List of Doctor Who serials

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Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. As of 25 December 2015, 826 episodes of Doctor Who have aired, concluding the ninth series. This includes one television movie, and encompasses 263 stories over 35 seasons. Additionally, four charity specials and two animated serials have also been aired. The show's high episode count resulted in Doctor Who holding the world record for the highest number of episodes for a science-fiction programme.[1]

Doctor Who ceased airing in 1989 and began again in 2005. Each story in the original series (1963–89) is a multi-episode serial, with two exceptions: the 1965 cutaway episode "Mission to the Unknown" and the 20th anniversary story The Five Doctors. The characters in the column after the serial titles indicate the code used by the production team to designate the serial, where applicable, and are followed either by the titles of the individual episodes where given or by the number of episodes otherwise. 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.

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

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

Series overview

The following table dictates the season or series in question; singular specials are not included in episode counts or viewer totals.

Season/Series Doctor(s) Serials Episodes Originally aired Viewers (millions)
First aired Last aired Premiere Finale
Season 1 First Doctor 8 42 23 November 1963 12 September 1964 4.4 6.4
Season 2 9 39 31 October 1964 24 July 1965 8.4 8.3
Season 3 10 45 11 September 1965 16 July 1966 9.0 5.5
Season 4 (c) First/Second Doctor 9 43 10 September 1966 1 July 1967 4.3 6.1
Season 5 Second Doctor 7 40 2 September 1967 1 June 1968 6.0 6.5
Season 6 7 44 10 August 1968 21 June 1969 6.1 5.0
Season 7 Third Doctor 4 25 3 January 1970 20 June 1970 8.4 5.5
Season 8 5 25 2 January 1971 19 June 1971 7.3 8.3
Season 9 5 26 1 January 1972 24 June 1972 9.8 7.6
Season 10 5 26 30 December 1972 23 June 1973 9.6 7.0
Season 11 5 26 15 December 1973 8 June 1974 8.7 8.9
Season 12 Fourth Doctor 5 20 28 December 1974 10 May 1975 10.1 9.0
Season 13 6 26 30 August 1975 6 March 1976 7.5 10.9
Season 14 6 26 4 September 1976 2 April 1977 9.5 10.4
Season 15 6 26 3 September 1977 11 March 1978 8.4 10.5
Season 16[note 1] 6 26 2 September 1978 24 February 1979 8.1 8.5
Season 17 5[note 2] 20 1 September 1979 12 January 1980 13.5 8.8
Season 18 7 28 30 August 1980 21 March 1981 5.1 6.7
Season 19 Fifth Doctor 7 26 4 January 1982 30 March 1982 9.6 8.9
Season 20 6 22 4 January 1983 16 March 1983 7.2 7.55
Season 21 (c) Fifth/Sixth Doctor 7 24 5 January 1984 30 March 1984 7.25 7.1
Season 22 Sixth Doctor 6 13 5 January 1985 30 March 1985 8.05 7.55
Season 23[note 3] 4 14 6 September 1986 6 December 1986 4.35 5.0
Season 24 Seventh Doctor 4 14 7 September 1987 7 December 1987 4.63 5.07
Season 25 4 14 5 October 1988 4 January 1989 5.35 5.45
Season 26 4 14 6 September 1989 6 December 1989 3.65 4.9
TV movie Eighth Doctor 1 1 12 May 1996 N/A 9.08 9.08
Series 1 Ninth Doctor 10 13 26 March 2005 18 June 2005 10.81 6.91
Series 2 Tenth Doctor 10 13 15 April 2006 8 July 2006 8.62 8.22
Series 3 9 13 31 March 2007 30 June 2007 8.71 8.61
Series 4 10 13 5 April 2008 5 July 2008 9.14 10.57
Specials 4 5 25 December 2008 1 January 2010 13.10 12.27
Series 5 Eleventh Doctor 10 13 3 April 2010 26 June 2010 10.09 6.70
Series 6 11 13 23 April 2011 1 October 2011 8.86 7.67
Series 7 13 13 1 September 2012 18 May 2013 8.33 7.45
Specials 2 2 23 November 2013 25 December 2013 12.80 11.14
Series 8 Twelfth Doctor 11 12 23 August 2014 8 November 2014 9.17 7.60
Series 9 9 12 19 September 2015 5 December 2015 6.54 6.17

First Doctor

The first incarnation of the Doctor was portrayed by William Hartnell. During Hartnell's tenure, the episodes were a mixture of stories set on earth of the future with extraterrestrial influence, on alien planets and in historical events without extraterrestrial influence, such as Marco Polo, one of the lost serials. In his last story, The Tenth Planet, the Doctor gradually grew weaker to the point of collapsing at the end of the fourth episode, leading to his regeneration.

Season 1 (1963–64)

Main article: Doctor Who (season 1)

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

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [5]
AI[5]
1 1 An Unearthly Child
"An Unearthly Child"
"The Cave of Skulls"
"The Forest of Fear"
"The Firemaker"
Waris Hussein Anthony Coburn
23 November 1963
30 November 1963
7 December 1963
14 December 1963
A
4.4
5.9
6.9
6.4

63
59
56
55
2 2 The Daleks
"The Dead Planet"
"The Survivors"
"The Escape"
"The Ambush"
"The Expedition"
"The Ordeal"
"The Rescue"
Richard Martin and Christopher Barry Terry Nation
21 December 1963
28 December 1963
4 January 1964
11 January 1964
18 January 1964
25 January 1964
1 February 1964
B
6.9
6.4
8.9
9.9
9.9
10.4
10.4

59
58
63
63
63
63
65
3 3 The Edge of Destruction
"The Edge of Destruction"
"The Brink of Disaster"
Richard Martin
and Frank Cox
David Whitaker
8 February 1964
15 February 1964
C
10.4
9.9

61
60
4 4 Marco Polo
"The Roof of the World"
"The Singing Sands"
"Five Hundred Eyes"
"The Wall of Lies"
"Rider from Shang-Tu"
"Mighty Kublai Khan"
"Assassin at Peking"
Waris Hussein and John Crockett John Lucarotti
22 February 1964
29 February 1964
7 March 1964
14 March 1964
21 March 1964
28 March 1964
4 April 1964
D
9.4
9.4
9.4
9.9
9.4
8.4
10.4

63
62
62
60
59
59
59
5 5 The Keys of Marinus
"The Sea of Death"
"The Velvet Web"
"The Screaming Jungle"
"The Snows of Terror"
"Sentence of Death"
"The Keys of Marinus"
John Gorrie Terry Nation
11 April 1964
18 April 1964
25 April 1964
2 May 1964
9 May 1964
16 May 1964
E
9.9
9.4
9.9
10.4
7.9
6.9

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

62
62
57
58
7 7 The Sensorites
"Strangers in Space"
"The Unwilling Warriors"
"Hidden Danger"
"A Race Against Death"
"Kidnap"
"A Desperate Venture"
Mervyn Pinfield and Frank Cox Peter R. Newman
20 June 1964
27 June 1964
11 July 1964
18 July 1964
25 July 1964
1 August 1964
G
7.9
6.9
7.4
5.5
6.9
6.9

59
59
56
60
57
57
8 8 The Reign of Terror
"A Land of Fear"
"Guests of Madame Guillotine"
"A Change of Identity"
"The Tyrant of France"
"A Bargain of Necessity"
"Prisoners of Conciergerie"
Henric Hirsch and John Gorrie Dennis Spooner
8 August 1964
15 August 1964
22 August 1964
29 August 1964
5 September 1964
12 September 1964
H
6.9
6.9
6.9
6.4
6.9
6.4

58
54
55
53
53
55

^† Episode is missing

Season 2 (1964–65)

Main article: Doctor Who (season 2)

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

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [5]
AI [5]
9 1 Planet of Giants
"Planet of Giants"
"Dangerous Journey"
"Crisis"
Mervyn Pinfield and Douglas Camfield Louis Marks
31 October 1964
7 November 1964
14 November 1964
J
8.4
8.4
8.9

57
58
59
10 2 The Dalek Invasion of Earth
"World's End"
"The Daleks"
"Day of Reckoning"
"The End of Tomorrow"
"The Waking Ally"
"Flashpoint"
Richard Martin Terry Nation
21 November 1964
28 November 1964
5 December 1964
12 December 1964
19 December 1964
26 December 1964
K
11.4
12.4
11.9
11.9
11.4
12.4

63
59
59
59
58
63
11 3 The Rescue
"The Powerful Enemy"
"Desperate Measures"
Christopher Barry David Whitaker
2 January 1965
9 January 1965
L
12.0
13.0

57
59
12 4 The Romans
"The Slave Traders"
"All Roads Lead to Rome"
"Conspiracy"
"Inferno"
Christopher Barry Dennis Spooner
16 January 1965
23 January 1965
30 January 1965
6 February 1965
M
13.0
11.5
10.0
12.0

53
51
50
50
13 5 The Web Planet
"The Web Planet"
"The Zarbi"
"Escape to Danger"
"Crater of Needles"
"Invasion"
"The Centre"
Richard Martin Bill Strutton
13 February 1965
20 February 1965
27 February 1965
6 March 1965
13 March 1965
20 March 1965
N
13.5
12.5
12.5
13.0
12.0
11.5

56
53
53
49
48
42
14 6 The Crusade
"The Lion"
"The Knight of Jaffa"
"The Wheel of Fortune"
"The Warlords"
Douglas Camfield David Whitaker
27 March 1965
3 April 1965
10 April 1965
17 April 1965
P
10.5
8.5
9.0
9.5

51
50
49
48
15 7 The Space Museum
"The Space Museum"
"The Dimensions of Time"
"The Search"
"The Final Phase"
Mervyn Pinfield Glyn Jones
24 April 1965
1 May 1965
8 May 1965
15 May 1965
Q
10.5
9.2
8.5
8.5

61
53
56
49
16 8 The Chase
"The Executioners"
"The Death of Time"
"Flight Through Eternity"
"Journey into Terror"
"The Death of Doctor Who"
"The Planet of Decision"
Richard Martin and Douglas Camfield Terry Nation
22 May 1965
29 May 1965
5 June 1965
12 June 1965
19 June 1965
26 June 1965
R
10.0
9.5
9.0
9.5
9.0
9.5

57
56
55
54
56
57
17 9 The Time Meddler
"The Watcher"
"The Meddling Monk"
"A Battle of Wits"
"Checkmate"
Douglas Camfield Dennis Spooner
3 July 1965
10 July 1965
17 July 1965
24 July 1965
S
8.9
8.8
7.7
8.3

57
49
53
54

^† Episode is missing

Season 3 (1965–66)

Main article: Doctor Who (season 3)

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

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [5]
AI [5]
18 1 Galaxy 4
"Four Hundred Dawns"
"Trap of Steel"
"Air Lock"
"The Exploding Planet"
Derek Martinus and Mervyn Pinfield William Emms
11 September 1965
18 September 1965
25 September 1965
2 October 1965
T
9.0
9.5
11.3
9.9

56
55
54
53
19 2 "Mission to the Unknown" Derek Martinus Terry Nation 9 October 1965 T/A 8.3 54
20 3 The Myth Makers
"Temple of Secrets"
"Small Prophet, Quick Return"
"Death of a Spy"
"Horse of Destruction"
Michael Leeston-Smith Donald Cotton
16 October 1965
23 October 1965
30 October 1965
6 November 1965
U
8.3
8.1
8.7
8.3

48
51
49
52
21 4 The Daleks' Master Plan
"The Nightmare Begins"
"Day of Armageddon"
"Devil's Planet"
"The Traitors"
"Counter Plot"
"Coronas of the Sun"
"The Feast of Steven"
"Volcano"
"Golden Death"
"Escape Switch"
"The Abandoned Planet"
"Destruction of Time"
Douglas Camfield Terry Nation and Dennis Spooner
13 November 1965
20 November 1965
27 November 1965
4 December 1965
11 December 1965
18 December 1965
25 December 1965
1 January 1966
8 January 1966
15 January 1966
22 January 1966
29 January 1966
V
9.1
9.8
10.3
9.5
9.9
9.1
7.9
9.6
9.2
9.5
9.8
8.6

54
52
52
51
53
56
39
49
52
50
49
57
22 5 The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve
"War of God"
"The Sea Beggar"
"Priest of Death"
"Bell of Doom"
Paddy Russell John Lucarotti and Donald Tosh
5 February 1966
12 February 1966
19 February 1966
26 February 1966
W
8.0
6.0
5.9
5.8

52
52
49
53
23 6 The Ark
"The Steel Sky"
"The Plague"
"The Return"
"The Bomb"
Michael Imison Paul Erickson and Lesley Scott
5 March 1966
12 March 1966
19 March 1966
26 March 1966
X
5.5
6.9
6.2
7.3

55
56
51
50
24 7 The Celestial Toymaker
"The Celestial Toyroom"
"The Hall of Dolls"
"The Dancing Floor"
"The Final Test"
Bill Sellars Brian Hayles and Donald Tosh
2 April 1966
9 April 1966
16 April 1966
23 April 1966
Y
8.0
8.0
9.4
7.8

48
49
44
43
25 8 The Gunfighters
"A Holiday for the Doctor"
"Don't Shoot the Pianist"
"Johnny Ringo"
"The OK Corral"
Rex Tucker Donald Cotton
30 April 1966
7 May 1966
14 May 1966
21 May 1966
Z
6.5
6.6
6.2
5.7

45
39
36
30
26 9 The Savages
(all episodes missing)
Christopher Barry Ian Stuart Black
28 May 1966
4 June 1966
11 June 1966
18 June 1966
AA
4.8
5.6
5.0
4.5

48
49
48
48
27 10 The War Machines Michael Ferguson Ian Stuart Black and Kit Pedler
25 June 1966
2 July 1966
9 July 1966
16 July 1966
BB
5.4
4.7
5.3
5.5

49
45
44
39

^† : Episode is missing

Season 4 (1966–67)

Main article: Doctor Who (season 4)

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

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
UK viewers
(million) [5]
AI [5]
28 1 The Smugglers
(all episodes missing)
Julia Smith Brian Hayles 10 September 1966
17 September 1966
24 September 1966
1 October 1966
CC 4.3
4.9
4.2
4.5
47
45
43
43
29 2 The Tenth Planet
(episode 4 missing)
Derek Martinus Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis 8 October 1966
15 October 1966
22 October 1966
29 October 1966
DD 5.5
6.4
7.6
7.5
50
48
48
47

Second Doctor

The Second Doctor was portrayed by Patrick Troughton, whose serials were more action-oriented than those of his predecessor. Additionally, after The Highlanders, stories moved away from the purely historical ones that featured during William Hartnell's tenure; instead, any historical tales also included a science fiction element. Patrick Troughton retained the role until the last episode of The War Games when members of the Doctor's race, the Time Lords, put him on trial for breaking the laws of time and forced him to regenerate.

Season 4 (1966–67) continued

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
UK viewers
(million) [5]
AI [5]
30 3 The Power of the Daleks
(all episodes missing)
Christopher Barry David Whitaker and Dennis Spooner 5 November 1966
12 November 1966
19 November 1966
26 November 1966
3 December 1966
10 December 1966
EE 7.9
7.8
7.5
7.8
8.0
7.8
43
45
44
47
48
47
31 4 The Highlanders
(all episodes missing)
Hugh David Elwyn Jones and Gerry Davis 17 December 1966
24 December 1966
31 December 1966
7 January 1967
FF 6.7
6.8
7.4
7.3
47
46
47
47
32 5 The Underwater Menace
(episodes 1 & 4 missing)
Julia Smith Geoffrey Orme 14 January 1967
21 January 1967
28 January 1967
4 February 1967
GG 8.3
7.5
7.1
7.0
48
46
45
47
33 6 The Moonbase
(episodes 1 & 3 missing)
Morris Barry Kit Pedler 11 February 1967
18 February 1967
25 February 1967
4 March 1967
HH 8.1
8.9
8.2
8.1
50
49
53
58
34 7 The Macra Terror
(all episodes missing)
John Davies Ian Stuart Black 11 March 1967
18 March 1967
25 March 1967
1 April 1967
JJ 8.0
7.9
8.5
8.4
50
48
52
49
35 8 The Faceless Ones
(episodes 2, 4, 5 & 6 missing)
Gerry Mill David Ellis and Malcolm Hulke 8 April 1967
15 April 1967
22 April 1967
29 April 1967
6 May 1967
13 May 1967
KK 8.0
6.4
7.9
6.9
7.1
8.0
51
50
53
55
55
52
36 9 The Evil of the Daleks
(episodes 1, 3 - 7 missing)
Derek Martinus David Whitaker 20 May 1967
27 May 1967
3 June 1967
10 June 1967
17 June 1967
24 June 1967
1 July 1967
LL 8.1
7.5
6.1
5.3
5.1
6.8
6.1
51
51
52
51
53
49
56

Season 5 (1967–68)

Main article: Doctor Who (season 5)

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

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [5]
AI [5]
37 1 The Tomb of the Cybermen Morris Barry Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis 2 September 1967
9 September 1967
16 September 1967
23 September 1967
MM 6.0
6.4
7.2
7.4
53
52
49
50
38 2 The Abominable Snowmen
(Episodes 1, 3, 4, 5 & 6 missing)
Gerald Blake Mervyn Haisman
and Henry Lincoln
30 September 1967
7 October 1967
14 October 1967
21 October 1967
28 October 1967
4 November 1967
NN 6.3
6.0
7.1
7.1
7.2
7.4
50
52
51
50
51
52
39 3 The Ice Warriors
(Episodes 2 & 3 missing)
Derek Martinus Brian Hayles 11 November 1967
18 November 1967
25 November 1967
2 December 1967
9 December 1967
16 December 1967
OO 6.7
7.1
7.4
7.3
8.0
7.5
52
52
51
51
50
51
40 4 The Enemy of the World Barry Letts David Whitaker 23 December 1967
30 December 1967
6 January 1968
13 January 1968
20 January 1968
27 January 1968
PP 6.8
7.6
7.1
7.8
6.9
8.3
50
49
48
49
49
52
41 5 The Web of Fear
(Episode 3 missing)
Douglas Camfield Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln 3 February 1968
10 February 1968
17 February 1968
24 February 1968
2 March 1968
9 March 1968
QQ 7.2
6.8
7.0
8.4
8.0
8.3
54
53
51
53
55
55
42 6 Fury from the Deep
(All episodes missing)
Hugh David Victor Pemberton 16 March 1968
23 March 1968
30 March 1968
6 April 1968
13 April 1968
20 April 1968
RR 8.2
7.9
7.7
6.6
5.9
6.9
55
55
56
56
56
57
43 7 The Wheel in Space
(Episodes 1, 2, 4 & 5 missing)
Tristan DeVere Cole David Whitaker and Kit Pedler 27 April 1968
4 May 1968
11 May 1968
18 May 1968
25 May 1968
1 June 1968
SS 7.2
6.9
7.5
8.6
6.8
6.5
57
60
55
56
57
62

Season 6 (1968–69)

Main article: Doctor Who (season 6)

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

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [5]
AI [5]
44 1 The Dominators Morris Barry Norman Ashby (Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln) 10 August 1968
17 August 1968
24 August 1968
31 August 1968
7 September 1968
TT 6.1
5.9
5.4
7.5
5.9
52
55
55
51
53
45 2 The Mind Robber David Maloney Peter Ling and Derrick Sherwin 14 September 1968
21 September 1968
28 September 1968
5 October 1968
12 October 1968
UU 6.6
6.5
7.2
7.3
6.7
51
49
53
56
49
46 3 The Invasion
(Episodes 1 & 4 missing)
Douglas Camfield Derrick Sherwin and Kit Pedler 2 November 1968
9 November 1968
16 November 1968
23 November 1968
30 November 1968
7 December 1968
14 December 1968
21 December 1968
VV 7.3
7.1
7.1
6.4
6.7
6.5
7.2
7.0
55
53
54
51
52
56
55
53
47 4 The Krotons David Maloney Robert Holmes 28 December 1968
4 January 1969
11 January 1969
18 January 1969
WW 9.0
8.4
7.5
7.1
59
57
56
55
48 5 The Seeds of Death Michael Ferguson Brian Hayles and Terrance Dicks 25 January 1969
1 February 1969
8 February 1969
15 February 1969
22 February 1969
1 March 1969
XX 6.6
6.8
7.5
7.1
7.6
7.7
57
59
55
55
57
59
49 6 The Space Pirates
(Episodes 1, 3 - 6 missing)
Michael Hart Robert Holmes 8 March 1969
15 March 1969
22 March 1969
29 March 1969
5 April 1969
12 April 1969
YY 5.8
6.8
6.4
5.8
5.5
5.3
57
52
55
53
56
52
50 7 The War Games David Maloney Terrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke 19 April 1969
26 April 1969
3 May 1969
10 May 1969
17 May 1969
24 May 1969
31 May 1969
7 June 1969
14 June 1969
21 June 1969
ZZ 5.5
6.3
5.1
5.7
5.1
4.2
4.9
3.5
4.1
5.0
55
54
53
50
53
53
53
53
57
58

Third Doctor

The Third Doctor was portrayed by Jon Pertwee. Sentenced to exile on Earth and forcibly regenerated at the end of The War Games, the Doctor spent his time working for UNIT. After The Three Doctors, the Time Lords repealed his exile; however, the Doctor still worked closely with UNIT from time to time. The Third Doctor regenerated into his fourth incarnation as a result of radiation poisoning in the last moments of Planet of the Spiders.

