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The Myth Makers


Writer: Donald Cotton
Director: Michael Leeston-Smith
Script Editor: Donald Tosh
Producer: John Wiles
Executive Producer(s): None

Originally Broadcast: 16th October - 6th November 1965
Episodes: 4
Duration: 25 mins
Production Code: U
Series: 3
Story Number: 20
Enemy: None
Setting: 1200 BC


When the TARDIS arrives on the plains of Asia Minor, not far from the besieged city of Troy, the Doctor is hailed by Achilles as the mighty god Zeus and taken to the Greek camp, where he meets Agamemnon and Odysseus. Forced to admit that he is a mere mortal - albeit a traveller in space and time - he is given just two days to devise a scheme to capture Troy.

Steven and Vicki, meanwhile, have been taken prisoner by the Trojans, and Vicki - believed to possess supernatural powers - is given two days to banish the Greeks and thus prove that she is not a spy.

Having initially dismissed the famous wooden horse as a fiction of Homer's, the Doctor is eventually driven to 'invent' it himself, thereby giving the Greeks the means to defeat the Trojans.

In the climactic battle Steven is wounded by a sword-thrust to his shoulder and Katarina, handmaiden to the Trojan prophetess Cassandra, helps the Doctor to get him back to the TARDIS.

Vicki meanwhile, having adopted the guise of Cressida, elects to remain behind on Earth with the Trojan prince Troilus, with whom she has fallen in love.


The Doctor — William Hartnell
Vicki/Cressida — Maureen O'Brien
Steven Taylor — Peter Purves
Katarina — Adrienne Hill
Achilles — Cavan Kendall
Hector — Alan Haywood
Odysseus — Ivor Salter
Agamemnon — Francis de Wolff
Menelaus — Jack Melford
Cyclops — Tutte Lemkow
Priam — Max Adrian
Paris — Barrie Ingham
Cassandra — Frances White
Messenger — John Luxton
Troilus — James Lynn

Story Notes
  • This is the final story featuring Vicki
  • This is the first story featuring Katarina
  • The working titles for this story included The Mythmakers, The Trojans, and The Trojan War. Individual episode titles included Zeus ex Machina (episode 1) and Is There a Doctor in the Horse? (episode 3).
  • All 4 episodes of this story have been lost, with only very limited photographic material being held in the BBC archive 
  • Some limited material from episodes 1, 2 and 4 exist in the form of 8mm home movie reel shot on a television set 
  • This is also one of the least documented stories, with only very limited material (film/photographic) existing.
  • William Hartnell was struck and injured by a camera during the filming of the first episode and sustained a bruise to the shoulder.
  • William Hartnell suffered a bereavement while working on the story: the death of his Aunt Bessie, who had looked after him during his troubled childhood. Unfortunately, the tight recording schedules prevented Hartnell from taking time off to attend her funeral.
  • In the 1980s, Reeltime Pictures launched a series of home video releases featuring interviews with the cast and crew of Doctor Who. This long-running series of tapes (which later included the first independently-produced Doctor Who spin-offs) was entitled Myth Makers after this story.

Preceded by: Mission to the Unknown - Followed by: The Daleks' Master Plan

Mission to the Unknown


Writer: Terry Nation
Director: Derek Martinus
Script Editor: Donald Tosh
Producer: Verity Lambert
Executive Producer(s): None

Originally Broadcast: 9th October 1965
Episodes: 1
Duration: 25 mins
Production Code: T/A
Series: 3
Story Number: 19
Enemy: The Daleks, Outer Galaxies delegates
Setting: Kembel; 3999 or 4000


On the planet Kembel, Space Security Service agent Marc Cory is investigating a recent sighting of a Dalek spaceship. His suspicion that the creatures may have established a base here proves well-founded.

His two companions, Jeff Garvey and Gordon Lowery, both fall victim to the poisonous thorns of Varga plants - ambulatory flora indigenous to the Daleks' home world, Skaro - and he has no choice but to shoot them before they are themselves transformed into Vargas.

