Time Lords permit the TARDIS to make its first voyage through Space and
Time for the first time for more than a year. The Master has stolen
the Doomsday Machine file and it must be retrieved. The Time Lords dispatch
the Doctor and Jo to a bleak Earth type planet in the year 2472, where
they meet the Colonists, farmers who left Earth because of overcrowding.
Since their arrival the Colonists have faced inexplicable crop failures.
There are two other groups on the planet: the Primitives, the original
inhabitants, who steal the TARDIS and imprison Jo in their underground
city, the Earthmen from the Interplanetary Mining Corporation, who have
come to exploit the rich mineral deposits. If successful, they would make
the planet uninhabitable. The IMC have been demoralizing the Colonists
with attacks by robot lizards. An adjudicator from Earth, brought into
judge between the relative merits of mining and farming, is impersonated
by the Master, whose single aim is to acquire the Doomsday Machine, guarded
in a nearby ruined city by alien priests. The Doctor and Jo prevent the
exile of the Colonists by exposing the IMC. They also stop the Master
from seizing the Machine by convincing its guardian - the sole survivor
of the race that built the Machine - to set it to self destruct. The Master
again makes his escape.
Doctor: Jon Pertwee
Jo Grant: Katy
Brig. Lethbridge-Stewart: Nicholas
The Master: Roger
Time Lords: Peter
Forbes-Robertson, John Baker, Graham Leaman
Mrs. Martin: Mitzi
Mary Ashe: Helen Worth
Primitive & Long: Pat
Guardian: Norman Atkyns
Alien Priests: Roy
Heymann, Stanley Mason, Antonia Moss
Script Editor: Terrence
Director: Michael Bryant.
Make up: Jan Harrison.
Visual Effects: Bernard
Music : Dudley
Novelised as "Doctor
Who And The Doomsday Weapon"
by Malcolm Hulke (0 426 10372 6) first published by Universal Tandem
in 1974 with cover by Chris Achilleos. New edition by W.H. Allen
(now Virgin Publishing Ltd.) in 1979 with cover by Jeff Cummins.
Target library number 23. The American version was published by Pinnacle
and was number 2 in the series, published in April 1979. It was reprinted
several times up until 1989.
as "Colony in Space" in the Master Box Tin (with "The
Time Monster") in the UK November 2001, (BBC Catalogue #7175). Australia,
New Zealand US, and Canada releases still pending. Released in Episodic
format, with photomontage
in Space" was to feature actress
Susan Jameson as Morgan, the vicious and sadistic villain, but Ronnie
Marsh the Head of Serials overrode the decision to have a woman in the
role, as he felt that casting a woman would not be suitable for a family
who played 'Mary Ashe' is better known for her role as 'Gail
Potter' in the long running English soap opera "Coronation
The commentary for the propaganda film watched by the Doctor on the IMC
spacecraft was provided by director Michael Briant.
This was the first time that the inside of the Master's TARDIS was seen.
episodes exist in color as PAL conversions from NTSC 2" color videotapes,
as recovered from syndicated versions sent abroad to Canada in 1979; and
as 16mm black & white telerecordings.
recording in TC3. (19-20 March; 2-3 April 1971)
recording in TC4. (5-6 March 1971)
Baal Clay Pit, B3374, Carclaze, near St. Austell, Cornwall.
15-16 February 1971)
1 - When the Brigadier walks to where the
TARDIS has dematerialised from and tells it to "come back at once",
luckily for him it reappears in a different corner of the room!
1 - Jon Pertwee has pronunciation
problems again: "We're outside the space/time continny-um."
1 - The TARDIS doors are wide
open when the Doctor and Jo leave to go exploring, but they're slightly
ajar when the primitive is sneaking around a minute later. Then when the
group of primitives tip over the TARDIS and drag it away, the doors are
1 - The story is set in the year
2472, but at one point, Mary Ashe says that the colonists left Earth "back
in '71". Odd thing to say, considering "'71" was only a
year ago – why didn't she just say "we left last year"?
1 - In the Leesons' dome, we see
a wall calendar with the date Monday, 2 Mar 2472. Well, the production
team only had a 1-in-7 chance to get it right, 2nd March 2472 will actually
be a Wednesday.
1 - When the Doctor tells Winton,
"Whatever you saw can be destroyed", there are a few frames
missing, causing two of the colonists moving in the background to abruptly
2 - When the Doctor meets Caldwell
(the moustached IMC surveyor) at the start of episode 2, he persuades
the Doc to accompany him back to his ship. Whereupon they both head towards
the IMC "jeep" waiting outside, and without a word from either
of them, Pertwee gets into the driver's seat and they drive off. But think
about it for a moment – Caldwell and the Doctor have only just met, and
the jeep belongs to IMC. Why is the Doctor doing the driving?
2 - As the IMC crew
watch the Doctor and Caldwell drive towards their ship, Morgan remarks
"Look, Caldwell's found us a colonist – I wonder why he's wearing
fancy dress?" (referring to the Doctor's attire). But over his shoulder,
we can see the monitor he's looking at while he says this, and the jeep
is still way off in the distance – it's tiny! How on earth can he see
what the Doctor is wearing?
2 - Watch out for some
minor CSO goofs – there are at least two brief occasions on board the
IMC ship when a blank blue screen appears in the background instead of
the ship's monitor. One is when Caldwell, Morgan and Captain Dent are
arguing about the accidental death of the two colonists, and the other
is several minutes later when Morgan and Dent are discussing the identity
of the Doctor.
3, 5 - One of the IMC
crew members (played by Pat Gorman) seemingly undergoes a rapid lifestyle
change, as he grows a moustache and becomes a colonist within the space
of two episodes! In episode 3, he's the IMC crewman that Captain Dent
tells to "close down all systems" after the IMC ship lands.
Later, in episode 5, he's the colonist that Winton tells to escort the
Adjudicator back to his ship.
3 - As Winton
is chased by the IMC guards to Caldwell's camp, his face and hair get
covered with dust and grime. In the next scene, inside Caldwell's tent,
they are suddenly clean again.
5 - At one
stage, the Master forces the Doctor to try and open the door to the Primitive
City, when he finds the IMC are trying to rescue Jo. As he's about to
release the poison gas, the Doctor kicks him, knocking the laser gun and
the control out of his hand. They are then surrounded by Primitives, who
take them inside the city, leaving the laser gun outside. Later, when
they escape from the room with the frieze, the Master has his gun again.