The Smugglers


First Transmitted

1 – 10/09/1966 17:50

2 – 17/09/1966 17:55

3 – 24/09/1966 17:50

4 – 01/10/1966 17:50


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 by Pike’s men after inadvertently learning, from churchwarden Joseph Longfoot (who is subsequently murdered), a cryptic rhyme that holds the key to the treasure’s whereabouts.

Although he manages to escape, the Doctor is eventually forced to tell Pike the rhyme’s meaning – it refers to names on tombstones in the church crypt – and the treasure is uncovered. At this point, however, the militia arrive, having been summoned by Revenue officer Josiah Blake. A fight ensues in which Pike and many of his men are killed and the rest taken prisoner. The Doctor and his companions meanwhile slip back to the TARDIS.

Cast & Crew


The Doctor – William Hartnell

Ben Jackson – Michael Craze

Polly – Anneke Wills

Blake – John Ringham

Captain Pike – Michael Godfrey

Cherub – George A Cooper

Churchwarden – Terence de Marney

Gaptooth – Jack Bligh

Jacob Kewper – David Blake Kelly

Jamaica – Elroy Josephs

Spaniard – Derek Ware

Squire – Paul Whitsun-Jones

Tom – Mike Lucas


Director – Julia Smith

Assistant Floor Manager – John Hansen

Assistant Floor Manager – Tony Gilbert

Assistant Floor Manager – Maggie Saunders

Costumes – Daphne Dare

Designer – Richard Hunt

Fight Arranger – Derek Ware

Film Cameraman – Jimmy Court

Film Editor – Colin Eggleston

Incidental Music – none

Make-Up – Sonia Markham

Producer – Innes Lloyd

Production Assistant – John Hobbs

Special Sounds – Brian Hodgson

Story Editor – Gerry Davis

Studio Lighting – Cyril Wilkins

Studio Sound – Leo Sturgess

Title Music – Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, arranged by Delia Derbyshire

Writer – Brian Hayles

All 4 episodes of The Smugglers are missing from the BBC archives.

© Anneke Wills 2017