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Doctor Who Episode Guide Catalogues:
Looking for a good Doctor Who episode guide? Want to know which stories have made it out on DVD, and which gems are still only available on VHS? Want to know who did the music and where it is available? Our "Episode Guide Catalogues" are for you:


William Hartnell Era

1963-1966, BW


Patrick Troughton Era

1966-1969, BW


Jon Pertwee Era

1970-1974, Colour


Tom Baker Era

1975-1981, Colour


Peter Davison Era

1981-1984, Colour


Colin Baker Era

1984-1986, Colour


Sylvester McCoy Era

1987-1989, Colour


Christopher Eccleston Era

2005, Colour


David Tennant Era

2005-2009, Colour


Matt Smith Era

2010-2013, Colour


Peter Capaldi Era

2014....



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2016 Nov. 21
Story no. 30: "The Power of the Daleks"
introducing Patrick Troughton
6 episodes @ 25 minutes each

Status: 6 episodes reconstructed....
once with animation, & again with "telesnaps".
Read more here...

Story: Ben and Polly are at odds trying to decide if the new, younger, dark-haired man in the TARDIS with them could really still be the Doctor....

Having landed on the planet Vulcan, the trio soon discovers a human colony with a murder mystery to be solved. What soon becomes even more worrying are the colony's robotic servants, reactivated survivors of a crashed alien ship who repeatedly chant, "I am your servant." Have these Daleks malfunctioned severely, or do they have some insidious long-term reason for their strange behaviour?

Regeneration vs. Reincarnation:

Why the similarities between the two maybe really should end at a tasteful point,
as seemed obvious back at the first mention of the Corsair...
Read more...

Now if only it were Georgia Moffett's character of The Doctor's Daughter Jenny borrowing the TARDIS....

New for July 5, 2017:

"Venus Greenhouse" reviews:

Harsh environments, such as Venus with its runaway greenhouse effect, can trigger our worries of achieving truce and harmony with our own environment here on Earth. But can we respond thoughtfully and carefully, or will we panic and do something silly?


Cosmos 4: Heaven and Hell - Comets, Impacts, Venus
Cosmos 13: Who Speaks for Earth? - Cultural Leadership and Wisdom
The Universe 7: "Mercury & Venus: The Inner Planets"

Settle back and read in-depth Reviews for each Doctor Who story:

Remember, EVERY Doctor Who story from William Hartnell's original pilot "An Unearthly Child" (story no. 1) to "The Husbands of River Song" (story no. 268) concluding Peter Capaldi's second season has an extensive, detailed review here on this site, and usually one that aims to highlight the positive philosophical qualities written into the adventure as well as its artistic merits. Browse the entire line sequentially with our episode guide catalogues, to find the exact review you want to see, or to find deals on whichever DVD's you still need for your collection....

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Story no. 32: "The Underwater Menace"
starring Patrick Troughton
4 episodes @ 25 minutes each

Status: 2 complete original episodes
plus 2 re-constructed episodes
Read more here...

Story: The TARDIS lands on a volcanic island, and the Doctor, Ben, Polly, and Jamie discover a way down to a ritualistic and ancient underwater society. Have they discovered Atlantis? Who is the mad scientist Professor Zaroff, and why does the underwater society allow him to create fish people? Will Atlantis rise again? Or what is Zaroff's ultimate experiment really going to do?


Peter Capaldi - The Complete Season 35 (2015)

(also known as Series 9)

This set includes the 2014 and 2015 Christmas Specials:
"Last Christmas" and "The Husbands of River Song"

All reviews for the Season 35 box set are here,
beginning with "Last Christmas" and
"The Magician's Apprentice / The Witch's Familiar", all the way to
"The Husbands of River Song".

Plus our Buyers' Guide to the season.


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March 7, 2016.


Doctor Who In-depth Reviews:
"Under the Lake", "The Girl Who Died", and "The Woman Who Lived".

Each adventure in this batch of generally good stories holds itself back a bit by not quite knowing when to embrace formula more closely and when to let go and chase a new idea with more reckless abandon....

Doctor Who In-depth Reviews:
"Face the Raven", "Heaven Sent", and "Hell Bent".

Big mistakes are put on display as good fresh story ideas become scarce... Though the writers work hard to keep the episodes decent and interesting, it's an uphill struggle as the all-too-familiar cry of "wolf" devours the remaining long-term arcs...


