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The Time Monster
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Synopsis


The Face of Kronos
The Face of Kronos
 UNIT are called into monitor the initial trials of a device called TOMTIT - the Transmission Of Matter Through Interstitial Time - at the Newton Institute at Wootton. Created by the enigmatic Professor Thascales, TOMTIT's demonstration causes unexpected time anomalies. The Doctor soon discovers that TOMTIT is not all that it seems...

 At the heart of TOMTIT is an ancient crystal, which the Master hopes to use to gain control over Kronos - a Chronovore which feeds on time itself. But the stone he holds is only part of the sacred crystal of Kronos - the main crystal is hidden...

 The Doctor and the Master journey back in time to the lost city of Atlantis, where the battle for the control of Kronos intensifies... Can The Doctor prevent the Time Monster from being unleashed...?

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General Information

Season: Nine
Production Code: OOO
Story Number: 64
Episode Numbers:324 - 329
Number of Episodes: 6
Percentage of Episodes Held:100%
Production Dates: March - May 1972
Broadcast Started: 20 May 1972
Broadcast Finished: 24 June 1972
Colour Status: Colour and B&W
Studio: Ealing Television Film Studios and BBC Television Centre (TC3 and TC4)
Location: Swallowfield Park (Swallowfield, Berkshire), Mortimer Lane (Mortimer, Berkshire), Stratfield Saye Park (Stratfield Saye, Hampshire), School Lane (Heckfield Heath, Hampshire) and Old Church Farm (Hartley Witney, Hampshire).
Writer:Robert Sloman
Director:Paul Bernard
Producer:Barry Letts
Script Editor:Terrance Dicks
Editor:Martyn Day
Production Assistant:Marion McDougall
Assistant Floor Manager:Rosemary Hester
Designer:Tim Gleeson
Costume Designer:Barbara Lane
Make-Up Designer:Joan Barrett
Cameraman:Peter Hamilton
Incidental Music:Dudley Simpson
Special Sounds (SFX Editor):Dick Mills
Studio Sounds:Tony Millier
Lighting:Derek Hobday
Visual Effects:Michealjohn Harris and Peter Pegrum
Title Sequence:Bernard Lodge and Ben Palmer
Title Music:Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Arranged by Delia Derbyshire
Number of Doctors: 1
The Doctor: Jon Pertwee (The Third Doctor)
Number of Companions: 4The Companions: Nicholas Courtney (The Brigadier), John Levene (Sergeant Benton), Katy Manning (Jo Grant) and Richard Franklin (Captain Mike Yates) Guest Cast: Roger Delgado (The Master), Ingrid Pitt (Galleia), Dave Prowse (Minotaur) Additional Cast: Wanda Moore (Dr. Ruth Ingram), Ian Collier (Stuart Hyde), John Wyse (Dr. Percival), Neville Barber (Dr. Cook), Barry Ashton (Proctor), Donald Eccles (Krasis), Aidan Murphy (Hippias), Keith Dalton (Neophite), Simon Legree (Unit Sergeant), Marc Boyle (Kronos), George Cormack (Dalios), Gregory Powell (Knight), Dave Carter (Roundhead Officer), George Lee (Farmworker), Derek Murcott (Crito), Susan Penhaligon (Lakis), Michael Walker (Miseus), Melville Jones (Guard), Terry Walsh (Window Cleaner), Ingrid Bower (Face of Kronos)Setting: Earth (1970s) and Atlantis Villains: Chronovores and The Master

The Episodes

No. Episodes Broadcast
(UK)
Duration Viewers
(Millions)
In Archive
324Episode 120 May 197225'04"7.6PAL colour conversion and 16mm B&W telerecording
325Episode 227 May 197225'05"7.4PAL colour conversion and 16mm B&W telerecording
326Episode 303 June 197223'59"8.1PAL colour conversion and 16mm B&W telerecording
327Episode 410 June 197223'55"7.6PAL colour conversion and 16mm B&W telerecording
328Episode 517 June 197224'29"6.0PAL colour conversion and 16mm B&W telerecording
329Episode 624 June 197224'55"7.6PAL colour conversion and 16mm B&W telerecording

Total Duration 2 Hours 27 Minutes


Audience Appreciation

Average Viewers (Millions) 7.4
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (1998)55.28%  (Position = 144 out of 159)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2009)52.55% Lower (Position = 187 out of 200)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2014)55.76% Higher (Position = 222 out of 241)


Archives


 All six episodes exist in colour as PAL conversions of NTSC 2" colour videotape. Also held are the original 16mm Black and White film telerecordings.



