Doctor Who – Spearhead from Space Review

  • Series Title: Doctor Who
  • Story Title: Spearhead from Space
  • Story #: 51
  • Episodes: 4 half-hour parts
  • Discs: 1
  • Network: BBC
  • Original Air Dates: 01/03/1970 – 01/24/1970
  • Cast: Jon Pertwee, Caroline John, Nicholas Courtney
  • Format: Standard, Color, DVD, NTSC

“What are you a doctor of, by the way?” – Dr. Liz Shaw
“Practically everything, my dear.” – The Doctor

Spearhead from Space is known for its firsts and is almost what would now be termed a soft reboot of the series. It’s the first story filmed in color, and unusually for the series – the entire episode was shot on film and on location. At the end of the previous story, The War Games, the actor portraying the Doctor, Patrick Troughton left, as did his companions Zoë (Wendy Padbury) and Jamie (Frazer Hines), so as well as introducing a new Doctor, Spearhead from Space introduces a new companion, Dr. Elizabeth Shaw, a scientist from Cambridge, and the Brigadier returns, still in charge of UNIT. Doctor Who will now be focused on Earth-bound invasion stories, set in the “near future” (something later forgot by the production team who seemed to assume the stories were contemporary to when they were made).

This story has the Doctor’s TARDIS arriving in a wood, the Doctor stumbling out, and collapsing. He’s brought to a nearby cottage hospital and is unconscious for much of episode one, and erratic for much for episode two. It isn’t until he takes a shower in the hospital and borrows some clothes that the Doctor seems to wake up – eventually working with Liz and the Brigadier to discover just what the mysterious landfall of meteorites and strange goings-on at Auton Plastics factory mean. The story develops somewhat slowly but fits together well, as bit by bit, UNIT, the Doctor, Liz, and other characters in the story, learn what is going on. UNIT’s radar station reports on the meteorites and the Brigadier tells Dr. Shaw a larger group landed earlier. Liz scoffs at the Brigadier using the word, “landed”.

Meanwhile, a poacher in the woods finds one of the “thunderballs” and buries it to hide it. UNIT is looking for the meteorites and finds the Doctor’s TARDIS. The Doctor is unconscious at the local cottage hospital. In episode 2, a salesman returns to his factory only to discover it mysteriously changed, his boss unreceptive to his hard work opening a new market in the US, and a letter of dismissal at his home. He later sneaks back into the factory and discovers an Auton who fires at him. Terrified out of his wits he runs out to the woods and into UNIT’s hands. One of the Brigadier’s men takes his statement. He later convinces the Brigadier something is wrong at the factory. Meanwhile, the poacher digs up his “thunderball” and transfers it to a metal box in his shed.

The alien in this story is the Nestene Consciousness, which has no form to speak of, only a hive mind stored in the hollow plastic-like balls that landed during the meteor shower. The Consciousness can animate plastic and co-opts the manager of a plastics factory. This story features store dummies breaking out of window displays, and plastic duplicates of General Scobie and other civil servants and military leaders. The salesman is instrumental in giving information to the Brigadier and UNIT that something is wrong at the factory – but he’s also killed by an Auton dummy. Eventually, his boss, the factory manager, who was under Channing’s control is also killed by the Autons. And when the Doctor and Liz construct a device to disrupt the signals animating the Auton mannequins and break up the Nestene Consciousness – Channing is revealed to be another Auton dummy. During the final attack, the device works fine on the basic Autons but doesn’t work on the Consciousness itself. The Doctor is attacked by tentacles coming out of a tank, and it’s Liz who, on her own must adjust the device until it works, which saves the Doctor and defeats the alien menace, so to speak.

They return to UNIT, and the Doctor bargains with the Brigadier, getting a job as scientific advisor to UNIT, with access to equipment and tools, plus essentials like clothing (since he borrowed his current outfit from the hospital) and a car (since he must return the borrowed red roadster he used in the episode). The Doctor gives the name of “Dr. John Smith” for his paperwork that will make him official on Earth.

Spearhead from Space starts off a new era for Doctor Who. It introduces Dr. Liz Shaw and changes the direction of the show. The cost savings of staying on Earth with contemporary settings, like offices, and 1970s London, were put into car chases, effects, large-scale practical attacks, and a grander scale for the stories. Spearhead from Space is almost like a pilot in introducing these ideas: there’s a chase scene with the Doctor in a wheelchair, UNIT makes an assault on the Auton Factory, the setting is meant to be slightly futuristic but since people still use corded phones (and pay phones at that) and in one scene all the reporters are male – there’s an old-fashioned quality to it too. But it definitely starts to establish the new rules and new patterns for the next three years. Pertwee would play the part for five years, but only regain the time and space traveling abilities of his TARDIS after the tenth-anniversary special, The Three Doctors. The story itself is a bit slow in spots, but the four-episode length helps it from being extremely slow. I liked that Liz actually saved the Doctor herself without any assistance, but I didn’t like that she gets no credit for this, not even a thank you from the Doctor. Still, this is a great place to start with when watching the Third Doctor, or even for starting to watch Classic Doctor Who.

Women in STEM Panel Chicago TARDIS

I spent the  weekend at Chicago TARDIS – an annual convention for Doctor Who fans in the Chicagoland area. On Friday, during one of the early panel discusssions someone mentioned that there would be a panel on Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) during the Pertwee Era. And after that panel, someone asked me why I was excited about it. (I had whoopped in approval and done the air-punch thing at the mention of the panel). Anyway, I talked to the woman running the panel on Friday, for about half an hour, about a lot of the issues surrounding women in STEM – and some of the changes and additional opportunities for girls now compared to say, the 1980s.

The panel discussion was on Saturday, and it was more of a lecture/presentation rather than a panel discussion, but it was still an excellent panel. The presentor,  Adrienne Provenzano, was also a NASA Solar System Ambassador, a volunteer who talks about NASA and is interested in Space Science. She mentioned not only STEM but STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Humanities, and Math. And really though she didn’t go into a great deal of detail about STEAM education – it really sounds like a good start for re-vamping public education in the US. Everyone today needs to know real science, they need to not only learn how to use technology by picking it up and using  it, but they need to know how it works. Practical engineering is a needed skill – especially hands-on basics in engineering is something students need to study in high school – so they will be interested in studying it in college. The US really needs to bring the Arts back into schools – art appreciation, music appreciation, cultural appreciation, but also actual hands-on arts like drawing, painting, pottery, crafts, theatre / drama, music, choir – we’re getting a generation that had no exposure to drama, music, and art in school – so they don’t care when arts budgets are slashed or theatres are closed. And finally everyone needs to know math, which is both a practical skill and the foundation of many of the sciences.

Adrienne’s presentation first focused on four areas for women in STEM:  Visability, Mentorship, Opportunity, Work environment.  All of those are important for both getting young girls interested in STEM – but they are also important because negative experiences in any one of those areas can drive girls and women out of STEM – and if an individual girl experiences two or more in a negative way – they will most certainly be turned off from the STEM fields.

Visability – Girls need to see women in roles that aren’t traditional gender roles. They need to be taught about Ada Lovelace, and Mde Curie, and other women in the sciences, computers, math, etc rather than having the female inventors and women in STEM swept under the carpet and being invisible because they aren’t taught in grade school and high school history classes. But girls also need too see women in their lives in the STEM fields. And girls need to see fictional women in STEM who can be roles models – because even though they are fictional – if it’s a realistic character and role, it can be inspirational. That’s one (of many) reasons why I love Felicity so much as a character – is because that a young girl can see her and say,  “Mommy, I want to be Felicity when I grow up” – and that’s actually possible (well, they can learn coding, and programming, and networking, and various other fields in IT), as I discussed in my post on Felicity Smoak as Role Model. I’ve mentioned it before on this blog, notably in my post about the importance of women-centric TV, but I didn’t have that as a kid. I’m not in the than the “women are teachers or nurses” generation; but I’m in the group after that where acceptable occupations were: teacher, nurse, doctor, lawyer, cop. If none of those sounded appealing it was really difficult to figure out what you wanted to do. My generation had people who invented their own jobs – because they didn’t like the way things were being done, but there were also people who re-invented themselves a lot – going back to school, learning new careers, becoming creative professionals, etc.

In terms of Doctor Who – the Pertwee Era had Dr. Elizabeth Shaw, scientist, Jo Grant – really a sort of secret agent want-to-be (but she also developed and grew-up a lot), and Sarah Jane Smith,  journalist. Especially with Liz Shaw, simply by being there – as a scientist, using lab equipment, understanding what the Doctor was saying – she’s inspiring girls to stay interested in the sciences.

