‘Doctor Who’ 60th Anniversary Marathon – Season 7 Summary

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

The first season of Jon Pertwee’s era of ‘Doctor Who’ – Season 7 – is undeniably a significant season in the history of the TV show. As well as the first season to be presented in colour on TV, it’s also the first season where we see the Third Doctor exiled to Earth as a result of his trial by the Time Lords in ‘The War Games’. 😐

Jon Pertwee’s Doctor ends up helping U.N.I.T., led by Nicholas Courtney as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, to thwart alien invasions on Earth. Season 7 is also shorter compared to the previous six seasons of classic ‘Doctor Who’, as it has 25 episodes instead of from 50 to 60 episodes throughout.

The total amount of stories in Season 7 is four as opposed to seven, eight or nine. The stories are also longer, with the exception of ‘Spearhead From Space’, as it has four episodes in total. ‘Doctor Who and the Silurians’, ‘The Ambassadors of Death’ and ‘Inferno’ each have seven episodes in total.

The series also attempts to take on a serious, grown-up approach, matching to the earthbound sci-fi atmosphere of the ‘Quatermass’ TV serials by Nigel Kneale from the 1950s. It’s something producer Barry Letts and script editor Terrance Dicks tried to rectify as the series progressed during the 1970s.

I can’t say I’m a huge fan of Season 7 of ‘Doctor Who’, as there’s not much variety to it. I still like ‘Spearhead From Space’ as an opening story to Jon Pertwee’s era of ‘Doctor Who’, and ‘The Silurians’ and ‘Inferno’ are gripping to watch. I find ‘The Ambassadors of Death’ is the weakest story in Season 7.

It’s also interesting and sad that Caroline John as Liz Shaw only did one season in ‘Doctor Who’. As much as I like Katy Manning as Jo Grant, I like how Caroline John portrayed Liz Shaw as a scientist who helped Jon Pertwee’s Doctor during his initial exile on Earth and thwarting many alien menaces.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim 🙂

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4 thoughts on “‘Doctor Who’ 60th Anniversary Marathon – Season 7 Summary

  1. scifimike70

    Season 7 would have been a lot for fans more attuned to the intergalactic Whoniversal adventures to take in. But to appreciate what our own world had to offer in regards to adventures, and with a species like the Earthbound Silurians to enhance that much, it was still rewarding even though the intergalactic adventures would come again very soon. Caroline as Liz was a new and interestingly good breed of feminine strength for the Doctor’s family. So I was sorry that she had to leave when she did. As I remember reading somewhere, Caroline would have had to leave anyway due to her pregnancy at the time.

    The challenge for Doctor Who’s continuation after the 60s and especially after The War Games was off to a good albeit particularly challenging start. Thanks, Tim.

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi scifimike,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Season 7 of ‘Doctor Who’. It is a unique season, especially with it being the first earthbound season for Jon Pertwee’s Third Doctor. Thanks for mentioning Caroline John’s pregnancy leave at the time.

      Many thanks,

      Tim 🙂

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      1. scifimike70

        You’re welcome, Tim. Caroline still thankfully set a tone for how much more seriously the female lead role in Doctor Who can be acted. She is unrivalled in her own special way, with P.R.O.B.E. doing her very good justice.

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      2. Tim Bradley Post author

        Hi scifimike,

        I’m glad I’ve been able to see more of Caroline John as Liz Shaw in the ‘P.R.O.B.E.’ series and see how her character differs in ‘P.R.O.B.E.’ compared to ‘Doctor Who’. I’ve yet to hear more of Liz Shaw’s audio appearances by Big Finish.

        Best wishes,

        Tim 🙂

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