New for June 12, 2017:

The "Intelligent Life" reviews:
How much polarization still exists in the Human attitude towards
Extra-Terrestrial life? How many conflicting beliefs do we still entertain?
Is there a way to reconcile these differences?
Here, we examine several documentaries with different slants on the issues:

Cosmos 11: The Persistence of Memory
Cosmos 12: Encyclopaedia Galactica
The Universe 13: Search for E.T.
Ancient Aliens 1: Chariots, Gods, and Beyond

New for February 15, 2017:

A New Beginning for Star Trek Reviews:
"The Cage"
"Where No Man Has Gone Before"
"The Corbomite Maneuver"
"Mudd's Women"
"The Enemy Within"
"The Man Trap"
"The Naked Time"
"Charlie X"
"Balance of Terror"
"The Conscience of the King"
"The Menagerie"
"Catspaw"

How well do these first episodes truly embody forward-thinking, optimistic philosophies of the future? The answers may not vindicate the same episodes many fans might at first suggest...

New for March 24, 2017:

The instincts of writer/producer Gene Coon and some of his fellow staff writers come under closer scrutiny in these late season 1 stories....

"A Taste of Armageddon"
"Errand of Mercy", and
"Operation -- Annihilate!"

plus:
"Star Trek Season One Rankings"

New for December 5, 2016:

More New TNG Reviews:
"Encounter at Farpoint (expanded)"
"11001001"
"The Child"
"Evolution"
"The Best of Both Worlds"
"Family"
"Darmok"
"Realm of Fear"
"Descent"
"Liaisons"
"Gambit"

Quite a number of these go against the grain of common fan opinion to present perspectives that many may not have thought of....

New for May 29 - June 1, 2016:

Updated Doctor Who In-depth Reviews:
"The Underwater Menace", "The Reign of Terror", and "The Tenth Planet".

Here, we take a closer look at some of the recent recreations of missing episodes used to expand these classic stories back to full length...

New for Nov. 17, 2016:

The Stargate Page

New for June 19, 2017:

From an examination of our fluctuating ambitions towards exploring Mars,
to an investigation of long-term atomic construction in many different types of stars and other phenomena,
Cosmos delivers some of its best and most popular episodes:
Cosmos 5: Rockets to Mars

Cosmos 9: The Lives of the Stars


New for March 6, 2016:

Comparison listings of Original Editions, Special Editions, and Revisitiations of classic Doctor Who DVDs.

Are there real advantages to seeking out the older DVD releases, or double-dipping to get the newer ones?

New for June 10, 2015:

Planets and the Universe - Data Capsule reviews:
"E-Space: Fact or Fiction?"
"Jupiter"
"Saturn"
"The Outer Planets"
"Beyond The Big Bang"
"The Hunt for Ringed Planets"
"Mars: The New Evidence"
"Time Travel"

New for January 9, 2015:

Our disc-by-disc reviews for the
"Doctor Who 11-Disc 50th Anniversary Collection"
Music CD Box Set are now complete with the additions of
disc 1 for William Hartnell, disc 5 for Peter Davison, and
disc 8 for Paul McGann....



New for November 20, 2014:

"Star Trek TOS Music Catalogue" page listing all the details of the recent 15 CD box set, and providing a cue-by-cue comparison with the smattering of older CD releases available previously, whose track listings also receive a long overdue de-bunking....


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Story no. 41: "The Web of Fear"
starring Patrick Troughton
6 episodes @ 25 minutes each

Status: 5 complete original episodes
plus 1 "telesnap" recreation episode.
YES, THEY JUST FOUND
FOUR MORE EPISODES!!!
Read more here...

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Story: Growing wisps of web in space ensnare the TARDIS, forcing the Doctor, Jamie, and Victoria into a nightmare in the London Underground subway train system. The army is working with Professor Travers and his daughter Anne to combat the spread of the Web over the city, suspecting that the Yeti and the Great Intelligence are once more involved. As their every move to keep the tunnels clear is thwarted, they know there is a traitor in their midst. Can it be Colonel Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart, arriving late to take charge?

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Story no. 40:
"The Enemy of the World"
starring Patrick Troughton twice over
6 episodes @ 25 minutes each

Status: Complete
Oh my God - they just found
the WHOLE STORY!!!
Read more here...

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Story: Landing on a beach in Australia in the 2010's, and quickly swept up in a deadly spy game, the Doctor discovers that he is the spitting image of a sly Latin-American politician who is suspiciously rising to greater and greater power. How is Salamander able to predict natural weather disasters with such accuracy? Will Budapest hand over control of the central European zone next? And will the Doctor agree to impersonate Salamander to discover the truth?

