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Season 8

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Season 8
25 episodes comprising 5 stories
starting with Terror of the Autons
Doctor Who logo Pertwee logo
Doctor: Third Doctor
Companion(s): Jo, Brigadier, Benton, Yates
Key crew
Producer(s): Barry Letts
Script editor(s): Terrance Dicks
Series details
Start date: 2 January 1971
End date: 19 June 1971
Premiere network: BBC1
Typical episode length: 25'
More info
DWMSE: 2, 15
Key reference books about the season: The Discontinuity Guide, The Third Doctor Handbook, The Seventies, About Time 3
Key documentaries about the season: Jon and Katy, PanoptiCon 93
Relevant Myth Makers interviews: Nicholas Courtney, Jon Pertwee, Richard Franklin, Barry Letts and Terrance Dicks (part 1), Barry Letts and Terrance Dicks (part 2), Roger Delgado, Katy Manning, Bob Baker and Dave Martin, Robert Sloman, John Levene
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The eighth season of Doctor Who ran between 2 January 1971 and 19 June 1971. It starred Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor.

Overview Edit

As of November 2012, season 8 remains notable for being the season with the most number of regular characters. Not only did it see a new companion in the form of Jo Grant, but it featured a regular enemy — the Master — and an expanded regular UNIT cast that now included Sergeant Benton and Mike Yates in most episodes. Adding in returning regulars Jon Pertwee and Nicholas Courtney, the regular cast swelled to six.

Television stories Edit

# Title Writer Episodes Notes
1 Terror of the AutonsRobert Holmes4First appearances of Jo Grant, Mike Yates and the Master; featuring the return of the Nestene Consciousness and the Autons; beginning of the season-long Master arc.
2 The Mind of EvilDon Houghton6First appearance of the second TARDIS interior.
3 The Claws of AxosBob Baker
Dave Martin
4First appearance of Axos.
4 Colony in SpaceMalcolm Hulke6First time the Third Doctor is able to visit an alien planet following exile. First appearance of the "emitter head" sonic screwdriver model.
5 The DæmonsGuy Leopold, aka
Robert Sloman
Barry Letts
5Conclusion of the season-long Master arc. Second explanation for the destruction of Atlantis. The Master is captured and imprisoned.

Cast Edit

Season 8 Cast

The cast of Season 8.

Recurring Edit

Stories set during this season Edit

Adaptations and merchandising Edit

Home media Edit

VHS Edit

  • Terror of the Autons (1993) (colour restoration)
  • The Mind of Evil (1998) (in B/W)
  • The Claws of Axos (1992)
  • Colony in Space (2001)
  • The Dæmons (1993) (colour restoration)
  • The Pertwee Years (1992) (The Dæmons episode 5 - in B/W)

DVD Edit

Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
Terror of the Autons
Only available as part of the Mannequin Mania box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
4 × 25 min. 9 May 2011 2 June 2011 10 May 2011
The Mind of Evil 6 × 25 min. 3 June 2013 5 June 2014 11 June 2013
The Claws of Axos 4 × 25 min. 25 April 2005 2 June 2005 8 November 2005
Colony in Space 6 × 25 min. 3 October 2011 1 December 2011 8 November 2011
The Dæmons 5 × 25 min. 19 March 2012 19 April 2012 10 April 2012

Download/streaming availability Edit

Serial name BBC Store iTunes (France, Germany) iTunes (other)
Terror of the Autons (4 episodes)
The Mind of Evil (6 episodes)
The Claws of Axos (4 episodes)
Colony in Space (6 episodes)
The Dæmons (5 episodes)

Novels Edit

External links Edit

BBC website guide to Season 8

Notes Edit

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