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Planet of Giants
The 1st Doctor
Doctor - William Hartnell
Ian Chesterton - William Russell
Barbara Wright - Jacqueline Hill
Susan - Carole Ann Ford
Forester - Alan
Farrow - Frank Crawshaw
Smithers - Reginald Barratt
Hilda Rowse - Rosemary Johnson
Bert Rowse - Fred Ferris
Assistant Floor Manager - Dawn Robertson
Assistant Floor Manager - Val McCrimmon
Associate Producer - Mervyn Pinfield
Costumes - Daphne Dare
Incidental Music - Dudley Simpson
Make-Up - Jill Summers
Production Assistant - Norman Stewart
Special Sound - Brian Hodgson
Studio Lighting - Howard King
Studio Sound - Alan Fogg
Whilst trying to return
Ian and Barbara to the twentieth century, the Doctor attempts an
unorthodox new technique, causing the TARDIS doors to open in
mid-flight, setting alarms ringing inside the craft.
Arriving on Earth, the time-travellers discover that they have
all been reduced in size - they are now minute people in a world
of giant objects. The TARDIS has landed them between the cracks
in a garden patio - a garden teeming with giant worms, ants and
cats. All deadly hazards for the miniature travellers.
To make matters worse, the TARDIS crew are caught up in the
trials of a deadly new insecticide - DN6. A chemical so deadly
that all insect life is threatened - a chemical that is also
lethal to minuscule time-travellers...
■ Death in the Afternoon
■ The Miniscules
Things to look out for:
■ An emergency klaxon is heard in the TARDIS in episode
one which appears to be a forerunner of the Cloister bell.
■ All 3 episodes exist as 16mm telerecordings.
■ At the end of episode 2 the sink is emptied and the plug is
placed upon the bench. At the beginning of episode 3 the plug is
back in the sink providing a method of escape.
Planet Of Giants
Manufactured by: BBC DVD / 2|Entertain
Format: DVD -
Region 2 & 4 - PAL UK Episodic
■ Commentary -
with vision mixer Clive Doig, special sounds creator Brian
Hodgson, make-up supervisor Sonia Markham and floor assistant
David Tilley. Moderated by Mark Ayres.
■ Episode 3 and 4 Reconstruction - Originally shot
as a four-part story, the final two episodes of Planet of
Giants were edited into a single episode for transmission.
Using the original scripts, newly recorded dialogue and
animation, this feature gives viewers and idea of how the
original four-part version might have appeared.
■ Rediscovering The Urge to Live - The team behind
the reconstruction explain how it was put together.
■ Suddenly Susan - Carole Ann Ford talks about her
role as the Doctor’s granddaughter and the first companion in
the TARDIS in this interview originally recorded for 2003’s
The Story of Doctor Who.
■ The Lambert Tapes - The Doctor Doctor Who’s
original producer looks back on her time on the series in the
second part of this interview recorded for The Story of Doctor
■ Prop Design Plans (DVD-ROM only – to be viewed
■ Radio Times Listings (DVD-ROM) .
■ Programme Subtitles.
■ Production Information Subtitles.
■ Photo Gallery.
■ Coming Soon Trailer.
■ Digitally remastered picture and sound quality.
Planet of Giants
Manufactured by: BBC Video (cat.#7263)
VHS - PAL UK - Episodic
14th January 2002
This was the first commercially-released story to receive the
Not yet released on Audio.
Planet of Giants
Manufactured by: Target
No.145 in the Target Doctor Who Library.
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