Doctor Who: Castrovalva (1982)

UK, 4 January 1982-12 January 1982
4 episodes, average 25m
videotape, colour, 4:3
mono, English
Previous Serial: Logopolis (1981)
Next Serial: Four to Doomsday (1982)
Series: Doctor Who (1963-1989) – series 19, episode 1-4

A British science fiction television serial directed by Fiona Cumming from scripts by Christopher H. Bidmead. It was the first full story to feature Peter Davison as the and the first not to be shown on Saturday night. The programme would be shown twice weekly on Monday and Tuesday for the rest of the season. It is also the first story in which the lead character is credited as “” rather than “” in the end credits. In order to conceal the true identity of the Portreeve Anthony Ainley is credited as Neil Toynay, an anagram of “Tony Ainley”.


Tegan and lead the newly regenerated Doctor back to the to recuperate. is kidnapped by and a scheme is in plan to send the Doctor back to the biggest explosion in history.


* = uncredited

Director: Fiona Cumming [parts 1-4]
© BBC MCMLXXXI [1981] [parts 1-4]
Producer: John Nathan-Turner [parts 1-4]
Production Manager: Margot Hayhoe [parts 1-4]
[Written] By: Christopher H. Bidmead [parts 1-4]
Script Editor: Eric Saward [parts 1-4]
Studio Lighting: Ron Bristow [parts 1-4]
Senior Cameraman: Alec Wheal [parts 1-4]
Film Cameraman: John Baker [parts 1-4]
Technical Manager: Clive Gulliver [parts 1-4]
Film Editor: Robin Jackman [parts 1-4]
Vision Mixer: Carol Johnson [parts 1-4]
Videotape Editor: Rod Waldron [parts 1-4]
Title Music by: Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop *
Title Music Arranged by: Peter Howell *
Incidental Music: Paddy Kingsland [parts 1-4]
Studio Sound: Laurie Taylor [parts 1-4]
Film Sound: Jim McAlister [parts 1-4]
Special Sound: Dick Mills [parts 1-4]
Costume Designer: Odile Dicks-Mireaux [parts 1-4]
Make-Up Artist: Marion Richards [parts 1-4]
Visual Effects Designer: Simon McDonald [parts 1-4]
Video Effects: Dave Chapman [parts 1-4]
Title Sequence: Sid Sutton [parts 1-4]
Designer: Janet Budden [parts 1-4]
Production Associate: Angela Smith [parts 1-4]
Production Assistant: Olivia Cripps [parts 1-4]
Assistant Floor Manager: Renny Tasker [parts 1-4]

Part One
Peter Davison (The Doctor)
Janet Fielding (Tegan [Jovanka])
Sarah Sutton (Nyssa)
Matthew Waterhouse (Adric)
Anthony Ainley (The Master)
Dallas Cavell (head of security)

Part Two
Peter Davison (The Doctor)
Janet Fielding (Tegan [Jovanka])
Sarah Sutton (Nyssa)
Matthew Waterhouse (Adric)
Anthony Ainley (The Master)
Frank Wylie (Ruther)

Part Three
Peter Davison (The Doctor)
Janet Fielding (Tegan [Jovanka])
Sarah Sutton (Nyssa)
Matthew Waterhouse (Adric)
Anthony Ainley (The Master)
Derek Waring (Shardovan)
Michael Sheard (Mergrave)
Frank Wylie (Ruther)
Neil Toynay [a pseudonym for Anthony Ainley – Neil Toynay is an anagram of Tony Ainley] (Portreeve)
Souska John (child)

Part Four
Peter Davison (The Doctor)
Janet Fielding (Tegan [Jovanka])
Sarah Sutton (Nyssa)
Matthew Waterhouse (Adric)
Anthony Ainley (The Master)
Derek Waring (Shardovan)
Frank Wylie (Ruther)

Tom Baker [The Doctor]
Harry Fielder, Kenneth Lawrie [security guards]
David Ellis, Derek Matt, Peter Roy [ambulance men]
Adrian Gibbs [The Watcher]
Ken Barker [double for Shardovan]
Mark Allington, Delphine Auchterlonie, Lyn Austin, George Ballantine, Ilana Barry, David Bulbeck, Jean Channon, Eric Corlett, Colin Cook, Doreen Croft, Sally Gardner, Ernie Goodyear, James Gregory, Steven Griffiths, Dorothy Grumbar, Lucy Gwynn, Dave Harrison, Helen Hembrough, Ray Martin, Giles Melville, Valerie Needham, June Parkhurst, David Payne, Jennie Piper, Malcolm Rose, Rosemary Smith, Maureen Stevens, Cy Town, Mike Vinden, Sheila Vivian, Tina Winter [Castrovalvans]


Alternative Titles

The Visitor – outline title


New Musical Express 16 January 1982 p.8
I […] have misgivings about Peter Davison as the new Who – he looked wet behind and in front of the ears, where Doctors are supposed to be etched in the worry lines of the universe. But he's handling it well, and the only worrying thing about the new Who is an apparent penchant for cricket settled on the surface of a coyly implied Englishness; the Doctor should be a timeless, classless, nationless eccentric. I always fancied Graham Greene for a new Who, but I guess Catholic dogma would obstruct some of the dash and moral opportunism. – from an illustrated review (Dangerous Visions) by Ian Penman)



  • New Musical Express 16 January 1982 p.8 – illustrated review (Dangerous Visions) by Ian Penman)


  • Doctor Who: The Television Companion by David J. Howe and Stephen James Walker pp.404-408 – credits, synopsis, review