Season 7 (1970)

Main article: Doctor Who (season 7)

Barry Letts took over as producer from Derrick Sherwin after Spearhead from Space. From this season onwards the programme was produced in colour. To accommodate the new production methods the number of episodes in a season was cut: season 6 has 44 episodes; season 7 has 25 episodes. The seasons would continue to have between 20 and 28 episodes until season 22.

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [5]
AI [5]
51 1 Spearhead from Space Derek Martinus Robert Holmes 3 January 1970
10 January 1970
17 January 1970
24 January 1970
AAA 8.4
8.1
8.3
8.1
54


57
52 2 Doctor Who and the Silurians Timothy Combe Malcolm Hulke 31 January 1970
7 February 1970
14 February 1970
21 February 1970
28 February 1970
7 March 1970
14 March 1970
BBB 8.8
7.3
7.5
8.2
7.5
7.2
7.5
58
58
57
60
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53 3 The Ambassadors of Death Michael Ferguson David Whitaker, Trevor Ray and Malcolm Hulke 21 March 1970
28 March 1970
4 April 1970
11 April 1970
18 April 1970
25 April 1970
2 May 1970
CCC 7.1
7.6
8.0
9.3
7.1
6.9
6.4
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54 4 Inferno Douglas Camfield and Barry Letts Don Houghton 9 May 1970
16 May 1970
23 May 1970
30 May 1970
6 June 1970
13 June 1970
20 June 1970
DDD 5.7
5.9
4.8
6.0
5.4
6.7
5.5
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Season 8 (1971)

Main article: Doctor Who (season 8)

This season forms a loose arc with the introduction of the Master, the villain in each of the season's storylines, and introduces the companion Jo Grant.

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [5]
AI [5]
55 1 Terror of the Autons Barry Letts Robert Holmes 2 January 1971
9 January 1971
16 January 1971
23 January 1971
EEE 7.3
8.0
8.1
8.4
56 2 The Mind of Evil Timothy Combe Don Houghton 30 January 1971
6 February 1971
13 February 1971
20 February 1971
27 February 1971
6 March 1971
FFF 6.1
8.8
7.5
7.4
7.6
7.3
57 3 The Claws of Axos Michael Ferguson Bob Baker and Dave Martin 13 March 1971
20 March 1971
27 March 1971
3 April 1971
GGG 7.3
8.0
6.4
7.8
58 4 Colony in Space Michael E. Briant Malcolm Hulke 10 April 1971
17 April 1971
24 April 1971
1 May 1971
8 May 1971
15 May 1971
HHH 7.6
8.5
9.5
8.1
8.8
8.7
59 5 The Dæmons Christopher Barry Guy Leopold (Robert Sloman and Barry Letts) 22 May 1971
29 May 1971
5 June 1971
12 June 1971
19 June 1971
JJJ 9.2
8.0
8.1
8.1
8.3

Season 9 (1972)

Main article: Doctor Who (season 9)
Story Serial Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [5]
AI [5]
60 1 Day of the Daleks Paul Bernard Louis Marks 1 January 1972
8 January 1972
15 January 1972
22 January 1972
KKK 9.8
10.4
9.1
9.1
61 2 The Curse of Peladon Lennie Mayne Brian Hayles 29 January 1972
5 February 1972
12 February 1972
19 February 1972
MMM 10.3
11.0
7.8
8.4
62 3 The Sea Devils Michael E. Briant Malcolm Hulke 26 February 1972
4 March 1972
11 March 1972
18 March 1972
25 March 1972
1 April 1972
LLL 6.4
9.7
8.3
7.8
8.3
8.5
63 4 The Mutants Christopher Barry Bob Baker and Dave Martin 8 April 1972
15 April 1972
22 April 1972
29 April 1972
6 May 1972
13 May 1972
NNN 9.1
7.8
7.9
7.5
7.9
6.5
64 5 The Time Monster Paul Bernard Robert Sloman and Barry Letts 20 May 1972
27 May 1972
3 June 1972
10 June 1972
17 June 1972
24 June 1972
OOO 7.6
7.4
8.1
7.6
6.0
7.6

Season 10 (1972–73)

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [5]
AI [5]
65 1 The Three Doctors Lennie Mayne Bob Baker and Dave Martin 30 December 1972
6 January 1973
13 January 1973
20 January 1973
RRR 9.6
10.8
8.8
11.9
66 2 Carnival of Monsters Barry Letts Robert Holmes 27 January 1973
3 February 1973
10 February 1973
17 February 1973
PPP 9.5
9.0
9.0
9.2
67 3 Frontier in Space Paul Bernard Malcolm Hulke 24 February 1973
3 March 1973
10 March 1973
17 March 1973
24 March 1973
31 March 1973
QQQ 9.1
7.8
7.5
7.1
7.7
8.9
68 4 Planet of the Daleks David Maloney Terry Nation 7 April 1973
14 April 1973
21 April 1973
28 April 1973
5 May 1973
12 May 1973
SSS 11.0
10.7
10.1
8.3
9.7
8.5
69 5 The Green Death Michael E. Briant Robert Sloman and Barry Letts 19 May 1973
26 May 1973
2 June 1973
9 June 1973
16 June 1973
23 June 1973
TTT 9.2
7.2
7.8
6.8
8.3
7.0

Season 11 (1973–74)

This season introduces the companion Sarah Jane Smith.

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [5]
AI [5]
70 1 The Time Warrior Alan Bromly Robert Holmes 15 December 1973
22 December 1973
29 December 1973
5 January 1974
UUU 8.7
7.0
6.6
10.6
59


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71 2 Invasion of the Dinosaurs Paddy Russell Malcolm Hulke 12 January 1974
19 January 1974
26 January 1974
2 February 1974
9 February 1974
16 February 1974
WWW 11.0
10.1
11.0
9.0
9.0
7.5
62

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72 3 Death to the Daleks Michael E. Briant Terry Nation 23 February 1974
2 March 1974
9 March 1974
16 March 1974
XXX 8.1
9.5
10.5
9.5
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73 4 The Monster of Peladon Lennie Mayne Brian Hayles 23 March 1974
30 March 1974
6 April 1974
13 April 1974
20 April 1974
27 April 1974
YYY 9.2
6.8
7.4
7.2
7.5
8.1
74 5 Planet of the Spiders Barry Letts Robert Sloman and Barry Letts 4 May 1974
11 May 1974
18 May 1974
25 May 1974
1 June 1974
8 June 1974
ZZZ 10.1
8.9
8.8
8.2
9.2
8.9
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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,[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. This season also introduced the character of Harry Sullivan as a companion; this character was intended to undertake action scenes, during the period prior to Tom Baker being cast, when it was unclear how old the actor playing the new Doctor would be.

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [5]
AI [5]
75 1 Robot Christopher Barry Terrance Dicks 28 December 1974
4 January 1975
11 January 1975
18 January 1975
4A 10.8
10.7
10.1
9.0
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76 2 The Ark in Space Rodney Bennett Robert Holmes 25 January 1975
1 February 1975
8 February 1975
15 February 1975
4C 9.4
13.6
11.2
10.2
77 3 The Sontaran Experiment Rodney Bennett Bob Baker and Dave Martin 22 February 1975
1 March 1975
4B 11.0
10.5

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78 4 Genesis of the Daleks David Maloney Terry Nation 8 March 1975
15 March 1975
22 March 1975
29 March 1975
5 April 1975
12 April 1975
4E 10.7
10.5
8.5
8.8
9.8
9.1

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79 5 Revenge of the Cybermen Michael E. Briant Gerry Davis 19 April 1975
26 April 1975
3 May 1975
10 May 1975
4D 9.5
8.3
8.9
9.4
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Season 13 (1975–76)

During this season, Ian Marter (Harry Sullivan) left after Terror of the Zygons, but returned for a guest appearance in The Android Invasion. Terror of the Zygons also saw the last semi-regular appearance of Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart) who would not return until Season 20 in Mawdryn Undead.

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [5]
AI [5]
80 1 Terror of the Zygons Douglas Camfield Robert Banks Stewart 30 August 1975
6 September 1975
13 September 1975
20 September 1975
4F 8.4
6.1
8.2
7.2
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81 2 Planet of Evil David Maloney Louis Marks 27 September 1975
4 October 1975
11 October 1975
18 October 1975
4H 10.4
9.9
9.1
10.1

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82 3 Pyramids of Mars Paddy Russell Stephen Harris (Lewis Greifer and Robert Holmes) 25 October 1975
1 November 1975
8 November 1975
15 November 1975
4G 10.5
11.3
9.4
11.7



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83 4 The Android Invasion Barry Letts Terry Nation 22 November 1975
29 November 1975
6 December 1975
13 December 1975
4J 11.9
11.3
12.1
11.4
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84 5 The Brain of Morbius Christopher Barry Robin Bland (Terrance Dicks and Robert Holmes) 3 January 1976
10 January 1976
17 January 1976
24 January 1976
4K 9.5
9.3
10.1
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85 6 The Seeds of Doom Douglas Camfield Robert Banks Stewart 31 January 1976
7 February 1976
14 February 1976
21 February 1976
28 February 1976
6 March 1976
4L 11.4
11.4
10.3
11.1
9.9
11.5
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Season 14 (1976–77)

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

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [5]
AI [5]
86 1 The Masque of Mandragora Rodney Bennett Louis Marks 4 September 1976
11 September 1976
18 September 1976
25 September 1976
4M 8.3
9.8
9.2
10.6
58
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87 2 The Hand of Fear Lennie Mayne Bob Baker and Dave Martin 2 October 1976
9 October 1976
16 October 1976
23 October 1976
4N 10.5
10.2
11.1
12.0


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88 3 The Deadly Assassin David Maloney Robert Holmes 30 October 1976
6 November 1976
13 November 1976
20 November 1976
4P 11.8
12.1
13.0
11.8

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89 4 The Face of Evil Pennant Roberts Chris Boucher 1 January 1977
8 January 1977
15 January 1977
22 January 1977
4Q 10.7
11.1
11.3
11.7
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90 5 The Robots of Death Michael E. Briant Chris Boucher 29 January 1977
5 February 1977
12 February 1977
19 February 1977
4R 12.8
12.4
13.1
12.6
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91 6 The Talons of Weng-Chiang David Maloney Robert Holmes 26 February 1977
5 March 1977
12 March 1977
19 March 1977
26 March 1977
2 April 1977
4S 11.3
9.8
10.2
11.4
10.1
9.3



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Season 15 (1977–78)

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

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [5]
AI [5]
92 1 Horror of Fang Rock Paddy Russell Terrance Dicks 3 September 1977
10 September 1977
17 September 1977
24 September 1977
4V 6.8
7.1
9.8
9.9
58

60
57
93 2 The Invisible Enemy Derrick Goodwin Bob Baker and Dave Martin 1 October 1977
8 October 1977
15 October 1977
22 October 1977
4T 8.6
7.3
7.5
8.3



60
94 3 Image of the Fendahl George Spenton-Foster Chris Boucher 29 October 1977
5 November 1977
12 November 1977
19 November 1977
4X 6.7
7.5
7.9
9.1



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95 4 The Sun Makers Pennant Roberts Robert Holmes 26 November 1977
3 December 1977
10 December 1977
17 December 1977
4W 8.5
9.5
8.9
8.4


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96 5 Underworld Norman Stewart Bob Baker and Dave Martin 7 January 1978
14 January 1978
21 January 1978
28 January 1978
4Y 8.9
9.1
8.9
11.7
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97 6 The Invasion of Time Gerald Blake David Agnew
(Graham Williams and Anthony Read)
4 February 1978
11 February 1978
18 February 1978
25 February 1978
4 March 1978
11 March 1978
4Z 11.2
11.4
9.5
10.9
10.3
9.8
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Season 16 (1978–79)

Douglas Adams took over as script editor from Anthony Read for The Armageddon Factor. Season 16 consists of one long story arc encompassing six separate, linked stories. This season is referred to by the umbrella title The Key to Time and has been released on DVD under this title.

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [5]
AI [5]
098 1 The Ribos Operation George Spenton-Foster Robert Holmes 2 September 1978
9 September 1978
16 September 1978
23 September 1978
5A 8.3
8.1
7.9
8.2
59


67
099 2 The Pirate Planet Pennant Roberts Douglas Adams 30 September 1978
7 October 1978
14 October 1978
21 October 1978
5B 9.1
7.4
8.2
8.4
61

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100 3 The Stones of Blood Darrol Blake David Fisher 28 October 1978
4 November 1978
11 November 1978
18 November 1978
5C 8.6
6.6
9.3
7.6



67
101 4 The Androids of Tara Michael Hayes David Fisher 25 November 1978
2 December 1978
9 December 1978
16 December 1978
5D 9.5
10.1
8.9
9.0

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102 5 The Power of Kroll Norman Stewart Robert Holmes 23 December 1978
30 December 1978
6 January 1979
13 January 1979
5E 6.5
12.4
8.9
9.9



63
103 6 The Armageddon Factor Michael Hayes Bob Baker and Dave Martin 20 January 1979
27 January 1979
3 February 1979
10 February 1979
17 February 1979
24 February 1979
5F 7.5
8.8
7.8
8.6
8.6
9.6
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Season 17 (1979–80)

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [5]
AI [5]
104 1 Destiny of the Daleks Ken Grieve Terry Nation 1 September 1979
8 September 1979
15 September 1979
22 September 1979
5J 13.0
12.7
13.8
14.4
67

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105 2 City of Death Michael Hayes David Agnew
(Douglas Adams, Graham Williams and David Fisher)
29 September 1979
6 October 1979
13 October 1979
20 October 1979
5H 12.4
14.1
15.4
16.1

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106 3 The Creature from the Pit Christopher Barry David Fisher 27 October 1979
3 November 1979
10 November 1979
17 November 1979
5G 9.3
10.8
10.2
9.6

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107 4 Nightmare of Eden Alan Bromly Bob Baker 24 November 1979
1 December 1979
8 December 1979
15 December 1979
5K 8.7
9.6
9.6
9.4



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108 5 The Horns of Nimon Kenny McBain Anthony Read 22 December 1979
29 December 1979
5 January 1980
12 January 1980
5L 6.0
8.8
9.8
10.4



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6 Shada Pennant Roberts Douglas Adams Unaired[note 2] 5M

Season 18 (1980–81)

John Nathan-Turner replaced Graham Williams as producer. Barry Letts returned, as executive producer, for just this season. Christopher H. Bidmead replaced Douglas Adams as script editor. In a return to the format of early seasons, virtually all serials from Seasons 18 through 20 are linked together, often running directly into each other.

Season 18 forms a loose story arc dealing with the theme of entropy. Full Circle, State of Decay, and Warriors' Gate trace the Doctor's adventures in E-Space; they were released in both VHS and DVD boxsets with the umbrella title The E-Space Trilogy.

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [5]
AI [5]
109 1 The Leisure Hive Lovett Bickford David Fisher 30 August 1980
6 September 1980
13 September 1980
20 September 1980
5N 5.9
5.0
5.0
4.5



65
110 2 Meglos Terence Dudley John Flanagan
& Andrew McCulloch
27 September 1980
4 October 1980
11 October 1980
18 October 1980
5Q 5.0
4.2
4.7
4.7
61
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111 3 Full Circle Peter Grimwade Andrew Smith 25 October 1980
1 November 1980
8 November 1980
15 November 1980
5R 5.9
3.7
5.9
5.4



65
112 4 State of Decay Peter Moffatt Terrance Dicks 22 November 1980
29 November 1980
6 December 1980
13 December 1980
5P 5.8
5.3
4.4
5.4



69
113 5 Warriors' Gate Paul Joyce
& Graeme Harper
Stephen Gallagher 3 January 1981
10 January 1981
17 January 1981
24 January 1981
5S 7.1
6.7
8.3
7.8
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114 6 The Keeper of Traken John Black Johnny Byrne 31 January 1981
7 February 1981
14 February 1981
21 February 1981
5T 7.6
6.1
5.2
6.1



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115 7 Logopolis Peter Grimwade Christopher H. Bidmead 28 February 1981
7 March 1981
14 March 1981
21 March 1981
5V 7.7
7.7
5.8
6.1

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Fifth Doctor

The Fifth Doctor was portrayed by Peter Davison.

Season 19 (1982)

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

Castrovalva, together with the previous two serials, The Keeper of Traken and Logopolis, form a trilogy involving the return of the Master. They were released on DVD under the banner title New Beginnings.

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

Season 20 (1983)

To commemorate the twentieth season, the stories in this season involve the return of previous villains. Mawdryn Undead, Terminus and Enlightenment involve the Black Guardian's plot to kill the Doctor; they were released individually on VHS and as a set on DVD as parts of The Black Guardian Trilogy. This season was broadcast twice weekly on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings on BBC1.

