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Dr. Who: Temple of Secrets


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by Donald Cotton.
An adventure in space and time.
Starring William Hartnell as Dr. Who and Maureen O'Brien, Peter Purves

Doctor Who and the Trojan War
BBC1 5.50
The time and space voyagers in the good ship Tardis come down to Mother Earth for their latest adventure - but to a world as remote from our own as any distant planet. The place where the vessel materialises this time is nowadays a not-very-exciting plain in Asia Minor; but it was not always so. Once, some thousands of years ago, it witnessed the most famous clash of arms ever sung by a poet: the Trojan War.
It is into this heroic age the Dr. Who and his companions are thrust in their latest adventure, which has been written by Donald Cotton. There are four episodes in the story, and the first of these sees them emerging from Tardis on to a sandy scrub-strewn plain. Near their landing place, an epic duel is in progress; the contestants are Achilles, champion among the Greek attackers, and Hector, the loud-boasting Trojan.
As curious as ever, the Doctor intervenes to check his position. His appearance abruptly decides the outcome of the fight. But it also does something more, for as a result he is hailed by Achilles as Almighty Zeus, come from Olympus to aid the Greek cause. From then on the Doctor and his friends find themselves becoming more and more a part of the great legend.
In this action-filled but not too serious tale, the part of King Priam of Troy is played by the distinguished actor and revue artist Max Adrian, while Paris - seen here as a character gone somewhat to seed in the years that have passed since he started the whole business by making off with Helen - is played by Barrie Ingham.


Writer: Donald Cotton
Title music: Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Incidental music composed and conducted by: Humphrey Searle
Designer: John Wood
Producer: John Wiles
Director: Michael Leeston-Smith
Dr. Who: William Hartnell
Vicki: Maureen O'Brien
Steven: Peter Purves
Achilles: Cavan Kendall
Hector: Alan Haywood
Odysseus: Ivor Salter
Agamemnon: Francis de Wolff
Menelaus: Jack Melford
Cyclops: Tutte Lemkow

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