Doctor Who
Season 13
Doctor Who Season 13 DVD.jpg
Cover art of the Region 2 DVD release for the first serial of the season
Starring
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of stories6
No. of episodes26
Release
Original networkBBC1
Original release30 August 1975 (1975-08-30) –
6 March 1976 (1976-03-06)
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The thirteenth season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 30 August 1975 with the story Terror of the Zygons, and ended with The Seeds of Doom. It was ranked as readers' favourite season in Doctor Who Magazine issue 413.

Casting

See also: List of Doctor Who cast members

Main cast

Tom Baker continued his role as The Fourth Doctor along with Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen). Harry Sullivan, played by Ian Marter, departed in Terror of the Zygons and reappeared in The Android Invasion as a guest star.

Recurring cast

Nicholas Courtney returned as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart in Terror of the Zygons having last appeared in Robot. John Levene makes his final appearance as Sergeant Benton in The Android Invasion after six years in the role.

Serials

See also: List of Doctor Who episodes (1963–1989)

Terror of the Zygons was produced as part of the production schedule for Season 12, but was held for transmission from the end of that season to the beginning of Season 13, to coincide with a move from the new season starting at the beginning of the calendar year, to starting in late summer. Terror of the Zygons was also the last appearance of the Brigadier until Mawdryn Undead in Season 20. The season took a transmission break of two weeks over the Christmas 1975 period, between the broadcasts of The Android Invasion and The Brain of Morbius.

No.
story
No. in
season
Serial titleEpisode titlesDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [1]
AI[1]
801Terror of the Zygons"Part One"Douglas CamfieldRobert Banks Stewart30 August 1975 (1975-08-30)4F8.459
"Part Two"Douglas CamfieldRobert Banks Stewart6 September 1975 (1975-09-06)4F6.1
"Part Three"Douglas CamfieldRobert Banks Stewart13 September 1975 (1975-09-13)4F8.254
"Part Four"Douglas CamfieldRobert Banks Stewart20 September 1975 (1975-09-20)4F7.2
The Fourth Doctor is summoned to Earth by the Brigadier who is in Scotland investigating the mysterious loss of oil rigs, and discovers an alien invasion.
812Planet of Evil"Part One"David MaloneyLouis Marks27 September 1975 (1975-09-27)4H10.4
"Part Two"David MaloneyLouis Marks4 October 1975 (1975-10-04)4H9.956
"Part Three"David MaloneyLouis Marks11 October 1975 (1975-10-11)4H9.157
"Part Four"David MaloneyLouis Marks18 October 1975 (1975-10-18)4H10.154
An expedition is murdered. The Doctor and Sarah Jane land on the planet at the same time as the expedition's rescue team, and are immediately taken prisoner as the suspected murderers.
823Pyramids of Mars"Part One"Paddy RussellStephen Harris (Lewis Greifer and Robert Holmes)25 October 1975 (1975-10-25)4G10.5
"Part Two"Paddy RussellStephen Harris (Lewis Greifer and Robert Holmes)1 November 1975 (1975-11-01)4G11.3
"Part Three"Paddy RussellStephen Harris (Lewis Greifer and Robert Holmes)8 November 1975 (1975-11-08)4G9.4
"Part Four"Paddy RussellStephen Harris (Lewis Greifer and Robert Holmes)15 November 1975 (1975-11-15)4G11.760
The Osiran warmonger Sutekh seeks to be released from his prison and enlists servants on Earth.
834The Android Invasion"Part One"Barry LettsTerry Nation22 November 1975 (1975-11-22)4J11.958
"Part Two"Barry LettsTerry Nation29 November 1975 (1975-11-29)4J11.3
"Part Three"Barry LettsTerry Nation6 December 1975 (1975-12-06)4J12.1
"Part Four"Barry LettsTerry Nation13 December 1975 (1975-12-13)4J11.4
The Doctor and Sarah Jane land in a duplicate of an English village, complete with androids created by aliens as a testing ground for their invasion plot.
845The Brain of Morbius"Part One"Christopher BarryRobin Bland (Terrance Dicks and Robert Holmes)3 January 1976 (1976-01-03)4K9.5
"Part Two"Christopher BarryRobin Bland (Terrance Dicks and Robert Holmes)10 January 1976 (1976-01-10)4K9.3
"Part Three"Christopher BarryRobin Bland (Terrance Dicks and Robert Holmes)17 January 1976 (1976-01-17)4K10.157
"Part Four"Christopher BarryRobin Bland (Terrance Dicks and Robert Holmes)24 January 1976 (1976-01-24)4K10.2
Years ago, the renegade Time Lord known as Morbius was executed. When the Doctor and Sarah Jane arrive on the planet Karn, they discover that Dr Solon is creating a body so that Morbius may live again.
856The Seeds of Doom"Part One"Douglas CamfieldRobert Banks Stewart31 January 1976 (1976-01-31)4L11.459
"Part Two"Douglas CamfieldRobert Banks Stewart7 February 1976 (1976-02-07)4L11.4
"Part Three"Douglas CamfieldRobert Banks Stewart14 February 1976 (1976-02-14)4L10.3
"Part Four"Douglas CamfieldRobert Banks Stewart21 February 1976 (1976-02-21)4L11.1
"Part Five"Douglas CamfieldRobert Banks Stewart28 February 1976 (1976-02-28)4L9.9
"Part Six"Douglas CamfieldRobert Banks Stewart6 March 1976 (1976-03-06)4L11.5
Scientists uncover two giant seedpods buried in the Antarctic permafrost for thousands of years. Ruthless plant-lover Harrison Chase decides he must have them for his rare collection, but the pods may spell the end of all non-plant life on Earth.

