Doctor Who (season 6)
The sixth season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 10 August 1968 with the first story of season 6 The Dominators and ended Patrick Troughton's reign as the Doctor with its final story The War Games. Only 37 out of 44 episodes are held in the BBC archives; 7 remain missing. As a result, 2 serials are incomplete.
|Doctor Who (season 6)|
Cover art of the Region 2 DVD release for first serial of the season
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of stories||7|
|No. of episodes||44 (7 missing)|
|Original network||BBC One|
|Original release||10 August 1968 –|
21 June 1969
Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury make their final appearances as the Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon and Zoe Heriot respectively. Troughton and his fellow actors collectively decided that the workload of Doctor Who was exhausting them, and that they would soon depart from the show. From Season 7 onwards the show would never have such a high number of episodes again. The three actors remained with the show until the conclusion of the final season six serial The War Games.
Nicholas Courtney reappears as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart in The Invasion, last seen (as a Colonel) in The Web of Fear. He would soon make regular appearances in the program beginning with season 7's Spearhead from Space.
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.
Season 6 is the most complete of all the Second Doctor's seasons, with only seven episodes missing (compared with twenty-eight from Season 4 and eighteen from Season 5), none of the season's stories missing in their entirety and only two stories (The Invasion and The Space Pirates) incomplete. This compares to the first two seasons of the Second Doctor from which only two complete serials (The Tomb of the Cybermen and The Enemy of the World) survive. The missing two episodes of The Invasion have since been reconstructed using animation and released on DVD.
The War Games, which was the final serial of the season, and the last of Patrick Troughton's tenure as the Doctor, was also the second longest serial up to that point, spanning 10 episodes – only the 12-part serial The Daleks' Master Plan from Season 3 was longer.
The Dominators and The Mind Robber were both produced at the end of the fifth recording block and held over to Season 6.
|Story||Serial||Serial title||Episode titles||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|44||1||The Dominators||"Episode 1"||Morris Barry||Norman Ashby (Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln)||10 August 1968||TT||6.1||52|
|"Episode 2"||Morris Barry||Norman Ashby (Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln)||17 August 1968||TT||5.9||55|
|[Episode 3][note 1]||Morris Barry||Norman Ashby (Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln)||24 August 1968||TT||5.4||55|
|"Episode 4"||Morris Barry||Norman Ashby (Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln)||31 August 1968||TT||7.5||51|
|"Episode 5"||Morris Barry||Norman Ashby (Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln)||7 September 1968||TT||5.9||53|
|Arriving on an irradiated island, The Doctor, Jamie and new companion Zoe Heriot find an alien craft bearing the imperious and ruthless Dominators.|
|45||2||The Mind Robber||"Episode 1"||David Maloney||Derrick Sherwin||14 September 1968||UU||6.6||51|
|"Episode 2"||David Maloney||Peter Ling||21 September 1968||UU||6.5||49|
|"Episode 3"||David Maloney||Peter Ling||28 September 1968||UU||7.2||53|
|"Episode 4"||David Maloney||Peter Ling||5 October 1968||UU||7.3||56|
|"Episode 5"||David Maloney||Peter Ling||12 October 1968||UU||6.7||49|
|By blowing a fluid link, the Doctor is forced to use the emergency unit to take the TARDIS away from danger and indeed out of reality itself: to the Land of Fiction. Here, he meets fictional characters, such as Rapunzel, Lemuel Gulliver and Medusa.|
|46||3||The Invasion||"Episode One"†||Douglas Camfield||Derrick Sherwin and Kit Pedler (story)||2 November 1968||VV||7.3||55|
|"Episode "Two"||Douglas Camfield||Derrick Sherwin and Kit Pedler (story)||9 November 1968||VV||7.1||53|
|"Episode Three"||Douglas Camfield||Derrick Sherwin and Kit Pedler (story)||16 November 1968||VV||7.1||54|
|"Episode "Four"†||Douglas Camfield||Derrick Sherwin and Kit Pedler (story)||23 November 1968||VV||6.4||51|
|"Episode Five"||Douglas Camfield||Derrick Sherwin and Kit Pedler (story)||30 November 1968||VV||6.7||52|
|"Episode Six"||Douglas Camfield||Derrick Sherwin and Kit Pedler (story)||7 December 1968||VV||6.5||56|
|"Episode Seven"||Douglas Camfield||Derrick Sherwin and Kit Pedler (story)||14 December 1968||VV||7.2||55|
|"Episode Eight"||Douglas Camfield||Derrick Sherwin and Kit Pedler (story)||21 December 1968||VV||7.0||53|
|After becoming invisible, the TARDIS arrives in England. While looking for a missing scientist at an electronics company, the TARDIS crew find out that the Cybermen are hidden within London's sewers and are planning an invasion.|
|47||4||The Krotons||"Episode One"||David Maloney||Robert Holmes||28 December 1968||WW||9.0||59|
|"Episode Two"||David Maloney||Robert Holmes||4 January 1969||WW||8.4||57|
|"Episode "Three"||David Maloney||Robert Holmes||11 January 1969||WW||7.5||56|
