Doctor Who 1977-78

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Season 15

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Season 15

Season 15 of Doctor Who ran between September 3, 1977 and March 11, 1978. This season introduced K9 to the series and saw the departure of Leela. It consisted of six serials and twenty-six episodes, and was originally intended to include Terrance Dicks’ story The Vampire Mutations but, due to a major BBC production of Dracula, it was postponed. It later became Season 18’s State of Decay. To replace it, Dicks quickly scripted the season opener, Horror of Fang Rock.

  • Horror of Fang Rock saw the first appearance of the Rutans and Louise Jameson’s eye colour changed from brown to blue as she stopped wearing the uncomfortable lenses.
  • The Invisible Enemy introduced K9 Mark I. The main TARDIS control room returns to use after being remodelled between seasons.
  • Leela began to wear her new outfit in Image of the Fendahl.
  • The Invasion of Time was the final appearance of Leela and K9 Mark I, and saw the introduction of K9 Mark II.

Recurring Cast

  • The Fourth Doctor – Tom Baker
  • Leela – Louise Jameson
  • K9 Mark I – John Leeson

Horror_of_fang_rockStory 92: Horror of Fang Rock (September 3-24, 1977)

The TARDIS lands on the small island of Fang Rock just off the coast of England where a glowing green light is spotted landing in the sea… and a lighthouse keeper disappears.

Part 1:The Doctor is consumed by a virus so Professor Marius clones the Doctor and Leela, miniaturises them and injects them into the Doctor’s body so that they can fight the infection.

Part 2: A thick fog surrounds Fang Rock and a ship is wrecked. The survivors take shelter in the lighthouse but they are in deadly peril from the alien menace that stalks the island.

Part 3: The Doctor seals the survivors inside the lighthouse but discovers that he may unwittingly have trapped the creature inside with them.

Part 4: As the Rutan picks off the remaining humans one by one, the Doctor devises a desperate plan to defeat the alien and repel its approaching mothership.

Notable Guest Cast

  • Reuben – Colin Douglas

Invisible_enemyStory 93: The Invisible Enemy (October 1-22, 1977)

The Doctor is consumed by a virus so Professor Marius clones the Doctor and Leela, miniaturises them and injects them into the Doctor’s body so that they can fight the infection.

Part 1: An alien virus infects the human crew of a refuelling station on Titan, one of the moons of Saturn. The Doctor is also infected and becomes possessed by the will of the Nucleus.

Part 2: As the Doctor’s condition worsens, he instructs Leela to pilot the TARDIS to the Bi-Al Foundation. The only chance of curing the Doctor is to literally get inside his head.

Part 3: The Doctor and Leela have been cloned and miniaturised and injected into the Doctor’s body. There they must fight the virus on a microscopic level before time runs out.

Part 4: The Nucleus has escaped the Doctor’s body and grown to human size. Its plans to spawn and infect the whole galaxy are nearing fruition. And it looks like K-9 has a new master…

Notable Guest Cast

  • Lowe – Michael Sheard
  • Professor Marius – Frederick Jaeger
  • Hedges – Kenneth Waller

Image_of_the_fendahlStory 94: Image of the Fendahl (October 29-November 19, 1977)

The TARDIS is drawn to Fetch Priory where using a time scanner, Professor Fendelman experiments on a human skull estimated to be an impossible twelve-million-years-old.

  • Part 1:  The Doctor and Leela arrive in present day England at Fetch Priory where a mysterious skull that is older than mankind exerts a deadly influence on those around it.
  • Part 2: As Thea succumbs to the power of the skull, the Doctor realises that an ancient horror from the mythology of his own people is manifesting itself at Fetch Priory.
  • Part 3: Stahl intends to control the power of the Fendahl for himself. The Doctor and Leela take a trip in the TARDIS to discover the truth about the ancient evil from the dawn of time.
  • Part 4: Thea has become the Fendahl Core and Stahl realises that he is out of his depth as his followers transform into the hideous, snake-like Fendahleen.

Notable Guest Cast

  • Thea Ransome – Wanda Ventham
  • Dr. Fendelman – Denis Lill
  • David Mitchell – Derek Martin
  • Martha Tyler – Daphne Heard

The_Sun_Makers-titleStory 95: The Sun Makers (November 26-December 17, 1977)

After 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…

  • Part 1: The TARDIS arrives on Pluto which has been made habitable and turned into a giant factory where the ruthless Company exploits its under-paid workers.
  • Part 2: The Doctor is taken prisoner by the Gatherer and sent to the Correction Centre. Leela mounts a rescue attempt, but the Gatherer’s men are waiting.
  • Part 3: The Doctor is free but Leela has been captured by the Gatherer and is sentenced to a grisly death by public steaming.
  • Part 4: The rebels launch a full-scale uprising against the Gatherer and his Inner Retinue while the Doctor confronts the real head of the Company.

Notable Guest Cast

  • Hade – Richard Leech
  • Mandrel – William Simons
  • Goudry – Michael Keating
  • The Collector – Henry Woolf

Underworld-titleStory 96: Underworld (January 7-28, 1978)

The TARDIS lands on a spacecraft piloted by the last survivors of the planet Minyos. The crew are on a 100,000 year quest to recover the Minyan race banks from another ship.

