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Doctor Who
Doctor Who-title11.jpg
Premiere November 23, 1963
Next Episode Time On hiatus
Creator Sydney Newman
C.E. Webber
Donald Wilson
Network BBC
Style sci-fi drama
25-minute (seasons 1-26)
45-minute (seasons 27-)
B&W (seasons 1-6)
Color (seasons 7-)
Company BBC
Seasons 34
Episodes 719 + 1 TV movie (season 1-26)
103 + 14 specials + 2 animated specials + several shorts for TV, DVD and Internet (season 27-34)
Status Renewed through season 35 (2015)
Origin UK
Official Site Doctor Who
Official Twitter @bbcdoctorwho feed on Twitter
Official Facebook Doctor Who on Facebook

Doctor Who, the longest-running science fiction show in the history of television, is a UK sci-fi show involving a time-traveling alien. The show ran for twenty-six seasons between 1963 and 1989. Following a sixteen year hiatus broken only by a American-made television movie, the show resumed production in 2005, on its 27th season, billed as series 1.

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Premise

The title character, known only as "The Doctor", is a time lord, originating from the planet Gallifrey. Once a high-ranking member of his society, the Doctor has at various times been fugitive from his own people, the saviour of them, and, as of the 2005 revival, the sole surviving member of the time lord species. Prior the the series, the Doctor, disenchanted with the other time lords, stole an aging type 40 TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space) time machine from a repair bay on Gallifrey and packed his granddaughter Susan off to Earth. Susan and the Doctor eventually parted ways, and her place was filled with other "companions" - essentially people he picks up to join him on his travels.

The Doctor spends his time interfering with various cultures and fighting injustice, while occasionally encountering and doing battle with enemies such as the robotic space mutant daleks and the evil cybernetic cybermen.

A significant element of the series, enabling it to continue as long as it has, is the concept of "regeneration". Time lords are capable of regenerating their bodies upon death, taking a new face and personality every time while still remaining essentially the same person. This allowed BBC to continue the show, even when starring actor decide to leave. After the first few seasons, the the First Doctor (played by actor William Hartnell) was killed off and regenerated into the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton). As of 2014, the role is held by Peter Capaldi, portraying the Twelfth Doctor.

After being put on "indefinite hiatus" at the conclusion of its 26th season, starring Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor, the show was resurrected in 2005 with some development funding provided by CBC. The Sci Fi Channel aired the first season of the new format of Doctor Who a year later.

Cast

Original

Actor Character Duration
The Doctor 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 TVM
William Hartnell The First Doctor
Richard Hurndall  
Patrick Troughton The Second Doctor
Jon Pertwee The Third Doctor
Tom Baker The Fourth Doctor
Peter Davison The Fifth Doctor
Colin Baker Commander Maxil
The Sixth Doctor
Sylvester McCoy The Seventh Doctor
Paul McGann The Eighth Doctor
Orange indicates a recurring or guest role during that season.
Regular Cast ("Companions") 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 TVM
William Russell Ian Chesterton
Jacqueline Hill Barbara Wright
Lexa
Carole Ann Ford Susan Foreman
Maureen O'Brien Vicki Pallister
Peter Purves Steven Taylor
Adrienne Hill Katarina
Jackie Lane Dorothea "Dodo" Chaplet
Michael Craze Benjamin "Ben" Jackson
Anneke Wills Polly Wright
Frazer Hines James "Jamie" McCrimmon
Deborah Watling Victoria Waterfield
Wendy Padbury Zoe Heriot
Caroline John Elizabeth "Liz" Shaw
Nicholas Courtney Bret Vyon
Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart
Katy Manning Josephine "Jo" Grant
Elisabeth Sladen Sarah Jane Smith
Ian Marter John Andrews
Harry Sullivan
Louise Jameson Leela
John Leeson K-9 (voice)
David Brierly  
Mary Tamm Romana I
Lalla Ward Astra of Atrios
Romana II
Matthew Waterhouse Adric
Sarah Sutton Nyssa
Janet Fielding Tegan Jovanka
Mark Strickson Vislor Turlough
Nicola Bryant Perpugilliam "Peri" Brown
Bonnie Langford Melanie "Mel" Bush
Sophie Aldred Dorothy "Ace" McShane
Daphne Ashbrook Grace Holloway
Orange indicates a recurring or guest role during that season.
Supporting/Recurring Cast 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 TVM
Peter Hawkins Various vocal roles
Gerald Taylor Daleks
Robert Jewell  
Kevin Manser  
Murphy Grumbar  
John Scott Martin  
Cy Town  
Gerald Taylor Various roles 
Robert Jewell  
Kevin Manser  
David Graham  
Murphy Grumbar  
John Scott Martin  
Roy Skelton  
Pat Gorman  
Dave Carter  
Michael Wisher  
Terry Walsh  
Stuart Fell  
John Levene  
John Benton
Richard Franklin Michael "Mike" Yates
Roger Delgado The Master
Anthony Ainley  
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 TVM

