|26 episodes comprising 6 stories|
|starting with The Masque of Mandragora|
|Script editor(s):||Robert Holmes|
|Start date:||4 September 1976|
|End date:||2 April 1977|
|Typical episode length:||25'|
|Key reference books about the season:||The Discontinuity Guide, The Fourth Doctor Handbook, The Seventies, About Time 4|
|Key documentaries about the season:||Behind the Sofa: Robert Holmes and Doctor Who|
|Relevant Myth Makers interviews:||Tom Baker, Louise Jameson, Elisabeth Sladen|
The fourteenth season of Doctor Who ran between 4 September 1976 and 2 April 1977. It starred Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor. Famously, it wrote out Sarah Jane Smith (after she becomes the first companion to appear in four consecutive seasons), introduced the wood-panelled secondary TARDIS console room, featured the first companion-less televised story and debuted Leela.
Like the 2011 series, it was comprised of two distinct "halves", separated by a chunk of time when the programme wasn't transmitting new episodes. Though not quite as long as the 2011 gap, the show stopped broadcasting in mid-November and didn't return until New Year's Day. Contemporaneous marketing suggested that The Face of Evil — the serial which began on 1 January 1977 — was actually the start of a new series of Doctor Who. (INFO: The Face of Evil) This fact, however, is ill-remembered and no reference work published since the event has ever seriously suggested that Face was the season 15 opener.
Season 14 consisted of six serials and twenty-six episodes. The season is notable for the departure of Sarah Jane Smith in The Hand of Fear and for The Deadly Assassin, a story set entirely on Gallifrey which expounded greatly upon the culture and history of the Time Lords. The Deadly Assassin also featured the return of the Master in a degenerated form and had the Doctor without a companion for an entire story for the first time in the history of Doctor Who.
The season also introduced new companion Leela. The overall gothic ambience of the season was supported by the introduction of the TARDIS' secondary console room, which would be used in lieu of the traditional console room into the next season.
|1||The Masque of Mandragora||Louis Marks||4||Debut of the secondary TARDIS console room|
|2||The Hand of Fear||Bob Baker|
|4||Final regular appearance of Sarah Jane Smith|
|3||The Deadly Assassin||Robert Holmes||4||Reintroduction of the Master, now withering; only story of the 1963-89 series in which the Doctor does not have a companion; first story set entirely on Gallifrey; introduction of the twelve regenerations limit for Time Lords|
|4||The Face of Evil||Chris Boucher||4||First appearance of Leela|
|5||The Robots of Death||Chris Boucher||4||Introduction of the Sandminer robots|
|6||The Talons of Weng-Chiang||Robert Holmes||6||First and only televised appearance of Jago and Litefoot, who went on to lead their own Big Finish audio range.|
Stories set during this season
After The Deadly Assassin :
After The Robots of Death :
- PROSE: Drift
- PROSE: Last Man Running
- PROSE: Corpse Marker
- PROSE: Psi-ence Fiction
- PROSE: Match of the Day
Adaptations and merchandising
- The Masque of Mandragora
- The Hand of Fear
- The Deadly Assassin
- The Face of Evil
- The Robots of Death
- The Talons of Weng-Chiang
- The Tom Baker Years (extracts from all of the stories)
All serials of season 14 were released between 2000 to 2012.
|Serial name|| Number and duration|
|R2 release date||R4 release date||R1 release date|
|The Masque of Mandragora||4 × 25 min.||8 February 2010||31 March 2010||4 May 2010|
|The Hand of Fear||4 × 25 min.||24 July 2006||7 September 2006||7 November 2006|
|The Deadly Assassin||4 × 25 min.||11 May 2009||2 July 2009||1 September 2009|
|The Face of Evil||4 × 25 min.||5 March 2012||5 April 2012||13 March 2012|
|The Robots of Death||4 × 25 min.||13 November 2000||2 July 2001||11 September 2001|
|The Robots of Death – 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|
|The Talons of Weng-Chiang||6 × 25 min.||28 April 2003||30 June 2003||7 October 2003|
| The Talons of Weng-Chiang – Special Edition|
Only available as part of the Revisitations 1 box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
|6 × 25 min.||4 October 2010||2 December 2010||11 October 2011|
- Doctor Who and the Masque of Mandragora
- Doctor Who and the Hand of Fear
- Doctor Who and the Deadly Assassin
- Doctor Who and the Face of Evil
- Doctor Who and the Robots of Death
- Doctor Who and the Talons of Weng-Chiang