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Episode Guide
The Myth Makers
Production Code: U
Season 3, Story Number 20
Written by Donald Cotton

Each episode is identified with date of transmission, duration, ratings in millions, and (for 1963-1974 only) archive status.

Temple of Secrets
16 October 1965 | 24'45" | 8.3 | Not in archive
Small Prophet, Quick Return
23 October 1965 | 24'43" | 8.1 | Not in archive
Death of a Spy
30 October 1965 | 25'39" | 8.7 | Not in archive
Horse of Destruction
06 November 1965 | 24'25" | 8.3 | Not in archive
Archive Status: All four episodes were lost. Only a very limited number of photographic images exist from this story. Clips from episodes one, two and four exist in the form of an 8mm home movie reel shot off a television set, as follows:

Episode 1Steven and Vicki watching outside events on the TARDIS scanner. [0:09]
Steven and Vicki discussing whether they have landed in Greece or not. [0:10]
Steven putting his cloak on as he talks to Vicki about rescuing the Doctor. [0:02]
Episode 2Vicki watching the TARDIS scanner. [0:03,0:03]
Steven telling that their presence is caused by "another miscalculation by the Doctor". [0:04]
Steven moaning about being "trussed up like a chicken ready to have my throat cut". [0:04]
The Doctor asking what are the conditions he has to work under. [0:01,0:01]
Vicki in Trojan garb leaving the TARDIS in the market-place. [0:04]
Episode 4The Doctor addressing an unseen Katarina and thinking aloud. [0:11]
William Hartnell (Dr. Who), Maureen O'Brien (Vicki), Peter Purves (Steven Taylor), Adrienne Hill (Katarina), Cavan Kendall (Achilles), Alan Haywood (Hector), Ivor Salter (Odysseus), Francis de Wolff (Agamemnon), Jack Melford (Menelaus), Tutte Lemkow (Cyclops), Max Adrian (King Priam), Barrie Ingham (Paris), Frances White (Cassandra), Jon Luxton (Messenger), James Lynn (Troilus)
When the TARDIS arrives on the plains of Asia Minor, not far from the besieged city of Troy, the Doctor is hailed by Achilles (Cavan Kendall) as the mighty god Zeus and taken to the Greek camp, where he meets Agamemnon (Francis de Wolff) and Odysseus (Ivor Salter). Forced to admit that he is a mere mortal - albeit a traveller in space and time - he is given just two days to devise a scheme to capture Troy.

First Vicki, and then later Steven, are meanwhile taken prisoner by the Trojans. King Priam (Max Adrian) gives Vicki - the supposed possessor of supernatural powers - two days to banish the Greeks and thus prove that she is not a spy.

Having initially dismissed the famous wooden horse as a fiction of Homer's, the Doctor is eventually driven to 'invent' it himself, thereby giving the Greeks the means to defeat the Trojans.

Vicki, having assumed the guise of Cressida, falls in love with one of Priam's sons, Troilus (James Lynn), and decides to remain behind with him when the TARDIS leaves. Steven, having adopted the identity of Odysseus's dead friend Diomede, has been injured in a clash of swords with a Trojan warrior, and is helped into the ship by Katarina (Adrienne Hill), a handmaiden to the prophetess Cassandra (Frances White). The TARDIS dematerialises with Katarina still on board.

Synopsis from Doctor Who: The First Doctor Handbook by David J. Howe, Mark Stammers and Stephen James Walker, reprinted with permission; further reproduction is not permitted.

Production Team
Dawn Robertson (Assistant Floor Manager), Daphne Dare (Costumes), Tony Pearce (Costumes), John Wood (Designer), Derek Ware (Fight Arranger), Peter Hamilton (Film Cameraman), Caroline Shields (Film Editor), Humphrey Searle (Incidental Music), Elizabeth Blattner (Make-Up), Sonia Markham (Make-Up), John Wiles (Producer), David Maloney (Production Assistant), Richard Brooks (Production Assistant), Donald Tosh (Script Editor), Brian Hodgson (Special Sounds), Ralph Walton (Studio Lighting), Dave Kitchen (Studio Sound), Bryan Forgham (Studio Sound), Delia Derbyshire (Theme Arrangement), Ron Grainer (Title Music)
Story Notes
One of the least documented Doctor Who stories, only a few photos and few clips exist from "The Myth Makers". The working titles for the story included "The Mythmakers," "The Trojans" and "The Trojan War"; individual episodes' working titles included "Deus ex Machina" (one) and "Is There a Doctor in the Horse?" (three). Vicki departs the TARDIS in this story to marry Troilus, fulfilling the myth of Troilus & Cressida from the Shakespeare play; Katarina, Cassandra's handmaiden, joins the TARDIS crew (albeit briefly). The story was the subject of frustration for some viewers at the time, as many had been expecting a Dalek story to follow the previous one-shot, "Mission to the Unknown". This was the debut story for John Wiles, the new producer who succeeded Verity Lambert.
For more in-depth information about the contents of this story, a complete episode-by-episode detailed breakdown can be found at the Doctor Who Reference Guide.
Additional, more detailed information about the production of this story can be found at Shannon Patrick Sullivan's A Brief History of Time (Travel).
DVD release
Some footage, including the 8mm off-air home movie clips from episodes 1, 2 and 4, are included on the "Lost in Time" DVD set released in 2004, as part of the "8mm Footage" option.
Audio release
Complete audio soundtrack released on CD as "The Myth Makers" by the BBC Radio Collection in January 2001, narrated by Peter Purves. Repackaged along with "The Massacre" and "The Highlanders" as the "Adventures in History" boxed set released in August 2003 (with same content).
In Print
Novelised as "Doctor Who - The Myth Makers" by Donald Cotton (Target #97), first released in 1985 with cover art by Andrew Skilleter.
For more details on the various novelizations of this story, with additional background material, artwork and details of both UK and foreign releases, visit On Target.
Links and Additional Info
Reconstruction: Reconstructed using photos and the original audio soundtrack by Loose Cannon Productions; details are available at recons.com.

Full Script: The script for "The Myth Makers" can be found at the Scripts Project site, hosted by the Earthbound Timelords.
Screencap Descriptions
Descriptions of each story screen capture above right, top to bottom:
  • The Trojan horse of myth
  • Steven (Peter Purves) fights Paris (Barrie Ingham)
  • Vicki (Maureen OBrien) speaks to King Priam (Max Adrian)
  • the Doctor (William Hartnell) confers with Odysseus (Ivor Salter) and Agamemnon (Francis de Wolff)
  • Steven talks to Vicki, a scene from the recovered Australian clips
  • Troilus and Cressida, or rather, Troilus (James Lynn) and Vicki, begin their romance
  • Katarina (Adrienne Hill), short lived companion, in a photo actually from The Daleks Master Plan