Season 5

Season 5 of Doctor Who ran between September 2, 1967 and June 1, 1968, consisting of seven serials and 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. Individual episodes have survived for a few of the other stories, and audio recordings exist for all. It was the first season not to have any episodes featuring Daleks.

  • The Tomb of the Cybermen introduced the planet of Telos, the Cyber-Controller and the Cybermats.
  • The Abominable Snowman introduced the Yeti and the Great Intelligence.
  • The Ice Warriors introduced the Ice Warriors.
  • Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart first appears, as a Colonel in The Web of Fear.
  • The Sonic Screwdriver made its first appearance in Fury from the Deep.
  • Victoria Waterfield leaves the TARDIS in Fury from the Deep.
  • Zoe Heriot joins the TARDIS in The Wheel in Space.
  • “The Wheel in Space” was the first story to use the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop for incidental music as well as sound effects.

Recurring Cast

Dr. Who – Patrick Troughton

Jamie McCrimmon – Frazer Hines

Victoria Waterfield – Deborah Watling

Zoe Heriot – Wendy Padbury

Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart – Nicholas Courtney


Story 37: The Tomb of the Cybermen

Story 38: The Abominable Snowmen

Story 39: The Ice Warriors

Story 40: The Enemy of the World

Story 41: The Web of Fear

Story 42: Fury from the Deep

Story 43: The Wheel in Space

Story 37: The Tomb of the Cybermen (September 2-23, 1967)

Cyberman-TombThe TARDIS takes the Doctor, Jamie and their new companion, Victoria to the world of Telos where they encounter an archaeological expedition in search of the long dead Cybermen.

  • September 2, 1967 – Part 1: The Doctor meets Professor Parry and his archaeologists on the planet Telos. The expedition is there to unearth the remains of Cybermen who died out long ago. Or did they..?
  • September 9, 1967 – Part 2: Professor Parry and his team begin to unlock the secrets of the Cybermen’s tomb. But there are some amongst the explorers who have a dark agenda of their own.
  • September 16, 1967 – Part 3: The tombs are revealed to be a trap. The Cybermen have risen from their centuries long hibernation and are intent on converting the humans into a new race of Cybermen.
  • September 23, 1967 – Part 4: The Cyber Controller has been revitalised after leaving the icy tomb, threatening to overpower his human foes. The Doctor is determined to return the Cybermen to their long sleep.

Notable Guest Cast

Jim Callum – Clive Merrison

Peter Haydon – Bernard Holley

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Story 38: The Abominable Snowmen (September 30-November 4, 1967)

Abominable_titleThe Doctor is delighted when the TARDIS returns him to the Himalayas in 1935 near the Detsen monastery where the Doctor had been given a sacred bell, the ghanta, for safe keeping.

  • September 30, 1967 – Part 1: The TARDIS lands in Tibet in 1935. There the Doctor is accused of murder by Professor Travers who is in search of the legendary Yeti.
  • October 6, 1967 – Part 2: Jamie and Victoria make an incredible discovery in a cave on the mountain. The Doctor is tied to the gates of the Detsen Monastery as a lure for the hostile Yeti.
  • October 13, 1967 – Part 3: When a Yeti is captured by the Detsen monks, the Doctor discovers that it is a robot – but its control sphere is missing. Elsewhere in the monastery, the sphere is on the move.
  • October 20, 1967 – Part 4: Imprisoned in the monastery, Victoria is able to escape. The old High Lama is in the control of the alien Great Intelligence which plans to invade Earth.
  • October 27, 1967 – Part 5: Discovering that his old friend, Padmasambhava, is still alive after three hundred years, the Doctor goes to confront him. The Great Intelligence prepares to make its final move.
  • November 4, 1967: Part 6: As the Great Intelligence manifests itself on Earth, the Doctor makes a last, desperate attempt to repel the evil entity by pitting his mind against it in a mental battle.

