The Doctors gigged through 1977, but released nothing new until early 1978 brought their third album, Sons of Survival, a set highlighted by the band’s first-ever single “Bulletin” and “Back From the Dead,” a song co-written by Strange and the Adverts’ TV Smith. (The Adverts’ own version appeared later in the year on the B-side of their “Television’s Over” single.) It was one of some 20 songs composed by the pair during this period, but the only one to have seen release.
Urban Blitz quit the band shortly after the album’s release; he was replaced, strangely, by the Damned’s vocalist Dave Vanian and, in this form, the Doctors cut a new single, another TV Smith composition titled “Don’t Panic England.” Polydor not only rejected the single, they also dropped the band and, in October, the Doctors of Madness announced their demise. The group bowed out with a final show at London’s Music Machine on October 26, featuring guest appearances from both TV Smith and Dave Vanian, and a two-hour show which traced the band’s entire career.
Stoner promptly joined the Sadista Sisters before reuniting with TV Smith in TV Smith’s Explorers following the Adverts November 1979 breakup. As Richard Strange, Strange launched his own solo career, also opening the now legendary Cabaret Futura as a testing ground for many of the bands and personalities who would soon be filling the Futurist ranks.