Doctor Who (season 8)

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Doctor Who (season 8)
Doctor Who Season 8 DVD.jpg
Cover art of the Region 2 DVD release for first serial of the season
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of stories5
No. of episodes25
Original networkBBC One
Original release2 January (1971-01-02) –
19 June 1971 (1971-06-19)
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The eighth season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 2 January 1971 with Terror of the Autons and ended with The Dæmons featuring Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor.


Main cast[edit]

Jon Pertwee continues his role as the Third Doctor. Katy Manning makes her first appearance as companion Jo Grant in Terror of the Autons.

Recurring cast[edit]

Nicholas Courtney and John Levene continue their roles of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and Sergeant Benton, while Richard Franklin makes his first appearance as Captain Mike Yates.

Roger Delgado makes his first appearance as The Master in Terror of the Autons and continues to make appearances in each of the five serials.

Guest stars[edit]

Fernanda Marlowe makes appearances in The Mind of Evil and The Claws of Axos as Corporal Bell.


The season marks the first appearance of the Master who goes on to make further appearances through the season in every serial as the main antagonist who is finally captured at the end of the season. Colony in Space was the first serial set away from Earth since The War Games at the end of Season 6, and came about as a result of producer Barry Letts' feeling that the Earthbound stories of the Doctor's exile were too limiting in terms of potential plotting.

StorySerialSerial titleEpisode titlesDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
UK viewers
(millions) [1]
551Terror of the Autons"Episode One"Barry LettsRobert Holmes2 January 1971 (1971-01-02)EEE7.3
"Episode Two"Barry LettsRobert Holmes9 January 1971 (1971-01-09)EEE8.0
"Episode Three"Barry LettsRobert Holmes16 January 1971 (1971-01-16)EEE8.1
"Episode Four"Barry LettsRobert Holmes23 January 1971 (1971-01-23)EEE8.4
The Master arrives on Earth and makes an alliance with the Autons to conquer the planet.
562The Mind of Evil"Episode One"Timothy CombeDon Houghton30 January 1971 (1971-01-30)FFF6.1
"Episode Two"Timothy CombeDon Houghton6 February 1971 (1971-02-06)FFF8.8
"Episode Three"Timothy CombeDon Houghton13 February 1971 (1971-02-13)FFF7.5
"Episode Four"Timothy CombeDon Houghton20 February 1971 (1971-02-20)FFF7.4
"Episode Five"Timothy CombeDon Houghton27 February 1971 (1971-02-27)FFF7.6
"Episode Six"Timothy CombeDon Houghton6 March 1971 (1971-03-06)FFF7.3
The Master creates the Keller Machine, a device that appears to rehabilitate prisoners, but instead kills them.
573The Claws of Axos"Episode One"Michael FergusonBob Baker and Dave Martin13 March 1971 (1971-03-13)GGG7.3
"Episode Two"Michael FergusonBob Baker and Dave Martin20 March 1971 (1971-03-20)GGG8.0
"Episode Three"Michael FergusonBob Baker and Dave Martin27 March 1971 (1971-03-27)GGG6.4
"Episode Four"Michael FergusonBob Baker and Dave Martin3 April 1971 (1971-04-03)GGG7.8
The Axons land on Earth supposedly peacefully, even offering a new energy source. However, that is not their real purpose.
584Colony in Space"Episode One"Michael E. BriantMalcolm Hulke10 April 1971 (1971-04-10)HHH7.6
"Episode Two"Michael E. BriantMalcolm Hulke17 April 1971 (1971-04-17)HHH8.5
"Episode Three"Michael E. BriantMalcolm Hulke24 April 1971 (1971-04-24)HHH9.5
"Episode Four"Michael E. BriantMalcolm Hulke1 May 1971 (1971-05-01)HHH8.1
"Episode Five"Michael E. BriantMalcolm Hulke8 May 1971 (1971-05-08)HHH8.8
"Episode Six"Michael E. BriantMalcolm Hulke15 May 1971 (1971-05-15)HHH8.7
On the human colony Uxarieus, the colonists' crops are failing and a giant reptile appears to be killing them.
595The Dæmons"Episode One"Christopher BarryGuy Leopold (Robert Sloman and Barry Letts)22 May 1971 (1971-05-22)JJJ9.2
"Episode Two"Christopher BarryGuy Leopold (Robert Sloman and Barry Letts)29 May 1971 (1971-05-29)JJJ8.0
"Episode Three"Christopher BarryGuy Leopold (Robert Sloman and Barry Letts)5 June 1971 (1971-06-05)JJJ8.1
"Episode Four"Christopher BarryGuy Leopold (Robert Sloman and Barry Letts)12 June 1971 (1971-06-12)JJJ8.1
"Episode Five"Christopher BarryGuy Leopold (Robert Sloman and Barry Letts)19 June 1971 (1971-06-19)JJJ8.3
The Master awakens the demonic Azal from his spaceship under a Bronze Age burial mound.


The entire season was broadcast from 2 January to 19 June 1971.

DVD releases[edit]

Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
Terror of the Autons
Only available as part of the Mannequin Mania box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
4 × 25 min. 9 May 2011 2 June 2011 10 May 2011
Terror of the AutonsDoctor Who DVD Files Issue 101 4 × 25 min. 14 November 2012 14 November 2012 N/A
The Mind of Evil 6 × 25 min. 3 June 2013 5 June 2013 11 June 2013
The Claws of Axos 4 × 25 min. 25 April 2005 2 June 2005 8 November 2005
The Claws of Axos – Special Edition 4 x 25 min. 22 October 2012 7 November 2012 13 November 2012
The Claws of AxosDoctor Who DVD Files Issue 97 4 × 25 min. 19 September 2012 19 September 2012 N/A
Colony in Space 6 × 25 min. 3 October 2011 1 December 2011 8 November 2011
The Dæmons 5 × 25 min. 19 March 2012[2][3] 19 April 2012[4] 10 April 2012[5]

In print[edit]

Serial name Novelisation title Author First published
Terror of the Autons Doctor Who and the Terror of the Autons Terrance Dicks 15 May 1975
The Mind of Evil The Mind of Evil Terrance Dicks 21 March 1985
The Claws of Axos Doctor Who and the Claws of Axos Terrance Dicks 21 April 1977
Colony in Space Doctor Who and the Doomsday Weapon Malcolm Hulke 27 March 1974
The Dæmons Doctor Who and the Dæmons Barry Letts 17 October 1974


  1. ^ a b "Ratings Guide". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  2. ^ "The Doctor Who News Page: DVD Schedule Update". 3 May 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  3. ^ " listings". Archived from the original on 4 January 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2011.
  4. ^ "Doctor Who: The Daemons | DVD Movies & TV Shows, Genres, Sci-Fi / Fantasy : JB HI-FI". 19 April 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
  5. ^ Doctor Who DVD news: Extras for Story #059: The Daemons AND Story #066: Carnival Of Monsters: Special Edition | Archived 7 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine