Doctor Who: The Reign of Terror (1964)

UK, 8 August 1964-12 September 1964
6 episodes, 25m average
videotape, black and white, 4:3
mono, English
Previous serial: The Sensorites (1964)
Next serial: Planet of Giants (1964)
Series: Doctor Who (1963-1989) – Series 1, episodes 31-36

A British science fiction television serial directed by Henric Hirsch and an uncredited Timothy Combe who shot sequences for the episode Prisoners of Conciergerie. It has also been suggested that John Gorrie directed episode 3, A Change of Identity but the director has claimed not have any recollection of working on the story. In early 2013 a DVD was released containing the four episodes that survive in the archive plus animations of the two missing episodes The Tyrant of France and A Bargain of Necessity.

Premise

The TARDIS arrives in 1794, not far from Paris. The aftermath of the French Revolution has led to a regime of fear of violence. The Doctor and his companions become involved with a group who are smuggling prisoners out of the country to safety and an English undercover officer, James Stirling. The Doctor has a couple of run-ins with Robespierre while Ian and Barbara meet Napoleon Bonaparte.

Credits

* = uncredited

Crew
Directors: Henric Hirsch [episodes 1-6]; Timothy Combe *
BBC TV [episodes 1-6]
Producer: Verity Lambert [episodes 1-6]
Associate Producer: Mervyn Pinfield [episodes 1-6]
Written by: Dennis Spooner [episodes 1-6]
Story Editor: David Whitaker [episodes 1-6]
Lighting by: Howard King [episode 6]
Film Cameraman: Peter Hamilton [episodes 2, 3]
Film Editor: Caroline Shields [episodes 2, 3]
Title Music by: Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop [episodes 1-6]
Title Music Arranged by: Delia Derbyshire *
Incidental Music Composed and Conducted by: Stanley Myers [episodes 1-6]
Studio Sound: Ray Angel, Chick Anthony *
Special Sounds: Brian Hodgson *
Costumes Supervised by: Daphne Dare [episode 6]
Make-up Supervised by: Sonia Markham [episode 6]
Designer: Roderick Lang [episodes 1-6]
Production Assistant: Timothy Combe *
Assistant Floor Manager: Michael Cager *

Animation credits
Lead Animator/Keyframes/Roto: Paul “Otaking” Johnson
2nd Lead Animator/Morphing Heads/Roto: Chris W. Chapman
Background Artist: Paul Johnson
Animator/Roto: Jacqui Creasey
Character Expression Keyframe Artist: John Ellis
Animator eMorphing Heads: Austen Atkinson
3D Provis Modelling: Aaron Climas
CG Modelling: Chris “Mechmaster” Smith
Engineer/Software: David Blackham
Editor/Grader: Robert Paterson
Compositors: Paul Johnson, Buck Gordon
Assistant Producer/Lead Tweener: Josh Campbell
Production Assistant: Samuel Weeks
Tweeners: Konstara Prawiro, Douglas Giffney, Jenna Batcheldor, Kathleen Feeney
Interns: Simon Hyunh, Sophie Wilcox
Facilities: Green Central, Kariong
Special Thanks to: Felicity Bodenstein, University of Paris, Department of Art History & Archaeology; Margaret Meehan, Green Central; Ian Levine; Derek Handley
Audio Restoration & Mastering: Mark Ayres
Thanks to: David Holman; Richard Landen; James Russell; John de Rivaz; Ralph Montagu
Production Manager, Big Finish: David Richardson
Associate Producer, Theta-Sigma: Yvonne Wilcox
Associate Producer, Big Finish: Nicholas Briggs
Executive Producer, Big Finish: Jason Haigh-Ellery
Executive Producer, Pup: Dan Hall
Producer/Director: Austen Atkinson
A Pup/Theta-Sigma/Big Finish co-production
© 2012 2 entertain

Cast
A Land of Fear
William Hartnell (Dr Who)
William Russell (Ian Chesterton)
Jacqueline Hill (Barbara Wright)
Carole Ann Ford (Susan Foreman)
Peter Walker (small boy [Jean-Pierre])
Laidlaw Dalling (Rouvray)
Neville Smith (D’Argenson)
Robert Hunter (sergeant)
Ken Lawrence (lieutenant)
James Hall (soldier)

