Production Code: PP
1 - 23/12/1967 17:25
2 - 30/12/1967 17:25
3 - 06/01/1968 17:25
4 - 13/01/1968 17:25
5 - 20/01/1968 17:25
6 - 27/01/1968 17:25
The time travellers arrive in Australia in the near future and learn from a man named Giles Kent that the Doctor is the physical double of Salamander, a scientist and politician who has discovered a means of storing and distributing solar energy and thus ending starvation in a world ravaged by earthquakes, floods and the like.
Most people see Salamander as a hero, but Kent and others believe him to be establishing himself as a dictator. The Doctor uncovers the truth by impersonating Salamander and gaining access to his research station. Salamander and Kent were originally working together. Almost five years ago, they convinced a group of people undergoing an endurance test in a bunker beneath the station that a war had broken out on the surface.
It is these people, led by a man named Swann, who - deceived into thinking that they are striking back against an evil enemy - have been engineering the so-called natural disasters. Kent, now exposed as a traitor, blows up the station. Salamander meanwhile tries to escape in the TARDIS by impersonating the Doctor. He neglects to close the doors before dematerialisation, however, and is sucked out into the vortex.
Salamander's security chief Bruce enters Kent's office with an armed guard. He directs the guard to open the door to an inner room. Salamander - or could it possibly be the Doctor impersonating him? - emerges and asks Bruce what he is doing there.
Salamander orders that Denes, the Controller of the European Zone, be arrested for traitorous incompetence. Denes appeals to his deputy, Fedorin, for support. Salamander, however, reveals that Fedorin is to be the chief witness at Denes's trial. Wracked by guilt, Fedorin turns away...
Bruce tells Salamander that he saw him in Kent's officer. Salamander retorts that he hasn't seen Kent in months. 'It was you,' insists Bruce. 'Or... someone like you.'
The Doctor is with Kent and his assistant Astrid in the caravan overlooking Salamander's research station. Suddenly Bruce enters with an armed guard and confronts the Doctor.
A badly injured Swann tells Astrid that it was Salamander who attacked him, and that the attack took place below ground.
Salamander is sucked out through the open TARDIS doors and into the vortex as the Doctor and his companions struggle to save themselves from the same fate.
The Prisoner of Zenda.
The Avengers (Astrid's fighting style and costume.)
Our Man Flint
The Man from UNCLE's 'The Cherry Blossom Affair'.
The Doctor plays 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' again (see The Abominable Snowmen).
Victoria : "Perhaps we've landed in a world of madmen?"
The Doctor : "They're human beings, if that's what you mean."
The Doctor : "People spend all their time making nice things, and then other people come along and break them."
Griffin, the Chef : Dinner tonight's going to be a national disaster! First course interrupted by bomb explosion. Second course affected by earthquakes. Third course ruined by interference in the kitchen. I'm going out for a walk. It'll probably rain...
Astrid : "I suggested that we meet under a disused jetty by the river."
The Doctor : "Disused Yeti?"
Bruce : [Asks about Salamander's sojourns to the Records Room] "What sort of records has he got down there?"
Victoria likes Kaiser pudding, which she used to have at home, but can't cook. The Doctor can mimic voices and identify dialects.
Australia, around Cape Melville, including the Cedar district and Kanowa, 200 miles away.
Somewhere in Central Europe, near the Eperjet Tokyar mountains, [21st cenury?]
The World Zones Organisation runs the world, divided as it is into large zones, including Central Asian, Arctic, European, and Central European. Regular conferences on dwindling world resources are held in Geneva, but Salamander's satellite energy technology has resulted in corn in Siberia and vineyards in Alaska.
Hovercraft, helicopters and intercontinental rocket transport are all commonplace. Public telephones and holiday liners still exist. War between countries is a thing of the past, but this didn't look so likely five years previously.
Patrick Troughton's son David appears as an extra in episodes 5 and 6
Episode 3 features no reprise from Episode 2
Neither Deborah Watling nor Frazer Hines appear in Episode 4, as they were on holiday during the week when it was recorded.
Dramatic scenes occur at the end of Episode 6 in which, courtesy of trick photography, the Doctor and Salamander are seen on screen together.
There's another slow TARDIS landing sound.
The serial is so under budget that Denes is kept prisoner in a corridor. 'It's easier to guard him here,' claims the guard. In episode five, Bruce similarly notes 'You don't really believe I came here with just one guard, do you?'.
In episode three, Benik completely fails to destroy Kent's portrait.
The guards' silly helmets.
Salamander's bullfighter look.
Jamie's kinky rubber guard jacket.
Cast & Crew
The Doctor - Patrick Troughton
Jamie - Frazer Hines
Victoria - Deborah Watling
Anton - Henry Stamper
Astrid - Mary Peach
Benik - Milton Johns
Colin - Adam Verney
Curly - Simon Cain
Denes - George Pravda
Donald Bruce - Colin Douglas
Fariah - Carmen Munroe
Fedorin - David Nettheim
Fighting Guard - Bob Anderson
Giles Kent - Bill Kerr
Griffin, the Chef - Reg Lye
Guard Captain - Gordon Faith
Guard Captain - Elliott Cairnes
Guard in Caravan - Dibbs Mather
Guard in Corridor - William McGuirk
Guard on Denes - Bill Lyons
Mary - Margaret Hickey
Rod - Rhys McConnochie
Salamander - Patrick Troughton Patrick Troughton was credited on Episodes 2 to 6 as playing 'Dr. Who Salamander'. He also appeared as Salamander in Episode 1, but was credited only as 'Dr Who'
Sergeant to Benik - Andrew Staines
Swann - Christopher Burgess
Director - Barry Letts