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Patrick Troughton’s third and final season as the Second Doctor in ‘Doctor Who’ – Season 6 – is arguably a bold season in the classic TV series. Some of my favourite stories are included in this season, including ‘The Mind Robber’, ‘The Invasion’ and ‘The War Games’. Those three are epic stories.
Season 6 is also notable for featuring the debut of writer Robert Holmes, who would contribute stories like ‘The Krotons’ and ‘The Space Pirates’. With that said, it can’t be denied Season 6 had its problems in terms of behind-the-scenes issues. This is especially in terms of the delivery of scripts. 😐
A notable example of this is when ‘The Dominators’ were handled, as writers Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln had disagreements with producer Peter Bryant and script editor Derrick Sherwin. Script editor Terrance Dicks also had to rewrite four of Brian Hayles’ scripts for ‘The Seeds of Death’.
The episode lengths for each story in Season 6 varied in connection to the script problems, as ‘The Dominators’ lost one episode and became a five-part story and ‘The Mind Robber’ had an extra episode added to become a five-part story. ‘The Invasion’ ended up being eight episodes to fill a gap.
And of course, ‘The War Games’ ended up being ten episodes as a consequence of abandoned scripts not making their way through, including Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln’s lost story ‘Laird of the McCrimmon’. Regardless, Season 6 is a worthy season with the Second Doctor, Jamie and Zoe.
Whilst the Second Doctor, Jamie and Victoria are a good team-up in Season 5, I find myself enjoying the Second Doctor, Jamie and Zoe a lot in Season 6. It’s also sad when the Second Doctor had to say goodbye to Jamie and Zoe and they had their memories wiped of the adventures they had with him.
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