List of Doctor Who serials

List of Doctor Who serials


Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. As of 1 October 2011, 783 individual episodes, including one television movie of Doctor Who, have been aired, encompassing 223 stories. Additionally, four charity specials and two animated serials have been aired, and two short sequences—"A Fix with Sontarans" and "Attack of the Graske"—were produced and involved the interaction of a viewer; the former was a segment of Jim'll Fix It and latter was a fully interactive adventure. 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, Stargate SG-1,[1] aired 214 episodes.

Doctor Who ceased airing in 1989 and began again in 2005. Each story in the original series (1963–1989) 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.

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

The three-digit story numbers are not official designations but are merely to serve as a guide to where the story stands in the overall context of the programme. There is some dispute about, for example, whether to count Season 23's The Trial of a Time Lord as one or four serials,[2] and whether the uncompleted Shada should be included.[3] The numbering scheme used here reflects the current internal practice of describing "Planet of the Dead" (2009) as the 200th story, used in the official magazine's 407th issue.[4] Other sources, such as the Region 1 DVDs of classic Doctor Who serials, use different numbering schemes which diverge after the 108th story, The Horns of Nimon (1979–1980).

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 (1963–1964)

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

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
001 An 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)[α]
Waris Hussein 23 November 1963
30 November 1963
7 December 1963
14 December 1963
002 The 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 Nation Richard Martin &
Christopher Barry
21 December 1963
28 December 1963
4 January 1964
11 January 1964
18 January 1964
25 January 1964
1 February 1964
003 The Edge of Destruction
aka Inside the Spaceship
aka Beyond the Sun
C "The Edge of Destruction"
"The Brink of Disaster"
David Whitaker Richard Martin &
Frank Cox
8 February 1964
15 February 1964
004 Marco 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 Lucarotti Waris Hussein 22 February 1964
29 February 1964
7 March 1964
14 March 1964
21 March 1964
28 March 1964
4 April 1964
005 The 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 Nation John Gorrie 11 April 1964
18 April 1964
25 April 1964
2 May 1964
9 May 1964
16 May 1964
006 The Aztecs F "The Temple of Evil"
"The Warriors of Death"
"The Bride of Sacrifice"
"The Day of Darkness"
John Lucarotti John Crockett 23 May 1964
30 May 1964
6 June 1964
13 June 1964
007 The Sensorites G "Strangers in Space"
"The Unwilling Warriors"
"Hidden Danger"
"A Race Against Death"
"A Desperate Venture"
Peter R. Newman Mervyn Pinfield &
Frank Cox
20 June 1964
27 June 1964
11 July 1964
18 July 1964
25 July 1964
1 August 1964
008 The 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 Spooner Henric Hirsch &
John Gorrie
8 August 1964
15 August 1964
22 August 1964
29 August 1964
5 September 1964
12 September 1964

Season 2 (1964–1965)

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.

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
009 Planet of Giants J "Planet of Giants"
"Dangerous Journey"
Louis Marks Mervyn Pinfield &
Douglas Camfield
31 October 1964
7 November 1964
14 November 1964
010 The 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 Nation Richard Martin 21 November 1964
28 November 1964
5 December 1964
12 December 1964
19 December 1964
26 December 1964
011 The Rescue L "The Powerful Enemy"
"Desperate Measures"
David Whitaker Christopher Barry 2 January 1965
9 January 1965
012 The Romans M "The Slave Traders"
"All Roads Lead to Rome"
Dennis Spooner Christopher Barry 16 January 1965
23 January 1965
30 January 1965
6 February 1965
013 The Web Planet
aka The Zarbi
N "The Web Planet"
"The Zarbi"
"Escape to Danger"
"Crater of Needles"
"The Centre"
Bill Strutton Richard Martin 13 February 1965
20 February 1965
27 February 1965
6 March 1965
13 March 1965
20 March 1965
014 The 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 Whitaker Douglas Camfield 27 March 1965
3 April 1965
10 April 1965
17 April 1965
015 The Space Museum Q "The Space Museum"
"The Dimensions of Time"
"The Search"
"The Final Phase"
Glyn Jones Mervyn Pinfield 24 April 1965
1 May 1965
8 May 1965
15 May 1965
016 The Chase R "The Executioners"
"The Death of Time"
"Flight Through Eternity"
"Journey into Terror"
"The Death of Doctor Who"
"The Planet of Decision"
Terry Nation Richard Martin &
Douglas Camfield
22 May 1965
29 May 1965
5 June 1965
12 June 1965
19 June 1965
26 June 1965
017 The Time Meddler S "The Watcher"
"The Meddling Monk"
"A Battle of Wits"
Dennis Spooner Douglas Camfield 3 July 1965
10 July 1965
17 July 1965
24 July 1965

Season 3 (1965–1966)

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.

