Doctor Who: Planet of Giants (1964)

UK, 31 October – 14 November 1964
3 episodes, average 25m each
videotape, black and white, 4:3
mono, English
Previous Serial: : The Reign of Terror (1964)
Next Serial: Doctor Who: The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964)
Series: Doctor Who (1963-1989) – series 2, episodes 1-3

A British television science fiction serial directed by Mervyn Pinfield [episodes 1, 2] and Douglas Camfield [episode 3].

Plot Summary

A malfunction in the ' main doors causes the travellers to be miniaturised. They help to foil a plot by a ruthless businessman, Forester, to market a dangerous new named DN6. Barbara is infected with the substance and it's up to , Susan and Ian to both bring Forester and his cronies to book and to save Barbara.

Credits

* = uncredited

Crew
Directed by: Mervyn Pinfield [episodes 1, 2], Douglas Camfield [episode 3]
BBC [episodes 1-3]
Producer: Verity Lambert [episodes 1-3]
Written by: Louis Marks [episodes 1-3]
Story Editor: David Whitaker [episodes 1-3]
Lighting by: Howard King [episode 3]
Vision Mixer: Clive Doig *
Title Music by: Ron Grainer with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop [episodes 1-3]
Title Music Arranged by: Delia Derbyshire *
Incidental Music by: Dudley Simpson [episodes 1-3]
Sound Mixing by: Alan Fogg [episode 3]
Special Sound: Brian Hodgson *
Costumes Supervised by: Daphne Dare [episode 3]
Make up Supervised by: Sonia Markham [episode 3]
Designer: Raymond P. Cusick [episodes 1-3]
Production Assistant: Norman Stewart *
Assistant Floor Manager: Val McCrimmon *, Dawn Robertson *
Floor Assistant: David Tilley *

Cast
Planet of Giants
William Hartnell (Dr Who)
William Russell ()
Jacqueline Hill ()
Carole Ann Ford (Susan)
Alan Tilvern (Forester)
Frank Cranshaw ([Arnold] Farrow)

Dangerous Journey
William Hartnell (Dr Who)
William Russell (Ian Chesterton)
Jacqueline Hill (Barbara Wright)
Carole Ann Ford (Susan)
Alan Tilvern (Forester)
Reginald Barratt ([Professor] Smithers)
Frank Cranshaw ([Arnold] Farrow)

Crisis
William Hartnell (Dr Who)
William Russell (Ian Chesterton)
Jacqueline Hill (Barbara Wright)
Carole Ann Ford (Susan)
Alan Tilvern (Forester)
Reginald Barratt ([Professor] Smithers)
Rosemary Johnson (Hilda Rowse)
Fred Ferris (Bert Rowse)

Episodes

1. Planet of Giants (31 October 1964)
2. Dangerous Journey (7 November 1964)
3. Crisis (14 November 1964)

Alternative Titles

The Miniscules – working title
Death in the Afternoon – working title for episode 3

Extracts included in
The Doctor's Composer: Dudley Simpson: Part One 1964-69 (2009)
Rediscovering The Urge to Live (2012)
Suddenly Susan (2012)

References

Periodicals

  • Doctor Who: The Complete History vol.3 (2016) pp.96-131 – illustrated article
  • Interzone no.178 (April 2002) p.60 – review (by Paul Beardsley)

Books

  • Doctor Who Programme Guide by Jean-Marc Lofficier pp.28-29 – credits, synopsis
  • Doctor Who: The Discontinuity Guide by Paul Cornell, Martin Day and Keith Topping pp.27-28 – credits, review
  • Doctor Who: The Handbook: The by David J. Howe, Mark Stammers, Stephen James pp.79-81 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Doctor Who: The Television Companion by David J. Howe and Stephen James Walker pp.35-37 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Pocket Essentials: Doctor Who by Mark Campbell p.15 – credits, review