With Jo – and I must say here that I love Jo, and meeting Katy Manning this weekend was simply incredible – she’s a wonderful person, but anyway, Jo’s introduced as a bit ditzy – but she’s also very young. And she grows and learns, and the Doctor takes the time to teach her and mentor her. Though she’s hypnotised by the Master in “Terror of the Autons”, in “Frontier in Space” she’s completely able to resist the Master’s hypnotism. So she had obviously asked the Doctor how to avoid being hypnotised – then practiced until she got it. Jo also in “The Green Death” marries a professor, in part, who reminds her of the Doctor.  And, when she returns in The Sarah Jane Adventures, she’s become a ecologist, and she’s even more developed as a character.

Sarah Jane is actually the character I find the most difficult to sometimes discuss (made infinitely harder by how wonderful Elisabeth Sladen was as a person and actor) because I always felt she started out strong, but ended weak. In her last story, “The Hand of Evil”, she leaves the TARDIS in a candy-striped jumpsuit, carrying a stuffed animal – she looks very young. The Sarah Jane Adventures makes up for that in some way, showing her with a career, and an adopted son, and really being the Doctor to three young people whom she mentors in their adventures. Still, I like Pertwee-Era Sarah Jane, but not so much with Tom Baker-Era Sarah Jane.

Mentorship is something that was mentioned also – and the need for women to have mentors – of both genders. I think it’s extremely important for students to have teachers who encourage them. It’s not coddling and it shouldn’t be – but also, there’s no need to tear-down or bully the next generation. In the panel, it was pointed out Pertwee mentored all of his companions – and that was true too. Though at times, he might seem a bit paternalistic – it comes accross, really, as a more loving father than a hinderance. It can be a fine line, and there’s a need for individual adaptation there as well. Some students like competition and challenge, and while I don’t think anyone really wants anything to be too easy, some students really don’t like being forced into competition and do better in a cooperative environment – which, incidentally, prepares them to be successful later in life in teams at work.

Opportunity – We can’t have more women in STEM fields if they aren’t hired. It’s as simple as that. And for some young women, constant rejection will cause them to choose fields other than STEM, or related to STEM but less prestigious. An audience member in the panel, who was in the biological sciences and studying to be a doctor, said that many women choose to be a Physician’s Assistant rather than a doctor – a choice sometimes due to work environment – the need for less hours and more flexible hours because of family and other obligations.

Work Environment – No one likes to work in a toxic work environment. No one enjoys being bullied or harassed, or even subtle (and largely non-actionable) but still clear indications from co-workers that “we don’t want you here”. There are all sorts of areas where how one is treated at work can cause one to want to quit and do something else. Conversely, a positive, supportive atmosphere can help one to grow and achieve more and go on to do better things. Also, as Adrienne pointed out, it needs to start in school, college/university, and graduate school as a part of mentorship that the mentors – of either gender – encourage female students to publish research papers, attend conferences, apply for grants, even apply for jobs. Once in the professional environment, women still need to be encouraged to move their careers to the next level rather than just settling.

There was a lot more to the panel – both about women in STEM, the gender gap, women graduating from college and even graduate school with STEM degrees but not working in STEM fields, or the specific fields women choose to work in over others, and even the need for more people in STEM jobs. It was an excellent panel. I think it maybe could have used more discussion (such as having two people on a panel discussing, with audience participation) but it still was awesome to have at Chicago TARDIS this discussion – and I really liked how the discussion was connected to the Pertwee Era of Doctor Who.

Doctor Who Writers

I commented last week Saturday on Facebook and Twitter about Doctor Who, and Capaldi’s incredible speech and performance in “The Zygon Inversion”. One of my friends asked a very simple but important question: Who wrote it? And I realised that, although I’ve made made lists for Doctor Who, lists of all the stories, lists of the episodes on DVD and the ones missing from the BBC archives, even lists of various series of original books – with authors, I had never listed the authors of the actual episodes – so here it goes. It actually took a bit to pull together this list. For Classic Who, author names and air-dates were pulled from Doctor Who the Programme Guide by Jean-Marc Lofficier (Second Edition), for McCoy’s final season – authors and airdates were cross-checked with Doctor Who the Programme Guide by Jean-Marc Lofficier and Randy Lofficier (Fourth Edition). Pseudonyms and possible errors (such as the one episode that only listed a month and year rather than an full air date) were cross-checked with the Classic Doctor Who DVD Compendium by Paul Smith. For New Who, I consulted TARDIS wiki. Please see footnotes at bottom of spreadsheet for details.

