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Doctor Who (season 5)

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Doctor Who
Season 5
Doctor Who Season 5 DVD.jpg
Cover art of the Region 2 DVD release for the first serial of the season
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of stories7
No. of episodes40 (18 missing)
Original networkBBC1
Original release2 September 1967 (1967-09-02) –
1 June 1968 (1968-06-01)
Season chronology
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List of Doctor Who episodes (1963–1989)

The fifth season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 2 September 1967 with the first story of season 5 The Tomb of the Cybermen and ended on 1 June 1968 with The Wheel in Space. Only 22 out of 40 episodes are held in the BBC archives; 18 remain missing. As a result, only 2 serials exist entirely. However, The Ice Warriors and Fury from the Deep have had their missing episodes reconstructed using animation, with The Web of Fear set to have its missing episode animated for release in 2021.


Main cast

Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines and Deborah Watling appear as The Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon and Victoria Waterfield respectively. Deborah Watling departs in the penultimate story Fury from the Deep. Wendy Padbury makes her debut as Zoe Heriot in the season finale, The Wheel in Space.

Guest stars

Jack Watling makes his first and last appearances in the series as Professor Edward Travers in the serials The Abominable Snowmen and The Web of Fear. Watling would go on to reprise his role of Travers thirty years on in the spin-off direct-to-video film Downtime.

Michael Kilgarriff makes his first appearance as the Cyber-Controller in Tomb of the Cybermen. Kilgarriff would reprise the role eighteen years later in Attack of the Cybermen (1985).

The Web of Fear introduced Nicholas Courtney as Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart. He appeared next in the next season's The Invasion, and became a regular supporting character in season 7season 13. He made subsequent appearances in season 20 and season 26.


Victor Pemberton was script editor for The Tomb of the Cybermen, with Peter Bryant as producer. After this Bryant resumed his role as script editor with Innes Lloyd as producer until The Web of Fear where Bryant took over as producer and Derrick Sherwin replaced Bryant as script editor. The Enemy of the World was the last serial seen under Head of Drama and creator Sydney Newman, who left the BBC after his contract expired in 1967.

Two serials, The Tomb of the Cybermen and The Enemy of the World, are complete in the BBC's archives; these are also the only complete serials from the first two seasons of Patrick Troughton's tenure as the Doctor. The two missing episodes from The Ice Warriors have been recreated in animated form for the DVD release of that story, in a similar fashion to Season 6's The Invasion. The Web of Fear was first released on DVD in 2014 with a Telesnap reconstruction of its missing third episode. In 2020, it was announced that a Special Edition DVD/Blu-ray will be released in 2021 with the missing episode now animated.[1][2]

Fury from the Deep is the most recent serial that is completely missing, with no episodes in the archives. All other serials in this season are at the very least partially preserved. Fury has also, however, received an animated recreation of all six episodes for a Blu-ray and DVD release.

The Enemy of the World saw Patrick Troughton playing both the Doctor and the villainous Salamander; this was the first time that the lead actor had played both his regular part and the part of the villain since Season 3's The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve.