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Notes


This story features a guest appearance by popular horror film star Ingrid Pitt who stars as Queen Galleia. David Prowse also guest stars as the Minotaur, he would later play (but not voice) the masked Darth Vader in the first three Star Wars movies.

This is the second story Paul Bernard directed during Season Nine, having earlier worked on "Day of the Daleks". This was also the first time since the Dalek story that the three UNIT regulars appear together.

This story features one of several storylines involving the fate of Atlantis (the others being the 1967 Second Doctor story "The Underwater Menace" and the previous season’s finale, "The Dæmons"). The first depicts the late twentieth century destruction of the long-sunken city while the second is one of several nonspecific claims made by Azal during a rant, and here no more than the collapse of a single temple is shown.

This story introduced the Chronovores, aliens that live in the time eddies who have lasting impact on the later novels The BBC The Past Doctors Stories novel "The Quantum Archangel", by Craig Hinton, is a sequel to this story.

The Chronovores are also featured in the Virgin Books' The New Adventures novel "No Future" by Paul Cornell. Also Paul Cornell's 2005 television story, "Father's Day", features creatures that resemble the Chronovores (they are though referred to as Reapers in this Ninth Doctor story).

The Doctor, in his second incarnation, and his companions were previously menaced by a Minotaur in the Land of Fiction, in the 1968 story "The Mind Robber".

The Doctor has a precognitive dream. When he was a little boy, lived in a house half way up a mountain, behind which sat a monk, or hermit, under a tree. The Doctor tells Jo Grant of a Time Lord ‘guru’ who influenced him as a boy. Co-incidentally, after he tells Jo this, the next person to appear is King Dallios, played by George Cormack, who will play that very guru, in the guise of K'Anpo, in "Planet of the Spiders" two years later (curiously, even some of the lines given to Dalios here are later virtually echoed by K'Anpo).

TOMTIT - stands for: 'Transmission Of Matter Through Interstitial Time'

At one point The Doctor gets ejected into the time vortex and speaks to Jo through the TARDIS telepathic circuits so revealing that Time Lords can survive in the time vortex and that the TARDIS has an inbuilt rescue mechanism for when this happens. It is also revealed that TARDISes can communicate telepathically, and exist outside time. The Doctor has another excursion into the time vortex in the untelevised Fourth Doctor story "Shada" and again in the Big Finish Productions Eighth Doctor audio story "Seasons of Fear".

It is revealed that travelling in time between places depends on the mood of the ship, which The Doctor states is alive (as it seems is Bessie). There is also a scene where The Master uses his TARDIS to Time Ram The Doctor's.

For the first and only time throughout this season the main interior of the TARDIS appears. The debut of the new TARDIS interior set, designed by Tim Gleeson, was used for both The Doctor's and the Master's time machines. Producer Barry Letts was unhappy with the redesign, and the set was then damaged shortly after recording this story and so it would only be seen in "The Time Monster".

Look out for the scene where The Doctor makes a Time flow analogue from a Moroccan burgundy bottle, spoons, forks, corks, keyrings, tea leaves and a mug.

To date this is the only story that ends with one of the regular characters naked – allbeit Sergeant Benton returning to full size after having regressed to a baby by TOMTIT.

Jon Pertwee was credited as 'Dr. Who' for this story.

Even though it was unknown at the time the recording of episode six would be the last time that Nicholas Courtney and John Levene would work alongside Roger Delgado – who would be tragically killed in an automobile accident in June 1973.