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
018 Galaxy 4 T "Four Hundred Dawns"
"Trap of Steel"
"The Exploding Planet"
(all missing)
William Emms Derek 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 Nation Derek Martinus 9 October 1965
020 The Myth Makers U "Temple of Secrets"
"Small Prophet, Quick Return"
"Death of a Spy"
"Horse of Destruction"
(all missing)
Donald Cotton Michael Leeston-Smith 16 October 1965
23 October 1965
30 October 1965
6 November 1965
021 The Daleks' Master Plan V "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 Camfield 13 November 1965
20 November 1965
27 November 1965
4 December 1965
11 December 1965
18 December 1965
25 December 1965
1 January 1966
8 January 1966
15 January 1966
22 January 1966
29 January 1966
022 The 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 Russell 5 February 1966
12 February 1966
19 February 1966
26 February 1966
023 The Ark X "The Steel Sky"
"The Plague"
"The Return"
"The Bomb"
Paul Erickson &
Lesley Scott
Michael Imison 5 March 1966
12 March 1966
19 March 1966
26 March 1966
024 The Celestial Toymaker Y "The Celestial Toyroom"
"The Hall of Dolls"
"The Dancing Floor"
"The Final Test"
(episodes 1–3 missing)
Brian Hayles
(and Donald Tosh)
Bill Sellars 2 April 1966
9 April 1966
16 April 1966
23 April 1966
025 The Gunfighters Z "A Holiday for the Doctor"
"Don't Shoot the Pianist"
"Johnny Ringo"
"The OK Corral"
Donald Cotton Rex Tucker 30 April 1966
7 May 1966
14 May 1966
21 May 1966
026 The Savages[β] AA 4 episodes
(all missing)
Ian Stuart Black Christopher Barry 28 May – 18 June 1966
027 The War Machines BB 4 episodes Ian Stuart Black
(and Kit Pedler)
Michael Ferguson 25 June – 16 July 1966

Season 4 (1966–67)

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
028 The Smugglers CC 4 episodes
(all missing)
Brian Hayles Julia Smith 10 September – 1 October 1966
029 The Tenth Planet DD 4 episodes
(episode 4 missing)
Kit Pedler &
Gerry Davis
Derek Martinus 8–29 October 1966

Second Doctor

The Second Doctor was portrayed by Patrick Troughton, whose serials were more action-oriented than those of his predecessor. He 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.

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
030 The Power of the Daleks EE 6 episodes
(all missing)
David Whitaker
(and Dennis Spooner)
Christopher Barry 5 November – 10 December 1966
031 The Highlanders FF 4 episodes
(all missing)
Elwyn Jones &
Gerry Davis
Hugh David 17 December 1966 – 7 January 1967
032 The Underwater Menace GG 4 episodes
(episodes 1, 2, & 4 missing)
Geoffrey Orme Julia Smith 14 January – 4 February 1967
033 The Moonbase HH 4 episodes
(episodes 1 & 3 missing)
Kit Pedler Morris Barry 11 February – 4 March 1967
034 The Macra Terror JJ 4 episodes
(all missing)
Ian Stuart Black John Davies 11 March – 1 April 1967
035 The Faceless Ones KK 6 episodes
(episodes 2 & 4–6 missing)
David Ellis &
Malcolm Hulke
Gerry Mill 8 April – 13 May 1967
036 The Evil of the Daleks LL 7 episodes
(episodes 1 & 3–7 missing)
David Whitaker Derek Martinus 20 May – 1 July 1967

Season 5 (1967–68)

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.

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
037 The Tomb of the Cybermen MM 4 episodes Kit Pedler &
Gerry Davis
Morris Barry 2–23 September 1967
038 The Abominable Snowmen NN 6 episodes
(episodes 1 & 3–6 missing)
Mervyn Haisman &
Henry Lincoln
Gerald Blake 30 September – 4 November 1967
039 The Ice Warriors OO 6 episodes
(episodes 2 & 3 missing)
Brian Hayles Derek Martinus 11 November – 16 December 1967
040 The Enemy of the World PP 6 episodes
(episodes 1–2 & 4–6 missing)
David Whitaker Barry Letts 23 December 1967 – 27 January 1968
041 The Web of Fear QQ 6 episodes
(episodes 2–6 missing)
Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln Douglas Camfield 3 February – 9 March 1968
042 Fury from the Deep RR 6 episodes
(all missing)
Victor Pemberton Hugh David 16 March – 20 April 1968
043 The Wheel in Space SS 6 episodes
(episodes 1–2 & 4–5 missing)
David Whitaker and Kit Pedler Tristan de Vere Cole 27 April – 1 June 1968

Season 6 (1968–69)

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.

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
044 The Dominators TT 5 episodes Norman Ashby
(aka Mervyn Haisman & Henry Lincoln)
Morris Barry 10 August – 7 September 1968
045 The Mind Robber UU 5 episodes (20 mins each) Peter Ling
(and Derrick Sherwin)
David Maloney 14 September – 12 October 1968
046 The Invasion VV 8 episodes
(episodes 1 & 4 missing)
Derrick Sherwin and Kit Pedler Douglas Camfield 2 November – 21 December 1968
047 The Krotons WW 4 episodes Robert Holmes David Maloney 28 December 1968 – 18 January 1969
048 The Seeds of Death XX 6 episodes Brian Hayles
(and Terrance Dicks)
Michael Ferguson 25 January – 1 March 1969
049 The Space Pirates YY 6 episodes
(episodes 1 & 3–6 missing)
Robert Holmes Michael Hart 8 March – 12 April 1969
050 The War Games ZZ 10 episodes Malcolm Hulke &
Terrance Dicks
David Maloney 19 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 spends his time working for UNIT. After The Three Doctors, the Time Lords repeal 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)

Barry Letts took over as producer from Derrick Sherwin after Spearhead from Space. From this season onwards the programme was produced in colour, although some episodes now exist only in black and white. 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 26 episodes until season 22.

