Season 19 (Doctor Who 1963)

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Season 19 of Doctor Who ran from 4 January 1982 to 30 March 1982. It starred Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor, Matthew Waterhouse as Adric, Sarah Sutton as Nyssa and Janet Fielding as Tegan Jovanka. The season opened with Castrovalva and concluded with Time-Flight. It was released as a Blu-Ray box set in December 2018.


It consisted of seven serials comprised of twenty-six episodes airing on a bi-weekly schedule, for the first time in the show's history. Two milestones occurred in Earthshock. Firstly, the Cybermen returned, unannounced, for the first time since Revenge of the Cybermen in 1975 with a completely different design, with David Banks' first appearance as Cyber-Leader, a role he would return to in subsequent stories involving the Cybermen until Silver Nemesis. Secondly, for the first time since The Daleks' Master Plan which had aired in 1965 and 1966, a companion died. Other milestones included Black Orchid, the first non-science fictional historical serial since 1966's The Highlanders, and the destruction of the Doctor's sonic screwdriver in The Visitation. A cliffhanger ending to the series appeared to have left Tegan stranded at Heathrow Airport with the Doctor abandoning her by mistake (the Doctor had spent most of the series trying to get Tegan back to Heathrow, which almost became a running theme).

Originally, this series was going to have twenty-eight episodes- two more than normal. However, John Nathan-Turner used two of the allocated episodes for A Girl's Best Friend, the failed pilot to K9 and Company.

With this season, the BBC returned the series to a mid-winter season start, which had last been done for Season 12 and had been the format throughout the Jon Pertwee era.

Television stories[[edit]]

# Title Writer Episodes Notes
1 Castrovalva Christopher H. Bidmead 4 First story to be directed by Fiona Cumming.
2 Four to Doomsday Terence Dudley 4 First story written by Terence Dudley.
3 Kinda Christopher Bailey 4 First appearance of the Mara.
4 The Visitation Eric Saward 4 First Doctor Who script for Eric Saward, and the last onscreen use of the sonic screwdriver until the 1996 TV movie.
5 Black Orchid Terence Dudley 2 First "pure historical" story since 1966, and Ron Jones' directorial debut on the programme.
6 Earthshock Eric Saward 4 Final appearance of Adric, and the first companion death since 1966.
7 Time-Flight Peter Grimwade 4 Temporary departure of Tegan Jovanka. First episode written by Peter Grimwade.




Stories set during this season[[edit]]


Short stories[[edit]]



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Adaptations and merchandising[[edit]]

Home media[[edit]]

VHS releases[[edit]]

DVD & Blu-ray releases[[edit]]

All serials of season 19 were released individually on DVD between 2003 and 2011. The complete season was upscaled in 1080i50 high definition and released on Blu-ray as Doctor Who: The Collection - Season 19 in the UK on 10 December 2018.

It was later released in Australia on 23 January 2019 and was released in the US under the title Doctor Who: Peter Davison - Complete Season One on 4 December 2018.

A standard edition of the box set was released in the UK on 31 May 2021.

Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
Only available as part of the New Beginnings box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Available individually or in the box set in Region 1.
4 × 25 min. 29 January 2007 7 March 2007 5 June 2007
Four to Doomsday 4 × 25 min. 15 September 2008 4 December 2008 6 January 2009
Only available as part of the Mara Tales box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
4 × 25 min. 7 March 2011 7 April 2011 12 April 2011
The Visitation 4 × 25 min. 19 January 2004 8 April 2004 1 March 2005
The Visitation - Special Edition 4 x 25 min. 6 May 2013 15 May 2013 14 May 2013
Black Orchid 2 × 25 min. 14 April 2008 5 June 2008 5 August 2008
Earthshock 4 × 25 min. 18 August 2003 1 October 2003 7 September 2004
Only available as part of the Time-Flight/Arc of Infinity box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
4 × 25 min. 6 August 2007 5 September 2007 6 November 2007
The Collection - Season 19 26 x 25 min. 10 December 2018 23 January 2019 4 December 2018

Download/streaming availability[[edit]]

Serial name Amazon Video Google Play iTunes
Castrovalva (4 episodes)
Four to Doomsday (4 episodes)
Kinda (4 episodes)
The Visitation (4 episodes)
Black Orchid (2 episodes)
Earthshock (4 episodes
Time-Flight (4 episodes)



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