The Android Invasion (Doctor Who serial)

The Android Invasion was the fourth serial of season 13 of Doctor Who. It saw the final appearances of John Benton and Harry Sullivan in the classic series. Find out more at the TARDIS Data Core.

First broadcast November 22 – December 13, 1975

The Doctor and Sarah arrive on present day Earth – or do they? Pursued by strange, helmeted men in white overalls, they find themselves in the apparently empty village of Devesham.

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Part 1

First broadcast 22 Nov 1975 at 17:45 on BBC1

The TARDIS apparently arrives back on Earth but all is not as it seems as the Doctor and Sarah are attacked by mysterious space suited figures and find that the ‘dead’ are walking.

Part 2

First broadcast 29 Nov 1975 at 17:45 on BBC1

Sarah is taken prisoner by the alien Kraals and the Doctor discovers the truth behind the village and its robot population.

Part 3

First broadcast 6 Dec 1975 at 17:45 on BBC1

The Kraals intend to invade Earth by stowing away aboard Crayford’s rocket as it returns home. The Doctor learns Styggron’s plan is to wipe out all life on the planet.

Part 4

First broadcast 13 Dec 1975 at 17:45 on BBC1

The Doctor and Sarah are desperate to warn UNIT of the alien invasion, but nobody will believe them. The Kraals’ release their android duplicates, including one of the Doctor.

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Music from “The Android Invasion”


Doctor Who and the Android Invasion by Terrance Dicks

Doctor Who and the Android Invasion was a novelisation based on the 1975 television serial The Android Invasion, written by Terrance Dicks.

First published 16 Nov 1978

The Doctor and Sarah arrive safely back on Earth – or do they?
Why does the mysterious soldier march straight over a cliff – and then reappear unharmed?
Why are they attacked by the sinister mechanics with built-in guns for hands?
Why is a picturesque country village at first deserted – then filled with mindless zombies?
And why are their best friends suddenly trying to kill them?
The Doctor has stumbled on a cunning alien plan to take over the Earth. Will he be in time to defeat the deadly Kraals and their terrifying android invasion?