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Season 8 of Doctor Who ran between 2 January 1971 and 19 June 1971. It starred Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor, Katy Manning as Jo Grant, Nicholas Courtney as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Richard Franklin as Mike Yates, John Levene as John Benton and Roger Delgado as the Master. The season opened with Terror of the Autons and concluded with The Dæmons.

Overview Edit

It consisted of five stories and twenty-five episodes. As of 2017, season 8 remains notable for being the season with the most number of regular characters. Not only did it see a new companion in the form of Jo Grant, but it featured a regular enemy — the Master — who was the first regular Time Lord enemy of the Doctor to appear more than twice, and an expanded regular UNIT cast that now included Sergeant Benton and Mike Yates in most episodes. Adding in returning regulars Jon Pertwee and Nicholas Courtney, the regular cast swelled to six.

Television stories Edit

# Title Writer Episodes Notes
1 Terror of the AutonsRobert Holmes4First appearances of Jo Grant, Mike Yates and the Master. Beginning of the season-long "Master arc".
2 The Mind of EvilDon Houghton6First appearance of the second TARDIS interior.
3 The Claws of AxosBob Baker
Dave Martin
4First appearance of Axos. First story to be written by Bob Baker and Dave Martin.
4 Colony in SpaceMalcolm Hulke6First time the Third Doctor is able to visit an alien planet following his exile. First appearance of the "emitter head" sonic screwdriver model. Directorial debut on the programme of Michael E. Briant.
5 The DæmonsGuy Leopold, aka
Robert Sloman
Barry Letts
5Conclusion of the season-long "Master arc". Second explanation for the destruction of Atlantis.

Cast Edit

Season 8 Cast

The cast of Season 8.

Recurring Edit

Guest Edit

Stories set during this season Edit

Adaptations and merchandising Edit

Home media Edit

VHS releases Edit

  • Terror of the Autons (1993) (colour restoration)
  • The Mind of Evil (1998) (in B/W)
  • The Claws of Axos (1992)
  • Colony in Space (2001)
  • The Dæmons (1993) (colour restoration)
  • The Pertwee Years (1992) (The Dæmons episode 5 - in B/W)

DVD & Blu-ray releases Edit

Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
Terror of the Autons
Only available as part of the Mannequin Mania box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
4 × 25 min. 9 May 2011 2 June 2011 10 May 2011
The Mind of Evil 6 × 25 min. 3 June 2013 5 June 2014 11 June 2013
The Claws of Axos 4 × 25 min. 25 April 2005 2 June 2005 8 November 2005
Colony in Space 6 × 25 min. 3 October 2011 1 December 2011 8 November 2011
The Dæmons 5 × 25 min. 19 March 2012 19 April 2012 10 April 2012

Download/streaming availability Edit

Serial name Amazon Video BritBox iTunes
Terror of the Autons
(4 episodes)
The Mind of Evil
(6 episodes)
The Claws of Axos
(4 episodes)
UK Except France, Germany
Colony in Space
(6 episodes)
The Dæmons
(5 episodes)

BritBox is available only in the US. 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 8

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