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
051 Spearhead from Space AAA 4 episodes Robert Holmes Derek Martinus 3–24 January 1970
052 Doctor Who and the Silurians
BBB 7 episodes Malcolm Hulke Timothy Combe 31 January – 14 March 1970
053 The Ambassadors of Death CCC 7 episodes[γ] David Whitaker, Trevor Ray and Malcolm Hulke Michael Ferguson 21 March – 2 May 1970
054 Inferno DDD 7 episodes Don Houghton Douglas Camfield & Barry Letts 9 May – 20 June 1970

Season 8 (1971)

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.

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
055 Terror of the Autons EEE 4 episodes Robert Holmes Barry Letts 2–23 January 1971
056 The Mind of Evil FFF 6 episodes
(All exist in black and white only)
Don Houghton Timothy Combe 30 January – 6 March 1971
057 The Claws of Axos GGG 4 episodes Bob Baker & Dave Martin Michael Ferguson 13 March – 3 April 1971
058 Colony in Space HHH 6 episodes Malcolm Hulke Michael E. Briant 10 April – 15 May 1971
059 The Dæmons JJJ 5 episodes "Guy Leopold" (pseudonym for Robert Sloman and Barry Letts) Christopher Barry 22 May – 19 June 1971

Season 9 (1972)

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
060 Day of the Daleks KKK 4 episodes Louis Marks Paul Bernard 1–22 January 1972
061 The Curse of Peladon MMM 4 episodes Brian Hayles Lennie Mayne 29 January – 19 February 1972
062 The Sea Devils LLL 6 episodes Malcolm Hulke Michael Briant 26 February – 1 April 1972
063 The Mutants NNN 6 episodes Bob Baker and Dave Martin Christopher Barry 8 April – 13 May 1972
064 The Time Monster OOO 6 episodes Robert Sloman (and Barry Letts) Paul Bernard 20 May – 24 June 1972

Season 10 (1972–1973)

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
065 The Three Doctors[δ] RRR 4 episodes Bob Baker and Dave Martin Lennie Mayne 30 December 1972 – 20 January 1973
066 Carnival of Monsters PPP 4 episodes Robert Holmes Barry Letts 27 January – 17 February 1973
067 Frontier in Space QQQ 6 episodes Malcolm Hulke Paul Bernard 24 February – 31 March 1973
068 Planet of the Daleks SSS 6 episodes[ε] Terry Nation David Maloney 7 April – 12 May 1973
069 The Green Death TTT 6 episodes Robert Sloman (and Barry Letts) Michael Briant 19 May – 23 June 1973

Season 11 (1973–74)

This season contains the last episode of which no copies currently exist in colour (Invasion of the Dinosaurs episode 1) and introduces the companion Sarah Jane Smith.

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
070 The Time Warrior UUU 4 episodes Robert Holmes Alan Bromly 15 December 1973 – 5 January 1974
071 Invasion of the Dinosaurs[ζ] WWW 6 episodes
(Episode 1 exists in black and white only)
Malcolm Hulke Paddy Russell 12 January – 16 February 1974
072 Death to the Daleks XXX 4 episodes Terry Nation Michael Briant 23 February – 16 March 1974
073 The Monster of Peladon YYY 6 episodes Brian Hayles Lennie Mayne 23 March – 27 April 1974
074 Planet of the Spiders ZZZ 6 episodes Robert Sloman (and Barry Letts) Barry Letts 4 May – 8 June 1974

Fourth Doctor

The Fourth Doctor was portrayed by Tom Baker, and is to date the longest-serving Doctor,[6] 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.

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
075 Robot 4A 4 episodes Terrance Dicks Christopher Barry 28 December 1974 – 18 January 1975
076 The Ark in Space 4C 4 episodes Robert Holmes (and John Lucarotti) Rodney Bennett 25 January – 15 February 1975
077 The Sontaran Experiment 4B 2 episodes Bob Baker & Dave Martin Rodney Bennett 22 February – 1 March 1975
078 Genesis of the Daleks 4E 6 episodes Terry Nation David Maloney 8 March – 12 April 1975
079 Revenge of the Cybermen 4D 4 episodes Gerry Davis Michael Briant 19 April – 10 May 1975

Season 13 (1975–76)

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
080 Terror of the Zygons 4F 4 episodes Robert Banks Stewart Douglas Camfield 30 August – 20 September 1975
081 Planet of Evil 4H 4 episodes Louis Marks David Maloney 27 September – 18 October 1975
082 Pyramids of Mars 4G 4 episodes Stephen Harris (pseudonym for Robert Holmes and Lewis Greifer) Paddy Russell 25 October – 15 November 1975
083 The Android Invasion 4J 4 episodes Terry Nation Barry Letts 22 November – 13 December 1975
084 The Brain of Morbius 4K 4 episodes Robin Bland (pseudonym for Terrance Dicks and Robert Holmes) Christopher Barry 3–24 January 1976
085 The Seeds of Doom 4L 6 episodes Robert Banks Stewart Douglas Camfield 31 January – 6 March 1976

Season 14 (1976–77)

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
086 The Masque of Mandragora 4M 4 episodes Louis Marks Rodney Bennett 4–25 September 1976
087 The Hand of Fear 4N 4 episodes Bob Baker & Dave Martin Lennie Mayne 2–23 October 1976
088 The Deadly Assassin 4P 4 episodes Robert Holmes David Maloney 30 October – 20 November 1976
089 The Face of Evil 4Q 4 episodes Chris Boucher Pennant Roberts 1–22 January 1977
090 The Robots of Death 4R 4 episodes Chris Boucher Michael Briant 29 January – 19 February 1977
091 The Talons of Weng-Chiang 4S 6 episodes Robert Holmes (and Robert Banks Stewart) David Maloney 26 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.

