A second golden age
Tom Baker Years (1974-1981)
After the death of Roger Delgado and the loss of Katy Manning's character Jo Grant, Jon Pertwee felt it was time to move on. His successor, Tom Baker, would become one of the show's most iconic figures.
The series's new producer and script editor, Philip Hinchcliffe and Robert Holmes, decided to play with the darker sides of sci-fi. During Baker's seven years as the Doctor, stories ranged from horrific to comedic. Some of the notable serials during this period included:
- Genesis of the Daleks
- Pyramids of Mars
- The Deadly Assassin
- City of Death
Beyond the writing, the Fourth Doctor's run brought in fan-favorite characters like Sarah Jane Smith, K-9, and Romana.