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13 November 1965 - 29 January 1966

Average Viewing Figure: 9.4M


The Doctor and Steven steal a taranium core and become fugitives as they try to stop the Daleks conquering the Universe


William Hartnell (The Doctor), Peter Purves (Steven Taylor), Kevin Stoney (Mavic Chen), Peter Butterworth (The Meddling Monk)

Nicholas Courtney (Bret Vyon), Jean Marsh (Sara Kingdom), Adrienne Hill (Katarina), Brian Cant (Kert Gantry),Pamela Greer (Lizan)

Philip Anthony (Roald), Michael Guest (Interviewer), Julian Sherrier (Zephon), Roy Evans (Trantis), Douglas Sheldon (Kirksen)

Dallas Cavell (Bors), Geoffrey Cheshire (Garge), Maurice Browning (Karlton), Roger Avon (Daxtar), James Hall (Borkar), Bill Meilen (Froyn)

John Herrington (Rhynmal), Clifford Earl (Station Sergeant), Norman Mitchell (First Policeman), Malcolm Rogers (Second Policeman)

Keneth Thornett (Detective Inspector), Reg Pritchard (Man in Mackintosh), Sheila Dunn (Blossom Lefavre), Leonard Grahame (Darcy Tranton)

Royston Tickner (Steinberger P Green), Mark Ross (Ingmar Knopf), Conrad Monk (Assistant Director), David James (Arab Sheik)

Paula Topham (Vamp), Robert Jewell (Clown/Dalek), Albert Barrington (Professor Webster), Buddy Windrush (Prop Man)

Steve Machin (Cameraman), Terence Woodfield (Celation), Roger Brierley (Trevor), Bruce Wightman (Scott), Jeffrey Isaac (Khepren)

Derek Ware (Tuthmos), Walter Randall (Hyksos), Bryan Mosley (Malpha), Peter Hawkins, David Graham (Dalek Voices)

Kevin Manser, Gerald Taylor, John Scott Martin, Jack Pitt (Daleks)

Uncredited Cast

Jack Pitt (Gearon), Ian East (Celation), Brian Edwards (Malpha), Gerry Videl (Beaus), David Anderson, Rocky Taylor, Valentino Musseti

Keith Sanderson, Steven Campbell, David Brewster, Gerry Videl, Kevin Leslie, John Crawford, Eric Mills, Agit Chauhan

Bruno Castagnoli, David Shaurat, John Caesar, Clay Hunter, Terry Leigh, Peter Johnson, Ray Mrioni, Ali Hassan, Andrew Andreas

Michael Lawrence, Russell Scott, John Daye, Paul Sinclair, Alan Walling, Barry Noble (Egyptian Soldiers)

Anthony Lang, Len Russell, Paul Bahadur, Paul Phillips, Glenn Whitte (Egyptian Slaves), May Warden (Old Sara)


Terry Nation, Dennis Spooner (Writers), From an idea by Terry NationDonald Tosh (Story Editor)

Derek Ware, David Anderson (Fight Arrangers), Ron Grainer (Title Music), Tristram Cary (Incidental Music)

George Pollock (Special Photographic Transparencies), BBC Radiophonic Workshop - Special Sound Effects, Daphne Dare (Costumes)

Sonia Markham (Make-Up Supervisor), Geoff Shaw (Lighting), Robin Luxford (Sound), Viktor Ritelis (Production Assistant)

Raymond Cusick, Barry Newbery (Designers), John Wiles (Producer), Douglas Camfield (Director)


Filming Locations

  • Ealing Film Studios: Stage 3

  • Ealing Film Studios: Stage 2

  • Hammersmtith Park, Shepherd's Bush, London

  • Television centre: Studio 3

  • Ealing Film Studios: Stage 3B

  • Television Centre: Studio 3


  • Sara Kingdom [aged to death]

  • Katarina [sucked into the vacuum of space]

  • Bret Vyon [killed by Sara Kingdom]

  • Kert Gantry [exterminated by a Dalek]

  • Mavic Chen [extermianted by a Dalek]

  • Zephon [exterminated by a Dalek]

  • Trantis [exterminated by a Dalek]

  • Kirksen [sucked into the vacuum of space]

  • Daxtar [shot and killed by Bret Vyon]

  • Hyksos [exterminated by Daleks]

  • Egyptian Men [exterminated by Daleks]

  • Visians [extermianted by Daleks]

    • plus many others

Production Days

  • 27 days between Monday 27 September 1965 - Friday 14 January 1966

Production Errors

  1. The tape message which Marc Cory recorded during Mission to the Unknown is different to the one heard here

  2. Wouldn't a Police Box look really out of place outside a Police Station?​​​​

Working Titles

  • Doctor Who and the Daleks' Master Plan

  • A Switch in Time

  • Episode 5: There's Someone Just Behind You

  • Episode 6: Counter Plot

  • Episode 9: Lord of the Pharoahs

  • Episode 11: Return to Varga

  • Episode 12: The Mutation of Time


Cannot give a review due to serial being lost from the BBC Archives

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