The Reign of Terror

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Story Code: H / Season 1 UK Airdate: 8 Aug to 12 Sep 1964 Doctor: William Hartnell
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This story aired in the following 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.)

Aussie actor Kenneth Lawrence appears as the Lieutenant in part one; Australia's TV Times 15 September 1965
Australia Sep 65 b/w
Singapore Dec 65 b/w
Gibraltar Dec 65 b/w
Malta Jan 66 b/w
Aden Mar 66 b/w
Nigeria Apr 66 b/w
Rhodesia / Zimbabwe Jun 66 b/w
Zambia Jun 66 b/w
Trinidad & Tobago Jul 66 b/w
Uganda Sep 66 b/w
Jamaica Nov 66 b/w
Cyprus ------ b/w
Barbados Jan 67 b/w
Hong Kong Jan 67 b/w
Kenya Mar 67 b/w
Mauritius Jun 67 b/w
Thailand Jul 67 b/w
New Zealand Jan 68 b/w
Sierra Leone Jan 68 b/w
Ethiopia Jul 71 b/w
  • The story was not dubbed for screening in any Spanish or Arabic language countries. And like Marco Polo, The Crusade and The Time Meddler, the negatives were not kept by the BBC.
  • Cyprus TV received the serial along with the first seven William Hartnell serials as part of a package offer, but they did not purchase the screening rights, perhaps due to censorship. The unaired prints of parts one, two, three and six were subsequently found at CBC in late 1984. (Parts four and five had apparently been destroyed during the July 1974 revolution.)
    • The CBC probably retained the Suppressed Field prints because the BBC had replaced the foreign sales copies with the superior Stored Field recordings in 1967, so the older format prints were no longer being bicycled, and with Cyprus being the last station to acquire the prints within this bicycling chain, they were never issued with instructions to move them on.
  • In mid-1967, New Zealand was sent the prints that had been used by the ABC in Australia. (The Reign of Terror was the first story in a consignment of 17 episodes.)
  • The New Zealand prints were destroyed on 18 June 1971.
  • In 1982 a Stored Field copy of episode 6 and three years later a Stored Field print of part 3 were discovered to be held by a private collector in the UK. Both may have been unused spares that the BBC had junked, but if they were returns from overseas, the likely source/s would be Mauritius, Sierra Leone (which returned all its prints to the BBC in 1974), and/or Ethiopia, the last country to acquire Stored Field prints.
  • A print of episode 1 was sold on eBay in March 2012; this appears to be an original copy (Suppressed Field) rather than a dub. Its origin is unknown, however the markings visible on the metal film can are consistent with those seen on other films had been held by the RTS in Singapore!
  • See Hartnell Junkings