  • Part 1: The TARDIS lands on a spaceship which is crewed by the survivors of the planet Minyos who are on a quest to find the lost ship, the P7E. Their journey has taken them 100,000 years.
  • Part 2: When their ship crashes beneath the surface of a newly formed planet, the Minyan survivors discover what they have been searching for. But their arrival is not welcomed.
  • Part 3: The Doctor and Leela attempt to penetrate the Citadel of the Seers to rescue Idas’s father who has been sentenced to death.
  • Part 4: The Minyans are eager to recover the race banks that they have waited so long to find, but the Doctor becomes suspicious when the Oracle simply allows Jackson to take them.

Notable Guest Cast

  • Herrick – Alan Lake

The_Invasion_of_TimeStory 97: The Invasion of Time (February 4-March 11, 1978)

The Doctor travels to Gallifrey where he asserts his right to claim the presidency of the Time Lords. With no choice but to agree, the Time Lords inaugurate the Doctor.

  • Part 1: Leela is concerned by the Doctor’s strange behaviour when, after a secret meeting with aliens, he returns to Gallifrey and abruptly stakes his claim to the Time Lord presidency.
  • Part 2: The Doctor is made president of the Time Lords. He immediately orders K-9 to lower the planet’s defences and has Leela banished to the wilderness.
  • Part 3: The Doctor has betrayed his own people and enabled a Vardan invasion of Gallifrey. Leela joins forces with the Outsiders and prepares to strike back against the aliens.
  • Part 4: As the Vardans finally fully materialise on Gallifrey, the Doctor prepares to spring his trap. But does a more deadly alien force lie behind the Vardans?
  • Part 5: The Sontarans have taken control of the Capital on Gallifrey and intend to use the power of the Time Lords to rampage through all of time.
  • Part 6: Stor, the Sontaran leader, finally gains access to the TARDIS in search of the Great Key of Rassilon and a dangerous game of hide and seek begins inside the Doctor’s ship.

Notable Guest Cast

  • Kelner – Milton Johns
  • Borusa – John Arnatt

Publications

April 21, 1977: Doctor Who and the Claws of Axos

Doctor_Who_and_the_Claws_of_AxosDoctor Who and the Claws of Axos was a novelisation based on the 1971 television serial The Claws of Axos.

`Axos calling Earth, Axos calling Earth…’

The creatures stood before them, offering friendship and their priceless Axonite, in return for – what?

Only DOCTOR WHO remains suspicious. What is the real reason for the Axon’s sudden arrival on Earth? And why is the evil Master a passenger on their spaceship? He very soon finds out…

May 10, 1977: Doctor Who and the Ark in Space

Doctor_Who_and_the_Ark_in_SpaceDoctor Who and the Ark in Space was a novelisation based on the 1975 television serial The Ark in Space.

At a time in the far-off future, Earth has become uninhabitable. A selection of humanity is placed, deep-frozen, in a fully automated space station, to await the day of their return to Earth…

Thousands of years later, DOCTOR WHO arrives. He finds things going suspiciously wrong, and the station under attack from the giant WIRRN, deadly creatures who, in their lust for power, now threaten the future of the whole human race…

June 23, 1977: Doctor Who and the Brain of Morbius

Doctor_Who_and_the_Brain_of_MorbiusDoctor Who and the Brain of Morbius was a novelisation based on the 1976 television serial The Brain of Morbius.

Why do so many spaceships crashland on Karn, a bleak, lonely and seemingly deserted planet?

Are they doomed by the mysterious powers of the strange, black-robed Sisterhood, jealously guarding their secret of eternal life? Or does the mad Dr Solon, for some evil purpose of his own, need the bodies of the victims? And more especially, the body of DOCTOR WHO …

August 18, 1977: Doctor Who and the Planet of Evil

Doctor_Who_The_Planet_of_EvilDoctor Who and the Planet of Evil was a novelisation based on the 1975 television serial Planet of Evil. The first edition was titled Doctor Who – The Planet of Evil; subsequent paperback editions are titled Doctor Who and the Planet of Evil.

The expedition to Zeta Minor began with eight men. Seven were murdered. One survived – but he was not the murderer.

DOCTOR WHO lands on the planet at the same time as the expedition’s rescue team, and is immediately taken prisoner – the suspected murderer. But even stranger things soon begin to happen …

What terrible creature inhabits this wild, desolate planet, killing mercilessly, lurking in the murky depths of the Black Pool? Will anyone ever be allowed to leave – alive?

September 29, 1977: Doctor Who and the Mutants

Doctor_Who_and_the_MutantsDoctor Who and the Mutants was a novelisation based on the 1972 television serial The Mutants.

A massive shape scuttles out of the darkness and strikes the earth Overlord down. It is a Mutant – a huge insectoid creature. It moves in a crouch, its back arched and scaly, with huge knobbly vertebrae. The controlling Overlord, the Marshal, has ordered all such Mutants killed instantly.

