The Mutants

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Story Code: NNN / Season 9 UK Airdate: 8 Apr to 13 May 1972 Doctor: Jon Pertwee
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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.)

The Mutants was the very first Doctor Who serial to screen on Chicago's WTTW on 29 September 1975
United States Nov 72 NTSC
Guam 72 or 73 NTSC
Australia Jun 73 b/w
Hong Kong Aug 73 b/w
Singapore Oct 73 b/w
Gibraltar May 74 b/w
Philippines 76 NTSC
Canada Jan 77 NTSC
Saudi Arabia Jul 78? b/w
  • The story may have been dubbed into Arabic.
  • It was not sold anywhere in its original PAL format. The PAL tapes for eps 1 and 2 had been wiped by the end of 1973.
  • The NTSC tapes were returned from Canada by April 1981.


  • It also aired for the first time in:
New Zealand Dec 85 N/PC
Ireland Apr 00 PAL

US TV Guide descriptions (1970s Pertwees)

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Title: The Mutants

  • Episode 1: A madman's at work on the planet Solos. Result: mutations among the inhabitants.
  • Episode 2: The Marshall's (sic) got Jo and the ransom is high—a valuable box entrusted to Dr. Who.
  • Episode 3: The treacherous Marshall (sic) sets a cunning trap for Dr. Who.
  • Episode 4: A sky full of trouble from Dr. Who and the Solonians. Note: The San Francisco ed. says "Sobnians"
  • Episode 5: The Marshal has a nuclear trick up his sleeve.
  • Episode 6: Comeuppance-time for The Marshal: the Solonians find strength through unity—and a super-serum.

US TV Guide descriptions

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Title: The Mutants

  • Episode 1: Operating from Skybase One, the Marshal is turning inhabitants of the planet Solos into "The Mutants."
  • Episode 2: The ransom demanded for Jo is a box entrusted to Dr. Who by the Time Lords.
  • Episode 3: Dr. Who delivers the ransom to an abandoned mine.
  • Episode 4: The Marshal speeds up his experiments in Solos' atmosphere.
  • Episode 5: Rocket bombardment threatens to turn Solos into a desert.
  • Episode 6: "The Mutants" overrun Skybase One and the Doctor.
  • Compilation: Operating from Skybase One, the Marshal is turning inhabitants of the planet Solos into "The Mutants."