Doctor Who: The Dæmons (1971)

UK, 22 May 1971-19 June 1971
5 episodes, average 25m each
videotape, colour, 4:3
mono, English
Previous Serial: Doctor Who: Colony in Space (1971)
Next Serial: Doctor Who: Day of the Daleks (1972)
Series: Doctor Who (1963-1989) – series 8, episodes 21-25

A British science fiction/horror television serial directed by Christopher Barry from scripts by “Guy Leopold”, a pseudonym for Robert Sloman and Barry Letts.

Plot Summary

An archaeological excavation in the village of Devil’s End disturbs The Doctor who races to the scene. There The Master raises one of a race of Daemons whose spaceship crash-landed there. The village is sealed off from the outside world and The Doctor must stop The Master from gaining the awesome powers of the Daemon.

Credits

* = uncredited

Crew
Directed by: Christopher Barry [episodes 1-5]
© [not given on screen] [episodes 1-4]
BBC TV [episodes 1-5]
Producer: Barry Letts [episodes 1-5]
[Written] By: Guy Leopold [real names: Robert Sloman, Barry Letts] [episodes 1-5]
Script Editor: Terrance Dicks [episodes 1-5]
Studio Lighting: Ralph Walton [episodes 1, 2, 5]
Film Cameraman: Fred Hamilton [episodes 1-5]
Film Editor: Chris Wimble [episodes 1-5]
Title Music by: Ron Grainer and BBC Radiophonic Workshop [episodes 1-5]
Title Music Arranged by: Delia Derbyshire *
Incidental Music: Dudley Simpson [episodes 1-5]
Studio Sound: Tony Millier [episodes 1, 5]
Film Sound: Dick Manton [episodes 1-5]
Special Sound: Brian Hodgson and BBC Radiophonic Workshop [episodes 1-5]
Costumes: Barbara Lane [episodes 1, 5]
Makeup: Jan Harrison [episodes 1, 5]
Visual Effects: Peter Day [episodes 1-5]
Designer: Roger Ford [episodes 1-5]
Production Assistant: Peter Grimwade *
Assistant Floor Manager: Sue Hedden *
Fight Arranger: Peter Diamond [episode 4]

Cast
Episode One
Jon Pertwee (Doctor Who)
Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier [Alistair] Lethbridge Stewart)
Roger Delgado (The Master)
Katy Manning (Jo Grant)
Richard Franklin (Captain Mike Yates)
John Levene (Sergeant Benton)
Damaris Hayman (Miss Hawthorne)
Don McKillop (Bert the landlord)
Rollo Gamble ([Squire] Winstanley)
Robin Wentworth (Prof. Horner)
David Simeon (Alistair Fergus)
James Snell (Harry)
John Joyce (Garvin)
Eric Hillyard (Dr Reeves)
Jon Groft (Tom Girton)
Christopher Wray (PC Groom)

Episode Two
Jon Pertwee (Doctor Who)
Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier [Alistair] Lethbridge Stewart)
Roger Delgado (The Master)
Katy Manning (Jo Grant)
Richard Franklin (Captain Mike Yates)
John Levene (Sergeant Benton)
Damaris Hayman (Miss Hawthorne)
Don McKillop (Bert the landlord)
Rollo Gamble ([Squire] Winstanley)
John Joyce (Garvin)
Jon Groft (Tom Girton)
Eric Hillyard (Dr Reeves)
James Snell (Harry)
Christopher Wray (PC Groom)
Gerald Taylor (baker’s man)
Stanley Mason (Bok)

Episode Three
Jon Pertwee (Doctor Who)
Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier [Alistair] Lethbridge Stewart)
Roger Delgado (The Master)
Katy Manning (Jo Grant)
Richard Franklin (Captain Mike Yates)
John Levene (Sergeant Benton)
Damaris Hayman (Miss Hawthorne)
Don McKillop (Bert the landlord)
Rollo Gamble ([Squire] Winstanley)
Eric Hillyard (Dr Reeves)
Jon Groft (Tom Girton)
Alec Linstead (Sgt Osgood)
John Owens (Thorpe)
Stanley Mason (Bok)

Episode Four
Jon Pertwee (Doctor Who)
Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier [Alistair] Lethbridge Stewart)
Roger Delgado (The Master)
Katy Manning (Jo Grant)
Richard Franklin (Captain Mike Yates)
John Levene (Sergeant Benton)
Damaris Hayman (Miss Hawthorne)
Don McKillop (Bert the landlord)
Alec Linstead (Sgt Osgood)
John Owens (Thorpe)
Stephen Thorne (Azal)
The Headington Quarry Men (morris men)

Episode Five
Jon Pertwee (Doctor Who)
Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier [Alistair] Lethbridge Stewart)
Roger Delgado (The Master)
Katy Manning (Jo Grant)
Richard Franklin (Captain Mike Yates)
John Levene (Sergeant Benton)
Damaris Hayman (Miss Hawthorne)
Don McKillop (Bert the landlord)
Alec Linstead (Sgt Osgood)
John Owens (Thorpe)
Matthew Corbett (Jones)
Stanley Mason (Bok)
Stephen Thorne (Azal)

Uncredited
Patrick Milner [UNIT corporal]
Robin Squire [BBC3 man]
Nicholas Courtney [voice of BBC3 announcer]
John Scott Martin [postmaster]
Christopher Barry [voice of RAF pilot]
Ernest Blythe, Bill Burridge, David J Graham, Pat Gorman, Charles Shaw Kesketh, Michael Moore, Rex Rashley, John Tatham, Vic Taylor, Geoff Witherick [extras]

Alternative Titles

The Demons – working title

Includes extracts from
From Russia with Love (1963)

Extracts included in
The Lively Arts: Whose Dr. Who (1977)
Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror (2021)

See also
Return to Devil’s End (1993)
White Witch of Devil’s End (2013)

References

Books
Doctor Who: The Television Companion by David J. Howe and Stephen James Walker pp.211-214 – credits, synopsis, review
Doctor Who Program Guide 25th Anniverary Edition by James C. Armstrong Jr, Michael L. Brown p.36 – credits, episode list