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
092 Horror of Fang Rock 4V 4 episodes Terrance Dicks Paddy Russell 3–24 September 1977
093 The Invisible Enemy 4T 4 episodes Bob Baker & Dave Martin Derrick Goodwin 1–22 October 1977
094 Image of the Fendahl 4X 4 episodes Chris Boucher George Spenton-Foster 29 October – 19 November 1977
095 The Sun Makers 4W 4 episodes Robert Holmes Pennant Roberts 26 November – 17 December 1977
096 Underworld 4Y 4 episodes Bob Baker & Dave Martin Norman Stewart 7–28 January 1978
097 The Invasion of Time 4Z 6 episodes David Agnew (pseudonym for Graham Williams and Anthony Read) Gerald Blake 4 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.

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
098 The Ribos Operation 5A 4 episodes Robert Holmes George Spenton-Foster 2–23 September 1978
099 The Pirate Planet 5B 4 episodes Douglas Adams Pennant Roberts 30 September – 21 October 1978
100 The Stones of Blood 5C 4 episodes David Fisher Darrol Blake 28 October – 18 November 1978
101 The Androids of Tara 5D 4 episodes David Fisher Michael Hayes 25 November – 16 December 1978
102 The Power of Kroll 5E 4 episodes Robert Holmes Norman Stewart 23 December 1978 – 13 January 1979
103 The Armageddon Factor 5F 6 episodes Bob Baker and Dave Martin Michael Hayes 20 January – 24 February 1979

Season 17 (1979–1980)

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
104 Destiny of the Daleks 5J 4 episodes Terry Nation Ken Grieve 1–22 September 1979
105 City of Death 5H 4 episodes David Agnew (pseudonym for Douglas Adams, Graham Williams, and David Fisher) Michael Hayes 29 September – 20 October 1979
106 The Creature from the Pit 5G 4 episodes David Fisher Christopher Barry 27 October – 17 November 1979
107 Nightmare of Eden 5K 4 episodes Bob Baker Alan Bromly 24 November – 15 December 1979
108 The Horns of Nimon 5L 4 episodes Anthony Read Kenny McBain 22 December 1979 – 12 January 1980
Shada[η] 5M 6 episodes Douglas Adams Pennant Roberts Unaired

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 as VHS and DVDs set with the umbrella title The E-Space Trilogy.

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
109 The Leisure Hive 5N 4 episodes David Fisher Lovett Bickford 30 August – 20 September 1980
110 Meglos 5Q 4 episodes John Flanagan and Andrew McCulloch Terence Dudley 27 September – 18 October 1980
111 Full Circle 5R 4 episodes Andrew Smith Peter Grimwade 25 October – 15 November 1980
112 State of Decay 5P 4 episodes Terrance Dicks Peter Moffatt 22 November – 13 December 1980
113 Warriors' Gate 5S 4 episodes Stephen Gallagher Paul Joyce & Graeme Harper 3–24 January 1981
114 The Keeper of Traken 5T 4 episodes Johnny Byrne John Black 31 January – 21 February 1981
115 Logopolis 5V 4 episodes Christopher H. Bidmead Peter Grimwade 28 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.

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
116 Castrovalva 5Z 4 episodes Christopher H. Bidmead Fiona Cumming 4–12 January 1982
117 Four to Doomsday 5W 4 episodes Terence Dudley John Black 18–26 January 1982
118 Kinda 5Y 4 episodes Christopher Bailey Peter Grimwade 1–9 February 1982
119 The Visitation 5X 4 episodes Eric Saward Peter Moffatt 15–23 February 1982
120 Black Orchid 6A 2 episodes Terence Dudley Ron Jones 1–2 March 1982
121 Earthshock 6B 4 episodes Eric Saward Peter Grimwade 8–16 March 1982
122 Time-Flight 6C 4 episodes Peter Grimwade Ron Jones 22–30 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.

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
123 Arc of Infinity 6E 4 episodes Johnny Byrne Ron Jones 3–12 January 1983
124 Snakedance 6D 4 episodes Christopher Bailey Fiona Cumming 18–26 January 1983
125 Mawdryn Undead 6F 4 episodes Peter Grimwade Peter Moffatt 1–9 February 1983
126 Terminus 6G 4 episodes Stephen Gallagher Mary Ridge 15–23 February 1983
127 Enlightenment 6H 4 episodes Barbara Clegg Fiona Cumming 1–9 March 1983
128 The King's Demons 6J 2 episodes Terence Dudley Tony Virgo 15–16 March 1983

Special (1983)

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
129 The Five Doctors[θ] 6K 20th anniversary special (90 mins) Terrance Dicks Peter Moffatt 23 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.

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
130 Warriors of the Deep 6L 4 episodes Johnny Byrne Pennant Roberts 5–13 January 1984
131 The Awakening 6M 2 episodes Eric Pringle Michael Owen Morris 19–20 January 1984
132 Frontios 6N 4 episodes Christopher H. Bidmead Ron Jones 26 January – 3 February 1984
133 Resurrection of the Daleks 6P 2 episodes (45 mins each)[ι] Eric Saward Matthew Robinson 8–15 February 1984
134 Planet of Fire 6Q 4 episodes Peter Grimwade Fiona Cumming 23 February – 2 March 1984
135 The Caves of Androzani 6R 4 episodes Robert Holmes Graeme Harper 8–16 March 1984

Sixth Doctor

The Sixth Doctor was portrayed by Colin Baker.

