November 1, 1986: Doctor Who faces The Terror of the Vervoids

17:45 – Doctor Who: The Trial of a Time Lord: “Terror of the Vervoids”

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The Trial of a Time Lord, titlecard [Doctor Who Collectors’ Wiki*]
by Pip and Jane Baker

Starring Colin Baker with Bonnie Langford

A 14-part adventure

At last the Doctor is able to present his evidence. It takes place in the future with a new companion and new problems.

Radio Times extract from BBC Genome*.

The Terror of the Vervoids

Terror of the Vervoids was the unbroadcast title given to episodes 9 to 12 of The Trial of a Time Lord, the season-long story that constituted season 23 of Doctor Who. While the previous stories of the season delved into past adventures of the Sixth Doctor, this story examined the Doctor’s pending future. Using that anachronistic style, it introduced Langford as companion Melanie Bush, deviating from the formulaic structure where a stranger found themselves meeting the Doctor for the first time, and vice versa. Instead, her character was a future companion that the Doctor had yet to meet- something later repeated with the character River Song 22 years later.

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A group of Vervoids in Doctor Who: “Terror of the Vervoids” [Wikipedia*]

Synopsis

The Time Lords have brought the Doctor to trial, accusing him of gross interference in the affairs of other planets. If he is found guilty he must forfeit all his remaining regenerations. In the hope of proving his innocence, Melanie Bush, an as-of-yet unmet companion from later in his life, is summoned to the court. Hopefully through her help, the jurors will be reassured in letting the Doctor go free by seeing what good acts he stands to commit as opposed to destructive ones.

In his defence the Doctor tells of an adventure set on board the Hyperion III space liner in his future. Answering a distress call, the Doctor and Mel arrive on the liner just as a series of grisly murders begins.

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October 28, 1978: Doctor Who in “The Stones of Blood”

The tracer leads the TARDIS to planet Calufrax in search of the second segment of the Key to Time. However, the Doctor and Romana discover that they are on the planet Zanak.

First broadcast October 28 – November 18, 1978 on BBC 1 at 6.20pm; four parts

Notable Cast & Crew

  • Tom Baker – “Doctor Who”
  • Mary Tamm – “Romana”
  • John Leeson – Voice of “K9”
  • Nicholas McArdle – “De Vries”
  • David Fisher – writer

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October 5, 1988: Doctor Who in “Remembrance of the Daleks”

Season 24 – “Dragonfire”

The Doctor and Ace are caught up in a fierce battle on Earth between two violently opposing factions of Daleks, who will stop at nothing to destroy one another.

First broadcast October 5 – 26, 1988 on BBC One at 7.35pm; four parts

Notable Cast & Crew

  • Sylvester McCoy – “The Doctor”
  • Sophie Aldred – “Ace”
  • Simon Williams – “Gilmore”
  • Pamela Salem – “Rachel”
  • George Sewell – “Ratcliffe”
  • Michael Sheard – “Headmaster”
  • Joseph Marcell – “John”
  • Terry Malloy – “Davros”

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September 30, 1978: Doctor Who in “The Pirate Planet”

The tracer leads the TARDIS to planet Calufrax in search of the second segment of the Key to Time. However, the Doctor and Romana discover that they are on the planet Zanak.

First broadcast September 30 – October 21, 1978 on BBC 1 at 6.20pm; four parts

Notable Cast & Crew

  • Tom Baker – “Doctor Who”
  • Mary Tamm – “Romana”
  • John Leeson – Voice of “K9”
  • Bruce Purchase – “The Captain”
  • Andrew Robertson – “Mr Fibuli”
  • Douglas Adams – writer

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September 14, 1968: Doctor Who in “The Mind Robber”

Season 6 – “The Dominators”

Season 6 – “The Invasion”

The Doctor activates an emergency unit on board theTARDIS to escape destruction by a volcanic eruption. Unfortunately, it moves them out of normal space and time to a deadly world where fantasy rules. The travellers find themselves lured out of the ship into a ghostly white void.

First broadcast September 14 – October 12, 1968 on BBC 1 at 5.20pm; five parts

Notable Cast & Crew

  • Patrick Troughton – “Dr Who”
  • Frazer Hines and Hamish Wilson – “Jamie McCrimmon”
  • Wendy Padbury – “Zoe Heriot”
  • Bernard Horsfall – “A Stranger”/”Gulliver”
  • Sylvestra Le Touzel – “Child”

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September 2, 1978: Doctor Who in “The Ribos Operation”

Season 15 – “The Invasion of Time”

Season 16 – “The Pirate Planet”

To restore the balance of the cosmos, the White Guardian requires the Key to Time, but it has been broken into six disguised segments and scattered throughout time and space.

First broadcast September 2 – 23, 1978 on BBC 1 at 5.45/6.20pm; four parts

Notable Cast & Crew

  • Tom Baker – “Doctor Who”
  • Mary Tamm – “Romana”
  • John Leeson – Voice of “K9”
  • Cyril Luckham – “Guardian”
  • Iain Cuthbertson – “Garron”
  • Prentis Hancock – “Shrieve Captain”
  • Robert Holmes – writer

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August 10, 1968: Doctor Who in “The Dominators”

Season 5 – “The Wheel in Space”

Season 6 – “The Mind Robber”

The Doctor activates an emergency unit on board theTARDIS to escape destruction by a volcanic eruption. Unfortunately, it moves them out of normal space and time to a deadly world where fantasy rules. The travellers find themselves lured out of the ship into a ghostly white void.

First broadcast August 10 – September 7, 1968 on BBC 1 at 5.15pm; five parts

Notable Cast & Crew

  • Patrick Troughton – “Dr Who”
  • Frazer Hines and Hamish Wilson – “Jamie McCrimmon”
  • Wendy Padbury – “Zoe Heriot”
  • Ronald Allen – “Rago”
  • Brian Cant – “Tensa”

Soundtrack

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