- Doctor Who (season 26)
Doctor Who season 26
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Country of origin United Kingdom No. of episodes 14 Broadcast Original channel BBC One Original run 6 September 1989– 6 December 1989 Home video release DVD release Region 1 as individual stories: June 2004 -
5 May 2009
Region 2 6 October 2003 -
26 December 2008
Region 4 11 February 2004 -
5 May 2009
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The 26th season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 9 September 1989 with the serial Battlefield, after a regular series of four serials was broadcast finishing with Survival which was was the final episode of Doctor Who to air before a 16-year absence from episodic television following its cancellation.
Nicholas Courtney returns to play Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart in Battlefield. Having first appeared with the first Doctor in 1965 in The Daleks' Masterplan before becoming a recurring character throughout the second Doctor to the fifth Doctor and last appearing in The Five Doctors.
The final season continued to push the series towards a darker approach, focusing this time more on Ace's personal life as well as The Doctor's past and manipulations.
Story No. Serial Title Directed by Written by UK viewers
Original air date Production
152 1 "Battlefield" Michael Kerrigan Ben Aaronovitch 3.65 6-27 September 1989 7N The Doctor and Ace join forces with UNIT and his old friend the Brigadier against Morgaine (Jean Marsh) and Mordred, Arthurian villains who recognize the Doctor as Merlin. 153 2 "Ghost Light" Alan Wareing Marc Platt 4.1 4-18 October 1989 7Q The Doctor brings Ace to Gabriel Chase, an old house that she once burnt down in her home town of Perivale. 154 3 "The Curse of Fenric" Nicholas Mallett Ian Briggs 4.1 25 October - 15 November 1989 7M It's 1943, and Fenric plans a last game of chess with a Time Lord. 155 4 "Survival" Alan Wareing Rona Munro 4.9 22 November - 6 December 1989 7P A visit to the suburbs lands the Doctor and Ace on a planet of killer cats.
All serials of season 26 were released individually inbetween 2003 and 2009.
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