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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)

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 (designer)
Costume Design by
Barbara Lane (costumes)
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)
Barry Letts .... showrunner (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

UK:25 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
UK:PG (DVD rating)

Did You Know?

Jon Pertwee named this as his favourite "Doctor Who" (1963) serial. Nicholas Courtney named it as his second favourite.See more »
Brig. Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart:Jenkins... chap with wings, there. Five rounds rapid.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Countdown: Episode #72.4" (2015)See more »


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Magic!, 28 September 2014
Author: Christopher Evans from South Wales, UK

Review of all 5 episodes:

This story begins with an absolutely fantastic episode which is Doctor Who at its very best. The atmospheric, eerie goings on and brilliantly believable characterisations exude sheer class. The acting, production values and writing are of the highest standard. This excellence continues as the story continues although the middle part of the story is slightly more variable in a way as there are moments that are not perfectly executed and parts that are less well thought through than the magnificent best aspects of the story. However, there is enough really great stuff going on all the way through to keep every episode at top marks even if some just scrape into that classic category while other episodes are just fabulous in every way. The Doctor and the UNIT team are at their absolute peak with engaging and funny performances all round.

The story involves magic versus science with The Master using black magic incantations to summon an ancient and ultra-powerful being to try to conquer the Earth. There is a sleepy English village, a mysterious barrow, a stone gargoyle coming to life to attack, an enormous cloven-hooved being, a wonderful white witch, an impressively exploding church, a terrific cameo by a cynically gritty but amusing archaeologist and an effete but also realistic TV crew.

Magic is in the air in more ways than one!

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