Doctor Who, The Savages, 1966
The eighth and penultimate story in Doctor Who’s third season. The Savages was first broadcast in four weekly parts in 1966 and was the first story not to featurte individual episode titles.
The Savages was the final story to feature Peter Purves as companion Steven Taylor, who exits when The Doctor convincinces him to remain behind as a mediator.
Despite their names being associated with a number of prevous stories The Savages was the first full story to be wholly commissioned and produced by Innes Lloyd and Gerry Davies. Previous stories with their names had actually been substantially pre-produced by their predecessors, John Wiles and Donald Tosh.
When the TARDIS lands on a distant planet, the Doctor confidently announces to his companions that he has brought them to an age of great advancement, peace and prosperity.
His calculations seem to be confirmed when the travellers are greeted by Jano and the Elders who take them on a tour of their city – a haven of beauty, harmony and friendship, set in a wilderness inhabited by tribes of savages.
However the security of the city is founded on one deadly and appalling secret. It’s not long before the Doctor and his friends realise that it is not only outside the city walls that savages dwell…
William Hartnell – The Doctor
Peter Purves – Steven Taylor
Jackie Lane – Dodo Chaplet
Fredrick Jaeger – Jano
Norman Henry – Senta
Patrick Godfrey – Tor
Ewen Solon – Chal
All four episodes are missing from the archives. A complete soundtrack exists along with some brief 8mm film recordings including the departure of Steven. Both of these were made by fans.
The soundtrack along with linking narration by Peter Purves has been released on CD. The 8mm film recordings can be found on the BBC DVD Lost In Time. A reconstruction of the story has been made with telesnaps, production stills and the complete soundtrack. The story was adapted by the author for a Target novelisation.
Written By: Ian Stuart Black
Script Editor: Gerry Davies
Producer: Innes Lloyd
Original Transmission Dates: 28th May – 18th June 1966