964
18 July 1964
25 July 1964
1 August 1964
008The Reign of Terror
aka The French Revolution
H"A Land of Fear"
"Guests of Madame Guillotine"
"A Change of Identity"
"The Tyrant of France"
"A Bargain of Necessity"
"Prisoners of Conciergerie"
(episodes 4–5 missing)
Dennis SpoonerHenric Hirsch8 August 1964
15 August 1964
22 August 1964
29 August 1964
5 September 1964
12 September 1964

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.

NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
009Planet of GiantsJ"Planet of Giants"
"Dangerous Journey"
Louis MarksMervyn Pinfield &
Douglas Camfield
31 October 1964
7 November 1964
14 November 1964
010The Dalek Invasion of Earth
aka World's End
K"World's End"
"The Daleks"
"Day of Reckoning"
"The End of Tomorrow"
"The Waking Ally"
Terry NationRichard Martin21 November 1964
28 November 1964
5 December 1964
12 December 1964
19 December 1964
26 December 1964
011The RescueL"The Powerful Enemy"
"Desperate Measures"
David WhitakerChristopher Barry2 January 1965
9 January 1965
012The RomansM"The Slave Traders"
"All Roads Lead to Rome"
Dennis SpoonerChristopher Barry16 January 1965
23 January 1965
30 January 1965
6 February 1965
013The Web Planet
aka The Zarbi
N"The Web Planet"
"The Zarbi"
"Escape to Danger"
"Crater of Needles"
"The Centre"
Bill StruttonRichard Martin13 February 1965
20 February 1965
27 February 1965
6 March 1965
13 March 1965
20 March 1965
014The Crusade
aka The Lionheart
aka The Crusaders
P"The Lion"
"The Knight of Jaffa"
"The Wheel of Fortune"
"The Warlords"
(episodes 2 & 4 missing)
David WhitakerDouglas Camfield27 March 1965
3 April 1965
10 April 1965
17 April 1965
015The Space MuseumQ"The Space Museum"
"The Dimensions of Time"
"The Search"
"The Final Phase"
Glyn JonesMervyn Pinfield24 April 1965
1 May 1965
8 May 1965
15 May 1965
016The ChaseR"The Executioners"
"The Death of Time"
"Flight Through Eternity"
"Journey into Terror"
"The Death of Doctor Who"
"The Planet of Decision"
Terry NationRichard Martin &
Douglas Camfield
22 May 1965
29 May 1965
5 June 1965
12 June 1965
19 June 1965
26 June 1965
017The Time MeddlerS"The Watcher"
"The Meddling Monk"
"A Battle of Wits"
Dennis SpoonerDouglas Camfield3 July 1965
10 July 1965
17 July 1965
24 July 1965

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.

NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
018Galaxy 4T"Four Hundred Dawns"
"Trap of Steel"
"Air Lock"
"The Exploding Planet"
(episodes 1, 2, & 4 missing)
William EmmsDerek Martinus &
Mervyn Pinfield
11 September 1965
18 September 1965
25 September 1965
2 October 1965
019"Mission to the Unknown"
aka "Dalek Cutaway"
T/A, TA or DC"Mission to the Unknown"
Terry NationDerek Martinus9 October 1965
020The Myth MakersU"Temple of Secrets"
"Small Prophet, Quick Return"
"Death of a Spy"
"Horse of Destruction"
(all missing)
Donald CottonMichael Leeston-Smith16 October 1965
23 October 1965
30 October 1965
6 November 1965
021The Daleks' Master PlanV"The Nightmare Begins"
"Day of Armageddon"
"Devil's Planet"
"The Traitors"
"Counter Plot"
"Coronas of the Sun"
"The Feast of Steven"
"Golden Death"
"Escape Switch"
"The Abandoned Planet"
"Destruction of Time"
(episodes 1, 3–4, 6–9, & 11–12 missing)
Terry Nation &
Dennis Spooner
Douglas Camfield13 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
022The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve
aka The Massacre
W"War of God"
"The Sea Beggar"
"Priest of Death"
"Bell of Doom"
(all missing)
John Lucarotti &
Donald Tosh
Paddy Russell5 February 1966
12 February 1966
19 February 1966
26 February 1966
023The ArkX"The Steel Sky"
"The Plague"
"The Return"
"The Bomb"
Paul Erickson &
Lesley Scott
Michael Imison5 March 1966
12 March 1966
19 March 1966
26 March 1966
024The Celestial ToymakerY"The Celestial Toyroom"
"The Hall of Dolls"
"The Dancing Floor"
"The Final Test"
(episodes 1–3 missing)
Brian Hayles &
Donald Tosh
Bill Sellars2 April 1966
9 April 1966
16 April 1966
23 April 1966
025The GunfightersZ"A Holiday for the Doctor"
"Don't Shoot the Pianist"
"Johnny Ringo"
"The OK Corral"
Donald CottonRex Tucker30 April 1966
7 May 1966
14 May 1966
21 May 1966
026The Savages[ε]AA4 episodes
(all missing)
Ian Stuart BlackChristopher Barry28 May – 18 June 1966
027The War MachinesBB4 episodesIan Stuart Black &
Kit Pedler
Michael Ferguson25 June – 16 July 1966

Season 4 (1966–67)

Main article: Doctor Who (season 4)
NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
028The SmugglersCC4 episodes
(all missing)
Brian HaylesJulia Smith10 September – 1 October 1966
029The Tenth PlanetDD4 episodes
(episode 4 missing)
Kit Pedler &
Gerry Davis
Derek Martinus8–29 October 1966

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

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.

NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
030The Power of the DaleksEE6 episodes
(all missing)
David Whitaker &
Dennis Spooner
Christopher Barry5 November – 10 December 1966
031The HighlandersFF4 episodes
(all missing)
Elwyn Jones &
Gerry Davis
Hugh David17 December 1966 – 7 January 1967
032The Underwater MenaceGG4 episodes
(episodes 1 & 4 missing)
Geoffrey OrmeJulia Smith14 January – 4 February 1967
033The MoonbaseHH4 episodes
(episodes 1 & 3 missing)
Kit PedlerMorris Barry11 February – 4 March 1967
034The Macra TerrorJJ4 episodes
(all missing)
Ian Stuart BlackJohn Davies11 March – 1 April 1967
035The Faceless OnesKK6 episodes
(episodes 2 & 4–6 missing)
David Ellis &
Malcolm Hulke
Gerry Mill8 April – 13 May 1967
036The Evil of the DaleksLL7 episodes
(episodes 1 & 3–7 missing)
David WhitakerDerek Martinus20 May – 1 July 1967

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.

NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
037The Tomb of the CybermenMM4 episodesKit Pedler &
Gerry Davis
Morris Barry2–23 September 1967
038The Abominable SnowmenNN6 episodes
(episodes 1 & 3–6 missing)
Mervyn Haisman &
Henry Lincoln
Gerald Blake30 September – 4 November 1967
039The Ice WarriorsOO6 episodes
(episodes 2 & 3 missing)
Brian HaylesDerek Martinus11 November – 16 December 1967
040The Enemy of the WorldPP6 episodes
David WhitakerBarry Letts23 December 1967 – 27 January 1968
041The Web of FearQQ6 episodes
(episode 3 missing)
Mervyn Haisman and Henry LincolnDouglas Camfield3 February – 9 March 1968
042Fury from the DeepRR6 episodes
(all missing)
Victor PembertonHugh David16 March – 20 April 1968
043The Wheel in SpaceSS6 episodes
(episodes 1–2 & 4–5 missing)
David Whitaker and Kit PedlerTristan de Vere Cole27 April – 1 June 1968

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.

NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
044The DominatorsTT5 episodesNorman Ashby
(aka Mervyn Haisman & Henry Lincoln)
Morris Barry10 August – 7 September 1968
045The Mind RobberUU5 episodes (20 mins each)Peter Ling
(and Derrick Sherwin)
David Maloney14 September – 12 October 1968
046The InvasionVV8 episodes
(episodes 1 & 4 missing)
Derrick Sherwin and Kit PedlerDouglas Camfield2 November – 21 December 1968
047The KrotonsWW4 episodesRobert HolmesDavid Maloney28 December 1968 – 18 January 1969
048The Seeds of DeathXX6 episodesBrian Hayles
(and Terrance Dicks)
Michael Ferguson25 January – 1 March 1969
049The Space PiratesYY6 episodes
(episodes 1 & 3–6 missing)
Robert HolmesMichael Hart8 March – 12 April 1969
050The War GamesZZ10 episodesMalcolm Hulke &
Terrance Dicks
David Maloney19 April – 21 June 1969

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.

NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
051Spearhead from SpaceAAA4 episodesRobert HolmesDerek Martinus3–24 January 1970
052Doctor Who and the SiluriansBBB7 episodesMalcolm HulkeTimothy Combe31 January – 14 March 1970
053The Ambassadors of DeathCCC7 episodes[ζ]David Whitaker, Trevor Ray, Terrance Dicks, and Malcolm HulkeMichael Ferguson21 March – 2 May 1970
054InfernoDDD7 episodesDon HoughtonDouglas Camfield & Barry Letts9 May – 20 June 1970

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.

NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
055Terror of the AutonsEEE4 episodesRobert HolmesBarry Letts2–23 January 1971
056The Mind of EvilFFF6 episodes[η]Don HoughtonTimothy Combe30 January – 6 March 1971
057The Claws of AxosGGG4 episodesBob Baker & Dave MartinMichael Ferguson13 March – 3 April 1971
058Colony in SpaceHHH6 episodesMalcolm HulkeMichael E. Briant10 April – 15 May 1971
059The DæmonsJJJ5 episodes"Guy Leopold" (pseudonym for Robert Sloman and Barry Letts)Christopher Barry22 May – 19 June 1971

Season 9 (1972)

Main article: Doctor Who (season 9)
NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
060Day of the DaleksKKK4 episodesLouis MarksPaul Bernard1–22 January 1972
061The Curse of PeladonMMM4 episodesBrian HaylesLennie Mayne29 January – 19 February 1972
062The Sea DevilsLLL6 episodesMalcolm HulkeMichael Briant26 February – 1 April 1972
063The MutantsNNN6 episodesBob Baker and Dave MartinChristopher Barry8 April – 13 May 1972
064The Time MonsterOOO6 episodesRobert Sloman (and Barry Letts)Paul Bernard20 May – 24 June 1972

Season 10 (1972–73)

NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
065The Three Doctors[θ]RRR4 episodesBob Baker and Dave MartinLennie Mayne30 December 1972 – 20 January 1973
066Carnival of MonstersPPP4 episodesRobert HolmesBarry Letts27 January – 17 February 1973
067Frontier in SpaceQQQ6 episodesMalcolm HulkePaul Bernard24 February – 31 March 1973
068Planet of the DaleksSSS6 episodes[ι]Terry NationDavid Maloney7 April – 12 May 1973
069The Green DeathTTT6 episodesRobert Sloman (and Barry Letts)Michael Briant19 May – 23 June 1973

Season 11 (1973–74)

This season introduces the companion Sarah Jane Smith.

NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
070The Time WarriorUUU4 episodesRobert HolmesAlan Bromly15 December 1973 – 5 January 1974
071Invasion of the Dinosaurs[κ]WWW6 episodes[λ]Malcolm HulkePaddy Russell12 January – 16 February 1974
072Death to the DaleksXXX4 episodesTerry NationMichael Briant23 February – 16 March 1974
073The Monster of PeladonYYY6 episodesBrian HaylesLennie Mayne23 March – 27 April 1974
074Planet of the SpidersZZZ6 episodesRobert Sloman (and Barry Letts)Barry Letts4 May – 8 June 1974

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.

NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
075Robot4A4 episodesTerrance DicksChristopher Barry28 December 1974 – 18 January 1975
076The Ark in Space4C4 episodesRobert Holmes (and John Lucarotti)Rodney Bennett25 January – 15 February 1975
077The Sontaran Experiment4B2 episodesBob Baker & Dave MartinRodney Bennett22 February – 1 March 1975
078Genesis of the Daleks4E6 episodesTerry NationDavid Maloney8 March – 12 April 1975
079Revenge of the Cybermen4D4 episodesGerry DavisMichael Briant19 April – 10 May 1975

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.

NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
080Terror of the Zygons4F4 episodesRobert Banks StewartDouglas Camfield30 August – 20 September 1975
081Planet of Evil4H4 episodesLouis MarksDavid Maloney27 September – 18 October 1975
082Pyramids of Mars4G4 episodesStephen Harris (pseudonym for Robert Holmes and Lewis Greifer)Paddy Russell25 October – 15 November 1975
083The Android Invasion4J4 episodesTerry NationBarry Letts22 November – 13 December 1975
084The Brain of Morbius4K4 episodesRobin Bland (pseudonym for Terrance Dicks and Robert Holmes)Christopher Barry3–24 January 1976
085The Seeds of Doom4L6 episodesRobert Banks StewartDouglas Camfield31 January – 6 March 1976

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.

NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
086The Masque of Mandragora4M4 episodesLouis MarksRodney Bennett4–25 September 1976
087The Hand of Fear4N4 episodesBob Baker & Dave MartinLennie Mayne2–23 October 1976
088The Deadly Assassin4P4 episodesRobert HolmesDavid Maloney30 October – 20 November 1976
089The Face of Evil4Q4 episodesChris BoucherPennant Roberts1–22 January 1977
090The Robots of Death4R4 episodesChris BoucherMichael Briant29 January – 19 February 1977
091The Talons of Weng-Chiang4S6 episodesRobert Holmes (and Robert Banks Stewart)David Maloney26 February – 2 April 1977

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.

NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
092Horror of Fang Rock4V4 episodesTerrance DicksPaddy Russell3–24 September 1977
093The Invisible Enemy4T4 episodesBob Baker & Dave MartinDerrick Goodwin1–22 October 1977
094Image of the Fendahl4X4 episodesChris BoucherGeorge Spenton-Foster29 October – 19 November 1977
095The Sun Makers4W4 episodesRobert HolmesPennant Roberts26 November – 17 December 1977
096Underworld4Y4 episodesBob Baker & Dave MartinNorman Stewart7–28 January 1978
097The Invasion of Time4Z6 episodesDavid Agnew (pseudonym for Graham Williams and Anthony Read)Gerald Blake4 February – 11 March 1978

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.

NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
098The Ribos Operation5A4 episodesRobert HolmesGeorge Spenton-Foster2–23 September 1978
099The Pirate Planet5B4 episodesDouglas AdamsPennant Roberts30 September – 21 October 1978
100The Stones of Blood5C4 episodesDavid FisherDarrol Blake28 October – 18 November 1978
101The Androids of Tara5D4 episodesDavid FisherMichael Hayes25 November – 16 December 1978
102The Power of Kroll5E4 episodesRobert HolmesNorman Stewart23 December 1978 – 13 January 1979
103The Armageddon Factor5F6 episodesBob Baker and Dave MartinMichael Hayes20 January – 24 February 1979

Season 17 (1979–80)

NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
104Destiny of the Daleks5J4 episodesTerry NationKen Grieve1–22 September 1979
105City of Death5H4 episodesDavid Agnew (pseudonym for Douglas Adams, Graham Williams, and David Fisher)Michael Hayes29 September – 20 October 1979
106The Creature from the Pit5G4 episodesDavid FisherChristopher Barry27 October – 17 November 1979
107Nightmare of Eden5K4 episodesBob BakerAlan Bromly24 November – 15 December 1979
108The Horns of Nimon5L4 episodesAnthony ReadKenny McBain22 December 1979 – 12 January 1980
Shada[β]5M6 episodesDouglas AdamsPennant RobertsUnaired

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.

NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
109The Leisure Hive5N4 episodesDavid FisherLovett Bickford30 August – 20 September 1980
110Meglos5Q4 episodesJohn Flanagan and Andrew McCullochTerence Dudley27 September – 18 October 1980
111Full Circle5R4 episodesAndrew SmithPeter Grimwade25 October – 15 November 1980
112State of Decay5P4 episodesTerrance DicksPeter Moffatt22 November – 13 December 1980
113Warriors' Gate5S4 episodesStephen GallagherPaul Joyce & Graeme Harper3–24 January 1981
114The Keeper of Traken5T4 episodesJohnny ByrneJohn Black31 January – 21 February 1981
115Logopolis5V4 episodesChristopher H. BidmeadPeter Grimwade28 February – 21 March 1981

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, after which he was replaced by Eric Saward. 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.

NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
116Castrovalva5Z4 episodesChristopher H. BidmeadFiona Cumming4–12 January 1982
117Four to Doomsday5W4 episodesTerence DudleyJohn Black18–26 January 1982
118Kinda5Y4 episodesChristopher BaileyPeter Grimwade1–9 February 1982
119The Visitation5X4 episodesEric SawardPeter Moffatt15–23 February 1982
120Black Orchid6A2 episodesTerence DudleyRon Jones1–2 March 1982
121Earthshock6B4 episodesEric SawardPeter Grimwade8–16 March 1982
122Time-Flight6C4 episodesPeter GrimwadeRon Jones22–30 March 1982

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.

NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
123Arc of Infinity6E4 episodesJohnny ByrneRon Jones3–12 January 1983
124Snakedance6D4 episodesChristopher BaileyFiona Cumming18–26 January 1983
125Mawdryn Undead6F4 episodesPeter GrimwadePeter Moffatt1–9 February 1983
126Terminus6G4 episodesStephen GallagherMary Ridge15–23 February 1983
127Enlightenment6H4 episodesBarbara CleggFiona Cumming1–9 March 1983
128The King's Demons6J2 episodesTerence DudleyTony Virgo15–16 March 1983

Special (1983)

NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
129The Five Doctors[μ]6K20th anniversary special (90 mins)Terrance DicksPeter Moffatt23 November 1983 (USA)
25 November 1983 (UK)

Season 21 (1984)

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

NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
130Warriors of the Deep6L4 episodesJohnny ByrnePennant Roberts5–13 January 1984
131The Awakening6M2 episodesEric PringleMichael Owen Morris19–20 January 1984
132Frontios6N4 episodesChristopher H. BidmeadRon Jones26 January – 3 February 1984
133Resurrection of the Daleks6P2 episodes (45 mins each)[ν]Eric SawardMatthew Robinson8–15 February 1984
134Planet of Fire6Q4 episodesPeter GrimwadeFiona Cumming23 February – 2 March 1984
135The Caves of Androzani6R4 episodesRobert HolmesGraeme Harper8–16 March 1984

Sixth Doctor

The Sixth Doctor was portrayed by Colin Baker.

Season 21 (1984) continued

NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
136The Twin Dilemma6S4 episodesAnthony StevenPeter Moffatt22–30 March 1984

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.

NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
137Attack of the Cybermen6T2 episodesPaula MooreMatthew Robinson5–12 January 1985
138Vengeance on Varos6V2 episodesPhilip MartinRon Jones19–26 January 1985
139The Mark of the Rani6X2 episodesPip and Jane BakerSarah Hellings2–9 February 1985
140The Two Doctors6W3 episodesRobert HolmesPeter Moffatt16 February – 2 March 1985
141Timelash6Y2 episodesGlen McCoyPennant Roberts9–16 March 1985
142Revelation of the Daleks6Z2 episodesEric SawardGraeme Harper23–30 March 1985

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[8] (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.

NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
143Episodes 1-4 (The Mysterious Planet)7A4 episodesRobert HolmesNicholas Mallett6–27 September 1986
Episodes 5-8 (Mindwarp)7B4 episodesPhilip MartinRon Jones4–25 October 1986
Episodes 9-12 (Terror of the Vervoids)7C[9]4 episodesPip and Jane BakerChris Clough1–22 November 1986
Episodes 13-14 (The Ultimate Foe)7C[9]2 episodes
(Episode 2 is 30 minutes)
Robert Holmes and Pip and Jane BakerChris Clough29 November – 6 December 1986

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.

NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
144Time and the Rani7D4 episodesPip and Jane BakerAndrew Morgan7–28 September 1987
145Paradise Towers7E4 episodesStephen WyattNicholas Mallett5–26 October 1987
146Delta and the Bannermen7F3 episodesMalcolm KohllChris Clough2–16 November 1987
147Dragonfire7G3 episodesIan BriggsChris Clough23 November – 7 December 1987

Season 25 (1988–89)

The series was moved to Wednesdays.

NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
148Remembrance of the Daleks7H4 episodesBen AaronovitchAndrew Morgan5–26 October 1988
149The Happiness Patrol7L3 episodesGraeme CurryChris Clough2–16 November 1988
150Silver Nemesis7K3 episodesKevin ClarkeChris Clough23 November – 7 December 1988 (UK)
25 November 1988 (New Zealand)[ξ]
151The Greatest Show in the Galaxy7J4 episodesStephen WyattAlan Wareing14 December 1988 – 4 January 1989

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.

NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
152Battlefield7N4 episodesBen AaronovitchMichael Kerrigan6–27 September 1989
153Ghost Light7Q3 episodesMarc PlattAlan Wareing4–18 October 1989
154The Curse of Fenric7M4 episodesIan BriggsNicholas Mallett25 October – 15 November 1989
155Survival7P3 episodesRona MunroAlan Wareing22 November – 6 December 1989

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)

NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
156Doctor WhoTVM[ο]Television movie (89 mins)Matthew JacobsGeoffrey Sax12 May 1996 (Canada)
14 May 1996 (USA)
27 May 1996 (UK)

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.

NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
157"Rose"1.11 episodeRussell T DaviesKeith Boak26 March 2005
158"The End of the World"1.21 episodeRussell T DaviesEuros Lyn2 April 2005
159"The Unquiet Dead"1.31 episodeMark GatissEuros Lyn9 April 2005
160"Aliens of London"
"World War Three"
2 episodesRussell T DaviesKeith Boak16 April 2005
23 April 2005
161"Dalek"1.61 episodeRobert ShearmanJoe Ahearne30 April 2005
162"The Long Game"1.71 episodeRussell T DaviesBrian Grant7 May 2005
163"Father's Day"1.81 episodePaul CornellJoe Ahearne14 May 2005
164"The Empty Child"
"The Doctor Dances"
2 episodesSteven MoffatJames Hawes21 May 2005
28 May 2005
165"Boom Town"1.111 episodeRussell T DaviesJoe Ahearne4 June 2005
166"Bad Wolf"
"The Parting of the Ways"
2 episodesRussell T DaviesJoe Ahearne11 June 2005
18 June 2005

Tenth Doctor

The Tenth Doctor was portrayed by David Tennant, who was cast before the first series aired.[14] Mal Young vacated his position as executive producer when he departed the BBC after Series 1. He was not replaced in that capacity.

Specials (2005)

NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
"Doctor Who: Children in Need"CINChildren in Need special (7 mins)Russell T DaviesEuros Lyn18 November 2005
167"The Christmas Invasion"2.XChristmas special (60 mins)Russell T DaviesJames Hawes25 December 2005

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.

NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
168"New Earth"2.11 episodeRussell T DaviesJames Hawes15 April 2006
169"Tooth and Claw"2.21 episodeRussell T DaviesEuros Lyn22 April 2006
170"School Reunion"2.31 episodeToby WhithouseJames Hawes29 April 2006
171"The Girl in the Fireplace"2.41 episodeSteven MoffatEuros Lyn6 May 2006
172"Rise of the Cybermen"
"The Age of Steel"
2 episodesTom MacRaeGraeme Harper13 May 2006
20 May 2006
173"The Idiot's Lantern"2.71 episodeMark GatissEuros Lyn27 May 2006
174"The Impossible Planet"
"The Satan Pit"
2 episodesMatt JonesJames Strong3 June 2006
10 June 2006
175"Love & Monsters"2.101 episodeRussell T DaviesDan Zeff17 June 2006
176"Fear Her"2.111 episodeMatthew GrahamEuros Lyn24 June 2006
177"Army of Ghosts"
2 episodesRussell T DaviesGraeme Harper1 July 2006
8 July 2006

Special (2006)

NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
178"The Runaway Bride"3.XChristmas special (60 mins)Russell T DaviesEuros Lyn25 December 2006

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.

NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
179"Smith and Jones"3.11 episodeRussell T DaviesCharles Palmer31 March 2007
180"The Shakespeare Code"3.21 episodeGareth RobertsCharles Palmer7 April 2007
181"Gridlock"3.31 episodeRussell T DaviesRichard Clark14 April 2007
182"Daleks in Manhattan"
"Evolution of the Daleks"
2 episodesHelen RaynorJames Strong21 April 2007
28 April 2007
183"The Lazarus Experiment"3.61 episodeStephen GreenhornRichard Clark5 May 2007
184"42"3.71 episodeChris ChibnallGraeme Harper19 May 2007
185"Human Nature"
"The Family of Blood"
2 episodesPaul CornellCharles Palmer26 May 2007
2 June 2007
186"Blink"3.101 episodeSteven MoffatHettie MacDonald9 June 2007
"The Sound of Drums"
"Last of the Time Lords"
3 episodes
(3.13 is 52 mins)
Russell T DaviesGraeme Harper (3.11)
Colin Teague (3.12 & 3.13)
16 June 2007
23 June 2007
30 June 2007

Specials (2007)

NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
"Time Crash"CIN2Children in Need special (8 mins)Steven MoffatGraeme Harper16 November 2007
188"Voyage of the Damned"4.XChristmas special (72 mins)Russell T DaviesJames Strong25 December 2007

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.

NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
189"Partners in Crime"4.11 episode (50 mins)Russell T DaviesJames Strong5 April 2008
190"The Fires of Pompeii"4.3[π]1 episode (50 mins)James MoranColin Teague12 April 2008
191"Planet of the Ood"4.2[π]1 episodeKeith TempleGraeme Harper19 April 2008
192"The Sontaran Stratagem"
"The Poison Sky"
2 episodesHelen RaynorDouglas Mackinnon26 April 2008
3 May 2008
193"The Doctor's Daughter"4.61 episodeStephen GreenhornAlice Troughton10 May 2008
194"The Unicorn and the Wasp"4.71 episodeGareth RobertsGraeme Harper17 May 2008
195"Silence in the Library"
"Forest of the Dead"
2 episodesSteven MoffatEuros Lyn31 May 2008
7 June 2008
196"Midnight"4.8[π]1 episodeRussell T DaviesAlice Troughton14 June 2008
197"Turn Left"4.111 episode (50 mins)Russell T DaviesGraeme Harper21 June 2008
198"The Stolen Earth"
"Journey's End"
2 episodes
(4.13 is 65 mins)
Russell T DaviesGraeme Harper28 June 2008
5 July 2008

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.

NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
199"The Next Doctor"4.14Christmas special (60 mins)Russell T DaviesAndy Goddard25 December 2008
200"Planet of the Dead"4.15Easter special (60 mins)Russell T Davies & Gareth RobertsJames Strong11 April 2009
201"The Waters of Mars"4.16Autumn special (60 mins)Russell T Davies & Phil FordGraeme Harper15 November 2009
202The End of Time4.17
Christmas special (60 mins)
New Year's special (75 mins)
Russell T DaviesEuros Lyn25 December 2009
1 January 2010

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".

NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
203"The Eleventh Hour"1.11 episode (65 mins)Steven MoffatAdam Smith3 April 2010
204"The Beast Below"1.21 episodeSteven MoffatAndrew Gunn10 April 2010
205"Victory of the Daleks"1.31 episodeMark GatissAndrew Gunn17 April 2010
206"The Time of Angels"
"Flesh and Stone"
2 episodesSteven MoffatAdam Smith24 April 2010
1 May 2010
207"The Vampires of Venice"1.61 episode (50 mins)Toby WhithouseJonny Campbell8 May 2010
208"Amy's Choice"1.71 episodeSimon NyeCatherine Morshead15 May 2010
209"The Hungry Earth"
"Cold Blood"
2 episodes
Chris ChibnallAshley Way22 May 2010
29 May 2010
210"Vincent and the Doctor"1.101 episodeRichard CurtisJonny Campbell5 June 2010
211"The Lodger"1.111 episodeGareth RobertsCatherine Morshead12 June 2010
212"The Pandorica Opens"
"The Big Bang"
2 episodes
(50 and 55 mins)
Steven MoffatToby Haynes19 June 2010
26 June 2010

Specials (2010–11)

Sanne Wohlenberg produced "A Christmas Carol".

NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
213"A Christmas Carol"2.XChristmas special (60 mins)Steven MoffatToby Haynes25 December 2010
2 Comic Relief specials (3 mins each)Steven MoffatRichard Senior18 March 2011

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".

NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
214"The Impossible Astronaut"
"Day of the Moon"
2 episodesSteven MoffatToby Haynes23 April 2011
30 April 2011
215"The Curse of the Black Spot"2.9[ρ]1 episodeStephen ThompsonJeremy Webb7 May 2011
216"The Doctor's Wife"2.3[ρ]1 episodeNeil GaimanRichard Clark14 May 2011
217"The Rebel Flesh"
"The Almost People"
2 episodesMatthew GrahamJulian Simpson21 May 2011
28 May 2011
218"A Good Man Goes to War"2.71 episode (50 mins)Steven MoffatPeter Hoar4 June 2011
219"Let's Kill Hitler"2.81 episode (50 mins)Steven MoffatRichard Senior27 August 2011
220"Night Terrors"2.4[ρ]1 episodeMark GatissRichard Clark3 September 2011
221"The Girl Who Waited"2.101 episodeTom MacRaeNick Hurran10 September 2011
222"The God Complex"2.111 episode (50 mins)Toby WhithouseNick Hurran17 September 2011
223"Closing Time"2.121 episodeGareth RobertsSteve Hughes24 September 2011
224"The Wedding of River Song"2.131 episodeSteven MoffatJeremy Webb1 October 2011

Specials (2011–12)

The Christmas special was executive produced by Moffat, Wenger and Caroline Skinner.[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]

NoTitleCodeEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
225"The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe"X11Christmas special (60 mins)Steven MoffatFarren Blackburn25 December 2011
Pond Life5 mini-episodesChris ChibnallSaul Metzstein27–31 August 2012 (webcast)
1 September 2012 (BBC Red Button)

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.

NoTitleEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
226"Asylum of the Daleks"1 episode (50 mins)Steven MoffatNick Hurran1 September 2012
227"Dinosaurs on a Spaceship"1 episodeChris ChibnallSaul Metzstein8 September 2012
228"A Town Called Mercy"1 episodeToby WhithouseSaul Metzstein15 September 2012
229"The Power of Three"1 episodeChris ChibnallDouglas Mackinnon22 September 2012
230"The Angels Take Manhattan"1 episodeSteven MoffatNick Hurran29 September 2012

Specials (2012)

NoTitleEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
"P.S."1 mini-episode (5 mins)Chris Chibnall12 October 2012 (webcast)
"The Great Detective"1 mini-episode (3 mins)Steven Moffat16 November 2012
231"The Snowmen"Christmas special (60 mins)Steven MoffatSaul Metzstein25 December 2012

Series 7 (2012–13) continued

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.

NoTitleEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
232"The Bells of Saint John"1 episodeSteven MoffatColm McCarthy30 March 2013
233"The Rings of Akhaten"1 episodeNeil CrossFarren Blackburn6 April 2013
234"Cold War"1 episodeMark GatissDouglas Mackinnon13 April 2013
235"Hide"1 episodeNeil CrossJamie Payne20 April 2013
236"Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS"1 episodeStephen ThompsonMat King27 April 2013
237"The Crimson Horror"1 episodeMark GatissSaul Metzstein4 May 2013
238"Nightmare in Silver"1 episodeNeil GaimanStephen Woolfenden11 May 2013
239"The Name of the Doctor"1 episodeSteven MoffatSaul Metzstein18 May 2013

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.

NoTitleEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
"The Night of the Doctor"1 mini-episode (7 mins)Steven MoffatJohn Hayes14 November 2013 (webcast)
16 November 2013 (BBC Red Button)
"The Last Day"1 mini-episode (4 mins)Steven MoffatJamie Stone21 November 2013 (webcast)
240"The Day of the Doctor"50th anniversary special (75 mins)Steven MoffatNick Hurran23 November 2013
241"The Time of the Doctor"Christmas special (60 mins)Steven MoffatJamie Payne25 December 2013

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".

NoTitleEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
242"Deep Breath"1 episode (76 mins)Steven MoffatBen Wheatley23 August 2014
243"Into the Dalek"1 episodePhil Ford & Steven MoffatBen Wheatley30 August 2014
244"Robot of Sherwood"1 episodeMark GatissPaul Murphy6 September 2014
245"Listen"1 episodeSteven MoffatDouglas Mackinnon13 September 2014
246"Time Heist"1 episodeStephen Thompson & Steven MoffatDouglas Mackinnon20 September 2014
247"The Caretaker"1 episodeGareth Roberts & Steven MoffatPaul Murphy27 September 2014
248"Kill the Moon"1 episodePeter HarnessPaul Wilmshurst4 October 2014
249"Mummy on the Orient Express"1 episodeJamie MathiesonPaul Wilmshurst11 October 2014
250"Flatline"1 episodeJamie MathiesonDouglas Mackinnon18 October 2014
251"In the Forest of the Night"1 episodeFrank Cottrell BoyceSheree Folkson25 October 2014
252"Dark Water"
"Death in Heaven"
2 episodes
(45 and 60 mins)
Steven MoffatRachel Talalay1 November 2014
8 November 2014

Special (2014)

Filming on the 2014 Christmas Special began in September 2014, with both Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman confirmed to return.[22] Filming wrapped on 3 October 2014.[23]

NoTitleEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
253"Last Christmas"[24]Christmas special[25]Steven Moffat[25]Paul Wilmshurst[26]Christmas 2014

Series 9

Steven Moffat stated that Peter Capaldi is confirmed to return for another series, but Jenna Coleman has not at this time.[27] Moffat will write the opening story, and Catherine Tregenna will write an episode.[28][29]

NoTitleEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
254TBA1 episodeSteven Moffat[28]TBATBA

Other stories

Television broadcasts

There have also been several special Doctor Who episodes and serials that are produced by the BBC. They usually consist of spoofs and crossovers with other TV shows, and stories produced for special occasions.

TitleEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
"A Fix with Sontarans"1 episode, 9 minutesEric SawardMarcus Mortimer23 February 1985
A segment of Jim'll Fix It during Colin Baker's tenure as the Sixth Doctor, also starring Janet Fielding as Tegan Jovanka.
"Search Out Science: The Ultimate Challenge"[30] or "Search Out Space"1 episode, 20 minutesLambros Atteshlis and Stuart Berry-Anne BillingsleyStuart Berry-Anne Billingsley21 November 1990
A special edition of the children's education programme Search Out Science featuring Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor, Sophie Aldred as Ace and John Leeson as K-9.
Dimensions in Time2 episodes, 13 minutes totalJohn Nathan-Turner and David RodenStuart MacDonald26–27 November 1993
A thirtieth anniversary programme for Doctor Who. The special was also a crossover with EastEnders. It featured Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor plus many of the companions.
Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death4 parts, 23 minutes totalSteven MoffatJohn Henderson12 March 1999
A Comic Relief spoof, starring Rowan Atkinson, Richard E. Grant, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant, and Joanna Lumley as the Doctor, and Jonathan Pryce as the Master.
"Attack of the Graske"14-minute interactive episodeGareth RobertsAshley Way25 December 2005
An interactive "mini-episode" debuting on the BBC Red Button service
The Infinite Quest13 parts, 45 minutes totalAlan BarnesGary Russell2 April – 30 June 2007
An animated serial debuting as segments during Totally Doctor Who made during David Tennant's tenure as The Doctor, plus his companion Martha Jones.
"Music of the Spheres"7 minutesRussell T DaviesEuros Lyn27 July 2008
BBC iPlayer and BBC Radio 3 (audio only)
1 January 2009[31]
A segment of the 2008 BBC Proms
"Doctor Who: Tonight's the Night"3 minutesRussell T DaviesAlice Troughton23 May 2009
A segment of Tonight's the Night written for the winner of the Doctor Who Alien Talent Search competition.[32] Starring the competition winner Tim Ingham as Sao Til,[33] John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness and David Tennant as himself.
Dreamland6 parts, 45 minutes totalPhil FordGary Russell21–26 November 2009[34]
BBC Red Button and online
5 December 2009
An animated serial debuting on the BBC Red Button service and the BBC Doctor Who website, and later broadcast as one episode on BBC Two.
"Death Is the Only Answer"[35]4 minutesThe Children of Oakley Junior SchoolJeremy Webb1 October 2011
Doctor Who Confidential special
"Good as Gold"[36][37]3 minutesThe Children of Ashdene SchoolSaul Metzstein[38]24 May 2012
Blue Peter special
The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot31 minutesPeter DavisonPeter Davison23 November 2013
A 50th anniversary Doctor Who comedy homage debuting on the BBC Red Button service, featuring former stars Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and others.

Home video releases

TitleEpisodesWriterDirectorRelease date
Meanwhile in the TARDIS2 episodes, 7 minutes totalSteven MoffatEuros Lyn8 November 2010
Two additional scenes, starring Matt Smith and Karen Gillan, specially filmed for "The Complete Fifth Series" boxset which reveal what occurred between selected regular episodes. The first instalment is set between "The Eleventh Hour" and "The Beast Below", the second is set between "Flesh and Stone" and "The Vampires of Venice".
Night and the Doctor[39]"Bad Night"
"Good Night"
"First Night"
"Last Night"
"Up All Night", 16 minutes total
Steven MoffatRichard Senior[40]21 November 2011
Five additional scenes written and produced for "The Complete Sixth Series" boxset.

Radio broadcasts

There have been many Doctor Who radio broadcasts over the years. In addition to a small number of in-house BBC productions, a larger number of radio plays produced by Big Finish began to be broadcast on BBC Radio 7 from 2005, featuring the Eighth Doctor (again played by Paul McGann) with mainstay companions Charley Pollard and later Lucie Miller. Initially, these were broadcasts of Big Finish productions that had already been released on CD. However, the series that began with Blood of the Daleks and concluded with Human Resources was specially commissioned by the BBC from Big Finish for broadcast prior to the CD release. Many more of these were released on CD than were broadcast on the radio; only those plays broadcast by the BBC are listed here. See the list of Doctor Who audio releases as a starting point for other audio plays and audio books, notably the list of Doctor Who audio plays by Big Finish which includes considerably more plays than were broadcast.

TitleEpisodesWriterDirector/ProducerOriginal airdate
Movietime: "Daleks – Invasion Earth – 2150 A.D."1 episodeGordon Gow (adaptation)Tony Luke18 November 1966[41][42]
A narrated broadcast of the soundtrack of the second Dalek film on the BBC Light Programme
"Exploration Earth: The Time Machine"1 episode, 20 minutesBernard VenablesMike Howarth and David Lyttle4 October 1976
An educational Radio 4 drama featuring the Fourth Doctor
Slipback6 episodes, 10 minutes eachEric SawardPaul Spencer25 July – 8 August 1985
A Radio 4 serial featuring the Sixth Doctor
The Paradise of Death5 episodes, 30 minutes eachBarry LettsPhil Clarke27 August – 24 September 1993
A Radio 5 serial featuring the Third Doctor
Doctor Who and the Ghosts of N-Space6 episodes, 30 minutes eachBarry LettsPhil Clarke20 January – 24 February 1996
A Radio 2 drama featuring the Third Doctor

The following are all Eighth Doctor dramas produced by Big Finish and broadcast on BBC Radio 7.