Story # Ep. # Episode Title Episode Author Date Num. Eps. Num. Discs
William Hartnell
1 1 An Unearthly Child Anthony Coburn 11/23/1963 – 12/14/1963 4 1
2 2 The Daleks Terry Nation 12/21/1963 – 2/1/1964 7 1
3 3 The Edge of Destruction David Whitaker 2/8/1964 – 2/15/1964 2 1
4 4 Macro Polo* John Lucarotti 2/22/1964 – 3/4/1964 7 *
5 5 The Keys of Marinus Terry Nation 4/11/1964 – 5/16/1964 6 1
6 6 The Aztecs John Lucarotti 5/23/1964 – 6/13/1964 4 1
7 7 The Sensorites Peter R. Newman 6/20/1964 – 8/1/1964 6 1
8 8 The Reign of Terror Dennis Spooner 8/8/1964 – 9/12/1964 6 1
9 9 Planet of the Giants Louis Marks 10/31/1964 – 11/14/1964 3 1
10 10 The Dalek Invasion of Earth Terry Nation 11/21/1964 – 12/26/1964 6 2
11 11 The Rescue David Whitaker 1/2/1965 – 1/9/1965 2 1
12 12 The Romans Dennis Spooner 1/19/1965 – 2/6/1965 4 1
13 13 The Web Planet Bill Strutton 2/13/1965 – 3/20/1965 6 1
14 14 The Crusade* David Whitaker 3/27/1965 – 4/17/1965 4 *
15 15 The Space Museum Glyn Jones 4/24/1965 – 5/15/1965 4 1
16 16 The Chase Terry Nation 5/22/1965 – 6/26/1965 6 2
17 17 The Time Meddler Dennis Spooner 7/3/1965 – 7/24/1965 4 1
18 18 Galaxy Four* William Emms 9/11/1965 – 10/2/1965 4 *
19 19 Mission to the Unknown* Terry Nation 10/9/1965 1 *
20 20 The Myth Makers* David Cotton 10/19/1965 – 11/6/1965 4 *
21 21 The Daleks Masterplan* Terry Nation, Dennis Spooner 11/13/1965 – 1/29/1966 12 *
22 22 The Massacre* John Lucarotti 2/5/1966 – 2/26/1966 4 *
23 23 The Ark Paul Erickson, Lesley Scott 3/5/1966 – 3/26/1966 4 1
24 24 The Celestial Toymaker* Brian Hayles 4/2/1966 – 4/23/1966 4 *
25 25 The Gunfighters David Cotton 4/30/1966 – 5/21/1966 4 1
26 26 The Savages* Ian Stuart Black 5/28/1966 – 6/18/1966 4 *
27 27 The War Machines Ian Stuart Black 6/25/1966 – 7/16/1966 6 1
28 28 The Smugglers* Brian Hayles 9/10/1966 – 10/1/1966 4 *
29 29 The Tenth Planet Kit Pedler, Gerry Davis, Pat Dunlap 10/8/1966 – 10/29/1966 4 2
Patrick Troughton
30 1 Power of the Daleks* David Whitaker 11/5/1966 – 12/10/1966 6 *
31 2 The Highlanders* Gerry Davis, Elwyn Jones 12/17/1966 – 1/7/1967 4 *
32 3 The Underwater Menace* Geoffrey Orme 1/14/1967 – 2/4/1967 4 *
33 4 The Moonbase Kit Pedler 2/11/1967 – 3/4/1967 4 1
34 5 The Marca Terror* Ian Stuart Black 3/11/1967 – 4/1/1967 4 *
35 6 The Faceless Ones* David Ellis, Malcolm Hulke 4/8/1967 – 5/13/1967 6 *
36 7 The Evil of the Daleks* David Whitaker 5/20/1967 – 7/1/1967 7 *
37 8 Tomb of the Cybermen Kit Pedler, Gerry Davis 9/2/1967 – 9/23/1967 4 1
38 9 The Abominable Snowmen* Mervyn Haisman, Henry Lincoln 9/30/1967 – 11/4/1967 6 *
39 10 The Ice Warriors Brian Hayles 11/11/1967 – 12/16/1967 6 2
40 11 The Enemy of the World David Whitaker 12/23/1967 – 1/27/1968 6 1
41 12 The Web of Fear Mervyn Haisman, Henry Lincoln 2/3/1968 – 3/9/1968 6 1
42 13 Fury from the Deep* Victor Pemberton 3/16/1968 – 4/20/1968 6 *
43 14 The Wheel in Space* David Whitaker 4/27/1968 – 6/1/1968 6 *
44 15 The Dominators Norman Ashby 8/10/1968 – 9/7/1968 5 1
45 16 The Mind Robber Peter Ling, Derrick Sherwin 9/14/1968 – 10/12/1968 5 1
46 17 The Invasion Derrick Sherwin 11/2/1968 – 12/21/1968 8 2
47 18 The Krotons Robert Holmes 12/28/1968 – 1/18/1969 4 1
48 19 The Seeds of Death Brian Hayles 1/25/1969 – 3/1/1969 6 2
49 20 The Space Pirates* Robert Holmes 3/8/1969 – 4/12/1969 6 *
50 21 The War Games Malcolm Hulke, Terrance Dicks 4/19/1969 – 6/21/1969 10 3
Jon Pertwee
51 1 Spearhead from Space Robert Holmes 1/3/1970 – 1/24/1970 4 1
52 2 The Silurians Malcolm Hulke 1/31/1970 – 3/14/1970 7 2
53 3 The Ambassadors of Death David Whitaker 3/21/1970 – 5/2/1970 7 2
54 4 Inferno Don Houghton 5/9/1970 – 6/20/1970 7 2
55 5 Terror of the Autons Robert Holmes 1/2/1971 – 1/23/1971 4 1
56 6 The Mind of Evil Don Houghton 1/30/1971 – 3/6/1971 6 2
57 7 The Claws of Axos Bob Baker, Dave Martin 3/13/1971 – 4/3/1971 4 1
58 8 Colony in Space Malcolm Hulke 4/10/1971 – 5/15/1971 6 1
59 9 The Daemons Guy Leopold 5/22/1971 – 6/19/1971 5 2
60 10 Day of the Daleks Louis Marks 1/1/1972 – 1/22/1972 4 2
61 11 The Curse of Peladon Brian Hayles 1/29/1972 – 2/19/1972 4 1
62 12 The Sea Devils Malcolm Hulke 2/26/1972 – 4/1/1972 6 1
63 13 The Mutants Bob Baker, Dave Martin 4/8/1972 – 5/13/1972 6 2
64 14 The Time Monster Robert Sloman 5/20/1972 – 6/24/1972 6 1
65 15 The Three Doctors Bob Baker, Dave Martin 12/30/1972 – 4/20/1973 4 1
66 16 Carnival of Monsters Robert Holmes 1/27/1973 – 2/17/1973 4 1
67 17 Frontier in Space Malcolm Hulke 2/24/1973 – 3/31/1973 6 2
68 18 Planet of the Daleks Terry Nation 4/7/1973 – 5/12/1973 6 2
69 19 The Green Death Robert Sloman 5/19/1973 – 6/23/1973 6 1
70 20 The Time Warrior Robert Holmes 12/15/1973 – 1/5/1974 4 1
71 21 Invasion of the Dinosaurs Malcolm Hulke 1/12/1974 – 2/16/1974 6 2
72 22 Death to the Daleks Terry Nation 2/23/1974 – 3/16/1974 4 1
73 23 The Monster of Peladon Brian Hayles 3/23/1974 – 4/27/1974 6 2
74 24 Planet of the Spiders Robert Sloman 5/4/1974 – 6/8/1974 6 2
Tom Baker
75 1 Robot Terrance Dicks 12/28/1974 – 1/18/1975 4 1
76 2 The Ark in Space Robert Holmes 1/25/1975 – 2/15/1975 4 1
77 3 The Sontaran Experiment Bob Baker, Dave Martin 2/22/1975 – 3/1/1975 2 1
78 4 Genesis of the Daleks Terry Nation 3/8/1975 – 4/12/1975 6 2
79 5 Revenge of the Cybermen Gerry Davis 4/19/1975 – 5/10/1975 4 1
80 6 Terror of the Zygons Robert Banks Stewart 8/30/1975 – 9/20/1975 4 2
81 7 Planet of Evil Louis Marks 9/27/1975 – 10/18/1975 4 1
82 8 Pyramids of Mars Stephen Harris 10/25/1975 – 11/15/1975 4 1
83 9 The Android Invasion Terry Nation 11/22/1975 – 12/13/1975 4 1
84 10 The Brain of Morbuis Robin Bland 1/3/1976 – 1/24/1976 4 1
85 11 The Seeds of Doom Robert Banks Stewart 1/31/1976 – 3/6/1976 6 2
86 12 The Masque of Mandragora Louis Marks 9/4/1976 – 9/25/1976 4 1
87 13 The Hand of Fear Bob Baker, Dave Martin 10/2/1976 – 10/23/1976 4 1
88 14 The Deadly Assasin Robert Holmes 10/30/1976 – 11/20/1976 4 1
89 15 The Face of Evil Chris Boucher 1/1/1977 – 1/22/1977 4 1
90 16 The Robots of Death Chris Boucher 1/29/1977 – 2/19/1977 4 1
91 17 The Talons of Weng-Chiang Robert Holmes 2/26/1977 – 4/2/1977 6 2
92 18 The Horror of Fang Rock Terrance Dicks 9/3/1977 – 9/24/1977 4 1
93 19 The Invisible Enemy Bob Baker, Dave Martin 10/1/1977 – 10/22/1977 4 1
94 20 Image of the Fendahl Chris Boucher 10/29/1977 – 11/19/1977 4 1
95 21 The Sunmakers Robert Holmes 11/26/1977 – 12/17/1977 4 1
96 22 Underworld Bob Baker, Dave Martin 1/7/1978 – 1/28/1978 4 1
97 23 The Invasion of Time David Agnew (Graham Williams, Anthony Read)** 2/4/1978 – 3/11/1978 6 2
98 24 The Robos Operation Robert Holmes 9/2/1978 – 9/23/1978 4 1
99 25 The Pirate Planet Douglas Adams 9/30/1978 – 10/21/1978 4 1
100 26 The Stones of Blood David Fisher 10/28/1978 – 11/18/1978 4 1
101 27 The Androids of Tara David Fisher 11/25/1978 – 12/16/1978 4 1
102 28 The Power of Kroll Robert Holmes 12/23/1978 – 1/13/1979 4 1
103 29 The Armageddon Factor Bob Baker, Dave Martin 1/20/1979 – 2/24/1979 6 1
104 30 Destiny of the Daleks Terry Nation 9/1/1979 – 9/22/1979 4 1
105 31 City of Death David Agnew (Douglas Adams) 9/29/1979 – 10/20/1979 4 2
106 32 The Creature from the Pit David Fisher 10/27/1979 – 11/17/1979 4 1
107 33 Nightmare of Eden Bob Baker 11/24/1979 – 12/15/1979 4 1
108 34 The Horns of Nimon Anthony Read 12/12/1979 – 1/12/1980 4 1
109 35 Shada Douglas Adams not broadcast 6 3
110 36 The Leisure Hive David Fisher 8/30/1980 – 9/20/1980 4 1
111 37 Meglos John Flanagan 9/27/1980 – 10/18/1980 4 1
112 38 Full Circle Andrew Smith 10/25/1980 – 11/15/1980 4 1
113 39 State of Decay Terrance Dicks 11/22/1980 – 12/13/1980 4 1
114 40 Warrior’s Gate Steve Gallagher 1/3/1981 – 1/24/1981 4 1
115 41 The Keeper of Traken Johnny Byrne 1/31/1981 – 2/21/1981 4 1
116 42 Logopolis Christopher H. Bidmead 2/28/1981 – 3/21/1981 4 1
Special Special K-9 and Co. – A Girl’s Best Friend Terence Dudley 12/28/1981 1 1
Peter Davison
117 1 Castrovalva Christopher H. Bidmead 1/4/1982 – 1/12/1982 4 1
118 2 Four to Doomsday Terence Dudley 1/18/1982 – 1/26/1982 4 1
119 3 Kinda Christopher Bailey 2/1/1982 – 2/9/1982 4 1
120 4 The Visitation Eric Saward 2/15/1982 – 2/23/2015 4 1
121 5 Black Orchid Terence Dudley 3/1/1982 – 3/2/1982 2 1
122 6 Earthshock Eric Saward 3/8/1982 – 3/16/1982 4 1
123 7 Time Flight Peter Grimwade 3/22/1982 – 3/30/1982 4 1
124 8 Arc of Infinity Johnny Byrne 1/3/1983 – 1/11/1983 4 1
125 9 Snakedance Christopher Bailey 1/17/1983 – 1/25/1983 4 1
126 10 Mawdryn Undead Peter Grimwade 2/1/1983 – 2/9/1983 4 1
127 11 Terminus Steve Gallagher 2/15/1983 – 2/23/1983 4 1
128 12 Enlightenment Barbara Clegg 3/1/1983 – 3/9/1983 4 2