Revival

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35
Christopher Eccleston The Ninth Doctor
David Tennant The Tenth Doctor
Matt Smith The Eleventh Doctor
Peter Capaldi Lucius Caecilius Iucundus
The Twelfth Doctor
Billie Piper Rose Tyler
Freema Agyeman Adeola Oshodi
Martha Jones
Catherine Tate Donna Noble
Karen Gillan Soothsayer
Amy Pond
Arthur Darvill Rory Williams
Jenna Coleman Clara Oswald
Orange indicates a recurring or guest role during that season.
Supporting/Recurring Cast 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35
Nicholas Briggs Various vocal roles
Paul Kasey Various roles
Alan Ruscoe  
Ruari Mears  
Dan Starkey  
Strax
Barnaby Edwards Daleks
Nicholas Pegg  
David Hankinson  
Lachele Carl Trinity Wells
Noel Clarke Mickey Smith
Camille Coduri Jackie Tyler
John Barrowman Jack Harkness
Adjoa Andoh Sister Jatt
Francine Jones
Jacqueline King Sylvia Noble
Alex Kingston River Song
Bernard Cribbins Wilfred Mott
Samuel Anderson Danny Pink
27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale Episodes
BBC
Season One: Stories 1–8 November 23, 1963 September 12, 1964 42
Season Two: Stories 9–17 October 31, 1964 July 24, 1965 39
Season Three: Stories 18–27 September 11, 1965 July 16, 1966 45
Season Four: Stories 28–36 September 10, 1966 July 1, 1967 43
Season Five: Stories 37–43 September 2, 1967 June 1, 1968 40
Season Six: Stories 44–50 August 10, 1968 June 21, 1969 44
Season Seven: Stories 51–54 January 3, 1970 June 20, 1970 25
Season Eight: Stories 55–59 January 2, 1971 June 19, 1971 25
Season Nine: Stories 60–64 January 1, 1972 June 24, 1972 26
Season Ten: Stories 65–69 December 30, 1972 June 23, 1973 26
Season Eleven: Stories 70–74 December 15, 1973 June 8, 1974 26
Season Twelve: Stories 75–79 December 28, 1974 May 10, 1975 20
Season Thirteen: Stories 80–85 August 30, 1975 March 6, 1976 26
Season Fourteen: Stories 86–91 September 4, 1976 April 2, 1977 26
Season Fifteen: Stories 92–97 September 3, 1977 March 11, 1978 26
Season Sixteen: Stories 98–103 September 2, 1978 February 24, 1979 26
Season Seventeen: Stories 104–109 September 1, 1979 January 12, 1980 26
Season Eighteen: Stories 110–116 August 30, 1980 March 21, 1981 28
Season Nineteen: Stories 117–123 January 4, 1982 March 30, 1982 26
Season Twenty: Stories 124–130 January 3, 1983 March 16, 1983 26
Season Twenty-One: Stories 131–137 January 5, 1984 March 30, 1984 26
Season Twenty-Two: Stories 138–143 January 5, 1985 March 30, 1985 26
Season Twenty-Three: Stories 144–147 September 6, 1986 December 6, 1986 14
Season Twenty-Four: Stories 148–151 September 7, 1987 December 7, 1987 14
Season Twenty-Five: Stories 152–155 October 5, 1988 January 4, 1989 14
Season Twenty-Six: Stories 156–159 September 6, 1989 December 6, 1989 14
The TV Movie June 25, 1996
Season Twenty-Seven: Series One March 26, 2005 June 18, 2005 13
Season Twenty-Eight: Series Two April 15, 2006 July 8, 2006 13 + 1
Season Twenty-Nine: Series Three March 21, 2007 June 30, 2007 13 + 1
Season Thirty: Series Four April 5, 2008 July 5, 2008 13 + 6
Season Thirty-One: Series Five April 3, 2010 June 26, 2010 13 + 1
Season Thirty-Two: Series Six April 23, 2011 October 1, 2011 13 + 1
Season Thirty-Three: Series Seven September 1, 2012 May 18, 2013 13 + 3
Season Thirty-Four: Series Eight August 23, 2014 November 8, 2014 12 + 1
Season Thirty-Five: Series Nine September 19, 2015

