Production Code: QQQ
1 - 24/02/1973 17:50
2 - 03/03/1973 17:50
3 - 10/03/1973 17:50
4 - 17/03/1973 17:50
5 - 24/03/1973 17:50
6 - 31/03/1973 17:50
The TARDIS arrives in the year 2540 on board an Earth spaceship, which then comes under attack. The crew perceive the Doctor, Jo and the attackers as Draconians, whose empire currently rivals Earth's for control of the galaxy. The Doctor and Jo, however, see that the attackers are really Ogrons.
The Ogrons stun everyone on board and steal the ship's cargo - including the TARDIS. Accused by the Earth authorities of spying for the Draconians, the Doctor is sent to a penal colony on the Moon while Jo is placed in the custody of a Commissioner from Sirius 4 - actually the Master. The Master rescues the Doctor and locks him and Jo up aboard a stolen police spaceship.
Once in flight, the ship is intercepted by the Draconians. Taken to Draconia, the Doctor is able to convince the Emperor of the Master's scheme to provoke a war using the Ogrons and a hypnotic device that makes those affected see whatever they most fear.
Jo is recaptured by the Master and taken to the Ogrons' home planet, where he also has the Doctor's TARDIS. The Doctor follows with General Williams - an emissary from the President of Earth - and a Draconian Prince. Behind the Master's plot are the Daleks, who want a war to break out so that they can invade in the aftermath. The Doctor and his party are placed in the Master's custody as the Daleks leave to prepare their forces, but they manage to escape.
Williams and the Draconian Prince depart to warn their respective peoples of the Daleks' intentions. The Doctor, though, is injured in the confusion. Jo helps him into the TARDIS, where he sends a telepathic message to the Time Lords...
When questioned by their rescuers, the crew of the cargo ship denounce the Doctor and Jo as stowaways and traitors in league with the Draconians.
Ogrons attack the prison and break into the cell where the Doctor and Jo are being held by the Earth authorities. One of the creatures, brandishing its gun, instructs the two travellers: 'You - come!'
In the penal colony, the Doctor is accompanying the elderly peace campaigner Professor Dale in an escape attempt. They enter an airlock where spacesuits and breathing apparatus have been left for them by an apparent ally, the trustee prisoner Cross, so that they can go outside. In fact they have walked into a trap: the breathing apparatus is empty, and Cross seals them in and starts to pump out the air...
The Doctor, Jo and the Master are held in a cell aboard the police spaceship as the Draconians direct it toward their home planet. Unseen by his fellow prisoners, the Master activates a signalling device on which a light begins to flash. Elsewhere, the signal registers on a screen before which is seated an Ogron.
The Master threatens a horrified Jo with his hypnotic fear-inducing device, telling her 'It works directly on the fear centres deep in your mind!'
Jo helps the injured Doctor into the TARDIS, where he activates the controls and sends a telepathic message to the Time Lords. The police box rushes away through the void...
The Master reads The War of the Worlds and quotes Tennyson.
1984 (moon prison hierarchy).
Star Trek ('Balance of Terror' and 'Errand of Mercy').
Drake 'Privateer' stories.
General Williams : "I prefer to put my faith in the mind probe."
The Master : "In a reminiscent mood are you, Doctor? Poor Miss Grant, you have my deepest sympathies."
The Master : [To the Draconian Emperor] "No-one is more concerned about the cause of peace than I."
Draconian Emperor : "An emperor who does not rule deposes himself."
The Doctor : "There is a plot, yes!"
Williams : [To the President] "You must act now, or they will bring you down"
The TARDIS travels [on occasions] in hyperspace (cf. Romana's comments on hyperspace in The Stones of Blood). It helps the Doctor to get to a destination if he knows exactly where and when they are (see The Daleks). The Doctor states that he intended to return the TARDIS [to the Time Lords]. The TARDIS telepathic circuits can be used by the Doctor to contact his people.
The Doctor's sonic screwdriver can't undo bolts, unless the polarity of the power source is reversed, making it into an electromagnet. The screwdriver is left on the moon [so he must have several]. The Doctor is immune to mind probes, and carries a string file in his boot. He carries a radio direction finder. He gets an odd feeling, a premonition, when Daleks are near (see The War Machines).
Jo once saw a gangster movie. Her uncle pulled strings to get her the UNIT job. She does the HQ filing, and has conditioned herself against being hypnotised. She fears Drashigs, Mutants, and Sea Devils.
The Ogrons are stupid mercenaries, living on a barren, uninteresting planet, where they worship 'The Monster', a blobby orange creature which they fear almost as much as the Daleks (see Day of the Daleks). A large savage reptile is the dominant life form there. The Ogrons carry neuronic stun guns which can also kill.
The Master knows Earth poetry ('My strength is as the strength of ten,/ Because my heart is pure' from Tennyson's 'Sir Galahad') and song.
The Dalek patrol is led by a gold Dalek. They recognise the Doctor. Their army is ready at a base (see Planet of the Daleks).
