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Season 25 of Doctor Who ran from 5 October 1988 to 4 January 1989. It starred Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor and Sophie Aldred as Ace. The season opened with Remembrance of the Daleks and concluded with The Greatest Show in the Galaxy.


The season consisted of four serials comprised of fourteen episodes. As the silver anniversary season, it included several stories noting the milestone: Remembrance of the Daleks, which featured the final "classic series" appearance of the Daleks and Davros and which would feature scenes set at Coal Hill School and 76 Totter’s Lane, both significant locations in the first episode, An Unearthly Child; and Silver Nemesis, the final classic series appearance of the Cybermen, which had its first episode broadcast on the actual 25th anniversary of the series. It also showed the lighter side of the Seventh Doctor's personality fade and be replaced by darker qualities. The Greatest Show in the Galaxy was also the last episode to have the Doctor dressed in bright colours. This would also be the first season that would be recorded with the intention of, and be broadcast in, a stereo mix.[1]

Television stories[]

# Title Writer Episodes Notes
1 Remembrance of the Daleks Ben Aaronovitch 4
2 The Happiness Patrol Graeme Curry 3
3 Silver Nemesis Kevin Clarke 3 25th anniversary story.
4 The Greatest Show in the Galaxy Stephen Wyatt 4




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DVD & Blu-ray releases[]

All serials of season 25 were released individually on DVD between 2001 and 2012. The Regions 2 and 4 releases of the Special Edition of Remembrance of the Daleks was originally only available as part of The Complete Davros Collection box set, but was later re-released on its own.

Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
Remembrance of the Daleks 4 × 25 min. 26 February 2001 13 May 2002 2 April 2002
Remembrance of the Daleks – Special Edition
Available individually or in The Complete Davros Collection box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
4 × 25 min. 26 November 2007
20 July 2009
6 February 2008
1 October 2009
2 March 2010
The Happiness Patrol
Only 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
Silver Nemesis
Only available as part of the Cybermen box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
3 × 25 min. 9 August 2010 7 October 2010 2 November 2010
The Greatest Show in the Galaxy 4 × 25 min. 30 July 2012 16 August 2012 14 August 2012

Download/streaming availability[]

Serial name Amazon Video iTunes
Remembrance of the Daleks (4 episodes)
The Happiness Patrol (3 episodes)
Silver Nemesis (3 episodes)
The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (4 episodes)


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