129 13 The King’s Demons Terence Dudley 3/15/1983 – 3/16/1983 2 1
130 14 The Five Doctors Terrance Dicks 11/25/1983 1 1
131 15 Warriors of the Deep Johnny Byrne 1/5/1984 – 1/13/1984 4 1
132 16 The Awakening Eric Pringle 1/19/1984 – 1/20/1984 2 1
133 17 Frontios Christopher H. Bidmead 1/26/1984 – 2/3/1984 4 1
134 18 Resurrection of the Daleks Eric Saward 2/8/1984 – 2/15/1984 4 1
135 19 Planet of Fire Peter Grimwade 2/23/1984 – 3/2/1984 4 2
136 20 The Caves of Androzani Robert Holmes 3/8/1984 – 3/16/1984 4 1
Colin Baker
137 1 The Twin Dilemma Anthony Steven 3/22/1984 – 3/30/1984 4 1
138 2 Attack of the Cybermen Paula Moore 1/5/1985 – 1/12/1985 2 1
139 3 Vengeance on Varos Philip Martin 1/19/1985 – 1/26/1985 2 1
140 4 The Mark of the Rani Pip & Jane Baker 2/2/1985 – 2/9/1985 2 1
141 5 The Two Doctors Robert Holmes 2/16/1985 – 3/2/1985 3 2
142 6 Timelash Glen McCoy 3/9/1985 – 3/16/1985 2 1
143 7 Revelation / Daleks Eric Saward 3/23/1985 – 3/30/1985 2 1
144 8 The Mysterious Planet Robert Holmes 9/6/1986 – 9/27/1986 4 1
145 9 Mindwarp Philip Martin 10/4/1986 – 10/25/1986 4 1
146 10 Terror of the Vervoids Pip & Jane Baker 11/1/1986 – 11/22/1986 4 1
147 11 The Ultimate Foe Robert Holmes, Pip & Jane Baker 11/29/1986 – 12/6/1986 2 1
Sylvester McCoy
148 1 Time and the Rani Pip & Jane Baker 9/7/1987 – 9/28/1987 4 1
149 2 Paradise Towers Stephen Wyatt 10/5/1987 – 10/26/1987 4 1
150 3 Delta and the Bannermen Malcolm Kohll 11/2/1987 – 11/16/1987 3 1
151 4 Dragonfire Ian Briggs 11/23/1987 – 12/7/1987 3 1
152 5 Remembrance of the Daleks Ben Aaronovitch 10/5/1988 – 10/26/1988 4 1
153 6 The Happiness Patrol Graeme Curry 11/2/1988 – 11/16/1988 3 1
154 7 Silver Nemesis Kevin Clarke 11/23/1988 – 12/7/1988 3 1
155 8 The Greatest Show in the Galaxy Stephen Wyatt 12/14/1988 – 1/4/1989 4 1
156 9 Battlefield Ben Aaronovitch 9/6/1989 – 9/27/1989 4 2
157 10 Ghost Light Marc Platt 10/4/1989 – 10/18/1989 3 1
158 11 The Curse of Fenric Ian Briggs 10/25/1989 – 11/15/1989 4 2
159 12 Survival Rona Munro 11/22/1989 – 12/6/1989 3 2
160 Paul McGann
The (FOX) TV-Movie Matthew Jacobs 5/14/1996 (US), 5/27/1996 (UK) 1
Special Special The Scream of the Shalka Paul Cornell 11/13/2003 – 12/18/2003 6 2
Special Special The Night of the Doctor Steven Moffat 11/14/2013 1 1
Story # Ep. # Episode Title Episode Author Date Num. Eps. Num. Discs
Christopher Eccleston
Series 1
1 Rose Russell T. Davies 3/26/2005 (BBC 1)
2 The End of the World Russell T. Davies 4/2/2005
3 The Unquiet Dead Mark Gatiss 4/9/2005
4 Aliens of London Russell T. Davies 4/16/2005
5 World War Three Russell T. Davies 4/23/2005
6 Dalek Robert Shearman 4/30/2005
7 The Long Game Russell T. Davies 5/7/2005
8 Father’s Day Paul Cornell 5/14/2005
9 The Empty Child Steven Moffat 5/21/2005
10 The Doctor Dances Steven Moffat 5/28/2005
11 Boom Town Russell T. Davies 6/4/2005
12 Bad Wolf Russell T. Davies 6/11/2005
13 The Parting of the Ways Russell T. Davies 6/18/2005
David Tennant
Series 2
Special The Christmas Invasion Russell T. Davies 12/25/2005
1. New Earth Russell T. Davies 4/15/2006
2. Tooth and Claw Russell T. Davies 4/22/2006
3. School Reunion Toby Whithouse 4/29/2006
4. The Girl in the Fireplace Steven Moffat 5/6/2006
5. Rise of the Cybermen Tom MacRae 5/13/2006
6. The Age of Steel Tom MacRae 5/20/2006
7. The Idiot’s Lantern Mark Gatiss 5/27/2006
8. The Impossible Planet Matt Jones 6/3/2006
9. The Satan Pit Matt Jones 6/10/2006
10. Love and Monsters Russell T. Davies 6/17/2006
11. Fear Her Matthew Graham 6/24/2006
12. Army of Ghosts Russell T. Davies 7/1/2006
13. Doomsday Russell T. Davies 7/8/2006
Series 3
Special The Runaway Bride Russell T. Davies 12/25/2006
1. Smith and Jones Russell T. Davies 3/31/2007
2. The Shakespeare Code Gareth Roberts 4/7/2007
3. Gridlock Russell T. Davies 4/14/2007
4. Daleks in Manhatten Helen Raynor 4/21/2007
5. Evolution of the Daleks Helen Raynor 4/28/2007
6. The Lazarus Experiment Stephen Greenhorn 5/5/2007
7. 42 Chris Chibnall 5/19/2007
8. Human Nature Paul Cornell 5/26/2007
9. The Family of Blood Paul Cornell 6/2/2007
10. Blink Steven Moffat 6/9/2007
11. Utopia Russell T. Davies 6/16/2007
12. The Sound of Drums Russell T. Davies 6/23/2007
13. Last of the Time Lords Russell T. Davies 6/30/2007
Special The Infinite Quest Alan Barnes 4/2/2007 – 6/29/2007
Series 4
Special Voyage of the Damned Russell T. Davies 12/25/2007
1. Partners in Crime Russell T. Davies 4/5/2008
2. Fires of Pompeii James Moran 4/12/2008
3. The Planet of the Ood Keith Temple 4/12/2008
4. The Sontaran Stratagem Helen Raynor 4/26/2008
5. The Poison Sky Helen Raynor 5/3/2008
6. The Doctor’s Daughter Stephen Greenhorn 5/10/2008
7. The Unicorn and the Wasp Gareth Roberts 5/17/2008
8. Silence in the Library Steven Moffat 5/31/2008
9. Forest of the Dead Steven Moffat 6/7/2008
10. Midnight Russell T. Davies 6/14/2008
11 Turn Left Russell T. Davies 6/21/2008
12 This Stolen Earth Russell T. Davies 6/28/2008
13. Journey’s End Russell T. Davies 7/5/2008
The Specials (Series 4.5)
Special The Next Doctor Russell T. Davies 12/25/2008
Special Planet of the Dead Russell T. Davies & Gareth Roberts 4/11/2009
Special The Waters of Mars Russell T. Davies & Phil Ford 11/15/2009
Special The End of Time, Part 1 Russell T. Davies 12/25/2009
Special The End of Time, Part 2 Russell T. Davies 1/1/2009
Special Dreamland Phil Ford 11/21/2009 – 11/21/2009
Matt Smith
Series 5
1. The Eleventh Hour Steven Moffat 4/3/2010
2. The Beast Below Steven Moffat 4/10/2010
3. Victory of the Daleks Mark Gatiss 4/17/2010
4. The Time of Angels Steven Moffat 4/24/2010
5. Flesh and Stone Steven Moffat 5/1/2010
6. The Vampires of Venice Toby Whithouse 5/8/2010
7. Amy’s Choice Simon Nye 5/15/2010
8. The Hungry Earth Chris Chibnall 5/22/2010
9. Cold Blood Chris Chibnall 5/29/2010
10. Vincent and the Doctor Richard Curtis 6/5/2010
11. The Lodger Gareth Roberts 6/12/2010
12. The Pandorica Opens Steven Moffat 6/19/2010
13. The Big Bang Steven Moffat 6/26/2010
Special A Christmas Carol Steven Moffat 12/25/2010
Series 6
1. The Impossible Astronaut Steven Moffat 4/23/2011
2. Day of the Moon Steven Moffat 4/30/2011
3. Curse of the Black Spot Steve Thompson 5/7/2011
4. The Doctor’s Wife Neil Gaiman 5/14/2011
5. The Rebel Flesh Matthew Graham 5/21/2011
6. The Almost People Matthew Graham 5/28/2011
7. A Good Man Goes to War Steven Moffat 6/4/2011
8. Let’s Kill Hitler Steven Moffat 8/27/2011
9. Night Terrors Mark Gatiss 9/3/2011
10. The Girl Who Waited Tom MacRae 9/10/2011
11. The God Complex Toby Whithouse 9/17/2011
12. Closing Time Gareth Roberts 9/24/2011
13. The Wedding of River Song Steven Moffat 10/1/2011
Special The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe Steven Moffat 12/25/2011
Series 7
1. Asylum of the Daleks Steven Moffat 9/1/2012
2. Dinosaurs on a Spaceship Chris Chibnall 9/8/2012
3. A Town Called Mercy Toby Whithouse 9/15/2012
4. The Power of Three Chris Chibnall 9/22/2012
5. The Angels Take Manhatten Steven Moffat 9/29/2012
Special The Snowmen Steven Moffat 12/25/2012
6. The Bells of St. John Steven Moffat 3/30/2013
7. The Rings of Akhaten Neil Cross 4/6/2013
8. Cold War Mark Gatiss 4/13/2013
9. Hide Neil Cross 4/20/2013
10. Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS Steve Thompson 4/27/2013
11. The Crimson Horror Mark Gatiss 5/4/2013
12. Nightmare in Silver Neil Gaiman 5/11/2013
13. The Name of the Doctor Steven Moffat 5/18/2013
Special The Day of the Doctor Steven Moffat 11/23/2013
Special The Time of the Doctor Steven Moffat 12/25/2013
Peter Capaldi
Series 8
1. Deep Breath Steven Moffat 8/23/2014
2. Into the Dalek Phil Ford & Steven Moffat 8/30/2014
3. Robot of Sherwood Mark Gatiss 9/6/2014
4. Listen Steven Moffat 9/13/2014
5. Time Heist Stephen Thompson & Steven Moffat 9/20/2014
6. The Caretaker Gareth Roberts & Steven Moffat 9/27/2014
7. Kill the Moon Peter Harness 10/4/2014
8. Mummy on the Orient Express Jamie Mathieson 10/11/2014
9. Flatline Jamie Mathieson 10/18/2014
10. In the Forest of the Night Frank Cottrell Boyce 10/25/2014
11. Dark Water Steven Moffat 11/1/2014
12. Death in Heaven Steven Moffat 11/8/2014
Special Last Christmas Steven Moffat 12/25/2014
Series 9
1. The Magician’s Apprentice Steven Moffat 9/19/2015
2. The Witch’s Familiar Steven Moffat 9/26/2015
3. Under the Lake Toby Whithouse 10/3/2015
4. Before the Flood Toby Whithouse 10/10/2015
5. The Girl Who Died Jamie Mathieson, Steven Moffat 10/17/2015
6. The Women Who Lived Catherine Tregenna 10/24/2015
7. The Zygon Invasion Peter Harness 10/31/2015
8. The Zygon Inversion Peter Harness, Steven Moffat 11/7/2015
9. Sleep No More Mark Gatiss 11/15/2015

