months after leaving Mars, the Probe 7 ship has still not returned to
Earth and a Recovery 7 rocket is dispatched to investigate.
Recovery 7 returns to Earth but, after landing the astronauts are
kidnapped by men masquerading as UNIT forces. Liz shaw notices the ship's
Geiger counter is at maximum; the crew would normally have been killed
by radiation. The Doctor is convinced the crew are not Human. He makes
a solo space mission and finds the real astronauts held aboard a large
alien spaceship. The
captain of the alien ship asks for the return of his 'ambassadors' or
he will destroy the planet. The three recaptured aliens are exchanged.
Doctor: Jon Pertwee
Dr. Liz Shaw: Caroline
Brig. Lethbridge-Stewart: Nicholas Courtney
Sergeant Benton: John Levene
Van Lyden: Ric
Ralph Cornish: Ronald
John Wakefield: Michael
Miss Rutherford: Cheryl
Control Room Ast.: Bernard
Quinlan: Dallas Cavell
Peters, Neville Simons
Second Assistant: Carl
Alien: Peter Noel Cook
Alien Voice: Peter
Peterson: Roy Scammell
Script Editor: Terrence
Assistant Editor: Robin
Whitaker, Malcolm Hulke (episode 2-7), Trevor Ray (episode 1)
Director: Michael Ferguson.
Make up: Marion Richards.
Visual Effects: Peter
Day, Ian Scones.
Music : Dudley
as "Doctor Who - The Ambassadors of Death" by Terrence Dicks
(0 426 2035 4) first published by W.H. Allen (now Virgin Publishing
Ltd.) in 1987 with cover by Tony Masero. New edition 1n 1991 with
cover by Alister Pearson. Target library number 121.
Ambassadors of Death"
in the UK 20 May 2002, and in Australia
& New Zealand (BBC catalogue #7265). Not yet released in US &
Canada. Released in episodic format, in color and black and white, Photomontage
five saw the first appearance of Sergeant Benton in a regular role within
the UNIT organisation.
seven episodes exist as 16mm black & white telerecordings and episode
one also exists on PAL 2" color videotape. The B&W film prints
were recovered from BBC Enterprises in 1978. Color restorations of episodes
5 and 6 have been completed. Faults in the color signal are too great
to allow recolorization of episodes 2-4 and 7. Although recolorized, Episode
6 has color faults and is considered unbroadcastable. Manual computer-aided
recolorization of these episodes is currently too cost-prohibitive.
recording in Studio TC1. (27 March 1970)
recording in Studio TC3. 13,
20, 27 February; 6, 13 March 1970)
recording in Studio TC4. (20
Gas Works, White Street, Southall, Middlesex.
Street, Southall, Middlesex. (27
TCC Condensors (BBC), Wales Farm Road, Ealing, London, W3.
Claycart Bottom, off Rushmoor Road, Aldershot, Hampshire. (30
Puckeridge Hill Road Bridge, Basingstoke Canal, Aldershot, Hampshire.
Royal Engineers Driving Circuit, Farnborough Airfield,
Aldershot, Hampshire. (31
Wycombe Air Park, Clay Lane, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.
Folly's Gravel Pit, Spade Oak, Little Marlow, Buckinghamshire.
Gossmore Lane, Marlow, Buckinghamshire.
Marlow Weir, Mill Road, Marlow, Buckinghamshire.
Beacon Hill, Beacon Hill Road, near Ewshot, Hampshire.
Marlow Sewage Treatment Works, Church Road, Little Marlow, Buckinghamshire.
Blue Circle Cement Works, Northfleet, Kent. (3-4
1 - Watch the scene where Van Lyden is sitting
in the spaceship, as viewed on the monitor screen at space control. Van
Lyden says "changing attitude of capsule", and the image on
the screen rotates. But if the camera was in the spaceship, surely the
camera image shouldn't change, since the camera would be attached to the
1, 7 - In episode 1, we see a
matte shot of the launch control room, which you'll notice has a rather
high ceiling. At the very end of episode 7, we see another shot of the
same room – but suddenly it has the same roof as the rocket launch site
seen in episode 5.
1 - When the Doctor asks the controller
to get Taltalian to cooperate, a screen rises out of the desk with Taltalian's
face projected on it. This is obviously done using CSO because later when
the screen retracts down into the desk, the image of Taltalian doesn't
move with the screen!
2 - When the Brigadier is about
to climb aboard the truck carrying Recovery 7, he supposedly gives orders
to the motorcycle outriders. He gestures off-camera and says, "Keep
to the prepared route and clear the way ahead of us". However, Nicholas
Courtney's eyes are looking completely away from where he's gesturing
– clearly there's no-one actually in front of him (except the camera crew).
Then he looks behind him and adds, "You bring up the rear" before
climbing into the cabin, whereupon the camera shows there's no-one behind
3 - An alien tosses Reegan into
the corner of their storage cell, and the corner pillar of the cell wobbles
very badly. Then, Lennox is chased up the stairs by the alien, Reegan
is knocked away, the alien starts to collapse and Reegan jumps to get
out of his way, bumping into a "brick" wall which also shakes
in a most un-brick-like way.
4 - Listen out for Taltalian's
amazing metamorphing accent in his car when he confronts Liz.
4 - The guard (stuntman Max Faulkner)
who is killed by the Ambassador at the main gate in episode 4 reappears
alive and well in episode 6!
4 - Quinlan's office safe slips
about as the alien tries to open the door.
5 - At the beginning of this episode,
the walls of Quinlan's office seem very flimsy when the UNIT soldier is
killed by the alien, and also when the Brigadier rattles the handle of
the door which has been fused shut by the alien.
5 - When Reegan is sabotaging
the fuel bay, there is a sign misspelling M3 Variant as "Varient".
7 - When the Doctor transmits
the SOS code, Benton recognises it before he hears the entire message.
7 - When the Doctor goes up in
the rocket to dock with the Mars probe, he tells the space station controller
that he can withstand more G-force than normal people, so they can use
more M3 fuel to make the trip faster. The controller declines, saying
that the risk of the rocket exploding is too great – however, later on
when the Doctor is trying to transport the aliens back to their ship on
board a rocket, he suggests using pure M3 fuel as the ambassadors will
not be affected by G-force. Why is there no more concern about the rocket
? - Recovery 7's nose cone changes
colour between scenes.