The War Machines

 

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 overseen by civil servant Sir Charles Summer.

It transpires however that WOTAN considers that humans are inferior to machines and should therefore be ruled by them. Exerting a hypnotic influence, it arranges the construction of War Machines – heavily-armed, self-contained mobile computers – with which to take over the world.

These prove more than a match for troops, but by establishing a magnetic force field the Doctor is able to capture one of them, which he then reprograms to destroy WOTAN. Dodo, now back in her own time, decides to remain on Earth. The Doctor enters the TARDIS alone, but Brett’s secretary Polly and her merchant seaman friend Ben Jackson follow him inside just before it dematerialises.

 

Cast & Crew

Cast

The Doctor – William Hartnell
American Journalist – Ric Felgate
Ben Jackson – Michael Craze from Episode 1
Captain – John Rolfe
Corporal – Frank Jarvis
Dodo – Jackie Lane until Episode 2
Flash – Ewan Proctor
Garage Mechanic – Edward Colliver
Interviewer – John Doye
Kitty – Sandra Bryant
Machine Operator – Gerald Taylor
Major Green – Alan Curtis
Man in telephone box – John Slavid
Polly – Anneke Wills from Episode 1
Professor Brett – John Harvey
Professor Krimpton – John Cater
Radio Announcer – Dwight Whylie
Sergeant – John Boyd-Brent
Sir Charles Summer – William Mervyn
Soldier – Robin Dawson
Taxi-driver – Michael Rathbone
Television Newsreader – Kenneth Kendall
The Minister – George Cross
The voice of WOTAN/WOTAN – Gerald Taylor
Tramp – Roy Godfrey
US Correspondent – Carl Conway
Worker – Desmond Cullum-Jones
Worker – Eddie Davis

Crew

Director – Michael Ferguson
Assistant Floor Manager – Lovett Bickford
Assistant Floor Manager – Margot Hayhoe
Costumes – Daphne Dare
Costumes – Barbara Lane
Designer – Raymond London
Film Cameraman – Alan Jonas
Film Editor – Eric Mival
Incidental Music – stock
Make-Up – Sonia Markham
Producer – Innes Lloyd
Production Assistant – Snowy White
Special Sounds – Brian Hodgson
Story Editor – Gerry Davis
Studio Lighting – George Summers
Studio Sound – David Hughes
Title Music – Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, arranged by Delia Derbyshire
Writer – Ian Stuart Black based on an idea by Kit Pedler

First Transmitted

1 – 25/06/1966 17:35
2 – 02/07/1966 18:55
3 – 09/07/1966 17:35
4 – 16/07/1966 17:15

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