Animated specials

Title Network Airdate
The Infinite Quest CBBC June 30, 2007
Dreamland BBC2 December 5, 2009

Shorts

TV shorts

Title Network Airdate
Children in Need Special BBC1 November 18, 2005
Time Crash BBC1 November 16, 2007
Music of the Spheres BBC1 January 1, 2009
Space & Time BBC1 March 18, 2011
Death is the Only Answer BBC3 October 1, 2011
Good as Gold CBBC May 24, 2012
The Great Detective BBC1 November 16, 2012

Webisodes

Season Premiere Finale #
Scream of the Shalka November 13, 2003 December 18, 2003 6
Tardisodes April 1, 2006 July 1, 2006 13
Captain Jack's Monster Files April 5, 2008 December 24, 2009 16
River Song's Monster Files May 1, 2010 May 29, 2010 3
Series Six Prequels March 25, 2011 December 6, 2011 6
Pond Life August 27, 2012 August 31, 2012 5
Series Seven Prequels September 1, 2012 May 11, 2013 6 + 2
P.S. October 12, 2012

DVD shorts

Season Premiere Finale #
Meanwhile in the TARDIS November 8, 2010 November 8, 2010 2
Night and the Doctor November 21, 2011 November 21, 2011 5
Series Seven DVD minisodes May 27, 2013 September 24, 2013 4

Related Programs

Other media

In Depth

DVD and Blu-ray Releases

DVD

Title Release Date #
Season Sets: Region 1
Key to Time: The Complete Adventure
Season Sixteen
October 1, 2002 6

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Key to Time: Special Edition
Season Sixteen
March 3, 2009 7

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The Trial of a Time Lord
Season Twenty-Three
October 7, 2008 4

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The Complete First Series
Season Twenty-Seven
July 4, 2006 5

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The Complete Second Series
Season Twenty-Eight
January 16, 2007 6

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The Complete Third Series
Season Twenty-Nine
November 6, 2007 6

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The Complete Fourth Series
Season Thirty
November 18, 2008 6

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The Complete Fifth Series
Season Thirty-One
November 9, 2010 6

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The Complete Sixth Series
Season Thirty-Two
November 22, 2011 6

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Multiple Season Sets: Region 1
The Complete David Tennant Years
Seasons Twenty-Eight thru Thirty + Specials
October 11, 2011 26

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Limited Edition Gift Set
Seasons Twenty-Seven thru Thirty-Two + Specials
November 20, 2012 41

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Season Sets: Region 2
The Complete First Series
Season Twenty-Seven
November 21, 2005 5

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The Complete Second Series
Season Twenty-Eight
November 20, 2006 6

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The Complete Third Series
Season Twenty-Nine
November 5, 2007 6

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Made-for-TV Movies: Region 1
Doctor Who: The Movie August 13, 2001 1


Episode Collections : Region 1
Lost in Time Collection of Rare Episodes: The Patrick Troughton Years 1966-1969 November 2, 2004 2

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Lost in Time Collection of Rare Episodes: The William Hartnell Years 1963-1966 November 2, 2004 1

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Lost in Time Collection of Rare Episodes: The William Hartnell Years & The Patrick Troughton Years November 2, 2004 3

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Megaset June 3, 2008 27

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Multiple Story Collections: Region 1
Stories 1-3: The Beginning Collection March 28, 2006 3

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Stories 11-12: The Rescue / The Romans July 7, 2009 2

