|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of stories||4|
|No. of episodes||14|
|Original release||5 October 1988 –|
4 January 1989
The twenty-fifth season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 5 October 1988. It comprised four separate serials, beginning with Remembrance of the Daleks and ending with The Greatest Show in the Galaxy. To mark the 25th anniversary season, producer John Nathan-Turner brought back the Daleks and the Cybermen. The American New Jersey Network also made a special behind-the-scenes documentary called The Making of Doctor Who, which followed the production of the 25th anniversary story Silver Nemesis. Andrew Cartmel script edited the series.
Season 25 saw script editor Andrew Cartmel, who had joined for the previous season, exert a greater influence on the style of the series. He had watched serials from the Philip Hinchcliffe and Robert Holmes era such as The Seeds of Doom and The Talons of Weng-Chiang in preparation for it and concluded that the series should return to a more serious and dramatic approach. The season also saw the start of a move to explore the Doctor's past; Cartmel had felt that as more of the character's own history, together with the history of the Time Lords, had been revealed, some of the mystery about the Doctor had been lost. As a consequence, together with new writers Ben Aaronovitch and Marc Platt, he began developing the seeds of a new backstory, which would be hinted at throughout the season, that suggested the Doctor to be more powerful than most people were aware of. This concept eventually came to be known as the "Cartmel Masterplan".
See also: List of Doctor Who cast members
Terry Molloy makes his final appearance as Davros, the Dalek creator (now acting as the Dalek Emperor) in Remembrance of the Daleks.
John Leeson who previously regularly voiced the robot companion K9 from 1977 to 1978 and 1980–1981, appears as one of the Dalek voices in Remembrance of the Daleks.
David Banks makes his final of four appearances in the series in Silver Nemesis as a Cyber-leader.
See also: List of Doctor Who episodes (1963–1989)
This season was broadcast on Wednesdays.
|Serial title||Episode titles||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|148||1||Remembrance of the Daleks||"Part One"||Andrew Morgan||Ben Aaronovitch||5 October 1988||7H||5.5||68|
|"Part Two"||12 October 1988||5.8||69|
|"Part Three"||19 October 1988||5.1||70|
|"Part Four"||26 October 1988||5.0||72|
|Two factions of Daleks arrive on 1963 Earth via a time corridor. They are in search of the Hand of Omega, a powerful and ancient Gallifreyan stellar manipulator hidden by the Doctor prior to his first inadvertent trip with Ian and Barbara. The Doctor and Ace are assisted by the British army to defeat both of the warring Dalek factions, even as the Daleks' human allies infiltrate their party.|
|149||2||The Happiness Patrol||"Part One"||Chris Clough||Graeme Curry||2 November 1988||7L||5.3||67|
|"Part Two"||9 November 1988||4.6||65|
|"Part Three"||16 November 1988||5.3||65|
|Terra Alpha is under the steel fist of Helen A and her executioner, a sadistic robot made out of sweets called the Kandy Man. Joy is perpetual on Terra Alpha, because to be unhappy invites the wrath of Helen A's crack police force, the Happiness Patrol. Allying themselves with Terra Alpha's oppressed natives, the Pipe People, a former Happiness Patrolwoman named Susan Q and blues player Earl Sigma, the Doctor and Ace must end Helen A's reign of terror.|
|150||3||Silver Nemesis||"Part One"||Chris Clough||Kevin Clarke||23 November 1988||7K||6.1||71|
|"Part Two"||30 November 1988[a]||5.2||70|
|"Part Three"||7 December 1988[a]||5.2||70|
|In the year 1638, the Doctor sends into orbit around Earth a statue called Nemesis. It is made of the deadly living validium, which served Gallifrey as its last line of defence. In 1988, the Nemesis statue's orbit decays, it returns to Earth, and is pursued on Earth by three factions: the Cybermen, a Neo-Nazi named De Flores, and the mad, time-travelling Lady Peinforte, The latter faction nearly gained possession of the statue in 1638 and knows the darkest secrets of the Doctor's past.|
|151||4||The Greatest Show in the Galaxy||"Part One"||Alan Wareing||Stephen Wyatt||14 December 1988||7J||5.0||68|
|"Part Two"||21 December 1988||5.3||66|
|"Part Three"||28 December 1988||4.8||69|
|"Part Four"||4 January 1989||6.6||64|
|Despite Ace's protestations that she hates clowns, the Doctor takes the TARDIS to Segonax to see the famed Psychic Circus. But there they discover that the self-styled Greatest Show In The Galaxy has become something sinister: its founder, Kingpin, has disappeared; the callous Chief Clown deals violently with anyone who tries to flee; and prospective Circus stars must entertain an enigmatic family – or die. The time travellers learn that the Psychic Circus has fallen under the influence of the evil Gods of Ragnarok, and the Doctor's next performance may be his last.|
The entire season was broadcast from 5 October 1988 to 4 January 1989. Transmission moved to Wednesday nights. Season twenty-five was originally to have been broadcast in production order, with The Greatest Show in the Galaxy second. However, the expected start of the season on 7 September was postponed to 5 October as a result of BBC coverage of the Seoul Summer Olympics. Nathan-Turner still wanted to lead off the year with Remembrance of the Daleks and have episode one of the twenty-fifth anniversary story, Silver Nemesis, broadcast on 23 November – the actual date of Doctor Who's 25th anniversary. This left only three weeks in between the two serials. Consequently, the original season finale, The Happiness Patrol, was exchanged with The Greatest Show in the Galaxy.
|Season||Story no.||Serial name||Number and duration
|UK release date||Australia release date||USA/Canada release date|
|25||148||Remembrance of the Daleks||4 x 25 mins||September 1993||September 1993||October 1993|
|149||The Happiness Patrol||3 x 25 mins||August 1997||May 1998||March 1998|
|150||Silver Nemesis - Extended Edition||3 x 25 mins||April 1993||June 1993||August 1994|
|151||The Greatest Show in the Galaxy||4 x 25 mins||January 2000||September 1999||November 1999|
All releases are for DVD
|Season||Story no.||Serial name||Number and duration
|R2 release date||R4 release date||R1 release date|
|25||148||Remembrance of the Daleks||4 × 25 min.||26 February 2001||8 May 2002||2 April 2002|
|Remembrance of the Daleks (Special Edition)[b]||4 × 25 min.||26 November 2007
20 July 2009[c]
|2 June 2008
1 October 2009[d]
|2 March 2010|
|149||The Happiness Patrol[e]||3 × 25 min.||7 May 2012||7 June 2012||8 May 2012|
|150||Silver Nemesis[f]||3 × 25 min.||9 August 2010||7 October 2010||2 November 2010|
|151||The Greatest Show in the Galaxy||4 × 25 min.||30 July 2012||16 August 2012||14 August 2012|
See also: List of Doctor Who novelisations
|Season||Story no.||Library no.[a]||Novelisation title||Author||Hardcover
|25||148||148||Remembrance of the Daleks||Ben Aaronovitch||—||21 June 1990||19 February 2015|
|149||146||The Happiness Patrol||Graeme Curry||15 February 1990||2 July 2009|
|150||143||Silver Nemesis||Kevin Clarke||16 November 1989||6 July 2023|
|151||144||The Greatest Show in the Galaxy||Stephen Wyatt||21 December 1989||1 August 2013|