Frontier in Space

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Story Code: QQQ / Season 10 UK Airdate: 24 Feb to 31 Mar 1973
Doctor: Jon Pertwee 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.)

Turkish edition of "Planet of the Apes" novel, using part of Chris Achilleos' artwork for the Target novelisation of Frontier in Space
Australia Oct 73 b/w
Singapore Feb 74 b/w
Hong Kong May 74 b/w
United Arab Emirates 74 or 75 PAL
Brunei Oct 76 PAL
Gibraltar Apr 77 b/w
Saudi Arabia 78? b/w
  • The story was dubbed into Arabic
  • Full PAL colour copies of the serial were sent to Australia along with b/w prints in mid-1973 (the video tape of part five had the alternative Delaware version of the theme music). The ABC planned to screen the story in b/w in late 1973, with the repeat in colour in 1975. However, the repeat aired a year early, in b/w. The unused tapes went into storage and, basically, were forgotten about...
  • Meanwhile at the BBC in London, soon after the 1974 sale to United Arab Emirates, the PAL tapes of parts one, two, three and six were wiped. They continued to sell the serial in black and white.
  • When New Zealand purchased colour Pertwees in 74/75, the BBC said Frontier was no longer available in that format.
  • When the serial was sold to Brunei in 1976 via BBC Sydney, the colour tapes were retrieved.
  • In 1982, the ABC in Australia bought a repeat run of colour Pertwees. The colour tapes were again retrieved, by which time BBC London wanted them back.
  • These tapes were subsequently returned to the BBC, but too late to be included in a package of full colour stories that had been sold to the United States.


  • It was released again in early 1985, as part of a package of all 24 Jon Pertwee stories, and sold to:
United States from Mar 85 NTSC
New Zealand Apr 86 PAL
Canada 1990s? NTSC

US TV Guide descriptions

More Information
Title: Frontier in Space

  • Episode 1: The Tardis materializes in the hold of a spaceship under attack by the Ogrons.
  • Episode 2: The Doctor and Jo are accused of being Draconian spies.
  • Episode 3: The Doctor is imprisoned on the moon, where he encounters his old nemesis The Master.
  • Episode 4: The Master rescues the Doctor and Jo from his lunar jail only to imprison them on his spaceship.
  • Episode 5: The Doctor and the Master plead their cases before the Draconian Emperor.
  • Episode 6: The Doctor devises a daring plan to rescue Jo from the Ogrons.
  • Compilation: The Doctor has to intervene when the Ogrons, aided by his archenemies The Master and the Daleks, mount an attack against Earth.