FANDOM

Ask a question in the box below, or search using the box above.

As you enter your question, our massive, TARDIS-sized computers will search out other similar questions. So be sure to check the list that pops up before asking your question. Once you've decided that your question has not been asked before, push the not-so-threatening blue button below.

If you want to ask questions needing speculation or people's opinions, please do it in our Watercooler forum, not here. The main Q&A space is for questions with definitive factual answers. Thanks!

To avoid spoilers in the main Q&A section, please do to not post information about stories that have not been released in the UK, or ask for information about stories that have not yet aired there.

There have been several, especially in the early years of the classic series. The seasons then were so long (over 40 episodes) that the only way to give an actor time off for holidays was to write episodes in which his/her character didn't appear. Because the format of the show was a series of serials (multi-episode stories), this was normally done by splitting the TARDIS crew into groups & having one or two episodes that concentrated on a group that didn't include the actor's character. This meant that the Doctor appeared in every story but not in every episode. In season 1, for example, the Doctor was absent from episodes 3 & 4 of "The Keys of Marinus", to allow William Hartnell to go on holiday, his first break in seven months.

The first story in which the Doctor didn't appear was "Mission to the Unknown" in season 3. This story is an anomaly in several ways:

  • None of the TARDIS crew appeared in it;
  • It consisted of only a single episode;
  • It was a prologue to "The Daleks' Master Plan", rather than a complete story in itself.