Episodes 42

November 23, 1963

London, 1963.

Schoolteachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright are perplexed by the behaviour of one of their pupils, Susan Foreman. Her knowledge of science and history exceeds theirs, yet she seems totally ignorant of many common aspects of everyday life. They follow her to her home address, a junk-yard with a police telephone box standing in it, and encounter her grandfather, the enigmatic Doctor. When they force their way past him into the police box, Susan's secret is revealed: she and the Doctor are aliens, and the police box is a time machine, the TARDIS, capable of visiting any point in the universe at any moment in time…

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November 30, 1963

Earth, 100,000 B.C.

The enigmatic Doctor, afraid that schoolteachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright will reveal his secrets to the people of 20th century Earth, has taken them and his granddaughter Susan back to the dawn of human history. There, the four travellers are dragged into the savage politics of a tribe of cavemen who have lost the secret of making fire…

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December 7, 1963

Prisoners of the earliest humans, the TARDIS crew are caught in a deadly power play for leadership of the tribe.

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December 14, 1963

The TARDIS crew must make fire for the early humans to stay alive. But once they do, they may not be allowed to leave!

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December 21, 1963

Time Unknown, Planet Unknown. The TARDIS lands in an eerie petrified forest overlooking a magnificent steel city. The Doctor wants to explore the city – but what is waiting there?

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December 28, 1963

The dead planet is not uninhabited after all. The Doctor is about to meet what will become his greatest enemies. And he and his crew are dying of radiation sickness.

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The Escape

January 4, 1964

Imprisoned on Skaro by the scheming Daleks, the Doctor and his companions work to escape their clutches.

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The Ambush

January 11, 1964

The time travellers work desperately to both escape the Dalek city and prevent a bloody massacre.

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January 18, 1964

The time travellers have escaped from the Daleks, but left a vital piece of the TARDIS behind. Getting it back will mean pushing the Thals to mount a dangerous operation.

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The Ordeal

January 25, 1964

Ian, Barbara and the Thals struggle through the caves to reach the Dalek city. Will they get there in time? Is there even a way through the treacherous caves? And what are the Daleks planning?

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The Rescue

February 1, 1964

Time is running out as the Doctor and his companions try to defeat the Daleks before they wipe out all life on Skaro.

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February 8, 1964

A mysterious explosion has knocked the TARDIS into void. And in their confusion, the crew are turning on one another.

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February 15, 1964

The TARDIS is adrift, the crew turning on each other. Only by working together can they find their way out before they are destroyed.

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February 22, 1964

The TARDIS experiences a total power failure and is stranded in the Himalayas in the 13th century. The travellers are forced to join the caravan of the famous explorer, Marco Polo, in order to survive -- but Polo, fascinated by their claims that the TARDIS can fly through the air, seizes it on behalf of Kublai Khan in the hope that presenting the Khan with such a fabulous gift will convince him to let Polo return home to Venice. The travellers are forced to accompany Polo on his long trek across Asia to the Khan's court, but their many attempts to reclaim their property are foiled -- not just by Polo, but by the war lord Tegana, who is apparently on a mission of peace but has entirely different plans for dealing with Kublai Khan...

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February 29, 1964

Tegana sabotages the party's water bags, leaving them in dire need of fresh supplies.

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March 7, 1964

The Doctor and Susan are able to supply Marco with condensation that has formed inside the TARDIS, saving the group from dying of first.When the group are reunited with Tegana, the travelers begin to suspect he is up to something.

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March 14, 1964

The Doctor's group manage to rescue Barbara from the Mongols but once more Marco remains unaware of Tegana's involvement.

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March 21, 1964

The Doctor and his friends elect to warn Marco of Acomat's attack even though it means losing their chance to gain access to the TARDIS.

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March 27, 1964

The Doctor, Ian and Barbara are forced to surrender to Tegana and Marco, leaving both of them the opportunity to gain possession of the TARDIS.

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April 4, 1964

Tegana finally makes his move to assassinate the Khan, giving the Doctor and his friends an opportunity to thwart his plans and regain the TARDIS.

