TARDIS materializes in what appears to be no man's land on a First World
War battlefront in France. When the Doctor and his companions emerge from
a cloud of mist they find that they are really on another planet. It is
split into time zones and a fierce war is being waged in each one. The
wars are controlled by aliens, who have gathered soldiers from many periods
of history, brainwashed them and put them to battle with the aim of forming
an invincible army from the survivors to take over the galaxy. The Doctor
is identified by the War Chief, assistant to the
leader of the aliens, the War Lord, but he manages to seize the alien
HQ with the help of soldiers no longer under the aliens' control and calls
on the Time Lords for help.
aaThe Time Lords are a nearly omnipotent
race, with the ability to control Time and Space. Both the Doctor
and the War Chief are renegade Time Lords who each stole a TARDIS and
escaped. The Doctor fled to explore the Universe (Time Lord policy
is one of strict non intervention) whilst the War Chief gave Time Lord
technology to the War Lords - in particular the SIDRAT's, an inferior
kind of TARDIS - which enabled him to start the war games. The Time
Lords intervene, capture and execute War Lord, return all soldiers to
their proper time zones on Earth, and, finally, try the Doctor. They find
him guilty of intervention and exile him to Earth after having changed
his appearance. Jamie and Zoe are returned to their respective eras a
moment in time before they met the Doctor, thus erasing all their memories
of their adventures with him.
The Doctor: Patrick Troughton
Jamie McCrimmon: Frazer
Zoe Heriot: Wendy
Lady Buckingham: Jane Sherwin
Lt. Carstairs: David Savile
German Soldiers: John
Livesey, Bernard Davies
General Smythe: Noel
Captain Ransom: Hubert
Red Coat: Tony
Crane: David Valla
Von Welch: David
War Chief: Edward
War Lord: Philip
Security Chief: James
Aliens: John Atterbury, Charles
Du Pont: Peter
Time Lords: Bernard
Horsfall, Trevor Martin, Clyde Pollitt
Ice Warrior: Tony Harwood
Script Editor: Terrence
Hulke and Terrence Dicks.
Director: David Maloney.
Make up: Sylvia James.
Visual Effects: Michaeljohn
Music : Dudley
as "Doctor Who and The War Games" by Malcolm Hulke
(0 426 20082 9) first published by W. H. Allen (now Virgin Publishing
Ltd.) in 1979 with cover by John Geary. New edition in 1990
with cover by Alister Pearson. Target library number 70.
as "Doctor Who - The War Games" (BBCV 4310) in Australia
& New Zealand (BBC catalogue #4310) and in US & Canada in 1992
(CBS/FOX catalogue #3400)as a two-tape set. Cover by Alister Pearson.
is the first story introducing the Time Lords - and explaning the Doctor's
origin."The War Games"
was a replacement for yet another story that was dropped from this season.
"The Impersonators" by Malcolm Hulke, a six-part episode,
was rejected by Derrick Sherwin along with a four-parter by Sherwin himself.
Patrick Troughton's son David appears as a Civil War zone soldier in this
ten episodes exist as 16mm telercordings. Episodes 2, 5, 8 and 9 were
held by the Film & TV Library when audited in 1978.
Film Studio Stage 2. (3
Studio recording in TC1. (22
recording in TC4. (11,
18, 25 April; 2 May; 1969)
recording in TC6. (5
Studio recording in TC8. (8,
15, 29 May; 12 June 1969)
Sheepcote Rubbish Tip, Wilson Avenue, Brighton, East Sussex.
(23, 25, 26 March 1969)
Seven Sisters Country Park, Exceat, Seaford, East Sussex. (27
Bridle Path, Underhill Lane, Clayton, West Sussex. (28,
31 March 1969)
Eastborne Waterboard Road, West Dean, East Sussex. (30
Westdean and Church Only Road, West Dean, East Sussex.
(30 March 1969)
High Park Farm, Ditchling Road, Exceat, Seaford, East Sussex. (31
Birling Manor Farm, East Dean, East Sussex. (1 April
2 - The Doctor is in a tree with Zoe, and he's looking
through a mini-telescope at some troop movements. However, when the scene
switches back to the Doctor and Zoe, the picture is still cropped into
a circle for a brief moment.
Episode 7 - The Doctor tells Zoe and Russell
that he is sending them back to the 1917 zone, but they end up in the
American Civil War zone instead.
Episode 7, 8 - The cliffhanger and reprise
don't match - observe the order in which the Doctor, Security Chief and
guards file into the SIDRAT in booth.
Episode ? - Zoe has supposedly memorised
the names of the resistance leaders, but doesn't know who the Mexican
Episode ? - At one point, Zoe seems to be
trying hard to hold her pants up. The story goes that her buckle and zipper
broke, but the filming was so far behind schedule that they told her to
keep going regardless. What a trooper.