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [5]
AI [5]
123 1 Arc of Infinity Ron Jones Johnny Byrne 3 January 1983
5 January 1983
11 January 1983
12 January 1983
6E 7.2
7.3
6.9
7.2
69
70
67
66
124 2 Snakedance Fiona Cumming Christopher Bailey 18 January 1983
19 January 1983
25 January 1983
26 January 1983
6D 6.7
7.7
6.6
7.4
65
66
67
67
125 3 Mawdryn Undead Peter Moffatt Peter Grimwade 1 February 1983
2 February 1983
8 February 1983
9 February 1983
6F 6.5
7.5
7.4
7.7
67
70
67
68
126 4 Terminus Mary Ridge Stephen Gallagher 15 February 1983
16 February 1983
22 February 1983
23 February 1983
6G 6.8
7.5
6.5
7.4
65
67
64
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127 5 Enlightenment Fiona Cumming Barbara Clegg 1 March 1983
2 March 1983
8 March 1983
9 March 1983
6H 6.6
7.2
6.2
7.3
67
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128 6 The King's Demons Tony Virgo Terence Dudley 15 March 1983
16 March 1983
6J 5.8
7.2
65
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129 The Five Doctors Peter Moffatt Terrance Dicks 25 November 1983[7] 6K 7.7 75

Season 21 (1984)

Episodes were broadcast twice weekly on Thursday and Friday evenings, with Resurrection of the Daleks broadcast on two consecutive Wednesday nights. The Caves of Androzani saw the regeneration of the Fifth Doctor, and the season finale The Twin Dilemma was the first story of the Sixth Doctor.

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

The Sixth Doctor was portrayed by Colin Baker.

Season 21 (1984) continued

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
UK viewers
(million) [5]
AI [5]
136 7 The Twin Dilemma Peter Moffatt Anthony Steven 22 March 1984
23 March 1984
29 March 1984
30 March 1984
6S 7.6
7.4
7.0
6.3
61
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Season 22 (1985)

The series moved back to once-weekly Saturday broadcasts. All episodes were 45 minutes long, though they also exist in 25-minute versions. Although there were now only 13 episodes in the season, the total running time remained approximately the same as in previous seasons since the episodes were almost twice as long.

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

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [5]
AI [5]
143a 1 The Mysterious Planet Nicholas Mallett Robert Holmes 6 September 1986
13 September 1986
20 September 1986
27 September 1986
7A 4.9
4.9
3.9
3.7
72
69
70
72
143b 2 Mindwarp Ron Jones Philip Martin 4 October 1986
11 October 1986
18 October 1986
25 October 1986
7B 4.8
4.6
5.1
5.0
71
69
66
72
143c 3 Terror of the Vervoids Chris Clough Pip and Jane Baker 1 November 1986
8 November 1986
15 November 1986
22 November 1986
7C 5.2
4.6
5.3
5.3
66
69
69
69
143d 4 The Ultimate Foe Chris Clough Robert Holmes
Pip and Jane Baker
29 November 1986
6 December 1986
7C 4.4
5.6
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Seventh Doctor

The Seventh Doctor was portrayed by Sylvester McCoy.

Season 24 (1987)

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

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [5]
AI [5]
144 1 Time and the Rani Andrew Morgan Pip and Jane Baker 7 September 1987
14 September 1987
21 September 1987
28 September 1987
7D 5.1
4.2
4.3
4.9
58
63
57
59
145 2 Paradise Towers Nicholas Mallett Stephen Wyatt 5 October 1987
12 October 1987
19 October 1987
26 October 1987
7E 4.5
5.2
5.0
5.0
61
58
58
57
146 3 Delta and the Bannermen Chris Clough Malcolm Kohll 2 November 1987
9 November 1987
16 November 1987
7F 5.3
5.1
5.4
63
60
60
147 4 Dragonfire Chris Clough Ian Briggs 23 November 1987
30 November 1987
7 December 1987
7G 5.5
5.0
4.7
61
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Season 25 (1988–89)

The series was moved to Wednesdays.

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [5]
AI [5]
148 1 Remembrance of the Daleks Andrew Morgan Ben Aaronovitch 5 October 1988
12 October 1988
19 October 1988
26 October 1988
7H 5.5
5.8
5.1
5.0
68
69
70
72
149 2 The Happiness Patrol Chris Clough Graeme Curry 2 November 1988
9 November 1988
16 November 1988
7L 5.3
4.6
5.3
67
65
65
150 3 Silver Nemesis Chris Clough Kevin Clarke 23 November 1988
30 November 1988
7 December 1988[10]
7K 6.1
5.2
5.2
71
70
70
151 4 The Greatest Show in the Galaxy Alan Wareing Stephen Wyatt 14 December 1988
21 December 1988
28 December 1988
4 January 1989
7J 5.0
5.3
4.8
6.6
68
66
69
64

Season 26 (1989)

The final season continued to push the series towards a darker approach, focusing this time more on Ace's personal life as well as The Doctor's past and manipulations. This season set the tone for the Virgin New Adventures novels that followed.

Story Serial Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [5]
AI [5]
152 1 Battlefield Michael Kerrigan Ben Aaronovitch 6 September 1989
13 September 1989
20 September 1989
27 September 1989
7N 3.1
3.9
3.6
4.0
69
68
67
65
153 2 Ghost Light Alan Wareing Marc Platt 4 October 1989
11 October 1989
18 October 1989
7Q 4.2
4.0
4.0
68
68
64
154 3 The Curse of Fenric Nicholas Mallett Ian Briggs 25 October 1989
1 November 1989
8 November 1989
15 November 1989
7M 4.3
4.0
4.0
4.2
67
68
68
68
155 4 Survival Alan Wareing Rona Munro 22 November 1989
29 November 1989
6 December 1989
7P 5.0
4.8
5.0
69
69
71

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)

Main article: Doctor Who (film)
Story Episode Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [5]
AI [5]
156 Doctor Who Geoffrey Sax Matthew Jacobs 12 May 1996 (Canada)
14 May 1996 (USA)
27 May 1996 (UK)
TVM[note 4] 9.08 75

Ninth Doctor

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

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

Series 1 (2005)

Main article: Doctor Who (series 1)

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

Story Episode Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [5]
AI [5]
157 1 "Rose" Keith Boak Russell T Davies 26 March 2005 (2005-03-26) 1.1 10.81 81
In the basement of the shop where she works, plastic mannequins begin to attack Rose Tyler. A mysterious man known as "the Doctor" rescues her and they flee the building, which he blows up. The next day Rose and her boyfriend, Mickey Smith (Noel Clarke) visit the man named Clive (Mark Benton) who runs a conspiracy theory website about a man fitting the Doctor's description who has appeared throughout history. While Rose is talking to Clive, Mickey is kidnapped and replaced by a plastic duplicate. Rose meets the Doctor again where he reveals Mickey to be an Auton and he and Rose locate the Nestene Consciousness which controls the Autons: the London Eye. At this point, Autons come alive everywhere (mainly mannequins), and start killing other people. Rose saves the Doctor and many others the Autons had been killing and she decides to travel with the Doctor through time and space in his TARDIS.
158 2 "The End of the World" Euros Lyn Russell T Davies 2 April 2005 (2005-04-02) 1.2 7.97 79
The Doctor takes Rose to the year 5 billion where they land on a space station (Platform 1) which is orbiting the Earth and observing its destruction by the expanding Sun. Among the elite alien guests assembled to watch the phenomenon is Lady Cassandra (Zoë Wanamaker), who takes pride in being the last pure human, though she has received many operations that have altered her image. It is discovered that Cassandra, to receive money for her many operations, plans to let the guests die and then profit from the stock increases of their competitors. She releases discreet robotic spiders all over Platform 1, and they start interfering with the systems. She departs via teleportation and the spiders bring down the shields, causing harmful direct solar radiation to penetrate the station. The Doctor manages to reactivate the system and save Rose, after which he brings Cassandra back and she ruptures from the intense solar heat.
159 3 "The Unquiet Dead" Euros Lyn Mark Gatiss 9 April 2005 (2005-04-09) 1.3 8.86 80
The Doctor and Rose travel back to Cardiff in 1869, where a funeral parlour run by Gabriel Sneed (Alan David) with his clairvoyant servant girl Gwyneth (Eve Myles) contains corpses which have been animated by a mysterious blue vapour. Sneed and Gwyneth kidnap Rose and the Doctor teams up with Charles Dickens (Simon Callow) to track her down. In the funeral parlour the group is reunited and the Doctor determines that the blue vapour is the result of a being trying to cross a rift in spacetime the parlour is built on. They are revealed to be the Gelth, who animate bodies until they can build their own and are using Gwyneth as a bridge. As the Gelth respond negatively to gas, Gwyneth volunteers to ignite the gas which will kill all the Gelth, and the Doctor, Rose, and Dickens escape before the parlour is engulfed in flames.
160 4 "Aliens of London" Keith Boak Russell T Davies 16 April 2005 (2005-04-16) 1.4 7.63 81
The Doctor takes Rose back to her home, but they arrive a year after she left. Her mother Jackie (Camille Coduri) is furious with the Doctor, and Mickey has been suspected of murdering Rose. Rose and the Doctor witness a spaceship crash into Big Ben and fall into the River Thames. The Doctor suspects this is a trick and discovers that the ship was launched from earth and the pilot is a pig modified by alien technology. The Prime Minister cannot be located and is replaced by Joseph Green (David Verrey), while Margaret Blaine (Annette Badland) and Oliver Charles, other high-ranking members of the government, are also called. The group is revealed to be Slitheen, an alien family who have compressed themselves into human "suits".
5 "World War Three" Keith Boak Russell T Davies 23 April 2005 (2005-04-23) 1.5 7.98 82
The Doctor learns that the Slitheen are not invading Earth but rather raiding it for commercial gain. The Slitheen claim there is a threat to national security and request that the United Nations release the nuclear activation code so they can strike down a dangerous ship hovering over London. The Doctor speculates they will fire at other countries, start World War III and sell the remaining radioactive weapons. The Doctor helps Mickey hack online to fire a non-nuclear missile at 10 Downing Street to destroy the Slitheen gathered there, and the Doctor, Rose, and MP Harriet Jones (Penelope Wilton) manage to hide in a reinforced cabinet and survive. Meanwhile, the Doctor has earned Jackie's trust and she allows Rose to continue travelling with him.
161 6 "Dalek" Joe Ahearne Robert Shearman 30 April 2005 (2005-04-30) 1.6 8.63 84
The TARDIS is drawn off course by a signal and Rose and the Doctor end up near Salt Lake City, Utah in 2012, in an underground bunker owned by Henry van Statten (Corey Johnson), a rich collector of alien artefacts. The Doctor encounters his one living exhibit which the Doctor is horrified to discover is a Dalek that survived the Time War, the last survivor of a race of genetically manipulated mutants bound on purging the universe of all non-Dalek life and the Doctor's greatest enemy. One of van Statten's technicians Adam Mitchell (Bruno Langley) leads Rose to the Dalek, but she takes pity on it and touches it, allowing it to absorb her DNA and become active. The Dalek kills many soldiers before catching up with Rose, Adam and The Doctor. Rose becomes trapped with the Dalek, but it spares her life as it has gained sympathy from Rose's DNA and destroys itself. As the Doctor and Rose leave, Adam boards the TARDIS to avoid the closure of van Statten's Vault.
162 7 "The Long Game" Brian Grant Russell T Davies 7 May 2005 (2005-05-07) 1.7 8.01 81
The Doctor, Rose, and Adam travel to the year 200,000 and land on the space station Satellite 5, which controls journalism. Ever since the satellite began broadcasting, something has held the human race's attitude and technology back. The Editor (Simon Pegg) invites the Doctor and Rose to the elite Floor 500 where he holds them captive, explaining that he and a creature known as the Jagrafess have made through Satellite 5 the Fourth Great and Bountiful Human Empire a place where the news has installed fear in the human race, keeping them in a closed society. Meanwhile, Adam has installed a port in his head and is transmitting all the knowledge on Satellite 5 to his parent's answering machine at home. Meanwhile, Cathica (Christine Adams) (another journalist with an info spike linked to Adam's) redirects the heat to Floor 500, allowing Rose and the Doctor to escape, while the Editor and the Jagrafess are destroyed by the heat. The Doctor is furious at Adam and returns him to his house, destroying the answering machine and banishing Adam from the TARDIS.
163 8 "Father's Day" Joe Ahearne Paul Cornell 14 May 2005 (2005-05-14) 1.8 8.06 83
Rose asks the Doctor to take her back to the day her father Pete Tyler (Shaun Dingwall) died in a hit and run accident, but when she saves him she creates a paradox. The TARDIS appears to be an ordinary police box and flying creatures known as Reapers appear and attempt to treat the wound in time and space by consuming everyone in it. Everyone hides in a church while the Doctor tries to summon the TARDIS. Jackie accuses Pete of having another daughter, and to prove that Rose is the same as the baby Rose, he puts the baby in the older Rose's arms, causing a bigger paradox, and the Doctor is taken by the reapers. Pete realises he must die for everything to be repaired, and throws himself in front of the car which has been appearing and reappearing around the corner of the church, causing the Doctor to return.
164 9 "The Empty Child" James Hawes Steven Moffat 21 May 2005 (2005-05-21) 1.9 7.11 84
Chasing a metal cylinder marked as "dangerous" through the Time Vortex, the Doctor and Rose land in London during The Blitz of World War II. Rose follows a young boy in a gas mask (Albert Valentine) who repeatedly asks if she is his mother; she climbs a rope which is attached to a barrage balloon that rises into the air. Meanwhile, the Doctor talks with a young woman named Nancy (Florence Hoath) who seems to know about the boy, whom she knows is connected to a bomb-like object which had fallen. Rose is rescued by a Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), a time agent-turned-con man who interests Rose in buying a valuable warship. Nancy directs the Doctor to a hospital where Dr Constantine (Richard Wilson) shows him patients with injuries and gas masks identical to the child's, who Nancy claims is her brother, Jamie. Rose and Jack arrive to save the Doctor as Constantine begins to transform like his patients had.
10 "The Doctor Dances" James Hawes Steven Moffat 28 May 2005 (2005-05-28) 1.10 6.86 85
Jack explains that he sent the metal object through the time vortex to attract "Time Agents" to this time period, where he would have them pay for the object, but before they could receive it, a bomb would fall on it. Jack claims that it is a perfectly safe and "empty" old medical transport, but the Doctor is suspicious. At the site where the transport is held, the Doctor realises that it once contained nanogenes that are able to heal wounds and deduces that the nanogenes attempted to heal Jamie, but thought that all humans should have similar injuries and gas masks. Nancy claims it is all her fault as she is actually Jamie's mother, which she admits in front of the child. As they hug, the nanogenes identify Nancy's DNA as being his mother's and reverse Jamie's transformation so that they resemble each other; the rest is done to all the others who had been converted. Jack captures the bomb that would have fallen on the site and the Doctor and Rose rescue him before it explodes, inviting him on the TARDIS.
165 11 "Boom Town" Joe Ahearne Russell T Davies 4 June 2005 (2005-06-04) 1.11 7.68 82
The Doctor, Rose, and Jack visit Cardiff to refuel the TARDIS at the rift, and Mickey meets them there. They discover that the Slitheen impersonating Margaret Blaine is now the mayor of Cardiff and capture her, suspicious of what she has done. The Doctor sees that she has created a nuclear power plant designed to open the rift and destroy Earth, and a device she would use to flee. Margaret objects to being taken back to her home planet, as she is considered a criminal there. After several failed attempts in killing the Doctor, Margaret requests to be taken to another planet. Jack sees the opportunity to use Margaret's extrapolator to speed up recharging the TARDIS, but this proves to be a trap as it was meant to send the nearest alien power source to the rift. As an earthquake strikes Cardiff, Margaret looks into the heart of the TARDIS, which gave her a second chance at life, restoring her back into an egg.
166 12 "Bad Wolf" Joe Ahearne Russell T Davies 11 June 2005 (2005-06-11) 1.12 6.81 85
The Doctor, Rose, and Jack wake up from amnesia into various reality television and game shows; the Doctor is in a Big Brother-like house, Rose is a contestant on The Weakest Link where those eliminated are thought to be disintegrated by the Anne Droid (Anne Robinson), and Jack is on a What Not to Wear-like show where two female robots (Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine) offer to give contestants a new image. The Doctor and Jack escape from their shows and find they are on Satellite 5 one hundred years later, where it is run by the Badwolf Corporation and known as the Game Station. The Doctor, Jack, and Big Brother contestant Lynda (Jo Joyner) find Rose as she is disintegrated on The Weakest Link and travel to Floor 500, where the Controller (Martha Cope) informs them that the contestants are not disintegrated but rather transmitted to a point in space. They learn that Rose has arrived on a ship containing Daleks and the Doctor vows to rescue her and destroy the Daleks, which prompt the fleet of 400,000 Daleks to begin invading Earth.
13 "The Parting of the Ways" Joe Ahearne Russell T Davies 18 June 2005 (2005-06-18) 1.13 6.91 89
The Doctor and Jack take the TARDIS to Rose, where they bring her back to the Game Station after talking to the Dalek Emperor. The Doctor prepares to destroy the Daleks using a Delta Wave and asks Rose to hold something on the TARDIS console for him while he fetches something outside; while she is inside, he uses his sonic screwdriver to send her back home to safety. The Daleks invade the Game Station, killing Lynda and Jack among many others. As Rose regains her composure at home, she notices the words "Bad Wolf" around the area where the TARDIS has landed and realises it is a message. With the help of Jackie, Mickey, and a tow truck, she is able to pry open the heart of the TARDIS in hope that its telepathic circuits would see her desire to return to the Doctor. Rose becomes empowered by the Time Vortex and returns to the Doctor, where she uses the vortex's power to destroy all the Daleks, revive Jack (also making him immortal), and scatter the words "Bad Wolf" throughout time and space to lead herself here. To prevent the power from killing Rose, the Doctor absorbs it by kissing her; she wakes up in the TARDIS as the time energy is destroying the Doctor's cells, forcing him to regenerate into the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant).

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.