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Story no. 33: "The Moonbase"
starring Patrick Troughton
4 episodes @ 25 minutes each

Status: 2 complete original episodes
plus 2 re-animated episodes
Read about DVD extras here...

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Story: The Doctor and friends land on the moon
in the year 2070, discovering an international weather control base. Personnel at the base are gradually becoming bed-ridden, jeopardizing the guaranteed good weather that Earth now depends on. The Doctor struggles to find the answers, but is it really an illness that is affecting the crew? When many awake and act like zombies when demanding to return to work, it becomes apparent that another force has landed on the moon, determined to "save" humanity from its organic frailties....


Doctor Who 50th Anniversary story:
"The Day of the Doctor"
starring Matt Smith, David Tennant, and others....

Status: Complete
-Read about DVD extras here

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Story: While facing the most crucial decision of the Time War with the fate of his home planet Gallifrey in his hands, the Doctor (John Hurt) is allowed to listen to his future selves (David Tennant, Matt Smith) and witness the consequences of this decision on his life. Is he really free to make any other choice, or is this future now cast in stone? Can the older Doctors ever forgive their earlier self for what he did? How has Kate Stewart of U.N.I.T., 2013, managed to get hold of a 3D painting of the event? And what connects all of this to a Zygon infiltration of the court of Queen Elizabeth the first of England in 1562?
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Doctor Who Episode Guide Catalogues:

William Hartnell Era

1963-1966, BW



Patrick Troughton Era

1966-1969, BW



Jon Pertwee Era

1970-1974, Colour



Tom Baker Era

1975-1981, Colour



Peter Davison Era

1981-1984, Colour



Colin Baker Era

1984-1986, Colour



Sylvester McCoy Era

1987-1989, Colour



Christopher Eccleston Era

2005, Colour



David Tennant Era

2005-2009, Colour



Matt Smith Era

2010-2013, Colour



Peter Capaldi Era

2014....


Understanding the Chronology and Mystery of Doctor Who:

The main character is simply called "The Doctor". We never find out his real name, and a lot of his personal background remains a mystery as well. We do find out in the first episode that he is from another planet, and later on that he has two hearts and is a lot older than he looks.

He owns an unusual vehicle called the TARDIS, which can materialize anywhere in time and space, even underground or inside another ship. On the outside, the TARDIS looks like an old blue police telephone booth, but this is just a computer generated object that serves as the entrance to the rest of the ship.

The interior is a big maze of rooms and corridors that exists in another dimension. Most of the walls are white with lots of round yellow panels inside, but not too many Doctor Who stories will show more than just the "Console Room", where the Doctor operates the ship from a six-sided control console that sits in the center of the room. He often has trouble getting the TARDIS to go where he wants it to - in the early years, he seems to have no control over it at all! But he does get much better at it later on....

The Doctor usually travels with one or more friends, most of whom are from Earth, most of whom are female. Wherever they go, they usually end up involved in some kind of adventure, and the Doctor is usually the hero by the end of it. They explore and discover other cultures as they go, they find mysteries that need solving, and they battle alien invaders and corrupt individuals. The Doctor is highly curious, skilled in almost every field of science, and quite technically clever. He stands up for his social beliefs, even if it means defying authority. He is also a humorous and eccentric character. He likes to dress as an English gentleman, but often from the wrong time period, so he often stands out.

Long Live the Cliffhanger

A typical Doctor Who story is a movie-length adventure, but broken up into four or six episodes, each around 25 minutes long, each ending in a cliffhanger that makes you desperate to see the next episode. The BBC began to make Doctor Who in 1963, and the first episode went out on November 23, the day after U.S. president John F. Kennedy was assassinated. It was made in black and white, and the Doctor was played by William Hartnell as an eccentric old man with white hair. He sets off from London, 1963 with his "teenage" granddaughter Susan, and two teachers from the school she had been attending for the last five months.

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Beginning Box Set

New 2013 North American re-issue contains identical content to the original 2006 issue (pictured at right).

"The Beginning" Box set containing
Story nos. 1, 2 & 3:
"An Unearthly Child",
"The Daleks", and
"The Edge of Destruction"
starring William Hartnell
13 episodes @ 25 minutes

Status: Complete

plus a bonus 30-minute recreation of
the lost story no. 4: "Marco Polo" (originally 7 episodes).
Practically the first half of Season 1 is covered by this set.

Read about DVD extras here...