Having overheard the Daleks plotting with representatives of the six outer galaxies to overthrow the solar system, Cory records a warning message and prepares to send it into orbit with a rocket launcher. Before he can do so, however, he is discovered and exterminated.


The Doctor - William Hartnell (does not appear, though listed in closing credits)
Marc Cory - Edward de Souza
Jeff Garvey - Barry Jackson
Gordon Lowery - Jeremy Young
Malpha - Robert Cartland
Dalek Operator - Robert Jewell
Dalek Operator - Kevin Manser
Dalek Operator - John Scott Martin
Dalek Operator - Gerald Taylor
Dalek voice - David Graham
Dalek voice - Peter Hawkins
Trantis - Ronald Rich (uncredited)
Sentreal - Sam Mansary (uncredited)
Varga plants (all uncredited) - Roy Reeves, Tony Starn, Leslie Weeks
Planetarians (all uncredited) - Johnny Clayton, Pat Gorman, Sam Mansary, Len Russell

Story Notes
  • The Doctor, Steven Taylor and Vicki never appear and never get a mention in this adventure. We experience the story through Marc Cory.
  • Mission to the Unknown is the only Doctor Who story that does not feature the character of the Doctor or the TARDIS at all. Despite this, William Hartnell is still credited as "Dr. Who" — this was because his contract specified he would be credited for all episodes
  • The Doctor's companions Vicki (Maureen O'Brien) and Steven Taylor (Peter Purves) do not appear either. Unlike Hartnell, their contracts did not guarantee they would be credited, though they were in the BBC listings magazine Radio Times (and episode guides taking their information from here).
  • Terry Nation wrote this partially as an attempt to create a story about the Daleks that did not involve the Doctor or his companions so that he could eventually develop and sell the idea of a Dalek series, divorced from the Doctor Who universe. In the proposed series, the Space Security Service was tasked with hunting Daleks, and it would follow their adventures — an approach that can be seen in short stories and comic strips written for the 1965 Dalek Outer Space Book (cover dated 1966). An unmade pilot titled "The Destroyers" was written, but the series concept was never sold.
  • This episode was produced due to the editing of Planet of Giants from 4 episodes to 3.
  • The episode was made by the same team as Galaxy 4, with both stories sharing pre-filming and, possibly, the same production code
  • It is also one of the relatively few stories from the Hartnell era that does not lead directly into the next serial. It was followed by The Myth Makers, an unrelated serial. A direct link to this story is made in the first episode of Daleks' Master Plan when the Doctor recovers the tape recorder used by Corey to record his final message.

Preceded by: Galaxy 4 - Followed by: The Myth Makers

Galaxy 4


Writer: William Emms
Director: Derek Martinus, Mervyn Pinfield (uncredited)
Script Editor: Donald Tosh
Producer: Verity Lambert
Executive Producer(s): None

Originally Broadcast: 11th September - 2nd October 1965
Episodes: 4
Duration: 25 mins each episode
Production Code: T
Series: 3
Story Number: 18
Enemy: Maaga, Drahvins
Setting: Unknown


The Doctor, Vicki and Steven arrive on an arid planet where they meet the occupants of two crashed spaceships: the beautiful Drahvins and the hideous Rills. The latter prove to be friendly, compassionate explorers while the former are a group of mindless cloned soldiers terrorised by a warlike matriarch, Maaga.

Both ships were damaged when the Drahvins precipitated a confrontation in space, but whereas the Rills' is almost ready to take off again (having been repaired by their robot drones, which Vicki nicknames 'Chumblies'), the Drahvins' is irreparable. When the planet is discovered to be on the point of disintegration, Maaga tries to force the time travellers to help her steal the Rills' ship. Instead, the Doctor allows the Rills to draw power from the TARDIS in order to refuel and escape, leaving the Drahvins to their fate.

