The Androids of Tara

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Story Code: 5D / Season 16 UK Airdate: 25 Nov to 16 Dec 1978 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.)

United Arab Emirates Mar 79? PAL
Australia May 79 PAL
New Zealand Jul 80 PAL
United States from May 81 NTSC
Gibraltar Jun 81 PAL
Brunei 81? PAL
Canada Dec 81 NTSC
Saudi Arabia early 86? PAL


  • The story was reissued in the early 1990s, during the final WAVE of sales.
Greece 91? SECAM

US TV Guide descriptions

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Title: The Androids of Tara

  • Part 1: The discovery of the fourth segment of the Key to Time provkes an identity crisis.
  • Part 2: Dr. Who tries to prevent Count Grendel from being crowned King of Tara.
  • Part 3: Dr. Who and Grendel battle for control of Tara.
  • Part 4: With swashbuckling bravado, Dr. Who dashes Grendel's fiendish plans.
  • Compilation: The discovery of the fourth segment of the Key to Time embroils the Doctor in a swashbuckling adventure of mistaken identity.