Doctor Who: Inferno (1970)

UK, 9 May 1970-20 June 1970
7 episodes, average 25m each
videotape, colour, 4:3
mono, English
Previous Serial: Doctor Who: The Ambassadors of Death (1970)
Next Serial: Doctor Who: Terror of the Autons (1971)
Series: Doctor Who (1963-1989) – series 7, episodes 19-25

A British television science fiction serial directed by Douglas Camfield and an uncredited Barry Letts from scripts by Don Houghton.

Plot Summary

A drilling project that is attempting to tap into the Earth’s core breaches its safety margins and releases a gas that turns people into primeval creatures. The Doctor in attempting to find a solution is sent into an alternate dimension where familiar people have changed into very unfamiliar types.

Credits

* = uncredited

Crew
Director: Douglas Camfield [episodes 1-7], Barry Letts *
© [not given on screen] [episodes 1-7]
Production Company: BBC TV [episodes 1-7]
Producer: Barry Letts [episodes 1-7]
[Written] By: Don Houghton [episodes 1-7]
Script Editor: Terrance Dicks [episodes 1-7]
Film Cameraman: Fred Hamilton [episodes 1-7]
Studio Lighting: John Green [episode 7]
Film Editor: Martyn Day [episodes 1-7]
Title Music by: Ron Grainer and BBC Radiophonic Workshop [episodes 1-7]
Title Music Arranged by: Delia Derbyshire *
Sound: John Staple [episode 7]
Film Sound: Graham Hare [episodes 1-7]
Special Sound: Brian Hodgson and BBC Radiophonic Workshop [episode 7]
Costumes: Christine Rawlins [episodes 1, 7]
Make-up: Marion Richards [episodes 1, 7]
Visual Effects by: Len Hutton [episodes 1-7]
Designer: Jeremy Davies [episodes 1-7]
Production Assistant: Chris D’Oyley-John
Assistant Floor Manager: Sue Hedden
Action: Havoc [episodes 2, 3]

Cast
Episode 1
Jon Pertwee (Doctor Who)
Caroline John (Liz Shaw)
Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier [Alistair] Lethbridge Stewart)
Olaf Pooley (Professor [Eric] Stahlman)
Christopher Benjamin (Sir Keith Gold)
Derek Newark (Greg Sutton)
Sheila Dunn (Petra Williams)
John Levene (Sergeant Benton)
David Simeon (Private Latimer)
Derek Ware (Private Wyatt)
Walter Randall (Harry Slocum)
Ian Fairbairn ([John] Bromley)

Episode 2
Jon Pertwee (Doctor Who)
Caroline John (Liz Shaw)
Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier [Alistair] Lethbridge Stewart)
Olaf Pooley (Professor [Eric] Stahlman)
Christopher Benjamin (Sir Keith Gold)
Derek Newark (Greg Sutton)
Sheila Dunn (Petra Williams)
John Levene (Sergeant Benton)
Derek Ware (Private Wyatt)
Walter Randall (Harry Slocum)
Ian Fairbairn ([John] Bromley)

Episode 3
Jon Pertwee (Doctor Who)
Caroline John (Liz Shaw)
Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier [Alistair] Lethbridge Stewart)
Olaf Pooley (Professor [Eric] Stahlman)
Christopher Benjamin (Sir Keith Gold)
Derek Newark (Greg Sutton)
Sheila Dunn (Petra Williams)
John Levene (Platoon Under Leader Benton)
Ian Fairbairn ([John] Bromley)
Derek Ware (Private Wyatt)
David Simeon (Private Latimer)

Episode 4
Jon Pertwee (Doctor Who)
Caroline John (Liz Shaw)
Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier [Alistair] Lethbridge Stewart)
Olaf Pooley (Professor [Eric] Stahlman)
Christopher Benjamin (Sir Keith Gold)
Derek Newark (Greg Sutton)
Sheila Dunn (Petra Williams)
John Levene (Platoon Under Leader Benton)
Ian Fairbairn ([John] Bromley)
Roy Scammell (RSF Sentry)

Episode 5
Jon Pertwee (Doctor Who)
Caroline John (Section Leader Elizabeth Shaw)
Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier Leader [Alistair] Lethbridge Stewart)
Olaf Pooley (Director [Eric] Stahlman)
Christopher Benjamin (Sir Keith Gold)
Derek Newark (Greg Sutton)
Sheila Dunn (Petra Williams)
John Levene (Platoon Under Leader Benton)
Ian Fairbairn ([John] Bromley)
Keith James (Patterson)
Dave Carter, Pat Gorman, Philip Ryan, Peter Thompson (Primords)

Episode 6
Jon Pertwee (Doctor Who)
Caroline John (Liz Shaw)
Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier [Alistair] Lethbridge Stewart)
Olaf Pooley (Professor [Eric] Stahlman)
Derek Newark (Greg Sutton)
Sheila Dunn (Dr Petra Williams)
John Levene (Sergeant Benton)
Dave Carter, Pat Gorman, Walter Henry, Philip Ryan, Peter Thompson (Primords)

Episode 7
Jon Pertwee (Doctor Who)
Caroline John (Liz Shaw)
Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier [Alistair] Lethbridge Stewart)
Olaf Pooley (Professor [Eric] Stahlman)
Christopher Benjamin (Sir Keith Gold)
Derek Newark (Greg Sutton)
Sheila Dunn (Petra Williams)
John Levene (Sergeant Benton)
Ian Fairbairn ([John] Bromley)

Uncredited
Ian Fairbairn [loudspeaker voice]
Jon Pertwee [radio voice (Australian version only)]
Keith Ashley, Barry Ashton, Alistair Baine, Robert Birmingham, Valerie Bland, Norton Clarke, Alan Clements, Richard Cooper, Michael Earl, Marcelle Elliot, Ronald Gough, Bertie Green, June Grey, Joan Harsant, Derek Hunt, Colin James, Richard King, Sheila Knight, Richard Lawrence, Natalia Lindley, Patricia Matthews, Keith Norrish, Sue Patterson, Judith Pollard, Corinne Skinner, Harry Tierney, Steve Tierney, Cy Town [technicians]
Marc Boyle, Alan Chuntz, Les Conrad, Ian Elliott, Royston Farrell, Billy Horrigan, Roy Street, Terry Walsh [soldiers]

Alternative Titles

The Mo-Hole Project
Project Inferno

References

Books
Doctor Who: The Television Companion by David J. Howe and Stephen James Walker pp.192-196 – credits, synopsis, review