Planet of Evil

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Story Code: 4H / Season 13 UK Airdate: 27 Sep to 18 Oct 1975 Doctor: Tom Baker
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This story aired in the following known countries. They are listed in chronological order according to known airdate. If no month is noted, the actual airdate is not confirmed, and is a close approximate. (Refer also to Selling Doctor Who for expanded airdates.)

Netherlands Jan 76 PAL
United Arab Emirates 77? PAL
Australia Feb 78 PAL
United States* Oct 78 NTSC
New Zealand Nov 78 PAL
Hong Kong Feb 79 PAL
Gibraltar 79? PAL
Chile May 79 NTSC
Brunei Jun 79 PAL
Nigeria Jun 79 PAL
Mexico Aug 79 NTSC
Canada Sep 79 NTSC
Italy Feb 80 PAL
Costa Rica Feb 80 NTSC
Puerto Rico Feb 80? NTSC
Brazil 80? PAL
Ecuador Jul 80 NTSC
Nicaragua Aug 80 NTSC
Swaziland Nov 80 PAL
Venezuela 81 NTSC
Honduras ? NTSC
Bahrain 82? PAL
  • (*) The US date is based on the airdates for WTEV, which was the first US station to screen the initial package of 98 Tom Baker episodes.
  • This story was dubbed into Spanish (for Latin America); Italian; French; Japanese; Catalan, Galician and Spanish (for Spain); and subtitled in Dutch, and Swedish.
  • This story was often shown after Pyramids of Mars, the stories being screened in production code order.


  • The story was reissued in the mid-1980s, during the THIRD WAVE of sales.
Monaco Nov 83 PAL
Saudi Arabia mid-85? NTSC
Armed Forces Network Apr 86 NTSC
Trinidad & Tobago May 86 NTSC
Barbados/Saint Lucia Jun 86 NTSC
Spain Apr 88 PAL
France Jun 89 SECAM
Japan Nov 89 NTSC
Sweden Dec 96 PAL
Poland Jul 02 PAL

US TV Guide descriptions

More Information
Title: Planet of Evil

  • Part 1: Dr. Who and Sarah answer a distress call from the fringe of the universe.
  • Part 2: The monster traps the space probe on Zeta Minor.
  • Part 3: A bestial sentry guards the spaceship on the alien planet.
  • Part 4: Dr. Who fights the enemy while the spaceship plunges toward oblivion.
  • Compilation: Dr. Who and Sarah encounter trouble when they answer a distress call from the fringe of the universe.