Series 2 (2006)

Main article: Doctor Who (series 2)

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

Story Episode Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [5]
AI [5]
167 "The Christmas Invasion" James Hawes Russell T Davies 25 December 2005 (2005-12-25) 2X 9.84 84
Rose and the newly-regenerated Tenth Doctor return to Rose's house, where Rose, her mother Jackie (Camille Coduri) and her former boyfriend Mickey Smith (Noel Clarke) carry him inside to rest. When out shopping, Rose and Mickey are attacked by Santa robots; the Doctor theorises that energy from his regeneration has lured them here. Prime Minister Harriet Jones (Penelope Wilton) is threatened by the leader of the Sycorax to give them half of the Earth's population as slaves; Harriet tries to negotiate and is transmatted on their ship. Rose, Mickey, and Jackie drag the Doctor onto the TARDIS, but the TARDIS is detected by the Sycorax and they transport it to their ship, with Rose, Mickey, and the Doctor inside. After the Doctor has fully recovered, he challenges the Sycorax leader to a sword fight for the future of the Earth, which he eventually wins. However, the Sycorax ship is destroyed against the Doctor's wishes by Harriet Jones, who had called Torchwood on the matter.
168 1 "New Earth" James Hawes Russell T Davies 15 April 2006 (2006-04-15) 2.1 8.62 85
The Doctor and Rose go to New Earth, the planet which humanity inhabited after the Earth's destruction by the Sun. They go into a hospital in New New York, where Rose meets the villain Cassandra (Zoë Wanamaker) again. Cassandra possesses Rose's body as she is in need of one, but the Doctor is suspicious of "Rose"'s actions. They discover that the hospital holds hundreds of artificially-grown humans that have been infected with diseases so the Sisters of Plenitude can find their cures. "Rose" releases several of the humans as a distraction, but they release others and a zombie-like attack begins. The Doctor sprays the infected humans with the solution from a disinfectant shower, curing them. The Doctor orders Cassandra out of Rose and she transfers her consciousness to her servant Chip (Sean Gallagher), but his cloned body fails and Cassandra accepts her death.
169 2 "Tooth and Claw" Euros Lyn Russell T Davies 22 April 2006 (2006-04-22) 2.2 9.24 83
The Doctor and Rose end up in Scotland in 1879, where Queen Victoria (Pauline Collins) invites them to Torchwood Estate. Unknown to them, the estate has been captured by a group of monks who have brought a werewolf in hopes to infect Queen Victoria. The Doctor notices the trap and tries to shield himself, Victoria, and Rose from the werewolf. He learns that the estate was designed as a trap for the werewolf as it contains a large telescope which, with Victoria's Koh-i-Noor diamond and full moonlight, can force the werewolf into a human form. Though they save her, Queen Victoria is appalled by the Doctor and Rose's modern eccentricities and founds Torchwood Institute to defend Britain from further alien attacks.
170 3 "School Reunion" James Hawes Toby Whithouse 29 April 2006 (2006-04-29) 2.3 8.31 85
The Doctor works undercover as a teacher in a school which Mickey believes is suspicious. Rose, working as a dinner lady, notices the cafeteria's chips have an adverse effect on other members of the kitchen staff, while the Doctor notes the chips seem to make the students more intelligent. The success of headmaster Mr Finch (Anthony Head) has aroused media attention; investigative journalist and the Doctor's former companion Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) arrives at the school and discovers the TARDIS one night. She and her robotic dog K-9 join up with the Doctor, Rose, and Mickey and they discover that the teachers are actually Krillitanes and the chips are coated with Krillitane oil, intended to make the children smart enough so they can decode the "Skasis Paradigm", a theory of everything, which will give the Krillitanes full control of time and space. The Doctor refuses to join the Krillitanes and evacuates the children of the school, after which K-9 detonates the container of the chip oil which destroys the Krillitanes, the school, and K-9. Sarah Jane declines the Doctor's offer to travel with him and suggests that Mickey do so instead, and the Doctor gives her a brand new model of K-9.
171 4 "The Girl in the Fireplace" Euros Lyn Steven Moffat 6 May 2006 (2006-05-06) 2.4 7.90 84
The Doctor, Rose, and Mickey arrive on an abandoned spaceship which contains several "time windows" into the life of Madame de Pompadour, known as "Reinette" (Sophia Myles). The Doctor first enters her bedroom through an 18th-century fireplace when she is seven years old and saves her from a clockwork man which has hidden under her bed. On the ship, the Doctor and his companions discover more time windows into Reinette's life and see that the clockwork droids continue stalking her, but do not consider her "complete". The Doctor discovers that the ship's human crew have died out and the droids have recycled some of their organs for use in the ship but still needs Reinette's brain to be fully functional. The brain must be 37 years old, the age of the ship; the ship is actually named after Madame de Pompadour. The Doctor manages to arrive at her 37th birthday costume ball and save her from the droids, who shut down because they have no way of returning to their ship.
172 5 "Rise of the Cybermen" Graeme Harper Tom MacRae 13 May 2006 (2006-05-13) 2.5 9.22 86
A problem causes the Doctor, Rose, and Mickey to reach a parallel universe, in which most of the people of London wear EarPods that feeds information directly into the wearer's brain and Rose's father Pete (Shaun Dingwall) is still alive. The EarPods are designed by John Lumic (Roger Lloyd-Pack), who is trying to give them an "upgrade" which will ultimately turn the humans into Cybermen. Though he has not received permission to do this, he has been abducting and converting numerous homeless people. Mickey is mistaken for his parallel universe self Ricky and is taken by Jake Simmonds (Andrew Hayden-Smith), a member of a gang called the "Preachers" who are aware of the dangers of the EarPods. Cybermen begin attacking at the parallel universe Jackie's birthday party, at which the Doctor and Rose are posing as waiters. They, along with Pete, escape and run into Mickey and the Preachers, but the Cybermen close in on them.
6 "The Age of Steel" Graeme Harper Tom MacRae 20 May 2006 (2006-05-20) 2.6 7.63 86
Escaping from the Cybermen, the group go to the Battersea Power Station, where Lumic has ordered the people of London to go for conversion into Cybermen. On the way, Ricky is killed by the Cybermen. The group splits up to destroy the EarPod transmitter in the zeppelin; Mickey and Jake board the zeppelin, Rose and Pete pose as humans marching for conversion, and the Doctor and Mrs. Moore head to Lumic. Eventually, Mrs. Moore is killed and the Doctor, Rose and Pete are captured by the Cybermen and taken to Lumic, who has become the Cyber Controller. Mickey and Jake disable the transmitter, freeing the humans who had not been converted. The Doctor tricks Lumic into giving the inhibitor code which Mickey hears on surveillance and sends to Rose's phone; the Doctor plugs the phone into the computer systems which changes the signal and sends the Cybermen into despair. The group flees, leaving Lumic to his death. Mickey decides to stay and help fix the parallel universe with Jake, as he understands Rose prefers the Doctor.
173 7 "The Idiot's Lantern" Euros Lyn Mark Gatiss 27 May 2006 (2006-05-27) 2.7 6.76 84
The Doctor and Rose land in Muswell Hill, London in 1953 on the day before Queen Elizabeth II's coronation. The Doctor befriends teenager Tommy Connolly (Rory Jennings), whose grandmother is hidden because she lacks any facial features and has no brain activity, a phenomenon that is common with those who have purchased television sets sold cheap for the coronation from Magpie Electricals, owned by Mr Magpie (Ron Cook). Rose, investigating the shop, finds that Mr Magpie is under the influence of an entity known as "The Wire" (Maureen Lipman), a refugee who has converted herself to an electrical form and is using the televisions and hopefully the upcoming coronation to consume enough minds to rebuild its body; she takes Rose's face as well. In discovery of this the Doctor is outraged and foils the Wire's plan with a device he creates, and those whose minds and faces were consumed are returned and London can safely watch the coronation.
174 8 "The Impossible Planet" James Strong Matt Jones 3 June 2006 (2006-06-03) 2.8 6.32 85
The Doctor and Rose arrive on a base on a planet which is impossibly orbiting a black hole. The crew of the base, who are there on an expedition to drill to the middle of the planet, is led by Captain Zachary Cross Flane (Shaun Parkes). A race of aliens known as the Ood serve them. A quake strikes the planet, causing several sections of the base, including the one where the TARDIS was, to fall into the planet. As the drill nears the planet's centre, the Ood begin foretelling the awakening of a "Beast", which possesses archaeologist Toby Zed (Will Thorp) and later the Ood. The drilling finishes, and the Doctor offers to go with Ida Scott (Claire Rushbrook) to the depths of the planet, where they discover a disc with unreadable markings found on the base and the possessed Toby's face. The Doctor believes the disc to be a door, and as it begins to open the possessed Toby tells Rose that the planet has begun to fall into the black hole and the voice of the Beast (Gabriel Woolf) announces that he is free.
9 "The Satan Pit" James Strong Matt Jones 10 June 2006 (2006-06-10) 2.9 6.08 86
Ida and the Doctor investigate the door and Rose and the other members of the crew witness a force leaving Toby's body and assume that he is no longer possessed. The Doctor descends into the dark pit and the Beast speaks to him, revealing he is the epitome of evil of several religions and has been sealed inside the planet, but is seeking to escape. The Doctor runs out of rope and believes he can survive the drop and falls, the news of which distresses Rose. Most of the crew and Rose escape from the Ood and board and launch an escape rocket. The Doctor discovers he has survived the crash and finds the physical form of the Beast, who reveals that his consciousness has managed to escape. Having faith in Rose, the Doctor triggers the sequence for the Beast and the planet to fall into the black hole, but as the Beast's consciousness is inside Toby the rocket begins to pull toward the black hole. Rose realises this and releases Toby from the rocket, and the Doctor finds the TARDIS in the pit and uses it to rescue Rose.
175 10 "Love & Monsters" Dan Zeff Russell T Davies 17 June 2006 (2006-06-17) 2.10 6.66 76
Through his video diary, Elton Pope (Marc Warren) tells how he first saw the Doctor in his living room when he was a boy, and that he plans to find the Doctor again. Through Internet searches he finds Ursula Blake (Shirley Henderson), who has also had past experiences with the Doctor. Elton, Ursula, and three other members who have had encounters with the Doctor, form the London Investigation 'N' Detective Agency (LINDA) to discuss these encounters, but their meetings soon become more social. One day a man known as Victor Kennedy (Peter Kay) interrupts one of the group's meetings and reinvigorates LINDA's purpose to locate the Doctor. Later, two members of the group mysteriously go missing, and one day Ursula and Elton return to the meeting room to retrieve Ursula's phone. There Kennedy reveals himself to be an Abzorbaloff, who has absorbed the other three LINDA members. Ursula receives the same fate and the Abzorbaloff corners Elton, but the TARDIS appears and the Doctor discovers the Abzorbaloff's cane is a field generator and Elton breaks it, destroying the creature. The Doctor manages to preserve Ursula in a paving slab, which Elton takes home.
176 11 "Fear Her" Euros Lyn Matthew Graham 24 June 2006 (2006-06-24) 2.11 7.14 83
The Doctor and Rose arrive in a London neighbourhood just prior to the start of the 2012 Olympic Games. Children have been disappearing and the Doctor and Rose discover the source is a 12-year-old girl named Chloe Webber (Abisola Agbaje), who can cause people to disappear by drawing them. The Doctor finds that she is possessed by an Isolus, an alien life form that has crashed on Earth and can relate to Chloe's loneliness. For the Isolus to leave Chloe's body, they must find the Isolus' pod and give it power; Rose finds it under just-poured tar in the street and is able to power it by throwing it into the Olympic Torch as it comes by the street, giving the pod heat and emotional strength. As the missing children reappear, the demon-like drawing of Chloe's violent and dead father comes to life, but Chloe's mother (Nina Sosanya) calms Chloe's fears. The Isolus peacefully leaves Chloe's body.
177 12 "Army of Ghosts" Graeme Harper Russell T Davies 1 July 2006 (2006-07-01) 2.12 8.19 86
The Doctor and Rose return to London and visit Jackie and learn that for a few months the Earth has experienced silhouettes which appear at a certain time each day around the world. The public have accepted these as ghosts. However, the Doctor thinks they are the impressions of something forcing its way into the universe and tracks the source to the headquarters of a secret organisation known as Torchwood. Torchwood's director Yvonne Hartman (Tracey-Ann Oberman) reveals that the ghosts are a result of a breach in the universe which a spherical "void ship", kept at Torchwood, has arrived. Three employees of Torchwood become manipulated by an unseen party and open the breach, which breaks down and causes millions of the ghosts to appear worldwide and shift into their true form of the Cybermen from the parallel universe. However, the Cybermen merely followed the void ship through the breach, and the ship is revealed to contain four Daleks.
13 "Doomsday" Graeme Harper Russell T Davies 8 July 2006 (2006-07-08) 2.13 8.22 89
The four Daleks, later identified as the Cult of Skaro, have brought a device known as the Genesis Ark through the breach and declare war on the Cybermen and the two races soon begin fighting worldwide. Meanwhile, the Doctor has discovered that Jake Simmonds, Pete Tyler, and Mickey - who masqueraded as a Torchwood employee and is with Rose and the Daleks - have been able to travel between the universes. The Cult of Skaro is keeping Rose and Mickey alive because they, being time travellers, would activate the Genesis Ark, which the Daleks are incapable of as it is stolen Time Lord technology. The Doctor plans to open the breach, which will pull in anyone who has crossed the Void including the Daleks, Cybermen, and Rose's family, and then close the breach forever. Rose refuses to reside in the parallel universe and stays to help the Doctor, but she is unable to hold on and becomes marooned in the parallel universe forever. The Doctor is able to use the power of a supernova to transmit his image through one of the final breaches, and the two share a tearful goodbye before a mysterious woman named Donna Noble in her wedding dress appears in the TARDIS.

Series 3 (2007)

Main article: Doctor Who (series 3)

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

Story Episode Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [5]
AI [5]
178 "The Runaway Bride" Euros Lyn Russell T Davies 25 December 2006 (2006-12-25) 3X 9.35 84
Donna (Catherine Tate), a woman about to walk down the aisle on her wedding day, suddenly materialises in the TARDIS, much to the shock of both her and the Doctor, who has just said his final goodbyes to Rose Tyler. While trying to get her back to her wedding, the Time Lord discovers that Donna has unwittingly been placed into the center of an alien plot to release an alien spider's offspring trapped in the centre of the Earth, which would thereby destroy the planet. The two must face the Empress of Racnoss (Sarah Parish), the alien spider and the last of her kind, together to stop it.
179 1 "Smith and Jones" Charles Palmer Russell T Davies 31 March 2007 (2007-03-31) 3.1 8.71 88
The Doctor goes undercover at the Royal Hope Hospital in London, where he meets medical student Martha Jones. The entire hospital is transported to the moon by an alien courier connected with the Judoon, a brutal outer-space police force, who are searching for the blood-sucking Florence Finnegan (Anne Reid). Mrs Finnegan is a Plasmavore and has been assimilating the human blood of hospital workers. The Doctor allows her to drink his blood and she is detected as the Doctor is not human. Martha revives the Doctor using CPR and he invites her to join him for a trip in the TARDIS in return.
180 2 "The Shakespeare Code" Charles Palmer Gareth Roberts 7 April 2007 (2007-04-07) 3.2 7.23 87
The Doctor and Martha land in 1599 London, Elizabethan England, where they discover that William Shakespeare (Dean Lennox Kelly) is under influence of witch-like aliens known as Carrionites who are forcing him to finish Love's Labour's Won using a poppet. The Doctor learns that they are using the powerful words of the play to bring back their imprisoned species; the words spoken by the actors are instructions which open a portal. The Doctor convinces Shakespeare to use his powerful gift of words to close the portal.
181 3 "Gridlock" Richard Clark Russell T Davies 14 April 2007 (2007-04-14) 3.3 8.41 85
The TARDIS takes the Doctor and Martha to New Earth in the year Five Billion and Fifty-Three, where the Face of Boe finally reveals "The Great Secret" to the Time Lord: "You are not alone", meaning there is another living Time Lord. Meanwhile, terrifying beasts are lurking beneath the city of New New York – creatures that the Doctor believed he defeated many, many years ago.
182 4 "Daleks in Manhattan" James Strong Helen Raynor 21 April 2007 (2007-04-21) 3.4 6.69 86
The Doctor and Martha arrive in 1930's New York, where they expect to see dancing girls on Broadway and the dire effects of the Depression, and instead encounter trouble as the Daleks return once more, this time attempting to create a Dalek/Human hybrid.
5 "Evolution of the Daleks" James Strong Helen Raynor 28 April 2007 (2007-04-28) 3.5 6.97 85
Concluding part to Daleks in Manhattan. The Dalek plan is in full force until the human-Dalek hybrid, Dalek Sec, begins raising doubts among the three remaining Daleks. When Dalek Sec asks for the Doctor's assistance in relocating them to a new planet, the other Daleks rebel, and The Doctor, Martha and their New York friends must fight to save the planet from the Daleks and a new type of foe.
183 6 "The Lazarus Experiment" Richard Clark Stephen Greenhorn 5 May 2007 (2007-05-05) 3.6 7.19 86
A 76-year-old scientist, Doctor Lazarus of LazLabs, has created a device that appears to restore eternal youth. However, the process doesn't go as planned, and The Doctor and Martha must stop Lazarus before it's too late.
184 7 "42" Graeme Harper Chris Chibnall 19 May 2007 (2007-05-19) 3.7 7.41 85
The Doctor and Martha answer a distress call and find themselves on a cargo ship hurtling towards the center of a star. The Doctor only has 42 minutes to save Martha and the rest of the ship's crew from an inevitable doom. The key lies behind the universe's deadliest "pub quiz", but the situation is a lot hotter than it appears.
185 8 "Human Nature" Charles Palmer Paul Cornell 26 May 2007 (2007-05-26) 3.8 7.74 86
John Smith is a teacher in the year 1913 who dreams of adventures that involve an alien time traveller who calls himself the Doctor and journeys through time and space in a blue box, picking up numerous companions along the way. As John and Joan Redfern (Jessica Hynes), the school nurse, begin to develop feelings for one another, a mysterious, other-worldly family with an army of animated scarecrows make their presence known, and Martha must find a way to keep the TARDIS hidden while still maintaining her school-maid identity.
9 "The Family of Blood" Charles Palmer Paul Cornell 2 June 2007 (2007-06-02) 3.9 7.21 86
The Great War arrives a year ahead of time as the Family of Blood takes over the bodies of four individuals and attack the school, all while the Doctor remains unaware of his true being. Martha tries to convince the Doctor that the "dreams" he has recorded in his book are real and that it is his current life as a school master that is the fantasy. As time runs out, John Smith faces an impossible decision while fighting to retain his identity.
186 10 "Blink" Hettie MacDonald Steven Moffat 9 June 2007 (2007-06-09) 3.10 6.62 87
In an abandoned house, the Weeping Angels wait. The only hope to stop them is a young woman named Sally Sparrow and her friend Larry Nightingale. The only catch: The Weeping Angels can move in the blink of an eye. To defeat the ruthless enemy – with only a half of a conversation from the Tenth Doctor as help – the one rule is this: don't turn your back, don't look away and don't blink!
187 11 "Utopia" Graeme Harper Russell T Davies 16 June 2007 (2007-06-16) 3.11 7.84 87
Professor Yana (Derek Jacobi) is trying to save mankind in the very distant future at the end of the universe, but is he what he seems? Featuring the return of Captain Jack Harkness.
12 "The Sound of Drums" Colin Teague Russell T Davies 23 June 2007 (2007-06-23) 3.12 7.51 87
The Doctor, Martha, and Jack return to the 21st Century, just four days after leaving. They arrive to find that they've missed the election, and the new Prime Minister, Harold Saxon (John Simm), is the Master, the Doctor's old enemy, who was seen to regenerate in the previous episode.
13 "Last of the Time Lords" Colin Teague Russell T Davies 30 June 2007 (2007-06-30) 3.13 8.61 88
It's been a year since The Master unleashed the mysterious Toclafane onto Earth. With the human race and the Doctor enslaved under the Master's control, Martha Jones secretly returns to England. The Toclafane are building a fleet of rockets they will use to attack other worlds, and The Master takes great pleasure in humiliating the Doctor and has Martha's family doing menial chores. However, Martha turns the Master's mind-control satellite technology against him; having travelled the world to gather support for the captured Doctor, she has instructed them to think of the Doctor just as the Master intends to launch his fleet, so that their combined thoughts, travelling through the network, are able to give him immense powers. The events of the Master's reign are undone so that no one who was not directly involved will remember, and Lucy Saxon, the Master's wife, shoots him dead.

