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Season 11 of Doctor Who ran between 15 December 1973 and 8 June 1974. It starred Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor, Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah-Jane Smith and Nicholas Courtney as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. The season opened with The Time Warrior and concluded with Planet of the Spiders.

Overview Edit

It consisted of five serials and twenty-six episodes. It was Jon Pertwee's final season as the Doctor and included, very briefly, the first appearance of Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor. The Time Warrior, the season opener, introduced Sarah Jane Smith, who was a frequently featured character in the Doctor Who universe decades after her departure in Season 14. The same story also, for the first time, named the Doctor's homeworld as Gallifrey. UNIT began to be phased out of the series in this season. Roger Delgado, the first actor who had played the Master, had died, and so the production team did not give the character the dramatic send-off that they had planned in the season finale. The diamond shaped Doctor Who logo and tunnel effects with Jon Pertwee were introduced, paving the way for the Tom Baker era.

Season 11 was the latest season to be subject to the BBC's then-current policy of junking old episodes. For reasons unknown, only the first episodes of Invasion of the Dinosaurs and Death to the Daleks were erased; copies of both episodes were later reacquired.

This season also had an incredibly good write-up. The five writers for this season — Robert Holmes, Malcolm Hulke, Terry Nation, Brian Hayles and Robert Sloman — won an award from the Writer's Guild of Great Britain for Best Children's Drama Script. This was the last season of Terrance Dicks' run as script editor.

Television stories Edit

# Title Writer Episodes Notes
1 The Time WarriorRobert Holmes4First appearance of Sarah Jane Smith and the Sontarans; the Doctor's home planet is identified for the first time as Gallifrey.
2 Invasion of the DinosaursMalcolm Hulke6Part 1 is titled Invasion, making this the first episode to have an individual title since the final episode of The Gunfighters in 1966. Mike Yates's betrayal.
3 Death to the DaleksTerry Nation4Sarah Jane's first TARDIS trip into space and encounter with the Daleks.
4 The Monster of PeladonBrian Hayles6Sequel to The Curse of Peladon. Featuring the return of the Ice Warriors- their last major appearance in the classic series.
5 Planet of the SpidersRobert Sloman
Barry Letts (uncredited)
6Final regular appearance of the Third Doctor and Mike Yates. First appearance of the Fourth Doctor. Reappearance of the planet Metebelis III and the Metebelis crystal. Debut of K'anpo Rimpoche, the Doctor's old mentor. Only televised story to feature two Time Lords regenerating over the course of the same adventure discounting the First and Twelfth Doctors in 2017's Twice Upon a Time.

Cast Edit

Recurring Edit

Guest Edit

Stories set during this season Edit

Adaptations and merchandising Edit

Home media Edit

VHS Edit

  • The Time Warrior (1989) (edited movie format)
  • Invasion of the Dinosaurs (2003) (Invasion part 1 in B/W)
  • Death to the Daleks (1987/1995)
  • The Monster of Peladon (1995)
  • Planet of the Spiders (1991)

DVDs Edit

All serials of season 11 were released on DVD between 2007 and 2012.

Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
The Time Warrior
Available individually or in the Bred for War box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
4 × 25 min. 3 September 2007 3 October 2007 1 April 2008
Invasion of the Dinosaurs
Only available as part of the U.N.I.T. Files box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
6 × 25 min. 9 January 2012 5 January 2012 10 January 2012
Death to the Daleks 4 × 25 min. 18 June 2012 5 July 2012 10 July 2012
The Monster of Peladon
Only available as part of the Peladon Tales box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
6 × 25 min. 18 January 2010 4 March 2010 4 May 2010
Planet of the Spiders 6 × 25 min. 18 April 2011 2 June 2011 10 May 2011

 Download/streaming availability Edit

Serial name Amazon Video BritBox iTunes
The Time Warrior
(4 episodes)
Invasion of the Dinosaurs
(6 episodes)
Death to the Daleks
(4 episodes)
The Monster of Peladon
(6 episodes)
Planet of the Spiders
(6 episodes)

BritBox is available only in the US and Canada. iTunes stores carry Doctor Who serials in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the UK and US, unless stated otherwise.

Novels Edit

External links Edit

BBC website guide to Season 11

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