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: only episode 2 of the 6-part story The Space Pirates still exists, while The Invasion has had its two missing episodes (episodes 1 and 4) reconstructed using animation.

Doctor Who
Season 6
Cover art of the Region 2 DVD release for first serial of the season
Starring
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of stories7
No. of episodes44 (7 missing)
Release
Original networkBBC1
Original release10 August 1968 (1968-08-10) –
21 June 1969 (1969-06-21)
Season chronology
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List of episodes

Casting edit

Main cast edit

Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury make their final regular 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.

Troughton reprised his role in three subsequent special stories, one of which also featured Hines.

Guest stars edit

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.

John Levene makes his first appearance as Corporal Benton in The Invasion. He would continue to make regular appearances, with the character promoted to sergeant, from season 7 until season 13.

Alan Bennion makes his first of three appearances in the series playing an Ice Warrior. In this, his first appearance, he portrays Lord Slaar in The Seeds of Death.

Kevin Stoney makes his second appearance as a villain in The Invasion as Tobias Vaughn. Louise Pajo and Ronald Leigh-Hunt guest star in The Seeds of Death.

Serials edit

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. Both of these would be beaten in 1986 by the 14-part season-spanning story The Trial of a Time Lord

The Dominators and The Mind Robber were both produced at the end of the fifth recording block and held over to Season 6.[citation needed]

No.
story
No. in
season
Serial titleEpisode titlesDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [1]
AI[1]
441The Dominators"Episode 1"Morris Barry"Norman Ashby"
(Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln)
10 August 1968 (1968-08-10)TT6.152
"Episode 2"17 August 1968 (1968-08-17)5.955
[Episode 3][note 1]24 August 1968 (1968-08-24)5.455
"Episode 4"31 August 1968 (1968-08-31)7.551
"Episode 5"7 September 1968 (1968-09-07)5.953
Arriving on an irradiated island, The Doctor, Jamie and new companion Zoe Heriot find an alien craft bearing the imperious and ruthless Dominators.
452The Mind Robber"Episode 1"David MaloneyDerrick Sherwin14 September 1968 (1968-09-14)UU6.651
"Episode 2"Peter Ling21 September 1968 (1968-09-21)6.549
"Episode 3"Peter Ling28 September 1968 (1968-09-28)7.253
"Episode 4"Peter Ling5 October 1968 (1968-10-05)7.356
"Episode 5"Peter Ling12 October 1968 (1968-10-12)6.749
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.
463The Invasion"Episode One"Douglas CamfieldDerrick Sherwin and Kit Pedler (story)2 November 1968 (1968-11-02)VV7.355
"Episode Two"9 November 1968 (1968-11-09)7.153
"Episode Three"16 November 1968 (1968-11-16)7.154
"Episode Four"23 November 1968 (1968-11-23)6.451
"Episode Five"30 November 1968 (1968-11-30)6.752
"Episode Six"7 December 1968 (1968-12-07)6.556
"Episode Seven"14 December 1968 (1968-12-14)7.255
"Episode Eight"21 December 1968 (1968-12-21)7.053
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.
474The Krotons"Episode One"David MaloneyRobert Holmes28 December 1968 (1968-12-28)WW9.059
"Episode Two"4 January 1969 (1969-01-04)8.457
"Episode Three"11 January 1969 (1969-01-11)7.556
"Episode Four"18 January 1969 (1969-01-18)7.155
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".
485The Seeds of Death"Episode One"Michael FergusonBrian Hayles25 January 1969 (1969-01-25)XX6.657
"Episode Two"Brian Hayles1 February 1969 (1969-02-01)6.859
"Episode Three"Brian Hayles and Terrance Dicks (uncredited)8 February 1969 (1969-02-08)7.555
"Episode Four"Brian Hayles and Terrance Dicks (uncredited)15 February 1969 (1969-02-15)7.155
"Episode Five"Brian Hayles and Terrance Dicks (uncredited)22 February 1969 (1969-02-22)7.657
"Episode Six"Brian Hayles and Terrance Dicks (uncredited)1 March 1969 (1969-03-01)7.759
The Ice Warriors plan to destroy every living thing on Earth by making Earth more habitable for them.
496The Space Pirates"Episode One"Michael HartRobert Holmes8 March 1969 (1969-03-08)YY5.857
"Episode Two"15 March 1969 (1969-03-15)6.852
"Episode Three"22 March 1969 (1969-03-22)6.455
"Episode Four"29 March 1969 (1969-03-29)5.853
"Episode Five"5 April 1969 (1969-04-05)5.556
"Episode Six"12 April 1969 (1969-04-12)5.352
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.
507The War Games"Episode One"David MaloneyTerrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke19 April 1969 (1969-04-19)ZZ5.555
"Episode Two"26 April 1969 (1969-04-26)6.354
"Episode Three"3 May 1969 (1969-05-03)5.153
"Episode Four"10 May 1969 (1969-05-10)5.750
"Episode Five"17 May 1969 (1969-05-17)5.153
"Episode Six"24 May 1969 (1969-05-24)4.253
"Episode Seven"31 May 1969 (1969-05-31)4.953
"Episode Eight"7 June 1969 (1969-06-07)3.553
"Episode Nine"14 June 1969 (1969-06-14)4.157
"Episode Ten"21 June 1969 (1969-06-21)5.058
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.