Series 4 (2008)

Main article: Doctor Who (series 4)

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

Story Episode Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
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UK viewers
(millions) [5]
AI [5]
188 "Voyage of the Damned" James Strong Russell T Davies 25 December 2007 (2007-12-25) 4X 13.31 86
The Doctor finds his TARDIS colliding with an interstellar replica of the famous ocean liner Titanic orbiting present-day Earth, during a Christmas party. With the help of a waitress named Astrid (Kylie Minogue) and several passengers, the Doctor must take on an enemy called the Heavenly Host as the lives of the Titanic crew and those on Earth are in danger. The angels have been tasked with killing everyone aboard and crashing the space liner into the Earth. The reason why is not obvious though the ship's owner, Max Capricorn, has his reasons. Can the Doctor stop the Christmas inferno?
189 1 "Partners in Crime" James Strong Russell T Davies 5 April 2008 (2008-04-05) 4.1 9.14 88
With a new weight-loss pill tested in London by Adipose Industries, the Doctor goes to investigate the sinister truth behind the product, only to find out that his former companion Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) is investigating as well. Together, they attempt to stop businesswoman Miss Foster (Sarah Lancashire) from killing thousands of people in London during the birth of the Adipose, short white aliens made from body fat.
190 2 "The Fires of Pompeii" Colin Teague James Moran 12 April 2008 (2008-04-12) 4.3 9.04 87
The Doctor and Donna land in Pompeii during the 79AD eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The Doctor's activities in Pompeii are impeded by the rock-like Pyrovile and their allies, the Sybilline Sisterhood, who are using the volcano to convert the humans to Pyroviles. The Doctor is faced with a moral dilemma: whether to rescue himself and all of Pompeii from the situation and leave the Pyroviles to have their way, or to make Vesuvius erupt, killing the Pyroviles and the population of Pompeii- himself and Donna included.
191 3 "Planet of the Ood" Graeme Harper Keith Temple 19 April 2008 (2008-04-19) 4.2 7.50 87
The Doctor and Donna arrive on the Ood-Sphere in the year 4126. They arrive at a factory where the Ood are prepared for sale to anyone willing to pay the price. When they find a group of unprocessed Ood, they become horrified at the alterations performed and resolve to free the Ood.
192 4 "The Sontaran Stratagem" Douglas Mackinnon Helen Raynor 26 April 2008 (2008-04-26) 4.4 7.06 87
The Doctor gets a call from previous travelling companion, now medical officer at UNIT, Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) with a request that he return to Earth immediately. She requests the Doctor's help in investigating ATMOS (Atmospheric Omission System) and why 52 people around the world all died simultaneously. The Doctor learns that the Sontarans are planning to take over the Earth. They take Martha prisoner and she is cloned. Donna meanwhile misses her family and decides to pay them a visit.
5 "The Poison Sky" Douglas Mackinnon Helen Raynor 3 May 2008 (2008-05-03) 4.5 6.53 88
Continuing from the end of "The Sontaran Stratagem", the Sontarans launch the attack with their poison gas slowly encircling the Earth. The Doctor—impeded by a Sontaran-controlled clone of Martha—aids UNIT in repelling the Sontarans in the ATMOS factory while Donna infiltrates the Sontarans' warship. He decides to try to burn the poison gas that now encircles the Earth and, with the help of the Sontarans' teleportation system, send them a little surprise as well. At the end of it all, both Martha and Donna have to decide if they want to stay with the Doctor.
193 6 "The Doctor's Daughter" Alice Troughton Stephen Greenhorn 10 May 2008 (2008-05-10) 4.6 7.33 88
The TARDIS, as seen before, seems to display a mind of its own and whisks the Doctor, Donna, and the Time Lord's former companion Martha Jones to the planet Messaline, in the midst of a savage war between humans and the fish-like Hath. Martha is abducted by the Hath shortly after the time travellers arrive. Rescuing Martha becomes the Doctor and Donna's main priority, as well as attempting to put a stop to the ugly war that has consumed the planet. But that would have been complicated enough had it not been for the fact that the humans had just used the Doctor's DNA to create a warrior clone, Jenny (Georgia Moffett).
194 7 "The Unicorn and the Wasp" Graeme Harper Gareth Roberts 17 May 2008 (2008-05-17) 4.7 8.41 86
The Doctor and Donna travel to December 1926 and meet the renowned murder mystery writer Agatha Christie (Fenella Woolgar), who is attending a party at Lady Eddison's (Felicity Kendal) country manor. They investigate a jewel robbery perpetrated by the "Unicorn" (Robina Redmond, portrayed by Felicity Jones) and a spree of murders committed by an extraterrestrial wasp (Reverend Golightly, portrayed by Tom Goodman-Hill), and discover, in true Agatha Christie's fashion, that the solution to the murder and the meaning of Agatha's famous disappearance are found in a false identity and events that occurred long ago.
195 8 "Silence in the Library" Euros Lyn Steven Moffat 31 May 2008 (2008-05-31) 4.9 6.27 89
The Doctor and Donna land in the 51st century to visit the greatest library in the universe, encompassing an entire planet, but are baffled when they find it deserted. To the best he can determine, the library has been closed for 100 years, so the arrival of a team of archaeologists led by River Song (Alex Kingston) comes as something of a surprise. They discover the Vashta Nerada, carnivorous creatures living in the shadows, are responsible. All they have is one warning - count the shadows.
9 "Forest of the Dead" Euros Lyn Steven Moffat 7 June 2008 (2008-06-07) 4.10 7.84 89
Continuing from the end of "Silence in the Library", the Doctor and the team of archaeologists flee the Vashta Nerada, while Donna finds herself trapped in an alternate reality, in the care of Doctor Moon (Colin Salmon). As the Doctor progresses closer to the library's command centre, he discovers that the alternate reality—and the missing people—are sustained by CAL (Eve Newton). The solution to it all lies in understanding what the computer has been telling them all along.
196 10 "Midnight" Alice Troughton Russell T Davies 14 June 2008 (2008-06-14) 4.8 8.05 86
The Doctor and Donna are taking a bit of a break from their adventures and spending a bit of time on the planet Midnight. The Doctor leaves Donna at a spa while he takes a four-hour trip to the beautiful Sapphire Waterfalls. When the vehicle stops for no apparent reason, the passengers hear a noise coming from outside the vehicle and begin to panic. When an unknown lifeform capable of stealing voices takes control of Sky Silvestry (Lesley Sharp), the passengers' paranoia and fear know no bounds, and the focus of their solution is to eliminate the Doctor.
197 11 "Turn Left" Graeme Harper Russell T Davies 21 June 2008 (2008-06-21) 4.11 8.09 88
On a visit to the Chino-planet Shan-Shen, Donna agrees to have her fortune read by a fortune teller (Chipo Chung). She inexplicably finds herself in an alternate timeline, where she never meets the Doctor and saving his life, thus resulting in alien invasions and other disasters, which the Doctor wasn't around to stop. The Doctor's previous companion Rose Tyler (Billie Piper), who has managed to travel from her parallel universe, works with Donna to restore the status quo and warn the Doctor of impending doom.
198 12 "The Stolen Earth" Graeme Harper Russell T Davies 28 June 2008 (2008-06-28) 4.12 8.78 91
The universe is beginning to crumble and the Earth is stolen, along with twenty-six other planets, by Davros (Julian Bleach), creator and commander of the Daleks. As the Doctor and Donna try to find Earth, the Doctor's previous companions and what comes to be called the Doctor's private army--Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen), Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman), and Rose Tyler--convene together to contact the Doctor and mount a defence against the Daleks. However, the wounded Doctor is forced to regenerate.
13 "Journey's End" Graeme Harper Russell T Davies 5 July 2008 (2008-07-05) 4.13 10.57 91
At the beginning of the episode the Doctor aborts a regeneration halfway through to heal himself from a Dalek attack. The Doctor and his companions prepare to do battle with Davros and the Daleks, who are out to destroy everything and everyone in the universe other than themselves. All seems lost when the Daleks apparently destroy the TARDIS, but it's not that simple, as an empowered Donna and a half-human Doctor who formed from the Doctor's regeneration take control and face the Dalek menace head on. The two Doctors, Donna, Jack, Rose, Martha, and Sarah Jane, along with Rose's ex-boyfriend Mickey Smith (Noel Clarke) and mother Jackie Tyler (Camille Coduri), attempt to foil Davros' plans to destroy reality itself. However, Donna has her mind wiped of all her adventures with the Doctor because otherwise the Time Lord knowledge will overwhelm and kill her.

Specials (2008–10)

From "Planet of the Dead", episodes were filmed in HD.[15] Susie Liggat produced "The Next Doctor", while Nikki Wilson produced "The Waters of Mars" and Tracie Simpson produced "Planet of the Dead" and The End of Time. For practical reasons, these specials continued to use Series 4 production codes.

Story Episode Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [5]
AI [5]
199 1 "The Next Doctor" Andy Goddard Russell T Davies 25 December 2008 (2008-12-25) 4.14 13.10 86
This special sees the return of the Cybermen (of the design of the parallel universe's Cybus Industries Cybermen), following their previous appearance in the two-part finale of series two in 2006, "Army of Ghosts"/"Doomsday". Having fallen back in time to Victorian London, the Cybermen create a huge "Cyber-King" with child labour and the help of Miss Hartigan (Dervla Kirwan). Meanwhile Jackson Lake (David Morrissey) has accidentally absorbed the Doctor's memories and thinks himself to be the Doctor.
200 2 "Planet of the Dead" James Strong Russell T Davies & Gareth Roberts 11 April 2009 (2009-04-11) 4.15 9.75 88
While investigating a wormhole in London, the Doctor meets Lady Christina de Souza (Michelle Ryan) and they are both accidentally transported in a red London bus along with the other passengers to a desert planet which was destroyed by metallic sting ray-like aliens that travel between planets via wormholes. They rig the bus to travel back to London while UNIT works to close the wormhole to prevent Earth's destruction.
201 3 "The Waters of Mars" Graeme Harper Russell T Davies & Phil Ford 15 November 2009 (2009-11-15) 4.16 10.32 88
The Doctor visits Bowie Base One, Earth's first colony on Mars, led by Captain Adelaide Brooke (Lindsay Duncan). A waterborne virus from the glacier used for the water supply begins to possess the crew and Brooke plans to destroy the base in order to prevent the virus spreading to earth via an escape rocket. The Doctor saves the remaining crew, including Brooke in the TARDIS, but Brooke kills herself on Earth to ensure that the history is unchanged.
202 4
5
The End of Time Euros Lyn Russell T Davies 25 December 2009 (2009-12-25)
1 January 2010 (2010-01-01)
4.17
4.18
12.04
12.27
87
89
The Doctor learns from the Ood that the Master (John Simm) will be returning soon. A cult of the Master has resurrected him using the ring dropped at the end of "Last of the Time Lords", but Lucy Saxon sabotages the process, causing the Master to experience intense hunger and energy expenditure, which also gives him powers beyond those of other Time Lords. In his investigations, the Doctor meets up with Wilfred Mott and they both travel to the Naismith Institute where they have enlisted to repair an alien "Immortality Gate". However, the Master uses the gate to re-write the DNA of all humans on the planet with his own, creating a planet of Masters. Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) and Wilf (Bernard Cribbins) are shielded from this. Far across the universe, Rassilon (Timothy Dalton) heralds the return of Gallifrey and the end of time itself. The Doctor and Wilf are rescued by two alien Vinvocci who were working undercover at the Institute to retrieve the "Immortality Gate" and take refuge in their spaceship above Earth. It is then revealed that Rassilon had placed the sound of drums in the Master's head as a signal that he could use to pull Gallifrey out of Time-Lock via a white-point star. Gallifrey materialises above Earth, with all the other horrors of the Time War likely to follow. Armed with Wilf's gun, the Doctor stands off against Rassilon to break the link between Gallifrey and Earth. To do this, he must either shoot the Master or Rassilon, but instead he shoots the white-point star, which causes Rassilon and Gallifrey to recede back into Time-Lock. Rassilon attempts to kill the Doctor, but the Master sacrifices himself to save him. Meanwhile, Wilf has trapped himself in the Gate's isolation chamber, which is about to flood with deadly radiation. The Doctor activates the chamber's other compartment, saving Wilf but irradiating himself. He holds off regeneration while he goes on a "farewell tour", visiting all of his companions. Alone in the TARDIS, the Doctor regenerates, giving off such violent energy that the console room is set ablaze. The Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) inspects his new body as the stricken TARDIS plummets earthward.

Eleventh Doctor

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

Series 5 (2010)

Main article: Doctor Who (series 5)

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

Story Episode Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [5]
AI [5]
203 1 "The Eleventh Hour" Adam Smith Steven Moffat 3 April 2010 (2010-04-03) 1.1 10.09 86
The failing TARDIS crashlands outside the house of seven-year-old Amelia Pond (Caitlin Blackwood), who welcomes newly regenerated Eleventh Doctor into her house to investigate the crack in her bedroom wall. He must use the TARDIS to regulate its engines, and promises he will return in five minutes which Amelia waits for. However, the TARDIS takes him twelve years into the future, where he joins the adult "Amy" Pond and her boyfriend Rory Williams in capturing the shapeshifting alien known as Prisoner Zero who has escaped from the crack in Amy's wall and the failure of which will lead to the destruction of Earth by the galactic police force known as the Atraxi. After the Earth is saved, the Doctor tests the newly remodelled TARDIS and accidentally returns for Amy two years later, the night before her wedding to Rory, and where she joins him for the promised travels of space and time.
204 2 "The Beast Below" Andrew Gunn Steven Moffat 10 April 2010 (2010-04-10) 1.2 8.42 86
The Doctor takes Amy to the distant future, where they explore the Starship UK, a spaceship holding the population of Britain (with the exception of Scotland) after they fled Earth due to dangerous solar flares. They discover that the ship is guided by a Star Whale, who is being tortured out of fear that when let to make its own decisions it will abandon them. Believing that the future cannot go on this way, the Doctor prepares to render Star Whale brain-dead so it will continue to operate the ship but not feel it; however, Amy discovers that it is willing to serve the ship as it could not stand the children crying because of the solar flares.
205 3 "Victory of the Daleks" Andrew Gunn Mark Gatiss 17 April 2010 (2010-04-17) 1.3 8.21 84
The Doctor and Amy respond to a call from Winston Churchill (Ian McNeice) and visit him during the London Blitz, where he has employed "Ironsides", a scientific creation of Professor Bracewell (Bill Paterson) but which the Doctor recognises as his arch-enemies the Daleks. The Daleks reveal their plan to detonate a device built around Bracewell, who is revealed to be an android, and destroy planet Earth. As the device begins to activate, the Doctor and Amy convince Bracewell that he is human, which deactivates the device.
206 4 "The Time of Angels" Adam Smith Steven Moffat 24 April 2010 (2010-04-24) 1.4 8.59 87
River Song (Alex Kingston), a woman from the Doctor's future, summons the Doctor and Amy to help her and Father Octavian (Iain Glen) and his group of militarized clerics destroy the last Weeping Angel in the site of the crashed ship Byzantium on the planet Alfava Metraxis. However, it is revealed that all statues in the stone labyrinth where the ship has crashed are Angels and are becoming more powerful from the radiation leaking from the ship. As the Angels surround the group and several clerics are revealed to be dead, the Doctor destroys the gravity globe that had been causing the labyrinth not to be affected by gravity.
5 "Flesh and Stone" Adam Smith Steven Moffat 1 May 2010 (2010-05-01) 1.5 8.50 86
In continuation from "The Time of Angels", the group finds themselves thirty feet above at the opening of the Byzantium, which they enter to try escaping from the Weeping Angels. A crack very similar to the one in Amy's bedroom appears in the interior of the ship, which the Doctor discovers erases persons and objects from existence and was caused by an explosion on 26 June 2010. Meanwhile, it is discovered that a projection of an Angel had entered Amy's eye after she had looked into an Angel's eye in the previous episode, and the Doctor instructs her to keep her eyes closed. As the gravity fails, the Weeping Angels fall into the crack, erasing them from history and from Amy's eye, and the Doctor takes Amy to her house on her request. He resists her attempt to seduce him and discovers that the day of Amy and Rory's wedding is 26 June 2010.
207 6 "The Vampires of Venice" Jonny Campbell Toby Whithouse 8 May 2010 (2010-05-08) 1.6 7.68 86
The Doctor takes Amy and Rory to 16th century Venice as a romantic date, where they meet a man named Guido (Lucian Msamati) whose daughter Isabella (Alisha Bailey) was entered into the House of Calvierri, a school for girls. Guido is distressed because Isabella did not recognize him on the street and bore vampire-like fangs. The Doctor, Amy and Rory investigate the school, where they discover that the city's patron, Rosanna Calvierri (Helen McCrory), is a race of vampiric fish from another planet and has sealed off Venice in attempt to overtake it and make it a place for her race to live after they fled their planet because of the cracks in the universe. She transforms the girls admitted to her school into her race to become mates of ten thousand of her male children waiting in the water. Despite the Doctor's reasoning, she activates a storm which will flood Venice, but the Doctor deactivates the device and she sacrifices herself. As they leave, Amy asks Rory to stay and travel with her.
208 7 "Amy's Choice" Catherine Morshead Simon Nye 15 May 2010 (2010-05-15) 1.7 7.55 84
The Doctor, Amy and Rory find themselves travelling between two realities; in one, Amy and Rory are happily married but are being pursued by elderly people possessed by aliens, while in another they are in a powerless TARDIS that will slowly crash into a cold star which will freeze them to death. A man known as the Dream Lord (Toby Jones) says that he has put them in this trap and they must decide which is real and which is fake and die in the false one to wake up in the real reality and escape the trap. When Rory dies in the future reality, Amy decides that it must be fake because she does not want a life without Rory. At the conclusion it is revealed that psychic pollen had entered the TARDIS and caused the dream state, and the Dream Lord is revealed to be a psychic manifestation of the Doctor's dark side and self-loathing.
209 8 "The Hungry Earth" Ashley Way Chris Chibnall 22 May 2010 (2010-05-22) 1.8 6.49 86
The Doctor, Amy and Rory arrive in Wales in 2020, where Dr. Nasreen Chaudhry (Meera Syal) and Tony Mack (Robert Pugh) are drilling into the Earth for a mining experiment. Mack's son-in-law, Mo (Alun Raglan), had previously been dragged below the ground, which then happens to Amy. The Doctor discovers that reptilian humanoids the Silurians have been disturbed by the drilling project and reach the surface, where they kidnap Mo's son Elliot (Samuel Davies). Rory and the Doctor capture one known as Alaya (Neve McIntosh); the Doctor instructs Rory, Tony, and Mo's wife Ambrose (Nia Roberts) to leave Alaya alone as anything done to her may been seen as an act of war. As a Silurian is about to vivisect Amy as he had done to Mo, the Doctor takes Nasreen on the TARDIS below where they discover an immense Silurian civilisation.
9 "Cold Blood" Ashley Way Chris Chibnall 29 May 2010 (2010-05-29) 1.9 7.49 85
Amy and Mo escape and discover Elliot is being held in an observation chamber. The Doctor is captured and ordered to execution by Alaya's sister Restac (Neve McIntosh), but Amy and Mo interrupt the trial. They contact Rory, Tony, and Ambrose to inform them they are sending a transport up for they and Alaya, the completion of which will leave them all free to return to the surface. However, Ambrose had killed Alaya out of revenge and they return her body to her people. A deal is made that the Silurians will hibernate for a thousand years as humanity was not ready to share the planet with them. Tony and Nasreen decide to stay and hibernate as well. As they leave with Elliot, they find a crack in the cavern which the Doctor reaches into to investigate and pulls out what is later revealed to be a piece of the TARDIS. Before they leave, Restac shoots Rory and he dies and is consumed by the crack, erasing him from existence and Amy's memory altogether.
210 10 "Vincent and the Doctor" Jonny Campbell Richard Curtis 5 June 2010 (2010-06-05) 1.10 6.76 86
When visiting a museum, the Doctor finds a creature in the window of a church in Vincent van Gogh's The Church at Auvers, and the Doctor takes Amy back to meet Vincent (Tony Curran) and defeat the evil creature. Welcoming them, van Gogh works with the Doctor to find the Krafyis, a lost and blind alien whom only van Gogh can see. Van Gogh kills the creature, though he empathises with its pain. Before leaving, the Doctor and Amy take van Gogh to the present where he discovers that people will admire him, but Amy is devastated to learn that he still committed suicide.
211 11 "The Lodger" Catherine Morshead Gareth Roberts 12 June 2010 (2010-06-12) 1.11 6.44 87
The TARDIS dematerialises with Amy still inside, leaving the Doctor stranded in present-day Colchester. He tracks the disturbance that caused the TARDIS to behave that way to the second floor of a flat, where people have been persuaded to go up to but have never come down. The Doctor rents part of the downstairs apartment occupied by Craig Owens (James Corden), a man who wishes to confess his love for his close friend Sophie (Daisy Haggard). When Sophie is lured up to the second floor, the Doctor and Craig enter it and discover that it is really a TARDIS-like spaceship disguised by perception filter and has been luring passerby to find a suitable pilot. When Craig does not want to leave this counteracts the ship's protocols, breaks the ship's hold on the house and allows the TARDIS to land. On the TARDIS, Amy discovers her engagement ring from Rory.
212 12 "The Pandorica Opens" Toby Haynes Steven Moffat 19 June 2010 (2010-06-19) 1.12 7.57 88
River Song summons the Doctor and Amy to 102 A.D. where she shows them a painting by Vincent van Gogh that depics the TARDIS exploding and contains the coordinates of Stonehenge. Underneath Stonehenge, they discover a prison box called the Pandorica, which is fabled to contain the most powerful and feared being in the universe. However, it is revealed that the Pandorica is empty and an Alliance of the Doctor's enemies arrive to put him in the Pandorica as the deadly cracks in the universe were linked to the TARDIS. The trap, which was constructed from Amy's memories, also contains an Auton version of Rory, who shoots Amy. Meanwhile, the TARDIS takes River outside Amy's house on 26 June 2010 and explodes, causing the cracks to widen and the universe to begin erasing.
13 "The Big Bang" Toby Haynes Steven Moffat 26 June 2010 (2010-06-26) 1.13 6.70 89
The Doctor from the future gives Rory his sonic screwdriver and Rory uses it to get him out of the Pandorica; they place the dead Amy in the Pandorica, which will force her to stay alive once her DNA is given in the form of seven-year-old Amelia in 1996 who places her hand on the Pandorica by way of instructions left by the Doctor. As the universe is collapsing, the Doctor rescues River from the time loop in the exploding TARDIS and realises that if he flew the Pandorica, which contains a restoration field, and collided with the exploding TARDIS it would restore the universe, though this process erases him from history as it closes the cracks. However, Amy is able to bring him back at her wedding with Rory due to something the Doctor told her as he was being erased, and the newly wedded couple continue to travel with him.

