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Season 25

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Season 25
14 episodes comprising 4 stories
starting with Remembrance of the Daleks
Doctor Who logo 7
Doctor: Seventh Doctor
Companion(s): Ace
Key crew
Producer(s): John Nathan-Turner
Script editor(s): Andrew Cartmel
Series details
Start date: 5 October 1988
End date: 4 January 1989
Premiere network: BBC1
Typical episode length: 25'
More info
DWMSE: 10, 21
Key reference books about the season: The Discontinuity Guide, The Seventh Doctor Handbook, The Eighties, JN-T: The Life and Scandalous Times, Ace! The Inside Story, About Time 6
Relevant Myth Makers interviews: John Nathan-Turner, Sophie Aldred, Sylvester McCoy, Andrew Cartmel, Keff McCulloch
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Season 25 of Doctor Who ran between 5 October 1988 and 4 January 1989.

Overview Edit

The season consisted of four serials and fourteen twenty-five-minute episodes. As the silver anniversary season, it included several stories noting the milestone: Remembrance of the Daleks, which featured the final "classic series" appearance of the Daleks and Davros and which was set near Coal Hill School, the location of the first episode, An Unearthly Child; and Silver Nemesis, the final classic series appearance of the Cybermen, which had its first episode broadcast on the actual 25th anniversary of the series. It also showed the lighter side of the Seventh Doctor's personality fade and be replaced by darker qualities. The Greatest Show in the Galaxy was also the last episode to have the Doctor dressed in bright colours.

Television stories Edit

# Title Writer Episodes Notes
1 Remembrance of the DaleksBen Aaronovitch4 Final appearance of Davros and the Daleks in the classic series; first hint of the so-called "Cartmel Masterplan"; significant shift in Seventh Doctor's personality from comical to manipulative begins to manifest.
2 The Happiness PatrolGraeme Curry3Parodises Thatcherism and then-British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
3 Silver NemesisKevin Clarke325th anniversary story. Final appearance of the original Cybermen in the classic series.
4 The Greatest Show in the GalaxyStephen Wyatt4Serial inspired by an idea of shooting a story in a tent outside after an asbestos scare at the BBC.

Cast Edit

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Adaptations and merchandising Edit

Home media Edit

VHS Edit

DVD Edit

Serials of season 25 are still being released individually. The first serial was released in 2001.

Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
Remembrance of the Daleks 4 × 25 min. 26 February 2001 13 May 2002 2 April 2002
Remembrance of the Daleks – Special Edition
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
20 July 2009
6 February 2008
1 October 2009
2 March 2010
The Happiness Patrol
Only part of the Ace Adventures box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
3 × 25 min. 7 May 2012 7 June 2012 8 May 2012
Silver Nemesis
Only available as part of the Cybermen box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
3 × 25 min. 9 August 2010 7 October 2010 2 November 2010
The Greatest Show in the Galaxy 4 × 25 min. 30 July 2012 16 August 2012 14 August 2012

 Download/streaming availability Edit

Serial name Amazon Video BBC Store iTunes
Remembrance of the Daleks (4 episodes)
The Happiness Patrol (3 episodes)
Silver Nemesis (3 episodes)
The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (4 episodes)


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