Doctor Who (1963)

Season 3 Episode 33

The Final Test

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Apr 23, 1966 on BBC
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The Final Test
Steven and Dodo must win a game of TARDIS Hopscotch to defeat Cyril the Schoolboy and recover the TARDIS. However, as the Doctor nears the completion of the Trilogic Game, he realizes he must find a way to make the last move of his game without destroying himself and his friends along with the Toyroom.moreless

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  • the fact that only episode 4 exists is a disgrace to the good name of Michael Gough

    Gough is one of the best actors that ever lived, looking at him now its hard to believe that the mysterious dictator of a realm of hellish toys is the same person as Alfred in Batman (Michael Caine is just not the same) And I considor this to one of Gough's finest performances. The story has been written in the strange way that a lot of early who stories were written like, its times like this that you don't really care about wobbly sets (well seeing as three quarters of the episode we have to make do with reconstructions its obvious why) but it isn't just a recording studio, it is the celestial toyroom, and Gough is the toymaker.

    I sometimes wonder what possessed the beeb to think that some of their recordings wouldn't be worth anything in years to come. Why? Doctor who asserted its popularity from the beginning so why would they think that people wouldn't want to see those episodes again? The crap job they did of archieving 60s who is worse than anything the beeb have ever done since its creation (and that includes eldorado) problem is that they junked most of the ones that were most likely brilliant. Fury from the deep, evil of the daleks, marco polo, and this, possibly michael gough's finest hour.

    It was a miracle that the final test was returned, but the beeb did originally hold a copy if ep3 but it went missing along with tenth planet 4 and dalek masterplan 4, the beeb don't really come across as caring when it comes to doctor who, the least they could have done was not cancel it in 1989...moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The character of Cyril was so close in appearance and mannerism to the Billy Bunter character from the Greyfriars novels by Frank Richards that the BBC put in a voiceover at the end of the episode disclaiming any similarity between the two characters.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Toymaker: There was no point in giving you back your power of speech if you're going to just sit there, silent and solemn.
      The Doctor [ drily ]: And you seem to say quite enough for both of us.

    • Dodo [ of the Toymaker ]: We'll never see him again, will we, Doctor?
      The Doctor: Oh my dear, don't talk too soon. The mind is indestructable. So is the Toymaker.
      Steven: What, you mean he can never be destroyed?
      Dodo: But you defeated him!
      The Doctor: Yes, just at this moment. But there will be other meetings, in another time.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The Celestial Toymaker was to have returned in a Season 23 episode, The Nightmare Fair, but this was shelved when the series was unexpectedly put on hiatus. A novelisation of the story, set shortly after the end of Season 22, was published by Virgin in May 1989.

      The Toymaker also appeared in the original Fifth Doctor novel Divided Loyalties, in which his first meeting with the Doctor is recounted. This was one of the BBC's range of Past Doctor adventures, published in October 1999.

    • This is the only episode of The Celestial Toymaker to remain in the BBC archives.

      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 Hartnell Years (BBCV 4608) released in June 1991. Released in U.S.A./Canada (Warner Home Video E1098) in January 1992.


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