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)
Doctor Who Season 3 DVD.jpg
Cover art of the soundtrack release for first serial of the season
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of stories10
No. of episodes45 (28 missing)
Original networkBBC1
Original release11 September 1965 (1965-09-11) –
16 July 1966 (1966-07-16)
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List of Doctor Who episodes (1963–1989)


Main castEdit

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.

Guest starsEdit

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".[1]

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.[citation needed]

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.

StorySerialSerial titleEpisode titlesDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
UK viewers
(millions) [2]
181Galaxy 4"Four Hundred Dawns"Derek MartinusWilliam Emms11 September 1965 (1965-09-11)T9.056
"Trap of Steel"Derek MartinusWilliam Emms18 September 1965 (1965-09-18)T9.555
"Air Lock"Derek MartinusWilliam Emms25 September 1965 (1965-09-25)T11.354
"The Exploding Planet"Derek MartinusWilliam Emms2 October 1965 (1965-10-02)T9.953
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.
192"Mission to the Unknown"N/ADerek MartinusTerry Nation9 October 1965 (1965-10-09)T/A8.354
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.
203The Myth Makers"Temple of Secrets"Michael Leeston-SmithDonald Cotton16 October 1965 (1965-10-16)U8.348
"Small Prophet, Quick Return"Michael Leeston-SmithDonald Cotton23 October 1965 (1965-10-23)U8.151
"Death of a Spy"Michael Leeston-SmithDonald Cotton30 October 1965 (1965-10-30)U8.749
"Horse of Destruction"Michael Leeston-SmithDonald Cotton6 November 1965 (1965-11-06)U8.352
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.
214The Daleks' Master Plan"The Nightmare Begins"Douglas CamfieldTerry Nation13 November 1965 (1965-11-13)V9.154
"Day of Armageddon"Douglas CamfieldTerry Nation20 November 1965 (1965-11-20)V9.852
"Devil's Planet"Douglas CamfieldTerry Nation27 November 1965 (1965-11-27)V10.352
"The Traitors"Douglas CamfieldTerry Nation4 December 1965 (1965-12-04)V9.551
"Counter Plot"Douglas CamfieldTerry Nation11 December 1965 (1965-12-11)V9.953
"Coronas of the Sun"Douglas CamfieldDennis Spooner18 December 1965 (1965-12-18)V9.156
"The Feast of Steven"Douglas CamfieldTerry Nation25 December 1965 (1965-12-25)V7.939
"Volcano"Douglas CamfieldDennis Spooner1 January 1966 (1966-01-01)V9.649
"Golden Death"Douglas CamfieldDennis Spooner8 January 1966 (1966-01-08)V9.252
"Escape Switch"Douglas CamfieldDennis Spooner15 January 1966 (1966-01-15)V9.550
"The Abandoned Planet"Douglas CamfieldDennis Spooner22 January 1966 (1966-01-22)V9.849
"Destruction of Time"Douglas CamfieldDennis Spooner29 January 1966 (1966-01-29)V8.657
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.
225The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve"War of God"Paddy RussellJohn Lucarotti and Donald Tosh5 February 1966 (1966-02-05)W8.052
"The Sea Beggar"Paddy RussellJohn Lucarotti and Donald Tosh12 February 1966 (1966-02-12)W6.052
"Priest of Death"Paddy RussellJohn Lucarotti and Donald Tosh19 February 1966 (1966-02-19)W5.949
"Bell of Doom"Paddy RussellJohn Lucarotti and Donald Tosh26 February 1966 (1966-02-26)W5.853
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.
236The Ark"The Steel Sky"Michael ImisonPaul Erickson and Lesley Scott5 March 1966 (1966-03-05)X5.555
"The Plague"Michael ImisonPaul Erickson and Lesley Scott12 March 1966 (1966-03-12)X6.956
"The Return"Michael ImisonPaul Erickson and Lesley Scott19 March 1966 (1966-03-19)X6.251
"The Bomb"Michael ImisonPaul Erickson and Lesley Scott26 March 1966 (1966-03-26)X7.350
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.
247The Celestial Toymaker"The Celestial Toyroom"Bill SellarsBrian Hayles and Donald Tosh2 April 1966 (1966-04-02)Y8.048
"The Hall of Dolls"Bill SellarsBrian Hayles and Donald Tosh9 April 1966 (1966-04-09)Y8.049
"The Dancing Floor"Bill SellarsBrian Hayles and Donald Tosh16 April 1966 (1966-04-16)Y9.444
"The Final Test"Bill SellarsBrian Hayles and Donald Tosh23 April 1966 (1966-04-23)Y7.843
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.
258The Gunfighters"A Holiday for the Doctor"Rex TuckerDonald Cotton30 April 1966 (1966-04-30)Z6.545
"Don't Shoot the Pianist"Rex TuckerDonald Cotton7 May 1966 (1966-05-07)Z6.639
"Johnny Ringo"Rex TuckerDonald Cotton14 May 1966 (1966-05-14)Z6.236
"The O.K. Corral"Rex TuckerDonald Cotton21 May 1966 (1966-05-21)Z5.730
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".
269The Savages"Episode 1"Christopher BarryIan Stuart Black28 May 1966 (1966-05-28)AA4.848
"Episode 2"Christopher BarryIan Stuart Black4 June 1966 (1966-06-04)AA5.649
"Episode 3"Christopher BarryIan Stuart Black11 June 1966 (1966-06-11)AA5.048
"Episode 4"Christopher BarryIan Stuart Black18 June 1966 (1966-06-18)AA4.548
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.
2710The War Machines"Episode 1"Michael FergusonIan Stuart Black25 June 1966 (1966-06-25)BB5.449
"Episode 2"Michael FergusonIan Stuart Black2 July 1966 (1966-07-02)BB4.745
"Episode 3"Michael FergusonIan Stuart Black9 July 1966 (1966-07-09)BB5.344
"Episode 4"Michael FergusonIan Stuart Black16 July 1966 (1966-07-16)BB5.539
The Doctor meets an advanced revolutionary computer named WOTAN who believes humans are inferior to machines.

