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Season 21

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Season 21
24 episodes comprising 7 stories
starting with Warriors of the Deep
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Doctor: Fifth Doctor
Secondary Doctor: Sixth Doctor
Companion(s): Tegan, Turlough, Peri
Key crew
Producer(s): John Nathan-Turner
Script editor(s): Eric Saward
Series details
Start date: 5 January 1984
End date: 30 March 1984
Premiere network: BBC1
Typical episode length: mix of 25' and 45'
More info
DWMSE: 1, 3, 18
Key reference books about the season: The Discontinuity Guide, The Fifth Doctor Handbook, The Sixth 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
Relevant Myth Makers interviews: Janet Fielding, Nicola Bryant, Peter Grimwade, Colin Baker (1990), John Nathan-Turner, Mark Strikcson, Eric Saward, Colin Baker (2005)
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Season 21 of Doctor Who ran between 5 January 1984 and 30 March 1984. It starred Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor. The last story, The Twin Dilemma, introduced Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor.

Overview Edit

The season consisted of seven serials and twenty-four episodes. The Twin Dilemma, the first story with Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor, aired last in the season. This season saw the departure of companions Tegan, Turlough and Kamelion and introduced Peri. Most episodes were the traditional twenty-five minute length. However, due to coverage of the 1984 Winter Olympics, Resurrection of the Daleks was re-edited before airing and shown as two forty-five minute episodes.

Colin Baker's first story, The Twin Dilemma, introduced a modified version of the opening credits including a slight modification to the series logo (although the theme arrangement was not changed). This was the first time since Season 4 that such a change occurred during a season.

Along with Season 4, it was one of only two seasons of the classic series to have a completely different cast in the final story of the season than in the first story.

Television stories Edit

# Title Writer Episodes Notes
1 Warriors of the DeepJohnny Byrne4 First appearance of Silurians and Sea Devils since the Jon Pertwee years; last appearance of Silurians in classic series; last appearance of Sea Devils
2 The AwakeningEric Pringle2
3 FrontiosChristopher H. Bidmead4
4 Resurrection of the DaleksEric Saward2Final appearance of Tegan Jovanka; first story broadcast in 45-minute episodes
5 Planet of FirePeter Grimwade4First appearance of Peri Brown and final appearances of Vislor Turlough and Kamelion; first appearance of the Master since The Five Doctors
6 The Caves of AndrozaniRobert Holmes4First appearance of the Sixth Doctor and final regular appearance of the Fifth Doctor
7 The Twin DilemmaAnthony Steven4First full story of the Sixth Doctor

Cast Edit

Recurring Edit

Guest Edit

Stories set during this season Edit

Adaptations and merchandising Edit

Home media Edit

VHS Edit

  • Warriors of the Deep
  • The Awakening/Frontios
  • Resurrection of the Daleks
  • Planet of Fire
  • The Caves of Androzani
  • The Twin Dilemma

DVDs Edit

All serials of season 21 were released individually in between 2002 and 2011.

Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
Warriors of the Deep
Only available as part of the Beneath the Surface box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Available individually or in the box set in Region 1.
4 × 25 min. 14 January 2008 5 March 2008 3 June 2008
The Awakening
Only available as part of the Earthstory box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
2 × 25 min. 20 June 2011 4 August 2011 12 July 2011
Frontios 4 × 25 min. 30 May 2011 7 July 2011 14 June 2011
Resurrection 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.
(Original Version)
18 November 2002 3 February 2003 1 July 2003
Resurrection of the Daleks – Special Edition
Only available as part of the Revisitations 2 box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
4 × 25 min.
(Original Version)
2 × 46 min.
(Broadcast Version)
28 March 2011 5 May 2011 12 June 2012
Planet of Fire
Only available as part of the Kamelion Tales box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
Includes remastered "movie version" with new footage.
4 × 25 min.
(Broadcast Version)
1 × 66 min.
(Special Edition)
14 June 2010 5 August 2010 7 September 2010
The Caves of Androzani 4 × 25 min. 18 June 2001 7 January 2002 2 April 2002
The Caves of Androzani – Special Edition
Only available as part of the Revisitations 1 box set in Regions 2 and 4.
4 × 25 min. 4 October 2010 2 December 2010 14 February 2012
The Twin Dilemma 4 × 25 min. 7 September 2009 3 December 2009 5 January 2010

Novels Edit

Target Books was unable to come to an agreement that would have allowed Resurrection of the Daleks to be adapted as a novel; it remains one of a handful of classic-era stories not to be novelised.

External links Edit

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