Notable Guest Cast

Professor Edward Travers – Jack Watling

Padmasambhava – Wolfe Morris

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Story 39: The Ice Warriors (November 11-December 16, 1967)

TwoAndVargaTIWThe TARDIS arrives on Earth during a new ice age. The Doctor, Victoria and Jamie enter Brittanicus Base but out on the glacier, a large Viking like creature is found buried.

  • November 11, 1967 – Part 1:  The TARDIS arrives on Earth in the midst of a new ice age where Brittanicus Base is fighting a battle to force back the glaciers. A huge Ice Warrior is found frozen in the ice.
  • November 18, 1967 – Part 2: Varga, the Ice Warrior, has returned to life and has captured Victoria and takes her with him to the glacier where he intends to find his frozen comrades.
  • November 25, 1967 – Part 3: Varga revives four fellow Ice Warriors from the ice and they begin to excavate their ship. Victoria places herself in jeopardy when she attempts to warn the Brittanicus Base.
  • December 2, 1967 – Part 4: Victoria is chased by the Ice Warriors deep into the caves inside the glacier. The Doctor goes to the Ice Warriors’ ship in an attempt to broker a peace, but they do not trust him.
  • December 9, 1967 – : The Doctor and Victoria are held prisoner by the Ice Warriors who are preparing to fire their deadly sonic cannon at the Brittanicus Base.
  • December 16, 1967 – Part 6: The Ice Warriors invade the human’s base, and it is up to the Doctor to repel them. Using the ioniser is the only way to defeat the Martians, but to do so could have consequences.

Notable Guest Cast

Clent – Peter Barkworth

Davis – Peter Diamond

Storr – Angus Lennie

Penley – Peter Sallis

Varga – Bernard Bresslaw

Voice of Computer – Roy Skelton

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Story 40: The Enemy of the World (December 23, 1967-January 27, 1968)

Enemy_titleAfter arriving in Australia, the Doctor is mistaken for a scientist called Salamander who is regarded as a hero. But some believe he is intent on being dictator of the world…

  • December 23, 1967 – Part 1: Arriving on an Australian beach in the future, the Doctor is mistaken for political leader Salamander. It gives Giles Kent an idea about how to infiltrate a research centre…
  • December 30, 1967 – Part 2: Jamie and Victoria travel to Europe where they infiltrate Salamander’s staff. Salamander plots to take control of the Central European Zone by discrediting its leader, Denes.
  • January 6, 1968 – Part 3: Jamie and Victoria befriend Fariah, intent on discovering the truth about Salamander. Astrid plans to rescue Denes, but not everything goes according to plan.
  • January 13, 1968 – Part 4: Kent coerces the Doctor into agreeing to impersonate Salamander. Deep beneath his research centre, Salamander is hiding a dark secret.
  • January 20, 1968 – Part 5: Impersonating Salamander, the Doctor infiltrates the research centre, but Benik becomes suspicious. Underground, Salamander’s deception is discovered.
  • January 27, 1968 – Part 6: Astrid discovers the underground bunker and Salamander’s secret. On the surface, Giles Kent reveals his true colours.

Notable Guest Cast

Ramón Salamander – Patrick Troughton

Giles Kent – Bill Kerr

Astrid – Mary Peach

Denes – George Pravda

Fariah – Carmen Munroe

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Story 41: The Web of Fear (February 3-March 9, 1968)

Robotic_YetiThe Doctor, Jamie and Victoria discover that Yeti have invaded the London Underground.

  • February 3, 1968 – Part 1: The TARDIS lands in the London Underground, which is deserted. Jamie and Victoria are captured by the military. The Doctor is amazed to discover that Yetis are in the tunnels.
  • February 10, 1968 – Part 2: The deadly web continues to advance in the tunnels of the Underground. Professor Travers realises that the Doctor is the only man who can help bring an end to the Yeti menace.
  • February 17, 1968 – Part 3: The Doctor meets Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart who takes control of the military operation against the Yeti. But the Doctor suspects that there is a traitor in their midst.
  • February 24, 1968 – Part 4: The Doctor acquires a sample of the web, but when he, Jamie and Victoria return to the HQ to examine it, they discover that Professor Travers has been abducted by the Yeti!
  • March 2, 1968 – Part 5: Using Travers’s body, the Great Intelligence demands that the Doctor allows his mind to be drained. Victoria is taken hostage and the Doctor has just 20 minutes to decide her fate.
  • March 9, 1968 – Part 6: The HQ is destroyed by the web and everyone is captured by Yetis. The traitor is revealed and all seems lost as the Doctor submits himself to the Great Intelligence’s mind drain.​

