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Season 17
20 episodes comprising 5 stories
starting with Destiny of the Daleks
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Doctor: Fourth Doctor
Companion(s): Romana, K9
Key crew
Producer(s): Graham Williams
Script editor(s): Douglas Adams
Series details
Start date: 1 September 1979
End date: 12 January 1980
Premiere network: BBC1
Typical episode length: 25'
More info
DWMSE: 9, 16
Key reference books about the season: The Discontinuity Guide, The Fourth Doctor Handbook, The Seventies, About Time 4
Key documentaries about the season: A Matter of Time, Lalla's Wardrobe
Relevant Myth Makers interviews: Tom Baker, David Brierley, Graham Williams
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The seventeenth season of Doctor Who ran between 1 September 1979 and 12 January 1980. It consisted of five stories and twenty episodes, plus the incomplete Shada, unfinished as a result of an industrial strike. Lalla Ward joined as Romana II, and the season is notable for the involvement of Douglas Adams in the writing department. This was the last season to use the traditional Delia Derbyshire "Doctor Who theme" arrangement.

Television stories Edit

# Title Writer Episodes Notes
1 Destiny of the DaleksTerry Nation4First appearance of Romana II; final Terry Nation Dalek script.
2 City of DeathDavid Agnew, aka David Fisher
Douglas Adams
Graham Williams
4First story to include filming outside the UK. Part 4 has the highest viewing figures of all times.
3 The Creature from the PitDavid Fisher4
4 Nightmare of EdenBob Baker4
5 The Horns of NimonAnthony Read4
6 ShadaDouglas Adams6
(planned)
Never completed due to industrial action and never broadcast; attempts to finish story made in other mediums.

Cast Edit

Recurring Edit

Notes Edit

Stories set during this season Edit

Adaptations and merchandising Edit

Home media Edit

VHS Edit

  • Destiny of the Daleks
  • City of Death
  • The Creature from the Pit
  • Nightmare of Eden
  • The Horns of Nimon
  • Shada (with extra post-production work and linking narration of unfilmed sequences)
  • The Tom Baker Years (extracts from all stories)

DVD Edit

All serials of season 17 were released between 2005 and 2013

Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
Destiny of the Daleks
Available individually or in The Complete Davros Collection box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
4 × 25 min. 26 November 2007 6 February 2008 4 March 2008
City of Death 4 × 25 min. 7 November 2005 1 December 2005 8 November 2005
The Creature from the Pit 4 × 25 min. 3 May 2010 1 July 2010 7 September 2010
Nightmare of Eden 4 × 25 min. 2 April 2012 3 May 2012 8 May 2012
The Horns of Nimon
Only available as part of the Myths and Legends box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
4 × 25 min. 29 March 2010 3 June 2010 6 July 2010
Shada
Part of The Legacy Box set.
TBA 7 January 2013[1] TBA 8 January 2013

Novels Edit

Target Books was unable to come to an agreement with Douglas Adams for novelising the televised story City of Death (which Adams co-wrote) and the untelevised Shada. An agreement with Adams' estate eventually allowed BBC Books to publish an adaptation of Shada in 2012. However, City of Death remains one of a handful of classic-era serials that has, As of December 2013 yet to be officially novelised.

References Edit

  1. DWM 453

External links Edit

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