Doctor Who: The Mutants (1972)

UK, 8 April 1972-13 May 1972
4 episodes, average 25m
videotape, colour, 4:3
mono, English
Previous serial: The Sea Devils (1972)
Next serial: The Time Monster (1972)
Series: Doctor Who (1963-1989) – series 9, episodes 15-20

A British television science fiction serial directed by Christopher Barry and based on scripts by Bob Baker and Dave Martin. Episode six marked the first time that a copyright line appeared on a story.

Premise

The send to deliver a message to a base above Solos, a planet seeking independence from Earth. One of Earth's ambassador's is killed and the Doctor is drawn in to a battle for the leadership of Solos.

Credits

* = uncredited

Crew
Directed by: Christopher Barry [episodes 1-6]
© BBC 1972 [episode 6]
BBC [episodes 1-6]
Producer: Barry Letts [episodes 1-6]
[Written] By: Bob Baker and Dave Martin [episodes 1-6]
Script Editor: Terrance Dicks [episodes 1-6]
Studio Lighting: Frank Cresswell [episodes 1, 6]
Film Cameraman: Fred Hamilton [episodes 1-6]
Film Editor: Dave King [episodes 1-6]
Title Music by: Ron Grainer and BBC Radiophonic Workshop [episodes 1-6]
Title Music Arranged by: Delia Derbyshire *
Incidental Music by: Tristram Cary [episodes 1-6]
Sound: Tony Millier [episodes 1, 6]
Film Sound: Dick Manton [episodes 1-6]
Special Sounds by: Brian Hodgson [episodes 1-6]
Costume Design: James Acheson (I) [episodes 1, 6]
Make-up: Joan Barrett [episodes 1, 6]
Visual Effects Designer: John Horton [episodes 1-6]
Designer: Jeremy Bear [episodes 1-6]
Production Assistant: Fiona Cumming, Chris D'Oyly-John *
Assistant Floor Manager: Sue Hedden *
Fight Arranger: Terry Walsh *

Cast
Episode One
Jon Pertwee (Dr. Who)
Katy Manning ()
Paul Whitsun-Jones (Marshal)
James Mellor (Varan)
Garrick Hagon (Ky)
Geoffrey Palmer (administrator)
Christopher Coll (Stubbs)
Rick James (Cotton)
Jonathan Sherwood (Varan's son)

Episode Two
Jon Pertwee (Dr. Who)
Katy Manning (Jo Grant)
Paul Whitsun-Jones (Marshal)
James Mellor (Varan)
Garrick Hagon (Ky)
Christopher Coll (Stubbs)
Rick James (Cotton)
George Pravda (Jaeger)
Jonathan Sherwood (Varan's son)

Episode Three
Jon Pertwee (Dr. Who)
Katy Manning (Jo Grant)
Paul Whitsun-Jones (Marshal)
James Mellor (Varan)
Garrick Hagon (Ky)
Christopher Coll (Stubbs)
Rick James (Cotton)
George Pravda (Jaeger)
John Hollis (Sondergaard)
Sidney Johnson (old man)

Episode Four
Jon Pertwee (Dr. Who)
Katy Manning (Jo Grant)
Paul Whitsun-Jones (Marshal)
James Mellor (Varan)
Garrick Hagon (Ky)
George Pravda (Jaeger)
John Hollis (Sondergaard)
Christopher Coll (Stubbs)
Rick James (Cotton)
Roy Pearce (Solos guard)
David Arlen (guard warrior)

Episode Five
Jon Pertwee (Doctor Who)
Katy Manning (Jo Grant)
Paul Whitsun-Jones (Marshal)
Garrick Hagon (Ky)
Christopher Coll (Stubbs)
Rick James (Cotton)
George Pravda (Jaeger)
John Hollis (Sondergaard)
Martin Taylor (Skybase guard)
Damon Saunders (Solos guard)
John Scott Martin (mutt)

Episode Six
Jon Pertwee (Dr. Who)
Katy Manning (Jo Grant)
Paul Whitsun-Jones (Marshal)
Garrick Hagon (Ky)
George Pravda (Jaeger)
John Hollis (Sondergaard)
Rick James (Cotton)
Peter Howell (investigator)

Uncredited
David J Graham [old man]
Ian Elliott [guard warrior]
Gary Dean, Barry Hooper, Keith Urry, Mick Urry [Earth Control guards]
Ken Nazarin, Evan Ross [advisors]
Laurie Goode, Bill Gosling, Nick Thompson Hill, Mike Mungarvan, Rick Newby, Eddie Sommer, Mike Torres []
Keith Ashley, Ali Baba, Dave Carter, Ronald Gough, Atley Harvey, Dennis Plenty, Ron Tingley, Terry Walsh, David Waterman [Skybase guards]
Reg Cranfield, Brychan Powell, Vic Taylor, Peter Whitaker [Solonians]
Damon Sanders, Martin Taylor [guard leaders]
Derek Chafer, Alex Hood, Steven Ismay, Terry Sartain, Terry Walsh [warriors]

Alternative Titles

Independence
The Emergents

Extracts included in
Mutt Mad: The Making of The Mutants (2011)
Race Against Time (2010)

References

Books

  • Doctor Who: The Television Companion by David J. Howe and Stephen James Walker pp.182-185 – credits, synopsis, review