For many years, it was thought that every episode of "The Daleks Master Plan" had been destroyed by the BBC, in their 1970s purge of the archives. However, in 1983, two episodes (5 and 10) were found and returned to the BBC for preservation. They were found in a highly unlikely location: the basement of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Clapham, South London. No one knows how they got there...
New this month During filming, Tom Baker (The Doctor) was bitten on the left side of his upper lip by a dog belonging to Paul Seed (Graff Vyda-K). As a result, publicity stills for The Ribos Operation saw Baker wearing a plaster on his face, and for the remainder of filming he required a heavy and uncomfortable make-up application to cover the wound. The scar remained visible for much of Season 16.
Sylvester McCoy was given a new costume for Season Twenty-Six, with a darker jacket, hatband, tie and handkerchief to reflect the gradual development of the Seventh Doctor's personality, and to show that The Doctor himself was getting 'darker' and more serious. To surprise viewers with the revised outfit, it was decided the Doctor would begin the season 26 wearing a duffel coat over his regular clothes, the belief at this time being that The Curse Of Fenric would be the 'lead story' for season 26. Later however, it was pushed back to third in transmission order, meaning that the effect went for nought, as the costume had already been seen in the first two serials.
Such was the popularity of Doctor Who in Britain in the mid-1960s that even THE BEATLES wanted to make an appearance in the show. So a scene was written into "The Chase" to allow them to appear. The idea had been devised of including a scene on the Time and Space Visualiser depicting a Beatles fiftieth-anniversary concert in 2015, with the Fab Four dressed up as old men. John, Paul, George, and Ringo themselves were interested in the proposition, but it was vetoed by their manager, Brian Epstein. It was then thought that an appearance by the Beatles on 'Top Of The Pops' might be used instead, but no such footage was available. Fortunately, the Beatles were scheduled to perform 'Ticket To Ride' at Riverside Studios in Hammersmith on April 10th, 1965, and that footage was used instead.
This Doctor Who story was originally scripted and produced as a four-episode story, but, just two weeks before transmission, upon viewing the story, co-creators Sydney Newman and Donald Wilson felt that the final two episodes (Episode 3:'Crisis' and Episode 4:'The Urge to Live') should be combined into a single episode. The new 'condensed' episode incorporated the opening titles of 'Crisis' with the closing credits of 'The Urge to Live'.
When originally recorded on 15 Nov 63, the first episode of this Doctor Who story ('The Dead Planet') was found to be unsuitable for broadcast due to the soundtrack picking up interference from the assistant director's headphones. The episode was re-recorded on 6 Dec 63, which forced the production of all subsequent episodes (from episode 4 onwards) to be delayed a week.
In case you've ever wondered why everyone in the universe speaks English, Time Lords have the ability to telepathically understand and speak any language they hear and they're able to share this ability with their companions. (As for why everyone in the universe has a British accent, this can be put down to the fact that the Doctor is an Anglophile.).
The Doctor Who story "Fury From the Deep" was the first to feature the Doctor's favourite gadget, the "Sonic Screwdriver". The "Sonic Screwdriver" has popped up in Doctor Who stories many times since...even as recently as the 1996 TV Movie of Doctor Who (the one that starred Paul McGann as the Doctor). Sadly, it cannot be seen in "Fury from The Deep" as every episode of that story was destroyed by the BBC in 1977.
Location filming of "The War Games" took place in East Sussex during April 1969. To depict the desolate landscape of "no-man's land" during 1917, the location shoot was done at the Brighton Corporation Refuse Tip at Sheepcote, near Brighton. The very same location had been used just a few months before, also to depict "no-man's land in 1917" by Richard Attenborough, for his film "Oh What A Lovely War"
Robophobia, an irrational fear of robots, is at one point referred to as 'Grimwade's syndrome'. This was an in-joke reference to production assistant Peter Grimwade (later to become a director and writer on the series) who had bemoaned the fact that the stories on which he was assigned to work almost always involved robots.
"The Deadly Assasin" was the ONLY Doctor Who story in which the Doctor does not have a "companion" of some kind. The previous companion, Sarah Jane Smith (played by Elizabeth Sladen) was 'written out' in the previous story "The Hand of Fear", and the next companion, Leela (Louise Jameson) did not come on board the TARDIS until the next story "The Face of Evil"
David Troughton, who plays King Peladon, is the son of the second Doctor Who, Patrick Troughton. Both Troughtons had previously appeared together in the Season 6 (1969) story 'The War Games'; Patrick Troughton as The Doctor, and David Troughton in the minor part of a solider called Private Moor. Additional trivia point: David Troughton shared a flat with future (sixth) Doctor Who Colin Baker at the time of the making of 'The Curse of Peladon' (January 1972).
Throughout the whole of Doctor Who, the original series and the new series, The Doctor only refers to himself as 'Doctor Who' once - and this was a mistake by William Hartnal, who was getting frail. The end credits originally listed the actor playing the Doctor as 'Doctor Who', but his later changed to mainly using 'The Doctor'.
For a show with a "Circus and Clowns" theme, it is appropriate that this Doctor Who story was filmed in a tent. It wasn't planned that way, but the studio at BBC TV Centre in London that was originally to be used for filming 'The Greatest Show In The Galaxy' had to be closed at short notice when the presence of dangerous white asbestos was discovered in the studio's structure. With no alternative studios available, filming was switched to a marquee temporarily erected in the car park of the BBC Studios at Elstree.