BBCDVD 3528 Doctor Who - The reign of terror by Dennis Spooner

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Catalogue numberBBCDVD 3528
TitleDoctor Who - The reign of terror
Artist(s)Dennis Spooner
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 codesA0102063358-A011 03
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Side & trackTrack and ArtistLength
A1A land of fear24.24
A2Guests of Madame Guillotine24.04
A3A change of identity25.23
A4The tyrant of France24.46
A5A bargain of necessity23.51
A6Prisoners of Conciergerie25.04
A7Don't loose your head - The making of the Reign of Terror25.05
A8Robespierre's domain set tour2.45
A9Photo gallery4.11
A10Animation gallery3.40
A11Radio Times billings [PDF]
A12Coming soon - The ark in space1.02
Total length of media 3:04:15.


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William Hartnell (First Doctor)
Carole Ann Ford (Susan Foreman)
Jacqueline Hill (Barbara Wright)
William Russell (Ian Chesterton)
Keith Anderson - Robespierre
Tony Wall - Napoleon
Jack Cunningham - Jailer
Jeffry Wickham - Webster
Neville Smith - D'Argenson
Laidlaw Dalling - Rouvray
James Cairncross - Lemaitre
Roy Herrick - Jean
Donald Morley - Jules Renan
Caroline Hunt - Danielle
Edward Brayshaw - Lon Colbert
John Law - Paul Barras
Dallas Cavell - Road Work Overseer
Dennis Cleary - Peasant
John Barrard - Shopkeeper
Ronald Pickup - Physician
Howard Charlton - Judge
Robert Hunter - Sergeant
Ken Lawrence - Lieutenant
James Hall - Soldier
Patrick Marley - Soldier
Terry Bale - Soldier

Written by

Peter R. Newman

Produced by

Verity Lambert

Directed by

Melvyn Pinfield and Frank Cox


The TARDIS arrives near Paris during the French Revolution, a time of great upheaval, bloodshed and terror. Soon, with the Doctor trapped inside a burning farmhouse, Ian imprisoned and Susan and Barbara on their way to the guillotine it's clear this will be one of their most dangerous and exciting adventures yet ...


Dalek creator Terry Nation introduced fellow writer Dennis Spooner to the Doctor Who Production Office in 1963. Spooner would go on to become Story Editor for much of the second season, but his first assignment as writer was to tackle the bloodthirsty French Revolution in the final slot of the programme's first season.

Inspired by the story of The Starlet Pimpernel, Spooner used the revolutionary setting to weave a tale of secret identity and subterfuge, as the Doctor and his companions become embroiled in an underground resistance operation, smuggling would-be guillotine victims to safety in England.

Spooner's richly-drawn supporting characters, sparkling dialogue and injections of humour mean the story rockets along, while the regular cast, Hartnell in particular, turn in some of their best performances.

This stylish, confident six-parter betrays little of the story's behind-the-scenes dramas (examined in the making-of documentary on this DVD). It stands as one of the very best examples of purely-historical Doctor Who, and is one of the underrated gems of the William Hartnell era.

Sadly, as with many black and white Doctor Who stories, two episodes of The Reign of Terror remain missing from the BBC Archives. But thanks to talented artists and computer boffins, they have been recreated in animated form - allowing us to enjoy a complete version of this story once again.

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