The Draconians have galaxy class battle cruisers, armed with neutronic missiles. They [like to think that they] do not lie. Nobles address the Emperor with 'My life at your command.' The power of the throne depends on the great families for support. The Emperor consults the nobles of the court. Females are not equal to males, and are not permitted to speak in the presence of the Emperor.
the Ogron planet (on the remote fringes of the Milky Way galaxy) and routes in between.
The 26th century .
This is at the start of Earth's empire, while The Mutants is set towards the end in the 30th century.
The Draconia/Earth war took place 20 years previously . Subversion and espionage are forbidden by the treaty that ended the war. The President of Earth rules an Empire, but run along diplomatic lines, via her cabinet, treasury, government, and the opposition, led by Congressman Brook, all contained within either the senate or congress.
The President can over-rule General Williams [the head of the armed forces] only with the backing of the entire senate [a measure of his power there, rather than a legislative norm].
Earth has a free press and broadcasting service. There is a division between the military and 'security'. The Special Security Act allows political prisoners to be deported to the Lunar Penal Colony for life. The Peace Party still use peace signs, and aim to take political power.
There is a historical monument preservation society. A Bureau of Population Control limits couples to one child, unless they move to the newly reclaimed arctic settlements of New Glasgow and New Montreal, where they may have two. The calendar remains intact, as do certain city names: Tokyo, Belgrade, Helsinki and Los Angeles.
Interstellar travel is routine. The Earth and Draconian Empires continue to expand through the Milky Way galaxy. Interplanetary Police Commissioners, with their own ships, administer off-planet law.
Certain colonies, like Sirius 4 (which also governs Sirius 3), have achieved dominion status, which means they can tax and try their own citizens. They have a bank, charge income tax and ship tax (and insurance), their currency is 'c', and there is a high court at Bassat.
The Doctor was once captured by the Medusoids, hairy one-legged jellyfish, who used a mind probe on him, and discovered that he was on his way to meet a giant rabbit, a pink elephant and a purple horse with yellow spots, all delegates at the 3rd inter galactic peace conference. He's a noble of Draconia, having aided the 15th Emperor 500 years ago [therefore the Draconian Empire dates back to at least the 21st century] in dealing with a plague from space.
Assistant floor manager John Bradburn plays the 'Ogron eater' monster seen on the Ogrons' planet.
This story marks Roger Delgado's last appearance in Doctor Who. On 18 June 1973 he was killed in a car crash in Turkey while on the way to the location for a film called Bell of Tibet.
The Master is seen reading a copy of H G Wells' The War of the Worlds.
There are brief shots of a Sea Devil, a Solonian mutant and a Drashig in the scene in Episode Six where the Master subjects Jo to the effects of his fear-inducing device.
The fifth episode as seen on the BBC video release of this story, which is about a minute longer than the one originally transmitted and features the abandoned Delaware synthesiser arrangement of the theme music, is a special 'extended version'. (It is a rough cut that was prepared during the original editing of the story and never intended for public consumption.)
If the Master's device makes one see one's greatest fear, why does Jo see the ship change shape in episode one? [There's some camouflage at work too.]
Jo splits her trousers while running to escape the Ogrons in episode three.
Her tights change colour from scene to scene (and occasionally she isn't wearing any at all).
Big strings hold up the Doctor up for his spacewalk in episode six.
In General Williams' past, if both human and Draconian ships had arrived unarmed, what did he do to destroy the Draconians? [He broke the terms of the treaty perhaps?].
The Ogron monster is a big orange carrier bag.
As the space walking Doctor opens the airlock in episode four there is a technician visible inside it.
The President's chunky shoes.
The Earth military uniform.
The interrogator in a silver evening gown and long dress gloves.
Cast & Crew
The Doctor - Jon Pertwee
Jo Grant - Katy Manning
Congressman Brook - Ramsay Williams
Cross - Richard Shaw
Dalek - John Scott Martin
Dalek - Cy Town
Dalek - Murphy Grumbar
Dalek Voice - Michael Wisher
Draconian Captain - Bill Wilde
Draconian Emperor - John Woodnutt
Draconian Messenger - Ian Frost
Draconian Prince - Peter Birrell
Draconian Space Pilot - Roy Pattison
Earth Cruiser Captain - Clifford Elkin
First Ogron - Stephen Thorne
Gardiner - Ray Lonnen
General Williams - Michael Hawkins
Hardy - John Rees
Kemp - Barry Ashton
Lunar Guard - Lawrence Harrington
Newscaster - Louis Mahoney
Newscaster - Bill Mitchell
Patel - Madhav Sharma
Pilot of Space Ship - Stanley Price
President of Earth - Vera Fusek
Prison Governor - Dennis Bowen
Professor Dale - Harold Goldblatt
Second Ogron - Michael Kilgarriff
Secretary - Karol Hagar
Sheila - Luan Peters
Stewart - James Culliford
Technician - Caroline Hunt
The Master - Roger Delgado
Third Ogron - Rick Lester
Director - Paul Bernard