What was happening to the people of Solos? Why are they gradually turning into Monsters? Hands that become claws, flesh that turns scale-like…

When DOCTOR WHO meets the Marshal and Jaegar, he realises that all is not as it appears to be. The Marshal has a sinister plan to gain control of this planet, and DOCTOR WHO must save Solos from this mad earthman, as well as save the Solonians themselves.

October 20, 1977: Doctor Who and the Deadly Assassin

Doctor_Who_and_the_Deadly_AssassinDoctor Who and the Deadly Assassin was a novelisation based on the 1976 television serial The Deadly Assassin.

The Doctor is suddenly summoned to Gallifrey, the home of the Time Lords, where his ghastly hallucination of the President’s assassination seems to turn into reality. When the Doctor is arrested for the murder, there is a hideous, dark, cowled figure gleefully watching in the shadows.

Faced with his old enemy, the Master, Doctor Who approaches defeat in a battle of minds in a nightmare world created by the Master’s imagination. But the Master’s evil intentions go much further – he has a Doomsday Plan. It is up to the Doctor to prevent him from destroying Gallifrey and taking over the universe!

November 15, 1977: Doctor Who and the Talons of Weng-Chiang

Talons_of_Weng-Chiang_novelDoctor Who and the Talons of Weng-Chiang was a novelisation based on the 1977 television serial The Talons of Weng-Chiang.

Stepping out of the TARDIS into Victorian London, Leela and the Fourth Doctor are confronted by menacing, diabolical horrors shrouded within the swirling London fog – a man’s death cry, an attack by Chinese Tong hatchet men, giant rats roaming the sewers, young women mysteriously disappearing …

The hideously deformed Magnus Greel, conducting a desperate search for the lost Time Cabinet, is the instigator of all this evil. Posing as the Chinese god, Weng-Chiang, Greel uses the crafty Li H’sen Chang, and the midget Manikin, Mr Sin, to achieve his terrifying objectives. The Doctor must use all his skill, energy and intelligence to escape the talons of Weng-Chiang.

December 8, 1977: Doctor Who and the Masque of Madragora

Doctor_Who_and_the_Masque_of_MandragoraDoctor Who and the Masque of Mandragora was a novelisation based on the 1976 television serial The Masque of Mandragora.

Forced off course by the Mandragora Helix, the Tardis lands in the province of San Martino in fifteenth-century Italy. Here, the court astrologer, Hieronymous, has been taken over by the Mandragora energy-form – Hieronymous and the other members of his star-worshiping black magic cult will be used as a bridgehead, enabling the Mandragora Helix to conquer the Earth and rule it through their chosen servants.

The Doctor has to defeat not only the Mandragora energy, but the evil schemes of the murderous Count Frederico who plans to usurp the place of his nephew, the rightful ruler of the province.

January 19, 1978: Doctor Who and the Face of Evil

Doctor_Who_and_the_Face_of_EvilDoctor Who and the Face of Evil was a novelisation based on the 1977 television serial The Face of Evil.

Setting the controls for Earth, the Fourth Doctor is surprised when the Tardis lands in a primeval forest. Has the Tracer gone wrong or has some impulse deep in the unconscious mind directed him to this alien planet? In investigating the forest, the Doctor meets and assists Leela, a warrior banished from her tribe, the Sevateem. Through Leela, it gradually becomes apparent that the constant war between the Sevateem and the Tesh has been instigated by the god they both worship, Xoanon.

Xoanon, an all-powerful computer, is possessed by a desperate madness – a madness that is directly related to Doctor Who, that causes Xoanon to assume the voice and form of the Doctor, a madness that is partly caused by the Doctor and that only the Doctor himself can rectify!

The Doctor must not only do battle with Xoanon, but also must escape from the savage practices of the Sevateem, and the technically mind-controlling destructive impulses of the T

March 30, 1978: Doctor Who and the Horror of Fang Rock

Doctor Who and the Horror of Fang Rock was a nDoctor_Who_and_the_Horror_of_Fang_Rockovelisation based on the 1977 television serial Horror of Fang Rock.

On a remote rocky island a few miles off the Channel coast stands the Fang Rock lighthouse. There have always been tales of the beast of Fang Rock, but when the Tardis lands here with Leela and the Fourth Doctor, the force they must deal with is more sinister and deadly than the mythical beast of the past.

It is the early 1900s, electricity is just coming into common usage, and the formless, gelatinous mass from the future must use the lighthouse generators to recharge its system. Nothing can stop this Rutan scout in its search and its experimentation on humans …

Other Publications

September, 1977: Terry Nation’s Dalek Annual 1978

Terry Nation’s Dalek Annual 1978 was released in September 1977.

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September, 1977: The Dr Who Annual 1978

Doctor Who Annual 1978 was the twelfth Doctor Who annual published by World Distributors. It was released in September 1977.

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Miscellaneous

: A new TARDIS console room set designed by Barry Newbery appears, during recording of ‘The Invisible Enemy’, after the previous version warped in storage. [www.themindrobber.co.uk]

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