Doctor Who (1963)

Season 3 Episode 30

The Celestial Toyroom

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Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Apr 02, 1966 on BBC
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The Celestial Toyroom
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The Doctor, Steven and Dodo fall into the clutches of the Celestial Toymaker, an immortal who challenges his victims to games – with their souls forfeit to him should they lose. While the Doctor plays the Trilogic Game, a variation on the classic Towers of Hanoi puzzle, Steven and Dodo are sent on a quest to find the TARDIS, against opponents who may be figments of the Toymaker's imagination – or may be living beings, ensnared in his clutches, who seek to escape. First, Dodo and Steven must compete against the clowns Clara and Joey in an obstacle course.moreless

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      • Four legs, no feet, of arms no lack
        It carries no burden on its back
        Six deadly sisters, seven for choice
        Call the servants without voice.

      • The Toymaker: The last time you were here, I hoped you'd stay long enough for a game, but you had hardly time to turn around.
        The Doctor: And very wise I was, too, hmmm?

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      • Novelisation: Doctor Who â€" The Celestial Toymaker by Gerry Davis (ISBN 0 426 20251 1) first published by W H Allen in 1986.

      • The first three episodes of this story have been lost from the BBC archives.

      • Brian Hayles' script was rewritten by the outgoing script editor Donald Tosh, and was originally intended to go out with Tosh credited as writer and Hayles as storyliner. However, the original script contained characters from the stage play George and Margaret by then-head of BBC serials Gerald Savory and late in the day Savory withdrew permission for the use of his characters in the script. The new script editor, Gerry Davis, quickly rewrote the script, and actors Campbell Singer and Carmen Silvera found themselves playing multiple roles throughout the serial rather than the parts for which they had been cast. Tosh, unhappy with the revisions, asked that his name be taken off, and it thus went out credited solely to Hayles.

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