|"Episode Four"||David Maloney||Robert Holmes||18 January 1969||WW||7.1||55|
|On an unnamed planet, a race called the Gonds are subject to the mysterious Krotons, unseen beings to whom they provide their brightest members as "companions".|
|48||5||The Seeds of Death||"Episode One"||Michael Ferguson||Brian Hayles||25 January 1969||XX||6.6||57|
|"Episode Two"||Michael Ferguson||Brian Hayles||1 February 1969||XX||6.8||59|
|"Episode Three"||Michael Ferguson||Brian Hayles and Terrance Dicks (uncredited)||8 February 1969||XX||7.5||55|
|"Episode Four"||Michael Ferguson||Brian Hayles and Terrance Dicks (uncredited)||15 February 1969||XX||7.1||55|
|"Episode Five"||Michael Ferguson||Brian Hayles and Terrance Dicks (uncredited)||22 February 1969||XX||7.6||57|
|"Episode Six"||Michael Ferguson||Brian Hayles and Terrance Dicks (uncredited)||1 March 1969||XX||7.7||59|
|The Ice Warriors plan to destroy every living thing on Earth by making Earth more habitable for them.|
|49||6||The Space Pirates||"Episode One"†||Michael Hart||Robert Holmes||8 March 1969||YY||5.8||57|
|"Episode "Two"||Michael Hart||Robert Holmes||15 March 1969||YY||6.8||52|
|"Episode "Three"†||Michael Hart||Robert Holmes||22 March 1969||YY||6.4||55|
|"Episode "Four"†||Michael Hart||Robert Holmes||29 March 1969||YY||5.8||53|
|"Episode "Five"†||Michael Hart||Robert Holmes||5 April 1969||YY||5.5||56|
|"Episode Six"†||Michael Hart||Robert Holmes||12 April 1969||YY||5.3||52|
|Space beacons on the space lanes are being blown up and plundered for precious argonite by a gang of space pirates led by Caven and his associate Dervish.|
|50||7||The War Games||"Episode One"||David Maloney||Terrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke||19 April 1969||ZZ||5.5||55|
|"Episode Two"||David Maloney||Terrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke||26 April 1969||ZZ||6.3||54|
|"Episode Three"||David Maloney||Terrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke||3 May 1969||ZZ||5.1||53|
|"Episode Four"||David Maloney||Terrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke||10 May 1969||ZZ||5.7||50|
|"Episode Five"||David Maloney||Terrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke||17 May 1969||ZZ||5.1||53|
|"Episode Six"||David Maloney||Terrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke||24 May 1969||ZZ||4.2||53|
|"Episode Seven"||David Maloney||Terrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke||31 May 1969||ZZ||4.9||53|
|"Episode Eight"||David Maloney||Terrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke||7 June 1969||ZZ||3.5||53|
|"Episode Nine"||David Maloney||Terrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke||14 June 1969||ZZ||4.1||57|
|"Episode Ten"||David Maloney||Terrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke||21 June 1969||ZZ||5.0||58|
|Brainwashed soldiers are being abducted from Earth by aliens and forced to fight in simulated environments, reflecting the periods in history whence they were taken. The aliens' aim is to produce a super army from the survivors. The Doctor is forced to make a choice that will change who he is.|
- The Invasion – Episodes 1 & 4 (of 8 total)
- The Space Pirates – Episodes 1, 3 – 6 (of 6 total)
|Serial name||Number and duration
|R2 release date||R4 release date||R1 release date|
|The Dominators||5 × 25 min.||12 July 2010||2 September 2010||11 January 2011|
|The Mind Robber||5 × 20 min.||7 March 2005||5 May 2005||6 September 2005|
|The Invasion (episodes 2–3 & 5–8 of 8, animation of 1 & 4)||8 × 25 min.||6 November 2006||3 January 2007||6 March 2007|
|The Krotons||4 × 25 min.||2 July 2012||2 August 2012||10 July 2012|
|The Seeds of Death||6 × 25 min.||17 February 2003||5 May 2003||2 March 2004|
|The Seeds of Death – Special Edition
Only available as part of the Revisitations 2 box set in Regions 2 and 4.
|6 × 25 min.||28 March 2011||5 May 2011||12 June 2012|
|The War Games||10 × 25 min.||6 July 2009||3 September 2009||3 November 2009|
Lost in Time
All existing episodes from otherwise missing Second Doctor serials from this season have been released on the Lost in Time collection, with the exception of The Invasion which had its missing episodes animated for its DVD release. Lost in Time was released in two formats in Region 1, with individual releases for volumes one and two (which cover First Doctor and Second Doctor episodes respectively), as well as an edition combining both volumes. In Regions 2 and 4, Lost in Time is available only as the combined single volume.
|Includes episodes from||Number and duration
|R2 release date||R4 release date||R1 release date|
|The Space Pirates (episode 2 of 6)||1 × 25 min.
||1 November 2004||2 December 2004
1 July 2010
|2 November 2004|
|Serial name||Novelisation title||Author||First published|
|The Dominators||The Dominators||Ian Marter||19 April 1984|
|The Mind Robber||The Mind Robber||Peter Ling||20 November 1986|
|The Invasion||The Invasion||Ian Marter||16 May 1985|
|The Krotons||The Krotons||Terrance Dicks||13 June 1985|
|The Seeds of Death||The Seeds of Death||Terrance Dicks||17 July 1986|
|The Space Pirates||The Space Pirates||Terrance Dicks||15 March 1990|
|The War Games||Doctor Who and the War Games||Malcolm Hulke||25 September 1979|
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