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"Doctor Who" Guests of Madame Guillotine (1964)

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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
15 August 1964 (Season 1, Episode 38)
Susan, Ian and Barbara are sentenced to be guillotined but an encounter with a dying English prisoner may offer Ian a chance of survival. | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Henric Hirsch 
Writing credits
Dennis Spooner (written by)

Sydney Newman  creator (uncredited)

Produced by
Verity Lambert .... producer
Mervyn Pinfield .... associate producer
Original Music by
Stanley Myers 
Film Editing by
Caroline Shields 
Production Design by
Roderick Laing 
Makeup Department
Sonia Markham .... makeup supervisor (uncredited)
Jill Summers .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ray Angel .... sound (uncredited)
Chick Anthony .... sound (uncredited)
Brian Hodgson .... special sound (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Hamilton .... film cameraman
Howard King .... lighting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Daphne Dare .... costume supervisor (uncredited)
Music Department
Ron Grainer .... composer: title music
Stanley Myers .... conductor: incidental music
Other crew
David Whitaker .... story editor
Michael Cager .... assistant floor manager (uncredited)
Timothy Combe .... production assistant (uncredited)
Verity Lambert .... showrunner (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sydney Newman  creator (uncredited)

Production Design by
Victor Meredith 
Makeup Department
Dorka Nieradzik .... makeup designer (1982, 1984-1988)
Art Department
Peter Brachaki .... production designer: TARDIS interior
Special Effects by
Mat Irvine .... special effects (1970s-1980s)
Ian Scoones .... special effects (1960s-1980s)
Ron Thornton .... special effects (1980s)
Bernard Wilkie .... special effects (1960s-1970s)
Visual Effects by
Mitch Mitchell .... special video effects (1960's-1970's) (as A. J. Mitchell)
Bernard Lodge .... title sequence designer (1963-1979) (uncredited 1963-1969)
Alan Chuntz .... stunts (1960's-1970's)
Peter Diamond .... stunts (1960s)
Max Faulkner .... stunts (1960's-1970's)
Stuart Fell .... stunts (1970s-1980s)
Alf Joint .... stunts (1960s-1980s)
Derek Martin .... stunts (1960s-1970s)
Roy Scammell .... stunts (1960s-1980s)
Lee Sheward .... stunt coordinator
Derek Ware .... stunts (1960s-1970s)
Music Department
Paddy Kingsland .... composer: incidental music (1980-1985)
Keff McCulloch .... composer: incidental music (1987-1989)
Humphrey Searle .... composer: incidental music (1965)
Dudley Simpson .... composer: incidental music (1964-1980)
Other crew
Christopher Baker .... production assistant
Ali Bongo .... magic advisor
Kenneth J. Bussanmas .... creative consultant (1979-1985)

Additional Details

24 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Brian Proudfoot attended the studio recording so he could shadow William Hartnell to study his movements and walk so he could double for him in the location shoot. According to Carole Ann Ford, this annoyed the actor immensely.See more »
Continuity: Lemaitre wears a frilly shirt when he's in Ian's cell and a non-frilly shirt when the shot changes to him leaving the cell.See more »
Jailer:This batch for the guillotine. Take them away!
Ian Chesterton:Barbara! Susan!
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Movie Connections:
Edited from A Tale of Two Cities (1958) (TV)See more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
The Reign of Terror: Episode 2 - Excellent French Revolution Adventure, 5 July 2014
Author: Christopher Evans from South Wales, UK

Review for all 6 episodes:

This pure historical adventure beginning with A Land of Fear and continuing for 6 episodes takes place in the French Revolution. It is an excellent and thoroughly entertaining story from writer Dennis Spooner.

It features William Hartnell in a wonderful double role showing his ability to act very differently from his normal performance as The Doctor. The story revolves around the characters being caught up with the revolution and shows the way Dennis Spooner would continue to write in the series mixing very serious drama with humour. This is one of his very best efforts as sometimes later on he got that balance wrong.

There are scenes, mostly in episodes 2 and 3, that are not so great and Carole Ann Ford as Susan is annoying at times. She is a sad shadow of the promise of the character in 'An Unearthly Child', the writers did let the character generally diminish in strength after the initial promise. Apart from these minor flaws, though, the vast majority of this story is real top quality.

This finishes the first season in the same superbly high standard that it began. The writing of most of the first series is brilliant and the main credit for the series must go to script editor David Whitaker and producer Verity Lambert. The scripts and story here maintain that brilliance. William Hartnell (The Doctor), William Russell (Ian) and Jacqueline Hill (Barbara) also maintain their fantastic characterisation and acting quality. The Doctor himself is particularly tremendous in this story.

The final 3 episodes are particularly strong and thankfully there are good animated reconstructions available with the original audio to preserve episodes 4 and 5 for which the videos were sadly wiped.

Overall very high standard story.

My Ratings: Episodes 1, 4, 5 and 6 - 10/10, Episodes 2 & 3 - 8.5/10, overall average rating - 9.5/10

Average Rating for Season 1 - 8.95/10

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