Production Code: Y
Season 3, Story Number 24
Each episode is identified with date of transmission, duration, ratings in millions, and (for 1963-1974 only) archive status.
The Celestial Toyroom
02 April 1966 | 24'40" | 8.0 | Not in archive
The Hall of Dolls
09 April 1966 | 24'45" | 8.0 | Not in archive
The Dancing Floor
16 April 1966 | 24'10" | 9.4 | Not in archive
The Final Test
23 April 1966 | 23'57" | 7.8 | 16mm t/r
Archive Status: Episodes 1-3 are lost. Episode four exist as 16mm telerecording recovered from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in 1984. The "Next Episode" caption on the end of "The Final Test" is missing from the film print.
(Dr. Who), Peter Purves
(Steven Taylor), Jackie Lane
(Dodo Chaplet), Michael Gough
(Toymaker), Campbell Singer
(Joey / King of Hearts / Sgt Rugg), Carmen Silvera
(Clara / Queen of Hearts / Mrs Wiggs), Peter Stephens
(Cyril / Kitchen Boy / Knave of Hearts), Reg Lever
(Joker), Beryl Braham
The travellers arrive in a strange domain presided over by the Toymaker (Michael Gough) - an enigmatic, immortal entity who forces them to play a series of games, failure at which will render them his playthings. The Doctor has to solve the complex Trilogic game while Steven and Dodo are faced with defeating a succession of apparently child-like but potentially lethal animated toys (Carmen Silvera, Campbell Singer, Peter Stephens) in contests such as blind man's buff, musical chairs and 'hunt the key'.
The Doctor finally overcomes the Toymaker by imitating his voice in order to complete the Trilogic game from within the TARDIS, which then dematerialises as his foe's universe is destroyed.
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.
(Assistant Floor Manager), Tutte Lemkow
(Choreographer), Daphne Dare
(Costumes), John Wood
(Designer), Dudley Simpson
(Incidental Music), Sonia Markham
(Make-Up), Innes Lloyd
(Producer), Snowy White
(Production Assistant), Gerry Davis
(Script Editor), Brian Hodgson
(Special Sounds), Frank Cresswell
(Studio Lighting), Alan Fogg
(Studio Sound), Delia Derbyshire
(Theme Arrangement), Ron Grainer
Some complaints were received upon the initial transition of this serial that the character Cyril was based on Britain's famous "Billy Bunter" character created by Frank Richards, whose lawyers were incensed. The story was extensively rewritten by former story editor Donald Tosh and then Gerry Davis. Davis' novelisation of the story was co-authored by his wife, television screenwriter Alison Bingeman. This was the first story produced by Innes Lloyd. Working titles for this serial included "The Toymaker" and "The Trilogic Game". At one time, the BBC retained a copy of episode two but this was lost in the late 1970's; the other episodes had already been purged. Michael Gough -- once married to companion actress Anneke Wills (Polly) -- was slated to reprise the role in the serial "The Nightmare Fair," which was to begin the twenty-third season before the show was put on hiatus; Gough is now best known to international audiences as butler Alfred Pennyworth in the successful "Batman" film franchise. William Hartnell almost left the series at this point, though not by choice -- he was nearly forced out by the production team, until this was vetoed by the BBC; the Doctor would have become visible again (after sitting out an episode invisible) in the guise of another actor. Ultimately, however, this did not come to pass.
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
Released as part of the "Doctor Who: Lost in Time" DVD set in the UK [November 2004] (BBC DVD catalog #1353) and US/Canada [November 2004] (WHV catalog #E2083); three disc set (released as a complete set in the UK and as both a boxed set and individually by Doctor in North America as WHV catalog #E2081 for Hartnell, #E2082 for Troughton); photomontage cover (UK version by Clayton Hickman.) Included is complete existing episode 4, with new Spirit telecine transfer from 16mm print and VidFIRE video motion remastering; credits also remade.
Episode 4 released on "The Hartnell Years" in the UK [June 1991], Australia/New Zealand [May 1992] (BBC catalog #4608), US/Canada [January 1992] (WHV catalog #E1098). Full release not possible due to loss of remainder of story.
Complete audio soundtrack released on CD as "The Celestial Toymaker" by the BBC Radio Collection in May 2001, narrated by Peter Purves.
Novelised as "Doctor Who - The Celestial Toymaker" by Gerry Davis and Alison Bingeman (Target #111), first released in 1986 with cover art by Graham Potts; re-released in 1992 with cover art by Alister Pearson.
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
Reconstructed using photos and the original audio soundtrack by Loose Cannon Productions, including introduction and reprise by Peter Purves (Steven Taylor); details are available at recons.com
Full Script: The script for "The Celestial Toymaker" can be found at the Scripts Project site, hosted by the Earthbound Timelords
Descriptions of each story screen capture above right, top to bottom:
- The Toymaker (Michael Gough)
- the Doctor (William Hartnell)
- Cyril the game champion (Peter Stephens)
- Steven and Vicki (Peter Purves, Jackie Lane) compete for their lives
- the Toymaker in his funhouse
- Steven faces the clowns
- the King and Queen of Hearts (Campbell Singer, Carmen Silvera)