Master, disguised as Professor Thascales, is working at the Newton Institute
in Wootton just outside Cambridge, on a device called TOMTIT, (Transmission
of Matter through Interstitial Time) a machine which would enable him
to go through Time to Atlantis and steal the Crystal of Kronos, thus giving
him control over Kronos, an entity that feeds on Time itself. The Master
uses a medallion from Krasis to summon Kronos who appears as a giant white
bird like creature, but fails to control Kronos the Chronavore in the
20th century and decides to go back in Time to Atlantis. The Doctor follows
him but fails to prevent him from using the Queen of Atlantis to gain
access to the Great Crystal. Betrayed by the Queen, the Master unleashes
Kronos and orders him to destroy Atlantis. The two Time Lords fight again
in the time vortex. Their two TARDISes collide - but they are saved by
Kronos, who now looks and sounds like a woman. Kronos is grateful
to the Doctor and intends to punish the Master. The Doctor pleads for
the Master's release and by promising that the Master will be handed over
to the authorities on Earth, obtains his freedom. The Master seizes the
opportunity and escapes in his own ship.
Doctor: Jon Pertwee
Jo Grant: Katy
Brig. Lethbridge-Stewart: Nicholas
Captain Yates: Richard
Sergeant Benton: John
The Master: Roger Delgado
Dr. Ingram: Wanda
Stuart Hyde: Ian
Dr. Percival: John
Window Cleaner: Terry
Dr. Cook: Neville
Farm worker: George
Prowse, Terry Walsh
of Kronos: Ingrid Bower
Baby Benton: Darren
Script Editor: Terrence
Sloman (Robert Sloman, Barry Letts).
Make up: Joan Barrett.
Visual Effects: Michaeljohn
Harris (episodes 1-4, 6) and Peter Pegrum (episodes 5 &
Music : Dudley
as "Doctor Who - The Time Monster" by Terrence
Dicks (0 426 20221 X) first published by W. H. Allen (now Virgin
Publishing Ltd.) in 1985 with cover by Andrew Skilleter. Target
library number 101.
Also released paired with "Doctor Who and the Daemons"
as one of the Star Books "Doctor Who Classics" series
in March 1989. (ISBN 0 352 32382 5).
It was published simply by gluing the two individual books together
with a new cover and opening page.
in the Master Box Tin (with "Colony in Space") in the
UK November 2001. (BBC Catalogue #7175). Photomontage cover. Release in
Australia, New Zealand, US, & Canada still pending.
The story features
a new interior for the TARDIS.
Guest appearances are made by horror star Ingrid Pitt and David Prowse,
who later played 'Darth Vader' and the more recognizable role of
'The Green Cross Code Man' in public service announcements.
All six episodes
exist in color as PAL conversions from NTSC 2" color videotape recovered
in Canada in 1979. 16mm black & white telerecordings of all six episodes
filming on Stage 2. (29-31 March; 3 April 1972)
Studio recording in TC3. (9-10
in TC4. (23-26 April; 23-24 May 1972)
Swallowfield Park, Swallowfield, Berkshire.
Stratfield Saye Park, Stratfield Saye, Hampshire. (6
near Stratfield Saye, Hampshire. (7
Mortimer Lane, Mortimer,
School Lane, Heckfield Heath, Hampshire. (6
Road near Old Church Farm, Hartley Witney, Hampshire.
1 - During the
story, the Doctor gives JO a "TARDIS sniffer-outer". If you
watch Jo's hand whenever it is "on" you can see her finger on
a button turning it on and off.
2 - The end
of episode 1 has the shots in a different order to the reprise in episode
2, in order for it to end on the dramatic close-up of the Master shouting
"Come, Kronos! Come!" However, this causes an amusing error
– after the shot of Stuart Hyde clutching his head and reeling back from
the crystal, in the next shot (the final shot of episode 1) he can be
seen in the background still calmly leaning over the crystal, holding
Episode 2 -
When JO rings the lab to say that Stuart is waking up, Benton answers
the phone. He covers the mouthpiece of the phone with his hand while informing
the Doctor, who says to tell JO that he and Ruth are on their way. When
Benton goes to report this, JO says, "It's all right, I heard".
But if Benton was covering the mouthpiece, how could she have heard?
3 - When Krasis vanishes from Atlantis, summoned
by the Master, the glowing crystal can still be seen in front of Hippias,
who is watching. Yet in episode 3, Hippias tells King Dalios that Krasis
and the crystal vanished together.
- As the Master summons Krasis, he tells Dr. Percival, "You watch
that crystal!" The camera obligingly zooms in on the crystal, and
we see that it is uncovered at this point. Immediately after Krasis has
materialised, the very next shot reveals that the plastic cover has somehow
replaced itself over the crystal.
4 - The Master goes through all the rigmarole
of trying to convince Krasis that the crystal is safe to touch, because
(he says) he needs Krasis's help to carry the unit containing the crystal.
But after making us suffer through all that horrible padding with the
Doctor's stupid kitchen-utensil jamming thingy, the Master simply picks
the unit up and carries it into the main lab himself! Then in episode
4, he carries it into his TARDIS, again by himself.
- Why does the UNIT vs. Roundheads battle last so long, and with no casualties?
5 - In episode 3 when Dalios showed Hippias
the entrance to the Minotaur's lair, the door opens outwards on the left-hand
side. When JO is thrown into the lair by Krasis in episode 5, the door
opens inwards on the right-hand side! You can look at the statue next
to the door to confirm that the same scenery flat has been used as both
the inside and outside of the labyrinth door.
-The stock V1 footage is on black-and-white film.
If the V1 was brought forward in time and exploded in the present day,
how come the Comic Yokel remembers it exploding in 1944?
-Helping the soldiers to get the TARDIS upright, the Comic Yokel yells,
"One, two, six, heave! One, two, six, heave!"
-When the Doctor supposedly talks "backwards", if you actually
play what he says backwards, it's still gibberish.
-You can see the stick holding the TARDIS in the scene where the Master
throws it into the time vortex.
5 - In the high shot of the console room
while JO is talking to the Doctor out in the vortex, there's a blatantly
obvious white electrical cable running from the console across the floor
and out through a gap between two of the walls. It can also be seen in
the TARDIS scenes in episode 6 – in both the Doctor's and the Master's
- In her struggle to reach the Time Ram control, JO pushes the entire
console of the Master's TARDIS out of position.