Note: Stories marked * are missing.
Note: Classic DW Titles, Authors, Dates, and Number of Episodes info from Doctor Who The Programme Guide by Jean-Marc Lofficier.
Note: David Agnew is a BBC Pseudonym. Per Paul Smith, and Script Editor Classic Doctor Who DVD Compendium “The Invasion of Time” was written by producer Graham Williams & script editor Anthony Read. The pseudonym was used for on-air titles due to BBC policy. (see p. 166)
Likewise, it is well-known Douglas Adams wrote “City of Death” and a pseudonym was slapped on the story by the BBC. (See Smith pp. 75-76).
Doctor Who: The Programme Guide, by Jean-Marc and Randy Lofficier (4th Ed.) used to check airdates for McCoy’s final season.
Airdates for the TV-Movie from Paul Smith, The Classic Doctor Who DVD Compendium, p. 204.
Authors for Season 8 from “Doctor Who Season 8: All Episode Titles, Writers & Directors Revealed” by Sandy Schaefer 8/18/2014 Screenrant.
Most New Series info (writers, dates) from the Doctor Who Wiki
Series 9 authors & airdates obtained by checking episodes, crosschecked with TARDIS wiki.

The Best Speeches from Doctor Who

Last Saturday’s episode of Doctor Who, “The Zygon Inversion”, featured an impassioned speech by the Doctor, played to perfection by Peter Capaldi. It was brilliant and had a Shakespearean quality to it. Afterwards Twitter just exploded with comments about the episode, the speech, and Capaldi – and comments about other great speeches from Doctor Who. This post is a collection of some of the best speeches from Doctor Who, roughly one per Doctor. I have no desire to do a “top ten” style list, so they are presented in reverse chronological order, newest to oldest, with youTube clips where I can find them.

12 – Peter Capaldi – Zygon Inversion,
written by Peter Harness & Steven Moffat, BBC 2015

“You just want cruelty to beget cruelty. You’re not superior to people who were cruel to you.  You’re just a whole bunch of new cruel people. A whole bunch of new cruel people being cruel to some other people who will end-up being cruel to you. The only way anyone can live in peace is if they are prepared to forgive. Why don’t you break the cycle?” – The Doctor
“Why should we?” – Bonnie
“What is it that you actually want?” – The Doctor
“War.” – Bonnie
“Ah. And when this war is over? When you have a homeland free from humans. What do you think it’s going to be like? Do you know? Have you thought about it? Have you given it any consideration? Because you’re very close to getting what you want. What’s it going to be like? Paint me a picture. Are you going to live in houses? Do you want people to go to work? Will there be holidays? Oh. Will there be music? Do you think people will be allowed to play violins? Who’s going to make the violins? Well? Oh, you don’t actually know do you? Because like every single tantruming child in history, Bonnie, you don’t actually know what you want. So let me ask you a question about this Brave New World of yours. When you’ve killed all the bad guys, and when it’s all perfect, and just, and fair, when you have finally got it exactly the way you want it. What are you going to do with the people like you? The troublemakers. How are you going to protect your Glorious Revolution from the next one?” – The Doctor
“We’ll win.” – Bonnie
“Oh, will you? Well, maybe. Maybe you will win. but nobody wins for long. The wheel just keeps turning. So, come on, break the cycle.” – The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), “The Zygon Inversion”, BBC 2015

“You set this up, why?” – Kate
“Because it’s not a game, Kate. This is a scale model of  war! Every war ever fought right there in front of you! Because its always the same, when you fire that first shot. No matter how right you feel, you have no idea who’s going to die! You don’t know who’s children are going to scream and burn! How many hearts will be broken! How many lives shattered! How much blood will spill until everybody does what they were always going to have to do from the very beginning – sit down and talk!” – the Doctor

“You’re all the same, you screaming kids, you know that? ‘Look at me, I’m unforgivable’, well, here’s the unforeseeable – I forgive you! After all you’ve done – I forgive you!” – The Doctor
“You don’t understand! You will never understand!” – Bonnie
“I don’t understand? Are you kidding? Me? Of course, I understand. I mean, you call this a war? This funny little thing? This is not a war! I fought in a bigger war than you will ever know. I did worse things than you could ever imagine! And when I close my eyes… I hear more screams than anyone would ever be able to count. And do you know what you do with all that pain? Shall I tell you where to put it? You hold it tight… until it burns your hand. And you say this! No one else will ever have to live like this. No one else will ever have to feel this pain. Not on my watch.” – The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), “The Zygon Inversion”, BBC 2015

11 – Matt Smith – Pandorica “The Pandorica Opens”,
written by Steven Moffat, BBC 2010

“Hello, Stonehedge! Who takes the Pandorica takes the universe. But bad news, everyone…Cos guess who? Ha! listen, you lot, you’re all whizzing about, it’s really very distracting. Could you all stay still a minute? Because I…am…talking! Now, the question of the hour is, Who’s got the Pandorica? Answer – I do. Next question, Who’s coming to take it from me? Come on! Look at me, no plan, no backup, no weapons worth a damn. Oh, and something else, I don’t have… anything to lose! So, if you’re sitting up there in your silly little spaceship, with all your silly little guns, and you’ve got any plans on taking the Pandorica tonight, just remember who’s standing in your way. Remember every black day I ever stopped you. And then, and then, do the smart thing. Let somebody else try first.” – the Doctor (Matt Smith)

10 – David Tennant, “Voyage of the Damned”,
written by Russell T. Davies, BBC 2007

“Wait a minute, who put you in charge?  And who the hell are you anyway?” – Pickton Slade
“I’m the Doctor.  I’m a Time Lord.  I’m from the planet Gallifrey, in the constellation of Kasterborous.  I’m 903 years old, and I’m the man who’s going to save your lives and all six billion people on the planet below.  You have a problem with that?” – The Doctor (David Tennant)
“No.” – Pickton Slade

9 – Christopher Eccleston, “Rose”,
written by Russell T. Davies, BBC 2005

“Really though Doctor,  tell me, Who are you?” – Rose
“You know like we were saying, about the Earth revolving?  It’s like when you’re a kid, the first time they tell you that the world’s turning, and you just can’t believe it, ’cause everything looks like it’s standing still.  I can feel it (takes Rose’s hand) the turn of the Earth.  The ground beneath our feet is spinnin’ at 1000 miles an hour, and the entire planet is hurling around the Sun at 67,000 miles an hour, and I can feel it.  We’re falling through space you and me – clinging to the skin of this tiny little world and if we let go… (pause) That’s who I am.  Now forget me, Rose Tyler.  Go home.” – The Doctor (Christopher Eccleston)

Comment vid – it was the best I could find.

