6J. Doctor Who - The King's Demons

Season Twenty

Script Editor: Eric Saward; Produced by: John Nathan-Turner; Writer: Terence Dudley; Director: Tony Virgo; Designer: Ken Ledsham; Incidental Music: Jonathan Gibbs and Peter Howell (King's song); Lute Player: Jacob Lindberg; Fight Arranger: John Walker;

The TARDIS materialises on Earth on 4th March 1215 during a joust. The King welcomes the travellers who he calls his demons.

The Kings is not who he seems. He is in fact a chameleonic android found on the planet Xeriphas, and brought to Earth by the King's Champion, alias the Master.

The Master plans to stop the Magna Carta from being signed by discrediting the King, therefore altering the course of history. The Doctor manages to free the android from the control of the Master, and the Doctor accepts it as a travelling companion.

Regular cast

Tegan Jovanka: Janet Fielding; Vislor Turlough: Mark Strickson;

Guest cast

Sir Giles Estram/The Master: Anthony Ainley; King John (Kamelion): Gerald Flood; Ranulf Fitzwilliam: Frank Windsor; Isabella Fitzwilliam: Isla Blair; Hugh Fitzwilliam: Christopher Villers; Sir Geoffrey de Lacey: Michael J. Jackson; Jester: Peter Burroughs (1);
Uncredited cast: Gaoler: Tony Annis; Voice of Kamelion: Gerald Flood (2); Kamelion: (all 2) Peter Davison, Anthony Ainley, Janet Fielding; Met at Arms: Jerry Judge, Mick McKenny, Trevor Steadman, Lloyd Williams; Ranulf's Knights: David Cole, Mike Mungarvan, Kevin O'Brien, Malcolm Ross; King's Knights: Dave Ballard, Adrian Fenwick, Paul Lowther, David Ross, Graham Stagg;

First showing

Channel Episode Title Date Viewers Position
BBC 1600Part OneTue 15 March 19836:55 pm - 7:20 pm5.8M107th
BBC 1601Part TwoWed 16 March 19836:45 pm - 7:10 pm7.2M66th

Repeats (on the BBC)

Outside filming

Bodiam Castle, Bodiam, East Sussex;

Studio filming

Television Centre Studio 1;

Bloopers and mistakes

Episode 2: Kamelion (as King John) is seen playing a lute, but he fingers it as though it were a guitar. (The lute is not played like a guitar.)

Notes and trivia

In order to conceal the fact that Anthony Ainley was in the story, Radio Times credited the part of Sir Giles Estram to James Stoker, an anagram of Master's Joke.

This story introduced Kamelion, a planned companion but who only appeared in one further story.

Working titles

A Knight's Tale; The Demons;