The Doctor - William Hartnell
Steven Taylor - Peter Purves
Vicki - Maureen O'Brien
Maaga - Stephanie Bidmead
Drahvin One - Marina Martin
Drahvin Two - Susanna Carol
Drahvin Three - Lyn Ashley
Chumblies - Jimmy Kaye
Chumblies - William Shearer
Chumblies - Angelo Muscat
Chumblies - Pepe Poupee
Rill Voice - Robert Cartland
Chumblies - Tommy Reynolds
Garvey - Barry Jackson
Rills - David Brewster, Peter Holmes, Brian Madge, Bill McAllister (all uncredited)

Story Notes
  • The working title for this story was The Chumblies.
  • All 4 episodes of this story have been lost, with only very limited material being held in the BBC archive.
  • 6 minutes worth of footage exists from "Four Hundred Dawns".
  • This story was nearly saved by negotiations for the story to be screened at a convention
  • The surviving clips come from a number of sources including a "Lively Arts" documentary "Whose Doctor Who"
  • The soundtrack for the serial is intact and has been released commercially, with linking narration provided by Peter Purves
  • The BBC partly own the rights to the Drahvins as they were jointly credited to William Emms and Verity Lambert.

Preceded by: The Time Meddler - Followed by: Mission to the Unknown

The Time Meddler


Writer: Dennis Spooner
Director: Douglas Camfield
Script Editor: Donald Tosh
Producer: Verity Lambert, Mervyn Pinfield (associate producer)
Executive Producer(s): None

Originally Broadcast: 3rd July - 24th July 1965
Episodes: 4
Duration: 25 mins each episode
Production Code: S
Series: 2
Story Number: 17
Enemy: The Monk
Setting: 1066


The Doctor, Vicki, and new companion Steven Taylor arrive in Saxon Northumbria on the eve of the Viking and Norman invasions. It is 1066, a pivotal moment in British history, and the hand of a mysterious Monk is at work in the nearby monastery.


The Doctor - William Hartnell
Vicki - Maureen O'Brien
Steven Taylor - Peter Purves
The Monk - Peter Butterworth
Edith - Alethea Charlton
Eldred - Peter Russell
Wulnoth - Michael Miller
Saxon Hunter - Michael Guest
Ulf - Norman Hartley
Viking Leader - Geoffrey Cheshire
Sven - David Anderson
Gunnar the Giant - Ronald Rich

Story Notes
  • The Time Meddler is the first example of what is known in Doctor Who as the "pseudohistorical" story, as opposed to the pure historical stories, which are set in the past but have no science fictional elements attached to them.
  • This is the first story in which the acronym TARDIS is said to stand for "Time and Relative Dimensions in Space", rather than the singular "Dimension" as had been used in An Unearthly Child. This was an error made by Maureen O'Brien during recording, and was retained throughout much of the series' history.
  • The working title for this story was The Monk.
  • The working title of episode one was The Paradox.
  • All episodes exist as 16mm telerecordings.
  • A print of episode 2 is held in the Film & TV Library.
  • Incomplete prints of all episodes were found in Nigeria in 1985.
  • Complete prints of episodes 1 and 3 were returned to the archive in 1992.
  • Sequences showing a Saxon being stabbed in episode 4 are still missing from the print.
  • Telesnaps for this episode are held by a private collector.
  • During production of this story, new producer John Wiles began taking over production duties.
  • William Hartnell, displeased at the number of changes undergoing the production, play-acted throwing a temper tantrum during the rehearsal of this story.
  • William Hartnell does not appear in the Meddling Monk as the actor was on holiday.
  • No next episode caption is present on episode 4. Instead, an extended version of the theme music is heard as images of the three lead actors appear on screen.
  • Some versions of this story especially those distributed in the US cut the first few minutes of the story in which the Doctor and Vicki find Steven hiding in the TARDIS.

