Much to the amazement of Ben and Polly the TARDIS is not in the same place as when they entered, but has in fact materialised in the 17th century on the Cornish coast.
The Doctor receives a strange message from the local church warden - a cryptic rhyme which tells of the location of treasure that a group of pirates are searching for. The Doctor is captured by the leader of the pirates, Captain Pike.
At the same time a group of people, the Squire included, have formed a smuggling ring and are planning to offload contraband. The local militia arrive, and in the fight many of Pike's men are killed.
The Doctor, Ben and Polly, who had previously been arrested for the murder of the church warden and are freed, go on their way.
Regular castBen Jackson: Michael Craze; Polly Wright: Anneke Wills;
Guest castCherub: George A. Cooper; Squire Edwards: Paul Whitsun-Jones; Captain Samuel Pike: Michael Godfrey; Tom: Mike Lucas (1-3); Jacob Kewper: David Blake Kelly (1-3); Churchwarden (Joseph Longford): Terence de Marney (1); Spaniard: Derek Ware (1,4); Josiah Blake: John Ringham (2-3); Jamaica: Elroy Josephs (2-3); Gaptooth: Jack Bligh (4);
Uncredited cast: Doubles for the Doctor: David Blake Kelly (3), Albert Ward (4);
|BBC 1||127||Episode 1||Sat 10 September 1966||5:50 pm - 6:15 pm||4.3M||96th|
|BBC 1||128||Episode 2||Sat 17 September 1966||5:55 pm - 6:20 pm||4.9M||77th|
|BBC 1||129||Episode 3||Sat 24 September 1966||5:50 pm - 6:15 pm||4.2M||96th|
|BBC 1||130||Episode 4||Sat 1 October 1966||5:50 pm - 6:15 pm||4.5M||109th|
Sennen, Breage Church, Church Cove, Ruan Minor Church, Helson, Porthcurno, all in Cornwall;
Riverside Studio 1;
Bloopers and mistakes
This programme has no bloopers or mistakes. It's probably not perfect, just that they haven't been found or pointed out yet.
Notes and trivia
This story has no incidental music, not even stock.
Doctor Who and the Pirates;