Season 21 (1984) continued

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
136 The Twin Dilemma 6S 4 episodes Anthony Steven Peter Moffatt 22–30 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.

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
137 Attack of the Cybermen 6T 2 episodes Paula Moore Matthew Robinson 5–12 January 1985
138 Vengeance on Varos 6V 2 episodes Philip Martin Ron Jones 19–26 January 1985
139 The Mark of the Rani 6X 2 episodes Pip and Jane Baker Sarah Hellings 2–9 February 1985
140 The Two Doctors 6W 3 episodes Robert Holmes Peter Moffatt 16 February – 2 March 1985
141 Timelash 6Y 2 episodes Glen McCoy Pennant Roberts 9–16 March 1985
142 Revelation of the Daleks 6Z 2 episodes Eric Saward Graeme Harper 23–30 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[7] (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.

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
143 The Mysterious Planet 7A 4 episodes Robert Holmes Nicholas Mallett 6–27 September 1986
Mindwarp 7B 4 episodes Philip Martin Ron Jones 4–25 October 1986
Terror of the Vervoids
7C[8] 4 episodes Pip and Jane Baker Chris Clough 1–22 November 1986
The Ultimate Foe
7C[8] 2 episodes
(Episode 2 is 30 minutes)
Robert Holmes and Pip and Jane Baker Chris Clough 29 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 is moved to a Monday schedule.

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
144 Time and the Rani 7D 4 episodes Pip and Jane Baker Andrew Morgan 7–28 September 1987
145 Paradise Towers 7E 4 episodes Stephen Wyatt Nicholas Mallett 5–26 October 1987
146 Delta and the Bannermen 7F 3 episodes Malcolm Kohll Chris Clough 2–16 November 1987
147 Dragonfire 7G 3 episodes Ian Briggs Chris Clough 23 November – 7 December 1987

Season 25 (1988–1989)

The series is moved to Wednesdays.

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
148 Remembrance of the Daleks 7H 4 episodes Ben Aaronovitch Andrew Morgan 5–26 October 1988
149 The Happiness Patrol 7L 3 episodes Graeme Curry Chris Clough 2–16 November 1988
150 Silver Nemesis 7K 3 episodes Kevin Clarke Chris Clough 23 November – 7 December 1988 (UK)
25 November 1988 (New Zealand)[κ]
151 The Greatest Show in the Galaxy 7J 4 episodes Stephen Wyatt Alan Wareing 14 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 sets the tone for the Virgin New Adventures novels that follow.

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
152 Battlefield 7N 4 episodes Ben Aaronovitch Michael Kerrigan 6–27 September 1989
153 Ghost Light 7Q 3 episodes Marc Platt Alan Wareing 4–18 October 1989
154 The Curse of Fenric 7M 4 episodes Ian Briggs Nicholas Mallett 25 October – 15 November 1989
155 Survival 7P 3 episodes Rona Munro Alan Wareing 22 November – 6 December 1989

Eighth Doctor

The Eighth Doctor was portrayed by Paul McGann. The movie is the only television appearance of this Doctor. 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.

Television movie (1996)

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
156 Doctor Who TVM[λ] Television movie (89 mins) Matthew Jacobs Geoffrey Sax 12 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 even though some stories span more than one episode. The show also returned to its traditional Saturday evening slot.

Series 1 (2005)

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

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
157 "Rose" 1.1 1 episode Russell T Davies Keith Boak 26 March 2005
158 "The End of the World" 1.2 1 episode Russell T Davies Euros Lyn 2 April 2005
159 "The Unquiet Dead" 1.3 1 episode Mark Gatiss Euros Lyn 9 April 2005
160 "Aliens of London"
"World War Three"
2 episodes Russell T Davies Keith Boak 16 April 2005
23 April 2005
161 "Dalek" 1.6 1 episode Robert Shearman Joe Ahearne 30 April 2005
162 "The Long Game" 1.7 1 episode Russell T Davies Brian Grant 7 May 2005
163 "Father's Day" 1.8 1 episode Paul Cornell Joe Ahearne 14 May 2005
164 "The Empty Child"
"The Doctor Dances"
2 episodes Steven Moffat James Hawes 21 May 2005
28 May 2005
165 "Boom Town" 1.11 1 episode Russell T Davies Joe Ahearne 4 June 2005
166 "Bad Wolf"
"The Parting of the Ways"
2 episodes Russell T Davies Joe Ahearne 11 June 2005
18 June 2005

Tenth Doctor

The Tenth Doctor was portrayed by David Tennant, who was cast before the first series aired.[13] 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)

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
"Doctor Who: Children in Need"
CIN Children in Need special (7 mins) Russell T Davies Euros Lyn 18 November 2005
167 "The Christmas Invasion" 2.X Christmas special (60 mins) Russell T Davies James Hawes 25 December 2005

Series 2 (2006)

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.

