Doctor Who (season 2)
|Doctor Who (season 2)|
Cover art of the Region 2 DVD release for first serial of the season
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of stories||9|
|No. of episodes||39 (2 missing)|
|Original network||BBC One|
|Original release||31 October 1964 –|
24 July 1965
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.
- William Hartnell as the First Doctor
- Carole Ann Ford as Susan Foreman
- Jacqueline Hill as Barbara Wright
- William Russell as Ian Chesterton
- Maureen O'Brien as Vicki
- Peter Purves as Steven Taylor
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).
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.
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. 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).
|Story||Serial||Serial title||Episode titles||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|9||1||Planet of Giants||"Planet of Giants"||Mervyn Pinfield||Louis Marks||31 October 1964||J||8.4||57|
|"Dangerous Journey"||Mervyn Pinfield||Louis Marks||7 November 1964||J||8.4||58|
|"Crisis"||Douglas Camfield||Louis Marks||14 November 1964||J||8.9||59|
|Arriving on Earth, the First Doctor, Ian, Barbara, and Susan have been shrunk to the size of an inch.|
|10||2||The Dalek Invasion of Earth||"World's End"||Richard Martin||Terry Nation||21 November 1964||K||11.4||63|
|"The Daleks"||Richard Martin||Terry Nation||28 November 1964||K||12.4||59|
|"Day of Reckoning"||Richard Martin||Terry Nation||5 December 1964||K||11.9||59|
|"The End of Tomorrow"||Richard Martin||Terry Nation||12 December 1964||K||11.9||59|
|"The Waking Ally"||Richard Martin||Terry Nation||19 December 1964||K||11.4||58|
|"Flashpoint"||Richard Martin||Terry Nation||26 December 1964||K||12.4||63|
|The Daleks have invaded Earth following a plague and meteorite strike.|
|11||3||The Rescue||"The Powerful Enemy"||Christopher Barry||David Whitaker||2 January 1965||L||12.0||57|
|"Desperate Measures"||Christopher Barry||David Whitaker||9 January 1965||L||13.0||59|
|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.|
|12||4||The Romans||"The Slave Traders"||Christopher Barry||Dennis Spooner||16 January 1965||M||13.0||53|
|"All Roads Lead to Rome"||Christopher Barry||Dennis Spooner||23 January 1965||M||11.5||51|
|"Conspiracy"||Christopher Barry||Dennis Spooner||30 January 1965||M||10.0||50|
|"Inferno"||Christopher Barry||Dennis Spooner||6 February 1965||M||12.0||50|
|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.|
|13||5||The Web Planet||"The Web Planet"||Richard Martin||Bill Strutton||13 February 1965||N||13.5||56|
|"The Zarbi"||Richard Martin||Bill Strutton||20 February 1965||N||12.5||53|
|"Escape to Danger"||Richard Martin||Bill Strutton||27 February 1965||N||12.5||53|
|"Crater of Needles"||Richard Martin||Bill Strutton||6 March 1965||N||13.0||49|
|"Invasion"||Richard Martin||Bill Strutton||13 March 1965||N||12.0||48|
|"The Centre"||Richard Martin||Bill Strutton||20 March 1965||N||11.5||42|
|On the planet Vortis, the Doctor, Ian, Barbara, and Vicki ally with the Menoptra to battle the Zarbi.|
|14||6||The Crusade||"The Lion"||Douglas Camfield||David Whitaker||27 March 1965||P||10.5||51|
|"The Knight of Jaffa"†||Douglas Camfield||David Whitaker||3 April 1965||P||8.5||50|
|"The Wheel of Fortune"||Douglas Camfield||David Whitaker||10 April 1965||P||9.0||49|
|"The Warlords"†||Douglas Camfield||David Whitaker||17 April 1965||P||9.5||48|
|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.|
|15||7||The Space Museum||"The Space Museum"||Mervyn Pinfield||Glyn Jones||24 April 1965||Q||10.5||61|
|"The Dimensions of Time"||Mervyn Pinfield||Glyn Jones||1 May 1965||Q||9.2||53|
|"The Search"||Mervyn Pinfield||Glyn Jones||8 May 1965||Q||8.5||56|
|"The Final Phase"||Mervyn Pinfield||Glyn Jones||15 May 1965||Q||8.5||49|
|In a space museum on the planet Xeros, the Doctor, Ian, Barbara, and Vicki find themselves encased and on display.|
|16||8||The Chase||"The Executioners"||Richard Martin||Terry Nation||22 May 1965||R||10.0||57|
|"The Death of Time"||Richard Martin||Terry Nation||29 May 1965||R||9.5||56|
|"Flight Through Eternity"||Richard Martin||Terry Nation||5 June 1965||R||9.0||55|
|"Journey into Terror"||Richard Martin||Terry Nation||12 June 1965||R||9.5||54|
|"The Death of Doctor Who"||Richard Martin||Terry Nation||19 June 1965||R||9.0||56|
|"The Planet of Decision"||Richard Martin and Douglas Camfield (uncredited)||Terry Nation||26 June 1965||R||9.5||57|
|Using a time machine, the Daleks pursue the TARDIS through time and space in order to exterminate its crew.|
|17||9||The Time Meddler||"The Watcher"||Douglas Camfield||Dennis Spooner||3 July 1965||S||8.9||57|
|"The Meddling Monk"||Douglas Camfield||Dennis Spooner||10 July 1965||S||8.8||49|
|"A Battle of Wits"||Douglas Camfield||Dennis Spooner||17 July 1965||S||7.7||53|
|"Checkmate"||Douglas Camfield||Dennis Spooner||24 July 1965||S||8.3||54|
|In 1066 Northumbria, a "Monk" who is actually one the Doctor's people attempts to meddle with history.|
The first two serials were produced in the programme's first production block, but were held back until the beginning of the second season. 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.
- The Crusade – Episodes 2 & 4 (of 4 total)
|Serial name||Number and duration
|R2 release date||R4 release date||R1 release date|
|Planet of Giants||3 × 25 min||20 August 2012||5 September 2012||11 September 2012|
|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
|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
1 July 2010
|2 November 2004|
|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|
- "Doctor Who Classic Episode Guide – Season 2". BBC. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
- "The Time Meddler". BBC. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
- "Ratings Guide". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
- Richard Molesworth (compiler) (23 February 2009). The Rescue with Information Text (DVD). The Rescue DVD: BBC Worldwide.
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- "Twitter / Classic Doctor Who: Finishing touches to PLANE". Twitter.
- "Doctor Who: Planet of Giants". Ezydvd.com.au. Archived from the original on 28 August 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
- "Doctor Who: Planet of Giants (2012)". Amazon.com. Retrieved 18 July 2012.