Stories: Teachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright decide to investigate reports that highschool student Susan Foreman lives with her grandfather, a Doctor, inside a police box in a junkyard. The quartet soon find themselves amongst a primitive tribe
100 000 years in the past, and not long after in a petrified forest on a post-apocalyptic alien planet. Is the nearby city as deserted and lifeless as it appears? Or will the Doctor and his new friends be taking an alien presence with them when they leave?


William Hartnell Era

1963-1966, BW
The adventures alternate between futuristic stories on other planets, and historical stories from Earth's past, and are typically aimed at a family audience. A big part of the show's early success was the Daleks, a hostile race of mutants that stay hidden inside gliding robotic travel machines. The Daleks appeared many times in the show. After a little more than a year, Susan became attached to a young man in London in 2164, and her character left the show. Over the years, many other traveling companions came and went.

After three years, William Hartnell also left the show. At this point, the Doctor did something normal for his species - he "regenerated". His body suddenly became younger.... he looked middle-aged now, his hair was black, and his personality and mannerisms changed a bit. Patrick Troughton had taken over the role, and is now known as the "Second Doctor". He shared most of his adventures with a young man from 1700's Scotland named Jamie McCrimmon, and the two made a successful and humorous pair. The second Doctor once gave his age as 450 years old. Many other enemy monsters became popular during this time: the Cybermen, the Yeti, the Ice Warriors.... But Troughton's last story began to reveal some interesting things about where the Doctor himself came from.....

Review: "The Tomb of the Cybermen"
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One of the greatest classics of the black-and-white era doubles as a marvelous introduction to Patrick Troughton's Doctor and his most persistent foes.

Approximately 1/3 of the black and white episodes of the first two Doctors are missing, since the BBC wasn't careful enough to keep copies. Although most stories from seasons one, two, and six are complete, it is rare to find a complete original story from seasons three, four, or five. Quite often a person can only see one episode from a four or six episode story these days. But, thanks to the fans, recordings of the sound of all the episodes still exist, and recreations using animation or montages of photos and rare clips seem poised to fill in all remaining gaps one day.

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Story no. 50: "The War Games"
starring Patrick Troughton
10 episodes @ 25 minutes
(the grand epic finale
of the black & white era)

Status: Complete
Read about DVD extras here...

Story: The Doctor finds himself in the midst of trench warfare between English and German forces. But many of the participants are suffering very selective memory losses, and the Doctor becomes determined to find out who is manipulating events from behind the scenes, and why. As the overwhelming scope and nature of the operation is revealed, the Doctor finds he can no longer hide his origins from Jamie and Zoe's curiosity....

In 1970, Doctor Who changed. It was made in colour. The Doctor was played by Jon Pertwee, who was tall and white-haired. He was exiled to present-day Earth, and he became the scientific advisor to a secret military organization called U.N.I.T., or United Nations Intelligence Taskforce, led by Brigadier Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, or just "Brigadier" for short. The Doctor and UNIT spent many adventures battling alien invaders and other menaces to mankind. The third Doctor loved gadgets and fast cars, but kept hard at work repairing the TARDIS to escape Earth. But even after he had regained his freedom, the Doctor continued to return to his friends at UNIT often. Made under producer Barry Letts and script editor Terrance Dicks during this era, the scripts became more mature, and tackled some interesting social themes. An arch villain was also created: He called himself the Master and came from the same planet as the Doctor. He had his own TARDIS, and like most other TARDISes that worked properly, the exterior entrance could disguise itself to look like anything. In later years, the interior of the Master's TARDIS was done in black. All Doctor Who episodes from this time and beyond still exist, although a handful of Jon Pertwee's (which should all be in colour) can only be found in black and white. Many recolourization techniques have proved fruitful so far, and it appears that all Pertwee episodes will be in colour when they make it to DVD.....

Review: "Spearhead
From Space"

now on Blu-ray.
The exile on Earth begins! U.N.I.T. and its new scientific advisor face the very first wave of the Auton invasion.


Review: "Genesis of the Daleks"
now on DVD.
Is this really the most classic Doctor Who story ever? Let's examine what makes it rise above the rest....
Tom Baker played the fourth Doctor, and is probably the most popular Doctor of all, especially in North America. Tall, with brown curly hair, he is known for wearing a very long scarf of many colours, and giving out candies called "jelly-babies". Several times he quoted his age as 749 or 750. He was in the role for 7 years. During his first few years under producer Philip Hinchcliffe and script editor Robert Holmes, the stories leaned towards horror, and a lot of focus was put on making the acting and directing as good as possible. It was only during this time that the Doctor gradually broke his ties with UNIT.

