The Creature from the Pit

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Story Code: 5G / Season 17 UK Airdate: 27 Oct to 17 Nov 1979 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.)

"Creation from the Pit" on KVOS, 16 November 1984 (The Province,Canada)
Australia Mar 80 PAL
New Zealand Oct 80 PAL
United Arab Emirates Nov 80? PAL
United States from May 81 NTSC
Gibraltar Sep 81 PAL
Swaziland? Dec 81? PAL
Brunei 82? PAL
Canada Sep 82 NTSC
Saudi Arabia mid 86? PAL
  • The stories of this season often aired in production order.


  • 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 Creature from the Pit

  • Part 1: Dr. Who and Romana respond to a distress signal emanating from Chloris, an abundandly fertile planet.
  • Part 2: The Doctor is trapped in the pit; meanwhile, K9 is incapacitated.
  • Part 3: Romana and the wicked Adrasta both search for Dr. Who
  • Part 4: Dr. Who must bring the Creature's dark secret to light.
  • Compilation: Dr. Who and Romana land on Cloris, a planet rich in plant life but poor in metal resources.