The Rescue

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Story Code: L / Season 2 UK Airdate: 2 Jan to 9 Jan 1965 Doctor: William Hartnell
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This story aired in the following 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 Rescue part 2 screens in Auckland; NZ Herald, 26 July 1968
Australia Jan 66 b/w
Singapore Apr 66 b/w
Gibraltar Apr 66 b/w
Malta May 66 b/w
Aden Jun 66 b/w
Nigeria Aug 66 b/w
Rhodesia / Zimbabwe Sep 66 b/w
Zambia Oct 66 b/w
Trinidad & Tobago Oct 66 b/w
Uganda Jan 67 b/w
Jamaica Feb 67 b/w
Barbados Apr 67 b/w
Hong Kong May 67 b/w
Kenya Jun 67 b/w
Mauritius Jul 67 b/w
Thailand Nov 67 b/w
New Zealand Mar 68 b/w
Sierra Leone Apr 68 b/w
Mexico May 68? b/w
Morocco 68? b/w
Venezuela Oct 68 b/w
Saudi Arabia 69? b/w
Jordan 69? b/w
Chile Oct 69 b/w
Libya Apr 70? b/w
Iran May 70 b/w
Ethiopia Oct 71 b/w
Costa Rica Mar 72 b/w
Algeria Feb 74 b/w
  • Tunisia did not screen this serial.
  • In mid-1967, New Zealand was sent the prints that had been used by the ABC in Australia.
  • A UK film collector acquired prints of both episodes sometime in the 1970s. It's not known what format these are -- Suppressed or Stored field -- and as such it is not possible to determine their origin.
  • See Hartnell Junkings


  • The serial was reissued by the BBC in late 1985, and sold to:
United States from Sep 85 b/w
Canada Oct 89 b/w

US TV Guide descriptions

More Information
Title: The Rescue

  • Episode 1: On the planet Dido, the Doctor finds the wreckage of a spaceship from Earth and encounters two survivors.
  • Episode 2: