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Season 4
43 episodes comprising 9 stories
starting with The Smugglers
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Doctor: Second Doctor
Secondary Doctor: First Doctor
Companion(s): Ben, Polly, Jamie, Victoria
Key crew
Producer(s): Innes Lloyd
Script editor(s): Gerry Davis
Peter Bryant
Series details
Start date: 10 September 1966
End date: 1 July 1967
Premiere network: BBC1
Typical episode length: 25'
More info
Main DWM coverage in issues: 131, 141
DWMSE: 4, 7, 12, 34, 35
Key reference books about the season: The Discontinuity Guide, The First Doctor Handbook, The Second Doctor Handbook, The Sixties, Wiped!, About Time 2
Key documentaries about the season: Doctor Who Stories - Frazer Hines
Relevant Myth Makers interviews: Michael Craze, Deborah Watling, Anneke Wills, Frazer Hines, Shaun Sutton, William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Innes Lloyd and Peter Bryant production teams
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The fourth season of Doctor Who ran between 10 September 1966 and 1 July 1967. It starred William Hartnell as the First Doctor in the first two stories and then Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor.

Overview Edit

Season 4 was a season of major changes for Doctor Who, including some that have influenced the series and franchise ever since.

Most notably, Season 4 saw William Hartnell's First Doctor hand off the baton to Patrick Troughton's Second Doctor in the very first regeneration. When Hartnell announced his plans to leave the series, the show's writers came up with the idea of having the Doctor change his appearance and personality. In 1966, while it was not uncommon for actors to change in ongoing TV and film roles, this was possibly the first time a change in appearance was written into the very nature of the character.

The regeneration (a term that wasn't introduced until some years later) occured in The Tenth Planet, the second story of the season, which carried double significance in that it also introduced the Cybermen, a recurring menace that would quickly establish itself in a strong second-place position behind the Daleks in the Doctor Who rogues gallery. As for the Daleks, an era ended with the series finale, The Evil of the Daleks, which at the time was expected to be the final Dalek story ever (although a Dalek later made a cameo in 1969's The War Games and the Daleks returned full-time to Doctor Who in 1972's Day of the Daleks).

The season introduced companion Jamie McCrimmon, one of the longest-serving and most popular TV companions. The Highlanders, broadcast this season, marked the end of the writers including occasional "historical serials" which featured no fantastic elements other than the TARDIS crew themselves. The next historical story would not appear until Black Orchid was broadcast in 1982.

For most of the season, the opening sequence, theme arrangement, and logo of the Hartnell era was retained. Beginning with The Macra Terror, however, a new opening sequence was introduced, and along with it a new series logo and a modified arrangement of the theme music (introducing the "electronic spangles" sound and the tape echo effect that would both be retained through to 1980). Most significantly, this new opening established the tradition of showing the current Doctor's face.

Season 4 consisted of nine serials and forty-three episodes, the majority of which are considered lost; as of 2013 this season has the sad distinction of being the only Doctor Who season for which not a single story survives in complete form (although audio recordings exist for all the episodes which has allowed cassette and CD reconstructions of the stories to be commercially released).

It was during Season 4 of Doctor Who that its long-standing rival, Star Trek, first aired on American television.

Along with Season 21, 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 The SmugglersBrian Hayles4
2 The Tenth PlanetKit Pedler
Gerry Davis
4First regeneration - final regular appearance of the First Doctor and introduction of the Second Doctor; first appearance of the Cybermen.
3 The Power of the DaleksDavid Whitaker6Reintroduction of the Daleks; first Dalek story completely written by someone other than Terry Nation.
4 The HighlandersElwyn Jones
Gerry Davis
4First appearance of Jamie McCrimmon; final historical story until Black Orchid.
5 The Underwater MenaceGeoffrey Orme4
6 The MoonbaseKit Pedler4Reintroduction of the Cybermen.
7 The Macra TerrorIan Stuart Black4First appearance of the Macra.
8 The Faceless OnesDavid Ellis
Malcolm Hulke
6Final appearances of Ben Jackson and Polly Wright, who appear only in episodes 1, 2 and 6.
9 The Evil of the DaleksDavid Whitaker7Reintroduction of the Daleks; first appearance of Victoria Waterfield; introduction of the Dalek Emperor.

Cast Edit

Recurring Edit

Guest Edit

Stories set during this season Edit

Adaptations and merchandising Edit

Home media Edit

VHS Edit

  • The Tenth Planet (2000) (with telesnap reconstruction of episode 4)
  • Cybermen: The Early Years (1992) (The Moonbase episodes 2 and 4)
  • Daleks: The Early Years (1992) (The Evil of the Daleks episode 2)
  • The Reign of Terror (2003) (The Faceless Ones episodes 1 and 3)
  • The Missing Years (Included in UK The Ice Warriors Collection (1998), US, The Edge of Destruction and Dr. Who: The Pilot Episode (2001) (The Underwater Menace episode 3)

Loose Cannon VHS releases Edit

  • The Smugglers (1999/2008)
  • The Tenth Planet (1998) (Episode 4 only)
  • The Power of the Daleks (1999)
  • The Highlanders (1999/2007)
  • The Underwater Menace (2005)
  • The Moonbase (2002)
  • The Macra Terror (1998/2006)
  • The Faceless Ones (1998/2009)
  • The Evil of the Daleks (2009)

DVD Edit

Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
The Underwater Menace
(Episode 2 of 4)
1 x 25 Min. TBA TBA TBA
{Lost in Time: William Hartnell}

The Underwater Menace (episode 3 of 4)
The Moonbase (episodes 2 & 4 of 4; soundtracks of 1 & 3)
The Faceless Ones (episodes 1 & 3 of 6)
The Evil of the Daleks (episode 2 of 7) (Also includes surviving clips from The Power of the Daleks, The Highlanders, The Macra Terror, The Smugglers and The Tenth Planet)

6 × 25 min.
+ 2 × 25 min. audio
1 November 2004 2 December 2004
(Original release)
1 July 2010
(Re-release)
2 November 2004

Novelisations Edit

Audiobooks Edit

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