7 – Sylvester McCoy, “Survival”,
written by Rona Munro, BBC 1989

“There are worlds out there where the sky is burning, where the sea’s asleep and the rivers dream.  People made of smoke and cities made of song.  Somewhere there’s danger, somewhere there’s injustice, somewhere else the tea is getting cold.  Come on, Ace, we’ve got work to do.” –the Doctor (Sylvester McCoy)

6 – Colin Baker, “The Ultimate Foe”
Written by Robert Holmes and Pip & Jane Baker, BBC 1986

“In all my travelings throughout the universe I have battled against evil, against power-mad conspirators.  I should have stayed here.  The oldest civilisation… Dedecant, degenerate, and rotten to the core… Power-mad conspirators, Daleks, Sontarans, Cybermen– they’re still in the nursery compared to us.  Ten million years of absolute power– that’s what it takes to be really corrupt!” –the Doctor (Colin Baker), “Trial of a Time Lord – The Ultimate Foe”

5 Peter Davison, “Earthshock”,
written by Eric Saward, BBC 1983

“They [emotions] also enhance life–when did you last have the pleasure of smelling a flower, watching a sunset, eating a well-prepared meal?” –The Doctor (Davison)
“These things are irrelevant.” The Cyber-leader
“For some people, small, beautiful events is what life is all about.” The Doctor in response, (Peter Davison)

4 Tom Baker, “Genesis of the Daleks”,
written by Terry Nation, BBC 1975

“Well, What are you waiting for?”  –Sarah Jane
“Just touch these two strands together and the Daleks are finished.  Have I the right?” The Doctor
“To destroy the Daleks, you can’t doubt it?” –Sarah
“But I do. You see, some things could be better with the Daleks.  Many Future Worlds will become allies just because of their fear of the Daleks.”  –The Doctor
“It isn’t like that!” –Sarah (Elisabeth Sladen)
“But the final responsibility is mine, and mine alone. Listen, if someone who knew the future, pointed out a child to you and told you that child would grow up totally evil, to be a ruthless dicator, who would destroy millions of lives. Could you then kill that child?” –The Doctor
“We’re talking about the Daleks, the most evil creatures ever invented, you must destroy them! You must complete your mission for the Time Lords!” – Sarah Jane
“Do I have the right? Simply touch one wire against the other and that’s it, the Daleks cease to exist. Hundreds of millions of people, thousands of generations can live without fear, in peace, and never even know the word ‘Dalek’.” – The Doctor
“Then why wait? If it was a disease, or some sort of bacteria you were destroying you wouldn’t hesitate.”
“But if I kill, wipe out a whole intelligent life form, then I become like them, I’d be no better than the Daleks.” The Doctor (Tom Baker)

4  Tom Baker, “The Ark in Space”,
Written by Robert Holmes, BBC 1975

“Homo Sapiens! What an inventive, invincible species.  It’s only a few millions years since they’ve crawled out of  the mud and learned to walk.  Puny, defenseless, bipeds.  They’ve survived flood, famine and plague, they’ve survived cosmic wars and holocausts, and now here they are, out among the stars, waiting to begin a new life, ready to outsit eternity.  They’re indomitable!  Indomitable!” –The Doctor (Tom Baker)

3  Jon Pertwee, Planet of the Daleks,
Written by Terry Nation, BBC 1973

“You know, what you did back there, leading the searchers away from us was very couragous.” – The Doctor
“I just didn’t give myself time to think.  If I had I certainly wouldn’t have taken the risk.” – Thal Scientist Codal
“I think your doing yourself rather an injustice there. If you hadn’t acted the way you did – we’ve all been captured. They give medals for that sort of bravery.” – The Doctor
“Bravery? I’ve been terrified ever since I landed on this planet. It’s different for Taren and Vabor – they’re professionals. They’ve seen action before.” – Thal Scientist Codal
“And do you think they’re any less brave because of that?” – The Doctor
“They know how to deal with fear. They’re used to living close to death. I’m not. I’m a scientist not an adventurer.”  – Thal Scientist Codal
“Well, forgive me if I’m wrong, but weren’t you a volunteer?” – The Doctor
“Yes.” – Thal Scientist Codal
“Well, you must have known what you were getting  into.” – The Doctor
“No. None of us did. We’re not a war-like people, Doctor. We’ve only just developed space flight. No one attempted a voyage of this length before. But every man and woman from my division volunteered. Over 600 of them, you see, I didn’t even have the courage to be the odd man out.” – Thal Scientist Codal

[The Doctor chuckles]

“What are you laughing at?” – Thal Scientist Codal
“You my friend. You may be a very brilliant scientist, but you have very little understanding of people, particularly yourself. Courage isn’t just a matter of not being frightened, you know.” – The Doctor
“What is it, then?” – Thal Scientist Codal
“It’s being afraid and doing what you have to do anyway.” – The Doctor (Jon Pertwee)

2 Patrick Troughton – “The Moonbase”,
Written by Kit Pedler, BBC 1967

“Evil is what I meant. There are some corners of the universe which have bred the most terrible things. Things which act against everything that we believe in. They must be fought.” – The Doctor (Patrick Troughton), “The Moonbase”, BBC 1967 (written by Kit Pedler)

2 Patrick Troughton – “The War Games”,
Written by Malcolm Hulke and Terrance Dicks, BBC 1969

“You asked me to justify my actions, I am doing so. Let me show you the Ice Warriors, cruel Martian invaders, they tried to conquer the Earth, too. So did the Cybermen, half creature, half machine. but, worst of all, were the Daleks, a pityless race of conquerers exterminating all who came up against them. All these evils I have fought, while you have done nothing but observe. True, I am guilty of interference, just as you are guilty of failing to use your great powers to help those in need!” – The Doctor (Patrick Troughton)

1 – William Hartnell, “An Unearthly Child”,
written by Anthony Coburn

“I tolerate this century but I don’t enjoy it. Have you ever thought what it’s like to be wanderers in the fourth dimension? Have you? To be exiles. Susan and I are cut off from our own planet, without friends or protection. But one day we shall go back. Yes, one day. One day.” “An Unearthly Child”, BBC 1963

And finally as an Honorable Mention, because it is a quote about the Doctor but not said by him.

The Family of Blood, Written by Paul Cornell (based on his original Doctor Who novel, Human Nature, published in the New Adventures series by Virgin Publishing), BBC 2007
“Because it [the watch] was waiting. Then because I was so scared of the Doctor.” – Timothy Latimer
“Why?” – Joan
“Because, I’ve seen him. He’s like fire and ice and rage. He’s like the night and the storm and the heart of the sun.” – Latimer
“Stop it.” – John Smith
“He’s ancient and forever. He burns at the center of time, and he can see the turn of the universe.” – Latimer
“Stop it. I said, stop it.” – John Smith (David Tennant)
“And he’s wonderful.” – Tim Latimer (Thomas Sangster)

All speeches and dialogue hand-transcribed by me. Authors and dates from Doctor Who – The Programme Guide by Jean-Marc Lofficier Second and Fourth editions for Classic Who, and from The TARDIS Wikia for New Who. Yes, I realize Paul McGann is missing – I hope to get something from one of the Big Finish audios or the BBC Books Eighth Doctor Adventures at some point. I do really like McGann’s Doctor.

This is why I love Doctor Who so much – it is so wonderfully written, and acted, and brilliant, and diverse. What are your favorite speeches from Doctor Who?

Doctor Who – Complete Episode List Including Missing Episodes

Doctor Who is the World’s Longest Running science fiction program. It’s also one of the longest-running scripted dramas in the world. But, at some point in the series’s history, the BBC decided to clear out space in their vaults, and many older programs, including Doctor Who were junked or destroyed.  Within a few years the BBC realized their mistake, and began a world-wide search for older, missing, stories. The recovery of “The Web of Fear” and “Enemy of the World” was well-publicized. However, some stories from the Hartnell and Troughton Eras are still missing.  This table lists all Doctor Who stories in original air order, with the missing episodes noted.  Of special note, “The Underwater Menace” was at one point scheduled for release, with the still-missing episodes to be restored using animation and the original sound track. That rumored (aided by a “coming soon” notation on Amazon dot com) release still has not appeared. Stories not marked “Missing” are available on DVD, though some may be out of print.  For more information on the efforts to restore Doctor Who, go to the Doctor Who Restoration Team website. For a fun music video of every Doctor Who Story, See Babelcolour‘s videos on youTube. Direct link to the 50th Anniversary Edition.

And for more information on Classic Doctor Who in book form, the two most useful factual books are:

The Doctor Who Programme Guide by Jean-Marc Lofficier (4th Edition also by Randy Lofficier, Mystery Writers of America Presents an imprint of iUniverse, Inc. 2003; original versions published by W.H. Allen & Co. PLC and Virgin Publishing, Ltd.)