TitleEpisodesWriterDirector/ProducerOriginal airdate
Storm Warning4 episodes, 25 minutes eachAlan BarnesGary Russell6–27 August 2005
Sword of Orion4 episodes, 25 minutes eachNicholas BriggsNicholas Briggs3–24 September 2005
The Stones of Venice4 episodes, 25 minutes eachPaul MagrsGary Russell1–22 October 2005
Invaders from Mars4 episodes, 25 minutes eachMark GatissMark Gatiss29 October – 19 November 2005
Shada1 episode, 150 minutesDouglas Adams & Gary RussellNicholas Pegg10 December 2005
The Chimes of Midnight4 episodes, 25 minutes eachRobert ShearmanBarnaby Edwards17 December 2005 – 7 January 2006
Blood of the Daleks2 episodes, 50 minutes eachSteve LyonsNicholas Briggs31 December 2006 – 7 January 2007
Horror of Glam Rock1 episode, 50 minutesPaul MagrsBarnaby Edwards14 January 2007
Immortal Beloved1 episode, 50 minutesJonathan ClementsJason Haigh-Ellery21 January 2007
Phobos1 episode, 50 minutesEddie RobsonBarnaby Edwards28 January 2007
No More Lies1 episode, 50 minutesPaul SuttonBarnaby Edwards4 February 2007
Human Resources2 episodes, 50 minutes eachEddie RobsonNicholas Briggs11–18 February 2007
Dead London1 episode, 50 minutesPat MillsBarnaby Edwards19 October 2008
Max Warp1 episode, 50 minutesJonathan MorrisBarnaby Edwards26 October 2008
Brave New Town1 episode, 50 minutesJonathan ClementsBarnaby Edwards2 November 2008
The Skull of Sobek1 episode, 50 minutesMarc PlattBarnaby Edwards9 November 2008
Grand Theft Cosmos1 episode, 50 minutesEddie RobsonBarnaby Edwards19 November 2008
The Zygon Who Fell to Earth1 episode, 50 minutesPaul MagrsBarnaby Edwards23 November 2008
Sisters of the Flame1 episode, 55 minutesNicholas BriggsNicholas Briggs31 October 2009[43]
Vengeance of Morbius1 episode, 55 minutesNicholas BriggsNicholas Briggs18 December 2009
Orbis2 episodes, 30 minutes eachAlan Barnes & Nicholas BriggsNicholas Briggs16–23 May 2010
The Beast of Orlok2 episodes, 30 minutes eachBarnaby EdwardsBarnaby Edwards30 May – 6 June 2010
Scapegoat2 episodes, 30 minutes eachPat MillsNicholas Briggs13–20 June 2010
The Cannibalists2 episodes, 30 minutes eachJonathan MorrisJason Haigh-Ellery27 June – 4 July 2010
Death in Blackpool1 60-minute episodeAlan BarnesBarnaby Edwards7 January 2013
Situation Vacant1 60-minute episodeEddie RobsonNicholas Briggs8 January 2013
Nevermore1 60-minute episodeAlan BarnesNicholas Briggs9 January 2013
The Books of Kells1 60-minute episodeBarnaby EdwardsBarnaby Edwards10 January 2013
Deimos1 60-minute episodeJonathan MorrisBarnaby Edwards11 January 2013
The Resurrection of Mars1 60-minute episodeJonathan MorrisBarnaby Edwards14 January 2013
Relative Dimensions1 60-minute episodeMarc PlattBarnaby Edwards15 January 2013
Prisoner of the Sun1 60-minute episodeEddie RobsonJason Haigh-Ellery16 January 2013
Lucie Miller1 60-minute episodeNicholas BriggsNicholas Briggs17 January 2013
To the Death1 60-minute episodeNicholas BriggsNicholas Briggs18 January 2013

In 2011, BBC Radio 4 Extra began a series of Fifth Doctor dramas produced by Big Finish.

TitleEpisodesWriterDirector/ProducerOriginal airdate
Cobwebs4 episodes, 30 minutes eachJonathan MorrisBarnaby Edwards16–20 May 2011[44]
The Whispering Forest4 episodes, 30 minutes eachStephen ColeBarnaby Edwards20–25 May 2011[44]
The Cradle of the Snake4 episodes, 30 minutes eachMarc PlattBarnaby Edwards26 May – 1 June 2011

December 2011 saw the broadcast of the Fourth Doctor audio Hornets' Nest on BBC Radio 4 Extra.

TitleEpisodesWriterDirector/ProducerOriginal airdate
The Stuff of Nightmares2 episodes, 30 minutes eachPaul MagrsKate Thomas12–13 December 2011[45][46]
The Dead Shoes2 episodes, 30 minutes eachPaul MagrsKate Thomas14–15 December 2011[47][48]
The Circus of Doom2 episodes, 30 minutes eachPaul MagrsKate Thomas16 & 19 December 2011[49][50]
A Sting in the Tale2 episodes, 30 minutes eachPaul MagrsKate Thomas20–21 December 2011[51][52]
Hive of Horror2 episodes, 30 minutes eachPaul MagrsKate Thomas22–23 December 2011[53][54]

In 2012, BBC Radio 4 Extra began a series of Seventh Doctor dramas produced by Big Finish.

TitleEpisodesWriterDirector/ProducerOriginal airdate
A Thousand Tiny Wings3 episodes, 30 minutes eachAndy LaneLisa Bowerman21–23 May 2012
Survival of the Fittest4 episodes, 30 minutes eachJonathan ClementsJohn Ainsworth24–29 May 2012[55][56][57][58]
The Architects of History4 episodes, 30 minutes eachSteve LyonsJohn Ainsworth30 May – 4 June 2012[59][60]

Audiobook readings

BBC Radio 4 Extra has aired some of BBC Audio's audiobook readings of Classic Series novelisations, all read by Tom Baker.

TitleEpisodesWriterReaderOriginal airdates
Doctor Who and the Giant Robot8 episodes, 30 min eachTerrance DicksTom Baker5–14 April 2010[61]
Doctor Who and The Brain of Morbius8 episodes, 30 min eachTerrance DicksTom Baker15–26 April 2010[61]
Doctor Who and the Creature from the Pit7 episodes, 30 min eachDavid FisherTom Baker27 April – 5 May 2010[61]
Doctor Who and the Pyramids of Mars6 episodes, 30 min eachTerrance DicksTom Baker26 December 2011 – 2 January 2012[61]

50th Anniversary

In 2013, BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast 8 audio adventures and talking books from both Big Finish and Audio Go under the title of Doctor Who at 50.

