seen the assassination of the President of the Council of Time in a vision,
the Doctor returns to his home world, Gallifrey. There he is pursued by
the Chancellery Guards but manages to avoid capture and breaks into the
Panopticon, where he actually watches the President being murdered. The
Doctor is arrested and convicted for the murder. To escape execution he
proposes himself as candidate for the presidency. Having convinced Castellan
Spandrell that he is innocent, the Doctor discovers that his old enemy
the Master is behind the plot. To find out who has been aiding the Master
the Doctor has to fight for his life in the fantasy world of the Amplified
Panatropic Computer, also known as the Matrix, where he defeats the real
murderer, Chancellor Goth. The Master, whose body has reached the end
of his regenerations, wins the instniments of the presidency to tap the
power needed to start a new cycle of lives. But if he releases the power
of the Black Hole kept captive under the Panopticon, Galliftey will be
destroyed. The Doctor succeeds in defeating the Master, who escapes.
The Doctor: Tom
Master: Peter Pratt
President: Llewellyn Rees
Cardinal Borusa: Angus Mackay
Chancellor Goth: Bernard Horsfall
Castellan Spandrell: George Pravda
Commander Hilred: Derek Seaton
Coordinator Engin: Eric Chitty
Commentator Runcible: Hugh Walters
Time Lords: John Dawson, Micheal Bilton
Gold Usher: Maurice Quick
Solis: Peter Mayock
Voice: Helen Blatch
Script Editor: Robert Holmes
Writer: Robet Holmes
Costume: James Acheson,
Make up: Jean Williams
Visual Effects: Len Dutton, Peter
Music: Dudley Simpson
Novelized as "Doctor Who and the Deadly Assassin"
by Terrance Dicks (0 426 11965 7) first published by Wyndham Publications
(now Virgin Publishing Ltd) in 1977 with cover by Mike Little. Target
library number 20.
"The Deadly Assassin" was united with the two subsequent
stories, "The Face of Evil" and "The Robots of
Death" and was released in the USA as "The Further Adventures
of Doctor Who". The book was only available through book clubs
and only as a hardback. The publishers were Nelson Doubleday, Inc. and
the artist's signature (Daniel Horne) on the cover is dated 1985.
In May 1989, the book was paired with "Doctor Who and The Seeds
of Doom" for release as one of the "Doctor Who Classics"
series from Star Books.
as "The Deadly Assassin", in October
1991 in episodic format, (BBCV
4645) with cover by Andrew Skilleter. Unusually, the US & Canada release
occurred earlier than in the UK, but only as an omnibus edition (Warners
catalogue # E1161) with a photomontage cover.
the only time that the Doctor is without a companion.
This is the first story featuring the Master since "Frontier
in Space" (QQQ), and the last until "The
Keeper of Traken" (5T).
Chancellor Goth played by Bernard Horsfall, previously played a Time Lord
in the sixth's seasons story "The
War Games" and as Gulliver in the same season's "The
Mind Robber" and also appeared as Thal Taron in season ten's
"Planet of the Daleks"
- all three directed, like "The Deadly Assassin", by
The Prydonian seal seen in this story (later referred
to as the 'seal of Rassilon') previously was used as the Vogans' emblem
in the twelfth's season story "Revenge
of the Cybermen" , a result of both stories having Roger
Murray-Leach as the
All four episodes
exist in color on videotape. Due to complaints about the freeze frame
ending of episode 3, showing the Doctor being drowned, the episode was
re-edited so that the credits began a few seconds early. The re-edited
version is the one that now exists in the archives. Fortunately the missing
section was recovered from an off-air recording. This was used to restore
the episode, but the picture quality drops in the last few seconds. This
complete version was released on video.
recording in Stage TC3. (15-17
recording in Stage TC8. (1-2 September 1976)
Quarry, Pebblehill Road, Betchworth, Surrey. (26-27
Alexandria and Albert School, Rocky Lane, Mertsham, Surrey. (28-30
Booker Aerodrome, Wycombe Air Park, Clay Lane, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.
1 - As the guards enter the TARDIS to arrest the
Doctor, one of them has some difficulty getting through the door.
1 - When the Doctor has constructed
his decoy with his pipe and hat, one of the Council guards turns and looks
right at Tom Baker as he's sneaking out of the TARDIS (his decoy having
worked). It's blatantly obvious that anyone with eyes in their head would
actually have seen him had they been looking at him like that!
1 - When one of the guards is
shot by the Master right next to the Doctor, the guard cringes slightly
before the sound of the gun and the light go off.
3 - Sorris (the guard sent to
kill the Doctor) is shot in the shoulder, but dies clutching his stomach.
4 - In one of the final scenes,
the Master's grandfather clock TARDIS is seen at an angle, and you can
clearly see that it's just a board with a door held up with some planks
of wood. So much for that wonderful Time Lord technology.
4 - Eric Chitty shows us how he
feels about the Master when he comes out with the line: "Thank you
for helping us defeat the Baster".