|Doctor Who - The war machines
|Ian Stuart Black
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|Now and then
|Blue Peter - Introducing the War Machine
|One foot in the past
|War Machines design plan (PDF)
|Radio Times billings [PDF]
|Coming soon trailer
|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
Ian Stuart Black (based on an idea by Kit Pedler)
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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