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Season 10

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Season 10
26 episodes comprising 5 stories
starting with The Three Doctors
Doctor Who logo Pertwee logo
Doctor: Third Doctor
Companion(s): Jo, Brigadier, Benton, Yates
Key crew
Producer(s): Barry Letts
Script editor(s): Terrance Dicks
Series details
Start date: 30 December 1972
End date: 23 June 1973
Premiere network: BBC1
Typical episode length: 25'
More info
DWMSE: 2, 15
Key reference books about the season: The Discontinuity Guide, The Third Doctor Handbook, The Seventies, About Time 3
Key documentaries about the season: Jon and Katy, PanoptiCon 93
Relevant Myth Makers interviews: Nicholas Courtney, Jon Pertwee, Richard Franklin, Barry Letts and Terrance Dicks (part 1), Barry Letts and Terrance Dicks (part 2), Roger Delgado, Katy Manning, Bob Baker and Dave Martin, Robert Sloman, John Levene
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The tenth season of Doctor Who ran between 30 December 1972 and 23 June 1973. It starred Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor. The tenth anniversary story The Three Doctors aired during this season.

Overview Edit

The season consisted of five serials and twenty-six episodes. William Hartnell returned in a cameo as the First Doctor and Patrick Troughton in a more substantial role as the Second Doctor in The Three Doctors. This story marked the end of the Doctor's exile on Earth, opening up the series to more off-world adventures and beginning a gradual reduction of UNIT-related stories. Jo Grant left this season, becoming the first companion to appear for three complete'seasons. Roger Delgado made his final appearance in the role of the Master in Frontier in Space. Owing to the actor's accidental death, the Master never had a proper send-off and would not return as a semi-regular character until 1981.

Television stories Edit

# Title Writer Episodes Notes
1 The Three DoctorsBob Baker
Dave Martin
4First appearance of the Second Doctor since 1969 and the First Doctor since 1966; final performance of William Hartnell as the Doctor (seen only as an image on video screens). The Doctor's exile lifted by the Time Lords. First appearance of Omega.
2 Carnival of MonstersRobert Holmes4Ian Marter guest-stars in a role other than Harry Sullivan.
3 Frontier in SpaceMalcolm Hulke6Final performance of Roger Delgado as the Master. First appearance of the refitted sonic screwdriver model which would be used by the Doctor until The Visitation.
4 Planet of the DaleksTerry Nation6First Daleks script written by Terry Nation since 1965.
5 The Green DeathRobert Sloman
Barry Letts (uncredited)
6Final regular appearance of Jo Grant. First appearance of the planet Metebelis III and the Metebelis crystal.

Cast Edit

Recurring Edit

Guest Edit

Stories set during this season Edit

Adaptations and merchandising Edit

Home media Edit

VHS Edit

  • The Three Doctors (1991/2002)
  • Carnival of Monsters (1995)
  • Frontier in Space (1995)
  • Planet of the Daleks (1999) (episode 3 in B/W)
  • The Green Death (1996)
  • The Pertwee Years (1992) (Frontier in Space episode 6)

DVD Edit

All serials of season 10 were released individually on DVD in between 2002 and 2009.

Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
The Three Doctors 4 × 25 min. 24 November 2003 12 November 2003 2 March 2004
The Three Doctors – Special Edition
Only available as part of the Revisitations 3 box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
4 × 25 min. 13 February 2012 1 March 2012 13 March 2012
Carnival of Monsters 4 × 25 min. 15 July 2002 2 September 2002 1 July 2003
Carnival of Monsters – Special Edition
Only available as part of the Revisitations 2 box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
4 × 25 min. 28 March 2011 5 May 2011 10 April 2012
Dalek War:
Frontier in Space (6 episodes)
Planet of the Daleks (6 episodes)
12 × 25 min. 5 October 2009 4 February 2010 2 March 2010
The Green Death 6 × 25 min. 10 May 2004 5 August 2004 1 March 2005

Novels Edit

External links Edit

en:Season 10

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