the advice of a local white witch, a prehistoric barrow at Devil's End
is cut open. A mysterious force erupts killing the professor responsible
for the excavation and concussing the Doctor. When he recovers he
finds that the village has been cut off by a heat barrier. The Master
- posing as the new vicar - has used psionic science to release the power
of a Daemon named Azal. The Daemons are outer space creatures who
came to Earth along time ago and contributed to the shaping of Human history.
Azal, last of the Daemons on Earth, has remained to offer his power to
a worthy Human - or destroy Earth as a flawed experiment! The Doctor
shows the Brigadier how to make a tunnel through the heat barrier. The
Doctor is attacked by the villagers, under the Master's control, then
he meets Azal, who offers him his power. The Doctor refuses and
is about to be destroyed when Jo interposes herself. Azal, confused
by this act of self-sacrifice, destroys himself. The Master is finally
The Doctor: Jon
Jo Grant: Katy Manning
Brig. Lethbridge-Stewart: Nicholas
Sergeant Benton: John
Captain Yates: Richard Franklin
The Master: Roger
Miss Hawthorne: Damaris
Dr. Reeves: Eric
Alistair Fergus: David
Prof. Horner: Robin
Tom Girton: John
Groom: Christopher Wray
Baker's Man: Gerald
TV Cameraman: Robin
Corporal: Patrick Milner
Morris Dancers: The
Headington Quarry Men
Baker, Dave Martin.
Director: Michael Ferguson.
Make up: Jan Harrison (episodes
1,2), Rhian Davies (episodes 3,4).
Visual Effects: John
as "Doctor Who - The Daemons" by Barry Letts
(0 426 11332 2) first published by Universal Tandem in 1974 as "Doctor
Who and The Daemons" with cover by Chris Achilleos. New edition
by W.H. Allen (now Virgin Publishing Ltd.) in 1980 with cover by Andrew
Skilleter. New edition in 1993 with cover by Alister Pearson.
Target library number 15.
Also issued by Titan Books as a script book, "The Daemons,"
edited by John McElroy, with cover art by Alister Pearson.
Released as "The Daemons"
April 1993 and in Australia & New
Zealand (BBC catalogue #4950). Released in US & Canada 1993 (CBS/FOX
catalogue #4791, reclassified as WHV #E1141); Cover art by Alister Pearson.
Episode 5 is also featured (in black & white) on "The Pertwee
Years" (BBC catalog #4756 in UK, March 1992, Australia &
New Zealand, CBS/FOX catalogue #5732 in US & Canada 1992. First released
in 1993 with cover by Alister Pearson.
A real troupe
of Morris dancers, "The Headington Quarry Men" were hired
to peform on location.
Several cast and crew members returned to the locations the serial was
filmed at for the Reeltime reunion documentary "Return to Devil's
All five episodes
exist in color. Episode 4 on PAL 2" color videotape held by the Film
& Videotape Library, and episodes 1, 2, 3 and 5 on PAL D3/NTSC U-Matic
color restorations. Story also exists as 16mm black & white telerecordings.
recording in TC3. (26 May 1971)
in TC4. (11, 19 May 1971)
... St Michales Church. (20,
29-30 April 1971)
Village Green. (20,
24, 28-30 April 1971)
Blue Boar Public House. (20,
28 April 1971)
Crooked Corner. (22
The Four Barrows, Aldbourne, Wiltshire. (21-22
Cambell Aircraft Company, Membury Airfield, Membury, Wiltshire. (19
Lane by Oaken Coppice, Knighton, Wiltshire. (19
Old Airfield, Darrells Farm, Ramsbury, Wiltshire. (23
Darrells Farm, Ramsbury, Wiltshire. (26-27
1 - As
the Doctor demonstrates Bessie's new ability to drive around by herself,
watch her as she completes the loop out in front of the garage and starts
to drive offscreen: you can spot the face of the stunt driver scrunched
down in the front seat.
- It's practically impossible for the wind to cause a road sign to spin
around. Think about it: the only way a sign would spin around like that
would be if the forces exerted on the left and right sides were coming
from opposite directions – which could only happen if the sign was in
the centre of a tornado!
- During the scene where Miss Hawthorne exorcises the winds, her clothes
rearrange themselves between shots.
2 - Jo and
the Doctor try to make their way up to Devil's End at night, but their
path is blocked by a tree, so they both decide to get out of Bessie and
continue on foot. Notice that they leave Bessie's headlights on. Later,
when the Doctor goes back to collect Bessie, her headlights are off, and
moreover, her engine starts instantly – no hint of a flat battery!
- Garvin's shotgun gets broken in two during his struggle with Benton
in the cavern and he has to use both hands to hold it together.
3 - When
the van (milk float) crashes into the signpost and bursts into flames
because of the heat barrier, the signpost clearly says 'Devils End 1'
(i.e. one mile). In the next episode though, we hear it explained that
the heat barrier supposedly has a five mile radius centred on the village
- The Doctor mispronounces "Daemons" as "day-mons"
on two different occasions in this episode, but refers to them correctly
as "dee-mons" the rest of the time.
- At the beginning of the episode, after the Master shouts "Go back
to the mark!" we cut away to the Doctor and the Brigadier at the
heat barrier. However, the Master's voice can still be heard for a few
seconds (shouting "Go back!") on the soundtrack.
- During the ceremony where the Master summons Azal for the last time,
there is a wide shot of the cavern, and you can see something white (probably
a clipboard held by a crew member) appear briefly in the bottom-right
corner of the picture.
5 - Just
before Azal appears, look behind the Master's left shoulder and spot-the-crew-members.
5 - In episode
4 the energy exchanger interferes with radio communication, but by episode
5 it has conveniently lost this annoying side-effect.