Doctor Who (1963)

Season 5 Episode 19

The Enemy of the World, Episode 3

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Jan 06, 1968 on BBC



  • Trivia

    • Other Mistake: After Astrid leaves the kitchen and Grif returns, the door to the kitchen opens. It is another thirty seconds or so before Fariah walks in.

  • Quotes

    • Griffin: What's wrong? Bound to be something serious.
      Victoria: This is a friend of mine, Griff.
      Griffin: He's not—he's not a cook like you, I hope?
      Victoria: No.
      Griffin: Oh, well, that's all right then. well, I suppose this is as good a place as any to meet friends. Come one, come all, I say!

    • Salamander: Pretending to save my life was ingenious. But ingenuity requires a constant stream of new ideas. Yours seems to have dried up.

    • Griffin: Dinner tonight's going to be a national disaster! My mother was right.
      Victoria: What?
      Griffin: She wanted me to be a dustman. Here, look, you want to do something useful?
      Victoria: Oh, yes please.
      Griffin: Well sit down and write out the menus. First course interrupted by bomb explosion. Second course affected by earthquakes. Third course ruined by interference in the kitchen. I'm going out for a walk. It'll probably rain.

    • The Doctor: People spend all their time making nice things, and then other people come along and break them.

  • Notes

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

      Video: This episode was included in Doctor Who: The Troughton Years (BBCV 4609) released in June 1991. Released in U.S.A./Canada (Warner Home Video E1097) in March 1992.

    • George Pravda, who played Denes, would return as Professor Jaeger in The Mutants and as Castellan Spandrell in The Deadly Assassin.

    • Unusually, this episode does not feature a reprise of the end of the preceding episode.

    • The master copy of this episode was wiped in 1969, but a 16mm telerecording survives. It was the only complete episode of this story to be retained in the BBC archives until 2013, when telerecordings of the missing episodes were recovered from Nigeria.

  • Allusions

    • The Doctor: A sort of Jekyll and Hyde character, perhaps, our Mr. Salamander.
      Referencing, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a story by Robert Louis Stevenson, originally published in 1886. In the tale, Dr. Jekyll, a peaceful man, created a potion that unleashed his "evil side", the murderous Mr. Hyde. Since its publication, the term "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" has come into colloquial use, to refer to the good and evil parts of a person.