Preceded by: The Chase - Followed by: Galaxy 4

The Chase


Writer: Terry Nation
Director: Richard Martin
Douglas Camfield (uncredited)
Script Editor: Dennis Spooner
Producer: Verity Lambert, Mervyn Pinfield (associate producer)
Executive Producer(s): None

Originally Broadcast: 22nd May - 26th June 1965
Episodes: 6
Duration: 25 mins each episode
Production Code: R
Series: 2
Story Number: 16
Enemy: The Daleks, The Mechanoids
Setting: Aridius, Empire State Building, New York City; 1966, Marie Celeste, Atlantic Ocean; 19th century, House of Horrors, Festival of Ghana; 1996, Mechanus; 23rd century, London; 1965


The travellers are forced to flee in the TARDIS when they learn from the Time/Space Visualiser taken from the Moroks' museum that a group of Daleks equipped with their own time machine are on their trail with orders to exterminate them.
The chase begins on the desert planet Aridius and takes in a number of stopping-off points including the observation gallery of New York's Empire State Building, the 19th Century sailing ship Mary Celeste (the Daleks' appearance causing all the crew and passengers to jump overboard) and a spooky haunted house which, although the Doctor and his friends do not realise it, is actually a futuristic fun-fair attraction.
Eventually both time machines arrive on the jungle planet Mechanus, where the Daleks try to infiltrate and kill the Doctor's party using a robot double of him. The travellers are taken prisoner by the Mechanoids - a group of robots sent some fifty years earlier to prepare landing sites for human colonists who, in the event, never arrived - and meet Steven Taylor, a stranded astronaut who has been the Mechanoids' captive for the past two years.
The Daleks and the Mechanoids engage in a fierce battle which ultimately results in their mutual destruction, and the Doctor's party seize this opportunity to escape. The Doctor reluctantly helps Ian and Barbara to use the Daleks' time machine to return home.


The Doctor - William Hartnell
Ian Chesterton - William Russell
Barbara Wright - Jacqueline Hill
Vicki - Maureen O'Brien
Steven Taylor - Peter Purves
Abraham Lincoln - Robert Marsden
Francis Bacon - Roger Hammond
Queen Elizabeth I - Vivienne Bennett
William Shakespeare - Hugh Walters
Television Announcer - Richard Coe
Dalek - David Graham
Dalek - Peter Hawkins
Dalek - Robert Jewell
Dalek - Kevin Manser
Dalek - John Scott Martin
Mire Beast - Jack Pitt
Malsan - Ian Thompson
Rynian - Hywel Bennett
Prondyn - Al Raymond
Guide - Arne Gordon
Morton Dill - Peter Purves
Albert C. Richardson - Dennis Chinnery
Captain Benjamin Briggs - David Blake Kelly
Bosun - Patrick Carter
Willoughby - Douglas Ditta
Cabin Steward - Jack Pitt
Frankenstein's Monster - John Maxim
Count Dracula - Malcolm Rogers
Grey Lady - Roslyn De Winter
Robot Dr Who - Edmund Warwick
Mechanoid voice - David Graham
Mechanoids - Murphy Grumbar, John Scott Martin, Jack Pitt
Fungoid - Jack Pitt, Ken Tyllson

Story Notes
  • All episodes exist as 16mm telerecordings.
  • Negative film prints were recovered for all episodes in 1978.
  • This story went under the working title The Pursuers.
  • The story was commissioned at late notice when another of Terry Nation's stories fell through. It is believed that the slot was originally to be filled by his planned historical The Red Fort.
  • The scenes in episode 6 with Ian and Barbara celebrating their return to London was made as part of the production bloc for The Time Meddler and the Director for these is consequently Douglas Camfield.
  • This is one of the few Dalek stories to incorporate humour and is the only story to attempt comical performances from the Daleks. Examples includes a stammering Dalek who cannot do simple mental arithmetic (in the first two episodes); Daleks nodding their eyestalks to confirm a plan (in the fifth episode); and showing a trait for deviating from the subject at hand (during their deliberations in the first episode).
  • Morton Dill, the young man from Alabama whom the travellers meet at the top of the Empire State Building, was played by Peter Purves, who would appear in the last episode as Steven Taylor.
  • The story also features The Beatles in a film clip. Ironically, considering the number of lost Doctor Who episodes, the Beatles performance from which this clip was taken now only survives in this story.
  • The Beatles were originally planned to appear as old men performing in the 21st Century but this proposal was vetoed by their manager Brian Epstein. Had this gone through, of course, it would have become an anachronism given the fates that would befall both John Lennon and George Harrison before they got to be "old men".
  • This story includes the joke that, in the future, contemporary pop musicians such as The Beatles would be considered classical music. This joke was repeated in the series 40 years later in The End of the World.
  • Although Ian displayed knowledge of modern musical groups in An Unearthly Child, this does not seem to extend to his ability to dance, as demonstrated during the "Ticket to Ride" sequence.
  • The Daleks are particularly poetic in this story: Dalek - "Advance and attack! Attack and destroy! Destroy and rejoice!"
  • This is the final television story featuring Ian and Barbara.
  • This is the first appearance of Steven Taylor. Actor Peter Purves became the only actor to play two completely different roles (without the use of heavy makeup or prosthetics) in the same story. He also became the first actor to appear in a guest-starring capacity before being offered a regular role.
  • The Chase was earmarked to form the basis for a third "Dr. Who" film starring Peter Cushing, to follow Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 AD, but the film was never made.
  • Episode 5 carries the title "The Death of Doctor Who"; this is one of only two occasions in which the technically incorrect name "Doctor Who" is used in an on-screen title (the other occasion being the seven episode of Doctor Who and the Silurians in 1970).

