BBCDVD 2441 Doctor Who - The war machines by Ian Stuart Black

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Catalogue numberBBCDVD 2441
TitleDoctor Who - The war machines
Artist(s)Ian Stuart Black
Cover conditionNear mint
Record conditionNear mint
BBC records label code-
Item deleted?No
Distributed / printed by2 entertain
Country of originUK UK flag
Media typePrimary
Media genreDramas - Sci-fi
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Run-off codes / Shop bar codesA0100981148-A911 18 IFPI L556 Sony DADC
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Below is a list of tracks for this release.
Side & trackTrack and ArtistLength
A1Episode 124.03
A2Episode 224.03
A3Episode 324.02
A4Episode 423.13
A5Now and then6.40
A6Blue Peter - Introducing the War Machine16.15
A7One foot in the past7.31
A8WOTAN Assembly
A9War Machines design plan (PDF)9.14
A10Radio Times billings [PDF]
A11Photo gallery4.12
A12Easter egg
A13Coming soon trailer1.13
Total length of media 2:20:26.


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William Hartnell (First Doctor)
Jackie Lane (Dodo Chaplet)
Anneke Wills (Polly)
Michael Craze (Ben Jackson)
John Harvey - Professor Brett
John Cater - Professor Krimpton
William Mervyn - Sir Charles Summer
Alan Curtis - Major Green
Gerald Taylor - Voice of WOTAN & War Machine Operator
Sandra Bryant - Kitty
Ewan Proctor - Flash customer
George Cross - The Minister
Kenneth Kendall - Himself
Ric Felgate, Carl Conway - American Journalists
John Doye - Interviewer
Dwight Whylie - Radio Announcer
Desmond Cullum-Jones, Eddie Davis - Workers
Roy Godfrey - Tramp
Michael Rathborne - Taxi Driver
Edward Colliver - Mechanic
John Rolfe, John Boyd-Brent, Frank Jarvis, Robin Dawson - Soldiers
John Slavid - Man in Telephone Box

Written by

Ian Stuart Black (based on an idea by Kit Pedler)

Produced by

Innes Lloyd

Directed by

Michael Ferguson


The TARDIS arrives in London, 1966, where the Doctor and Dodo visit the recently opened Post Office Tower. At its top they discover a brilliant new problem-solving super computer - the Will Operating Thought ANalogue.

But when WOTAN decides that it should rule the world, the Doctor is the only person who can stop its rampaging War Machines from destroying London. Luckily, he has the help of a young secretary called Polly and a sailor called Ben ...


The War Machines was based on an idea by Doctor Who's scientific advisor Kit Pedler. He was asked what would happen if the new post Office Tower was taken over - and his answer was tur ned into a four-part script by writer Ian Stuart Black.

It is very different from all the stories before it, featuring recognisable locations in present-day London, 'fab' 1960s fashion, the city's hottest nightclub and the Doctor protecting the planet. The Doctor defending contemporary Earth is a theme that has continued throughout the series.

For the first time, the TARDIS lands in the present for a whole set of episodes and the setting is central to the plot. Previously, only Planet of Giants had been set on 1960s Earth, but the TARDIS and the regulars were only a few centimetres tall throughout the adventure.

The story was a deliberate move to steer the series away from less popular historical tales and inject something new into the three-year old show. It paved the way for many other Doctor Who stories, and wouldn't feel out of place in Jon Pertwee's era.

The War Machines saw the sudden departure of the Doctor's companion Dodo Chaplet, the 'teenage schoolgirl' with an ever-changing accent. The more successful Ben and Polly immediately filled the empty space in the TARDIS, as they stumble inside at the end of the episode. Even bigger changes were to follow, as the first-ever regeneration was only a few weeks away ...

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