The Pirate Planet

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Story Code: 5B / Season 16 UK Airdate: 30 Sep to 21 Oct 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.)

The Pirate Planet "omnibus" repeat, ABC Australia, 19 December 1987
United Arab Emirates Jan 79? PAL
Australia Apr 79 PAL
New Zealand May 80 PAL
Rhodesia Oct 80 PAL
Gibraltar Jan 81 PAL
Brunei 81? PAL
United States from May 81 NTSC
Canada Oct 81 NTSC
Saudi Arabia early 86? PAL
Seychelles Feb 87 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: Pirate Planet

  • Part 1: In their search for the second segment of the Key to Time, Dr. Who and Romana land on a strange planet.
  • Part 2: The captain seizes Romana and it's Dr. Who the rescue.
  • Part 3: The Doctor and Romana learn the Captain's terrible secret.
  • Part 4: Having found the captain's power source, the Doctor and Romana risk destruction of the Tardis to defeat him.
  • Compilation: In the search for the second segment of the Key to Time, Dr. Who and Romana encounter an evil captain on a strange planet.