StorySerialSerial titleEpisode titlesDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
UK viewers
(millions) [3]
371The Tomb of the Cybermen"Episode 1"Morris BarryKit Pedler and Gerry Davis2 September 1967 (1967-09-02)MM6.053
"Episode 2"Morris BarryKit Pedler and Gerry Davis9 September 1967 (1967-09-09)MM6.452
"Episode 3"Morris BarryKit Pedler and Gerry Davis16 September 1967 (1967-09-16)MM7.249
"Episode 4"Morris BarryKit Pedler and Gerry Davis23 September 1967 (1967-09-23)MM7.450
On taking Victoria on her first trip away, the TARDIS crew arrives on Telos where they find an expedition excavating the tomb of the Cybermen. Inside the tomb, they find small metal creatures, traps and dozens of frozen Cybermen who are soon to awake.
382The Abominable Snowmen"Episode One"Gerald BlakeMervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln30 September 1967 (1967-09-30)NN6.350
"Episode Two"Gerald BlakeMervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln7 October 1967 (1967-10-07)NN6.052
"Episode Three"Gerald BlakeMervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln14 October 1967 (1967-10-14)NN7.151
"Episode Four"Gerald BlakeMervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln21 October 1967 (1967-10-21)NN7.150
"Episode Five"Gerald BlakeMervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln28 October 1967 (1967-10-28)NN7.251
"Episode Six"Gerald BlakeMervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln4 November 1967 (1967-11-04)NN7.452
The TARDIS crew arrive on a cold and windy hillside within the Himalayas. After exploring, the Doctor—wearing an extremely furry coat—is mistaken for what they think could be a Yeti. It turns out that the Yeti already roaming the mountains are robots created in hope for The Great Intelligence to reach material form.
393The Ice Warriors"One"Derek MartinusBrian Hayles11 November 1967 (1967-11-11)OO6.752
"Two"Derek MartinusBrian Hayles18 November 1967 (1967-11-18)OO7.152
"Three"Derek MartinusBrian Hayles25 November 1967 (1967-11-25)OO7.451
"Four"Derek MartinusBrian Hayles2 December 1967 (1967-12-02)OO7.351
"Five"Derek MartinusBrian Hayles9 December 1967 (1967-12-09)OO8.050
"Six"Derek MartinusBrian Hayles16 December 1967 (1967-12-16)OO7.551
In the distant future, the crew at Brittanicus Base struggle to control an ioniser, which they are using to slow the progress of glaciers rolling over Britain. A creature found in the Ice is taken back to the base, kidnapping Victoria once thawed and taking her to awaken his race from the glacier, which identify as Ice Warriors from the planet Mars.
404The Enemy of the World"Episode 1"Barry LettsDavid Whitaker23 December 1967 (1967-12-23)PP6.850
"Episode 2"Barry LettsDavid Whitaker30 December 1967 (1967-12-30)PP7.649
"Episode 3"Barry LettsDavid Whitaker6 January 1968 (1968-01-06)PP7.148
"Episode 4"Barry LettsDavid Whitaker13 January 1968 (1968-01-13)PP7.849
"Episode 5"Barry LettsDavid Whitaker20 January 1968 (1968-01-20)PP6.949
"Episode 6"Barry LettsDavid Whitaker27 January 1968 (1968-01-27)PP8.352
Arriving in Australia in 2018, The Doctor finds out he has an evil doppelgänger named Salamander, a Scientist and Politician, who plans to rule the world with volcanoes. Despite those who follow his ultimate reign, the Doctor impersonates him to gain full access to his research station and reveal him for who he really is.
415The Web of Fear"Episode 1"Douglas CamfieldMervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln3 February 1968 (1968-02-03)QQ7.254
"Episode 2"Douglas CamfieldMervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln10 February 1968 (1968-02-10)QQ6.853
"Episode 3"Douglas CamfieldMervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln17 February 1968 (1968-02-17)QQ7.051
"Episode 4"Douglas CamfieldMervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln24 February 1968 (1968-02-24)QQ8.453
"Episode 5"Douglas CamfieldMervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln2 March 1968 (1968-03-02)QQ8.055
"Episode 6"Douglas CamfieldMervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln9 March 1968 (1968-03-09)QQ8.355
Avoiding a web-like substance from space, the Tardis lands in the London Underground. But when they find that the Yeti are suddenly running the system, chaos occurs for everyone, even the military. The Doctor, with the help of the military, tries to stop them invading the London Underground.
426Fury from the Deep"Episode 1"Hugh DavidVictor Pemberton16 March 1968 (1968-03-16)RR8.255
"Episode 2"Hugh DavidVictor Pemberton23 March 1968 (1968-03-23)RR7.955
"Episode 3"Hugh DavidVictor Pemberton30 March 1968 (1968-03-30)RR7.756
"Episode 4"Hugh DavidVictor Pemberton6 April 1968 (1968-04-06)RR6.656
"Episode 5"Hugh DavidVictor Pemberton13 April 1968 (1968-04-13)RR5.956
"Episode 6"Hugh DavidVictor Pemberton20 April 1968 (1968-04-20)RR6.957
The TARDIS lands in the North Sea off the eastern coast of England. The Second Doctor, Jamie, and Victoria investigate a nearby beach where there's something nasty in the pipes. A refinery base takes them prisoner and it's soon to reveal that a parasite had been sucked up from seaweed and is taking mind control of those who come in contact.
437The Wheel in Space"Episode 1"Tristan DeVere ColeDavid Whitaker and Kit Pedler (story)27 April 1968 (1968-04-27)SS7.257
"Episode 2"Tristan DeVere ColeDavid Whitaker and Kit Pedler (story)4 May 1968 (1968-05-04)SS6.960
"Episode 3"Tristan DeVere ColeDavid Whitaker and Kit Pedler (story)11 May 1968 (1968-05-11)SS7.555
"Episode 4"Tristan DeVere ColeDavid Whitaker and Kit Pedler (story)18 May 1968 (1968-05-18)SS8.656
"Episode 5"Tristan DeVere ColeDavid Whitaker and Kit Pedler (story)25 May 1968 (1968-05-25)SS6.857
"Episode 6"Tristan DeVere ColeDavid Whitaker and Kit Pedler (story)1 June 1968 (1968-06-01)SS6.562
The Doctor and Jamie find themselves on a deserted spaceship carrying Cybermen heading for a nearby space station, The Wheel.