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
168 "New Earth" 2.1 1 episode Russell T Davies James Hawes 15 April 2006
169 "Tooth and Claw" 2.2 1 episode Russell T Davies Euros Lyn 22 April 2006
170 "School Reunion" 2.3 1 episode Toby Whithouse James Hawes 29 April 2006
171 "The Girl in the Fireplace" 2.4 1 episode Steven Moffat Euros Lyn 6 May 2006
172 "Rise of the Cybermen"
"The Age of Steel"
2 episodes Tom MacRae Graeme Harper 13 May 2006
20 May 2006
173 "The Idiot's Lantern" 2.7 1 episode Mark Gatiss Euros Lyn 27 May 2006
174 "The Impossible Planet"
"The Satan Pit"
2 episodes Matt Jones James Strong 3 June 2006
10 June 2006
175 "Love & Monsters" 2.10 1 episode Russell T Davies Dan Zeff 17 June 2006
176 "Fear Her" 2.11 1 episode Matthew Graham Euros Lyn 24 June 2006
177 "Army of Ghosts"
2 episodes Russell T Davies Graeme Harper 1 July 2006
8 July 2006

Special (2006)

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
178 "The Runaway Bride" 3.X Christmas special (60 mins) Russell T Davies Euros Lyn 25 December 2006

Series 3 (2007)

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.

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
179 "Smith and Jones" 3.1 1 episode Russell T Davies Charles Palmer 31 March 2007
180 "The Shakespeare Code" 3.2 1 episode Gareth Roberts Charles Palmer 7 April 2007
181 "Gridlock" 3.3 1 episode Russell T Davies Richard Clark 14 April 2007
182 "Daleks in Manhattan"
"Evolution of the Daleks"
2 episodes Helen Raynor James Strong 21 April 2007
28 April 2007
183 "The Lazarus Experiment" 3.6 1 episode Stephen Greenhorn Richard Clark 5 May 2007
184 "42" 3.7 1 episode Chris Chibnall Graeme Harper 19 May 2007
185 "Human Nature"
"The Family of Blood"
2 episodes Paul Cornell Charles Palmer 26 May 2007
2 June 2007
186 "Blink" 3.10 1 episode Steven Moffat Hettie MacDonald 9 June 2007
187 "Utopia"
"The Sound of Drums"
"Last of the Time Lords"
3 episodes
(3.13 is 52 mins)
Russell T Davies Graeme Harper (3.11)
Colin Teague (3.12 & 3.13)
16 June 2007
23 June 2007
30 June 2007

Specials (2007)

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
"Time Crash" CIN2 Children in Need special (8 mins) Steven Moffat Graeme Harper 16 November 2007
188 "Voyage of the Damned" 4.X Christmas special (72 mins) Russell T Davies James Strong 25 December 2007

Series 4 (2008)

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.

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
189 "Partners in Crime" 4.1 1 episode (50 mins) Russell T Davies James Strong 5 April 2008
190 "The Fires of Pompeii" 4.3[μ] 1 episode (50 mins) James Moran Colin Teague 12 April 2008
191 "Planet of the Ood" 4.2[μ] 1 episode Keith Temple Graeme Harper 19 April 2008
192 "The Sontaran Stratagem"
"The Poison Sky"
2 episodes Helen Raynor Douglas Mackinnon 26 April 2008
3 May 2008
193 "The Doctor's Daughter" 4.6 1 episode Stephen Greenhorn Alice Troughton 10 May 2008
194 "The Unicorn and the Wasp" 4.7 1 episode Gareth Roberts Graeme Harper 17 May 2008
195 "Silence in the Library"
"Forest of the Dead"
4.9 [μ]
2 episodes Steven Moffat Euros Lyn 31 May 2008
7 June 2008
196 "Midnight" 4.8[μ] 1 episode Russell T Davies Alice Troughton 14 June 2008
197 "Turn Left" 4.11 1 episode (50 mins) Russell T Davies Graeme Harper 21 June 2008
198 "The Stolen Earth"
"Journey's End"
2 episodes
(4.13 is 65 mins)
Russell T Davies Graeme Harper 28 June 2008
5 July 2008

Specials (2008–2010)

From "Planet of the Dead", episodes were filmed in HD.[15] For practical reasons, these specials continued to use Series 4 production codes.

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
199 "The Next Doctor" 4.14 Christmas special (60 mins) Russell T Davies Andy Goddard 25 December 2008
200 "Planet of the Dead" 4.15 Easter special (60 mins) Russell T Davies & Gareth Roberts James Strong 11 April 2009
201 "The Waters of Mars" 4.16 Autumn special (60 mins) Russell T Davies & Phil Ford Graeme Harper 15 November 2009
202 The End of Time 4.17
Christmas special (60 mins)
New Year's special (75 mins)
Russell T Davies Euros Lyn 25 December 2009
1 January 2010

Eleventh Doctor

The Eleventh Doctor is 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)

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
203 "The Eleventh Hour" 1.1 1 episode (65 mins) Steven Moffat Adam Smith 3 April 2010
204 "The Beast Below" 1.2 1 episode Steven Moffat Andrew Gunn 10 April 2010
205 "Victory of the Daleks" 1.3 1 episode Mark Gatiss Andrew Gunn 17 April 2010
206 "The Time of Angels"
"Flesh and Stone"
2 episodes Steven Moffat Adam Smith 24 April 2010
1 May 2010
207 "The Vampires of Venice" 1.6 1 episode (50 mins) Toby Whithouse Jonny Campbell 8 May 2010
208 "Amy's Choice" 1.7 1 episode Simon Nye Catherine Morshead 15 May 2010
209 "The Hungry Earth"
"Cold Blood"
2 episodes
Chris Chibnall Ashley Way 22 May 2010
29 May 2010
210 "Vincent and the Doctor" 1.10 1 episode Richard Curtis Jonny Campbell 5 June 2010
211 "The Lodger" 1.11 1 episode Gareth Roberts Catherine Morshead 12 June 2010
212 "The Pandorica Opens"
"The Big Bang"
2 episodes
(50 and 55 mins)
Steven Moffat Toby Haynes 19 June 2010
26 June 2010

Specials (2010–2011)

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
213 "A Christmas Carol" TBC Christmas special (60 mins) Steven Moffat Toby Haynes 25 December 2010
2 Comic Relief specials (3 mins each) Steven Moffat Richard Senior 18 March 2011

Series 6 (2011)

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 2011 onwards.

