The Keeper of Traken

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Story Code: 5T / Season 18 UK Airdate: 31 Jan to 21 Feb 1981 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.)

US syndication promo card issues by Lionheart
New Zealand Aug 81 PAL
United States from May 81 NTSC
Australia Apr 82 PAL
Canada Jan 84 NTSC
United Arab Emirates Nov 86 PAL
Saudi Arabia 87? PAL


US TV Guide descriptions

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Title: The Keeper of Traken

  • Part 1: "The Keeper of Traken" requests the Doctor's urgent help.
  • Part 2: Kassia has a secret pact with Melkur. TVOntario: The Doctor and Adric are accused of bringing evil into Traken's universe.
  • Part 3: The succession of The Keeper is in question. TVOntario: Melkur orders Kassia to kill the Doctor and Adric.
  • Part 4: The identity of Melkur is revealed. TVOntario: Melkur takes over Kassia's body to become the new Keeper, and Adric and Nyssa carry out the Doctor's plan to destroy Melkur's source of power.
  • Compilation: The Doctor ensures the peaceful transfer of power on a planet known for universal harmony.


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