59) THE DAEMONS

22 May - 19 June 1971

Average Viewing Figure: 8.3M

Plot

In Devils End, The Masters plans to awaken the Daemon Azal hoping to possess his psionic powers to rule the Earth

Cast

Jon Pertwee (The Doctor), Damaris Hayman (Miss Hawthorne), Eric Hillyard (Dr Reeves), David Simeon (Alastair Fergus), James Snell (Harry)

Katy Manning (Jo Grant), Richard Franklin (Captain Yates), Robin Wentworth (Professor Horner), John Levene (Sergeant Benton)

Rollo Gamble (Winstanley), Don McKillop (Bert the Landlord), Jon Croft (Tom Girton), Christopher Wray (PC Groom), John Joyce (Garvin)

Roger Delgado (The Master), Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart), Gerald Taylor (Baker's Man), Stanley Mason (Bok)

Alec Linstead (Sgt Osgood), John Owens (Thorpe), Stephen Thorne (Azal), Matthew Corbett (Jones)

Uncredited Cast

John Holmes (Jim, Man with Dog), Sonnie Willis, Roy Oliver, Bruce Humble, Simon Malloy (TV Crew)

Robin Squire (TV Cameraman), Patrick Milner (UNIT Corporal), Mike Smith (Helicopter Pilot), Gladys Bacon, Renne Roberts

Mo Race, Michael Moore, Bill Burridge, Ronald Mayer, Ernest Blyth, Keith Ashley, Bill Lodge, Lawrence Archer, Rex Rashley

Michael Earl, Charles Shaw Hesketh, Bill Gosling, Geoff Witherick, Walter Goodman, Charles Finch, Ian Elliott (Villagers)

John Scott Martin (Charlie), Jim Davidson, Paul Stone, George Mackie, Andrew Butcher, Ron Taylor, Terry Denton (UNIT Soldiers)

Pat Gorman, John Tatham, Charles Shaw Hesketh, Vic Taylor, Geoff Witherick, David J Grahame, Rex Rashley, Michael Moore

Bill Burridge, Lawrence Archer, Ernest Blythe (Coven Members) 

with The Headington Quarry Men (Morris Dancer)

Crew

Guy Leopold (Writer), Peter Diamond (Fight Arranger), Ron Grainer (Title Music), Dudley Simpson (Incidental Music)

Brian Hodgson (Special Sound), Fred Hamilton (Film Cameraman), Dick Manton (Film Sound), Chris Wimble (Film Editor)

Peter Day (Visual Effects), Barbara Lane (Costumes), Jan Harrison (Make-Up), Ralph Walton (Studio Lighting)

Tony Millier (Studio Sound), Terrance Dicks (Script Editor), Roger Ford (Designer), Barry Letts (Producer), Christopher Barry (Director)

Uncredited Cast

Frank Brown, Dick Boulter, Graham Morris (Film Sound Assistants), Jim Black, Tony Bragg, Ian Dabbs, David South

Pat Turley, Paul Wheeler (Film Camera Assistants), Mel Freedman, Doris Stretch (Costume Assistants), Stan Swetman (Grips)

Joe Bates (Location Scene Chargehand), Peter Grimwade (Production Assistant), John Norton, Alex Young (Floor Assistants)

Alf Trustram (Armourer), Ricky Grosser, Tony Harding, Len Hutton (Effects Assistants), Chrissie Lightfoot (Design Assistant)

Sarah Newman (Production Secretary), Sue Upton (Director's Assistant), Cheryl Thornton, Irena Walls (Make-Up Assisttants)

Gordon Phillipson (Grams), John Gorman (Vision Mixer), Geoff Burford (Props Buyer)

Broadcast

Filming Locations

  • Campbell Aircraft Company, Membury, Wilts

  • Crossroads, Membury, Wilts

  • Oaken Coppice, Knighton, Wilts

  • Church of St Michael, Aldbourne, Wilts

  • Aldbourne, Wilts

  • For Barrows, Aldbourne, Wilts

  • Crooked Corner, Aldbourne, Wilts

  • Darrell's Farm, Ramsbury, Wilts

  • BBC Television Centre: Studio 4

Deaths

  • Professor Horner [freezes to death]

  • Winstanley [killed by Bok]

  • Bert the Landlord [killed by Bok]

  • Tom Girton [crashes into a heat barrier]

  • PC Groom [crushed to death]

  • Garvin [vaporised by Azal]

  • Azal [destroyed when his powers bounce back onto him]

  • Jim [dies of fright]​

  • UNIT Soldier [vaporised by Bok]

    • Jim's Dog [unknown]​

Production Days

  • 14 Days between Monday 19 April - Wednesday 26 May 1971

Production Errors

  1. Who or what kills Jim at the beginning of episode one? Azal hasn't been summoned by The Master and Bok is still a stone Gargoyle in the church carven

  2. During the struggle between Sergeant Benton and Garvin, the shotgun which Garvin holds breaks in two, causing John Joyce (Garvin) to hold the gun together for the duration of the scene 

  3. When the Baker's van is destroyed by the heat barrier, a road sign indicates the village is only one mile away, how is the Baker only one mile away? The Brigadier clearly states later on that the heat barrier has a diameter of ten miles centred on the village church, and the village certianly doesn't stretch 9 miles in diameter.

  4. The hoofmarks that Sergeant Benton and Captain Yates notice from their UNIT Helicopter becomes much, much smaller when they land on the ground 

  5. When The Doctor runs into the church before his meeting with Azal, Jon Pertwee shuts the door with such force that he causes the set walls to shake 

Working Titles

  • The Demons

Verdict

The Daemons takes a different style of writing for the show combining gothic and mythology to create compelling and vigorous drama. There is an intelligent script here which spends too much time setting things up in the first two episodes for the most part. On saying that the first minutes in episode one are brilliant, creating an atmosphere which is unsettling before anything gets going. There are some great atmospheres created and the general threat can be felt throughout up until the ultimate reveal of Azal. The Master is at his all-time best here even though his repetitious hijinks maybe getting a little monotonous and old. Does he really have the power to convince an entire Village to do his bidding? Thanks goodness the production team decided to drop him for the next two adventures otherwise things would really become ridiculous. There is a lot of good ideas, a secret coven colt, a country village cut off from the rest of the world, a stone Gargoyle prowling the grounds and a race of aliens who help humanity but only on their own terms. Jo is a little hyperactive, going from bedbound to hero in a matter of seconds. The resolution is a little odd though and does dimmish the power the Daemons are supposed to possess. The ending is a little confusing, would the Villagers really be calm after a Church explodes not too far for them? It is easy to see why this one is very likeable and is worth all the time in the world. ****​