Interestingly it was discovered in 1987 that episode 6 had been made into a low band PAL B/W 625 line broadcast standard videotape recording, for training purposes by the BBC.



First and Last

The Firsts:

 The first and only time during Season Nine that the main interior of the TARDIS appears.

 The first (and only) appearance of a new TARDIS interior set designed by Tim Gleeson.

 The first Doctor Who story to be written by Robert Sloman.


The Lasts (Subject to Future Stories):

 The last story of Season Nine.

 The last time that Nicholas Courtney and John Levene would work alongside Roger Delgado.


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The Plot

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The Doctor and Jo
The Doctor and Jo

After working all night in his lab on a device to help UNIT locate The Master, The Doctor experiences a dream in which he sees a trident-shaped crystal and his arch enemy. On waking, Jo Grant mentions Atlantis and The Doctor's interest is piqued. He summons The Brigadier, who is not interested as he is due to attend a demonstration of a device called TOMTIT – ‘Transmission Of Matter Through Interstitial Time’ - at the Newton Institute in Wootton just outside Cambridge.

The man behind TOMTIT is The Master, posing as Professor Thascales. He hypnotises Doctor Charles Percival at the Institute when he becomes suspicious. At the heart of TOMTIT is the trident-shaped crystal. With The Master gone, his assistants, Doctor Ruth Ingram and Stuart Hyde, decide to run a test before the demonstration. However, when Ruth and Stuart start their test a time sensor that The Doctor has built, which detects disturbances in the time field, starts to register allowing The Doctor to identify the rough location of the disturbance.

The Master, on learning that UNIT personnel will be at the demonstration, disguises himself in a radiation suit. The Doctor picks up the signal, enabling him to indentify its exact source, which prompts him to rush to the Institute. At the climax of the demonstration, The Master shouts out a summons to Kronos and then hurries out just as The Doctor and Jo arrive, but Jo is caught in a time field and frozen. The Doctor gets Ruth to reverse the temporal polarity and the machine stabilises. Stuart, however, has aged into an old man. The Doctor realises that Thascales is The Master and Stuart raves about the crystal and seeing Kronos. The Doctor goes with Ruth to check the crystal and recognises it as the Crystal of Kronos - The Master is trying to capture Kronos a Chronovore. The Doctor powers the machine up and Sergeant Benton is unable to move the crystal. This is because it isn't really there at all. It is linked to or is the same as the crystal in Atlantis.

The Doctor and Jo
The Doctor and Jo

The Master knocks Sergeant Benton out and activates TOMTIT. This causes Krasis, a High Priest in Atlantis, to be transported to the Institute. Sergeant Benton manages to escape and warns The Doctor. The Master uses a medallion from Krasis to enter the equations to summon Kronos. Kronos appears as a giant white bird-like creature and Stuart returns to normal as time feeds back. The Master though cannot control the Chronovore and returns Kronos to the crystal after it had devoured Percival. Krasis tells The Master that this crystal is only a fragment of the true crystal which is still in Atlantis and guarded by a Minotaur.

The Master drains the energy from the crystal so he can take it to Atlantis. UNIT troops headed by Captain Mike Yates, are on their way, called for by The Brigadier, and The Master summons a knight in armour, Roundheads and a World War II flying bomb to try and stop them. The Doctor travels out to meet them as they are also bringing the TARDIS. To try to stop The Master from leaving, The Doctor moves his TARDIS inside The Master's TARDIS. However The Master's TARDIS also ends up inside The Doctor's TARDIS. The Master then activates TOMTIT and enters his TARDIS. However, The Doctor is unable to make The Master listen to him over the TARDIS' communication system and so leaves his TARDIS to confront The Master directly. The Master summons Kronos to devour The Doctor and then separates the TARDISes in the vortex, sending Jo in The Doctor's TARDIS spinning away.

The Master as Professor Thascalos
The Master as Professor Thascalos

The Doctor manages to contact Jo through the TARDIS' telepathic circuits and she is able to bring him back unharmed. Back at the lab, The Brigadier and his UNIT troops are frozen in time and Ruth and Stuart try to reverse the effects of the machine but manage instead to transform Sergeant Benton into a baby.

