Season 24 of Doctor Who ran between 7 September 1987 and 7 December 1987. It starred Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor and Bonnie Langford as Melanie Bush. The season opened with Time and the Rani and concluded with Dragonfire.

Overview Edit

The season consisted of four serials and fourteen episodes. Unlike season 23, there was no overall story arc, and the episode allotment - two four-episode stories, two three-episode stories - would be retained for the remainder of the original series. Notably, the season featured the introduction of new companion Ace, who would be a prominent figure in the spinoff fiction that kept the Doctor Who name alive following its cancellation in 1989 and was the final official onscreen companion until Rose Tyler in the revived series.

Unlike the previous regenerations of the Doctor, the Sixth Doctor's happened at the beginning of the season's episode. Colin Baker, who played the Sixth Doctor, would not come back to shoot a few episodes leading up to the regeneration as he felt insulted at being replaced after a short time as the Doctor and was displeased to make fans think he was still the Doctor for another year when he was only offered one story before his dismissal. His Doctor's life was instead wrapped up through an audio series entitled The Sixth Doctor: The Last Adventure in 2015. As such, Sylvester McCoy briefly portrayed the Sixth Doctor when regenerating into the Seventh Doctor, the first actor to play two incarnations of the Doctor.

This was the last season of the original series where someone either left or joined the main cast.

This was the first season since Season 17 to not feature the Master.

Television stories Edit

# Title Writer Episodes Notes
1 Time and the RaniPip and Jane Baker4First appearance of the Seventh Doctor. Final appearance of the Rani. Last story to be written by Pip and Jane Baker.
2 Paradise TowersStephen Wyatt4
3 Delta and the BannermenMalcolm Kohll3Debut of the Seventh Doctor's question-mark umbrella.
4 DragonfireIan Briggs3Final appearance of Melanie Bush and Sabalom Glitz. First appearance of Ace.

Notes Edit

  • Lynn Gardner was originally cast as Ray in Delta and the Bannermen, but she was instead given the role of the Announcer in Dragonfire, after she suffered a leg injury during motor scooter practice that she'd been undertaking for the role of Ray.
  • All of the pre-existing songs featured in Delta and the Bannermen were entirely re-recorded by Keff McCulloch, David Kinder and the Lorells.

Cast Edit

Recurring Edit

Guest Edit

Stories set during this season Edit

Adaptations and merchandising Edit

Home media Edit

VHS releases Edit

DVD & Blu-ray releases Edit

All serials of season 24 were released individually on DVD between 2009 and 2012.

Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
Time and the Rani
Available individually or in the Regeneration box set in Region 2.
Only available individually in Regions 1 and 4.
4 × 25 min. 13 September 2010 4 November 2010 14 June 2011
Paradise Towers 4 × 25 min. 18 July 2011 1 September 2011 9 August 2011
Delta and the Bannermen 3 × 25 min. 22 June 2009 6 August 2009 1 September 2009
Only available as part of the Ace Adventures box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
3 × 25 min. 7 May 2012 7 June 2012 8 May 2012

 Download/streaming availability Edit

Serial name Amazon Video iTunes
Time and the Rani (4 episodes)
Paradise Towers (4 episodes)
Delta and the Bannermen (3 episodes)
Dragonfire (3 episodes)

Novelisations Edit

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