^† : Episode is missing

Missing episodes edit

  • The Invasion – Episodes 1 & 4 (of 8 total) (Animated recreations exist)
  • The Space Pirates – Episodes 1, 3 – 6 (of 6 total)

Home media edit

VHS releases edit

Season Story no. Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
UK release date Australia release date USA/Canada release date
6 44 The Dominators 5 × 25 min. September 1990[3][4] February 1991[4] August 1994[4]
45 The Mind Robber 5 × 25 min. May 1990[5][6] September 1990[6] February 1994[6]
46 The Invasion 6 × 25 min. June 1993[7][8]
(2 x VHS)
October 1993[8] June 1995[8]
47 The Krotons 4 × 25 min. February 1991[9][10] July 1991[10] August 1994[10]
48 The Seeds of Death 1 × 150 min. July 1985[11][12] December 1987[12] March 1990[12]
50 The War Games 10 × 25 min. February 1990[13][14] June 1990[14] January 1992[14]

Betamax releases edit

Season Story no. Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
UK release date Australia release date USA/Canada release date
6 48 The Seeds of Death 1 × 150 min. July 1985 (edited)[12]

DVD and Blu-ray releases edit

All releases are for DVD

Season Story no. Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
6 44 The Dominators 5 × 25 min. 12 July 2010[15][16][17] 2 September 2010[18] 11 January 2011[19]
45 The Mind Robber 5 × 20 min. 7 March 2005[20][21] 5 May 2005[22] 6 September 2005[23]
46 The Invasion[a] 8 × 25 min. 6 November 2006[24][25][26] 3 January 2007[27] 6 March 2007[28]
47 The Krotons 4 × 25 min. 2 July 2012[29][30][31] 2 August 2012[32] 10 July 2012[33]
48 The Seeds of Death 6 × 25 min. 17 February 2003[34] 5 May 2003[35] 2 March 2004[36]
The Seeds of Death (Special Edition)[b] 6 × 25 min. 28 March 2011[37][38][39] 5 May 2011[40] 12 June 2012[41]
49 Lost in Time, Volume 2
The Space Pirates[c]
1 × 25 min. 1 November 2004[42][d][44] 2 December 2004[43][e] 2 November 2004[43]
50 The War Games[f] 10 × 25 min. 6 July 2009[45][46][47] 3 September 2009[48] 3 November 2009[49]
  1. ^ Episodes 2–3 and 5–8 of 8, animation of 1 and 4
  2. ^ Only available as part of the Revisitations 2 box set in Regions 2 and 4. Only available individually in Region 1.
  3. ^ Episode 2 of 6
  4. ^ Re-released in slimmer packaging in late 2016[43]
  5. ^ Re-released in slimmer packaging in July 2010[43]
  6. ^ Available individually or in the Regeneration box set in Region 2.
    Only available individually in Regions 1 and 4.

In print edit

Season Story no. Library no.[a] Novelisation title Author Hardcover
release date[b]
Paperback
release date[c]
Audiobook
release date[d]
6 044 86 The Dominators Ian Marter 19 April 1984[50] 19 July 1984[50] 6 September 2018[50]
045 115 The Mind Robber Peter Ling 20 November 1986[51] 16 April 1987[51] 6 August 2009[51]
046 98 The Invasion Ian Marter 16 May 1985[52] 10 October 1985[52] 7 April 2016[52]
047 99 The Krotons Terrance Dicks 13 June 1985[53] 14 November 1985[53] 2 April 2020[53]
048 112 The Seeds of Death 17 July 1986[54] 4 December 1986[54] 2 February 2023[55]
049 147 The Space Pirates 15 March 1990[56] 1 December 2016[56]
050 70 Doctor Who and the War Games Malcolm Hulke 25 October 1979[57] 25 September 1979[57] 1 February 2011[57]
  1. ^ Number in Target's Doctor Who Library, if applicable
  2. ^ Published by Target's parent companies (Allen Wingate, W. H. Allen, BBC Books) unless otherwise indicated
  3. ^ Published by Target Books (or by BBC Books under the Target Collection umbrella) unless otherwise indicated
  4. ^ Unabridged from BBC Audio/AudioGo unless otherwise indicated

Notes edit

  1. ^ This episode has no on-screen episode title[2]

References edit

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  13. ^ "DOCTOR WHO - THE WAR GAMES". bbfc.co.uk.
  14. ^ a b c "The War Games (VHS)". timelash.com.
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  17. ^ Smith 2014, The Dominators.
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  20. ^ "Doctor Who: Mind Robber (DVD)". BBC. Archived from the original on 22 May 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
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  50. ^ a b c Smith 2021, p. 66.
  51. ^ a b c Smith 2021, p. 67.
  52. ^ a b c Smith 2021, p. 69.
  53. ^ a b c Smith 2021, p. 70.
  54. ^ a b Smith 2021, p. 71.
  55. ^ Doctor Who: The Seeds of Death. 2 February 2023.
  56. ^ a b Smith 2021, p. 72.
  57. ^ a b c Smith 2021, p. 73.

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