Classic Doctor Who DVD Compendium Every Disc, Every Episode, Every Extra compiled by Paul Smith, Wonderful Books, London, 2014.

Both are extremely useful and highly recommended as reference books.

Story # Ep. # Ep. Title Num. Eps. Comment
William Hartnell
1 1 An Unearthly Child 4
2 2 The Daleks 7
3 3 The Edge of Destruction 2
4 4 Macro Polo 7 MISSING
5 5 The Keys of Marinus 6
6 6 The Aztecs 4
7 7 The Sensorites 6
8 8 The Reign of Terror 6
9 9 Planet of the Giants 3
10 10 Dalek Invasion of Earth 6
11 11 The Rescue 2
12 12 The Romans 4
13 13 The Web Planet 6
14 14 The Crusade 4 MISSING
15 15 The Space Museum 4
16 16 The Chase 6
17 17 The Time Meddler 4
18 18 Galaxy Four 4 MISSING
19 19 Mission to the Unknown 1 Missing, Prequel to #21 below
20 20 The Myth Makers 4 MISSING
21 21 The Daleks Master Plan 12 MISSING
22 22 The Massacre of St. Bartholomew’s Eve 4 MISSING
23 23 The Ark 4
24 24 The Celestial Toymaker 4 MISSING
25 25 The Gunfighters 4
26 26 The Savages 4 MISSING
27 27 The War Machines 4
28 28 The Smugglers 4 MISSING
29 29 The Tenth Planet 4
Patrick Troughton
30 1 The Power of the Daleks 6 MISSING
31 2 The Highlanders 4 MISSING
32 3 The Underwater Menace 4 MISSING
33 4 The Moonbase 4
34 5 The Macra Terror 4 MISSING
35 6 The Faceless Ones 6 MISSING
36 7 The Evil of the Daleks 7 MISSING
37 8 Tomb of the Cybermen 4
38 9 The Abominable Snowmen 6
39 10 The Ice Warriors 6
40 11 The Enemy of the World 6
41 12 The Web of Fear 6
42 13 Fury from the Deep 6 MISSING
43 14 The Wheel in Space 6 MISSING
44 15 The Dominators 5
45 16 The Mind Robber 5
46 17 The Invasion 8
47 18 The Krotons 4
48 19 The Seeds of Death 6
49 20 The Space Pirates 6 MISSING
50 21 The War Games 10
Jon Pertwee
51 1 Spearhead from Space 4
52 2 The Silurians 7
53 3 The Ambassadors of Death 7
54 4 Inferno 7
55 5 Terror of the Autons 4
56 6 The Mind of Evil 6
57 7 The Claws of Axos 4
58 8 Colony in Space 6
59 9 The Daemons 5
60 10 Day of the Daleks 4
61 11 The Curse of Peladon 4
62 12 The Sea Devils 6
63 13 The Mutants 6
64 14 The Time Monster 6
65 15 The Three Doctors 4
66 16 Carnival of Monsters 4
67 17 Frontier in Space 6
68 18 Planet of the Daleks 6
69 19 The Green Death 6
70 20 The Time Warrior 4
71 21 Invasion of the Dinosaurs 6
72 22 Death to the Daleks 4
73 23 The Monster of Peladon 6
74 24 Planet of the Spiders 6
Tom Baker
75 1 Robot 4
76 2 The Ark in Space 4
77 3 The Sontaran Experiment 2
78 4 Genesis of the Daleks 6
79 5 Revenge of the Cybermen 4
80 6 Terror of the Zygons 4
81 7 Planet of Evil 4
82 8 Pyramids of Mars 4
83 9 The Android Invasion 4
84 10 The Brain of Morbuis 4
85 11 The Seeds of Doom 6
86 12 The Masque of Mandragora 4
87 13 The Hand of Fear 4
88 14 The Deadly Assasin 4
89 15 The Face of Evil 4
90 16 The Robots of Death 4
91 17 The Talons of Weng-Chiang 6
92 18 The Horror of Fang Rock 4
93 19 The Invisible Enemy 4
94 20 Image of the Fendahl 4
95 21 The Sunmakers 4
96 22 Underworld 4
97 23 The Invasion of Time 6
98 24 The Robos Operation 4
99 25 The Pirate Planet 4
100 26 The Stones of Blood 4
101 27 The Androids of Tara 4
102 28 The Power of Kroll 4
103 29 The Armageddon Factor 6
104 30 Destiny of the Daleks 4
105 31 City of Death 4
106 32 The Creature from the Pit 4
107 33 Nightmare of Eden 4
108 34 The Horns of Nimon 4
109 35 Shada / 30 Years in the TARDIS 6
110 36 The Leisure Hive 4
111 37 Meglos 4
112 38 Full Circle 4
113 39 State of Decay 4
114 40 Warrior’s Gate 4
115 41 The Keeper of Traken 4
116 42 Logopolis 4
Special Special K-9 and Co. – A Girl’s Best Friend 1
Peter Davison
117 1 Castrovalva 4
118 2 Four to Doomsday 4
119 3 Kinda 4
120 4 The Visitation 4
121 5 Black Orchid 2
122 6 Earthshock 4
123 7 Time Flight 4
124 8 Arc of Infinity 4
125 9 Snakedance 4
126 10 Mawdryn Undead 4
127 11 Terminus 4
128 12 Enlightenment 4
129 13 The King’s Demons 2
130 14 The Five Doctors 1
131 15 Warriors of the Deep 4
132 16 The Awakening 2
133 17 Frontios 4
134 18 Resurrection of the Daleks 4
135 19 Planet of Fire 4
136 20 The Caves of Androzani 4
Colin Baker
137 1 The Twin Dilemma 4
138 2 Attack of the Cybermen 2
139 3 Vengeance on Varos 2
140 4 The Mark of the Rani 2
141 5 The Two Doctors 3
142 6 Timelash 2
143 7 Revelation of the Daleks 2
144 8 The Mysterious Planet 4
145 9 Mindwarp 4
146 10 Terror of the Vervoids 4
147 11 The Ultimate Foe 2
Sylvester McCoy
148 1 Time and the Rani 4
149 2 Paradise Towers 4
150 3 Delta and the Bannermen 3
151 4 Dragonfire 3
152 5 Remembrance of the Daleks 4
153 6 The Happiness Patrol 3
154 7 Silver Nemesis 3
155 8 The Greatest Show in the Galaxy 4
156 9 Battlefield 4
157 10 Ghost Light 3
158 11 The Curse of Fenric 4
159 12 Survival 3
Paul McGann
160 The (FOX) TV-Movie 1
Animated Special The Scream of the Shalka 6 15-min. eps.
Christopher Eccleston
Series 1
161 1 Rose
162 2 The End of the World
163 3 The Unquiet Dead
164 4 Aliens of London
165 5 World War Three
166 6 Dalek
167 7 The Long Game
168 8 Father’s Day
169 9 The Empty Child
170 10 The Doctor Dances
171 11 Boom Town
172 12 Bad Wolf
173 13 The Parting of the Ways
David Tennant
Series 2
174 Special The Christmas Invasion
175 1. New Earth
176 2. Tooth and Claw
177 3. School Reunion
178 4. The Girl in the Fireplace
179 5. Rise of the Cybermen
180 6. The Age of Steel
181 7. The Idiot’s Lantern
182 8. The Impossible Planet
183 9. The Satan Pit
184 10. Love and Monsters
185 11. Fear Her
186 12. Army of Ghosts
187 13. Doomsday
Series 3
188 Special The Runaway Bride
189 1. Smith and Jones
190 2. The Shakespeare Code
191 3. Gridlock
192 4. Daleks in Manhatten
193 5. Evolution of the Daleks
194 6. The Lazarus Experiment
195 7. 42
196 8. Human Nature
197 9. The Family of Blood
198 10. Blink
199 11. Utopia
200 12. The Sound of Drums
201 13. Last of the Time Lords
Animated Special The Infinite Quest
Series 4
202 Special Voyage of the Damned
203 1. Partners in Crime
204 2. Fires of Pompeii
205 3. The Planet of the Ood
206 4. The Sontaran Stratagem
207 5. The Poison Sky
208 6. The Doctor’s Daughter
209 7. The Unicorn and the Wasp
210 8. Silence in the Library
211 9. Forest of the Dead
212 10. Midnight
213 11 Turn Left
214 12 This Stolen Earth
215 13. Journey’s End
The Specials (Series 4.5)
216 Special The Next Doctor
217 Special Planet of the Dead
218 Special The Waters of Mars
219 Special The End of Time, Part 1
220 Special The End of Time, Part 2
Animated Special Dreamland 1
Matt Smith
Series 5
221 1. The Eleventh Hour
222 2. The Beast Below
223 3. Victory of the Daleks
224 4. The Time of Angels
225 5. Flesh and Stone
226 6. The Vampires of Venice
227 7. Amy’s Choice
228 8. The Hungry Earth
229 9. Cold Blood
230 10. Vincent and the Doctor
231 11. The Lodger
232 12. The Pandorica Opens
233 13. The Big Bang
234 Special A Christmas Carol
Series 6
235 1. The Impossible Astronaut
236 2. Day of the Moon
237 3. Curse of the Black Spot
238 4. The Doctor’s Wife
239 5. The Rebel Flesh
240 6. The Almost People
241 7. A Good Man Goes to War
242 8. Let’s Kill Hitler
243 9. Night Terrors
244 10. The Girl Who Waited
245 11. The God Complex
246 12. Closing Time
247 13. The Wedding of River Song
248 Special The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe
Series 7
249 1. Asylum of the Daleks
250 2. Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
251 3. A Town Called Mercy
252 4. The Power of Three
253 5. The Angels Take Manhatten
254 Special The Snowmen
255 6. The Bells of St. John
256 7. The Rings of Akhaten
257 8. Cold War
258 9. Hide
259260 10. Journey to the Center of the TARDIS
261 11. The Crimson Horror
262 12. Nightmare in Silver
263 13. The Name of the Doctor
264 Special The Day of the Doctor 50th Anniversary Special
265 Special The Time of the Doctor
Peter Capaldi
Series 8
266 1. Deep Breath
267 2. Into the Dalek
268 3. Robot of Sherwood
269 4. Listen
270 5. Time Heist
271 6. The Caretaker
272 7. Kill the Moon
273 8. Mummy on the Orient Express
274 9. Flatline
275 10. In the Forest of the Night
276 11. Dark Water
277 12. Death in Heaven
278 Special Last Christmas

