Doctor Who (1963)

Day of Armageddon

Season 3, Ep 11, Aired 11/20/65
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  • Episode Description
  • The Daleks assemble the leaders of several alien empires, apparently intending to unite them in an Alliance which will then declare war on Earth. In fact, each empire has brought components or technology which the Daleks require to construct the ultimate weapon – a Time Destructor. The last component they require is the power source, a core of the rare element Taranium – and Mavic Chen, the Guardian of the Solar System, intends to supply it to them and then betray them, seizing the Time Destructor for himself. The Doctor and his companions stumble into this affair when the TARDIS materialises on Kembel, and with the aid of Space Security Service agent Bret Vyon, sent to investigate the disappearance of Marc Cory, the Doctor steals the taranium core. The Daleks pursue the Doctor and his companions across the galaxy to get it back, and in the course of the flight the Trojan handmaiden Katarina gives her life to help the Doctor escape from a vicious criminal.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Terry Nation

  • Douglas Camfield

  • Tristram Cary

  • Adrienne Hill

    Katarina

  • Peter Purves

    Steven Taylor

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    • The Intergalatic Alliance has changed considerably since Mission to the Unknown. All the actors who played the aliens have been replaced and many of the costumes have been modified or completely reworked.

    • With the return of this episode to the BBC in January 2004, it brought the total number of missing episodes down to 108.

    • Was made available with the DVD release of the William Hartnell Lost In Time collection, as well as the boxed set. This would be the first time the mass market had the chance to see this episode since it aired in 1965.

    • Before the discovery and return of Day Of Armageddon, very little visual reference material existed for several characters in the episode and serial as a whole. Only one low quality photo, in a private collection, of the alien Celation was known to have existed prior to this.

    • Was returned to the BBC vaults in January 2004. Survived because of one Francis Watson, the Head of Engineering at Yorkshire Television in Leeds. Working for the BBC in the early 1970s, he was supposed to clean out a room full of junk at the BBC's Television Film Studios in Ealing. Watson saved two 16mm film cans marked Doctor Who, so that he could watch them on the projector at his local film club. Watson's little act of pilfering saved this episode from being lost forever, so he is easily forgiven. Interestingly enough, Parts 5 and 10 of this serial were also discovered in junk piles intended for trashing in the mid-1980s.

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