Doctor Who (season 3)
The third season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 11 September 1965 with the story Galaxy 4 and ended on 16 July 1966 with The War Machines. Only 17 out of 45 episodes survive in the BBC archives; 28 remain missing. As a result, only 3 serials are complete.
|Doctor Who (season 3)|
Cover art of the soundtrack release for first serial of the season
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of stories||10|
|No. of episodes||45 (28 missing)|
|Original release||11 September 1965 –|
16 July 1966
- William Hartnell as the First Doctor
- Maureen O'Brien as Vicki
- Peter Purves as Steven Taylor
- Adrienne Hill as Katarina
- Jean Marsh as Sara Kingdom
- Jackie Lane as Dodo Chaplet
- Anneke Wills as Polly
- Michael Craze as Ben Jackson
William Hartnell continues his journey as The First Doctor, accompanied by companions Vicki (Maureen O'Brien) and Steven Taylor (Peter Purves). In the third story The Myth Makers, Vicki departed and was replaced by Katarina (Adrienne Hill). Katarina's tenure was brief, with the character being killed in episode 4 of the following story, The Daleks' Master Plan. In some companion lists, Sara Kingdom (Jean Marsh) is included as a companion, though her appearances was limited to later episodes of the serial The Daleks' Master Plan.
Dodo Chaplet (Jackie Lane) joined the Doctor and Steven in the next serial, The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve. There were no changes in the primary cast until Steven's departure in the penultimate story, The Savages. In the final story The War Machines, Dodo also departs, and the Doctor was joined by Polly (Anneke Wills) and Ben (Michael Craze). Like the previous season, the cast of companions had changed from start to finish.
Peter Butterworth makes his second and final appearance as the Meddling Monk in the serial The Daleks' Master Plan, though his presence in the story is limited to three parts only; "Volcano", "Golden Death", and "Escape Switch".
John Wiles replaced Verity Lambert as producer after "Mission to the Unknown". Innes Lloyd, in turn, replaced Wiles after The Ark. Donald Tosh continued as script editor until The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve: "Priest of Death", and was replaced by Gerry Davis beginning with The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve: "Bell of Doom".
The practice of giving each individual episode a different title was abandoned after The Gunfighters, near the end of the season. This season was notable for the longest serial to date, The Daleks' Master Plan, which contained 12 episodes. The record of The Daleks' Master Plan as the longest serial was eventually taken by the 14-part The Trial of a Time Lord, which spanned the whole of Season 23. The single-episode prequel to this story, "Mission to the Unknown", was not only the shortest story, but was notable for the absence of the entire regular cast. The episode came about when Planet of Giants, the opening serial of Season 2, was reduced from four to three episodes, leaving a single episode held over in the production schedule. Rather than attempt to create a single-episode story, or add an episode to an already commissioned story, it was decided to use this one episode as a trailer to set up the upcoming 12-part Dalek story.
Four of the stories from Season 3 ("Mission to the Unknown", The Myth Makers, The Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Eve, and The Savages) are completely missing from the BBC archive, with no surviving episodes. Further, "Mission to the Unknown" and The Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Eve are two of only three stories from the entire run of Doctor Who with no surviving footage from any sources (the other being Marco Polo from Season 1). Only three of this season's stories (The Ark, The Gunfighters and The War Machines) are complete.
Season 3 holds the distinction of being the longest-running season of Doctor Who to date, having produced 45 episodes in 10 serials. Season 6 produced just one episode less in 7 serials.
The Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Eve was the first serial that saw the lead actor cast in a dual role; William Hartnell not only plays the Doctor, but also the Abbot of Amboise. This would be repeated by Patrick Troughton in Season 5's The Enemy of the World.
