Last Alteration: Sunday 07 April 2013

The War Machines

4 episodes, broadcast: 25 Jun - 16 Jul 1966
The TARDIS arrives back on Earth , but the Doctor scents something wrong and he and Dodo set off to the Post Office Tower . He meets with Professor Brett and is introduced to the computer WOTAN, but later meets a concerned Sir Charles Grover at the Royal Scientific Club.
As a mystery unfolds, Ben agrees to check out a warehouse for the Doctor and heads to it through the market . However, it turns out that WOTAN has created War Machines to take over London. The army are called in but are beaten back .
The War Machines set out on their rampage through London and a warning is made to the population to stay inside . One machine destroys a phone box and another crashes through dustbins . The Doctor decides to capture one and sets up a trap , and he and Sir Charles watch as the plan succeeds . The Doctor modifies the Machine and it heads off back to the Post Office Tower and WOTAN is stopped.


Locations filmed for the story:
Bedford Square
London
Filmed: 22 May 1966
Conway Street
London
Filmed: 22 May 1966
Maple Street
Fitzrovia
Filmed: 22 May 1966
Charlotte Place
Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia
Filmed: 22 May 1966
Gresse Street
Fitzrovia
Filmed: 22 May 1966
Berners Mews
Fitzrovia
Filmed: 22 May 1966
Ealing Film Studios (Backlot)
Ealing, London
Filmed: 25 May 1966
Covent Garden Market
London
Filmed: 26 May 1966
Royal Opera House
Bow Street
Filmed: 26 May 1966
Cornwall Gardens Walk
London
Filmed: 26 May 1966
Cornwall Gardens
London
Filmed: 26 May 1966
Other locations appearing in the story:
Tottenham Court Road
London
Filmed: back projection
Great Queen Street
Holborn, London
Filmed: still
In Studio:
»Ealing Film Studios (Stage 3), Ealing Green, Ealing (23-24 May 1966)
»Riverside Studios (Studio 1), Crisp Road, Hammersmith, London, W6 9RL (10,17,24 Jun, 1 Jul 1966)

Further Reading

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On Location: Full scene breakdown and additional facts on locations used in the story (p20-22)

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The Doctor Who Production Guide Vol II: Recording Diary for the story (p32-34)

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DWM: Issue 185: Archive Feature on the making of the story

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DWM: The Complete First Doctor: Production and Archive Extra (p79-82)

Associated Links

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Radio Times Episode Guide - information about the story.

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The Doctor Who Guide - Detailed synopsis of the story.

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BBC Doctor Who Episode Guide - Information and Features on the story.

Articles relating to the story

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13 Aug 2008: Restoration Team Article - Details on the DVD release of the story, which includes a Now and Then featurette on the locations at the time of filming and the present day. (#56, 25 Aug 2008)

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