The Sontaran Experiment

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Story Code: 4B / Season 12 UK Airdate: 22 Feb to 1 Mar 1975 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.)

Time Life promo card
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
Nigeria Feb 79 PAL
Swaziland Mar 79 PAL
Mexico May 79 NTSC
Chile Jun 79 NTSC
Malta Sep 79 PAL
Puerto Rico Nov 79? NTSC
Colombia Feb 80 NTSC
Italy Feb 80 PAL
Costa Rica Feb 80 NTSC
Ecuador Apr 80 NTSC
Nicaragua Aug 80 NTSC
Brazil 80? PAL
Jordan May 81 PAL
Venezuela 81 NTSC
Bahrain Dec 81? 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 often shown after Robot and before The Ark in Space, the stories being screened in production code order.
  • This story was dubbed into Spanish, Arabic, Italian, and Galician.
  • The story wasn't part of the package that was bought by France in 1986; new "music/effects only" soundtracks were therefore not made, which is probably why the serial wasn't sold to a number of other European countries in the late 1980s and 1990s.
  • It was reported in DWM issue #114 (July 1986) that the serial aired in Canada as a compilation called "The Hunter". This cannot be, since the serial only ever aired episodically in Canada, never as an omnibus. If the anecdote is in any way true, however, it may have been an omnibus that screened on one of the US PBS stations in a state that bordered with Canada. Also, it's doubtful the story would have a brand new opening sequence showing the alternative title; if anything, the other title was only published in a listings magazine rather than something seen on screen. (See also The Hand of Fear and The Sun Makers.)


  • 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
Armed Forces Network Mar 86 NTSC
Bahamas Jul 86 NTSC
Malaysia? May 87? PAL
Spain Feb 88 PAL
Turkey Jul 88 PAL
Philippines Aug 89? NTSC
Japan Jun 93 NTSC
Poland May 03? PAL

US TV Guide descriptions

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Title: The Sontaran Experiment

  • Part 1: Harry and Sarah walk into a trap on uninhabited planet Earth.
  • Part 2: Styre challenges Dr. Who to a duel.