Notable Guest Cast

Professor Edward Travers – Jack Watling

Yeti – John Levene

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Story 42: Fury from the Deep (March 16-April 20, 1968)

Fury_titleThe TARDIS lands on the sea near the coast of England. Reaching the shore by dinghy, the Doctor investigates a gas pipe and is concerned by the sound of a heartbeat from inside.

  • March 16, 1968 – Part 1: The Doctor, Jamie and Victoria find themselves on the east coast of England where a gas refinery is experiencing problems and a sinister heartbeat is throbbing through the pipes.
    • First appearance of the sonic screwdriver
  • March 23, 1968 – Part 2: As the situation worsens at the refinery, Chief Robson refuses to halt the gas flow. Elsewhere, the weed extends its influence and Mrs Harris receives sinister visitors.
  • March 30, 1968 – Part 3: Despite the mounting evidence, Chief Robson refuses to acknowledge that matters have escalated beyond his ability to control them.
  • April 6, 1968 – Part 4: Investigating the impeller shaft, Van Lutyens is overwhelmed by the weed creature. A call comes from one of the off-shore rigs – the weed creatures are attacking and taking over!
  • April 13, 1968 – Part 5: As the weed breaks into the Pipeline Room at the refinery, the deranged Chief Robson kidnaps Victoria in a helicopter and heads for the Control Rig.
  • April 20, 1968 – Part 6: The Weed has complete control of Chief Robson and threatens to conquer Earth. The Doctor searches for a means to defeat the creature and believes the answer may be Victoria…
    • Last appearance of Victoria Waterfield

Notable Guest Cast

Robson – Victor Maddern

Guard – Peter Ducrow

Chief Engineer – Hubert Rees

Van Lutyens – John Abineri

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Story 43: The Wheel in Space (April 27-June 1, 1968)

W3The TARDIS lands on a small space craft where the Doctor is attacked by a Servo Robot and rendered unconscious. However, the ship is also the staging ground for the Cybermen.

  • April 27, 1968 – Part 1: The Doctor and Jamie are forced to abandon the TARDIS when the mercury fluid link explodes, finding themselves aboard a spacecraft called the Silver Carrier.
  • May 2, 1968 – Part 2: The Doctor and Jamie are rescued and taken aboard the Wheel space station. Jamie sabotages the Wheel’s laser to save the TARDIS from destruction but places everyone in danger.
    • First appearance of Zoe Heriot (Wendy Padbury)
    • First use of “John Smith”alias
  • May 11, 1968 – Part 3: Cybermats are sent to the Wheel to eat the stations supply of bernalium, forcing the Wheel to search for bernalium on the Silver Carrier where the Cybermen are waiting for them.
  • May 18, 1968 – Part 4: The station is in danger of being destroyed by the approaching meteor storm. The Cybermen are smuggled aboard the Wheel and begin to take control of the crew.
  • May 27, 1968 – Part 5: The Cybermen reveal their plans to invade Earth, using the Wheel as a guiding beacon. The Doctor sends Jamie and Zoe on a dangerous spacewalk to the Silver Carrier.
  • June 1, 1968 – Part 6: The Doctor and the crew of the Wheel battle valiantly against the invading Cybermen, but to defeat the approaching fleet of Cyber ships, the Doctor needs a vital component from the TARDIS.

Notable Guest Cast

Enrico Casali – Donald Sumpter

Bill Duggan – Kenneth Watson

Kemel Rudkin – Kevork Malikyan

Voices/Earth Control Voice – Peter Hawkins

Voices/Wheel Voice – Roy Skelton

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