Guests of Madame Guillotine
William Hartnell (Dr Who)
William Russell (Ian Chesterton)
Jacqueline Hill (Barbara Wright)
Carole Ann Ford (Susan Foreman)
Howard Charlton (judge)
Jack Cunningham (jailer)
Peter Walker (small boy [Jean-Pierre])
Jeffrey Wickham (Webster)
Dallas Cavell (road works overseer)
Denis Cleary (peasant)
James Cairncross (Lemaitre)

A Change of Identity
William Hartnell (Dr Who)
William Russell (Ian Chesterton)
Jacqueline Hill (Barbara Wright)
Carole Ann Ford (Susan Foreman)
Jack Cunningham (jailer)
Roy Herrick (Jean)
Donald Morley (Jules Renan)
James Cairncross (Lemaitre)
John Barrard (shopkeeper)
Caroline Hunt (Danielle [Renan])
Edward Brayshaw (Leon Colbert)

The Tyrant of France
William Hartnell (Dr Who)
William Russell (Ian Chesterton)
Jacqueline Hill (Barbara Wright)
Carole Ann Ford (Susan Foreman)
John Barrard (shopkeeper)
Jack Cunningham (jailer)
James Cairncross (Lemaitre)
Keith Anderson ([Maximillian] Robespierre)
Caroline Hunt (Danielle [Renan])
Edward Brayshaw (Leon Colbert)
Donald Morley (Jules Renan)
Roy Herrick (Jean)
Ronald Pickup (physician)

A Bargain of Necessity
William Hartnell (Dr Who)
William Russell (Ian Chesterton)
Jacqueline Hill (Barbara Wright)
Carole Ann Ford (Susan Foreman)
James Cairncross (Lemaitre)
Jack Cunningham (jailer)
Donald Morley (Jules Renan)
Edward Brayshaw (Leon Colbert)
Keith Anderson ([Maximillian] Robespierre)
Terry Bale (soldier)

Prisoners of Conciergerie
William Hartnell (Dr Who)
William Russell (Ian Chesterton)
Jacqueline Hill (Barbara Wright)
Carole Ann Ford (Susan Foreman)
Donald Morley (Jules Renan)
James Cairncross (Lemaitre)
John Law (Paul Barrass)
Tony Wall (Napoleon [Bonaparte])
Patrick Marley (soldier)
Keith Anderson ([Maximillian] Robespierre)
Jack Cunningham (jailer)

Uncredited
Brian Proudfoot [double for The Doctor]
Dave Anderson, Tony Bates, Bob Berry, Don Cavendish, Joseph Cohen, Sid Deller, Adrian Drotsky, Rex Dyer, Nigel James, Tony Lambden, Maurice Leon, Jay McGrath, Bill Nicholas, Len Russell, John Sackville-West, Maurice Selwyn, Donald Simons, Gerry Wain [soldiers]
Helene Curtis, Eleanor Dalling, Jill Howard, Ralph Katterns, Jack Le White, Brian Proudfoot [citizens]
David Banville [peasant]
Eleanor Dalling, Leila Forde [knitting ladies]
Roy Curtis, Al Raymond, Terry Wallace [extras]

Episodes

1. A Land of Fear (8 August 1964)
2. Guests of Madame Guillotine (15 August 1964)
3. A Change of Identity (22 August 1964)
4. The Tyrant of France (29 August 1964)
5. A Bargain of Necessity (5 September 1964)
6. Prisoners of Conciergerie (12 September 1964)

Alternative Titles

The French Revolution – working title

Extracts included in
Don’t Lose Your Head: The Making of The Reign of Terror (2012)
Suddenly Susan (2012)

See also
Robespierre’s Domain: Animated Backgrounds Tour (2012)

References

Periodicals

  • Doctor Who Monthly no.115 pp.36, 39 – review
  • Doctor Who Monthly no.119 p.6 – note
  • Doctor Who Monthly Autumn Special 1987 p.40 – note
  • Doctor Who: The Complete History vol.3 (2016) pp,44-87 – illustrated article

Books

  • Doctor Who: The Discontinuity Guide pp.25-27 – credits, review
  • Doctor Who: The Television Companion pp.30-33 – credits, synopsis, review (by David J. Howe and Stephen James Walker)
  • Doctor Who: The Handbook: The First Doctor pp.77-79 – synopsis, review
  • The Encyclopedia of TV Science Fiction p.108 – credits