Later on, as producer Graham Williams took over, the sci-fi ideas gradually got better, and the stories more humorous and brighter, although this era of the show is criticised by some as not taking itself seriously enough. I started watching Doctor Who with season 16, in which he searches the universe for the six disguised pieces of "The Key to Time". I thought these stories were really good; they hooked me, and bring back more nostalgia for me than any others.

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This set contains loads of extras, including Tom Baker commentary on EVERY episode and many behind the scenes featurettes. So far, season 16 is the earliest Doctor Who to be offered on DVD in a FULL SEASON box set.

Story nos. 98-103: Season 16 Box Set:
"The Key to Time"
starring Tom Baker
26 episodes @ 25 minutes

Status: Complete

Overview: The White Guardian recruits the Doctor, K9, and an inexperienced academy graduate named Romana to reassemble the six disguised segments of the Key to Time, beginning an odyssey of adventure and sci-fi mystery across a variety of planets. Ultimately, the Doctor knows he will have to face and outwit the dark forces that also seek the Key to Time, and learn the secrets of the Key itself before the final segment is revealed....

Contains six stories, also sold separately in North America. For further details, click on: "The Key to Time", or read full reviews listing DVD extras beginning with
"The Ribos Operation" (story no. 98)
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In 1980, new producer John Nathan-Turner made Tom Baker's last year as the Doctor (season 18) very respectable, and gave the show a lot of new energy and marketability. Most of that year, including its best stories, are available on DVD in 2 trilogy box sets:

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"The E-Space Trilogy" Box set containing:
Story no. 112 "Full Circle",
Story no. 113 "State of Decay", and
Story no. 114 "Warriors' Gate"
starring Tom Baker
12 episodes @ 25 minutes.
The heart of Season 18.

Status: Complete
Read about DVD extras here...

Story: After dropping through a freak hole in space, the Doctor, Romana, and K9 find themselves in a pocket universe known as E-space. Aided by Adric whose gang of rebelious teenagers sense lies in the old legends, the Doctor soon uncovers a trail of secrets about the inhabitants of the marsh-planet Alzarius, investigates the deadly truth behind the vampire lore of his own planet in a decaying medieval culture, and stumbles into a mysterious gateway that could either be the way out, or trap them until the end of time....

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"New Beginnings" Box set containing
Story nos. 115, 116 & 117:
"The Keeper of Traken" and
"Logopolis" starring Tom Baker, and
"Castrovalva" starring Peter Davison
12 episodes @ 25 minutes

The double finale of Season 18
plus the Season 19 opener.

Status: Complete
Read about DVD extras here...

Story: Transformation is in the cards for the Doctor, his crew, and one of his arch-enemies in this trilogy of classic stories from the early 1980's. Witness the end of Tom Baker's unmatched 7 year era as the Doctor, and the New Beginnings that the show embarked upon....

Also available separately in North America.


Review: "Earthshock"

The fifth Doctor's classic battle with this deadly foe is easily the showstopper of season 19...
The fifth Doctor, Peter Davison, is my personal favourite. He is tall, blond, and appears to be in his late twenties or early thirties. Although very physically agile, he plays it as though there is something much older and wiser within him, and he's probably the most polite and agreeable of all the Doctors. I think it's a shame that he only stayed in the role for three years.

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The Black Guardian Trilogy
Story nos. 126-128:
"Mawdryn Undead", "Terminus", and "Enlightenment" starring Peter Davison.
12 episodes @ 25 minutes.

The heart of Season 20
and the Peter Davison era.

Status: Complete
Read about DVD extras here...

Mawdryn Undead: The Black Guardian sets a complex series of traps with which to have his revenge on the Doctor, beginning with the recruitment of mischievous schoolboy Vislor Turlough who quickly gains the Doctor's confidence. Why has former Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart mysteriously lost a significant, selective portion of his memory?

Enlightenment: The White Guardian can barely access enough power to direct the Doctor to a bizarre racing contest between sailing vessels, manned by several rivals of an immortal species of Eternals. What is the mysterious and dangerous prize they are competing for? Why must none of them be allowed to win it? As the Black Guardian's power increases, the Doctor struggles to emerge from his pawn's-eye-view of the Guardians' end game.

