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Doctor Who (season 10)

Doctor Who season 10
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 26, 5 serials
Original channel BBC One
Original release 30 December 1972 (1972-12-30) – 23 June 1973 (1973-06-23)
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The tenth season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 30 December 1972 with the 10th anniversary special The Three Doctors, and ended with Katy Manning's final serial The Green Death.


Main characters

Jon Pertwee continues his role as the Third Doctor, and Jo Grant played by Katy Manning makes her final appearance in The Green Death.

Guest stars

Previous Doctors William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton return to play the First Doctor and the Second Doctor.

Nicholas Courtney, John Levene and Richard Franklin continue their roles of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Sergeant Benton and Captain Mike Yates respectively.

Roger Delgado makes his final appearance as the The Master in Frontier in Space. Delgado died in a car crash in Turkey shortly after the story's transmission.


At the conclusion of The Three Doctors, the Doctor is finally released from his sentence of exile by the Time Lords, enabling him to travel through time and space once again. This ends the cycle of mostly Earth-bound stories where the Doctor was stranded that began at the conclusion of The War Games in 1969.

The serials Frontier in Space and Planet of the Daleks both feature the Daleks and lead directly from the first into the second, forming a rough twelve-part epic.

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The entire season was broadcast from 30 December 1972 to 23 June 1973.

DVD releases

All serials of season 10 were released individually on DVD in between 2002 and 2009.

Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
The Three Doctors 4 × 25 min. 24 November 2003 12 November 2003 2 March 2004
The Three Doctors – Special Edition
Will be part of the Revisitations 3 box set.
4 × 25 min. 13 February 2012[2] 1 March 2012[3] 13 March 2012[4]
Carnival of Monsters 4 × 25 min. 15 July 2002 2 September 2002 1 July 2003
Carnival of Monsters – Special Edition
Only available as part of the Revisitations 2 box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Not yet available in Region 1.
4 × 25 min. 28 March 2011 5 May 2011 TBA[5]
Dalek War:
Frontier in Space (6 episodes)
Planet of the Daleks (6 episodes)
12 × 25 min. 5 October 2009 4 February 2010 2 March 2010
The Green Death 6 × 25 min. 10 May 2004 5 August 2004 1 March 2005
The Green Death - Special Edition 6 x 25 min. 5 August 2013 TBA TBA

In print

Serial name Novelisation title Author First published
The Three Doctors The Three Doctors Terrance Dicks 1975
Carnival of Monsters Doctor Who and the Carnival of Monsters Terrance Dicks 1977
Frontier in Space Doctor Who and the Space War Malcolm Hulke 1976
Planet of the Daleks Doctor Who and the Planet of the Daleks Terrance Dicks 1976
The Green Death Doctor Who and the Green Death Malcolm Hulke 1975


  1. ^ a b "Ratings Guide". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Revisitations 3
  3. ^ Filmink listings
  4. ^ "Doctor Who - 4 Classic DVDs in March Include 3 Special Editions and Leela's Introduction!". tvshowsondvd. 30 November 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Doctor Who: Carnival of Monsters – Special Edition – DVD". Bbc Retrieved 18 May 2011.