The Deadly Assassin

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Story Code: 4P / Season 14 UK Airdate: 30 Oct to 20 Nov 1976 Doctor: Tom Baker
First airings by location UK Repeats / Foreign Cable and Satellite Previous Story / Next Story

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 Nov 77? PAL
United States* Nov 78 NTSC
Chile c May 79 NTSC
New Zealand Sep 79 PAL
Gibraltar 79? PAL
Nigeria Jan 80 PAL
Costa Rica Feb 80 NTSC
Brunei Mar 80 PAL
Mexico Apr 80? NTSC
Puerto Rico May 80? NTSC
Nicaragua Aug 80 NTSC
Hong Kong Sep 80 PAL
Canada Sep 80 NTSC
Ecuador Sep 80 NTSC
Brazil 80? PAL
Swaziland May 81 PAL
Venezuela 82? NTSC
Honduras ? NTSC
  • (*) The US date is based on the airdates for WTEV, which was the first US station to screen the initial package of 98 Tom Baker episodes.
  • When the story was repeated by the BBC in August 1977, the master tape of episode three had been edited to remove the freeze-frame shots of Tom Baker's head being held underwater. The altered master tape was subsequently used when the story was sold to foreign markets.
  • It was classified "A" by the censors in Australia when they viewed it in April 1978, so the serial wasn't shown by the ABC.
  • By the mid-1970s, significant changes had been made to the rules dictating how residuals and royalties for sales to Commonweath countries were paid. Programmes that were "rejected" in Australia could now be sold elsewhere, hence New Zealand and other Commonwealth nations were able to screen the serial.
  • This story was dubbed into Spanish (for Latin America).


  • The story was reissued in the mid-1980s, during the THIRD WAVE of sales. The story was reclassified with a "G" rating and finally aired in Australia in July 1987.
Saudi Arabia late 85? NTSC
Armed Forces Network Jun 86 NTSC
Australia Jul 87 PAL

US TV Guide descriptions

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Title: Deadly Assassin

  • Part 1: Dr. Who returns to Gallifrey and finds himself accused of plotting to kill the President.
  • Part 2: The Doctor stands trial for his life.
  • Part 3: To establish his innocence, Dr. Who searches for the mastermind of the plot.
  • Part 4: The Doctor battles the Master and his plan to destroy Gallifrey.
  • Compilation: Dr. Who returns to Gallifrey and finds himself accused of plotting to kill the President.