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Story Code: DDD / Season 7 UK Airdate: 9 May to 20 Jun 1970 Doctor: Jon Pertwee
First airings by location UK Repeats / Foreign Cable and Satellite Previous Story / Next Story

This story aired in the following known countries. They are listed in chronological order according to known airdate. If no month is noted, the actual airdate is not confirmed, and is a close approximate. (Refer also to Selling Doctor Who for expanded airdates.)

United States Sep 72 NTSC
Guam Dec 73 NTSC
Philippines 76 NTSC
Lebanon 77? b/w
Canada 76 NTSC
Saudi Arabia Jun 77 b/w
Japan Mar 78? NTSC
  • When the story was rejected in April 1971 by the censors in Australia, the serial (in b/w) was then not able to be sold to any other Commonwealth country, such as New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Gibraltar.
  • The only sales were to countries that broadcast in NTSC or black and white. There were no sales in PAL.
  • When the PAL tapes were converted to NTSC in 1972, an early edit of part five was used, featuring an additional scene not in the UK broadcast.
  • The original PAL tapes were wiped by early 1973.
  • The NTSC tapes were recovered from Canada at the end of 1983.
  • The story was reissued in March 1985, and played in the United States, New Zealand, Australia and Canada.


UK airdate:

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Foreign transmissions

The fourth serial of Season 7 screened in the following (known) countries:


The story was offered to the ABC Australia but was "rejected" by the government censors. Therefore the serial did not screen there, or in any other Commonwealth territory prior to 1979.

The story did screen in:

- as 16mm black and white film prints:

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- as NTSC colour video tapes (distributed via Time-Life):

Note: The serial was never sold in its original PAL colour format. By 1974, the original PAL tapes had been wiped. BBC Enterprises did, however, retain the black and white films.


In mid 1983, NTSC colour tapes had been recovered in Canada, and the serial was again made available for sale in colour; it screened in:


The serial was also repeated in some of the above four countries during the 1990s.