^† : Episode is missing

Missing episodesEdit

  • 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

Home mediaEdit

VHS releasesEdit

Season Story no. Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
3 023 The Ark 4 × 25 mins. October 1998[3] February 1999[3] March 1999[3]
025 The Gunfighters 4 × 25 mins. November 2002[4][5] (3 x VHS released only in UK as part of a boxset "The First Doctor Collection") December 2002[4] (3 x VHS released only in AU as part of a boxset "The First Doctor Collection") October 2003[6]
027 The War Machines 4 × 25 mins. June 1997[7][8] January 1998[8] March 1998[8]

DVD and Blu-ray releasesEdit

Season Story no. Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
3 023 The Ark 4 × 25 min. 14 February 2011[9][10] 3 March 2011[11] 8 March 2011[12]
025 The Gunfighters[a] 4 × 25 min. 20 June 2011[13][14] 4 August 2011[15] 12 July 2011[16]
027 The War Machines 4 × 25 min. 25 August 2008[17][18] 7 November 2008[19] 6 January 2009[20]
Lost in Time, Volume 1
2–3 014
The Crusade[b]
The Daleks' Master Plan[c]
The Celestial Toymaker[d]
6 × 25 min.
(+ 2 × 25 min. audio)[e]
1 November 2004[21][22] 2 December 2004[f][23]
1 July 2010[g][24]
2 November 2004[25]
  1. ^ Only available as part of the Earth Story box set in Regions 2 and 4. Only available individually in Region 1.
  2. ^ Full episodes 1 & 3 of 4, with soundtracks of episodes 2 & 4.
  3. ^ Episodes 2, 5 & 10 of 12.
  4. ^ Episode 4 of 4.
  5. ^ Also includes surviving clips from The Smugglers and The Tenth Planet.
  6. ^ Original release.
  7. ^ Re-release.

In printEdit

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

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Doctor Who Classic Episode Guide – Season 3". BBC. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Ratings Guide". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "The Ark (VHS)".
  4. ^ a b "The Sensorites (VHS)".
  6. ^ "The Gunfighters (VHS)". Archived from the original on 9 March 2004.
  8. ^ a b c "The War Machines (VHS)".
  9. ^ "Doctor Who: The Ark (DVD)". BBC. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  10. ^ "Doctor Who: The Ark". British Video Association. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  11. ^ "Doctor Who - The Ark". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  12. ^ "Doctor Who: The Ark". BBC. Archived from the original on 30 July 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  13. ^ "Doctor Who: Earth Story (DVD)". BBC. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  14. ^ "Doctor Who: Earth Story". British Video Association. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  15. ^ "Doctor Who Earth Story". BBC. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  16. ^ "Doctor Who: The Gunfighters". BBC. Archived from the original on 11 June 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  17. ^ "Doctor Who: The War Machines (DVD)". BBC. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  18. ^ "Doctor Who: The War Machines". British Video Association. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  19. ^ "Doctor Who - The War Machines". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 12 September 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  20. ^ "Doctor Who: War Machines". DVD Talk. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  21. ^ "Doctor Who: Lost In Time (DVD)". BBC. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  22. ^ "Doctor Who: Lost in Time". British Video Association. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  23. ^ "Lost in Time". Retrieved 31 July 2013.
  24. ^ "Doctor Who - Lost In Time". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  25. ^ "Doctor Who - Story #014, 021, 024: Lost In Time: William Hartnell Years". Archived from the original on 16 July 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2013.