Doctor Who
Season 2
Doctor Who Season 2 DVD.jpg
Cover art of the Region 2 DVD release for first serial of the season
Starring
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of stories9
No. of episodes39 (2 missing)
Release
Original networkBBC1
Original release31 October 1964 (1964-10-31) –
24 July 1965 (1965-07-24)
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The second season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 31 October 1964 with the story Planet of Giants and ended on 24 July 1965 with The Time Meddler. 37 of 39 episodes exist in the BBC archives; 2 episodes remain missing. As a result, only 1 serial is incomplete.

Casting

See also: List of Doctor Who cast members

Main cast

William Hartnell continued his role as the First Doctor accompanied by his original companions: his granddaughter Susan Foreman (Carole Ann Ford), and schoolteachers Ian Chesterton (William Russell) and Barbara Wright (Jacqueline Hill).

Susan departed at the end of the second story The Dalek Invasion of Earth, and was soon replaced by Vicki (Maureen O'Brien) in The Rescue.

The penultimate story The Chase saw the departure of Ian and Barbara, and the arrival of Steven (Peter Purves) as a regular member of the TARDIS crew. At the end of the season, aside from the Doctor, the main cast had changed and would do so the following season when it finished.

Guest stars

Peter Butterworth makes his first of two appearances as the Meddling Monk in the serial The Time Meddler.

Serials

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

Dennis Spooner replaced David Whitaker as script editor after The Dalek Invasion of Earth, and edited the remainder of the season apart from The Time Meddler, which was edited by Donald Tosh. Verity Lambert continued in her role as producer for the entire season while Mervyn Pinfield served as associate producer until the end of The Romans.[1] This season was originally intended to have 40 episodes with Planet of Giants originally shot and edited as 4 x 25 minute episodes. After viewing the episodes, Head of series and serials Donald Wilson found them to be lacking in action and ordered that the final two episodes be edited into 1 episode. The episode left over was later used to produce the single-episode teaser "Mission to the Unknown" in Season 3.

The Time Meddler is the first example in the series of what became known as "pseudo-historical" stories – these are serials that are set in the past, but have a story that involves significant science-fiction elements (beyond the presence of the TARDIS and its crew).[2]

Season 2 is the most complete season of Doctor Who during its black-and-white era, as only two episodes, both from The Crusade, are missing from the BBC archive.

