This article about a year is currently under construction. It's likely to be a bit messy.
|Timeline for 1980|
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1980 was a year in which a number of events important to the production of Doctor Who and its spin-offs occurred.
- The BBC announced that K9 would be leaving Doctor Who during the next season. According to The Television Companion by David J. Howe and Stephen James Walker, the response to this announcement by fans inspired John Nathan-Turner to pitch the idea of a spin-off series featuring the character, which later became K9 and Company.
- September - John Nathan-Turner approached Peter Davison about taking over from Tom Baker as the star of Doctor Who.
- 24 October - At a press conference, the BBC announced that Tom Baker would too be leaving Doctor Who at the end of the current season.
- November - The BBC announced that Peter Davison had been cast as the Fifth Doctor.