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
214 "The Impossible Astronaut"
"Day of the Moon"
2 episodes Steven Moffat Toby Haynes 23 April 2011
30 April 2011
215 "The Curse of the Black Spot" 2.9[ν] 1 episode Stephen Thompson Jeremy Webb 7 May 2011
216 "The Doctor's Wife" 2.3[ν] 1 episode Neil Gaiman Richard Clark 14 May 2011
217 "The Rebel Flesh"
"The Almost People"
2 episodes Matthew Graham Julian Simpson 21 May 2011
28 May 2011
218 "A Good Man Goes to War"
"Let's Kill Hitler"
2 episodes[16]
(50 mins each)
Steven Moffat Peter Hoar
Richard Senior
4 June 2011
27 August 2011
219 "Night Terrors" 2.4[ν] 1 episode Mark Gatiss Richard Clark 3 September 2011
220 "The Girl Who Waited" 2.10 1 episode Tom MacRae Nick Hurran 10 September 2011
221 "The God Complex" 2.11 1 episode (50 mins) Toby Whithouse Nick Hurran 17 September 2011
222 "Closing Time" 2.12 1 episode Gareth Roberts Steve Hughes 24 September 2011
223 "The Wedding of River Song" 2.13 1 episode Steven Moffat Jeremy Webb 1 October 2011

Specials (2011)

The Christmas special is 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 will also depart following the Christmas Special, leaving Moffat and Skinner as executive producers for series 7.[19]

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
"Death Is the Only Answer"[20] Doctor Who Confidential special (4 mins) Children of Oakley Junior School Jeremy Webb 1 October 2011
224 Christmas special TBA Christmas special (60 mins)[21] Steven Moffat Farren Blackburn[22] Christmas 2011

Series 7 (2012)

The BBC announced on 7 June 2011 that 14 new episodes have been commissioned following the 2011 Christmas special, all starring Matt Smith.[23] Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill will also appear.[24] On 15 June 2011, BBC One controller Danny Cohen stated that some of the episodes will air in 2013,[25] though a reduction in the length of series 7 has been denied by Moffat.[26] In September 2011 Doctor Who Magazine stated series 7 will air from autumn 2012.[27]

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.

Title Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
"A Fix with Sontarans" 1 episode, 9 minutes Eric Saward Marcus Mortimer 23 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: Search Out Space"[28] 1 episode, 25 minutes Lambros Atteshlis and Stuart Berry-Anne Billingsley Stuart Berry-Anne Billingsley 21 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 Time 2 episodes, 13 minutes total John Nathan-Turner and David Roden Stuart MacDonald 26–27 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 Death 4 parts, 23 minutes total Steven Moffat John Henderson 12 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 episode Gareth Roberts Ashley Way 25 December 2005
An interactive "mini-episode" debuting on the BBC Red Button service
The Infinite Quest 13 parts, 45 minutes total Alan Barnes Gary Russell 2 April – 30 June 2007
An animated serial debuting as segments during Totally Doctor Who made during David Tennant's tenure with The Doctor, plus his companion Martha Jones.
"Music of the Spheres" 7-minute special Russell T Davies Euros Lyn 27 July 2008
BBC iPlayer and BBC Radio 3 (audio only)
1 January 2009[29]
A segment of the 2008 BBC Proms
"Doctor Who: Tonight's the Night" 3 minutes Russell T Davies Alice Troughton 23 May 2009
A segment of Tonight's the Night written for the winner of the Doctor Who Alien Talent Search competition.[30] Starring the competition winner Tim Ingham as Sao Til,[31] John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness and David Tennant as himself.
Dreamland 6 parts, 45 minutes total Phil Ford Gary Russell 21–26 November 2009[32]
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.
"Doctor Who: National Television Awards" 3 minutes Steven Moffat Richard Senior 26 January 2011
An introductory sequence for ITV1's 16th National Television Awards featuring Matt Smith and presenter Dermot O'Leary.

Home video releases

Title Episodes Writer Director Release date
Meanwhile in the TARDIS 2 episodes, 7 minutes total Steven Moffat Euros Lyn 8 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[33] 5 mini-episodes Steven Moffat TBA 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. 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. The canonicity of these radio plays, as with other Doctor Who spin-off media, is unclear.

Title Episodes Writer Director/Producer Original airdate
Movietime: "Daleks – Invasion Earth – 2150 A.D." 1 episode Gordon Gow (adaptation) Tony Luke 18 November 1966[34][35]
A narrated broadcast of the soundtrack of the second Dalek film on the BBC Light Programme
"Exploration Earth: The Time Machine" 1 episode, 20 minutes Bernard Venables Mike Howarth and David Lyttle 4 October 1976
An educational Radio 4 drama featuring the Fourth Doctor
Slipback 6 episodes, 10 minutes each Eric Saward Paul Spencer 25 July – 8 August 1985
A Radio 4 serial featuring the Sixth Doctor
The Paradise of Death 5 episodes, 30 minutes each Barry Letts Phil Clarke 27 August – 24 September 1993
A Radio 5 serial featuring the Third Doctor
Doctor Who and the Ghosts of N-Space 6 episodes, 30 minutes each Barry Letts Phil Clarke 20 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.

