Doctor Who in the 80s

To sum up Doctor Who in one sentence, the Doctor is a time lord alien from the planet Gallifrey who travels through time and space in the TARDIS.

Four actors played the role during the eighties and these were; Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy.

There are nine fabulous Video clips in the playlist above featuring all of the four 1980s Doctors. Who was your favourite? Tom Baker was definitely my personal favourite, although the storylines could be a little too dark at times. I also really liked Jon Pertwee from the 70s and William Hartnell as the first Doctor.

  1. Every jelly baby scene with Tom Baker. In this amusing video we have all of the clips featuring Tom Baker offering his Jelly Babies to anyone and everyone - including the creator of the Daleks, Davros!
  2. Tom Baker interview on Afternoon Plus
    This is an interesting clip of Tom Baker being interviewed on a Thames Television programme called Afternoon Plus. I can't remember ever watching this, but I was busy at school during the weekday afternoons. Listen out for Tom's answer to "do you drive a car?" - I totally agree with him on that one!
  3. Dr Who opening theme from 1974 (Tom Baker)
  4. 1979 New Season Advert for Doctor Who and The Daleks. Features two trailers with Tom Baker.
  5. Peter Davison closing titles. These closing titles (used from Jan 1982 to March 1984) are longer than the opening titles and you get to here more of the fabulous theme tune. After listening to this again for the first time since the 80s, I reckon this has to be my favourite version of the theme tune. As for the more recent series, it sounds far too orchestral for my liking. 
  6. Doctor Who Theme 13 from 1986
    This lame new version of the theme music helped to put the final nail in the coffin for Colin Baker's much criticised role as the timelord. This was the 13th theme tune overall.
  7. It's Colin Baker - whether you like it ot not!
    Lots of stills and photos of the sixth Doctor feature on this video. Although many criticised him in the 80's as being the worst Doctor Who, today there are just as many people who believe he was underrated. Maybe it was just the loud outfit that was his downfall - Who knows?
  8. Sylvester McCoy titles and theme music
    I didn't realise there were so many different versions of the theme tune until I started creating this page. I quite like this one as it sounds quite eerie. Better than the '86 version, anyway!
  9. Second Doctor regenerates - Troughton to Pertwee "The War Games"
  10. Third Doctor regenerates - Pertwee to Baker - Planet of the Spiders
Doctor Who Magazine issue 251 ft. Jon Pertwee

Jon Pertwee as the third Doctor

Tom Baker on the cover of Doctor Who Monthly magazine in September 1980

Tom Baker - The Fourth Doctor

One of the most popular Doctor's, Tom Baker, was the fourth incarnation of the timelord and played the part between 1974 and 1981.

He wore a trademark long scarf and liked to share his jelly babies. Baker appeared in 172 episodes (42 stories). He was replaced by Peter Davison.

Thanks to Tom Baker's popularity, by 1979, viewing figures were averaging between 9 and 11 million. These days he's more well-known for his voice over role in the hit BBC comedy series Little Britain.

Tom Baker had eight companions during his time as the Doctor, with K-9 making the most appearances - in seasons 15-18 he appeared 20 times.

Other companions were Sarah Jane Smith, Harry Sullivan, Leela, Romana, Adric, Nyssa and Tegan Jovanka. Romana was first played by Mary Tamm and in her second incarnation was played by Lalla Ward.

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Doctor Who TARDIS Mug with lid 

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The fourth Doctor Tom Baker with the daleks


Doctor Who and the Invisible Enemy - 1979 book by Terrance Dicks

The cover of the book "Doctor Who and The Invisible Enemy" by Terrance Dicks which was published in 1979.

In The Invisible Enemy TV serial which was shown in 1977, the Doctor acquired K-9 the robot dog.

Lalla Ward
Lalla Ward as Romana

K-9 Doctor Who's companion

K-9 the Doctor's robot dog companion

Tom Baker with his TARDIS in the 80s

The TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimensions in Space) has been disguised as a Police Box since the very first serial in 1963, An Unearthly Child.

Doctor Who Annual 1980 ft. Tom Baker (fourth Doctor)
Doctor Who and the Daleks carded Yo-Yo (1975) Marx Toys
An original Doctor Who and the Daleks carded Yo-Yo from 1975 by Marx Toys


Peter Davison signed-up to replace Tom Baker in 1981, and played the role for just three years (he was scared of being typecast) between 21st March 1981 and 16th March 1984. At the age of 29, he was the youngest Doctor so far, and he remained the youngest until Matt Smith took on the role in 2009.
Peter Davison as the fifth Doctor Who
BBC TV Doctor Who Annual 1983 ft. Peter Davison (the fifth Doctor)
Official BBC TV Doctor Who Annual 1983 ft. Peter Davison


Colin Baker was the sixth incarnation of the Doctor and played the role between 1984 and 1986.

Baker appeared on ITV1's reality TV show I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here during November 2012.

This lame new version of the theme music helped to put the final nail in the coffin for Colin Baker's much criticised role as the timelord. This was the 13th theme tune overall.

Colin Baker as the multi-coloured Sixth Doctor during the eighties

Doctor Who Annual 1985 ft. Colin Baker


The seventh incarnation of the Doctor (in 1987) was Slyvester McCoy and he made his first appearance in the serial Time and the Rani. The best part of his outfit was his question mark walking stick.

Sylvester McCoy as the 7th Doctor on a signed autograph
Doctor Who DVD ft. Sylvester McCoy - Remembrance Of The Daleks

The Seventh and final doctor of the eighties, Sylvester McCoy in the 1988 serial Remembrance of the Daleks.

Doctor Who Tardis Teapot


Doctor Who Balloons