Doctor Who

The Reign of Terror (1964)

About this serial

This was a six-part serial, first broadcast between 8th August - 12th September 1964. The serial was written by Dennis Spooner, produced by Verity Lambert and directed by Henric Hirsch. The script editor was David Whitaker.

What I've seen:

Part 1 Part 2Part 3An animated version of part 4 An animated version of part 5 Part 6

Episodes one, two, three and six, and animated versions of episodes four and five.

Plot summary

The Tardis crew go to France and meet Madame Guillotine.


The first episode ends with the Doctor about to die in a fire, while the rest of the Tardis crew are taken away to be executed. This is remarkably strong stuff for a family programme, especially since the original audience had to wait for a week to find out what happened next.

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The bottom line

Quite good, actually.

Worth seeing in spite of its flaws.

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