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April 11, 1964

The alien world of Marinus. Perfect peace has reigned here for decades due to the mind-controlling influence of a machine known as the Conscience. But now a race known as the Voord have developed an immunity and Arbitan, keeper of the machine, has been forced to scatter the vital control keys around the planet. Now he needs the help of the time travellers to get them back - it will be an extraordinary journey, with perils every step of the way...

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April 18, 1964

The Doctor and his friends arrive in the apparently idyllic city of Morphoton but Barbara soon begins to realise there is more to their hosts than meets the eye.

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April 25, 1964

The search for the second key takes the travellers to a jungle where Ian and Barbara come under threat from rapidly growing plants.

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May 2, 1964

Searching for the third key, Ian and Barbara meet with the sinister trapper Vasor before following Susan and the others into a cave system guarded by the mysterious Ice Soldiers.

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May 9, 1964

The group are reunited with the Doctor in the city of Millennius where Ian faces trial for murder after the fourth key is stolen.

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May 16, 1964

The Doctor and his friends must locate the real murderers and the fourth key before heading off for a final confrontation with the Voord

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Crew 2

Directed by: John Gorrie

Written by: Terry Nation

Guest Stars 1 Full Cast & Crew

  1. Katherine Schofield

    Katherine Schofield

    Sabetha (as Katharine Schofield)

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May 23, 1964

The TARDIS arrives on Earth landing in 16th century Aztec society. Barbara goes off exploring - despite the Doctor's orders not to wander off - and is taken away by the high priest Autloc who believes she is the reincarnation of the goddess Yetaxa. They believe it is a sign that the rains - which are late - will now come. The high priest of sacrifice Tlotoxl recruits Ian to lead their army but he finds he has a rival in Ixta. Ian is less than comfortable with his role when he learns that they are to deliver the human sacrifice to the high priest at the rain ceremony. The Doctor emphasizes that they must not interfere with Aztec rituals, something that does not sit well with Barbara.

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May 30, 1964

Barbara tries to change the course of history - and Ian fights for his life.

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June 6, 1964

While the Doctor tries to find a way back to the TARDIS, Tlotoxl continues to plot Barbara's downfall and sees an opening when Susan questions Aztec custom.

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June 13, 1964

Tlotoxl's machinations result in both Susan and Ian being arrested.With the TARDIS once again trapped inside the tomb, the travelers' only hope for escape lies with Autloc and Cameca.

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June 20, 1964

The 28th century. The TARDIS materialises on a spaceship orbiting a planet known as the Sense-Sphere, whose natives, the Sensorites, have trapped the ship's human crew in a state of paralysis.

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June 27, 1964

The Doctor and his companions are on board an Earth ship trapped in orbit around the Sense-Sphere when it is boarded by the Sensorites, who steal the lock mechanism from the TARDIS.

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Hidden Danger

July 11, 1964

The Doctor and his companions are escorted to the Sense-Sphere where they attempt to negotiate with the Sensorites for the release of the TARDIS.

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July 18, 1964

With Ian having fallen victim to the Sensorites' plague, the Doctor is desperate to find a cure. But the City Administrator is still determined to rid his world of aliens.

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Kidnap

July 27, 1964

The City Administrator is determined to destroy the Doctor and his friends and his paranoia prevents the Doctor's cure from being distributed.

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August 1, 1964

While the City Administrator's schemes reach their climax, the Doctor and Ian venture into the tunnels under the city to discover the real cause of the Sensorite plague.

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August 8, 1964

The TARDIS lands during the French Revolution, where Ian, Barbara, and Susan become caught up in the politics of the day. When they are arrested and set to be executed, the Doctor must take on the disguise of a public official to try and save their lives.

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August 15, 1964

Susan, Ian and Barbara are sentenced to be guillotined but an encounter with a dying English prisoner may offer Ian a chance of survival.

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August 22, 1964

Susan and Barbara are rescued by Jules and Jean, two members of the escape chain, while the Doctor gains access to the prison by posing as a revolution official.

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August 29, 1964

The Doctor is forced into a meeting with Robespierre while Barbara's attempts to find a physician for Susan result in them being betrayed.

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September 5, 1964

Ian finds himself held prisoner by the treacherous Leon while the Doctor attempts to engineer Susan and Barbara's escape.

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September 12, 1964

Ian finally delivers his message to James Stirling but in order to secure Susan's release he and Barbara are forced into a dangerous spying mission.

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