On the 25th June 1966 the British television viewing public got their first glimpse of Polly and Ben in episode 1 of Doctor Who – The War Machines. Anneke Wills and Michael Craze were originally cast in their roles back in May 1966 and went on to star in nine stories alongside William Hartnell and then Patrick Troughton.
The War Machines 25th June, 1966 - Plot The TARDIS arrives in London in 1966 and the Doctor and Dodo visit the Post Office Tower. There they meet Professor Brett, whose revolutionary new computer WOTAN (Will Operating Thought ANalogue) can actually think for itself and is shortly to be linked up to other major computers around the world – a project The Smugglers 10th September, 1966 - Plot The TARDIS arrives on the coast of seventeenth century Cornwall – much to the astonishment of Polly and Ben. Pirates led by Captain Samuel Pike and his henchman Cherub are searching for a hidden treasure, while a smuggling ring masterminded by the local Squire is trying to off-load contraband. The Doctor is kidnapped The Tenth Planet 8th October, 1966 - Plot The TARDIS arrives in December 1986 at a South Pole Space Tracking station where the personnel, under the command of General Cutler, are engaged in trying to talk down a manned space capsule that has got into difficulty. The Doctor realises that the problem stems from the gravitational pull of another planet that has The Power of the Daleks 5th November, 1966 - Plot The TARDIS brings the new Doctor, Polly and Ben to the Earth colony planet Vulcan. The Doctor witnesses a murder and, investigating the body, discovers a pass badge allowing him unrestricted access to the colony. The dead man was an Earth Examiner who had been secretly summoned by Deputy Governor Quinn to investigate The Highlanders 17th December, 1966 - Plot The time travellers arrive in Scotland in the aftermath of the battle of Culloden. The Doctor gains the trust of a small band of fleeing Highlanders by offering to tend their wounded Laird, Colin McLaren; but while Polly and the Laird’s daughter, Kirsty, are away fetching water, he and the others are all captured The Underwater Menace 14th January, 1967 - Plot The TARDIS arrives on a extinct volcanic island. Before long, the travellers are captured and taken into the depths of the Earth, where they find a hidden civilisation – the lost city of Atlantis. The Atlanteans worship a goddess named Amdo and use Fish People – men and women operated upon so that The Moonbase 11th February, 1967 - Plot The TARDIS arrives in 2070 AD on the Moon, where a weather control station under the command of a man named Hobson is in the grip of a plague epidemic – in reality the result of an alien poison planted by the Cybermen. Polly realises that as the Cybermen’s chest units are made The Macra Terror 11th March, 1967 - Plot The time travellers visit a human colony that appears to be a happy place run along the lines of an enormous holiday camp but has in fact been infiltrated and taken over by a race of giant crab-like creatures – the Macra. The brainwashed inhabitants are forced to mine a gas toxic to The Faceless Ones 8th April, 1967 - Plot The TARDIS arrives on Earth in 1966 – on a runway at Gatwick airport. Polly witnesses a murder in a nearby hangar and is then kidnapped by the perpetrator, Spencer of Chameleon Tours. Subsequently Ben also vanishes. The Doctor and Jamie are left to try to convince the sceptical airport Commandant that there