Doctor Who (1963)

Season 7 Episode 12

The Ambassadors of Death, Episode 1

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Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Mar 21, 1970 on BBC
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The Ambassadors of Death, Episode 1
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England, the near future. The UK space programme is in crisis as all contact has been lost with Mars Probe Seven. As the spacecraft returns to Earth, what awaits on board?

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    Robert Robertson

    Robert Robertson

    Collinson

    Guest Star

    Ray Armstrong

    Ray Armstrong

    Grey

    Guest Star

    Cheryl Molineaux

    Cheryl Molineaux

    Miss Rutherford

    Guest Star

    Michael Wisher

    Michael Wisher

    John Wakefield

    Recurring Role

    Ric Felgate

    Ric Felgate

    Van Lyden

    Recurring Role

    John Abineri

    John Abineri

    Carrington

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (3)

      • Revealing Mistake: When Cornish tells Taltalian to cooperate, the screen rises from his console. But when it sinks back down, the image stays in place.

      • The screen that the Doctor and Brigadier use to triangulate the signal wobbles when it is touched.

      • The astronaut rotates his capsule and his image on the screen rotates. If the camera is inside the capsule, it should rotate with him and the image should stay still.

    • QUOTES (1)

    • NOTES (7)

      • Video: Doctor Who: The Ambassadors of Death (BBCV 7265) released in May 2002. Released in U.S.A./Canada (Warner Home Video E1856) in October 2003.

      • Novelisation: Doctor Who - The Ambassadors of Death by Terrance Dicks (ISBN 0 426 20305 4) first published by W H Allen in 1987.

      • This was the first episode in which we saw the TARDIS console in colour, albeit removed from the TARDIS. It turns out to have been lime green all along! This colour was used because, on black and white film, it appeared a brighter white that it would have if it had actually been white. This is not a continuity error, as noone ever claimed that the console was white.

      • This story is one of the casualties of the junking of episodes from the BBC archive. Colour videotapes of Episode 2 to 7 were wiped prior to 1977. The entire story exists as 16mm monochrome telerecordings. The Doctor Who Restoration team have managed to reinstate colour for the VHS Video release as follows -

        Episodes 1 and 5 are entirely in colour.
        Episode 4 is entirely in black and white.
        Episode 2 the first 4 minutes in colour, then again from 11 minutes, then back into black and white at 17 minutes until the end of the episode.
        Episode 3 the first 4 minutes in colour, the remainder in black and white.
        Episode 6 colour from about 2 minutes until 8 minutes, then colour from 15 minutes to the end.
        Episode 7 colour for about the first 8 minutes, then again from 17 minutes to the end.

        For the 2012 DVD release, the entire serial was colorized.

      • The working titles for this serial were The Invaders from Mars and The Carriers of Death.

      • Michael Wisher plays the reporter John Wakefield, the first of nine appearances on the series. His most memorable is as Davros in Genesis of the Daleks.

      • This story features an interesting title sequence. After the logo, there is a short scene (a reprise of the previous episode's cliffhanger in Episodes 2 to 7) before the opening titles resume with the first part of the title: "The Ambassadors". Then the words "of Death" zoom in, accompanied by the familiar sting. The writer credit and episode number follow.

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