Classic Doctor Who DVD Recs – The Third Doctor

This post consists of my recommendations for Jon Pertwee, the Third Doctor, find recommendations for other Classic Doctors by following the links below.

Doctor Who reinvented itself with the appointment of Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor. Forced to regenerate by the Time Lords, the Doctor is stranded on Earth with a non-working TARDIS and his knowledge of time travel is also taken from him. The Doctor becomes the Scientific Advisor to UNIT (the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce), and works closely with Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, Captain Mike Yates, and Sgt. Benton. The Doctor gains a regular adversary as well, in the Master – a Time Lord set on conquering Earth (Played brilliantly by Roger Delgado). These Earth-based stories meant a bigger budget (since it was no longer required to build alien planets as sets) and frequently moved the show outside (hello rock quarries, stately manor houses, and quaint English villages). The show was also filmed/video-taped completely in color for the first time.

When I originally saw the Jon Pertwee stories, some of them I saw in black and white not color – these were 16mm film prints which the BBC sent for overseas viewing of the show. Though some of the color negatives of episodes were missing – all of Jon Pertwee’s stories exist as at least these 16mm prints. The Doctor Who Restoration Team were able to use the prints to restore Pertwee’s stories. Many of the color prints were also found, and it was the color stories that were released on DVD. In a very few cases where only a 16 mm black and white print existed, colorization techniques were used to re-create the original color versions of the episodes. Please see The Doctor Who Restoration Team website for more detail, or Paul Smith’s excellent book, Classic Doctor Who DVD Compendium.

By Jon Pertwee’s third season, the Doctor was traveling in Time and Space again, at the direct request of the Time Lords, and after “The Three Doctors” (opening Pertwee’s Fourth Season) his knowledge of time and space travel was officially given back to him and his TARDIS restored to working order (or at least as working as one might expect.)

And now on to the recs.


Consisting of two Jon Pertwee stories and one Peter Davison story, Beneath the Surface collects all the stories featuring the Silurians and Sea Devils. The DVD snap cases do pull out of the cardboard slip case, though, so you can shelve them chronologically.



The interesting thing about the Silurians (other than it being the only story where “Doctor Who” is part of the official story title) is it’s not a story about a rampaging monster that destroys “just because”, nor is it the typical mad dictator or mad scientist plot. The Silurians have their own intelligent civilization that existed before humans ever evolved. They hid away when they expected a ecological disaster to destroy their planet (well, for several thousand years) and expected to wake up after the planet had recovered naturally. However, they’ve long overslept and are awaken by atomic researchers near their cave. The Doctor attempts to negotiate a peace between the intelligent Silurians and the Humans – but warriors on both sides interfere with his plans, and in the end… Well, the Silurians are one of the most genuinely sad creatures in the Doctor Who universe. Though parts of this story are a bit slow, it’s well worth having and watching. A quick glance at shows this is available both in the set and separately.


This is one of my favorite Jon Pertwee stories. The Doctor is messing with the TARDIS council and sends himself to an alternate dimension, where the Brigadier and Liz Shaw serve a dictatorship. In the alternate reality, they monitor a drilling project to obtain energy from the Earth’s mantle. Although the Doctor tries to stop the project, he is unsuccessful – and the alternate world is destroyed. Returning to his reality – the Doctor discovers, to his horror, a similar project and must try to stop it. Although the story is long (7 parts), it’s brilliantly played, especially Nicholas Courtney as the “Brigade Leader”.


After choosing this story I thought about going back and choosing Terror of the Autons instead, but I think Mind of Evil, Delgado’s second story is over all better. The Master shows up at a prison for the criminally insane with the “Keller Machine” a device that is supposed to remove criminal impulses from the inmates – so they can rehabilitated. The Keller Machine hosts a Mind Parasite. Meanwhile, the military is in the midst of dumping an illegal nerve gas missile and nearby a peace conference is going on. The Master incites a riot at the prison, steals the missile and threatens to use it against the peace conference. This story has some of the most complex action sequences in Doctor Who – with actual army officers storming the prison. That alone sets it apart.



The Daemons is a wonderful story, simply wonderful. The entire cast, including the Brigadier and the Master are in top form. The plot involves weird goings on at a small English village, and a race of beings who basically use magic (harnessing energy in advanced ways). It’s just a great story and definitely a Classic story to have in your collection.

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This story is included in the Beneath the Surface boxset, but can be purchased separately. The Master works with the Silurians’ aquatic cousins, the Sea Devils, to sink commercial and naval vessels, and the Doctor and Jo, as well as UNIT must stop them. There’s a lot of action, plenty of great dialogue, and a great guest cast. It’s always been a favorite.


The Three Doctors celebrates the program’s tenth anniversary and reunites William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, and Jon Pertwee in a mission given to them directly from the Time Lords to stop Omega – another Time Lord. Once a great stellar engineer, who harnessed the power of the Eye of Harmony to give the Time Lords their power over time, he was trapped in an anti-matter universe. He’s gone power-mad and it will take all three versions of the Doctor to stop him. As a reward for his work, the Time Lords restore the Doctor’s knowledge of time and space travel and give him the needed working components of his TARDIS.


Frontier in Space is another story that isn’t about rampaging monsters – it’s about diplomacy. The Doctor and Jo materialize in the TARDIS on a alien spaceship that is supposed to be hosting a peace conference between the warring Earth Empire and Draconia. However, they discover that the Master is also on the ship – using a hypnotic device to cause the Draconians to see his Ogron henchmen as humans and the Humans to see the Ogrons as Draconians. Basically, the Master is just messing with everyone in this episode. What I like about the story is that Jo – sweet, nice, innocent, Jo Grant really grows up in this episode and she kicks ass. Jo defeats the Master’s attempt to hypnotize her by mentally reciting nursery rhymes, she rescues the Doctor more than once, and she’s actually the one that helps the Doctor figure out exactly what the Master is up to – because the Master’s device causes her to see the Ogrons as a Drashig. Since I’ve always liked Jo, this story is special to me because it’s great to see her come into her own.


The Green Death is Jo’s last story. The plot involves chemical waste killing miners in a Welsh village, mutant giant bugs, maggots, and et cetera, a giant corporation ruled by an evil computer called B.O.S.S., and a group of activists. Least you think that might be either too preachy or too silly – the cast, especially Nicholas Courtney, Katy Manning, Jon Pertwee, and the guest cast really make the plot work. There are just some wonderful moments in this story.


This story introduces the Sontarians, another classic monster who will appear several times in the Classic series and will be brought back in the new series. It also introduces Sarah Jane Smith, arguably one of the most popular companions ever in Doctor Who. Here Sarah appears at her feminist best. Sarah, an independent reporter, sneaks into the TARDIS and is transported back to Medieval times, where she and the Doctor confront Linx, Sontarian warrior who’s crashed nearby.


Jon Pertwee’s last story has a wonderful bittersweet quality to it, and the storyline brings in some unusual influences. I really like the Blue Crystals – which show up again in the Davison episodes Kinda and Snakedance. That the spiders are not the best effects is a given, but it’s still a great story and highly recommended.

There you have it ten recommendations from the Pertwee era. What Jon Pertwee stories do you recommend? Feel free to answer in the comments. Tune in tomorrow for more classic Doctor Who recommendations.