|“||Ladies and Gentlemen, the clown show has been put on hiatus for retooling.||”|
— The official BBC press release.
Stories for the 1985 season had already been planned but were scrapped, leading to The Lost Season.
The decision to make the Sixth Doctor initially unlikeable had backfired somewhat with audiences and ratings dropped accordingly. Well not that much really, but Grade made no secret of his dislike for the series and leapt at the chance to kill it anyway.
Officially a "hiatus", this was later proven to be bollocks and just a smokescreen for cancellation. The BBC ended up having to eat shit and bring the show back (albeit with a reduced number of episodes per year) after the devastating impact of Doctor in Distress.
- Knowing the program was "on trial" when it returned in 1986, JNT and Sewage decided art would imitate life with The Trial of a Time Lord season because it's like poetry, it rhymes.
- One new ear story Slipback was broadcast on radio during the hiatus from 25 July to 8 August 1985.
- 1985 hiatus was followed by the sequel 1989 cancellation.