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Stories 15-16: The Space Museum / The Chase July 6, 2010 3

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Stories 67-68: Dalek War March 2, 2010 4

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Stories 112-114: E-Space Trilogy May 5, 2009 3

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Stories 115-117: New Beginnings June 5, 2007 3

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Stories 126-28: The Black Guardian Trilogy November 3, 2009 4

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Stories 52, 62, 131: Beneath the Surface June 3, 2008 4

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Story Collections: Region 1
Story 5: The Keys of Marinus January 5, 2010 1

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Story 6: The Aztecs March 4, 2003 1

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Story 7: The Sensorites February 14, 2012 1

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Story 10: The Dalek Invasion of Earth October 7, 2003 2

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Story 13: The Web Planet September 5, 2006 1

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Story 17: The Time Meddler August 5, 2008 1

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Story 27: The War Machines January 6, 2009 1

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Story 37: The Tomb of the Cybermen August 6, 2002 1

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Story 37: The Tomb of the Cybermen: Special Edition March 13, 2012 2

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Story 45: Mind Robber September 6, 2005 1

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Story 46: The Invasion March 6, 2007 2

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Story 48: Seeds of Death March 2, 2004 2

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Story 48: Seeds of Death: Special Edition June 12, 2012 2

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Story 50: The War Games November 3, 2009 3

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Story 51: Spearhead from Space September 11, 2001 1

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Story 52: Doctor Who and the Silurians June 3, 2008 2

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Story 54: Inferno September 5, 2006 1

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Story 57: The Claws of Axos November 8, 2005 1

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Story 58: Colony in Space November 8, 2011 1

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Story 59: The Daemons April 10, 2012 2

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Story 60: Day of the Daleks September 13, 2011 2

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Story 61: The Curse of Peladon March 4, 2010 1

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Story 62: The Sea Devils June 3, 2008 1

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Story 64: The Time Monster July 6, 2010 1

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Story 65: The Three Doctors: Special Edition March 13, 2012 1

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Story 66: Carnival of Monsters July 1, 2003 1

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Story 66: Carnival of Monsters: Special Edition April 10, 2012 2

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Story 69: The Green Death March 1, 2005 1

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Story 70: The Time Warrior April 1, 2008 1

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Story 71: Invasion of the Dinosaurs January 10, 2012 1

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Story 73: The Monster of Peladon May 4, 2010 2

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Story 75: Robot August 14, 2007 1

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Story 76: The Ark in Space August 6, 2002 1

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Story 77: The Sontaran Experiment March 6, 2007 1

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Story 78: Genesis of the Daleks June 6, 2006 1

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Story 81: Planet of Evil March 4, 2008 1

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Story 82: Pyramids of Mars September 7, 2004 1

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Story 83: The Android Invasion January 10, 2012 1

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Story 84: The Brain of Morbius October 7, 2008 1

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Story 86: The Masque of Mandragora May 4, 2010 1

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Story 87: The Hand of Fear November 7, 2006 1

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Story 88: The Deadly Assassin September 1, 2009 1

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Story 89: The Face of Evil March 13, 2012 1

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Story 90: The Robots of Death September 11, 2001 1

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Story 90: The Robots of Death: Special Edition March 13, 2012 1

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Story 91: Talons of Weng-Chiang October 7, 2003 2

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Story 91: Talons of Weng-Chiang: Special Edition October 11, 2011 2

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Story 92: Horror of Fang Rock September 6, 2005 1

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Story 93: The Invisible Enemy with K9 and Company: A Girl's Best Friend September 2, 2008 2

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Story 94: Image of the Fendahl September 1, 2009 1

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Story 96: Underworld July 6, 2010 1

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Story 97: The Invasion of Time September 2, 2008 2

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Story 98: The Ribos Operation October 1, 2002 1

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Story 98: The Ribos Operation: Special Edition March 3, 2009 1

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Story 99: The Pirate Planet October 1, 2002 1

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Story 99: The Pirate Planet: Special Edition March 3, 2009 1

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Story 100: The Stones of Blood October 1, 2002 1

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Story 100: The Stones of Blood: Special Edition March 3, 2009 1

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Story 101: The Androids of Tara October 1, 2002 1

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Story 101: The Androids of Tara: Special Edition March 3, 2009 1

