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23 December 1967 - 27 January 1968

Average Viewing Figure: 7.4M


Landing in Australia in the year 2017, The Doctor discovers he looks exactly like a corrupt politician, Salamander 


Patrick Troughton (The Doctor/Salamander), Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon), Deborah Watling (Victoria Waterfield)

Mary Peach (Astrid), Bill Kerr (Giles Kent), Colin Douglas (Donald Bruce), Milton Johns (Benik), George Pravda (Denes)

David Nettheim (Fedorin), Carmen Munroe (Fariah), Henry Stamper (Anton), Rhys McConnochie (Rod), Simon Cain (Curly)

Gordon Faith (Guard Captain), Bill Lyons (Guard on Denes), Reg Lye (Griffin the Chef), Andrew Staines (Sergeant to Benik)

Elliott Cairnes (Guard Captain), Bob Anderson (Fighting Guard), William McGuirk (Guard in Corridor), Christopher Burgess (Swann)

Adam Verney (Colin), Margaret Hickey (Mary), Dibbs Mather (Guard in Caravan)


David Whitaker (Writer), Ron Grainer (Title Music), Martin Baugh (Costumes), Sylvia James (Make-Up), Howard King (Lighting)

Tony Millier (Sound), Fred Hamilton (Film Cameraman), Philip Barnikel (Film Editor), Peter Bryant (Story Editor)

Christopher Pemsel (Designer), Innes Lloyd (Producer), Barry Letts (Director)

Uncredited Crew

John Hills-Harrop (Film Recordist)


Filming Locations

  • Climping Beach, Climping, West Sussex

  • Villiers House, Ealing, London

  • Walpole Park, Ealing, London

  • Ealing Film Studios: Stage 2

  • Lime Grove: Studio D


  • Giles Kent [shot and killed by Salamander]

  • Denes [shot and killed by the Guard Captain]

  • Fedorin [poisoned by Salamander]

  • Anton [killed when a helicopter explodes]

  • Curly [killed when a helicopter explodes]

  • Rod [accidentally killed by Curly]

  • Fariah [shot and killed by Sergeant to Benik]

Production Days

  • 14 Days between Sunday 5 November 1967 - Saturday 6 January 1968

Production Errors

  1. The inspection plate in Astrid's helicopter has a misspelling on it. The plate reads AUSTRALASION ZONE when it should read Australasian 

  2. The Tardis's instruction plate is always on the left-hand side of the ship, however, someone has accidentally put it on the right-hand side. 

  3. A newspaper clearly states that 16 August 2017 is on a Friday, it isn't the date falls on a Wednesday

Working Titles

  • [no known working titles] 


A well-executed dictator wanting power story which benefits from the six-part set up. It works much better compared to other six-parters probably because there is a lot going on. Troughton finally gets to show off his true skills slipping between The Doctor and Salamander with such ease and charisma it makes one wonder why the production team did not do something similar earlier. The story acts as a sort of metaphor for greedy politicians who are only interested in themselves and want nothing more than money and power. There is a snappy script at work here, David Whitaker’s strongest effort after a short absence from the show. Jamie and Victoria are unfortunately given the slim picking of the story and do not contribute anything to do the story. Impressive filming location work and set pieces make for an epic viewing experience. ****

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