No.
story
No. in
season
Serial titleEpisode titlesDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [3]
AI[3]
91Planet of Giants"Planet of Giants"Mervyn PinfieldLouis Marks31 October 1964 (1964-10-31)J8.457
"Dangerous Journey"Mervyn PinfieldLouis Marks7 November 1964 (1964-11-07)J8.458
"Crisis"Douglas CamfieldLouis Marks14 November 1964 (1964-11-14)J8.959
Arriving on Earth, the First Doctor, Ian, Barbara, and Susan have been shrunk to the size of an inch.
102The Dalek Invasion of Earth"World's End"Richard MartinTerry Nation21 November 1964 (1964-11-21)K11.463
"The Daleks"Richard MartinTerry Nation28 November 1964 (1964-11-28)K12.459
"Day of Reckoning"Richard MartinTerry Nation5 December 1964 (1964-12-05)K11.959
"The End of Tomorrow"Richard MartinTerry Nation12 December 1964 (1964-12-12)K11.959
"The Waking Ally"Richard MartinTerry Nation19 December 1964 (1964-12-19)K11.458
"Flashpoint"Richard MartinTerry Nation26 December 1964 (1964-12-26)K12.463
The Daleks have invaded Earth following a plague and meteorite strike.
113The Rescue"The Powerful Enemy"Christopher BarryDavid Whitaker2 January 1965 (1965-01-02)L12.057
"Desperate Measures"Christopher BarryDavid Whitaker9 January 1965 (1965-01-09)L13.059
On the planet Dido, Vicki, a marooned survivor awaiting a rescue ship, lives in fear of Koquillion, a bipedal inhabitant which is stalking the area.
124The Romans"The Slave Traders"Christopher BarryDennis Spooner16 January 1965 (1965-01-16)M13.053
"All Roads Lead to Rome"Christopher BarryDennis Spooner23 January 1965 (1965-01-23)M11.551
"Conspiracy"Christopher BarryDennis Spooner30 January 1965 (1965-01-30)M10.050
"Inferno"Christopher BarryDennis Spooner6 February 1965 (1965-02-06)M12.050
While enjoying a holiday at a Roman villa in the year 64AD, the Doctor and Vicki decide to visit the city of Rome while Ian and Barbara are kidnapped and sold into slavery.
135The Web Planet"The Web Planet"Richard MartinBill Strutton13 February 1965 (1965-02-13)N13.556
"The Zarbi"Richard MartinBill Strutton20 February 1965 (1965-02-20)N12.553
"Escape to Danger"Richard MartinBill Strutton27 February 1965 (1965-02-27)N12.553
"Crater of Needles"Richard MartinBill Strutton6 March 1965 (1965-03-06)N13.049
"Invasion"Richard MartinBill Strutton13 March 1965 (1965-03-13)N12.048
"The Centre"Richard MartinBill Strutton20 March 1965 (1965-03-20)N11.542
On the planet Vortis, the Doctor, Ian, Barbara, and Vicki ally with the Menoptra to battle the Zarbi.
146The Crusade"The Lion"Douglas CamfieldDavid Whitaker27 March 1965 (1965-03-27)P10.551
"The Knight of Jaffa"Douglas CamfieldDavid Whitaker3 April 1965 (1965-04-03)P8.550
"The Wheel of Fortune"Douglas CamfieldDavid Whitaker10 April 1965 (1965-04-10)P9.049
"The Warlords"Douglas CamfieldDavid Whitaker17 April 1965 (1965-04-17)P9.548
The TARDIS materialises in 12th century Palestine, during the time of the Third Crusade. When the Doctor, Ian, Barbara, and Vicki emerge, they find themselves in the middle of a Saracen ambush.
157The Space Museum"The Space Museum"Mervyn PinfieldGlyn Jones24 April 1965 (1965-04-24)Q10.561
"The Dimensions of Time"Mervyn PinfieldGlyn Jones1 May 1965 (1965-05-01)Q9.253
"The Search"Mervyn PinfieldGlyn Jones8 May 1965 (1965-05-08)Q8.556
"The Final Phase"Mervyn PinfieldGlyn Jones15 May 1965 (1965-05-15)Q8.549
In a space museum on the planet Xeros, the Doctor, Ian, Barbara, and Vicki find themselves encased and on display.
168The Chase"The Executioners"Richard MartinTerry Nation22 May 1965 (1965-05-22)R10.057
"The Death of Time"Richard MartinTerry Nation29 May 1965 (1965-05-29)R9.556
"Flight Through Eternity"Richard MartinTerry Nation5 June 1965 (1965-06-05)R9.055
"Journey into Terror"Richard MartinTerry Nation12 June 1965 (1965-06-12)R9.554
"The Death of Doctor Who"Richard MartinTerry Nation19 June 1965 (1965-06-19)R9.056
"The Planet of Decision"Richard Martin and Douglas Camfield (uncredited)Terry Nation26 June 1965 (1965-06-26)R9.557
Using a time machine, the Daleks pursue the TARDIS through time and space in order to exterminate its crew.
179The Time Meddler"The Watcher"Douglas CamfieldDennis Spooner3 July 1965 (1965-07-03)S8.957
"The Meddling Monk"Douglas CamfieldDennis Spooner10 July 1965 (1965-07-10)S8.849
"A Battle of Wits"Douglas CamfieldDennis Spooner17 July 1965 (1965-07-17)S7.753
"Checkmate"Douglas CamfieldDennis Spooner24 July 1965 (1965-07-24)S8.354
In 1066 Northumbria, a "Monk" who is actually one of the Doctor's people attempts to meddle with history.

^† Episode is missing

Production

The first two serials were produced in the programme's first production block, but were held back until the beginning of the second season.[4] Verity Lambert began lobbying for a second season in August 1964, and was initially only guaranteed 13 episodes. Nine were already planned as Planet of Giants and The Dalek Invasion of Earth, and with only four episodes after that Lambert felt it was too short a time to retain the regular actors and it would be then pointless to write Susan out at the end of The Dalek Invasion of Earth. In best interest of the actors and their agents, a deal was struck of an additional 13 episodes, and the commitment of 26 episodes in the second production block was accepted the day The Dalek Invasion of Earth finished filming.[4]

Missing episodes

See also: Doctor Who missing episodes

Home media

See also: List of Doctor Who VHS 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
2 009 Planet of Giants 3 × 25 mins. January 2002[5][6] March 2002[6]
May 2003[6]
010 The Dalek Invasion of Earth 6 × 25 mins. May 1990[7][8]
(2 x VHS)
November 1990[8]
(2 x VHS)
February 1994[8]
(2 x VHS)

