|'The Macra Terror'
Story Code 'JJ'
by Ian Stuart Black
The Doctor and his companions arrive on a planet in the future, which is run like a gigantic holiday camp. A man called Medok tells the Doctor that the colony is secretly being infiltrated at night by giant crab-like creatures called Macra. The Macra are in fact in control of this paradise, and have hypnotised the inhabitants to mine the deadly gas that they need to survive. Ben is conditioned by the Macra, and turns against his friends. The Doctor takes control of the gas-pumping machine and stops the Macra's vital supply, while a restored Ben frees the colony by blowing up the gas pumps.
Patrick Troughton (Dr Who), Anneke Wills (Polly), Michael Craze (Ben Jackson), Frazer Hines (Jamie), Peter Jeffrey (Pilot), Graham Armitage (Barney), Ian Fairbairn (Questa), Jane Enshawe (Sunaa); Sandra Bryant, Karol Keyes (Chicki); Maureen Lane (Drum Majorette), Terence Lodge (Medok), Gertan Klauber (Ola), Graham Leaman (Controller), Anthony Garnder (Alvis), Denis Goacher (Control Voice), Richard Beale (Broadcast Voice / Broadcast and Propaganda Voices), Robert Jewell (Macra Operator), John Harvey (Official); John Caesar, Steve Emerson, Danny Rae (Guards); Ralph Carrigan, Roger Jerome, Terry Wright (Cheerleaders)
Produced by Innes Lloyd
Directed by John Davies
Part 1 - 11th March, 1967 @ 5.50pm - 6.15pm
Part 2 - 18th March, 1967 @ 5.50pm - 6.15pm
Part 3 - 25th March, 1967 @ 5.50pm - 6.15pm
Part 4 - 1st April, 1967 @ 5.50pm - 6.15pm
*Featuring the Second Doctor, Ben, Polly and Jamie
*This story sees the introduction of a new title sequence designed by Bernard Lodge and realised by Ben Palmer, which features Patrick Troughton's face; the theme music is also rearranged slightly by Delia Derbyshire, with assistance from Dick Mills
*All episodes are missing but audio recordings, telesnaps and some clips from parts 2 and 3 exist
*Working titles: 'Dr Who & the Spidermen', 'The Spidermen', 'Doctor Who and the Spidermen!', 'Doctor Who and the Insect Men' and 'Dr Who & the Macras'