Broadcast

The entire season was broadcast from 30 August 1975 to 6 March 1976.

Home media

See also: List of Doctor Who VHS releases, List of Doctor Who Laserdisc releases, and List of Doctor Who home video releases

VHS releases

Season Story no. Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
UK release date Australia release date USA/Canada release date
13 080 Terror of the Zygons 1 x 100 min.
4 x 25 min.
November 1988(edited)
August 1999(unedited)
April 1987(edited)
January 2000 (unedited)
April 1991(edited)
May 2000 (unedited)
081 Planet of Evil 4 x 25 min. February 1994 March 1994 June 1996
082 Pyramids of Mars 1 x 100 min.
4 x 25 min.
February 1985(edited)
April 1994(unedited)
November 1985(edited) February 1988(edited)
March 1998 (unedited)
083 The Android Invasion 4 x 25 min. March 1995 March 1995 March 1996
084 The Brain of Morbius 1 x 60 min.
4 x 25 min.
July 1984(edited)
July 1990(unedited)
November 1987(edited)
January 1991(unedited)
November 1987(edited)
February 1997 (unedited)
085 The Seeds of Doom 6 x 25 min. August 1994
2 x VHS
October 1994 September 1995

Laserdisc releases

Season Episode # Serial name Number and duration of episodes UK release date BBC/Encore US release date CBS/Fox
13 080 Terror of the Zygons 4 × 25 min. December 1997[2][3] N/A
084 The Brain of Morbius 4 × 25 min. July 1984[4][5] N/A

DVD and Blu-ray releases

Season Story no. Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
13 080 Terror of the Zygons[a] 4 × 25 min. 29 July 2013[6]
30 September 2013[7][b]
2 October 2013[8] 8 October 2013[9]
081 Planet of Evil 4 × 25 min. 15 October 2007[10] 5 December 2007[11] 4 March 2008[12]
082 Pyramids of Mars[c][13] 4 × 25 min. 1 March 2004[14] 10 June 2004[15] 7 September 2004[16]
083 The Android Invasion[d] 4 × 25 min. 9 January 2012[17][18] 5 January 2012[19][20] 10 January 2012[21]
084 The Brain of Morbius 4 × 25 min. 21 July 2008[22] 2 October 2008[23] 7 October 2008[24]
085 The Seeds of Doom 6 × 25 min. 25 October 2010[25] 2 December 2010[26] 8 March 2011[27]
  1. ^ Advanced release in region 2 as part of 'The Fourth Doctor Time Capsule' set with no special features on 29 July 2013.
  2. ^ The Region 2 release of Terror of the Zygons was released in advance as part of The Fourth Doctor Time Capsule box set without special features, and was later re-released on its own with special features.
  3. ^ Also available as part of The Doctors Revisited 1-4 in Regions 1 and 4.
  4. ^ Only available as part of the U.N.I.T. Files box set in Regions 2 and 4. Only available individually in Region 1.

In print

See also: List of Doctor Who novelisations

Season Story no. Library no.[a] Novelisation title Author Hardcover
release date[b]
Paperback
release date[c]
Audiobook
release date[d]
13 080 40 Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster Terrance Dicks 15 January 1976 1978 [e]
081 47 Doctor Who and the Planet of Evil 21 July 1977 18 August 1977
082 50 Doctor Who and the Pyramids of Mars 16 December 1976 14 August 2008
083 2 Doctor Who and the Android Invasion 16 November 1978 18 August 2022
084 7 Doctor Who and the Brain of Morbius 19 May 1977 23 June 1977 4 February 2008
Junior Doctor Who and the Brain of Morbius 27 June 1980 13 November 1980
085 55 Doctor Who and the Seeds of Doom Philip Hinchcliffe 17 February 1977 5 September 2019
  1. ^ Number in Target's Doctor Who Library, if applicable
  2. ^ Published by Target's parent companies (Allen Wingate, W. H. Allen, BBC Books) unless otherwise indicated
  3. ^ Published by Target Books (or by BBC Books under the Target Collection umbrella) unless otherwise indicated
  4. ^ Unabridged from BBC Audio/AudioGo unless otherwise indicated
  5. ^ Published by the Royal National Institute of the Blind

References

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  19. ^ "Doctor Who UNIT Files Box Set". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
  20. ^ "Doctor Who UNIT boxset 3 DVD Set". BBC. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
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