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Season 14
26 episodes comprising 6 stories
starting with The Masque of Mandragora
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Doctor: Fourth Doctor
Companion(s): Leela, Sarah
Key crew
Producer(s): Philip Hinchcliffe
Script editor(s): Robert Holmes
Series details
Start date: 4 September 1976
End date: 2 April 1977
Premiere network: BBC1
Typical episode length: 25'
More info
DWMSE: 8, 15
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
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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.

Overview Edit

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.

Television stories Edit

# Title Writer Episodes Notes
1 The Masque of MandragoraLouis Marks4Debut of the secondary TARDIS console room.
2 The Hand of FearBob Baker
Dave Martin
4Final regular appearance of Sarah Jane Smith.
3 The Deadly AssassinRobert Holmes4Reintroduction 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 EvilChris Boucher4First appearance of Leela.
5 The Robots of DeathChris Boucher4Introduction of the Sandminer robots.
6 The Talons of Weng-ChiangRobert Holmes6First and only televised appearance of Jago and Litefoot, who went on to lead their own Big Finish audio range.

Cast Edit

Recurring Edit

Stories set during this season Edit

After The Deadly Assassin :

After The Robots of Death :

Adaptations and merchandising Edit

Home media Edit

VHS Edit

  • 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)

DVD Edit

All serials of season 14 were released between 2000 to 2012.

Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
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

Novels Edit

See also Edit

External links Edit

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