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"Doctor Who" The Dæmons: Episode One (1971)

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22 May 1971 (Season 8, Episode 21)
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Jon Pertwee ... Doctor Who
Nicholas Courtney ... Brigadier 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 ... Winstanley
Robin Wentworth ... Prof. Horner
David Simeon ... Alastair Fergus
James Snell ... Harry
John Joyce ... Garvin
Eric Hillyard ... Dr. Reeves
Jon Croft ... Tom Girton
Christopher Wray ... PC Groom
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Earl ... Villager (uncredited)
Charles Finch ... Villager (uncredited)
David J. Grahame ... Villager (uncredited)
Lily Harold ... Woman in Cloven Hoof (uncredited)
John Holmes ... Jim (uncredited)
Bruce Humble ... BBC3 TV Crewmember (uncredited)
Richard Lawrence ... Villager (uncredited)
Alan Lenoir ... Villager (uncredited)
Jimmy Mac ... Villager (uncredited)
Simon Malloy ... BBC3 TV Crewmember (uncredited)
Ronald Mayer ... Villager (uncredited)
Bill McClaren ... Rugby Commentator (archive sound) (voice) (uncredited)
Patrick Milner ... UNIT Corporal (uncredited)
Roy Oliver ... BBC3 TV Crewmember (uncredited)
Roy Pearce ... Villager (uncredited)
Mo Race ... Woman in Cloven Hoof (uncredited)
Robin Squire ... BBC3 TV Cameraman (uncredited)
John Tatum ... Villager (uncredited)
Vic Taylor ... Villager (uncredited)
Sonnie Willis ... BBC3 TV Crewmember (uncredited)
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Christopher Barry 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Barry Letts  by (as Guy Leopold)
Sydney Newman  creator (uncredited)
Robert Sloman  by (as Guy Leopold)

Produced by
Barry Letts .... producer
Film Editing by
Chris Wimble 
Production Design by
Roger Ford 
Costume Design by
Barbara Lane 
Makeup Department
Jan Harrison Shell .... makeup (as Jan Harrison)
Sound Department
Brian Hodgson .... special sound
Richard Manton .... film sound (as Dick Manton)
Tony Millier .... sound: studio
Visual Effects by
Peter Day .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Fred Hamilton .... film cameraman
Ralph Walton .... studio lighting
Music Department
Ron Grainer .... composer: title music
Dudley Simpson .... composer: incidental music
Other crew
Terrance Dicks .... script editor
Peter Grimwade .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

UK:25 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
UK:PG (DVD rating)

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The colour master videotape of this episode was erased by the BBC in the 1970s and the BBC only held a 16mm black and white telerecording. A poor quality colour NTSC version taped on a home recorder also existed. The episode remained only in black in white until the 1990s, when the colour signal from the NTSC version and the black and white telerecording were used to create a new colour master on D3 digital tape. The restoration of colour to this serial was considered a major innovation and was featured in "Tomorrow's World" (1965). In 1992, shortly after its restoration to colour, the serial was repeated by the BBC.See more »
Capt. Mike Yates:I see. So all we've got to deal with is something which is either too small to see or thirty feet tall, can incinerate you or freeze you to death, turn stone images into homicidal monsters and looks like the devil.
The Doctor:Exactly.
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A Great Couple Of Opening Episodes That Sadly Aren't Sustained, 12 August 2010
Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This is considered to be the greatest ever story from the Pertwee era . It originally started off as a casting scene when Barry Letts was looking for an actress and actor to play Jo Grant and Captain Mike Yates with the scenario revolving around the two characters in a church crypt where they're confronted with a vision of the Devil . This probably explains why Katy Manning is so very effective in the climax to episode five

The story opens with a superb hook where a character staggers out of the pub , takes a short cut through the churchyard and sees something so diabolical that he drops dead from sheer fright . The scene owes a lot to the conventions of horror films with it being filmed in darkness amongst a thunderstorm . Christopher Barry makes outstanding use of night filming . NuWho fans will be blase about night filming but it was something rarely seen in the classic show and gives the first two episodes a deeply brooding atmosphere rarely seen in the show . I confess that as a child this story absolutely terrified me and only the most cynical person would fail to understand the fear generated by this . This is undisputed hide behind the sofa material

Unfortunately after the terrifying second episode cliffhanger the story fails to sustain the doom laden atmosphere which is a pity . Instead of the conventions of horror we're given the hallmarks of the contemporary Pertwee era of action where the Msster makes it his life ambition to kill the Doctor , along with chase sequences and battles involving UNIT . The climatic battle is very disappointing after viewing it as a child . I remembered it as being an epic battle involving UNIT soldiers bravely but vainly giving their lives trying to overwhelm Bok the grotesque living gargoyle . The sequence is bitterly disappointing when viewed as an adult

So I have to take issue that its the peak of the Pertwee era . The previous season contained 4 very good stories two of which The Silurians and Inferno are amongst the best television ever produced . Not only that but they were both obvious influences on one of this year's NuWho stories The Hungry Earth / Cold Blood as is this story . Much of its reputation lies in vague memories of it being atmospheric and terrifying , a memory reinforced by the brilliant novelization by Barry Letts . It has two outstanding episodes followed by three rather mundane ones which makes for a good but inconsistent story

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