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10 September - 1 October 1966

Average Viewing Figure: 4.5M


Arriving in 17th century Cornwall, The Doctor and his companions take part in a search for hidden treasure


William Hartnell (The Doctor), Anneke Wills (Polly), Michael Craze (Ben), George A Cooper (Cherub), Michael Godfrey (Captain Pike)

Paul Whitsun-Jones (Squire), Terence de Marney (Churchwarden), David Blake Kelly (Jacob Kewper), Mike Lucas (Tom), Derek Ware (Spaniard)

Elroy Joseph (Jamaica), John Ringham (Blake), Jack Bligh (Gaptooth)

Uncredited Cast

Les Clark (Pirate Daniel), Steve Kirby, Tony Madison, Harry Tierney, Ricky Lansing, Roy Stanton, Leslie Bates (Customers at Inn)

John Jose (Cabin Boy/John), Steve Kirby, Tony Madison, Harry Tierney, Ricky Lansing, Roy Stanton, Leslie Bates, Richard Courtney

A R S Serle, Malcolm Attmere, Dennis Symons, Philip Williams, George Charles, Tony Madison, Gary Wyler, Ray Marioni, Peter Day

Terence Jones (Pirates), Raymond Bales (Squire's Manservant (Birch))


Brian Hyles (Writer), Ron Grainer (Title Music), Derek Ware (Fight Sequence Arranger), Jimmy Court (Film Cameraman)

Colin Eggleston (Film Editor), Daphne Dare (Costumes), Gillian James (Make-Up), Cyril Wilkins (Lighting), Leo Sturges (Sound)

Gerry Davis (Story Editor), Richard Hunt (Designer), Innes Lloyd (Producer), Julia Smith (Director)


Filming Locations

  • Nanijzal Bay, Nanijzal, Cornwall

  • Nanijzal Cave, Nanijzal, Cornwall

  • Bosistow Cliffs, Nanijzal, Cornwall

  • St Grada Church, Grade, Cornwall

  • Church Gove, Cornwall

  • Trenethick Barton, Helston, Cornwall

  • Tretewey Farm, Trethewey, Cornwall

  • Bonyn Mary, Newlyn Harbour, Cornwall

  • Riverside Studio 1


  • Churchwarden [stabbed to death by Cherub]

  • Cherub [killed by Pike]

  • Jacob Kewper [killed by Cherub]

  • Spaniard [shot and killed by Josiah Blake]

  • Captain Pike [shot and killed by Josiah Blake]

  • Jamaica [stabbed by Captain Pike]

    • possibly others​

Production Days

  • 9 days between Sunday 19 June - Friday 29 July 1966

Production Errors

  1. During episode one, Terence de Marney misquotes a riddle to The Doctor. Instead of saying 'Ringwood, Smallbeer, Gurney', he says 'Smallwood, Ringwood, Gurney' 

  2. During episode four, Gaptooth refers to Pirate Daniel as 'David' at one point​​​​

Working Titles

  • Doctor Who and the Pirates


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

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