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Season 6
44 episodes comprising 7 stories
starting with The Dominators
DWLogoTroughton
Doctor: Second Doctor
Companion(s): Jamie, Zoe
Key crew
Producer(s): Peter Bryant
Script editor(s): Derrick Sherwin
Terrance Dicks
Series details
Start date: 10 August 1968
End date: 21 June 1969
Premiere network: BBC1
Typical episode length: 25'
More info
Main DWM coverage in issues: 144
DWMSE: 4, 12
Key reference books about the season: The Discontinuity Guide, The Second Doctor Handbook, The Sixties, Wiped!, About Time 2
Key documentaries about the season: Doctor Who Stories - Frazer Hines
Relevant Myth Makers interviews: Wendy Padbury, Frazer Hines, Derrick Sherwin, Patrick Troughton
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The sixth season of Doctor Who ran between 10 August 1968 and 21 June 1969. It featured Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor.

Overview Edit

Season 6 featured the first UNIT story, The Invasion, which showcased the return of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. It also featured the first official appearance of Time Lords and the Doctor's home planet (as yet unnamed). (Previously, another Time Lord, the Monk, had appeared, without much elaboration, though the name "Time Lord" first appeared in that season.) It also marked the end of the black-and-white era and the tenure of Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor. It consisted of seven serials and forty-four episodes, including two epic-length storylines: the eight episodes of The Invasion and the ten-episode The War Games. This season is fortunately more complete than the previous three seasons, of which only four serials exist. Seven episodes from this season are lost, although audio recordings remain for all; as a result, the DVD release of The Invasion uses animation to recreate the two missing episodes from that story.

Television stories Edit

# Title Writer Episodes Notes
1 The DominatorsNorman Ashby, aka
Mervyn Haisman
Henry Lincoln
(episode 5: with Derrick Sherwin, uncredited)
5First story to be written under a pseudonym.
2 The Mind RobberPeter Ling
(episode 1: with Derrick Sherwin, uncredited)
5Episode 1 first and only instalment to have no on-screen writer's credit.
3 The InvasionDerrick Sherwin
Concept by Kit Pedler
8First appearances of UNIT and John Benton, reintroduction of the Cybermen.
4 The KrotonsRobert Holmes4First Robert Holmes script for Doctor Who.
5 The Seeds of DeathBrian Hayles
(with Terrance Dicks, uncredited)
6First Terrance Dicks script for Doctor Who, return of the Ice Warriors. (To keep the reappearance of the Ice Warriors a surprise, Steve Peters was credited as 'Alien' in Radio Times for episode 1.)
6 The Space PiratesRobert Holmes6
7 The War GamesMalcolm Hulke
Terrance Dicks
10Final regular appearances of the Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon and Zoe Heriot; first identified appearances by the Time Lords; and first look at Gallifrey (not identified by name). Final black and white episode.

Cast Edit

Recurring Edit

Season 6 was the first season since Season 1 in which the core cast remained unchanged for the entire series.

Stories set during this season Edit

Adaptations and merchandising Edit

Home media Edit

VHS Edit

  • The Dominators (1990)
  • The Mind Robber (1990)
  • The Invasion (with narration of episodes 1 and 4) (1993)
  • The Krotons (1991)
  • The Seeds of Death (1985/1987) (Edited Movie Format)
  • The War Games (1990/2002) (on 2 tapes)
  • The Troughton Years (1991) (The Space Pirates episode 2)

Loose Cannon VHS releases Edit

  • The Invasion (2003) (Episodes 1 and 4 only)
  • The Space Pirates (1998/2007) (Episodes 1, 3-6 only)

DVD Edit

Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
The Dominators 5 × 25 min. 12 July 2010 2 September 2010 11 January 2011
The Mind Robber 5 × 20 min. 7 March 2005 5 May 2005 6 September 2005
The Invasion (episodes 2-3 & 5-8 of 8, animation of 1 & 4) 8 × 25 min. 6 November 2006 3 January 2007 6 March 2007
The Krotons 4 × 25 min. 2 July 2012 2 August 2012 10 July 2012
The Seeds of Death 6 × 25 min. 17 February 2003 5 May 2003 2 March 2004
The Seeds of Death – Special Edition
Only available as part of the Revisitations 2 box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
6 × 25 min. 28 March 2011 5 May 2011 12 June 2012
The War Games 10 × 25 min. 6 July 2009 3 September 2009 3 November 2009
The Space Pirates (episode 2 of 6) 1 × 25 min.
1 November 2004 2 December 2004
(Original release)
1 July 2010
(Re-release)
2 November 2004

Novels Edit

Other information Edit

Novels and other media contend that further adventures of the Second Doctor occurred during Season 6B prior to his regeneration into the Third Doctor as seen in Season 7 of the television series.

External links Edit

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