The Bold Ones: The New Doctors

The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (also known as The New Doctors) is an American medical drama that lasted for four seasons on NBC, from 1969 to 1973.

The Bold Ones: The New Doctors
The Cast of The Bold Ones: The New Doctors
Also known asThe New Doctors
Created bySteven Bochco
Paul Mason
Richard Landau
Directed byJeremy Kagan[1]
John Badham
Richard Benedict
Abner Biberman
Michael Caffey
Marvin J. Chomsky
Robert E. Collins
Daryl Duke
Alf Kjellin
Jerry Lewis
Don McDougall
Frank Pierson
Barry Shear
Jud Taylor
StarringE. G. Marshall
David Hartman
John Saxon (Season 1-3)
Robert Walden (Season 4)
Julie Adams (Season 2)
Opening themeBilly Goldenberg
Composer(s)Stanley Wilson
Lyn Murray
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes45 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Herbert Hirschman
Producer(s)Douglas Benton
Cy Chermak
Joel Rogosin
Robert Scheerer
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time4548 minutes
Production company(s)Harbour-UTV
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 14, 1969 (1969-09-14) 
May 4, 1973 (1973-05-04)


The series focuses on the life of Dr. David Craig (E. G. Marshall), an extremely successful neurosurgeon who is so renowned in his field that he is able to open his own very exclusive clinic called The David Craig Institute of New Medicine.

Craig has enlisted two "bold" young medical executives, chief of surgery Dr. Ted Stuart (John Saxon) and Paul Hunter (David Hartman). The character Dr. Stuart was later replaced by Dr. Cohen[2] (Robert Walden).

The New Doctors was part of The Bold Ones, a rotating series of dramas that also included The Protectors (with Leslie Nielsen), The Lawyers (with Burl Ives) and The Senator (with Hal Holbrook). The New Doctors was the only one of the four series to last for the entire run.

David Hartman was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for portraying Paul Hunter on this show.[3]


Together with his two assistants Dr. Paul Hunter and Dr. Ted Stuart, Dr. David Craig encounters an array of medical and psychosocial issues in his own exclusive clinic. The clinic utilizes then "cutting edge" treatments and is at the forefront of medical research. Medical cases cover a broad spectrum, including organ transplants, mothers with post-partum depression, patients with psychogenic problems, and patients that are difficult to communicate with. Episodes were 60 minutes, and in some cases, Craig becomes involved with patients stricken with rare diseases and unusual circumstances as occurred in later medical dramas such as House and ER.

The closing credits state that "the story, techniques and equipment shown are based on actual developments at the frontiers of medicine."

Cast and characters

  • E. G. Marshall as Dr. David Craig, a successful neurosurgeon who has opened his own exclusive clinic called The David Craig Institute of New Medicine.
  • John Saxon as Dr. Ted Stuart the chief of surgery at the clinic. (Seasons one through three).
  • David Hartman as Dr. Paul Hunter the Chief of Medicine at the clinic.
  • Robert Walden as Dr. Martin Cohen (replaced John Saxon from episode four of season four).
  • Julie Adams as Mrs. Lynn Craig, Dr. David Craig's Wife (season two only).


Season Episodes First aired Last aired
1 10 September 14, 1969 (1969-09-14) March 1, 1970 (1970-03-01)
2 8 September 20, 1970 (1970-09-20) February 1971 (1971-2.14)
3 11 September 21, 1971 (1971-09-21) March 5, 1972 (1972-03-05)
4 16 September 19, 1972 (1972-09-19) May 4, 1973 (1973-05-04)

After the pilot episode, "To Save a Life", the series became a hit, lasting for three more seasons, ending with the 15th episode of fourth season, "And Other Things I May Not See".

The episode "Five Days in the Death of Sgt. Brown" was a crossover with Ironside; that episode started in Ironside and ended in New Doctors. Both parts were syndicated as Ironside episodes, using the opening and closing credits from part one.

DVD release

On March 1, 2016, Timeless Media Group released The Bold Ones: The New Doctors- The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time.[4]

Guest appearances

  • Norma Crane made two appearances playing different roles in the episodes: A Threatened Species and Crisis.
  • Linda Dangcil also made two appearances playing different roles in the episodes: A Matter of Priorities and To Save a Life.
  • Clu Gulager as Dan Corwin/ Matt Smith in the episodes: End Theme and A Threatened Species
  • Pat Hingle as Dr. Ben Gold and Walsh in the episodes: Glass Cage and To Save a Life
  • Darby Hinton as Hal Parker in This Will Really Kill You
  • Ron Howard as a fourteen-year-old, who discovers that his father is homosexual in Discovery at Fourteen
  • Sheila Larken as Liz in the episodes: A Substitute Womb and This Day's Child
  • Joanne Linville as Anne Sorenson/Joan Stedman in the episodes: Time Bomb in the Chest and In Dreams They Run
  • Tisha Sterling as Casey Woods/Joan in the episodes: This Will Really Kill You and What's the Price of a Pair of Eyes?
  • Jane Wyman as Dr. Amanda Fallon in the episodes: And Other Things I May Not See and Discovery at Fourteen


  1. "". The Bold Ones: The New Doctors. Retrieved November 17, 2007.
  2. "". The Bold Ones: The New Doctors. Retrieved November 17, 2007.
  3. "". The Bold Ones: The New Doctors. Retrieved November 17, 2007.
  4. The New Doctors - 9-DVD Set for 'The Complete Series' Starring E.G. Marshall Archived 2015-12-09 at the Wayback Machine
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