Today in Doctor Who: Shada is cancelled (1980)

ShadaShada was meant to be the final story of Season 17. However, a combination of rampant inflation in Britain and union strikes prevented its completion. Those parts of the story that were filmed were retained, and John Nathan-Turner was able to reuse them later in two notable ways. In 1983, a few clips of the show were integrated into ‘The Five Doctors’ when Tom Baker proved unavailable for filming. Later, in 1992, the existing footage was integrated with some new linking narration by Baker.

The industrial action occurred due to conflict over which union had jurisdiction over the operation of an elaborate clock that was featured on the BBC children’s programme Play School.


June 24, 1967 in Doctor Who: The Dalek Emperor

Dalek_EmperorThe Dalek Emperor made its debut in episode 6 of the Season 4 story ‘The Evil Of The Daleks‘ and was the supreme ruler of the Dalek Empire, commanding the Dalek race and the planet Skaro.

The Emperor remained in an enormous, immobile, conical shell plugged into a corner of the control room in the Dalek City on Skaro. It was connected to the wall by tubes, and spoke in an echoing voice.

This Emperor tried to blackmail the Second Doctor. He ordered the Daleks to capture the Doctor so that they could force him to conduct research into the Human Factor. This would unlock the secrets of the Dalek Factor which was to be spread throughout all areas of human history, giving all humans the mentality of a Dalek and preventing the Great War from ever happening. He was seemingly destroyed by a civil war between humanised Daleks and un-altered Daleks. However, a light was seen blinking on its casing at the end, indicating some kind of activity.

Watch the reveal of the Emperor Dalek in this reconstruction of the lost scene from ‘The Evil Of The Daleks‘ on the ASpaceHelmet ForACow YouTube Channel.

June 23, 1977 in Doctor Who: Brain Of Morbius novelisation published

Why do so many spaceships crashland on Karn, a bleak, lonely and seemingly deserted planet?

Are they doomed by the mysterious powers of the strange, black-robed Sisterhood, jealously guarding their secret of eternal life? Or does the mad Dr Solon, for some evil purpose of his own, need the bodies of the victims? And more especially, the body of DOCTOR WHO …

Doctor_Who_and_the_Brain_of_MorbiusDoctor Who and the Brain of Morbius was a novelisation, by Terrance Dicks, based on the 1976 television serial The Brain of Morbius.

In 1980, Dicks published a shorter version of this novel, Junior Doctor Who and the Brain of Morbius, aimed at younger readers; it was one of two such experiments.

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June 21, 1969: Last regular appearance of Patrick Troughton in Doctor Who

The War Games 15The final episode of the seventh season of Doctor Who, The War Games, saw the departure of Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor and Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury as companions Jamie McCrimmon and Zoe Heriot. It was the first time in the history of Doctor Who that either a companion or an incarnation of the Doctor made their last regular appearance in the concluding episode of a season. It was also the first time that an incarnation of the Doctor and all his companions were written out of the program in the same story.  In addition, this was the last time the series was broadcast in black and white.

The Doctor watched Zoe as she returns to the Wheel at the exact moment she left. Everything is fine except she says she feels like she has forgotten something important.

He then asks to see Jamie, who wakes up in the middle of nowhere and immediately is shot at by a Redcoat. Jamie attacks him with his sword. The Doctor chuckles and turns to his people. He enquires what fate has in store for him. They have accepted his plea that evil has to be fought and that he has his part to play in that. He asks if he is to go free. The Time Lords says he is to be exiled on the planet Earth in the 20th century — as it is there that he has shown the most affinity. In addition, the secret of the TARDIS is to be taken away from him.

The Doctor is appalled by this. He says that he is known on Earth, and it could cause him some difficulties. The Time Lords say they will change his appearance again. He is furious at this but is placated when he is told that he can choose. He is shown five faces that he successively adjudges to be too old, fat, thin, young or that “it won’t do at all”. He wheels around and begins to shout at the Time Lords but starts to lose function and the ability to talk. He goes into a daze. He is still railing against his punishment as he begins to drift into nothingness… []

June 20, 1964 in Doctor Who: The Sensorites

The Sensorites was the seventh story of the first season. Though ‘The Keys of Marinus‘ and ‘The Daleks‘ had both been clear examples of science fiction Doctor Who adventures, neither had specifically stated they were in the future (although ‘The Edge of Destruction‘ retroactively said ‘The Daleks’ was set in some undisclosed period in the future). By contrast, ‘The Sensorites’ was the first story to flatly claim a setting more than a century after the broadcast.


The Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan arrive in the TARDIS on board a spaceship. Their initial concern is for the ship’s human crew, who are suffering from telepathic interference from the Sensorites, but Susan communicates with the Sensorites and finds the aliens fear an attack by the humans and are just defending themselves. Travelling to the Sense Sphere (the Sensorites’ planet) the Doctor seeks to cure an illness to which the Sensorites and Ian have succumbed but finds it has been caused by deliberate poisoning. The political manoeuvring of the Sensorite City Administrator poses another threat to the TARDIS crew as he seeks to discredit and implicate them.

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June 18, 1987 in Doctor Who: The Space Museum novelisation published in paperback


The TARDIS materialises on what, at first sight appears to be a dry and lifeless planet, serving only as a graveyard for spaceships.

Then the TARDIS crew discovers a magnificent museum housing relics from every corner of the galaxy. These have been assembled by the Moroks, a race of cruel conquerors who have invaded the planet Xeros and enslaved its inhabitants.

Upon further exploration the First Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Vicki seem to stumble upon the impossible. For suddenly facing them in an exhibit case they find-themselves.


Today in Doctor Who: Roger Delgado dies (1973)

Roger_DelgadoRoger Delgado played the first incarnation of the Doctor’s nemesis The Master, making his first appearance in ‘Terror Of The Autons‘.  Delgado was finding it difficult to find other work so, at his request, a serial to be called ‘The Final Game’ would end the story arc with the Master with the character apparently killed off.

However, before the story could be made, Delgado was killed on this day in 1973, along with two film technicians when a car they were travelling in went off the road into a ravine in Turkey.  He was shooting a comedy role in a French mini-series.  He was the first major Doctor Who actor to die during the time of the classic series.

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June 16, 1983 in Doctor Who: Castrovalva novelisation published


Still weak and confused after his fourth regeneration, the Fifth Doctor retreats to Castrovalva to recuperate.

But Castrovalva is not the haven of peace and tranquility the Doctor and his companions are seeking. Far from being able to rest quietly, the unsuspecting time-travellers are caught up once again in the evil machinations of the Master.

Only an act of supreme self-sacrifice will enable them to escape the maniacal lunacy of the renegade Time Lord.


June 15, 1989 in Doctor Who: Mindwarp novelisation published

Doctor_Who_MindwarpThe novelisation, written by Philip Martin, was the final segment of the Trial arc to be adapted. Martin adds a joke ending that gives away the revelation regarding Peri’s fate in ‘The Ultimate Foe‘, suggesting an entirely different outcome for the character and for Yrcanos than is suggested in the serial.

Accused of `crimes against the inviolate laws of evolution’, the Sixth Doctor is on trial for his life.

The sinister prosecutor, the Valeyard, presents the High Council of Time Lords with the second piece of evidence against the Doctor: a dramatic adventure on the planet Thoros Beta which led to the renegade Time Lord’s summons to the Court of Enquiry.

But as the Doctor watches the scenes on the Matrix he is puzzled by what he sees – his behaviour is not as he remembers. Only one thing is certain: on the evidence of the Matrix the Doctor is surely guilty as charged …