Planet of the Spiders

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Story Code: ZZZ / Season 11 UK Airdate: 4 May to 8 Jun 1974 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 serial was shown as an edited compilation on BBC1 on 27 December 1974 at 2:45pm; this trailer was screened the day before
United Arab Emirates 75 PAL
Hong Kong Aug 75 PAL
Australia Mar 76 PAL
Brunei Mar 77 PAL
New Zealand May 77 PAL
United States Nov 77 NTSC
Canada Feb 78 NTSC
Saudi Arabia Feb 82 PAL
  • If this story was telerecorded as a black and white film print for foreign sales, the prints were never used.
  • The serial aired in Boston only; the rest of the United States did not get the serial until the 1983 re-issue. This appears to have been a special one-off deal struck between WGBX and the BBC that was in addition to the standard Time-Life deal that was available elsewhere. (The BBC took the opportunity to also sell the serial to Canadian stations TVO and CKVU at the same time, presumably to cover the costs of having NTSC conversions made.)
  • In 1991, the United Arab Emirates returned some of its tapes to the BBC.


  • The serial was issued in mid-1983, as part of a package of 14 full colour Jon Pertwee stories sold to the United States.
  • It was also sold to one known country in Europe:
Sweden Aug 96 PAL

US TV Guide descriptions

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Title: Planet of the Spiders

  • Episode 1: Sarah fears that the magical powers of the cult members could be dangerous.
  • Episode 2: While searching for the crystal, Sarah accidentally stands on the mandala and ends up at Metabilis Three.
  • Episode 3: Doctor Who pursues Sarah to Metebelis Three.
  • Episode 4: Tommy discovers that by looking into the crystal he can read.
  • Episode 5: Revolution on Metebelis Three ... revolution on Earth.
  • Episode 6: Sarah, Tommy and Dr. Who escape with the crystal and take it back to K'anpo Rimpoche. WNED: The Doctor must risk death to return to the Cave of the Great One.
  • Compilation: "Planet of the Spiders" finds Doctor Who and Sarah entangled in a sinister web.