The Exterminator series of Doctor Who: Battles in Time were the original set.
It was launched in September 2006 with a special card mounted magazine issue which included four packs of trading cards. Additional packs were also available to purchase separately.
The cards saw a trial run in Wales in 2005, with the first 85 cards of the exterminator set being the only ones available during the trial. All of these cards are from the first series of the revival era, with the first in the set being a preview of next year's 10th Doctor.
The Exterminator series consisted of a 275 cards being numbered from 001 to 275 featuring graphics from Series One and Two of the television series. (Each card also carried its particular series numbering in the bottom right corner).
The Exterminator series consisted of;
- 231 (C) Common Cards
- 28 (R) Rare Cards (Foil printed, one in every pack)
- 10 (SR) Super Rare (Embossed foil printed, scratch 'n sniff, glow in the dark, or holo foil printed, found in one in every six packs)
- 6 (UR) Ultra Rare (Special feature cards with lenticular changing images, found in one in twenty-four packs)
The much sought after, gold ticket card (of Rose Tyler possessed by the Time Vortex), remained available in every thousand packs and was of a thicker, gold foiled and unnumbered card.
Certain non-character cards also required the use of an unnumbered 'Psychic Paper' card to read. This card was included unpacked with the first issue of the Battles in Time magazine, and could also be found in regular packs of Exterminator cards. The Psychic Paper card had a window of red cellophane that allowed the scrambled text to be read clearly. This gimmick was discontinued part-way through the Exterminator run and was never continued in future sets. All cards with a coded message also had an uncoded variant.