|Story||Serial||Serial title||Episode titles||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|18||1||Galaxy 4||"Four Hundred Dawns"†||Derek Martinus||William Emms||11 September 1965||T||9.0||56|
|"Trap of Steel"†||Derek Martinus||William Emms||18 September 1965||T||9.5||55|
|"Air Lock"||Derek Martinus||William Emms||25 September 1965||T||11.3||54|
|"The Exploding Planet"†||Derek Martinus||William Emms||2 October 1965||T||9.9||53|
|Two ships have crashed after a space battle, but the planet they have landed on is about to be destroyed. The beautiful female Drahvins seem friendly, but in fact it is the ugly Rills that are more tolerant and forgiving.|
|19||2||"Mission to the Unknown"†||N/A||Derek Martinus||Terry Nation||9 October 1965||T/A||8.3||54|
|Space agent Marc Cory is investigating the sighting of a Dalek ship and discovers they have a base on Kembel. But his crew are infected by Varga plants, imported from Skaro, and start to mutate into Vargas.|
|20||3||The Myth Makers||"Temple of Secrets"†||Michael Leeston-Smith||Donald Cotton||16 October 1965||U||8.3||48|
|"Small Prophet, Quick Return"†||Michael Leeston-Smith||Donald Cotton||23 October 1965||U||8.1||51|
|"Death of a Spy"†||Michael Leeston-Smith||Donald Cotton||30 October 1965||U||8.7||49|
|"Horse of Destruction"†||Michael Leeston-Smith||Donald Cotton||6 November 1965||U||8.3||52|
|The TARDIS lands outside Troy during the siege. The Doctor is captured by the Greeks and given two days to devise a plan for taking the city. Steven and Vicki are captured by the Trojans, and given two days to devise a means of banishing the Greeks.|
|21||4||The Daleks' Master Plan||"The Nightmare Begins"†||Douglas Camfield||Terry Nation||13 November 1965||V||9.1||54|
|"Day of Armageddon"||Douglas Camfield||Terry Nation||20 November 1965||V||9.8||52|
|"Devil's Planet"†||Douglas Camfield||Terry Nation||27 November 1965||V||10.3||52|
|"The Traitors"†||Douglas Camfield||Terry Nation||4 December 1965||V||9.5||51|
|"Counter Plot"||Douglas Camfield||Terry Nation||11 December 1965||V||9.9||53|
|"Coronas of the Sun"†||Douglas Camfield||Dennis Spooner||18 December 1965||V||9.1||56|
|"The Feast of Steven"†||Douglas Camfield||Terry Nation||25 December 1965||V||7.9||39|
|"Volcano"†||Douglas Camfield||Dennis Spooner||1 January 1966||V||9.6||49|
|"Golden Death"†||Douglas Camfield||Dennis Spooner||8 January 1966||V||9.2||52|
|"Escape Switch"||Douglas Camfield||Dennis Spooner||15 January 1966||V||9.5||50|
|"The Abandoned Planet"†||Douglas Camfield||Dennis Spooner||22 January 1966||V||9.8||49|
|"Destruction of Time"†||Douglas Camfield||Dennis Spooner||29 January 1966||V||8.6||57|
|Some six months after the events of "Mission to the Unknown", the TARDIS arrives on the planet Kembel, and the Doctor leaves the TARDIS to try to find medical aid for the wounded Steven Taylor leaving him with the Trojan girl Katarina.|
|22||5||The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve||"War of God"†||Paddy Russell||John Lucarotti and Donald Tosh||5 February 1966||W||8.0||52|
|"The Sea Beggar"†||Paddy Russell||John Lucarotti and Donald Tosh||12 February 1966||W||6.0||52|
|"Priest of Death"†||Paddy Russell||John Lucarotti and Donald Tosh||19 February 1966||W||5.9||49|
|"Bell of Doom"†||Paddy Russell||John Lucarotti and Donald Tosh||26 February 1966||W||5.8||53|
|The arrival of the TARDIS in Paris in 1572 places its occupants, the Doctor and Steven in a dangerous situation. Tensions between Protestants and Catholics are at fever pitch in the city.|
|23||6||The Ark||"The Steel Sky"||Michael Imison||Paul Erickson and Lesley Scott||5 March 1966||X||5.5||55|
|"The Plague"||Michael Imison||Paul Erickson and Lesley Scott||12 March 1966||X||6.9||56|
|"The Return"||Michael Imison||Paul Erickson and Lesley Scott||19 March 1966||X||6.2||51|
|"The Bomb"||Michael Imison||Paul Erickson and Lesley Scott||26 March 1966||X||7.3||50|
|At least ten million years into the future, the TARDIS materialises on a vast spacecraft Dodo names "the Ark" where the whole human race is bound for a new world.|
|24||7||The Celestial Toymaker||"The Celestial Toyroom"†||Bill Sellars||Brian Hayles and Donald Tosh||2 April 1966||Y||8.0||48|
|"The Hall of Dolls"†||Bill Sellars||Brian Hayles and Donald Tosh||9 April 1966||Y||8.0||49|
|"The Dancing Floor"†||Bill Sellars||Brian Hayles and Donald Tosh||16 April 1966||Y||9.4||44|
|"The Final Test"||Bill Sellars||Brian Hayles and Donald Tosh||23 April 1966||Y||7.8||43|
