While the Brigadier investigates a loss of contact with Mars Probe 7, the Doctor realises signals coming from the probe are of extra-terrestrial origin.
Did You Know?
In an interview years later, Terrance Dicks
recounted the experience of rewriting David Whitaker
"One of the situations I inherited [as Doctor Who
(1963) script editor] was Ambassadors of Death and the ongoing tangle with that. David Whitaker
...had gone through four or five drafts and you come to a stage where you write so much it just gets worse. What was happening was that the need for the script was very urgent and I stormed into [producers] Peter [Bryant] and Derrick [Sherwin] and said, "Look, we've got five drafts of this. David's fed up with it, he doesn't know what to do. What we need to do is pay David in full and Mac [Hulke] and I will finish." And that's basically what we did. I made sure that David got a full script fee for all his episodes because he had been buggered about by the establishment and Mac and I took the bare bones of his story and almost did a "War Games" - wrote new scripts very quickly - and it shows. It had its moments though". See more
In "The Ambassadors of Death": Episode 4, a UNIT soldier is killed when he touches the same barrier as the alien. In Episode 6, he's alive and well and back at work. See more
[shouting down the lift
My dear fellow, I simply don't happen to have a pass!
[pause for inaudible query
Because I don't believe in them, that's why!
The opening credit sequence for all episodes of the story is split into two parts and the episode title is presented in two separate lines, the second "OF DEATH" part being larger and accompanied by a dramatic audio sting. See more