The Invasion of Time

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Story Code: 4Z / Season 15 UK Airdate: 4 Feb to 11 Mar 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.)

Billing from San Jose's KTEH listings magazine, June 1984
United Arab Emirates Nov 78? PAL
United States* Jan 79 NTSC
Australia Mar 79 PAL
Chile c May 79 NTSC
Costa Rica Feb 80 NTSC
Mexico May 80 NTSC
Nicaragua Aug 80 NTSC
Puerto Rico Sep 80? NTSC
Gibraltar Oct 80? PAL
Brazil 80? PAL
Brunei 80? PAL
Canada Feb 81 NTSC
Ecuador Feb 81? NTSC
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.
  • This was the last Tom Baker story to be dubbed into Spanish (for Latin America).


  • The story was reissued in the mid-1980s, during the THIRD WAVE of sales.
Saudi Arabia early 86? NTSC
Armed Forces Network Aug 86 NTSC
New Zealand Nov 87 PAL

US TV Guide descriptions

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Title: Invasion of Time

  • Part 1: Dr. Who returns to Gallifrey to become President.
  • Part 2: The Doctor expels Leela to the wasteland.
  • Part 3: The Doctor sides with the Vardans when they invade Gallifrey.
  • Part 4: The Doctor and Leela fight the invaders on their own.
  • Part 5: The Sontarans invade Gallifrey with the help of Kelner.
  • Part 6: Dr. Who battles the Sontarans inside the Tardis.
  • Compilation: Dr. Who returns to Gallifrey, becomes president and expels Leela to the wasteland.