011
012
The Rescue/The Romans:
The Rescue (2 episodes)
The Romans (4 episodes)
6 × 25 mins. September 1994[9][10][11]
(2 x VHS)
November 1994[11]
(1 x VHS)
March 1996[11]
(2 x VHS)
013 The Web Planet 6 × 25 mins. September 1990[12][13]
(2 x VHS in separate boxes)
May 1991[13]
(1 x VHS)
August 1994[13]
(1 x VHS)
014
015
The Crusade
The Space Museum (4 episodes)
6 × 25 mins. July 1999[14][15]
(released only in UK as part of a boxset "The Crusade and The Space Museum")
July 1999[15]
(released only in AU as part of a boxset "The Crusade and The Space Museum")
January 2000[15]
(released only in US as part of a boxset "The Crusade and The Space Museum")
016 The Chase (6 episodes) 6 × 25 mins. September 1993[16][17]
(2 x VHS released only in UK as part of a boxset "The Chase / Remembrance of the Daleks")
September 1993[17]
(2 x VHS released only in AU as part of a boxset "The Chase / Remembrance of the Daleks")
October 1993[17]
(2 x VHS released only in US as part of a boxset "The Chase / Remembrance of the Daleks")
017 The Time Meddler 4 × 25 mins. November 2002[18][19] (3 x VHS released only in UK as part of a boxset "The First Doctor Collection") December 2002[18] (3 x VHS released only in AU as part of a boxset "The First Doctor Collection") October 2003[20]

DVD and Blu-ray releases

Season Story no. Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
2 009 Planet of Giants 3 × 25 min. 20 August 2012[21][22] 5 September 2012[23] 11 September 2012[24]
010 The Dalek Invasion of Earth 6 × 25 min. 9 June 2003[25][26] 13 August 2003[27] 7 October 2003[28]
011–012 The Rescue
The Romans
6 × 25 min. 23 February 2009[29][30] 2 April 2009[23] 7 July 2009[31]
013 The Web Planet 6 × 25 min. 3 October 2005[32][33] 3 November 2005[34] 5 September 2006[35]
015–016 The Space Museum
The Chase
10 × 25 min. 1 March 2010[36][37] 6 May 2010[38] 6 July 2010[39]
017 The Time Meddler 4 × 25 min. 4 February 2008[40][41] 2 April 2008[42] 5 August 2008[43]
Lost in Time, Volume 1
2–3 014
021
024
The Crusade[a]
The Daleks' Master Plan[b]
The Celestial Toymaker[c]
6 × 25 min.
(+ 2 × 25 min. audio)[d]
1 November 2004[44][45] 2 December 2004[e][46]
1 July 2010[f][47]
2 November 2004[48]
  1. ^ Full episodes 1 & 3 of 4, with soundtracks of episodes 2 & 4
  2. ^ Episodes 2, 5, & 10 of 12
  3. ^ Episode 4 of 4
  4. ^ Also includes surviving clips from The Smugglers and The Tenth Planet
  5. ^ Original release
  6. ^ Re-release

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]
2 009 145 Planet of Giants Terrance Dicks N/A 18 January 1990[49] 4 May 2017[49]
010 17 Doctor Who and the Dalek Invasion of Earth 24 March 1977[50] 5 November 2009[50]
011 124 The Rescue Ian Marter 20 August 1987[51] 21 January 1988[51] 4 April 2013[51]
012 120 The Romans Donald Cotton 16 April 1987[52] 17 September 1987[52] N/A
013 73 Doctor Who and the Zarbi Bill Strutton 16 September 1965[e][53] 2 May 1973[53] 7 November 2005[53]
014 12 Doctor Who and the Crusaders David Whitaker 24 February 1966[e][54]
17 January 1985[f][54]
1967[g][54]
2 May 1973[h][54]
7 November 2005[54]
015 117 The Space Museum Glyn Jones 15 January 1987[55] 18 June 1987[55] 4 February 2016[55]
016 140 The Chase John Peel N/A 20 July 1989[56] 4 August 2011[56]
017 126 The Time Meddler Nigel Robinson 15 October 1987[57] 17 March 1988[57] 6 October 2016[57]
  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. ^ a b Published by Frederick Muller Ltd.
  6. ^ Published by W. H. Allen
  7. ^ Published by Green Dragon
  8. ^ Published by Target

Ratings

Viewers per episode (millions)
Audience measurement performed by Broadcasters' Audience Research Board[3]

See also

References

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  49. ^ a b Smith 2021, p. 19.
  50. ^ a b Smith 2021, p. 20.
  51. ^ a b c Smith 2021, p. 22.
  52. ^ a b Smith 2021, p. 23.
  53. ^ a b c Smith 2021, p. 24.
  54. ^ a b c d e Smith 2021, p. 27.
  55. ^ a b c Smith 2021, p. 30.
  56. ^ a b Smith 2021, p. 31.
  57. ^ a b c Smith 2021, p. 32.

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