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Story nos. 144-147:
Season 23 Boxed Set
"The Trial of a Time Lord"
starring Colin Baker
14 episodes @ 25 minutes

Status: Complete
Read about DVD extras here...

Story: The TARDIS is pulled onto a Gallifreyan space station, where the Doctor is put before the Inquisitor and prosecuted by the Valeyard for interfering in the affairs of other planets ....or so someone would want the Gallifreyan public to believe....

Click here for individual story details.


Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy also took their turns as the Doctor before the BBC stopped making the show in 1989. They had completed 26 seasons in all, totaling around 160 movie-length stories, and bringing the Doctor past the ripe old age of 953.
In addition, two colour feature films had been made in the sixties, both starring Peter Cushing as the Doctor, battling the Daleks.
A new TV movie was made in 1995/96 in which Paul McGann took over as the eighth Doctor, but this wasn't particularly popular and didn't lead to anything new.


Finally in 2005 the BBC started to make the show again. Christopher Eccleston played the ninth Doctor throughout the 2005 season, beginning the show's modern resurrection.

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Story nos. 161-170:
The Season 27 box set (2005)
starring Christopher Eccleston
Also known as "Series One"
13 episodes @ 45 minutes.

Reviews begin with "Rose".

Status: Complete

Stories: Teenage department store clerk Rose Tyler encounters the ninth Doctor, who whisks her into an odyssey of adventures through time, meeting and battling various alien species. But this Doctor harbours some dark secrets from his recent past, which are about to catch up with him, and Rose has no idea how deeply she is involved....


The role quickly switched to David Tennant, who took over as the tenth Doctor. He debuted in "The Christmas Invasion" in December of 2005, and stars in the 2006, 2007, and 2008 seasons of Doctor Who, as well as the 2009 "year of specials". Many of the modern show's best stories took place in Tennant's debut season, (season 28 for those who honour the entire chronology of this giant among sci-fi franchises).
Review: "The Impossible Planet"
The David Tennant Era achieved a crowning jewel in season 28 with this creepy, philosophical tour-de-force of exploration. Find out how the new show finally overcame its teething troubles in our review....

By the time we got Matt Smith as the eleventh Doctor starring in the 2010, 2011, and 2012-2013 seasons, the heroic traveling Timelord was alive and well and enjoying a whole new wave of popularity once again....


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Story nos. 171-181:
The Season 28 box set (2006)
starring David Tennant
13 episodes @ 45 minutes
plus the 2005 special episode:
"The Christmas Invasion"

Status: Complete

Story: The TARDIS stretches its range farther than ever, as The Doctor & Rose, joined by Mickey Smith, Sarah Jane Smith, & K9 battle a host of bizarre creatures and attempt to discover the secrets of the universe. Some secrets, however, turn out to be best left alone....


Check out this companion Audio CD as well!

Doctor Who: Original soundtrack
music from Seasons 27 & 28,
(aka "Series 1 & 2", 2005-2006)
by Murray Gold

More info & buying options (1-disc album)

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Story nos. 182-192:
The Season 29 box set (2007)
starring David Tennant
13 episodes @ 45 minutes
plus the 2006 Christmas special:
"The Runaway Bride"

Status: Complete

Story: Medical student Martha Jones thought her life was complicated and hectic enough, until the day she ran into the Doctor in her hospital and suddenly found herself whisked off on an odyssey through time and space, confronting alien creatures and helping the Doctor uncover the secrets that will keep him one step ahead of his arch-nemesis. But will the Doctor ever really see her the way she wants him to?


Check out this companion Audio CD as well!

Doctor Who: Original soundtrack
music from Season 29
(aka "Series 3", 2007)
by Murray Gold

More info & buying options (1-disc album)

U.S.

re-release:

Canada

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Story nos. 193-203:
The Season 30 box set (2008)
starring David Tennant
13 episodes @ 45 minutes
plus the Christmas special:
"Voyage of the Damned"
Our reviews begin with the bonus prequel scene "Time Crash".

Status: Complete

Story: Catherine Tate's Donna Noble is back, joining David Tennant's Doctor for 2008.


Check out this companion Audio CD as well!

Doctor Who: Original soundtrack
music from Season 30
(aka "Series 4", 2008)
by Murray Gold

More info & buying options (1-disc album)

The Post-Season-30 Specials
Story Nos. 204-207:
"The Next Doctor",
"Planet of the Dead",
"The Waters of Mars", and
"The End of Time" (Parts 1 & 2)
starring David Tennant.

Status: Complete
Read about DVD extras here...