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Story 102: The Power of Kroll October 1, 2002 1

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Story 102: The Power of Kroll: Special Edition March 3, 2009 1

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Story 103: The Armageddon Factor October 1, 2002 1

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Story 103: The Armageddon Factor: Special Edition March 3, 2009 2

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Story 104: Destiny of the Daleks March 4, 2008 1

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Story 105: City of Death November 8, 2005 2

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Story 106: The Creature from the Pit September 7, 2010 1

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Story 107: Nightmare of Eden May 8, 2012 1

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Story 108: The Horns of Nimon July 6, 2010 1

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Story 110: The Leisure Hive June 7, 2005 1

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Story 115: The Keeper of Traken June 5, 2007 1

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Story 116: Logopolis June 5, 2007 1

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Story 117: Castrovalva June 5, 2007 1

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Story 118: Four to Doomsday January 6, 2009 1

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Story 120: The Visitation March 1, 2005 1

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Story 121: Black Orchid August 5, 2008 1

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Story 122: Earthshock September 7, 2004 1

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Story 123: Time-Flight November 6, 2007 1

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Story 124: Arc of Infinity November 6, 2007 1

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Story 129: The King's Demons September 7, 2010 1

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Story 130: The Five Doctors September 11, 2001 2

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Story 130: The Five Doctors: 25th Anniversary Edition August 5, 2008 1

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Story 131: Warriors of the Deep June 3, 2008 1

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Story 134: Resurrection of the Daleks July 1, 2003 1

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Story 134: Resurrection of the Daleks: Special Edition June 12, 2012 1

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Story 135: Planet of Fire September 7, 2010 2

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Story 136: The Caves of Androzani April 2, 2002 1

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Story 136: The Caves of Androzani: Special Edition February 14, 2012 2

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Story 137: The Twin Dilemma January 5, 2010 1

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Story 138: Attack of the Cybermen July 7, 2009 1

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Story 139: Vengeance on Varos March 4, 2003 1

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Story 140: The Mark of the Rani November 7, 2006 1

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Story 141: The Two Doctors June 1, 2004 1

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Story 142: Timelash April 1, 2008 1

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Story 143: Revelation of the Daleks June 6, 2006 1

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Story 150: Delta and the Bannermen September 1, 2009 1

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Story 151: Dragonfire May 8, 2012 1

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Story 152: Remembrance of the Daleks April 2, 2002 1

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Story 152: Remembrance of the Daleks: Special Edition March 2, 2010 1

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Story 153: The Happiness Patrol May 8, 2012 1

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Story 156: Battlefield May 5, 2009 1

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Story 157: Ghost Light June 7, 2005 1

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Story 158: The Curse of Fenric June 1, 2004 1

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Story 159: Survival August 14, 2007 2

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Specials: Region 1
Planet of the Dead July 28, 2009 1

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The Next Doctor September 15, 2009 1

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The End of Time, Parts One & Two February 2, 2010 2

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The Waters of Mars February 2, 2010 1

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The Complete Specials February 2, 2010 5

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Dreamland October 5, 2010 2

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A Christmas Carol February 15, 2011 1

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The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe February 14, 2012 1

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Blu-ray

Title Release Date #
Season Sets: Region 1
The Complete Fifth Series
Season Thirty-One
November 9, 2010 6

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The Complete Sixth Series
Season Thirty-Two
November 22, 2011 6

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The Complete Seventh Series
Season Thirty-Three + Specials
September 24, 2013 4

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Multiple Season Sets: Region 1
The Complete Matt Smith Years
Seasons Thirty-One thru Thirty-Three + Specials + An Adventure in Space and Time
November 4, 2014 16

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Partial Season Sets: Region 1
Series Six, Part One
First half of Season Thirty-Two
July 19, 2011 2

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Series Six, Part Two
Second half of Season Thirty-Two
November 8, 2011 2

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Specials: Region 1
Planet of the Dead July 28, 2009 1

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The End of Time, Parts One & Two February 2, 2010 2

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The Waters of Mars February 2, 2010 1

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The Complete Specials February 2, 2010 5

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A Christmas Carol February 15, 2011 1

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The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe February 14, 2012 1

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External Sites