When The Master arrives in Atlantis he starts making plans to obtain the crystal but King Dalios does not respond to him so he decides to seduce Queen Galleia instead. When The Doctor and Jo arrive, Dalios is sympathetic. Jo follows Hippias and Krasis but finds herself thrown into the labyrinth where she confronts the Minotaur. Galleia's handmaiden, Lakis, alerts The Doctor and Dalios and The Doctor manages to defeat the Minotaur but not before the Minotaur kills Hippias. Returning to the palace, The Doctor and Jo find that The Master is now King. He has The Doctor and Jo thrown in to a dungeon where they are shortly joined by Dalios who, before he dies, tells The Doctor he must save the world.

Queen Galleia introduces The Master as King but is unaware that Dalios is dead until The Doctor reveals this. Krasis operates the TOMTIT device and summons Kronos who starts to destroy the city. The Master takes the crystal and heads for his TARDIS but Jo leaps on him and is carried along as he leaves. The Doctor makes chase in his own TARDIS. He intends to ram The Master's ship but cannot bring himself to do it as he knows that this action will result in the death of Jo. Jo though makes the decision for him and operates the appropriate controls in The Master's TARDIS.

Doctor Ruth Ingram and Stuart Hyde
Doctor Ruth Ingram and Stuart Hyde

This results in The Doctor and Jo finding themselves in a featureless void where they come face-to-face with Kronos who now looks and sounds like a woman. She is grateful to The Doctor as he has released her and offers to grant his desires. All The Doctor and Jo want is to return home. She intends to punish The Master. However, when he pleads for his life, The Doctor intercedes and asks that he go free so that he can be returned to the authorities on Earth. Kronos agrees. The Master though seizes the opportunity and escapes in his own TARDIS.

Back at the Institute Ruth finally manages to reverse the time field and The Brigadier and the UNIT troops are freed. The machine then explodes and Sergeant Benton is returned to his normal age, standing naked in the laboratory, completely oblivious as to what has been happening.

 
The Master Summons Kronos
The Master Summons Kronos
The Doctor
The Doctor
Queen Galleia and The Master
Queen Galleia and The Master
Queen Galleia
Queen Galleia
 
Baby Benton
Baby Benton
The Master in his TARDIS
The Master in his TARDIS
The Doctor and Jo in the TARDIS
The Doctor and Jo in the TARDIS
The Face of Kronos
The Face of Kronos




Quote of the Story


 'One moment you're talking about the entire universe blowing up and the next you're going on about tea.'

The Brigadier



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Release Information

FormatTitleRelease Date (UK)Code NumberCover ArtRemarks
Video
VHS
Colony in Space and The Time MonsterNovember 2001BBCV 7177Photo-montagePart of a Limited Edition Box Set (BBCV 7175)
Video
DVD
The Time MonsterMarch 2010BBCDVD 2581Photo-montagePart of "Myths and Legends" box set along with "Underworld" and "The Horns of Nimon"


In Print

FormatTitleRelease Date (UK)PublisherAuthorCover ArtRemarks
Novel
Novel
The Time MonsterFebruary 1986Target No. 102Terrance DicksAndrew SkilleterISBN: 0-426-20221-X
Novel
Novel
Doctor Who Classics: The Dæmons & The Time MonsterMarch 1989Star BooksTerrance DicksAndrew SkilleterDouble story release.
ISBN: 0-352-32382-5
Doctor Who CMS Magazine (An Adventure in Space and Time)Issue 64
Doctor Who Monthly - ArchiveIssue 52 (Released: May 1981)
Doctor Who Magazine - ArchiveIssue 268 (Released: August 1998)
Doctor Who Magazine - Time TeamIssue 331 (Released: June 2003)
Doctor Who Magazine - Time TeamIssue 333 (Released: August 2003)
Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of FictionIssue 484 (Released: April 2015)
Doctor Who DVD FilesVolume 137 (Released: April 2014)

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Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of Fiction: Issue 484

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Doctor Who DVD Files: Volume 137

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