Series 6 (2011)

Main article: Doctor Who (series 6)

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

Story Episode Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
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213 "A Christmas Carol" Toby Haynes Steven Moffat 25 December 2010 (2010-12-25) 2.X 12.11 83
A space liner containing 4,000 people and Amy and Rory on their honeymoon becomes caught in an electrified cloud. The Doctor, summoned by Amy, lands on the planet beneath and discovers that the atmosphere is controlled by the miserly Kazran Sardick (Michael Gambon) who refuses to let the ship safely land. The Doctor travels back to Kazran's youth and attempts to alter his past to make him kinder, spending time adventuring with young Kazran and a young woman named Abigail (Katherine Jenkins), who was released from a cryogenic chamber as her singing abilities calm the sharks which occupy the atmosphere. However, Abigail was suffering from an incurable disease, and Kazran grows up bitter that she cannot be let out again or she will die; however, the Doctor shows Kazran's younger self what he would become and he decides to release the ship. As he needs his sonic screwdriver which had been eaten by a shark, the Doctor convinces Kazran to release Abigail to sing, and the two enjoy their last time together.
Part 1
214 1 "The Impossible Astronaut" Toby Haynes Steven Moffat 23 April 2011 (2011-04-23) 2.1 8.86 88
Amy, Rory and River Song receive invitations to the Utah desert where they meet the Doctor, who claims to be nearly 200 years older than when they had last seen him and says that he will take them to "Space: 1969". As they dine beside Lake Silencio they witness an unknown figure in a spacesuit kill the Doctor and are then met by an old man called Canton Everett Delaware III (William Morgan Sheppard), who had also been invited. They meet a younger version of the Doctor who had been invited and land in the Oval Office in 1969, where they are enlisted by President Nixon (Stuart Milligan) to assist a younger version of Canton (Mark Sheppard) in saving a terrified little girl (Sydney Wade) from a mysterious spaceman. The Doctor traces her to a warehouse in Florida where they investigate, unaware that the warehouse contains creatures which they forget after looking away from. After Amy tells the Doctor she is pregnant, the little girl appears in a spacesuit and Amy shoots at her.
2 "Day of the Moon" Toby Haynes Steven Moffat 30 April 2011 (2011-04-30) 2.2 7.30 87
Amy's shot had missed and she, Rory, and River spend three months searching for the creatures — later revealed to be called Silence — while the Doctor and the TARDIS are held in Area 51 by Canton. The group reunites and discuss the Silence, which have been found throughout America and have the ability to implant post-hypnotic suggestions in the humans they encounter. While the Doctor tampers with Apollo 11, Amy and Canton visit a Silence-infested orphanage where the little girl was kept. Amy sees a woman with an eye-patch through a hatch and finds a picture of herself with a baby in the little girl's room before she is kidnapped by the Silence. Canton wounds a Silent in the Doctor's prison and records it taunting him, "you should kill us all on sight." The Doctor tracks down Amy in the Silence's base and shows them the live broadcast of the moon landing. He implants Canton's recording of the Silence into the footage, thereby instructing all humans watching it to attack the Silence when they see them. Later, Amy tells the Doctor that she was afraid travelling on the TARDIS would have an effect on the possible development of her child; Amy denies that she is actually pregnant but the Doctor initiates a scan, the result of which is inconclusive. Six months later in New York City, the little girl is dying but reveals that she can regenerate, a trait of which only the Time Lords are capable.
215 3 "The Curse of the Black Spot" Jeremy Webb Stephen Thompson 7 May 2011 (2011-05-07) 2.9 7.85 86
Following a distress signal, the TARDIS lands on a 17th-century pirate ship captained by Henry Avery (Hugh Bonneville), whose crew is terrorised by a Siren-like creature (Lily Cole) who marks crew members with black spots when they are injured and then seemingly disintegrates them. Rory receives a cut, and Amy and the Doctor keep him away from the Siren. Discovering that the Siren uses reflection as a portal, they rid the ship of any reflective surfaces. When Rory and Avery's son Toby (Oscar Lloyd) are taken by the Siren, the Doctor, Amy, and Avery prick themselves and the Siren teleports them on an invisible alien spaceship which occupies the same spot as the pirate ship. There they find a sickbay where Rory and Toby are kept; Amy and the Doctor pull Rory off life support and Amy performs CPR to revive him.
216 4 "The Doctor's Wife" Richard Clark Neil Gaiman 14 May 2011 (2011-05-14) 2.3 7.97 87
A distress signal from a Time Lord sends the Doctor, Amy and Rory outside the universe to a junkyard on an asteroid. They are introduced to the place's strange inhabitants — Auntie (Elizabeth Berrington), Uncle (Adrian Schiller), an Ood known as Nephew, and an excited woman named Idris (Suranne Jones), who seems attracted to the Doctor. An intelligence called "House" (voiced by Michael Sheen) is controlling the asteroid. The Doctor discovers that other Time Lords have been lured to the asteroid and killed so House could feed off the energy. Upon learning that the Doctor is the last of the Time Lords, House takes possession of the TARDIS to escape to the regular universe, with Amy and Rory trapped inside. The Doctor learns that House has trapped the personality of the TARDIS inside Idris, causing her body to fail quickly. The two decide to build a makeshift TARDIS out of the scraps in the junkyard to pursue Amy, Rory and House. As they materialise inside the TARDIS, Idris releases the TARDIS's matrix, destroying House and liberating the TARDIS.
217 5 "The Rebel Flesh" Julian Simpson Matthew Graham 21 May 2011 (2011-05-21) 2.5 7.35 85
Caught in a "solar tsunami", the TARDIS crash-lands on a 22nd century monastery which been turned into a factory for pumping the deadly acid off an island. The crew of the factory, headed by Miranda Cleaves (Raquel Cassidy), creates doppelgängers (called "Gangers") of themselves using a self-replicating fluid known as the Flesh, which they can safely operate through dangerous duties and are disposable. Cleaves refuses to heed the Doctor's warning about the solar storm until she receives official orders. The Doctor attempts to disconnect the solar connector, but an electrical strike knocks everyone unconscious and have caused the crew's Gangers to become sentient, and the Gangers are planning on killing the humans. As the Doctor herds the humans to a safe place in the monastery, Rory leaves to find Jennifer (Sarah Smart), whose estranged Ganger is hunting her. In the chapel, Amy and the Doctor discover a Flesh version of the Doctor.
6 "The Almost People" Julian Simpson Matthew Graham 28 May 2011 (2011-05-28) 2.6 6.72 86
Amy does not trust the Flesh version of the Doctor but accidentally tells it about his future death at Lake Silencio. Jennifer's Ganger, leading the war against the humans, kills her human counterpart and creates another Ganger, manipulating Rory into imprisoning the humans in an acid storage room. The Doctor's Ganger persuades the Gangers to liberate the humans, but they are pursued by Jennifer's Ganger, who has transformed herself into a monster. The Doctor reveals that Amy was actually distrusting the real version of him, and his Ganger and Cleaves' Ganger stay behind to destroy the monster. Amy begins experiencing contractions, and the Doctor explains she is going into labour and had been replaced by a Ganger which her real self is controlling. He disintegrates her Flesh form and she awakes in her real body fully pregnant in a white tube, watched over by the "Eye Patch Lady" (Frances Barber), who instructs her to "push".
218 7 "A Good Man Goes to War" Peter Hoar Steven Moffat 4 June 2011 (2011-06-04) 2.7 7.51 88
The Doctor assembles an army and he and Rory infiltrate the asteroid base Demon's Run, where Amy is held captive and her newborn child, Melody Pond, has been taken by the Eye Patch Lady, Madame Kovarian. River Song refuses to join the Doctor, explaining that she cannot be there until the end, when he discovers her identity. The Doctor and Rory secure the base, free Amy, and take back Melody. The Doctor's allies discover that Melody contains both human and Time Lord DNA, a result of her being conceived on the TARDIS on Amy and Rory's wedding night ("The Big Bang"). As Rory and the rest of the Doctor's allies battle the Headless Monks, the Doctor learns that he has been tricked: Melody has been replaced by a Ganger duplicate, and he is too late. River Song arrives communicates her identity to the Doctor and he races off in the TARDIS, promising Amy and Rory that he will get their daughter back. River then informs the couple that she is in fact their daughter; "River Song" is a translation of "Melody Pond" in the language of the Gamma Forest.
Part 2
219 8 "Let's Kill Hitler" Richard Senior Steven Moffat 27 August 2011 (2011-08-27) 2.8 8.10 85
Amy and Rory summon the Doctor to Leadworth, and he admits he has not found Melody. They are met by Mels (Nina Toussaint-White), their childhood friend responsible for Amy and Rory's relationship and whom Amy named Melody after. Mels hijacks the TARDIS and causes it to spin out of control and crash into Hitler's office in 1938 Berlin. They accidentally save Hitler, as they disrupted a Teselecta, a shapeshifting robot piloted by miniaturised people to punish criminals, from killing him. Before Rory locks him away, Hitler shoots at the Teselecta but hits Mels instead. Instead of dying, however, Mels begins to regenerate into another incarnation which they recognise as River Song. She attempts to kill the Doctor several times before she kisses him; he discovers her lipstick was laced with poison that will kill him in 32 minutes. The Teselecta identifies River as responsible for the Doctor's death and thus a criminal, but Amy and Rory plead they not torture her and turn the Teselecta's security robots against the crew, who promptly teleport out. River saves the dying Doctor by giving up all her remaining regenerations.
220 9 "Night Terrors" Richard Clark Mark Gatiss 3 September 2011 (2011-09-03) 2.4 7.07 86
The Doctor, Amy, and Rory make a "house call" to a young boy named George (Jamie Oram) who is terrified of almost everything, especially the wardrobe in his room. As the Doctor talks to his father Alex (Daniel Mays), Amy and Rory find themselves suddenly transported from the lift to a life-size doll house where other members of the housing estate have arrived, only to be turned into life-size peg dolls, which soon happens to Amy. The Doctor investigates and Alex suddenly realises that his wife Claire (Emma Cunniffe) was never pregnant and cannot have children. The Doctor asserts that George is a Tenza child, an empathic alien who took on the form of Alex and Claire's desired child through a perception filter, and has the ability to literally lock away his fears within the wardrobe. George panics, causing the Doctor and Alex to be sucked into the doll's house in his wardrobe. The Doctor soon realizes that if George faces his fears by opening the wardrobe, the world in the dollhouse will be destroyed and the inhabitants safe. George opens the wardrobe and is surrounded by dolls due to his belief that he is not wanted. Alex stops the fear when he embraces George as a son, causing the dollhouse world to cease to exist and so the earlier inhabitants are returned to their world.
221 10 "The Girl Who Waited" Nick Hurran Tom MacRae 10 September 2011 (2011-09-10) 2.10 7.60 85
The Doctor takes Amy and Rory to the planet Apalapucia, but they find that the planet is under quarantine as the two-hearted natives are susceptible to a deadly plague which will kill the infected within a day. Those infected by the plague are placed in an accelerated time stream, allowing them to live out their lives whilst in communication with their loved ones. Amy accidentally enters one of these rooms and is separated from the Doctor and Rory. The Doctor uses the TARDIS to locate her and Rory leaves to rescue her; the Doctor, who has two hearts, must remain on the TARDIS to avoid catching the plague. However, they have arrived 36 years later in Amy's time stream and the older Amy refuses to let them rescue her younger self. She later softens, however, and the Doctor says that both versions of Amy will be able to travel on the TARDIS. However, as both Amys are brought together and proceed to enter the TARDIS, the Doctor locks the older Amy out, explaining to Rory that the TARDIS would not allow this paradox.
222 11 "The God Complex" Nick Hurran Toby Whithouse 17 September 2011 (2011-09-17) 2.11 6.77 86
The TARDIS lands in what appears to be a 1980s hotel, which the Doctor recognises as a disguised alien structure. The layout of the hotel is constantly shifting, and they soon lose the TARDIS. They meet others who had also suddenly found themselves in the hotel: humans Rita (Amara Karan), Howie (Dimitri Leonidas), Joe (Daniel Pirrie), and the alien Gibbis (David Walliams). One by one, Joe, Howie, and Rita are seemingly possessed by a minotaur-like monster and lured to it and subsequently killed. The Doctor surmises that the minotaur fed on a specific faith each of them had and discovers that Amy will be next, as she has faith in him. He convinces her to break her faith and the monster collapses and the hotel setting is revealed to be part of a simulation taking place on a prison ship. The Doctor takes Amy and Rory back to Earth, believing it is best for them to stop travelling with him before they are killed.
223 12 "Closing Time" Steve Hughes Gareth Roberts 24 September 2011 (2011-09-24) 2.12 6.93 86
Nearly 200 years have passed for the Doctor, and as he nears his death at Lake Silencio he decides to visit his friend Craig Owens (James Corden), previously seen in "The Lodger". Craig has moved in with his girlfriend Sophie (Daisy Haggard) and the two are raising their baby son, Alfie. The Doctor arrives just as Sophie has departed for a holiday and is compelled to stay and investigate strange electrical disturbances in the area. He traces this back to a department store, which The Doctor and Craig discover contains a teleporter to a Cyberman spacecraft as well as a Cybermat. The Doctor finds the ship underneath the building and is captured by the Cybermen; Craig follows and is nearly converted to a Cyberman, but he hears Alfie crying and recovers the strength to reverse the conversion. Elsewhere, Kovarian and the Silence strap River into the astronaut suit.
224 13 "The Wedding of River Song" Jeremy Webb Steven Moffat 1 October 2011 (2011-10-01) 2.13 7.67 86
Understanding his death cannot be avoided, the Doctor gives the invitations to Lake Silencio for Amy, Rory, River, and Canton to a Teselecta. However, the River in the astronaut suit refuses to kill him, but as it was meant to be a fixed point in time the Earth is thrown into an aborted timeline where all of history is running at once. He is found by Amy who is able to remember the universe as it was due to the crack in her wall, though she is unaware that one of her soldiers is Rory. The Doctor is taken to River, who is aware that if the two of them touch the correct time will resume. Amy realises who Rory is and kills Madame Kovarian for taking their child. The Doctor, believing the universe will collapse if they stay in the aborted timeline as River suggests, whispers something in River's ear and then marries her. They kiss, allowing the universe to return. Later, Amy and Rory are visited by River, who reveals that the Doctor had revealed to her that the Teselecta was impersonating him while he was safely inside it, and therefore he did not really die. Elsewhere, the Doctor is warned by the head of his ally Dorium (Simon Fisher-Becker) that the question the Silence were attempting to prevent will be asked as they did not succeed in killing him: "Doctor who?"

