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Season 22
13 episodes comprising 6 stories
starting with Attack of the Cybermen
Title-6a
Doctor: Sixth Doctor
Companion(s): Peri
Key crew
Producer(s): John Nathan-Turner
Script editor(s): Eric Saward
Series details
Start date: 5 January 1985
End date: 30 March 1985
Premiere network: BBC1
Typical episode length: 45'
More info
DWMSE: 3, 18
Key reference books about the season: The Discontinuity Guide, The Sixth Doctor Handbook, The Eighties, JN-T: The Life and Scandalous Times, About Time 6
Relevant Myth Makers interviews: Nicola Bryant, Colin Baker (1990), John Nathan-Turner, Eric Saward, Colin Baker (2005)
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Season 22 of Doctor Who ran between 5 January 1985 and 30 March 1985. It starred Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor.

Overview Edit

The season consisted of six serials and thirteen episodes. With this season the BBC experimented with the format of the series, reducing the number of episodes to thirteen, but making each episode forty-five minutes long. The experiment did not result in improved ratings and at the end of the season the BBC announced it was cancelling the series; uproar from fans resulted in the BBC changing its mind and putting the series on an eighteen month hiatus instead. This season is notable for featuring the final appearance of Patrick Troughton as the beloved Second Doctor, in a storyline that gave rise to a popular fan theory known as Season 6B.

Television stories Edit

# Title Writer Episodes Notes
1 Attack of the CybermenPaula Moore, aka
Eric Saward
Ian Levine
Paula Woolsey
2Reappearance of Totters Lane junkyard, Lytton, and the Cybermen. 45-minute episodes begin.
2 Vengeance on VarosPhilip Martin2First appearance of Sil.
3 The Mark of the RaniPip and Jane Baker2First appearance of the Rani; reappearance of the Master.
4 The Two DoctorsRobert Holmes3Reappearance of the Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon, and the Sontarans. Last classic-era appearance for all of them.
5 TimelashGlen McCoy2Final classic serial to focus on a historical figure.
6 Revelation of the DaleksEric Saward2Final classic serial with 45-minute episodes; reappearance of Davros.

Cast Edit

Recurring Edit

Stories set during this season Edit

After Vengeance on Varos :

After The Mark of the Rani :

After The Two Doctors :

After Timelash :

Adaptations and merchandising Edit

Home media Edit

VHS Edit

  • Attack of the Cybermen (part of Cybermen Tin)
  • Vengeance on Varos
  • The Mark of the Rani
  • The Two Doctors
  • Timelash
  • Revelation of the Daleks (part of Dalek Box Set)

DVD Edit

All serials of season 22 were released individually between 2001 and 2009.

Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
Attack of the Cybermen 2 × 45 min. 16 March 2009 7 May 2009 7 July 2009
Vengeance on Varos 2 × 45 min. 15 October 2001 8 January 2002 4 March 2003
Vengeance on Varos – Special Edition 2 × 45 min. 10 September 2012 5 September 2012 11 September 2012
The Mark of the Rani 2 × 45 min. 4 September 2006 2 November 2006 7 November 2006
The Two Doctors
Available individually or in the Bred for War box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
3 × 45 min. 8 September 2003 7 January 2004 1 June 2004
Timelash 2 × 45 min. 9 July 2007 31 July 2007 1 April 2008
Revelation of the Daleks
Available individually or in The Complete Davros Collection box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
2 × 45 min. 11 July 2005 1 September 2005 6 June 2006

Novels Edit

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

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