|The Doctor becomes invisible in the domain of the Toymaker, leaving Dodo and Steven incredulous. They step outside into a strange realm where the Doctor reappears, saying he recognizes the place they are in.|
|25||8||The Gunfighters||"A Holiday for the Doctor"||Rex Tucker||Donald Cotton||30 April 1966||Z||6.5||45|
|"Don't Shoot the Pianist"||Rex Tucker||Donald Cotton||7 May 1966||Z||6.6||39|
|"Johnny Ringo"||Rex Tucker||Donald Cotton||14 May 1966||Z||6.2||36|
|"The O.K. Corral"||Rex Tucker||Donald Cotton||21 May 1966||Z||5.7||30|
|The Doctor gets his tooth pulled by Doc Holliday in Tombstone while Dodo and Steven literally sing for their lives. The travellers are caught up in the events leading up to the famous "Gunfight at the OK Corral".|
|26||9||The Savages||"Episode 1"†||Christopher Barry||Ian Stuart Black||28 May 1966||AA||4.8||48|
|"Episode 2"†||Christopher Barry||Ian Stuart Black||4 June 1966||AA||5.6||49|
|"Episode 3"†||Christopher Barry||Ian Stuart Black||11 June 1966||AA||5.0||48|
|"Episode 4"†||Christopher Barry||Ian Stuart Black||18 June 1966||AA||4.5||48|
|The TARDIS materialises on a distant planet in the far future. The TARDIS crew find the planet inhabited by both the Elders and bands of roaming savages.|
|27||10||The War Machines||"Episode 1"||Michael Ferguson||Ian Stuart Black||25 June 1966||BB||5.4||49|
|"Episode 2"||Michael Ferguson||Ian Stuart Black||2 July 1966||BB||4.7||45|
|"Episode 3"||Michael Ferguson||Ian Stuart Black||9 July 1966||BB||5.3||44|
|"Episode 4"||Michael Ferguson||Ian Stuart Black||16 July 1966||BB||5.5||39|
|The Doctor meets an advanced revolutionary computer named WOTAN who believes humans are inferior to machines.|
- Galaxy 4 – Episodes 1, 2 & 4 (of 4 total)
- "Mission to the Unknown" – Entire episode
- The Myth Makers – All 4 episodes
- The Daleks' Master Plan – Episodes 1, 3, 4, 6 – 9, 11 & 12 (of 12 total)
- The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve – All 4 episodes
- The Celestial Toymaker – Episodes 1, 2 & 3 (of 4 total)
- The Savages – All 4 episodes
|Season||Story no.||Serial name||Number and duration
|R2 release date||R4 release date||R1 release date|
|3||023||The Ark||4 × 25 mins.||October 1998||February 1999||March 1999|
|025||The Gunfighters||4 × 25 mins.||November 2002 (3 x VHS released only in UK as part of a boxset "The First Doctor Collection")||December 2002 (3 x VHS released only in AU as part of a boxset "The First Doctor Collection")||October 2003|
|027||The War Machines||4 × 25 mins.||June 1997||January 1998||March 1998|
DVD and Blu-ray releasesEdit
|Season||Story no.||Serial name||Number and duration
|R2 release date||R4 release date||R1 release date|
|3||023||The Ark||4 × 25 min.||14 February 2011||3 March 2011||8 March 2011|
|025||The Gunfighters[a]||4 × 25 min.||20 June 2011||4 August 2011||12 July 2011|
|027||The War Machines||4 × 25 min.||25 August 2008||7 November 2008||6 January 2009|
|Lost in Time, Volume 1|
The Daleks' Master Plan[c]
The Celestial Toymaker[d]
|6 × 25 min.
(+ 2 × 25 min. audio)[e]
|1 November 2004||2 December 2004[f]
1 July 2010[g]
|2 November 2004|
- Only available as part of the Earth Story box set in Regions 2 and 4. Only available individually in Region 1.
- Full episodes 1 & 3 of 4, with soundtracks of episodes 2 & 4.
- Episodes 2, 5 & 10 of 12.
- Episode 4 of 4.
- Also includes surviving clips from The Smugglers and The Tenth Planet.
- Original release.
|Serial name||Novelisation title||Author||First published|
|Galaxy 4||Galaxy Four||William Emms||14 November 1985|
|"Mission to the Unknown"||The Daleks' Master Plan Part I: Mission to the Unknown||John Peel||21 September 1989|
|The Myth Makers||The Myth Makers||Donald Cotton||11 April 1985|
|The Daleks' Master Plan||The Daleks' Master Plan Part I: Mission to the Unknown
The Daleks' Master Plan Part II: The Mutation of Time
|John Peel||21 September 1989|
19 October 1989
|The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve||The Massacre||John Lucarotti||18 June 1987|
|The Ark||The Ark||Paul Erickson||16 October 1986|
|The Celestial Toymaker||The Celestial Toymaker||Gerry Davis and Alison Bingeman||19 June 1986|
|The Gunfighters||The Gunfighters||Donald Cotton||11 July 1985|
|The Savages||The Savages||Ian Stuart Black||20 March 1986|
|The War Machines||The War Machines||Ian Stuart Black||16 February 1989|
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