Series 7 (2012–13)

Main article: Doctor Who (series 7)

Series 7 started with five episodes in late 2012, followed by a Christmas special and eight episodes in 2013. From this series on, the use of production codes were abandoned. The Christmas special had Steven Moffat, Wenger and Caroline Skinner as executive producers.[16] Beth Willis left the BBC and stepped down as executive producer after series 6[17] and Wenger also departed following the Christmas special, leaving Moffat and Skinner as executive producers for series 7.[18] Denise Paul produced "The Bells of Saint John", "The Rings of Akhaten", "Nightmare in Silver" and "The Name of the Doctor" with Marcus Wilson credited as series producer on those episodes.[citation needed]

Story Episode Title Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewers
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225 "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe" Farren Blackburn Steven Moffat 25 December 2011 (2011-12-25) 10.77 84
The Doctor crash-lands on Earth in 1938. He is helped back to the TARDIS by Madge Arwell (Claire Skinner), and promises to repay her for her kindness. Three years later, Madge's husband Reg (Alexander Armstrong) has disappeared while piloting an Avro Lancaster bomber in the Second World War, but as it is so close to Christmas she keeps it a secret from her two children, Lily (Holly Earl) and Cyril (Maurice Cole). The three evacuate London to stay at a house in Dorset, of which the Doctor masquerades as the caretaker. Cyril is lured through a large glowing present beneath the tree, which is in fact a portal to a winter planet the Doctor had planned to take the family to. Looking for Cyril, the Doctor and Lily and later Madge enter the box; Madge encounters miners, who plan to harvest the trees on the planet by melting them with acid rain. Meanwhile, Lily and the Doctor have followed Cyril's tracks to a tower where humanoid wooden creatures are trying to put a crown on Cyril, which will allow the souls of the trees to escape. When Madge arrives she is deemed "strong" enough to pilot the top of the tower to safety. When they land, Reg is alive as he had followed the light from the tower and landed safely. The Doctor turns down Christmas dinner with the family and instead visits his former companions and in-laws Amy and Rory, two years after he last saw them.
Part 1
226 1 "Asylum of the Daleks" Nick Hurran Steven Moffat 1 September 2012 (2012-09-01) 8.33 89
The Doctor, Amy, and Rory are kidnapped by the Daleks, who explain that a planet they use as an asylum for mad Daleks must be destroyed, but to do that its force-field must be disabled. The field has already been ruptured due to the crash-landing of a precocious young woman, Oswin Oswald (Jenna Coleman) one year previously. The Daleks provide the three with bracelets to protect them against the planet's defense system, which will convert any visitors into Dalek puppets. Although they are guided by Oswin, who has hacked into the planet's systems, the converted remains of Oswin's crew steal Amy's bracelet. The Doctor goes to find Oswin, as she claims to be able to disable the planet's force-field, and Oswin hacks into the Dalek psychic link and erases all memory of the Doctor from the Daleks who had started to advance on him. The Doctor discovers that Oswin has herself been fully converted into a Dalek, yet she still believes herself to be human. She ultimately realises the truth of her situation, but lowers the force-field and the Doctor, Amy, and Rory escape via teleporter before the planet is destroyed by Daleks. The Doctor returns to the Dalek Parliament to find they have no memory of him due to Oswin's interference.
227 2 "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship" Saul Metzstein Chris Chibnall 8 September 2012 (2012-09-08) 7.57 87
The Doctor attempts to prevent the destruction of an unmanned spaceship with a cargo of dinosaurs alongside Rory's father, Brian (Mark Williams), Queen Nefertiti (Riann Steele), and big-game hunter John Riddell (Rupert Graves). The Doctor and his companions discover that the ship is a Silurian ark designed to carry the reptilian humanoids to a new planet along with flora and fauna from their time period. They find that a human named Solomon (David Bradley) had killed the Silurian inhabitants in order to sell the dinosaurs on board, and goes after Nefertiti after seeing her value. The Doctor foils Solomon's plan and prevents the missiles from destroying the ship, but does not extend mercy to Solomon.
228 3 "A Town Called Mercy" Saul Metzstein Toby Whithouse 15 September 2012 (2012-09-15) 8.42 85
The TARDIS accidentally lands in Mercy, a town in the American West around 1870. The TARDIS crew discovers the town's doctor, Jex, is an alien who is being sought by the cyborg Gunslinger. The Doctor discovers Jex was a scientist who experimented on volunteers to create cyborgs to fight in a war on his home planet; the Gunslinger is seeking revenge for what was done to him. The Doctor faces a moral dilemma of whether he should offer Jex to the Gunslinger; he devises a plan to help Jex escape, but Jex commits suicide to save more innocent people from being harmed. The Doctor saves the Gunslinger from self-destruction and makes him the marshal of Mercy.
229 4 "The Power of Three" Douglas Mackinnon Chris Chibnall 22 September 2012 (2012-09-22) 7.67 87
Amy and Rory begin to wonder whether they should choose between normal life and "Doctor Life". Many black cubes appear around the world and the Doctor stays with the Ponds to investigate but the cubes are inactive and the Doctor leaves UNIT, headed by Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave) in charge. A year goes by and the cubes suddenly begin activating random features before stopping the hearts of one third of humanity. The Doctor eventually tracks the cubes to the Shakri, who plan to eliminate humanity before they can colonise in space, believing them to be an infestation. The Doctor reverses the electric pulse used to stop people's hearts and destroys the Shakri ship. At Brian's urging the Doctor takes Amy and Rory back as full-time companions.
230 5 "The Angels Take Manhattan" Nick Hurran Steven Moffat 29 September 2012 (2012-09-29) 7.82 88
The Doctor takes Amy and Rory to Central Park. While the Doctor is reading Amy a novel about a character called Melody Malone, Rory is taken by a Weeping Angel on his way back from getting coffee. In 1938 New York City, Rory meets River Song, posing as a private investigator and, as the Doctor discovers, the author of his Melody Malone novel. The Doctor and Amy use the novel to break their way into a time-locked 1938 and find Rory, while he and River investigate the Angels' takeover of Manhattan. At the Winter Quay hotel, they find an aged Rory on his deathbed, confirming Rory's fate. The Angels created the hotel in order to keep their victims and maintain a constant source of potential energy on which to feed. To escape his fate, Rory and Amy jump off the top of the building to their deaths, creating a paradox that erases the Angels and their hotel. Waking up in a graveyard with the TARDIS, all seems well until Rory is transported by a surviving Angel. Rescuing him with another paradox would rip New York City apart. As the Doctor begs Amy to come back into the TARDIS, she bids him a tearful farewell and allows the Angel to send her back to Rory, creating a fixed point in time. Later, the devastated Doctor reads an afterword by Amy in the novel, telling him all is well and asking him not to be alone, as well as requesting he visit young Amelia Pond as she waits for him in the garden.
Special (2012)
231 "The Snowmen" Saul Metzstein Steven Moffat 25 December 2012 9.87 87
Depressed after the loss of Amy and Rory, the Doctor hides himself in Victorian London, vowing never to save the world again. Meanwhile, the "Great Intelligence", a form of "memory snow" which can mirror the thoughts of anything around it, hatches a plot to create an army of ice people. While Strax drives the reluctant Doctor around, they both run into Clara, a barmaid. The Doctor refuses to investigate the snowmen and returns to semi-seclusion in the TARDIS, which is parked in a cloud above London, accessible from ground level via a staircase. By following the Doctor, Clara finds the TARDIS, but leaves, without talking to the Doctor. However, Clara soon returns to her regular job as a governess and learns of an imminent danger to her wards and possibly all of humanity. She turns to the Doctor for help and, motivated through Clara's charm and an interesting set of coincidences, the Doctor takes action. Together with Madame Vastra, Jenny Flint, and Strax, the Doctor and Clara are able to defeat the Great Intelligence and its human servant, Doctor Simeon, using ingenuity and the pure energy of a family crying on Christmas Eve. In the process, the Doctor regains his enthusiasm for adventure and heroism, deciding to take Clara on as his companion. However, before the enemies are defeated Clara is thrown off the edge of a cloud and falls to her death, though the Doctor was sure she would survive. At the end of the episode, the Doctor discovers Clara's full name – Clara Oswin Oswald – and comes to the realisation that Clara is the same person as Oswin Oswald from the episode "Asylum of the Daleks". He concludes that she is more than likely still alive in some other place and time and leaves in the newly-redesigned TARDIS to find her.
Part 2
232 6 "The Bells of Saint John" Colm McCarthy Steven Moffat 30 March 2013 (2013-03-30) 8.44 87
The Doctor manages to find another version of Clara in the present day, where Miss Kizlet (Celia Imrie) is unleashing "Spoonheads" into the Wi-Fi to upload people's souls to a datacloud, claiming to be preserving humanity on behalf of her mysterious client. The Doctor saves Clara from this fate and tricks Miss Kizlet and her employees at The Shard to returning all the souls back to their bodies. It is revealed to the audience that the Great Intelligence (using Walter Simeon's image) had been behind the scheme to grow stronger by feeding on the souls; he erases all memory of working for him from the employees' minds, effectively making them innocent of any wrongdoing. The Doctor invites Clara to be his companion, but she requests that he come back the next day; she wants time to think about it.
233 7 "The Rings of Akhaten" Farren Blackburn Neil Cross 6 April 2013 (2013-04-06) 7.45 84
The Doctor investigates Clara's past, finding nothing unusual but discovering that her mother died when she was young. When he returns to Clara, she requests that she be taken to see "something awesome". The Doctor takes her to the Rings of Akhaten, planets orbiting a large planet where the local religion believes life began. The society's currency is items of sentimental value. Clara runs into a young girl named Merry Gejelh (Emilia Jones), who is about to be sacrificed in the Festival of Offerings, which is to appease the Old God. The Doctor and Clara save Merry and discover that the Old God is really a parasite of memories and sentiment that lives inside the large planet. Clara offers it her treasured leaf that caused her parents to meet, and as she points out that there are infinite possibilities to every choice, she defeats the parasite.
234 8 "Cold War" Douglas Mackinnon Mark Gatiss 13 April 2013 (2013-04-13) 7.37 84
The Doctor and Clara attempt to land in Las Vegas; however, the TARDIS instead lands in a Russian submarine in 1983 and takes off without them. To the Doctor's surprise, he finds an Ice Warrior, the famed Grand Marshal Skaldak, who had been thawed out of the ice after 5000 years. However, Captain Zhukov is distrustful of both the Doctor and Clara and has Skaldak chained up to prevent further damage to the submarine. This only proves to be a problem as by Martian Law, Skaldak now considers that humanity as a whole has declared war on the Ice Warriors. The Doctor tries to convince Skaldak that he and Clara are peaceful; however, when Skaldak believes no other Ice Warriors are left, he commits the greatest act of dishonour and exits his armour to begin forensic analysis of human bodies. Skaldak tricks Lieutenant Stepashin into revealing the circumstances of the Cold War, and prepares to start an alternate timeline by firing off a single nuclear missile. However, Clara manages to convince him that it would be wrong to end innocent lives, just as an Ice Warrior ship arrives and retrieves Skaldak. Out of danger, the Doctor's sonic screwdriver tells him the HADS (Hostile Action Displacement System) had been activated and sent the TARDIS to the South Pole.
235 9 "Hide" Jamie Payne Neil Cross 20 April 2013 (2013-04-20) 6.61 85
Thinking empathic psychic Emma Grayling may be able to shed some light on Clara's unique existence, the Doctor goes to 1974, where Emma and her future husband Prof. Alec Palmer are investigating a ghost known as the Witch of the Well, in Caliburn mansion. After the house grows cold and the message "help me" appears, the Doctor borrows Alec's camera and uses the TARDIS to take pictures of the mansion's location throughout time. Thanks to this, the Doctor learns it's not a ghost in the pictures, but a time traveler named Hila Tukurian who got stuck in a pocket dimension; she's running from a hideous creature. The Doctor quickly constructs a device that amplifies Emma's psychic abilities, allowing him to create a portal to the pocket dimension. However, Emma cannot keep the portal open long enough for the Doctor to escape. Clara manages to persuade the TARDIS to briefly fly through and collect the Doctor, who hangs on to the exterior and is dragged back to reality. Emma feels a strange connection with Hila; the Doctor explains she's a descendant of Emma and Alec. However, while rambling on about love, the Doctor realises another creature was inside the mansion and its mate was the creature in the pocket dimension; he quickly returns to save it.
236 10 "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS" Mat King Stephen Thompson 27 April 2013 (2013-04-27) 6.50 85
The TARDIS is picked up by an intergalactic salvage crew, accidentally knocking Clara into the depths of the TARDIS. Needing help to rescue her, the Doctor promises the Van Baalen brothers (Ashley Walters, Mark Oliver, Jahvel Hall) the salvage of a lifetime. To ensure cooperation, the Doctor locks everyone in and sets the self-destruct to go off in 30 minutes. In the meantime, Clara has been running from a molten creature and discovers the TARDIS library, where she finds The History of the Last Great Time War and sees something surprising in it. Reunited, everyone races to the engine room, and the Doctor reveals the molten zombies are echoes of their future selves; they were reduced to that state by staying too long in the room housing the Eye of Harmony. The Doctor and Clara arrive in the engine room, where he confronts her about her other lives; Clara honestly has no clue about her other lives, making the Doctor happy to know she's not the one responsible. Clara asks the Doctor why he goes by that name, having seen his true name in the book; however, the Doctor tells her it's something that must never be said. Creating a device to rewrite the moment the TARDIS was assaulted by the Van Baalens' ship, the Doctor uses a time fissure to pass to his past self; using it sends the TARDIS to a different location just as the Van Baalens' detected it.
237 11 "The Crimson Horror" Saul Metzstein Mark Gatiss 4 May 2013 (2013-05-04) 6.47 85
The "Great Detective" Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh) along with her wife Jenny (Catrin Stewart) and their butler Strax (Dan Starkey), investigate the mystery of the "Crimson Horror". Many bodies have been found completely red, with a substance on them Vastra recognises from before the Silurians went into hibernation; it's the venom of an ancient leech, one that petrifies the victim, but they've been exposed to a highly diluted version. An investigator shows Vastra optographs, one of which shocks her and Jenny; it shows the Doctor, screaming. As the mysterious Sweetville, run by Mrs. Gillyflower (Diana Rigg), proves suspicious due to how no-one who goes to live there comes out, Jenny is sent to investigate and find the Doctor. She succeeds, finding him a victim of the venom, but still alive due to his Time Lord nature; he quickly reverses the process and does the same for Clara. Clara's presence confuses Jenny and Vastra, who saw her die in "The Snowmen". Confronting Mrs. Gillyflower, they discover the mysterious "Mr Sweet" working with Mrs. Gillyflower is one of the ancient leeches, attached to her; she plans to use his venom to "preserve" humanity by making a rocket with it explode. However, the rocket goes off without the venom on board, thanks to Vastra and Jenny. Mrs. Gillyflower falls to her death, after being revealed to have used her own daughter to test Mr. Sweet's venom potency, and Mr. Sweet is crushed to death by her daughter. Not bothering to answer Vastra and Jenny's questions about Clara, the Doctor drops her off in 2013. Once Clara is back home, she finds that the Maitland children have found photos of her from "Hide" and "Cold War", along with a picture of Victorian Clara; they threaten to tell their father unless they get a chance at time travel.
238 12 "Nightmare in Silver" Stephen Woolfenden Neil Gaiman 11 May 2013 (2013-05-11) 6.64 84
Because Artie and Angie are blackmailing Clara, the Doctor decides to take the children to Hedgewick’s World Of Wonders; however, it has long been abandoned since the Cyber-wars. Seeing strange insects, the Doctor decides to stay; at the same time, the Emperor of several galaxies has gone missing as well. Cybermites, the upgraded versions of Cybermats, graft a cybernetic piece to the Doctor's head, giving him a split personality, Mr. Clever, the Cyber-Planner; they agree to play chess to win complete dominance over their shared mind. In the meantime, the Cybermen, now faster and sleeker than ever, capture Artie and Angie, putting them under their mind control. Mr. Clever makes the Doctor sacrifice his queen piece to free the children. The Doctor makes a half-bluff, saying he can win in three moves: getting a neural shock device, amplifying it with the sonic screwdriver, and frying the headpiece. Now free, the Doctor quickly sees there's no way to stop the Cybermen unless they blow up the planet; Porridge, someone who worked with Wibbly to con customers, is revealed to be the missing Emperor by Angie, who realised the resemblance between him, a coin and a statue. Porridge voice-activates a bomb, getting everyone and the TARDIS teleported to an imperial ship. Clara rejects an offer of marriage from Porridge and the Doctor returns everyone home.
239 13 "The Name of the Doctor" Saul Metzstein Steven Moffat 18 May 2013 (2013-05-18) 7.45 88
Madame Vastra is told by an imprisoned and insane murderer that the Doctor's greatest secret will be taken to his grave, "and it is discovered." She uses a special soporific to bring herself, Jenny and Strax to a "conference call" in their dreams; she sends a letter to Clara in 2013 to include her in the conference. "Time travel has always been possible in dreams." River Song (from after "Forest of the Dead") also attends, and explains Vastra misunderstood the message; it isn't his secret that has been discovered, but his grave. The Whispermen kidnap Vastra's group, while Clara awakens and informs the Doctor of what she learned, making him realise the prophecy the Silence had been trying to avert is unfolding; they go to Trenzalore, where the height of the graves is determined by the warriors' rank. The Doctor's resting place is a monolithic TARDIS, which is dying and losing control of its "bigger on the inside" properties. They go inside, where the Great Intelligence (in Walter Simeon's form) is waiting for them; it demands the Doctor speak his true name to unlock the control room. When the Doctor refuses, River (linked to Clara through the conference call) speaks it to save them. The Doctor explains that instead of a body, the TARDIS houses his personal timeline; the days that have and haven't come to pass. The Great Intelligence steps into the timeline and scatters itself throughout the Doctor's life, hoping to rewrite all his victories into defeats to gain revenge. Clara follows after it, becoming two of the multiple echoes of herself that the Doctor met in "Asylum of the Daleks" and "The Snowmen". The Doctor reveals he could see River the whole time and kisses her goodbye; she says if the original Clara is dead, she should have vanished due to being linked to her, prompting the Doctor enter his own timeline to rescue Clara. He does so, but not before she discovers a previously unseen incarnation of the Doctor, who, according to the Eleventh, "broke the promise" that goes alongside the title 'The Doctor', even though this incarnation defends his actions as "without choice" and "in the name of peace and sanity".

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;[19] Brian Minchin, previously a script editor in series 5, took over the role thereafter.[20] Marcus Wilson left the position of producer following the Christmas special.

Story Episode Title Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewers
(millions) [5]
AI [5]
240 1 "The Day of the Doctor" Nick Hurran Steven Moffat 23 November 2013 (2013-11-23) 12.80 88
The Eleventh Doctor and Clara are called in by UNIT to investigate mysterious three-dimensional paintings, including one depicting the Time War of Gallifrey. In the war, the War Doctor, a previously unknown incarnation of the Doctor, plans to use an ancient weapon called "The Moment" to end the ongoing war between Time Lords and Daleks. The Moment, knowing the disasters its use will cause, shows the War Doctor how its use will affect him by uniting him with the Eleventh Doctor, as well as the Tenth Doctor. Together, the three Doctors are able to end a Zygon invasion by enacting peace between Zygons and humans. Though the Doctors still contemplate using the Moment anyway, Clara convinces them to try another way to end the war. Uniting with all their previous and future incarnations, the Doctors use their TARDISes to trap Gallifrey in a pocket universe. In the aftermath, the War and Tenth Doctors return to their own times, with the War Doctor regenerating into the Ninth Doctor, and the Eleventh Doctor is told by a mysterious curator resembling the Fourth Doctor that it is his mission to find Gallifrey, which the Doctor vows to do.
241 2 "The Time of the Doctor" Jamie Payne Steven Moffat 25 December 2013 (2013-12-25) 11.14 83
A message echoing through all of time and space emanates from the farming town of Christmas on the planet Trenzalore, where a prophecy states the Doctor will spend the last of his years. With the help of the Papal Mainframe, the Doctor and Clara travel to the village and discover that the message is being sent from Gallifrey by the Time Lords. Sending Clara home, he proceeds to spend hundreds of years fighting and defending Trenzalore against hordes of aliens determined to prevent the Time Lords from returning. Clara returns to find the Daleks are the last remaining aliens, and that the Doctor has fought for so long, with no more regenerations, that he is on the cusp of dying of old age. As the Doctor faces his last stand, Clara convinces the Time Lords to give the Doctor a new regeneration cycle. The Doctor begins to regenerate, destroying the Daleks and ending the war. Clara returns to the TARDIS to find a rejuvenated Doctor about to finish his regeneration. After vowing to remember the incarnation he was and hallucinating a final goodbye to Amy Pond, he finally regenerates into the Twelfth Doctor, as the TARDIS suddenly begins crashing.

