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.


* = uncredited

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 *

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)

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)


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)



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


  • 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