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5th Doctor Episode Guide

The Fifth Doctor was portrayed by Peter Davison.

Season 19 (1982)

Antony Root took over from Bidmead as script editor for Four to Doomsday and The Visitation, after which he was replaced by Eric Saward. The show moved from its traditional once-weekly Saturday broadcast to being broadcast twice-weekly primarily on Monday and Tuesday, although there were regional variations to the schedule.

Castrovalva, together with the previous two serials, The Keeper of Traken and Logopolis, form a trilogy involving the return of the Master. They were released on DVD under the banner title New Beginnings. Matthew Waterhouse’s character dies in Earthshock which marked a long return for the Cybermen.

Title Code Number of Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
Castrovalva 6T 2 Paula Moore Matthew Robinson 5–12 January 1982
Four to Doomsday 6V 2 Philip Martin Ron Jones 19–26 January 1982
Kinda 6X 2 Pip and Jane Baker Sarah Hellings 2–9 February 1982
The Visitation 6W 3 Robert Holmes Peter Moffatt 16 February – 2 March 1982
Black Orchid 6Y 2 Glen McCoy Pennant Roberts 9–16 March 1982
Earthshock 6Z 2 Eric Saward Graeme Harper 23–30 March 1982
Timeflight 6C 4 Peter Grimwade Ron Jones 22–30 March 1982

Season 20 (1983)

To commemorate the twentieth season, the stories in this season involve the return of previous villains and introduced Mark Strickson, and marked the departure of Sarah Sutton This trilogy were the titles. Mawdryn Undead, Terminus and Enlightenment which involved the Black Guardian’s plot to kill the Doctor. They were released individually on VHS and as a set on DVD as parts of The Black Guardian Trilogy. This season was broadcast twice weekly on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings on BBC1.

Title Code Number of Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
Arc of Infinity 6E 4 Paula Moore Matthew Robinson 5–12 January 1983
Snakedance 6D 4 Philip Martin Ron Jones 19–26 January 1983
Mawdryn Undead 6F 4 Pip and Jane Baker Sarah Hellings 2–9 February 1983
Terminus 6G 4 Robert Holmes Peter Moffatt 16 February – 2 March 1983
Enlightenment 6H 4 Glen McCoy Pennant Roberts 9–16 March 1983
The King’s Demons 6J 2 Eric Saward Graeme Harper 23–30 March 1983

Special (1983)

Marking the 20th annniversary with a whole host of companions, monsters and much more.

Title Code Number of Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
The Five Doctors 6K 20th anniversary special (90 mins) Terrance Dicks MattPeter Moffatthew Robinson 23 November 1983 (USA)
25 November 1983 (UK)

Season 21 (1984)

Episodes were broadcast twice weekly on Thursday and Friday evenings, with Resurrection of the Daleks broadcast on two consecutive Wednesday nights. Mark Strickson, Kamelion and Janet Fielding left and introduced Nicola Bryant

Title Code Number of Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
Warriors of the Deep 6L 4 Johnny Byrne Pennant Roberts 5–13 January 1984
The Awakening 6M 2 Eric Pringle Michael Owen Morris 19–20 January 1984
Frontios 6N 4 Christopher H. Bidmead Ron Jones 26 January – 3 February 1984
Resurrection of the Daleks 6P 2
(45 mins each)
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Eric Saward Matthew Robinson 8–15 February 1984
Planet of Fire 6Q 4 Peter Grimwade Fiona Cumming 23 February – 2 March 1984
The Caves of Androzani 6R 4 Robert Holmes Graeme Harper 8–16 March 1984
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