The Brain of Morbius

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Story Code: 4K / Season 13 UK Airdate: 3 Jan to 24 Jan 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.)

Netherlands May 76 PAL
United Arab Emirates 77? PAL
Australia Oct 78–omni PAL
United States* Oct 78 NTSC
New Zealand May 79 PAL
Chile c May 79 NTSC
Gibraltar 79? PAL
Nigeria Sep 79 PAL
Mexico Sep 79 NTSC
Canada Nov 79 NTSC
Brunei Nov 79 PAL
Costa Rica Feb 80 NTSC
Puerto Rico Mar 80? NTSC
Hong Kong May 80 PAL
Nicaragua Aug 80 NTSC
Brazil 80? PAL
Ecuador Nov 80 NTSC
Swaziland May 81 PAL
Venezuela 81 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 story was dubbed into Spanish, Arabic, French and Galician.
  • The story was initially classified "A" by the censors in Australia. The ABC however only screened the 60 minute omnibus version that had been "repeated" in the UK on 4 December 1976. The full version finally aired in May 1987.
  • The Time-Life copy of episode 1 was missing music and some sound effects, as shown in this CLIP:


  • The story was reissued in the mid-1980s, during the THIRD WAVE of sales.
Saudi Arabia late 85? NTSC
Korea (South) May 86 NTSC
Trinidad & Tobago Jul 86 NTSC
Barbados/Saint Lucia Aug 86 NTSC
Australia May 87-full PAL
Spain May 88 PAL
Greece 91? SECAM

US TV Guide descriptions

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Title: Brain of Morbius

  • Part 1: Dr. Who visits the desolate planet of Karn.
  • Part 2: The Doctor is condemned to death by the Sisterhood of the Flame.
  • Part 3: Solon wants the Doctor's head for the body of Morbius.
  • Part 4: Dr. Who fights the body controlled by the brain of Morbius.