Twelfth Doctor

The Twelfth Doctor is portrayed by Peter Capaldi.

Series 8 (2014)

Main article: Doctor Who (series 8)

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

Story Episode Title Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewers
(millions) [5]
AI [5]
242 1 "Deep Breath" Ben Wheatley Steven Moffat 23 August 2014 (2014-08-23) 9.17 82
When a dinosaur materialises alongside the Houses of Parliament in Victorian London, the Doctor's old friends the Paternoster Gang are relieved when he arrives, seemingly to deal with the creature. However, they soon realise that the Doctor is the one in need of help; newly regenerated, extremely volatile and questioning his self-worth, this is a very different man from the one they last saw. The only person that may be able to help him is Clara, and she is still grappling with losing the Doctor she knew and loved. After the spontaneous combustion of the dinosaur, the Doctor takes on the case of whoever killed the time-travelling beast. The Doctor has an internal battle with himself, pondering where his new face came from. The Doctor and Clara are called to a restaurant, only to find out all the other customers are androids. After discovering the robots' hidden spaceship, and their long-term goal of reaching a "promised land", the Doctor confronts their leader, who falls to its death from an airship, though it is unclear whether he fell as part of a self-destruct mechanism or if the Doctor pushed him. Clara receives a phone call from the previous Doctor, and is convinced to join the Twelfth Doctor on his journeys. Meanwhile, the Half-Face Man awakes in a mysterious place, greeted by an equally-curious woman named Missy.
243 2 "Into the Dalek" Ben Wheatley Phil Ford & Steven Moffat 30 August 2014 (2014-08-30) 7.29 84
The Doctor saves Journey Blue, a rebel fighter, from her space shuttle, which is under attack by Daleks, but is unable to save her brother. Upon returning her to her rebel ship, the Doctor then drags Clara away from a potential date with Danny Pink, her new colleague at Coal Hill School, and is thrown into the most dangerous place in the universe: the inside of a Dalek. The Doctor and Clara, along with a team of rebels aboard the Aristotle, a military station in space, are miniaturised and sent into "Rusty", a Dalek that has turned good. At the Dalek's power centre, the Doctor discovers a large crack, which he deduces is causing the malfunction within the Dalek. He uses his sonic screwdriver to seal the crack, but their meddling has a terrible outcome, causing the Dalek to realise its true cause again. It sends a message to the rest of the Daleks, giving them the base's location. The mysterious Missy and "Heaven" once more make an appearance after Gretchen sacrifices herself to allow Clara and Journey access to the mind of Rusty. In an attempt to show Rusty the beauty of the universe, the Doctor connects his mind with that of the Dalek's. Rusty, however, sees the Doctor's hatred for the Daleks and is inspired by this instead, deciding to exterminate his own race. After the battle, Rusty calls the Doctor a "good Dalek", and the Doctor and Clara leave, with Clara returning to her date.
244 3 "Robot of Sherwood" Paul Murphy Mark Gatiss 6 September 2014 (2014-09-06) 7.28 82
Treating Clara to an expedition of her choice, the Doctor takes her to the twelfth century to prove that her childhood hero, Robin Hood, doesn't exist. He is stunned when he stumbles upon a gang of outlaws, led by a man claimed to be the great hero himself. The Doctor duels with Robin Hood with a spoon, and remains in disbelief even as Robin takes the two to meet his band of Merry Men. Robin takes part in an archery contest against the Sheriff of Nottingham, splitting the arrow to claim a prize of a golden arrow. The Doctor challenges Robin before impatiently blowing up the target, causing the Sheriff to order his arrest. Robin defends the Doctor, but after slicing the arm off of one of the guards, it is revealed that they are robots. After the capture of the Doctor, Clara and Robin, Clara is taken to the Sheriff to act as the trio's leader, where she finds out that the Sheriff witnessed a spaceship crash and has been trying to repair it by collecting all the gold in the nearby land, so that he can use it to travel to London and take over the kingdom. The Doctor and Robin escape their prison, where Robin demands that Clara reveal who exactly the Doctor is. Robin Hood defeats the Sheriff in a sword fight, and after allowing the robots' spaceship to detonate harmlessly in the atmosphere, the Doctor and Robin Hood part ways, after which Maid Marian is reunited with Robin.
245 4 "Listen" Douglas Mackinnon Steven Moffat 13 September 2014 (2014-09-13) 7.01 82
After a failed date with Danny Pink, Clara returns to her home to find the Doctor awaiting her. He seeks a creature he believes to have perfected its ability to hide, that stalks humankind and is responsible for a dream common to all humans. Using the TARDIS' telepathic circuit, the duo end up in the mid-1990s, where Clara meets Danny Pink as a boy. The Doctor and Clara comfort Danny from his fear when an unknown entity enters the boy's room. After returning to her date with Danny and failing a second time, Clara returns to the TARDIS and meets Orson Pink, a distant descendant of Danny Pink, one of Earth's first time travelers stranded at the end of the universe. After a brief moment with the entity, Clara triggers the TARDIS' departure to an unknown barn, where she finds a crying child. Hiding beneath the bed, she realises that the child is the Doctor in his younger years. When the boy gets out of the bed, Clara accidentally grabs his leg, and she realises that she is the monster under the bed. She comforts him with the notion of fear being a constant companion that can bring out the good in him, where one day he'll return to the barn during the moment of his greatest fear. Clara leaves, forcing the Doctor to not see where they had been. Clara and Danny reconcile, and the Doctor rejects the notion of the unknown entity ever existing.
246 5 "Time Heist" Douglas Mackinnon Stephen Thompson & Steven Moffat 20 September 2014 (2014-09-20) 6.99 84
The TARDIS' phone rings in Clara's apartment, and the Doctor and Clara find themselves in a strange chamber suffering from memory loss along with Psi the augmented human and Saibra the mutant human. They have been recruited by 'The Architect' to rob the Bank of Karabraxos, the most impregnable bank vault in the universe. The quartet collect the tools required for their heist, before witnessing a mysterious alien named the Teller turn the brain of a criminal to 'soup' with its psychic abilities. Saibra is later caught by the Teller, and activates an atomic disintegrater to avoid the pain of the Teller's brain scan. Psi soon follows when caught by the Teller, and Clara and the Doctor gain access to the vaults of the bank. They gain the rewards of their heist from the vault, and proceed to the Private Vault, but not before regaining contact with Psi and Saibra who were actually teleported. The four find that the private vault is home to Director Karabraxos, and the Doctor gives her his number before she leaves the bank as it is destroyed by the solar storm. The Doctor regains his lost memories back from the Teller, revealing himself as the Architect, and unveiling the goal of the heist – to rejoin the Teller with the only other one of its species. The Doctor takes the two aliens away to live out their lives, and returns Saibra and Psi to their homeworlds, and Clara to her flat for her date.
247 6 "The Caretaker" Paul Murphy Gareth Roberts & Steven Moffat 27 September 2014 (2014-09-27) 6.82 83
Clara is trying to maintain two separate lives: one as the Doctor's companion, and the other as a school teacher in a romantic relationship with Danny Pink. The Doctor tells her that he's going deep undercover, disguising himself as a temporary caretaker at her school (Coal Hill). Tracking a Skovox Blitzer, which vaporised a community support officer, CSO Matthew and is one of the deadliest machines created, he plans to displace it a billion years into the future where nothing else can be harmed. The Doctor meets Danny without realising he's Clara's partner, instead believing that Adrian, another teacher who reminds him of his previous incarnation, is the one that Clara is romantically interested in. The Doctor treats Danny with disdain after finding out that he was a soldier. Suspicious of the Doctor, Danny accidentally tampers with his trap, and the Skovox Blitzer is only sent seventy-four hours into the future. The Doctor learns of Danny's relationship with Clara, and Danny about Clara's double life, leading them to argue. When the Skovox Blitzer rematerialises earlier than the Doctor initially estimated, the three work together to trick it in to deactivating itself. Danny warns Clara about the Doctor pushing her into reckless and dangerous actions, and tells her that he can help her if she needs it. CSO Matthew awakens in "the Promised Land", being greeted by Seb, Missy's assistant.
248 7 "Kill the Moon" Paul Wilmshurst Peter Harness 4 October 2014 (2014-10-04) 6.91 82
The Doctor takes Clara and Courtney on a trip, where they arrive in 2049 on a Space Shuttle to the Moon with one hundred nuclear bombs. Noting the Moon's higher gravity and meeting Captain Lundvik, the Doctor questions her, where he's told that her team are on a suicide mission to blow up the Moon. A sudden mass high tide had threatened humanity's existence, the cause being the Moon. Their mission was the only way to save the planet. Colonists are found entombed in spider webs, and the Doctor finds through the readings that had previously been taken, noting an increase in the Moon's mass – the cause of the sudden tidal shift. A spider-like being attacks the group, and the Doctor realises that they are only germs. The Doctor determines that the Moon is an egg, with the creature inside ready to hatch. The Doctor abandons them, forcing Lundvik and Clara to decide on their own. They call upon Earth to make the decision, receiving an unanimous vote to save the Earth. Clara intervenes and stops the bombs' countdown, and the Doctor rescues them from the Moon. From Earth, they watch the creature hatch and the shell disintegrate, with the creature laying a new egg as a new Moon. Clara angrily confronts the Doctor, claiming that it was his decision to make too, since Earth is important in his life as well. She leaves the TARDIS and the Doctor, to be comforted by Danny.
249 8 "Mummy on the Orient Express" Paul Wilmshurst Jamie Mathieson 11 October 2014 (2014-10-11) 7.11 85
Clara rejoins the Doctor for one last outing before she leaves the TARDIS and the Doctor for good. They arrive on a train named the Orient Express which travels through space, a distant future remake of the famous train. The Doctor soon discovers that an elderly woman has recently been murdered by a creature only she could see – she described it as an Egyptian 'Mummy'. The Doctor insists that she died of old age, but when a member of the kitchen staff dies in the same way, the Doctor realises that the 'Mummy' (known as the Foretold) is invisible to all but the one that it is about to kill. Once it is seen, it kills its victim in exactly sixty-six seconds. The train's computer program, 'Gus', reveals to the Doctor that he has tasked him to capture the Foretold or face the death of innocents. The Doctor takes the consciousness of the Foretold's next victim to see it, and discovers that it is a dead soldier powered by future technology with unfinished business. The Doctor discharges the soldier by surrendering, and the train's occupants are saved. Gus declares that the survival of the train's occupants is not required, and begins removing the train's air supply. The Doctor uses the future technology from the Foretold to teleport the train's occupants to safety, just before the train explodes. After a conversation with the Doctor about whether or not he is really cold-hearted, Clara decides she is not ready to leave him yet, and they set off on further adventures together.
250 9 "Flatline" Douglas Mackinnon Jamie Mathieson 18 October 2014 (2014-10-18) 6.71 85
Arriving in Bristol, the Doctor and Clara find the TARDIS has shrunk on the outside. Clara gets out to investigate the area, while the Doctor stays in the TARDIS until it has shrunk down to a handheld size, theorising that something was leeching its external dimensions. Clara encounters a young graffiti artist named Rigsy, and communicating through an earpiece, the Doctor tells Clara that the thing they are facing is an alien from a universe that's solely two-dimensional. The creatures have achieved the ability to make 3D objects 2D, and Clara, Rigsy, and community service people attempt to run from the creatures. The Doctor is soon able to create a device that can change the dimensions of objects similarly to the creatures. However, the TARDIS cannot function with a lack of dimensions, and the Doctor powers it down into a 'siege' mode. The creatures have also learned to make themselves 3-dimensional, and assume demented guises of the people they have absorbed into two-dimensions. With the help of Rigsy, Clara is able to trick the creatures into powering the TARDIS once more and restoring it to regular size. The Doctor uses its power to send the creatures back into their dimension. Clara and the Doctor part ways with Rigsy, and after she asks if she was a good doctor, he tells her that she was an exceptional doctor in his place but goodness had nothing to do with it.
251 10 "In the Forest of the Night" Sheree Folkson Frank Cottrell Boyce 25 October 2014 (2014-10-25) 6.92 83
Maebh, a young girl, is running through a forest when she comes across the TARDIS. She knocks and is answered by the Doctor, who realises that a forest has grown over London. Meanwhile in London Museum, Clara and Danny lead a group of kids out into the new forest after a museum sleepover. Clara immediately calls the Doctor, who reveals he is already aware of the forest and tells Clara to meet him in Trafalgar Square. Upon arrival they attempt to figure out the truth behind the forest, and the Doctor realises Maebh is missing, and he and Clara set out to find her. Following a trail she has left, they find her, only to be cornered by and rescued from wolves and a tiger which have escaped the zoo. The Doctor realises Maebh is behind what's going on, and uses the sonic to get the trees to speak through her. They reveal an extinction-level solar flare is heading towards Earth. Heading back to the TARDIS, the Doctor offers an escape route. Clara says she would never leave Danny, Danny would never leave the kids, and the kids would miss their parents. The Doctor leaves, before realising the trees have grown to protect Earth like a giant airbag and the solar flare wouldn't kill anyone. He heads back to Earth, where he recruits the kids to send a message to the world to not destroy the trees. The solar flare passes by harmlessly and the excess trees disappear, their job done.
252 11 "Dark Water" Rachel Talalay Steven Moffat 1 November 2014 (2014-11-01) 7.34 85
While Clara attempts to gain the courage to tell Danny about her life with the Doctor, Danny is hit by a car and is killed. Clara is comforted by her family, until she calls the Doctor. She attempts to blackmail the Doctor into saving Danny by throwing the TARDIS keys into a volcano one by one. The Doctor removes her from the dream state he placed on her and uses her memories for the TARDIS to find Danny. They are brought to a facility named 3W, in which skeletons are contained in a blue liquid. Elsewhere, Danny is being consoled by Seb for his death. The Doctor opens an information book, read by a hiding Missy, who claims that she is a droid. Meeting Doctor Chang, he explains that the dead are conscious and also shows them "dark water", a substance which can only display organic material. Meanwhile, Missy awakens the skeletons and the tanks begin to drain. Clara talks with Danny, and she tries to find proof of his identity, but Danny refuses to let her be with him in death, so Clara ends the call. The Doctor and Chang exit into the hallway to see the tanks drain, revealing the skeletons are actually Cybermen. The Doctor and Missy exit and find themselves on the steps of St Paul's cathedral. The Cybermen begin to march out of the cathedral, and Missy tells him that his efforts to evacuate are pointless, and that Missy is short for Mistress, revealing that she is the Master.
12 "Death in Heaven" Rachel Talalay Steven Moffat 8 November 2014 (2014-11-08) 7.60 83
As part of Missy's plans, Cybermen detonate themselves around Britain, releasing "Cyber pollen" that reincarnates and transforms the dead into Cybermen. Danny is one of these, and rescues Clara from 3W. UNIT bring the Doctor and Missy aboard a plane, where the Doctor is given control of Earth's armies as "President of the Earth". Osgood tells the Doctor that this is happening all over the world, and the clouds have not yet dispersed, the Doctor offers her a chance for "all of time and space" as his companion. With the help of the Cybermen, Missy overpowers UNIT, kills Osgood and blows up the plane. The Doctor survives by calling the TARDIS to him and reunites with Clara in a cemetery, where Clara has discovered the Cyberman who saved her is Danny. Danny reveals that a forecoming rainfall will convert all living people to Cybermen as well. Missy arrives and gifts the Doctor with control of all the Cybermen so he can conquer the universe. The Doctor refuses and gives control to Danny, who leads other Cybermen into exploding and stopping the rainfall. Missy is seemingly disintegrated by a final Cyberman, a reanimated Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. In the aftermath, Clara and the Doctor bid farewell with lies to each other: Clara tells the Doctor that Danny was brought back from the Nethersphere; in reality, he used his one chance to get out to revive a young boy he accidentally killed when he was a soldier, and the Doctor tells Clara he has found Gallifrey with coordinates Missy gave him; the coordinates actually led to empty space.

Series 9 (2015)

Main article: Doctor Who (series 9)


Christmas special (2015)

Story Episode Title Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewers
(millions)
AI
263 "The Husbands of River Song" Douglas Mackinnon Steven Moffat 25 December 2015 (2015-12-25) 7.69[21] 82[22]

Series 10

On 14 July 2015, BBC Worldwide's Annual Review revealed that it had invested in a tenth series.[23] Steven Moffat has stated that it will be a full series of twelve episodes and a Christmas special.[24]

See also

Footnotes

  1. Although technically the sixteenth season, the season was known by its subtitle, The Key to Time.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Shada was left unfinished due to a strike. Its recorded footage was later released on home video using linking narration by Tom Baker to complete the story. It is not included in the episode or story counts as it was not broadcast.
  3. Although technically the twenty-third season, the season was known by its subtitle, The Trial of a Time Lord.
  4. "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.

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  3. Cornell, Paul; Day, Martin; Topping, Keith (1995). "The Five Doctors: Details". Doctor Who: The Discontinuity Guide. BBC Doctor Who website. Retrieved 27 October 2007. 
  4. Spilsbury, Tom (22 April 2009). "The Mighty 200!". Doctor Who Magazine. Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent: Panini Comics (407): 26–29. 
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 5.17 5.18 5.19 5.20 5.21 5.22 5.23 5.24 5.25 5.26 5.27 5.28 5.29 5.30 5.31 5.32 5.33 5.34 5.35 5.36 5.37 5.38 5.39 5.40 5.41 5.42 5.43 5.44 5.45 5.46 5.47 5.48 5.49 5.50 5.51 5.52 5.53 5.54 5.55 5.56 5.57 5.58 5.59 5.60 5.61 5.62 5.63 5.64 5.65 5.66 5.67 5.68 5.69 5.70 5.71 5.72 5.73 5.74 5.75 5.76 5.77 "Ratings Guide". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
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  7. The Five Doctors was first broadcast in the United States on 23 November 1983, the actual date of the programme's 20th anniversary.
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  10. Parts Two and Three of Silver Nemesis were first broadcast in New Zealand on 25 November 1988 as part of a compilation broadcast before their UK transmission.[9]
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