Doctor Who (season 3)

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This article is about the 1965/66 season. For the 2007 series, see Doctor Who (series 3).
Doctor Who season 3
Doctor Who logo 1963-1967.jpg
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 45: 10 serials
Original channel BBC One
Original run 11 September 1965 (1965-09-11) – 16 July 1966 (1966-07-16)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 6 January 2009 -
12 March 2013
Region 2 25 August 2008 -
11 March 2013
Region 4 7 November 2008 -
20 March 2013
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The third season of British science fiction television series Doctor Who began on 11 September 1965 with the story Galaxy 4 and ended on 16 July 1966 with The War Machines.


Main characters[edit]

William Hartnell continues his journey as The First Doctor, accompanied by companions Vicki (Maureen O'Brien) and Steven (Peter Purves). In the third story The Myth Makers, Vicki departed and was replaced by Katarina (Adrienne Hill). Katarina's tenure was brief, the character being killed in episode 4 of the following story, The Daleks' Master Plan. In some companion lists, Sara Kingdom (Jean Marsh) is included as a companion, though her appearances was limited to later episodes of the serial The Daleks' Master Plan.

Dodo Chaplet (Jackie Lane) joined the Doctor and Steven in the next serial, The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve. There were no changes in the primary cast until Steven's departure in the penultimate story, The Savages. In the final story The War Machines, Dodo also departs, and the Doctor was joined by Polly (Anneke Wills) and Ben (Michael Craze). Like the previous season, the cast of companions had changed from start to finish.

Guest stars[edit]

Peter Butterworth makes his second and final appearance as the Meddling Monk in the serial The Daleks' Master Plan, though his presence in the story is limited to three parts only; "Volcano", "Golden Death", and "Escape Switch".


John Wiles replaced Verity Lambert as producer after "Mission to the Unknown". Innes Lloyd, in turn, replaced Wiles after The Ark. Donald Tosh continued as script editor until The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve: "Priest of Death", and was replaced by Gerry Davis beginning with The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve: "Bell of Doom".[1]

The practice of giving each individual episode a different title was abandoned after The Gunfighters, near the end of the season. This season was notable for the longest serial to date, The Daleks' Master Plan, which contained 12 episodes. The record of The Daleks' Master Plan as the longest serial was eventually taken by the 14-part The Trial of a Time Lord, which spanned the whole of Season 23. The single-episode prequel to this story, "Mission to the Unknown", was not only the shortest story, but was notable for the absence of the entire regular cast. The episode came about when Planet of Giants, the opening serial of Season 2, was reduced from four to three episodes, leaving a single episode held over in the production schedule. Rather than attempt to create a single-episode story, or add an episode to an already commissioned story, it was decided to use this one episode as a trailer to set up the upcoming 12-part Dalek story.[2]

Four of the stories from Season 3 ("Mission to the Unknown", The Myth Makers, The Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Eve, and The Savages) are completely missing from the BBC archive, with no surviving episodes. Further, "Mission to the Unknown" and The Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Eve are two of only three stories from the entire run of Doctor Who with no surviving footage from any sources (the other being Marco Polo from Season 1). Only three of this season's stories (The Ark, The Gunfighters and The War Machines) are complete.

Season 3 holds the distinction of being the longest-running season of Doctor Who to date, having produced 45 episodes in 10 serials. Season 6 produced just one episode less in 7 serials.

The Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Eve was the first serial that saw the lead actor cast in a dual role; William Hartnell not only plays the Doctor, but also the Abbot of Amboise. This would be repeated by Patrick Troughton in Season 5's The Enemy of the World.

