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

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

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