Title Episodes Writer Director/Producer Original airdate
Storm Warning 4 episodes, 25 minutes each Alan Barnes Gary Russell 6–27 August 2005
Sword of Orion 4 episodes, 25 minutes each Nicholas Briggs Nicholas Briggs 3–24 September 2005
The Stones of Venice 4 episodes, 25 minutes each Paul Magrs Gary Russell 1–22 October 2005
Invaders from Mars 4 episodes, 25 minutes each Mark Gatiss Mark Gatiss 29 October – 19 November 2005
Shada 1 episode, 150 minutes Douglas Adams & Gary Russell Nicholas Pegg 10 December 2005
The Chimes of Midnight 4 episodes, 25 minutes each Robert Shearman Barnaby Edwards 17 December 2005 – 7 January 2006
Blood of the Daleks 2 episodes, 50 minutes each Steve Lyons Nicholas Briggs 31 December 2006 – 7 January 2007
Horror of Glam Rock 1 episode, 50 minutes Paul Magrs Barnaby Edwards 14 January 2007
Immortal Beloved 1 episode, 50 minutes Jonathan Clements Jason Haigh-Ellery 21 January 2007
Phobos 1 episode, 50 minutes Eddie Robson Barnaby Edwards 28 January 2007
No More Lies 1 episode, 50 minutes Paul Sutton Barnaby Edwards 4 February 2007
Human Resources 2 episodes, 50 minutes each Eddie Robson Nicholas Briggs 11–18 February 2007
Dead London 1 episode, 50 minutes Pat Mills Barnaby Edwards 19 October 2008
Max Warp 1 episode, 50 minutes Jonathan Morris Barnaby Edwards 26 October 2008
Brave New Town 1 episode, 50 minutes Jonathan Clements Barnaby Edwards 2 November 2008
The Skull of Sobek 1 episode, 50 minutes Marc Platt Barnaby Edwards 9 November 2008
Grand Theft Cosmos 1 episode, 50 minutes Eddie Robson Barnaby Edwards 19 November 2008
The Zygon Who Fell to Earth 1 episode, 50 minutes Paul Magrs Barnaby Edwards 23 November 2008
Sisters of the Flame 1 episode, 55 minutes Nicholas Briggs Nicholas Briggs 31 October 2009[36]
Vengeance of Morbius 1 episode, 55 minutes Nicholas Briggs Nicholas Briggs 18 December 2009
Orbis 2 episodes, 30 minutes each Alan Barnes & Nicholas Briggs Nicholas Briggs 16–23 May 2010
The Beast of Orlok 2 episodes, 30 minutes each Barnaby Edwards Barnaby Edwards 30 May – 6 June 2010
Scapegoat 2 episodes, 30 minutes each Pat Mills Nicholas Briggs 13–20 June 2010
The Cannibalists 2 episodes, 30 minutes each Jonathan Morris Jason Haigh-Ellery 27 June – 4 July 2010

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

Title Episodes Writer Director/Producer Original airdate
Cobwebs 4 episodes, 30 minutes each Jonathan Morris Barnaby Edwards 16–20 May 2011[37]
The Whispering Forest 4 episodes, 30 minutes each Stephen Cole Barnaby Edwards 20–25 May 2011[37]
The Cradle of the Snake 4 episodes, 30 minutes each Marc Platt Barnaby Edwards 26 May – 1 June 2011


Title Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
Death Comes to Time 13 parts, 140 minutes in total Colin Meek Dan Freedman 13 July 2001 (pilot)
14 February – 3 May 2002 (regular)
An illustrated audio webcast for BBCi featuring the Seventh Doctor.
Real Time 6 parts, 12 minutes each Gary Russell Gary Russell 2 August – 6 September 2002
An illustrated audio webcast for BBCi featuring the Sixth Doctor.
Shada 6 parts, 25 minutes each Douglas Adams Nicholas Pegg 2 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 Shalka 6 parts, 15 minutes each Paul Cornell Wilson Milam 13 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. 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,[38] a planned release was indefinitely postponed due to the programme's return to television.

Video games

The Adventure Games

On 7 April 2010, the BBC announced that the fifth series would be supplemented with four "interactive episodes",[39] 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.[39] The Adventure Games have been recommissioned by the BBC for a second series in 2011.[40]

No Title Writer Original release
1 "City of the Daleks" Phil Ford 5 June 2010
2 "Blood of the Cybermen" Phil Ford 26 June 2010
3 "TARDIS" James Moran 27 August 2010
4 "Shadows of the Vashta Nerada" Phil Ford 22 December 2010
5 "The Gunpowder Plot" Phil Ford 31 October 2011

See also


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ 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.[5]
  4. ^ The Three Doctors was a tenth anniversary serial.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ The first episode lists the serial's name as simply Invasion, in order to conceal the surprise ending to that episode.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Parts Two and Three of Silver Nemesis were first broadcast in New Zealand as part of a compilation broadcast before their UK transmission.[9]
  11. ^ "TVM" is used in the BBC's online episode guide.[10] The actual code used during production is 50/LDX071Y/01X.[11] Doctor Who Magazine's "Complete Eighth Doctor Special" gives the production code as #83705.[12] Big Finish Productions uses the code 8A, and numbers its subsequent Eighth Doctor stories correspondingly.
  12. ^ 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.[14]
  13. ^ 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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