Doctor Who: Original Music from
the Post-Season 30 Specials
(aka "Series 4: The Specials" /
"The Complete Specials", 2009)
by Murray Gold.

More info & buying options (2-disc album)

After an extended jaunt full of both on-screen and unseen adventures, the tenth Doctor returns to confront the prophesy of the end of his life. First broadcast in England between Christmas 2008 and Christmas 2009, now sold together as:
"The Complete Specials" Box Set
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Story nos. 208-217:
Season 31 (2010)
starring Matt Smith

13 episodes @ 45 minutes

Our reviews begin with
"The Eleventh Hour".

Status: Complete
Read about DVD extras here...

Doctor Who: Original soundtrack
music from Season 31
(aka "Series 5", 2010) by Murray Gold

More info & buying options (2-disc album)

Story: Haunted by an interdimensional crack in her bedroom wall, Amelia Pond's prayers to have it fixed are answered when a police box crashes in her back yard and a mad Doctor clambers out. Her growing obsession with him continues while she joins him on his travels.... What shocking discoveries await them when they team up with River Song (Alex Kingston) and a group of combat-ready clerics to neutralize a Weeping Angel plaguing the crash of the Byzantium spacecraft on an alien beach? Will the Doctor be able to get everyone to be their most ideal selves as a project to drill deeper into the Earth's crust in 2020 A.D. awakens some mysterious forces? And if the legends are true that the Pandorica was built as a prison to contain the most feared thing in all the universe, what will they find inside it when it opens?
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Story nos. 218-229:
The Season 32 box set (2011)
starring Matt Smith
13 episodes @ 45 minutes
plus the 2010 Christmas special:
"A Christmas Carol"

Status: Complete
Read about DVD extras here...

Doctor Who: Original Music from Season 32
(aka "Series 6", 2011) by Murray Gold

More info & buying options (2-disc album)

River Song's secrets will be revealed as you transport yourself across the universe, through time, and into incredible heroic adventures with Doctor Who. And long live the cliffhanger.
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Matt Smith and Season 33 (2012-2013)

Ah, finally, we have a full season box set for Season 33
(also known as "New Who" Series 7 starring Matt Smith).
This set has a more satisfying round of
bonus features than earlier partial sets,
including audio commentaries, making-of featurettes,
and a variety of other bonuses.
13 regular episodes plus 2 Christmas specials are included.
The Region A/1 version for the U.S. and Canada
is new for September 24, 2013.
The Region B/2 version for the U.K. is new for October 28, 2013.
The music CD is new for September 9, 2013.


plus the matching
music CD:

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NEW for
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Oct. 28, 2013.
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Sept. 24, 2013.
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NEW for
Oct. 28, 2013.


Peter Capaldi and Season 34 (2014)

The release date for this box set in the U.K. was
Monday, November 17, 2014.
Its North American debut was pushed back until December 9, 2014.

The regular broadcast for the first episode was August 23, 2014.


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NEW for
Nov. 17, 2014.



Top 5 Recommended products/stories for each Doctor:

The Best of William Hartnell - Complete stories:

Dabbling in audios of lost/incomplete stories? Check out: (Not to be forgotten is the second Peter Cushing feature film "Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D." - also highly recommended.)


The Best of Patrick Troughton - Complete stories:

Dabbling in audios of lost/incomplete stories? Check out:


The Best Jon Pertwee Stories I would recommend:

(mind you, nearly all Pertwee stories are good)


The Best Tom Baker Stories/Packages I would recommend:


The Best Peter Davison Stories I would recommend:

(Of course, you'll buy the New Beginnings Box Set as part of Tom Baker's best, and get Davison's Castrovalva as a bonus.)


The Best Colin Baker Stories I would recommend:


The Best Sylvester McCoy Stories:

    Getting more than one of these at once? It may be best to watch them in chronological broadcast order... although "Greatest Show" should perhaps be watched before "Silver Nemesis" or "Happiness Patrol" so character development occurs more naturally.


The Best of David Tennant:

You will want this Doctor's adventures on the full season DVD box sets with all the extras, meaning we only have four items to choose from. Definitely go for Season 28 first (Series 2), as it has the largest number of strong stories. Plus, it's Tennant's earliest set. If you like what you see,
continue in chronological sequence.


Paul McGann and Christopher Eccleston each have only one product worth getting - in Eccleston's case, this will be the full season box set.

Matt Smith has an ongoing mystery running through his era, so it makes best sense to start with his first year of stories and proceed in chronological order. That said, the first half of his second year features the best of his early adventures.




