March 12, 1999: Doctor Who in “The Curse of Fatal Death”

The Curse of Fatal Death was a Comic Relief segment created for part of 1999’s Red Nose Day Celebration.

The Master corners the Doctor and Emma on Tersurus, prepared to unleash the deadly vengeance of deadly revenge!

First broadcast March 12, 1999 on BBC One at 8.00pm; four parts

Notable Cast & Crew

  • Rowan Atkinson – “The Doctor”
  • Richard E Grant – “The Doctor”
  • Jim Broadbent – “The Doctor”
  • Hugh Grant – “The Doctor”
  • Joanna Lumley – “The Doctor”
  • Julia Sawalha – “Emma”
  • Jonathan Pryce – “The Master”

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March 8, 1969: Doctor Who in “The Space Pirates”

Season 6 – “The War Games”

The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe find themselves inside a space beacon being attacked by space pirates. The travellers are separated from the TARDIS and flung into the depths of space.

First broadcast March 8 – April 12, on BBC 1 at 5.15pm; six parts

Notable Cast & Crew

  • Patrick Troughton – “Dr Who”
  • Frazer Hines – “Jamie McCrimmon”
  • Wendy Padbury – “Zoe Heriot”
  • Jack May – “General Hermack”
  • Donald Gee – “Major Ian Warne”
  • George Layton – “Technician Penn”
  • Robert Holmes – writer

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Novelised as The Space Pirates

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January 25, 1969: Doctor Who in “The Seeds of Death”

Season 6 – “The Krotons”

Season 6 – “The Space Pirates”

The TARDIS arrives on Earth where T-Mat has revolutionised travel. However, the Ice Warriors have seized control and use T-Mat to distribute Martian seed pods across the world.

First broadcast January 25 – March 1, 1969 on BBC 1 at 5.15pm; six parts

Notable Cast & Crew

  • Patrick Troughton – “Dr Who”
  • Frazer Hines – “Jamie McCrimmon”
  • Wendy Padbury – “Zoe Heriot”
  • Ronald Leigh-Hunt – “Radnor”
  • Brian Hayles – writer

Soundtrack

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Novelised as The Seeds of Death

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January 20, 1979 at 6.25pm on BBC 1: Doctor Who – “The Armageddon Factor”

Last Adventure: The Power of Kroll

Next Adventure: Destiny of the Daleks

Season 16, Serial 6

In search of the final segment of the Key to Time, the TARDIS takes the Doctor, Romana and K-9 to the planet Atrios which is engaged in a war with its neighbouring planet, Zeos.

Find out more at the TARDIS Data Core.

Notable Cast

  • Tom Baker, “Doctor Who
  • Mary Tamm, “Romana”
  • John Leeson, Voice of “K9”
  • John Woodvine, “Marshal”
  • Lalla Ward, “Princess Astra”
  • William Squire, “The Shadow”
  • Barry Jackson, “Drax”
  • Valentine Dyall, “The Guardian”

Episodes

Find out more in the BBC’s Doctor Who episode guide.

Novelised as Doctor Who and the Armageddon Factor.

January 20, 1979: Doctor Who in “The Armageddon Factor”

Season 16 – “The Power of Kroll”

Season 17 – “Destiny of the Daleks”

In search of the final segment of the Key to Time, the TARDIS takes the Doctor, Romana and K-9 to the planet Atrios which is engaged in a war with its neighbouring planet, Zeos.

First broadcast January 20 – February 24, 1979 on BBC 1 at 6.25/6.20/6.30pm; six parts

Notable Cast & Crew

  • Tom Baker – “Doctor Who”
  • Mary Tamm – “Romana”/”Princess Strella”
  • John Leeson – Voice of “K9”
  • John Woodvine – “Marshal”
  • Lalla Ward – “Princess Astra”
  • Barry Jackson – “Drax”
  • Valentine Dyall – “The Guardian”
  • Bob Baker and Dave Martin – writers

Find out more

Novelised as Doctor Who and the Armageddon Factor

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December 30, 1978: Doctor Who in “The Power of Kroll”

In search of the fifth segment of the Key to Time, the Doctor and Romana arrive on the third moon of Delta Magna where Romana is captured by the native, green-skinned Swampies.

First broadcast December 30, 1978 on BBC 1 at 6.15/6.30/6.25pm; four parts

Notable Cast & Crew

  • Tom Baker – “Doctor Who”
  • Mary Tamm – “Romana”/”Princess Strella”
  • Neil McCarthy – “Thawn”
  • John Abineri – “Ranquin”
  • Philip Madoc – “Fenner”
  • Glyn Owen – “Rohm-Dutt”
  • John Leeson – “Dugeen”
  • Robert Holmes – writer

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Novelised as Doctor Who and the Power of Kroll

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December 28, 1968: Doctor Who in “The Krotons”

Season 6 – “The Invasion”

The TARDIS takes the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe to a world where they meet the Gonds who annually send two brilliant students into the Dynatrope to be the companions of the Krotons.

First broadcast December 25, 1968 – January 18, 1969 on BBC 1 at 5.15pm; four parts

Notable Cast & Crew

  • Patrick Troughton – “Dr Who”
  • Frazer Hines – “Jamie McCrimmon”
  • Wendy Padbury – “Zoe Heriot”
  • Philip Madoc – “Eelek”
  • Robert Holmes – writer

Soundtrack

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Novelised as The Krotons

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December 14, 1988: Doctor Who in “The Greatest Show in the Galaxy”

Season 25 – “Silver Nemesis”

Season 26 – “Battlefield”

The Doctor takes Ace to visit the Psychic Circus on Segonax. However the performers are under the influence of a malign power that thrives on amusement and entertainment…

First broadcast December 14, 1988 – January 4, 1989 on BBC One at 7.35/7.40pm; four parts

Notable Cast & Crew

  • Sylvester McCoy – “The Doctor”
  • Sophie Aldred – “Ace”
  • T P McKenna – “Captain Cook”
  • Jessica Martin – “Mags”
  • Ian Reddington – “Chief Clown”
  • Peggy Mount – “Stallslady”
  • Gian Sammarco – “Whizz Kid”
  • Daniel Peacock – “Nord”
  • Chris Jury – “Deadbeat”

Soundtrack

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Novelised as The Greatest Show in the Galaxy

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December 2, 1997 at 5.10pm on BBC One: Aquila

Aquila’s intertitle

Aquila is a British children’s television show which aired on BBC One from December 2, 1997 to December 17, 1998. An episode was aired once a week, and was based on the story of two boys, Tom Baxter and Geoff Reynolds, who find a spacecraft when digging in a field. The first series was based on the 1997 book ‘Aquila’ by British author Andrew Norriss who novelised the second series though this was not published until 2010.

The craft, which is called ‘Aquila’, soon turns out to be something more advanced than Roman technology, and by pressing the numerous coloured buttons in the cockpit the boys learn more about this strange craft and take off upwards into the sky. The story becomes more tense and yet humorous as the boys try to think of ways to hide their amazing discovery, prevent doing damage with it, and communicating with it.