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Season 2
39 episodes comprising 9 stories
starting with Planet of Giants
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Doctor: First Doctor
Companion(s): Barbara, Ian, Susan, Vicki, Steven
Key crew
Producer(s): Verity Lambert
Script editor(s): Dennis Spooner
David Whitaker
Series details
Start date: 31 October 1964
End date: 24 July 1965
Premiere network: BBC1
Typical episode length: 25'
More info
DWMSE: 7, 12, 34
Key reference books about the season: The Discontinuity Guide, The First Doctor Handbook, The Sixties, Wiped!, About Time 1
Key documentaries about the season: Jacqueline Hill - A Life in Pictures, Dennis Spooner: Wanna Write a Television Series?
Relevant Myth Makers interviews: Carole Ann Ford, William Russell, Verity Lambert, Jacqueline Hill, Raymond Cusick, William Hartnell, Barry Newbery, Tristram Cary
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The second season of Doctor Who ran between 31 October 1964 and 24 July 1965. It consisted of nine serials and thirty-nine episodes. Milestones this season included not one but two encore appearances by the Daleks; the departure of the original three companions, Susan Foreman, Barbara Wright and Ian Chesterton; and the first appearance of someone else from the Doctor and Susan's home planet.

Amongst the black and white seasons, Season 2 has the most extant telerecordings; only two episodes of The Crusade haven't been recovered as of January 2014.

Television stories

# Title Writer Episodes Notes
1 Planet of GiantsLouis Marks3First story other than the initial episode to be set on present day Earth.
2 The Dalek Invasion of EarthTerry Nation6Final appearance of Susan Foreman and first encore appearance of an enemy.
3 The RescueDavid Whitaker2First appearance of Vicki.
4 The RomansDennis Spooner4First story to feature the talents of a major actor, Derek Francis.
5 The Web PlanetBill Strutton6First appearance of a Great Old One.
6 The CrusadeDavid Whitaker4First story with a true multi-ethnic cast.
7 The Space MuseumGlyn Jones4First story to depict the dimensions of time and space; contains a cliffhanger that precludes the return of the Daleks.
8 The ChaseTerry Nation6First appearance of Steven Taylor and final appearances of Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright. First and only appearance of the Mechanoids.
9 The Time MeddlerDennis Spooner4First appearance of another member of the Doctor and Susan's race, though not yet identified as Time Lords.

Notes

  • Each story consisted of between two and six episodes, with each chapter having a different episode title. Unlike Season 1, however, the overall titles given to Season 2 stories are generally widely accepted.

Cast

Recurring

Guest

Stories set during this season

Ratings

  • Average: 10.5 million
  • Highest: 13.5 million (The Web Planet episode 1 - "The Web Planet")
  • Lowest: 7.7 million (The Time Meddler episode 3 - "A Battle of Wits")

Adaptations and merchandising

Home media

VHS

  • Planet of Giants (2002)
  • The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1990) (in 2 parts)
  • The Rescue/The Romans (1994)
  • The Web Planet (1990)
  • The Crusade and The Space Museum (1999) (Contains episodes 1 and 3 of The Crusade with narration of missing episodes)
  • The Chase (1993)
  • The Time Meddler (2002)
  • The Hartnell Years (1991) (The Crusade Episode 3)

Loose Cannon VHS release

  • The Crusade (2000) (episodes 2 and 4 only, with narration of existing episodes)

DVD Releases

Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
Planet of Giants 3 × 25 min 20 August 2012 5 September 2012 11 September 2012
The Dalek Invasion of Earth 6 × 25 min. 9 June 2003 13 August 2003 7 October 2003
The Rescue/The Romans:
The Rescue (2 episodes)
The Romans (4 episodes)
6 × 25 min. 23 February 2009 2 April 2009 7 July 2009
The Web Planet 6 × 25 min. 3 October 2005 3 November 2005 5 September 2006
The Space Museum/The Chase:
The Space Museum (4 episodes)
The Chase (6 episodes)
10 × 25 min. 1 March 2010 6 May 2010 6 July 2010
The Time Meddler 4 × 25 min. 4 February 2008 2 April 2008 5 August 2008
The Crusade (episodes 1 & 3 of 4; soundtracks of 2 & 4) {Lost in Time: William Hartnell} 6 × 25 min.
+ 2 × 25 min. audio
1 November 2004 2 December 2004
(Original release)
1 July 2010
(Re-release)
2 November 2004

Novels

Audiobooks

  • The Crusade

Theatrical film

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