Preceded by: The Space Museum - Followed by: The Time Meddler

The Space Museum


Writer: Glyn Jones
Director: Mervyn Pinfield
Script Editor: Dennis Spooner
Producer: Verity Lambert, Mervyn Pinfield (associate producer)
Executive Producer(s): None

Originally Broadcast: 24th April - 15th May 1964
Episodes: 4
Duration: 25 mins each episode
Production Code: Q
Series: 2
Story Number: 15
Enemy: Moroks
Setting: Xeros


The TARDIS jumps a time track and the travellers arrive on the planet Xeros. There they discover their own future selves displayed as exhibits in a museum established as a monument to the galactic conquests of the warlike Morok invaders who now rule the planet. When time shifts back to normal, they realise that they must do everything they can to try to avert this potential future.
Vicki helps the native Xerons to obtain arms and thereby to revolt against the Moroks. The revolution succeeds and the travellers go on their way, confident that the future has been changed.


The Doctor - William Hartnell
Ian Chesterton - William Russell
Barbara Wright - Jacqueline Hill
Vicki - Maureen O'Brien
Sita - Peter Sanders
Dako - Peter Craze
Third Xeron - Bill Starkey
Lobos - Richard Shaw
Tor - Jeremy Bulloch
Morok Messenger - Salvin Stewart
Morok Technician - Peter Diamond
Morok Guard - Lawrence Dean
Morok Guard - Peter Diamond
Morok Guard - Ken Norris
Morok Guard - Salvin Stewart
Morok Commander - Ivor Salter
Xeron - Michael Gordon
Xeron - Edward Granville
Xeron - Bill Starkey
Xeron - David Walliscroft
Morok Guard - Billy Cornelius
Dalek Voice - Peter Hawkins
Dalek Machine Operator - Murphy Grumbar
Extra - Brian Proudfoot

Story Notes
  • All episodes exist in 16mm telerecordings
  • Episode 3 was held in the BBC Film & TV Library when it was audited in 1978
  • Negative Film Prints of all 4 episodes have been found
  • A clearer print of episode 1 was returned to the BBC in 1981
  • The episodes of this story went by different titles during the production stage. Episode 1 was originally known as The Four Dimensions of Time and Episode 4 was originally known as Zone Seven.
  • William Hartnell does not appear in Episode 3.
  • Of all the William Hartnell stories with individual episode titles, this is the only one for which only one overall story title has ever been used. See also Disputed story titles.
  • Episode 1 begins with a brief reprise of The Crusade episode 4, which is currently the only surviving film footage of that episode
  • Features a guest appearance by Jeremy Bulloch who is better known for his appearance as Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi
  • Richard Shaw, who spoke with a Cockney accent, was cast as Governor Lobos, but was asked to deliver his lines with a BBC accent. His accent slips only once, when he bellows at an underling use "maximum securi'ee!" He later appeared as Cross in Frontier in Space with his own accent
  • The incidental music was all from stock recordings rather than being specially composed for the story
  • In a nice piece of internal continuity, William Russell starts gently banging his fists together as he leaves the TARDIS interior set and carries this through to the next scene, following a recording break, as he emerges from the police box onto the Xeros surface set; this gives the effect of a continuous piece of action, and helps maintain the illusion that the TARDIS interior really is inside the police box shell.

