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Doctor Who (1963)

Season 4 Episode 1

The Smugglers, Episode 1

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Sep 10, 1966 on BBC
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Episode Summary

The Smugglers, Episode 1
Ben and Polly's first trip by TARDIS takes them to the 17th-century Cornish coast, in the era of smugglers and pirates. There, the Doctor receives a clue to the location of hidden pirate treasure – making him a target for the vicious captain Pike. His interrogation is delayed when a smuggler named Jacob Kewper contacts Pike, erroneously believing him to be a fellow smuggler; when Pike learns that the local Squire is the head of a smuggling ring, he decides to impersonate a smuggler, learn the location of the smugglers' hoard, and then kill them all and acquire the goods for himself. The Doctor and Kewper manage to escape, but Kewper goes straight to the Squire with news of the hidden treasure. The Doctor and his friends have only one ally – Revenue man Josiah Blake, who has been investigating smuggling in the area but now finds that all hell is about to break loose. While Blake rides for the militia, the Doctor struggles to decipher the clue he's been given, knowing that only by locating the treasure himself can he bargain with the pirates and smugglers and prevent a battle which will inevitably result in the deaths of innocent townsfolk.moreless

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • The Churchwarden (Terence De Marney) misrecites the names "Ringwood, Smallbeer and Gurney" as "Smallwood, Ringwood and Gurney." This was ignored, despite the riddle being critical to the Doctor finding the treasure.

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    • NOTES (5)

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

      • Novelisation: Doctor Who â€" The Smugglers by Terrance Dicks (ISBN 0 426 20328 3) first published by W H Allen in 1988.

      • It was during production of this serial that William Hartnell agreed to give up the role of the Doctor as his health would not allow him to continue.

      • This story was the first to have large sections shot on location outside of the London-area. Five days were allocated to shoot in Cornwall. The crew were based in Penzance in the far south west of Cornwall and their time was spent as follows:

        18th June 1966 - Cast and crew travel to Penzance
        19th June 1966 - Nanjizal Cove - Hartnell, Craze and Wills used
        20th June 1966 - Nanjizal Cove again (but without main cast)
        21st June 1966 - Church Cove and Helston
        22nd June 1966 - Porthcurno
        23rd June 1966 - The Bonny Mary, which sailed from Newlyn Harbour and anchored off Nanjizal Bay, was dressed up to be Captain Pike's ship, The Black Albatross.

      • No complete episodes from this serial survive in the archives, although there are some surviving censor clips, and silent, colour location footage of the serial being made.

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