TitleEpisodesWriterReader / StarringOriginal airdates
Doctor Who and the Daleks10 episodes, 30 mins eachDavid WhitakerWilliam Russell16 November 2013[62]
Protect and Survive4 episodes, 30 mins eachJonathan MorrisSylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred & Philip Olivier17 November 2013[62]
1963: Fanfare for the Common Men4 episodes, 30 mins eachJohn DorneyPeter Davison & Sarah Sutton18 November 2013[62]
A Thousand Tiny Wings3 episodes, 30 mins eachAndy LaneSylvester McCoy & Tracey Childs19 November 2013[62]
Farwell, Great Macedon3 episodes, 2 x 30 mins & 1 x 165 minsMoris Farhi; adapted by Nigel RobinsonWilliam Russell & Carol Ann Ford20 November 2013[62]
Human Resources2 episodes, 60 mins eachEddie RobsonPaul McGann & Sheridan Smith21 November 2013[62]
The Dalek Invasion of Earth2 episodes, 1 x 60 mins & 1 x 195 minsTerrance DicksWilliam Russell22 November 2013[62]
Lucie Miller / To the Death2 episodes, 60 mins eachNicholas BriggsPaul McGann & Sheridan Smith24 November 2013


TitleEpisodesWriterDirectorOriginal airdate
Death Comes to Time13 parts, 140 minutes in totalColin MeekDan Freedman13 July 2001 (pilot)
14 February – 3 May 2002 (regular)
An illustrated audio webcast for BBCi featuring the Seventh Doctor.
Real Time6 parts, 12 minutes eachGary RussellGary Russell2 August – 6 September 2002
An illustrated audio webcast for BBCi featuring the Sixth Doctor.
Shada6 parts, 25 minutes eachDouglas AdamsNicholas Pegg2 May – 6 June 2003
An illustrated audio webcast for BBCi featuring the Eighth Doctor in a remake of the unfinished Fourth Doctor serial.
Scream of the Shalka6 parts, 15 minutes eachPaul CornellWilson Milam13 November – 18 December 2003
Animated webcast for BBCi featuring an alternative version of the Ninth Doctor known as the Shalka Doctor, played by Richard E. Grant.

Death Comes to Time was released on CD by the BBC, and later re-released as an MP3 CD featuring the original illustrations. Real Time and Shada were released on CD by Big Finish. The webcast for Shada was released on DVD on 7 January 2013 as part of 'The Legacy Collection' and is only viewable on a PC or MAC. Scream of the Shalka was released in novel form in the Past Doctor Adventures series. While it has been classified for DVD release by the BBFC,[63] a planned release was postponed due to the programme's return to television. It was later released on 16 September 2013.[64]

Video games

In 1983 Doctor Who: The First Adventure was released for the BBC Micro.[65] followed by Doctor Who and the Warlord in 1985[66] and Doctor Who and the Mines of Terror also in 1985.[67] Later several other games were released.

The Adventure Games

On 7 April 2010, the BBC announced that the fifth series would be supplemented with four "interactive episodes",[68] released online for free in the UK. They are described as "part of the Doctor Who universe", and will "go on to define the look and feel of future TV episodes." Executively produced by Moffat, Wenger and Willis with Anwen Aspden and Charles Cecil, the games are developed by Sumo Digital and written by Phil Ford and James Moran. Matt Smith and Karen Gillan provide full voiceovers for the digitised Doctor and Amy, both of whom are playable characters. Each episode offers around two hours of gameplay.[68] The Adventure Games were recommissioned by the BBC for a second series in 2011,[69] but after the release of The Gunpowder Plot, they were cancelled so the BBC could focus more on console games such as Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock.

Series 1
NoTitleWriterOriginal release
1"City of the Daleks"Phil Ford5 June 2010
2"Blood of the Cybermen"Phil Ford26 June 2010
3"TARDIS"James Moran27 August 2010
4"Shadows of the Vashta Nerada"Phil Ford22 December 2010
Series 2
NoTitleWriterOriginal release
5"The Gunpowder Plot"Phil Ford31 October 2011

See also


  1. ^ Although technically the sixteenth season, the season was known by its subtitle, The Key to Time.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Although technically the twenty-third season, the season was known by its subtitle, The Trial of a Time Lord.
  4. ^ Webber's script for the originally intended opening episode for the first story The Giants was a basis for the opening episode, but Webber didn't work with Coburn on the script.
  5. ^ From this story up to the end of the original run [1989], the serials had overall titles (where previously each episode had an individual title), with episodes now simply being numbered (1,2 etc.). For the 2005 revival, episode titles are used, even for most multi-episode tales, although the majority of stories are told in a single episode.
  6. ^ Episodes 2, 3, 4 and 7 existed in black and white only, but have been restored to full color for the 2009 DVD boxset, using colour recovery methods and the original colour information found in the chroma dots in a black-and-white film copy.[6]
  7. ^ All episodes existed in black and white only until 2013 when a recolored version was released on DVD. Episodes 2-6 were restored using the chroma dot colour recovery process, and episode 1 was hand coloured by Stuart Humphryes as the b/w print had no chroma dots.
  8. ^ The Three Doctors was a tenth anniversary serial.
  9. ^ Between 1976 and 2008, Episode 3 existed only in black and white – for the Dalek War DVD box set release, the colour has been replaced using a combination of computer colourisation by Legend Films, and software developed by the Colour Recovery Working Group. This version was released on DVD in 2009. The colour masters for the other five episodes are still in existence.
  10. ^ The first episode lists the serial's name as simply Invasion, in order to conceal the surprise ending to that episode.
  11. ^ Between 1976 and 2011, Episode 1 existed only in black and white – for the UNIT Files DVD box set release, the colour has been replaced using a software developed by the Colour Recovery Working Group. This version was released on DVD in 2012. The colour masters for the other five episodes are still in existence.
  12. ^ The Five Doctors has also been released as four 25-minute episodes, and a 100 minute "Special Edition" re-edit originally released on VHS in 1995. It is counted as 1 episode in the count.
  13. ^ Resurrection of the Daleks was written and filmed as four 25-minute episodes, then re-edited into two 45-minute episodes to accommodate coverage of the 1984 Winter Olympics; the 25-minute versions were later circulated to overseas broadcasters and commercially released. The serial is regarded as two 45-minute episodes in the count.
  14. ^ Parts Two and Three of Silver Nemesis were first broadcast in New Zealand as part of a compilation broadcast before their UK transmission.[10]
  15. ^ "TVM" is used in the BBC's online episode guide.[11] The actual code used during production is 50/LDX071Y/01X.[12] Doctor Who Magazine '​s "Complete Eighth Doctor Special" gives the production code as #83705.[13] Big Finish Productions uses the code 8A, and numbers its subsequent Eighth Doctor stories correspondingly.
  16. ^ a b c d e As filming progressed on Series 4, the producers decided to rearrange the order of some episodes. "The Fires of Pompeii" and "Planet of the Ood" were switched, and "Midnight" was moved to air after the "Silence in the Library"/"Forest of the Dead" two-parter. However, the episodes retained the production codes reflecting the earlier plans.[15]
  17. ^ a b c In order to achieve a greater variety of stories in the first half of series 6, "The Curse of the Black Spot" was moved forward to episode three before it was filmed. "The Doctor's Wife" was placed after it as episode four, and "Night Terrors" was moved to episode nine, the second episode of the series' autumn run. The production codes reflect the original intended order.


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