Episode Guide Catalogues

of available Doctor Who DVD's, videos, & music releases, chronologically listed
with extensive reviews in "In-Depth Analysis" and "no-spoilers Buyers' Guide" formats


William Hartnell Era

1963-1966, BW

Patrick Troughton Era

1966-1969, BW

Jon Pertwee Era

1970-1974, Colour

Tom Baker Era

1975-1981, Colour

Peter Davison Era

1981-1984, Colour

Colin Baker Era

1984-1986, Colour

Sylvester McCoy Era

1987-1989, Colour

Peter Cushing (1965-1966, Colour)

Paul McGann

1996, Colour

Christopher Eccleston Era

2005, Colour

David Tennant Era

2005-2009, Colour

Matt Smith Era

2010-2013, Colour

Peter Capaldi Era

2014....


More Popular Releases:


Doctor Who behind the scenes recreation:
"An Adventure in Time and Space"
starring David Bradley as William Hartnell

Status: Complete

Region 1 NTSC DVD release May 27, 2014.

From writer Mark Gatiss comes this TV drama recreating the behind the scenes struggle of producer Verity Lambert and star William Hartnell to get Doctor Who onto the air for the very first time in 1963.
DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.


DVD + Blu-ray
3-disc Combo
DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada


DVD + Blu-ray
3-disc Combo
DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.


DVD only
Blu-ray U.S.
Region A/1


DVD + Blu-ray
3-disc Combo
Blu-ray Canada
Region A/1


DVD + Blu-ray
3-disc Combo

DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.

DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada

DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.

Story no. 29: "The Tenth Planet"
starring William Hartnell
4 episodes @ 25 minutes each

Status: 3 complete original episodes
plus 1 re-constructed episode
Read about DVD extras here...

Region 1 NTSC release November 19, 2013.
Region 2 PAL release November 18, 2013.

Story: The Doctor, Ben, and Polly land in Antarctica
in 1986, discovering an international space mission control base. As the crew observe a new planet approaching Earth, creating havoc with pre-planned orbital flights, the Doctor recognizes this as a turning point in history, predicting that they are about to have "visitors". But the Doctor's own health is fading fast. Will he last long enough to help humanity survive first contact with the Cybermen of Mondas?

DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.

DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada

DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.

Story no. 80:
"Terror of the Zygons"
starring Tom Baker
4 episodes @ 25 minutes each

Status: Complete
Read about DVD extras here...

Region 1 NTSC release Oct. 8, 2013.
Region 2 PAL release Sept. 30, 2013.


2-disc DVD

Story: The Brigadier calls the Doctor, Sarah, and Harry back to Earth to help U.N.I.T. investigate the continuing destruction of sea-based oil rigs near Scotland. As a web of extra-terrestrial intrigue unfolds, many of the clues begin to point towards Loch Ness and its legendary monster....

DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.

DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada

DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.

Story no. 125:
"Snakedance"
starring Peter Davison
4 episodes @ 25 minutes

Status: Complete
Read about DVD extras here...

Region 1 NTSC release April 12, 2011.
Region 2 PAL DVD release March 7, 2011.

Story: The Doctor searches for a link between Tegan's dreams and a lost culture on the Federation colony planet Manussa, believing that their arrival there was no accident. He soon finds his mental disciplines tested as his quest to free Tegan from the Mara becomes more of a spiritual journey than he bargained for....

A brilliant gem of television that has so far received only moderate recognition by sci-fi Doctor Who fans. Discover some of its hidden wisdoms and modern relevance as we explore its high concepts in greater depth in our review....


New for February 26, 2015:

"The Universe"
This lively, informative, documentary series featuring scientist interviews and very cool CGI graphics has quickly become a favourite for astronomy enthusiasts. Common topics include new discoveries of exoplanets, features and conditions on planets and moons within our solar system, and various principles of physics and biology with cosmic significance.

Data capsule summaries for individual episodes begin with: "Alien Planets"

New for March 13, 2015:

The new Astronomy section at Lyratek.com
expands with eight new documentary data capsule reviews, beginning with: "Alien Moons", plus:

"Cosmos" episode guide and music catalogue
This much-loved classic documentary series from Carl Sagan continues to woo over new fans and satisfy on repeat viewing those lucky enough to discover it long ago. Now a new set of episodes with Neil deGrasse Tyson continues the tradition....










Our in-depth reviews for each story begin with: "An Unearthly Child"



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