^† : Episode is missing

Missing episodes

  • The Abominable Snowmen – Episodes 1, 3 – 6 (of 6 total)
  • The Ice Warriors – Episodes 2 & 3 (of 6 total) (Animated recreations exist)
  • The Web of Fear – Episode 3 (of 6 total) (Animated recreation is set to be released in 2021)[4]
  • Fury from the Deep – All 6 Episodes (Animated recreations exist)
  • The Wheel in Space – Episodes 1, 2, 4 & 5 (of 6 total)

Home media

VHS releases

Season Story no. Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
5 037 The Tomb of the Cybermen 4 × 25 min. May 1992[5][6] May 1992[6] October 1992[6]
039 The Ice Warriors
Includes The Missing Years
4 x 25 mins
1 x 10 min reconstruction of missing episodes 2 & 3
November 1998[7] December 1998[7] September 1999[7]
041 The Web of Fear
Episode 1 plus censor clips from episodes 2,4,5
1 x 25 min. November 2003 December 2003 October 2003

DVD and Blu-ray releases

Season Story no. Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
5 037 The Tomb of the Cybermen 4 × 25 min. 14 January 2002[8] 28 March 2002[9] 6 August 2002[10]
The Tomb of the Cybermen (Special Edition)[a] 4 × 25 min. 13 February 2012[11][12] 1 March 2012[13][14] 13 March 2012[15]
039 The Ice Warriors[b] 6 × 25 min. 26 August 2013[16][17] 28 August 2013[18] 17 September 2013[19]
040 The Enemy of the World 6 x 25 min. 25 November 2013[20] 27 November 2013[21] 10 December 2013[c][22]
20 May 2014[d][23]
The Enemy of the World (Special Edition) 6 × 25 min. 26 March 2018[24] 8 August 2018[25] N/A
041 The Web of Fear[e] 6 x 25 min. 24 February 2014[26] 26 February 2014[27] 22 April 2014[28]
The Web of Fear (Special Edition)[f] 6 x 25 min. 2021
(D,B) [29]
042 Fury From the Deep[g] 6 × 25 min. 14 September 2020
(D,B) [30]
11 November 2020
(D,B) [31]
16 March 2021
Lost in Time, Volume 2
46 032 The Underwater Menace[h] 12 × 25 min.
(+ 2 × 25 min. audio)[i]
1 November 2004[32][33] 2 December 2004[j][34]
1 July 2010[k][35]
2 November 2004[36]
033 The Moonbase[l]
035 The Faceless Ones[m]
036 The Evil of the Daleks[n]
038 The Abominable Snowmen[o]
040 The Enemy of the World[p]
041 The Web of Fear[q]
043 The Wheel in Space[r]
049 The Space Pirates[s]
  1. ^ Only available as part of the Revisitations 3 box set in Regions 2 and 4. Only available individually in Region 1.
  2. ^ Episodes 1 and 4–6 of 6, with both animated full and "tele-snap" partial reconstructions of episodes 2 and 3.
  3. ^ Canada.
  4. ^ U.S.
  5. ^ Episodes 1–2 and 4–6 of 6, with a "tele-snap" reconstruction of episode 3.
  6. ^ Episodes 1–2 and 4–6 of 6, with an animated reconstruction of episode 3.
  7. ^ All six episodes animated.
  8. ^ Episode 3 of 4.
  9. ^ Also includes surviving clips from The Power of the Daleks, The Highlanders,
    The Macra Terror and Fury from the Deep.
  10. ^ Original release.
  11. ^ Re-release.
  12. ^ Episodes 2 and 4 of 4; soundtracks of 1 and 3.
  13. ^ Episodes 1 and 3 of 6.
  14. ^ Episode 2 of 7.
  15. ^ Episode 2 of 6.
  16. ^ Episode 3 of 6.
  17. ^ Episode 1 of 6.
  18. ^ Episodes 3 and 6 of 6.
  19. ^ Episode 2 of 6.

In print

Serial name Novelisation title Author First published
The Tomb of the Cybermen Doctor Who and the Tomb of the Cybermen Gerry Davis 18 May 1978
The Abominable Snowmen Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen Terrance Dicks 21 November 1974
The Ice Warriors Doctor Who and the Ice Warriors Brian Hayles 18 March 1976
The Enemy of the World Doctor Who and the Enemy of the World Ian Marter 17 April 1981
The Web of Fear Doctor Who and the Web of Fear Terrance Dicks 19 August 1976
Fury from the Deep Fury from the Deep Victor Pemberton 22 May 1986
The Wheel in Space The Wheel in Space Terrance Dicks 17 March 1988


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