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Season 19
26 episodes comprising 7 stories
starting with Castrovalva
PDVD 008
Doctor: Fifth Doctor
Companion(s): Adric, Nyssa, Tegan
Key crew
Producer(s): John Nathan-Turner
Script editor(s): Antony Root
Eric Saward
Series details
Start date: 4 January 1982
End date: 30 March 1982
Premiere network: BBC1
Typical episode length: 25'
More info
DWMSE: 1, 18
Key reference books about the season: The Discontinuity Guide, The Fifth Doctor Handbook, The Eighties, JN-T: The Life and Scandalous Times, About Time 5
Key documentaries about the season: Being Doctor Who, Mouth on Legs, The Boy with the Golden Star
Relevant Myth Makers interviews: Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton, Peter Grimwade, John Nathan-Turner, Eric Saward
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Season 19 of Doctor Who ran between 4 January 1982 and 30 March 1982. It starred Peter Davison in his first season as the Fifth Doctor. With this season, the BBC returned the series to a mid-winter season start, which had last been done for Season 12 and had been the format throughout the Jon Pertwee era.

Overview Edit

The season consisted of seven serials and twenty-six episodes airing on a bi-weekly schedule. Two milestones occurred in Earthshock. Firstly, the Cybermen returned, unannounced, for the first time since Revenge of the Cybermen in 1975. Secondly, for the first time since The Daleks' Master Plan which had aired in 1965 and 1966, a companion died. Other milestones included Black Orchid, the first non-science fictional historical serial since 1966's The Gunfighters, and the destruction of the sonic screwdriver in The Visitation. A cliffhanger ending to the series appeared to have left Tegan stranded at Heathrow Airport with the Doctor abandoning her by mistake.

Originally, this series was going to have twenty-eight episodes- two more than normal. However, John Nathan-Turner used two of the allocated episodes for A Girl's Best Friend, the failed pilot to K9 and Company.

Television stories Edit

# Title Writer Episodes Notes
1 CastrovalvaChristopher H. Bidmead4Continued from Logopolis.
2 Four to DoomsdayTerence Dudley4Peter Davison's first story filmed as the Fifth Doctor.
3 KindaChristopher Bailey4First appearance of the Mara.
4 The VisitationEric Saward4First Doctor Who script for Eric Saward and the last known use of the sonic screwdriver by the Doctor until Doctor Who (1996)
5 Black OrchidTerence Dudley2First pure historical story since 1966 not involving aliens
6 EarthshockEric Saward4Final appearance of Adric; first companion death since 1966
7 Time-FlightPeter Grimwade4Temporary departure of Tegan Jovanka.

Cast Edit

Recurring Edit

Stories set during this season Edit

Ratings Edit

Adaptations and merchandising Edit

Home media Edit

VHS Edit

  • Castrovalva
  • Four to Doomsday
  • Kinda
  • The Visitation / Black Orchid
  • Earthshock
  • Time-Flight

DVD Edit

All serials of season 19 were released individually in between 2003 and 2011.

Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
Castrovalva
Only available as part of the New Beginnings box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Available individually or in the box set in Region 1.
4 × 25 min. 29 January 2007 7 March 2007 5 June 2007
Four to Doomsday 4 × 25 min. 15 September 2008 4 December 2008 6 January 2009
Kinda
Only available as part of the Mara Tales box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
4 × 25 min. 7 March 2011 7 April 2011 12 April 2011
The Visitation 4 × 25 min. 19 January 2004 8 April 2004 1 March 2005
Black Orchid 2 × 25 min. 14 April 2008 5 June 2008 5 August 2008
Earthshock 4 × 25 min. 18 August 2003 1 October 2003 7 September 2004
Time-Flight
Only available as part of the Time-Flight/Arc of Infinity box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
4 × 25 min. 6 August 2007 5 September 2007 6 November 2007

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