Story No. Episodes Serial title Episode titles Directed by Written by UK viewers
Original air date Production
018 4 Galaxy 4 "Four Hundred Dawns"
"Trap of Steel"
"Air Lock"
"The Exploding Planet"
Derek Martinus &
Mervyn Pinfield
William Emms Ep. 1: 9.0
Ep. 2: 9.5
Ep. 3: 11.3
Ep. 4: 9.9[3]
Ep. 1: 56
Ep. 2: 55
Ep. 3: 54
Ep. 4: 53[3]
11 September – 2 October 1965 T
Two ships have crashed after a space battle, but the planet they have landed on is about to be destroyed. The beautiful female Drahvins seem friendly, but in fact it is the ugly Rills that are more tolerant and forgiving.
019 1 "Mission to the Unknown" "Mission to the Unknown" Derek Martinus Terry Nation 8.3[2] 54[2] 9 October 1965 T/A
Space agent Marc Cory is investigating the sighting of a Dalek ship and discovers they have a base on Kembel. But his crew are infected by Varga plants, imported from Skaro, and start to mutate into Vargas.
020 4 The Myth Makers "Temple of Secrets"
"Small Prophet, Quick Return"
"Death of a Spy"
"Horse of Destruction"
Michael Leeston-Smith Donald Cotton Ep. 1: 8.3
Ep. 2: 8.1
Ep. 3: 8.7
Ep. 4: 8.3[4]
Ep. 1: 48
Ep. 2: 51
Ep. 3: 49
Ep. 4: 52[4]
16 October - 6 November 1965 U
The TARDIS lands outside Troy during the siege. The Doctor is captured by the Greeks and given two days to devise a plan for taking the city. Steven and Vicki are captured by the Trojans, and given two days to devise a means of banishing the Greeks.
021 12 The Daleks' Master Plan "The Nightmare Begins"
"Day of Armageddon"
"Devil's Planet"
"The Traitors"
"Counter Plot"
"Coronas of the Sun"
"The Feast of Steven"
"Golden Death"
"Escape Switch"
"The Abandoned Planet"
"Destruction of Time"
Douglas Camfield Terry Nation &
Dennis Spooner
Ep. 1: 9.1
Ep. 2: 9.8
Ep. 3: 10.3
Ep. 4: 9.5
Ep. 5: 9.9
Ep. 6: 9.1
Ep. 7: 7.9
Ep. 8: 9.6
Ep. 9: 9.2
Ep. 10: 9.5
Ep. 11: 9.8
Ep. 12: 8.6[5]
Ep. 1: 54
Ep. 2: 52
Ep. 3: 52
Ep. 4: 51
Ep. 5: 53
Ep. 6: 56
Ep. 7: 39
Ep. 8: 49
Ep. 9: 52
Ep. 10: 50
Ep. 11: 49
Ep. 12: 57[5]
13 November 1965 - 29 January 1966 V
Some six months after the events of "Mission to the Unknown", the TARDIS arrives on the planet Kembel, and the Doctor leaves the TARDIS to try to find medical aid for the wounded Steven Taylor leaving him with the Trojan girl Katarina.
022 4 The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve "War of God"
"The Sea Beggar"
"Priest of Death"
"Bell of Doom"
Paddy Russell John Lucarotti
and Donald Tosh
Ep. 1: 8.0
Ep. 2: 6.0
Ep. 3: 5.9
Ep. 4: 5.8[6]
Ep. 1: 52
Ep. 2: 52
Ep. 3: 49
Ep. 4: 53[6]
5–26 February 1966 W
The arrival of the TARDIS in Paris in 1572 places its occupants, the Doctor and Steven in a dangerous siuation. Tensions between Protestants and Catholics are at fever pitch in the city.
023 4 The Ark "The Steel Sky"
"The Plague"
"The Return"
"The Bomb"
Michael Imison Paul Erickson
& Lesley Scott
Ep. 1: 5.5
Ep. 2: 6.9
Ep. 3: 6.2
Ep. 4: 7.3[7]
Ep. 1: 55
Ep. 2: 56
Ep. 3: 51
Ep. 4: 50[7]
5–26 March 1966 X
Ten million years into the future, the TARDIS materialises on a vast spacecraft called the Ark where the whole human race is bound for a new world
024 4 The Celestial Toymaker "The Celestial Toyroom"
"The Hall of Dolls"
"The Dancing Floor"
"The Final Test"
Bill Sellars Brian Hayles
(& Donald Tosh)
Ep. 1: 8.0
Ep. 2: 8.0
Ep. 3: 9.4
Ep. 4: 7.8[8]
Ep. 1: 48
Ep. 2: 49
Ep. 3: 44
Ep. 4: 43[8]
2–23 April 1966 Y
The Doctor becomes invisible in the domain of the Toymaker, leaving Dodo and Steven incredulous. They step outside into a strange realm where the Doctor reappears, saying he recognises the place they are in.
025 4 The Gunfighters "A Holiday for the Doctor"
"Don't Shoot the Pianist"
"Johnny Ringo"
"The OK Corral"
Rex Tucker Donald Cotton Ep. 1: 6.5
Ep. 2: 6.6
Ep. 3: 6.2
Ep. 4: 5.7[9]
Ep. 1: 45
Ep. 2: 39
Ep. 3: 36
Ep. 4: 30[9]
30 April – 21 May 1966 Z
The Doctor gets his tooth pulled by Doc Holliday in Tombstone while Dodo and Steven literally sing for their lives. The travellers are caught up in the events leading up to the famous "Gunfight at the OK Corral".
026 4 The Savages "Episode 1"
"Episode 2"
"Episode 3"
"Episode 4"
Christopher Barry Ian Stuart Black Ep. 1: 4.8
Ep. 2: 5.6
Ep. 3: 5.0
Ep. 4: 4.5[10]
Ep. 1: 48
Ep. 2: 49
Ep. 3: 48
Ep. 4: 48[10]
28 May – 18 June 1966 AA
The TARDIS materialises on a distant planet in the far future. The TARDIS crew find the planet inhabited by both the Elders and bands of roaming savages.
027 4 The War Machines "Episode 1"
"Episode 2"
"Episode 3"
"Episode 4"
Michael Ferguson Ian Stuart Black
(and Kit Pedler)
Ep. 1: 5.4
Ep. 2: 4.7
Ep. 3: 5.3
Ep. 4: 5.5[11]
Ep. 1: 49
Ep. 2: 45
Ep. 3: 44
Ep. 4: 39[11]
25 June - 16 July 1966 BB
The TARDIS lands in London, in Fitzroy Square near the newly completed Post Office Tower. The Doctor meets an advanced revolutionary computer named WOTAN (Will Operating Thought ANalogue) who believes human are inferior to machines.

