The Sontaran Experiment

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Story Code: 4B / Season 12 UK Airdate: 22 Feb to 1 Mar 1975 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 Aug 75 PAL
Australia May 76 PAL
United Arab Emirates 76? PAL
Hong Kong Dec 76 PAL
New Zealand Mar 78 PAL
United States* Sep 78 NTSC
Canada Oct 78 NTSC
Gibraltar Nov 78 PAL
Brunei Dec 78 PAL
Ecuador 78? NTSC
Nigeria Feb 79 PAL
Mexico May 79 NTSC
Chile Jun 79 NTSC
Malta Sep 79 PAL
Brazil 79? PAL
Guatemala 79? NTSC
Venezuela 79? NTSC
Colombia Feb 80 NTSC
Italy Feb 80 PAL
Costa Rica Feb 80 NTSC
Nicaragua Aug 80 NTSC
Rhodesia / Zimbabwe Oct 80 b/w
Swaziland Nov 80 APL
Jordan May 81? PAL
Bahrain Jan 82 PAL
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, Italian, French and Galician.
  • This story was often shown after Robot and before The Ark in Space, the stories being screened in production code order.


  • The story was reissued in the mid-1980s, during the THIRD WAVE of sales.
Monaco Nov 83 PAL
Sri Lanka Jun 84? PAL
Saudi Arabia mid-85 NTSC
Korea (South) Mar 86 NTSC
Bahamas Jul 86 NTSC
Saudi Arabia mid-85? NTSC
Spain Feb 88 PAL
Turkey Jul 88 PAL
France Apr 89? SECAM
Poland 90s? SECAM
Japan Jun 93 NTSC