Doctor Who (1963)

Season 9 Episode 21

The Time Monster, Episode One

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM May 20, 1972 on BBC
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Episode Summary

England, the near future. Professor Thascalos's TOMTIT project is nearing completion. But why is a simple matter transmitter causing disruption to the flow of time?

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  • In a good way!

    This episode is really crazy, but fun to watch with tons on unintentionally funny moments. Moments such as Benton turning into a baby, The Master laughing at Jo for hurting her butt, The UNIT guys running in slow-mo, The Doctor talking backwards like a sublimal heavy metal record, the Master summoning another villain who can't stand him, a female scientist accusing all men of sexism. On the positive side we hear the Doctor talking about his childhood friendship with a hermit and like always the Doctor and company thwart the Master's plan, no matter how crazy or stupid he can get! Pure Sci-fi camp!moreless
Neville Barber

Neville Barber

Dr. Cook

Guest Star

John Wyse

John Wyse

Dr. Percival

Guest Star

Terry Walsh

Terry Walsh

Window Cleaner

Recurring Role

Barry Ashton

Barry Ashton


Recurring Role

Ian Collier

Ian Collier

Stuart Hyde

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • Continuity: The energy in TOMTIT causes Stuart to grab his head and fall back. However, in the next shot, when the Master calls out to Kronos, Stuart can be seen in the background, standing comfortably and holding a clipboard.

    • Factual Errors: The radiation suits used in the laboratory do not apparently include gloves.

    • Equipment Visible: Toward the end of the opening scene, the shadow of the mike moves over the Doctor's face.

    • The Master uses the alias of "Professor Thascalos". "Thascalos" is the Greek word for "Master".

    • As part of the nightmare sequence, the Doctor has flashbacks to the destruction of the parallel Earth as seen in Inferno.

    • When the Time Sensor is first being tested, Katy Manning can be seen triggering and releasing a switch to turn it on and off.

    • The CSO outline of the vase wobbles around as the camera moves when the vase is being sent through the TOMTIT device.

    • In the scene where the Time Sensor is being tested, the back of the empty police box can be seen when the Doctor exits the TARDIS.

    • The Greek accent the Master fakes is all over the place, getting quite thick when he's instructing Ruth on how to build the new circuit, absent every other time.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Jo [ of the Time Scanner ]: It's a bit out on distance, though. It says the TARDIS is only a foot away.
      The Doctor: Well, that's Venusian feet.
      Jo: Oh, they're larger than ours?
      The Doctor: Yes, much larger. Always tripping over themselves, the Venusians.

    • The Doctor: I tell you Brigadier, there is grave danger.
      Brigadier: Danger of what, for heaven's sake?
      The Doctor: Well, I'm not sure. But in my dream, I quite cleary-
      Brigadier: If it got out, you'd be the laughing stock of UNIT. A dream. Really, Doctor, you'll be consulting the entrails of a sheep next!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Novelisation: Doctor Who - The Time Monster by Terrance Dicks (ISBN 0 426 20221 X) first published by W H Allen in 1985.

    • Video: Doctor Who: The Time Monster released as part of Doctor Who: The Master Boxed Set (BBCV 7175) in November 2001. Doctor Who: The Time Monster released in U.S.A./Canada (Warner Home Video E1729) in January 2003.


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