Missing episodes[edit]

  • Galaxy 4 - Episodes 1, 2 & 4 (of 4 total)
  • "Mission to the Unknown" - Entire episode
  • The Myth Makers - All 4 episodes
  • The Daleks' Master Plan - Episodes 1, 3, 4, 6 - 9, 11 & 12 (of 12 total)
  • The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve - All 4 episodes
  • The Celestial Toymaker - Episodes 1, 2 & 3 (of 4 total)
  • The Savages - All 4 episodes

DVD releases[edit]

Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
The Ark 4 × 25 min. 14 February 2011 3 March 2011 8 March 2011
The Gunfighters
Only available as part of the Earthstory box set in Regions 2 and 4.
Only available individually in Region 1.
4 × 25 min. 20 June 2011 4 August 2011 12 July 2011
The War Machines 4 × 25 min. 25 August 2008 7 November 2008 6 January 2009

Lost in Time
All existing episodes from otherwise missing First Doctor serials from this season have been released on the Lost in Time collection with the exception of Galaxy 4 episode 3, which was recovered after the release of Lost in Time. Lost in Time was released in two formats in Region 1, with individual releases for volumes one and two (which cover First Doctor and Second Doctor episodes respectively), as well as an edition combining both volumes. In Regions 2 and 4, Lost in Time is available only as the combined single volume.

Includes episodes from Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
The Daleks' Master Plan (episodes 2, 5 & 10 of 12)
The Celestial Toymaker (episode 4 of 4)
6 × 25 min.
+ 2 × 25 min. audio
1 November 2004 2 December 2004
(Original release)
1 July 2010
2 November 2004

Galaxy 4: Airlock
This episode was recovered in December 2011 and was released on DVD on 11 March 2013 with the special edition of the Season 1 story The Aztecs.

Includes episodes from Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
The Aztecs - Special Edition
Includes Galaxy 4: Airlock
5 × 25 min.
11 March 2013 20 March 2013 12 March 2013

In print[edit]

Serial name Novelisation title Author First published
Galaxy 4 Galaxy Four William Emms 1986
"Mission to the Unknown" The Daleks' Master Plan Part I: Mission to the Unknown John Peel 1990
The Myth Makers The Myth Makers Donald Cotton 1985
The Daleks' Master Plan The Daleks' Master Plan Part I: Mission to the Unknown
The Daleks' Master Plan Part II: The Mutation of Time
John Peel 1990
The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve The Massacre John Lucarotti 1987
The Ark The Ark Paul Erickson 1987
The Celestial Toymaker The Celestial Toymaker Gerry Davis and Alison Bingeman 1986
The Gunfighters The Gunfighters Donald Cotton 1986
The Savages The Savages Ian Stuart Black 1986
The War Machines The War Machines Ian Stuart Black 1989

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Doctor Who Classic Episode Guide - Season 3". BBC. Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  2. ^ a b c "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): Mission To The Unknown". Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  3. ^ a b "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): Galaxy 4". Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  4. ^ a b "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): The Myth Makers". Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  5. ^ a b "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): The Daleks' Master Plan". Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  6. ^ a b "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): The Massacre Of St Bartholomew's Eve". Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  7. ^ a b "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): The Ark". Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  8. ^ a b "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): The Celestial Toymaker". Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  9. ^ a b "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): The Gunfighters". Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  10. ^ a b "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): The Savages". Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  11. ^ a b "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): The War Machines". Retrieved 2012-07-18.