Doctor Who (season 2)

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Doctor Who (season 2)
Doctor Who Season 2 DVD.jpg
Cover art of the Region 2 DVD release for first serial of the season
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of stories9
No. of episodes39 (2 missing)
Original networkBBC One
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. Only 37 of 39 episodes exist in the BBC archives; 2 remain missing. As a result, 1 serial is incomplete.


Main cast[edit]

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[edit]

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


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.

StorySerialSerial titleEpisode titlesDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
UK viewers
(millions) [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 the Doctor's people attempts to meddle with history.

^† Episode is missing Dictionary:January=1:February=2:March=3:April=4:May=5:June=6:July=7:August=8:September=9:October=10:November=11:December=12


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[edit]

  • The Crusade – Episodes 2 & 4 (of 4 total)

DVD releases[edit]

Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
Planet of Giants 3 × 25 min 20 August 2012[5][6] 5 September 2012[7] 11 September 2012[8]
The Dalek Invasion of Earth 6 × 25 min. 9 June 2003 13 August 2003 7 October 2003
The Rescue/The Romans:
The Rescue (2 episodes)
The Romans (4 episodes)
6 × 25 min. 23 February 2009 2 April 2009 7 July 2009
The Web Planet 6 × 25 min. 3 October 2005 3 November 2005 5 September 2006
The Space Museum/The Chase:
The Space Museum (4 episodes)
The Chase (6 episodes)
10 × 25 min. 1 March 2010 6 May 2010 6 July 2010
The Time Meddler 4 × 25 min. 4 February 2008 2 April 2008 5 August 2008

Lost in Time
All existing episodes from otherwise missing First Doctor serials from this season have been released on the Lost in Time collection. Lost in Time was released in two formats in Region 1, with individual releases for volumes one and two (which cover First Doctor and Second Doctor episodes respectively), as well as an edition combining both volumes. In Regions 2 and 4, Lost in Time is available only as the combined single volume.

Includes episodes from Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
The Crusade (episodes 1 & 3 of 4; soundtracks of 2 & 4) 6 × 25 min.
+ 2 × 25 min. audio
1 November 2004 2 December 2004
(Original release)
1 July 2010
2 November 2004

In print[edit]

Serial name Novelisation title Author First published
Planet of Giants Planet of Giants Terrance Dicks 18 January 1990
The Dalek Invasion of Earth Doctor Who and the Dalek Invasion of Earth Terrance Dicks 24 March 1977
The Rescue The Rescue Ian Marter 20 August 1987
The Romans The Romans Donald Cotton 16 April 1987
The Web Planet Doctor Who and the Zarbi Bill Strutton 16 September 1965
The Crusade Doctor Who and the Crusaders David Whitaker 25 February 1966
The Space Museum The Space Museum Glyn Jones 15 January 1987
The Chase The Chase John Peel 20 July 1989
The Time Meddler The Time Meddler Nigel Robinson 15 October 1988

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Doctor Who Classic Episode Guide – Season 2". BBC. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  2. ^ "The Time Meddler". BBC. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Ratings Guide". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  4. ^ a b Richard Molesworth (compiler) (23 February 2009). The Rescue with Information Text (DVD). The Rescue DVD: BBC Worldwide.
  5. ^ "The Doctor Who News Page: DVD Schedule Update". 3 May 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  6. ^ "Twitter / Classic Doctor Who: Finishing touches to PLANE". Twitter.
  7. ^ "Doctor Who: Planet of Giants". Archived from the original on 28 August 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Doctor Who: Planet of Giants (2012)". Retrieved 18 July 2012.