Season 5 (Doctor Who 1963)

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Season 5 of Doctor Who ran from 2 September 1967 to 1 June 1968. It starred Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor, Frazer Hines as Jamie McCrimmon and Deborah Watling as Victoria Waterfield. The season opened with The Tomb of the Cybermen and concluded with The Wheel in Space.

Overview[[edit] | [edit source]]

It consisted of seven serials comprised of forty episodes, many of which are lost. No complete stories from the season were known to have survived until the early-1990s when archivists recovered a complete version of The Tomb of the Cybermen.

A second complete story, The Enemy of the World, was recovered in 2013, along with a nearly complete recovery of the story that followed it, The Web of Fear.

It is also the only season, as of 2020, where a missing episode (The Web of Fear episode 3) is known to exist but has not yet been returned to the BBC. The episode in question went missing from its known location just prior to recovery of the other episodes.[1]

Individual episodes have survived for a few of the other stories, and audio recordings exist for all. This was the first season not to have any episodes featuring Daleks. This is the first season where each story had a unique director. This is also the first season to feature no historical stories.

The season is also notable for having Patrick Troughton play a double-role as both the Doctor and Salamander in The Enemy of the World.

Television stories[[edit] | [edit source]]

# Title Writer Episodes Notes
1 The Tomb of the Cybermen Kit Pedler
Gerry Davis
4 Introduction of Telos, the Cyber-Controller and the Cybermats. Earliest completely preserved Second Doctor story.
2 The Abominable Snowmen Mervyn Haisman
Henry Lincoln
6 First appearance of Edward Travers, the Yeti and the Great Intelligence.
3 The Ice Warriors Brian Hayles 6 First appearance of the Ice Warriors.
4 The Enemy of the World David Whitaker 6 First story to be directed by Barry Letts.
5 The Web of Fear Mervyn Haisman
Henry Lincoln
6 First appearance of Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, and only televised appearance of Anne Travers.
6 Fury from the Deep Victor Pemberton 6 Final regular appearance of Victoria Waterfield, and the first appearance of the Doctor's sonic screwdriver.
7 The Wheel in Space David Whitaker 6 First appearance of Zoe Heriot.

Cast[[edit] | [edit source]]

Recurring[[edit] | [edit source]]

Guest[[edit] | [edit source]]

Stories set during this season[[edit] | [edit source]]

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Adaptations and merchandising[[edit] | [edit source]]

Home media[[edit] | [edit source]]

VHS releases[[edit] | [edit source]]

  • The Tomb of the Cybermen (1992)
  • The Troughton Years (1991) (The Abominable Snowmen episode 2 and The Enemy of the World episode 3)
  • Cybermen: The Early Years (1992) (The Wheel in Space episodes 3 and 6)
  • The Ice Warriors Collection (1998) (The Ice Warriors 1, 4, 5 and 6 with short reconstructions of episodes 2 and 3)
  • The Reign of Terror (2003) (The Web of Fear episode 1)

Loose Cannon VHS releases[[edit] | [edit source]]

  • The Abominable Snowman (2006) (Episodes 1, 3-6 only)
  • The Ice Warriors (2004) (Episodes 2 and 3 only)
  • The Enemy of the World (2001) (Episodes 1-2, 4-6 only)
  • Fury from the Deep (2005)

DVD & Blu-ray releases[[edit] | [edit source]]

Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
The Tomb of the Cybermen 4 × 25 min. 14 January 2002 28 March 2002 6 August 2002
The Tomb of the Cybermen – Special Edition
Only available as part of the Revisitations 3 box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
4 × 25 min. 13 February 2012 1 March 2012 13 March 2012
The Abominable Snowmen (animated reconstructions of all 6 episodes and surviving episode 2) 6 x 25 min. 5 September 2022 2 November 2022 6 December 2022
The Ice Warriors (with animated reconstructions of episodes 2 & 3) 6 x 25 min. 26 August 2013 28 August 2013 17 September 2013
The Enemy of the World 6 x 25 min. 25 November 2013 27 November 2013 10 December 2013
(Original release)
20 May 2014
The Enemy of the World - Special Edition 6 x 25 min. 26 March 2018 8 August 2018 N/A
The Web of Fear (with telesnap reconstruction of episode 3) 6 x 25 min. 24 February 2014 26 February 2014 22 April 2014
The Web of Fear - Special Edition (with animated reconstruction of episode 3) 6 x 25 min. 16 August 2021 22 September 2021 TBA
Fury from the Deep (with animated reconstructions of all 6 episodes) 6 x 25 min. 14 September 2020 11 November 2020 16 March 2021
Lost in Time: Patrick Troughton

The Abominable Snowmen (episode 2 of 6)
The Enemy of the World (episode 3 of 6)
The Web of Fear (episode 1 of 6)
The Wheel in Space (episodes 3 & 6 of 6)

(also includes surviving clips from The Abominable Snowmen, The Web of Fear, Fury from the Deep and The Wheel in Space)

5 × 25 min.
1 November 2004 2 December 2004
(Original release)
1 July 2010
2 November 2004

Download/streaming availability[[edit] | [edit source]]

Serial name Amazon Video BritBox (US) Britbox (Canada) Google Play iTunes
The Tomb of the Cybermen
(4 episodes)
The Abominable Snowmen
The Ice Warriors
(6 episodes
with animated reconstructions of episodes 2 & 3)
The Enemy of the World
(6 episodes)
The Web of Fear
(6 episodes
with a telesnap reconstruction of episode 3)
Fury from the Deep
The Wheel in Space
(6 episodes
with telesnap reconstructions of episodes 1, 2, 4 & 5)

BritBox is available only in the UK, US and Canada. iTunes stores carry Doctor Who serials in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the UK and US.

Novelisations[[edit] | [edit source]]

Audiobooks[[edit] | [edit source]]

to be added

External links[[edit] | [edit source]]

BBC Website Guide to Season 5