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Doctor Who (1963)

Season 8 Episode 21

The Daemons, Episode One

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM May 22, 1971 on BBC
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Episode Summary

The Daemons, Episode One

Earth, the near future. An archaeological dig at the village of Devil's End is tapping dangerous powers. The Doctor must race against time to prevent a catastrophe.

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  • Great Story! Fast paced w/ strong mix of sci-fi and horror!

    I love the H.P. Lovecraft feel of this episode! I know his influence can be see through out the whole run of classic Who... but this one has a lot of direct influence from Lovecraft's works... The Master is the most diabolical we've seen yet... sure before hand, he's had many grant schemes, but this time the gloves seem to be off as he attempts to harness the ancient powers that have shaped humanity since the beginning of time! Tons of influence not only from Lovecraft as mentioned before, but from the horror genre of film... from "The Wicker Man" (witchcraft in a small town) to "Rosemary's Baby" (conspiracy of neighbors in an otherwise normal town)...

    great epi!moreless
Christopher Wray

Christopher Wray

PC Groom

Guest Star

Jon Croft

Jon Croft

Tom Girton

Guest Star

Eric Hillyard

Eric Hillyard

Dr. Reeves

Guest Star

Don McKillop

Don McKillop

Bert the Landlord

Recurring Role

Damaris Hayman

Damaris Hayman

Miss Hawthorne

Recurring Role

John Levene

John Levene

Sergeant Benton

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Continuity: After Miss Hawthorne calms the winds, she turns to the police constable. When she does, her cloak, which had been blown back over her shoulders, is suddenly back around her chest.

    • Continuity: The first time Bessie blow her horn in response to the Doctor, the horn bulb does not squeeze. In subsequent shots it does.

    • Incorrectly Regarded as Goof:So … who or what killed the man leaving the pub at the beginning of the episode? Azal hasn't been summoned yet. [Most likely it was the Master channelling Azal's power as he does throughout the serial.]

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Harry: Professor, suppose something does happen?
      Professor Horner: Like?
      Harry: Personal appearance of You-Know-How?
      Professor Horner: Well, use your initiative, lad. Get your chatty friend over there to interview him!

  • NOTES (5)

    • Barry Letts took great care to make the occult ceremonies "occultish" without actually involving satanic practice or witchcraft. Some of the prayers, for example, are nursery rhymes recited backwards.

    • Video: Doctor Who: The Daemons (BBCV 4950) released in March 1993. Released in U.S.A./Canada (Warner Home Video E1141) in October 1993.

    • Novelisation: Doctor Who and The Daemons by Barry Letts (ISBN 0 426 11332 2) first published by Universal-Tandem in 1974.

    • By 1978, the BBC had wiped the colour videotape masters of all but Episode Four, although monochrome film recordings made for export survived for all episodes.

      In that year, Ian Levine asked a friend to record the programme from a broadcast by KCET TV in Los Angeles, U.S.A. using a Betamax VCR.

      In 1992, the serial was recoloured in a complex process involving the combination of the colour signal from copies of these tapes (and another fan recording, used to bridge a gap when tapes were changed during brodcast) with the luminance signal from the monochrome film recordings. For a full account of the restoration, see the Restoration Team Website.

      This recoloured version was first broadcast on BBC 2 between 20 November and 18 December 1992.

    • The story is credited to Guy Leopold, a pseudonym for producer Barry Letts and his collaborator Robert Sloman. The script started life as an audition piece during the casting for Jo Grant.


    • "Greatest archaeological find since Sutton Hoo" - Professor Horner

      Horner refers to the Suffolk burial site uncovered completely intact in 1939. It is the most important archaeological find in English history.