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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 | edit source]
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.
Television stories[edit | edit source]
|1||Time and the Rani||Pip and Jane Baker||4||First appearance of the Seventh Doctor. Final appearance of the Rani. Last story to be written by Pip and Jane Baker.|
|2||Paradise Towers||Stephen Wyatt||4|
|3||Delta and the Bannermen||Malcolm Kohll||3||Debut of the Seventh Doctor's question-mark umbrella.|
|4||Dragonfire||Ian Briggs||3||Final appearance of Melanie Bush and Sabalom Glitz. First appearance of Ace.|
Notes[edit | edit source]
- 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.
- Delta and the Bannermen is notable in that it is one of few Classic Who stories to not have had a making-of documentary produced as part of the DVD range for its release on that medium. However, it was announced in January 2021 that the story will finally receive one when released on Blu-ray.
Cast[edit | edit source]
Recurring[edit | edit source]
Guest[edit | edit source]
- Ikona - Mark Greenstreet
- Faroon - Wanda Ventham
- Beyus - Donald Pickering
- Sarn - Karen Clegg
- Urak - Richard Gauntlett
- Lanisha - John Segal
- Chief Caretaker/The Great Architect - Richard Briers
- Deputy Chief Caretaker - Clive Merrison
- Tabby - Elizabeth Spriggs
- Tilda - Brenda Bruce
- Maddy - Judy Cornwell
- Pex - Howard Cooke
- Fire Escape - Julie Brennon
- Bin Liner - Annabel Yuresha
- Blue Kang Leader - Catherine Cusack
- Yellow Kang - Astra Sheridan
- Young Caretaker - Joseph Young
- Video Commentary - Simon Coady
- Gavrok - Don Henderson
- Delta - Belinda Mayne
- Weismuller - Stubby Kaye
- Hawk - Morgan Deare
- Tollmaster - Ken Dodd
- Burton - Richard Davies
- Billy - David Kinder
- Ray - Sara Griffiths
- Murray - Johnny Dennis
- Keillor - Brian Hibbard
- Chima - Tim Scott
- Bollitt - Anita Graham
- Adlon - Leslie Meadows
- The Lorells - Robin Aspland, Keff McCulloch, Justin Myers, Ralph Salmins
- Vocalists - Tracey Wilson, Jodie Wilson
- Goronwy - Hugh Lloyd
- Vinny - Martyn Geraint
- Callon - Clive Condon
- Arrex - Richard Mitchley
- Young Chimeron - Jessica McGough, Amy Osborn
- Chimeron Princess - Laura Collins, Carley Joseph
- Kane - Edward Peel
- Belazs - Patricia Quinn
- Kracauer - Tony Osoba
- Customer - Shirin Taylor
- Anderson - Ian Mackenzie
- McLuhan - Stephanie Fayerman
- Bazin - Stuart Organ
- Zed - Sean Blowers
- Pudovkin - Nigel Miles-Thomas
- The Creature - Leslie Meadows
- Announcer - Lynn Gardner
- Stellar - Miranda Borman
- Archivist - Daphne Oxenford
- Arnheim - Chris MacDonnell
Stories set during this season[edit | edit source]
- PROSE: The Useful Pile, AUDIO: Unregenerate! and AUDIO: Red (Between Time and the Rani and Paradise Towers)
- AUDIO: Bang-Bang-a-Boom!, AUDIO: Flip-Flop and COMIC: Plastic Millenium (Between Paradise Towers and Delta and the Bannermen)
- AUDIO: The Fires of Vulcan (Between Delta and the Bannermen and Dragonfire)
Adaptations and merchandising[edit | edit source]
Home media[edit | edit source]
VHS releases[edit | edit source]
DVD & Blu-ray releases[edit | edit source]
All serials of season 24 were released individually on DVD between 2009 and 2012.
|Serial name||Number and duration
|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 | edit source]
|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 | edit source]
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