Fourth: Shada


shadaWriter: Douglas Adams

Director: Pennant Roberts

Companions: Romana II (Lalla Ward), K-9 (John Leeson–voice)

Season: 17 (21-26)

Summary: The Doctor gets an invitation from Professor Chronotis, a Time Lord posing as a Cambridge professor. He wants him to take a book to Gallifrey. The book was a relic from Rassilon’s tenure as Time Lord president, so of course there’s more to it than there seems. The book is actually the key to Shada, Gallifrey’s prison planet.

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Fourth Doctor Audio: Energy of the Daleks

EnergyWriter/Director: Nicholas Briggs

Companion: Leela (Louise Jameson)

Running Time: 1 hr, excluding interviews

Series: 1.4

Summary: The Doctor and Leela travel to London, which is in the midst of an energy crisis. The Globesphere Corporation seems to have a solution, but why are they siding with the Daleks?

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Fourth: The Robots of Death

robots of death

Writer: Chris Boucher

Director: Michael E. Briant

Producer: Philip Hinchcliffe

Companion: Leela (Louise Jameson)

Season: 14, ep. 5 (17-20)

Summary: The Doctor and Leela arrive on a mining colony on a sandstorm-riddled planet.  The colony’s mining is done by robots. Because of this, the humans have become complacent, almost lethargic. The robots are grouped into three classes: “Dum” (unable to speak), “Voc” (who can speak and interact with humans), and Super Voc, (the overseers). However, one of the Dum robots, D84, actually can speak! Murders are being discovered. Can the Doctor and Leela discover the killers?

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Fourth: The Deadly Assassin

peter prattWriter: Robert Holmes

Director: David Maloney

Producer: Phillip Hinchcliffe

Companion: N/A (this is the only story from the classic era that did not feature a companion)

No. of Episodes: 4

Season: 14, ep. 3 (9-12)

Summary: The Doctor receives a premonition that the Time Lord President’s life is in danger. The Master has returned, having run out of regenerations. He is now a decaying husk, desperate to find any way to lengthen the one life he has left. To that end, he frames the Doctor for the murder of the president and attempts to kill him within The Matrix, where he can manipulate reality.

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Fourth Audio: The Auntie Matter

auntie matter

Writer: Jonathan Morris

Director: Ken Bentley

Producer: David Richardson

Companion: Romana I (Mary Tamm)

Running Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes (includes interviews)

Series: 2.1

Summary: After the events of “The Armageddon Factor”, the Doctor has left K-9 inside the TARDIS and left it on autopilot to distract the Black Guardian. who is still in pursuit of the Key to Time. The Doctor and Romana are in the 1920’s, having set up a cover as upperclass elite. Romana meets a man named Reginald, who is looking for a new girlfriend that his extremely demanding aunt must approve of. What he does not realize is that his “aunt” is actually an alien!

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Fourth: The Face of Evil


Writer: Chris Boucher

Director: Pennant Roberts

Producer: Phillip Hinchcliffe

Companion: Leela (Louise Jameson)

Season: 4, ep. 3 (13-16)

No of Episodes: 4

Summary: The Doctor arrives on a planet of seemingly primitive humans known as the Sevateem, and meets Leela, who has been banished for opposing their god Xoannon. He discovers that the Sevateem are actually descendants of a Survey Team that was colonizing the planet, and their god is in reality a computer programmed with his voice and his image.

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Overview: The Tom Baker Era (1974-1981)

tom bakerJon Pertwee stepped down, having lost his family. Phillip Hinchcliffe became the new producer and hired Tom Baker, who would go on to have the longest run as the Doctor yet.

About Tom Baker

Tom Baker was born in Scotland Road, Liverpool. He left school at age 15 to become a Catholic monk, but left after six years because he had lost his faith. In 1955, he began two years service in the Royal Army Medial Corps He was acting first as a hobby, but eventually became part of Laurence Olivier’s Theatre Company.  Despite the occasional movie role, he found it difficult to make end meet until he became the Doctor.

During his tenure, Doctor Who also began acting in Australia and the US making him the most popular Doctor at the time. After his tenure ended, Baker played Sherlock Holmes in a BBC adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles. He also played Puddleglum in the BBC adaptation of The Silver Chair.

“Of course I’m being childish! There’s no point in being grown-up if you can’t be childish sometimes!”–“Robot”

In a Nutshell

  • Catch Phrase: “Would you like a jelly baby?”
  • Tom Baker had three producers during his era. Phillip Hinchcliffe often included gothic horror themes, which caused controversy because it was deemed too frightening. Graham Williams went for a more light-hearted feel. John Nathn Turner began his run as the longest-employed (and final) producer by giving the show a new theme song and logo.
  • First appearance of Davros: “Genesis of the Daleks”
  • First appearance of the Zygons: “Terror of the Zygons”
  • First appearance of the “Crispy Master” (Peter Pratt version): “The Deadly Assassin”
  • First story set on Gallifrey: “The Deadly Assassin”
  • First appearance of Jago and Litefoot: “Talons of Weng-Chiang”
  • First appearance of the Black Guardian: “The Armageddon Factor”
  • First story arc: “The Key to Time”
  • First appearance of Geoffrey Beevers as the Master: “The Keeper of Traken”
  • First appearance of Anthony Ainley as the Master: “The Keeper of Traken”

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Fourth: Genesis of the Daleks

genesis of the daleksWriter: Terry Nation

Director: David Maloney

Producer: Phillip Hinchcliffe

Companions: Sarah Jane Smith (Elizabeth Sladen), Dr. Harry Sullivan (Ian Marten)

No. of Episodes: 6

Season: 12, ep. 4

Summary: The Time Lords have taken control of the Doctor’s TARDIS for the first time since the Third Doctor’s era, stranding him on Skaro. He will be allowed to return on one condition: prevent Davros from finishing his tests on the Daleks and unleashing them for the first time.

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Fourth Doctor: The Wrath of Iceni

the wrath of iceniWriter: John Dorney

Director: Ken Bentley

Companion: Leela (Louise Jameson)

Running Time: 1 hour, 16 minutes (includes interviews)

Summary: The Doctor takes Leela to ancient Norfolk to learn about her ancestors. Leela meets the tribe of Iceni and is enthralled by its leader, the legendary Boudica. Will she be swayed to join the rebellion against the Roman Empire?

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Fourth Doctor Lost Story: The Valley of Death


Writer: Jonathan Morris (from a story by Phillip Hinchcliffe)

Director: Ken Bentley

Producer: David Richardson

Companion: Leela (Louise Jameson)

(Note: This is the second of two Lost Stories featuring the Fourth Doctor. It’s part of the Fourth Doctor Lost Stories Boxed Set. I reviewed each story separately.)

Summary: The Doctor and Leela meet Edward Perkins in the Amazon Rain Forest, where he is searching for details surrounding an expedition led by his great-grandfather. They join him on his quest in a plane. After a crash landing, they discover an abandoned spacecraft and tribesmen. The spacecraft belongs to an alien race called the Lurons, who can make copies of anyone they encounter. They’ve even made copies of the Doctor and Leela themselves!

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