Doctor Who (1963)

Season 3 Episode 1

Four Hundred Dawns

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Sep 11, 1965 on BBC
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Four Hundred Dawns
The TARDIS materialises on a doomed planet in Galaxy 4, and the travellers are captured by warriors of the beautiful female clone race known as Drahvins. According to the Drahvins' leader, Maaga, their ship was shot down in an unprovoked attack by the vicious alien Rills, but they managed to inflict damage on the Rill ship as well; now both ships are stuck here, on a planet doomed to explode in fourteen days. Maaga orders the Doctor to help her and her warriors capture the Rill ship, and keeps Steven hostage to ensure his co-operation; however, the Doctor soon learns that Maaga is both lying and mistaken. The Drahvins are in fact the aggressors, and the peaceful Rills want nothing more than to escape in one piece – and help their enemies do so as well, if they can. Unfortunately, that may not be possible, as the Doctor discovers that time is shorter than they thought; the planet in fact has less than a day of life remaining...moreless

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    Lyn Ashley

    Lyn Ashley

    Drahvin Three

    Guest Star

    Susanna Carroll

    Susanna Carroll

    Drahvin Two

    Guest Star

    Marina Martin

    Marina Martin

    Drahvin One

    Guest Star

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      • DVD: Footage from this episode was included in the Doctor Who: Lost in Time DVD set (BBCDVD 1353, Warner Home Video E2083) released in November 2004.

        Video: Footage from this episode is included in The Missing Years, a special documentary including collected scenes from missing episodes. This documentary was included in Doctor Who: The Ice Warriors (BBCV 6755) released in November 1998, and in Doctor Who: The Edge of Destruction and Dr Who: The Pilot Episode (Warner Home Video E1578) released in February 2001.

      • Novelisation: Doctor Who â€" Galaxy Four by William Emms (ISBN 0 426 20202 3) first published by W H Allen in 1985.

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