S. The Time Meddler

Season Two - 1965/1965

Story Editor: Donald Tosh
Writer: Dennis Spooner
Director: Douglas Camfield
Produced by: Verity Lambert
Designer: Barry Newberry
Incidental Music: Stock
Fight Arranger: David Anderson (2)
Percussion played by: Charles Butterill (2-4)


The TARDIS materialises off the English coastline in the year 1066 A.D. The Doctor and his companions become worried when they find anachronistic objects such as a wrist watch and a tape recorder.

The Doctor discovers that one of his own people - the Monk - is planning to wipe out the forthcoming Viking fleet. He also plans to ensure King Harold wins the battle of Hastings by arming the King's army with atomic bazookas.

Steven and Vicki discover the Monk's TARDIS, and the Doctor manages to sabotage the TARDIS, shrinking the internal dimensions. Through cunning the Doctor manages to thwart the Monk's plan, and ensures that history proceeds as it is written.

The Doctor and his companions dematerialise leaving a furious monk stranded on Earth.

Regular Cast

  • Vicki: Maureen O'Brien
  • Steven Taylor: Peter Purves

Guest Cast

  • The Monk: Peter Butterworth
  • Edith: Alethea Charlton
  • Eldred: Peter Russell
  • Wulnoth: Michael Miller
  • Saxon Hunter: Michael Guest (1)
  • Ulf: Norman Hartley (2-4)
  • Sven: David Anderson (2-4)
  • Gunnar The Giant: Ronald Rich (2)
  • Viking Leader: Geoffrey Cheshire (2)
  • Viking: James Hamilton
  • Saxons: Peter Brooks, Derek Chafer, Dougie Dean, John Evans, Ken McGarvie, Freddie Parsons, Donald Simons, Vic Taylor, Lyn Turner
  • Stuntmen: Tim Condren, Fred Haggerty

Original broadcast on the BBC

Channel Title Date Viewers Rating
BBC 1 78. The Watcher Saturday, July 3, 1965 6:55 PM - 7:20 PM 8.9M 57%
BBC 1 79. The Meddling Monk Saturday, July 10, 1965 5:40 PM - 6:05 PM 8.8M 49%
BBC 1 80. A Battle Of Wits Saturday, July 17, 1965 5:40 PM - 6:05 PM 7.7M 53%
BBC 1 81. Checkmate Saturday, July 24, 1965 5:40 PM - 6:05 PM 8.3M 54%

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  • Ealing Television Film Studios
  • Television Centre Studio 3
  • Television Centre Studio 4


William Hartnell only appears in the reprise at the start of part two and with pre-recorded dialogue for the rest of the episode.

The story (and season) ends with no next episode caption and shots of the Doctor and his companions over a starfield pattern.