|'Planet of Giants'
Story Code 'J'
by Louis Marks
When the TARDIS doors open of their own accord just before the ship materialises, it goes out of control. On leaving the ship, the travellers discover that they are now only one inch tall! In this miniaturised state, they discover a plot by Forester, a ruthless businessman, and his misguided scientist colleague Smithers. Forester plans to launch his new insecticide, DN6, which is so destructive that it will kill not only those insects harmful to agriculture, but also those vital to it. When Farrow, a government official, discovers the truth about DN6, Forrester murders him. But this act is witnessed by Ian and Barbara. The Doctor and his companions brave hazards such as being washed down plugholes and tumbling into matchboxes, and finally manage to explode an aerosol can in Forrester's face, rendering him unconscious. They then use the telephone in Smithers' laboratory to make the local exchange operator, Hilda, suspicious enough to send her police constable husband, Bert, to investigate, and Forrestor is arrested. The travellers return to the TARDIS and regain their normal size.
William Hartnell (Dr Who), William Russell (Ian Chesterton), Jacqueline Hill (Barbara Wright), Carole Ann Ford (Susan Foreman), Alan Tilvern (Forester), Frank Crawshaw (Farrow), Reginald Barratt (Smithers), Rosemary Johnson (Hilda Rowse), Fred Ferris (Bert Rowse)
Produced by Verity Lambert
Directed by Mervyn Pinfield (Parts 1-2) and Douglas Camfield (Part 3)
Note: Pinfield directed the first half of 'Crisis' uncredited. Camfield directed the second half.
'Planet of Giants' - 31st October, 1964 @ 5.15pm - 5.40pm
'Dangerous Journey' - 7th November, 1964 @ 5.15pm - 5.40pm
'Crisis' - 14th November, 1964 @ 5.15pm - 5.50pm
*Featuring the First Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan
*This story was originally to be four parts, but Eps 3 and 4 were edited together when the Head of Serials thought they were too slow.
*Working title: 'The Miniscules'