Preceded by: The Crusade - Followed by: The Chase

The Crusade


Writer: David Whitaker
Director: Douglas Camfield
Script Editor: Dennis Spooner
Producer: Verity Lambert, Mervyn Pinfield (associate producer)
Executive Producer(s): None

Originally Broadcast: 27th March - 17th April 1965
Episodes: 4
Duration: 25 mins each episode
Production Code: P
Series: 2
Story Number: 14
Enemy: El Akir
Setting: 12th century


The TARDIS arrives in 12th Century Palestine where a holy war is in progress between the forces of King Richard the Lionheart and the Saracen ruler Saladin. Barbara is abducted in a Saracen ambush and the Doctor, Ian and Vicki make their way to King Richard's palace in the city of Jaffa. Ian is granted permission to ride in search of Barbara - the King knighting him Sir Ian of Jaffa to fit him for the role - while the Doctor and Vicki stay behind and try to avoid getting involved in court politics.
King Richard secretly plans to marry his sister Joanna to Saladin's brother Saphadin in order to bring the war to an end, but Joanna finds out about this and refuses. The Doctor and his young ward are forced to flee after making an enemy of the King's adviser, the Earl of Leicester.
Ian has meanwhile rescued Barbara from the clutches of the vicious Saracen emir El Akir. All four meet up in the wood where the TARDIS materialised and narrowly manage to escape the Earl of Leicester's men.


The Doctor - William Hartnell
Ian Chesterton - William Russell
Barbara Wright - Jacqueline Hill
Vicki - Maureen O'Brien
William des Preaux - John Flint
El Akir - Walter Randall
Richard the Lionheart - Julian Glover
Reynier de Marun - David Anderson
William de Tornebu - Bruce Wightman
Ben Daheer - Reg Pritchard
Thatcher - Tony Caunter
Saphadin - Roger Avon
Saladin - Bernard Kay
Saracen warrior - Derek Ware
Saracen warrior - Valentino Musetti
Saracen warrior - Chris Konyils
Saracen warrior - Raymond Novak
Joanna - Jean Marsh
Chamberlain - Robert Lankesheer
Sheyrah - Zohra Sehgal
Luigi Ferrigo - Gabor Baraker
Saracen warrior - Anthony Colby
Haroun ed-Din - George Little
Safiya - Petra Markham
Earl of Leicester - John Bay
Turkish bandit - David Brewster
Maimuna - Sandra Hampton
Fatima - Viviane Sorrél
Hafsa - Diane Mckenzie
Ibrahim - Tutte Lemkow
Man-At-Arms - Billy Cornelius

Story Notes
  • This story does not exist as a complete story, except in audio.
  • Episode 3 exists in 16mm telerecordings
  • Episode 1 was found in New Zealand by a collector in 1998.
  • In 1999 the BBC made a Digi-Beta print of Episode 1
  • Telesnaps for this story exist in the hands of private collectors
  • Several enlarged telesnaps also exist for this story.
  • This story was originally entitled The Saracen Hordes and various episodes were made under working titles.
  • Episode 2 (The Knight of Jaffa) was made under the working title Damsel in Distress
  • Episode 3 (The Wheel of Fortune) was made under the working title Changing Fortunes
  • Episode 4 (The Warlords) was made under the working title The Knight of Jaffa
  • William Russell only appears briefly in the third episode in a pre-recorded segment as the actor was on holiday during filming
  • The appearance of Julian Glover is the first real guest appearance by a distinguished actor.
  • This story has been noted for its non-stereotypical treatment of the two opposing leaders. Saladin (played by Bernard Kay) is portrayed as calculating but compassionate, while King Richard I is portrayed as volatile and at times childish.

Preceded by: The Web Planet - Followed by: The Space Museum