Doctor - William Hartnell
Ian Chesterton - William Russell
Barbara Wright - Jacqueline Hill
Dako - Peter Craze
Third Xeron - Bill Starkey
Lobos - Richard Shaw
Tor - Jeremy Bulloch
Morok Messenger - Salvin Stewart
Morok Technician - Peter Diamond
Morok Guard - Lawrence Dean
Morok Guard - Peter Diamond
Morok Guard - Ken Norris
Morok Guard - Salvin Stewart
Morok Commander - Ivor Salter
Xeron - Michael Gordon
Xeron - Edward Granville
Xeron - Bill Starkey
Xeron - David Wolliscroft
Morok Guard - Billy Cornelius
Dalek Voice - Peter Hawkins
Dalek Machine Operator - Murphy Grumbar
Extra - Brian Proudfoot
Director - Mervyn Pinfield
Producer - Verity Lambert
Script Editor - Dennis Spooner
Designer - Spencer Chapman
Assistant Floor Manager - Caroline Walmsley
Assistant Floor Manager - John Tait
Costumes - Daphne Dare
Costumes - Tony Pearce
Fight Arranger - Peter Diamond
Make-Up - Sonia Markham
Production Assistant - Snowy White
Special Sound - Brian Hodgson
Studio Lighting - Howard King
Studio Sound - George Prince
Studio Sound - Ray Angel
Theme Arrangement - Delia Derbyshire
Title Music - Ron Grainer
The TARDIS jumps a time track
and the travellers arrive on the planet Xeros. There they discover their own
future selves displayed as exhibits in a museum established as a monument to
the Galactic conquests of the warlike Morok invaders who now rule the
When time shifts back to normal, they realise that they must do everything
they can to try to avert this potential future.
Episode One - 'The Space Museum'
The TARDIS materialises on a planet replete with many different
specimens of space technology. The Doctor says they landed far
quicker than he ever has before. Ian and Barbara find they have
switched clothes since just before they landed. They had been in
their 12th Century Crusade clothes.
The Doctor explains this away as being merely "time and
relativity". Their old clothes will be hanging in the wardrobe.
Vicki confirms this. Following the Doctor's orders she also
fetches a glass of water from the food machine She is startled
by something that makes her drop the drink. As the glass smashes
on the floor it immediately reforms itself and leaps back into
her hand. She reports this to the Doctor who says all should be
explained when they explore the planet. He postulates it is a
museum because the space craft are lined up in chronological
Once they leave the TARDIS they find the planet has nothing
living on it. Ian notices their footprints make no tracks in the
dust. They head towards a large building in the middle of the
Once there they find the doors shut, but they soon open to
reveal two men. The travellers hide from them, but as they pass
Vicki sneezes loudly. To the travellers' surprise the two men do
not seem to hear her. The Doctor says this is unexplainable and
begins to explore the building. As they walk through the many
corridors they are startled by a Dalek, which they realise is
only a museum piece. As they discuss Daleks, which Vicki has
only read about, they see two more men coming. They hide but are
surprised to see that although the men seem to be speaking to
each other, they are inaudible to the travellers. Ian wonders if
they speak at another frequency than humans. The Doctor doubts
it, but has no other explanations.
As they continue to explore the museum Vicki discovers that they
cannot touch any of the pieces on display. Their hands simply
pass through them. The Doctor suggests they are not actually
where they think they are. Yet again, they encounter three men
who go about their business, unaware of the travellers. This
supports the Doctor's theory.
Further in the museum, they find the Doctor's TARDIS on display.
Barbara, Ian, and Vicki, although confused as to how the ship
came to be here, say they think they should leave the planet.
The Doctor soon proves this to be impossible. The TARDIS also
cannot be touched. The Doctor points out a display case
containing the bodies of the four travellers. He says the TARDIS
must have jumped a time track when they materalised. Thus they
temporarily occupy a fourth dimension. This lets them be
simultaneously in the cases in one reality and standing, looking
at themselves in the fourth dimension.
The Doctor suggests that the only course of events is to wait at
the museum until they return to the real reality. He suggests
that what they are seeing in front of them is merely a
possibility of the future and it can be changed. He notes that
the versions of them in the display cases are wearing the same
clothes as they are wearing now, so it is only a matter of time
before the two realities merge again. No sooner does he say this
than Barbara has a strange feeling. Time seems to rewind and two
men discover the TARDIS. At the same time, the display cases
disappear. The Doctor announces, "We have arrived."
Episode Two - 'The Dimensions Of
The museum's curator, Lobos, receives news of the alien ship
that has landed on his planet. Although concerned, he is also
pleased to have his day's monotony broken by an intruder. He
orders his men to find the visitors before the rebels find them.
However he is too late - three rebels have already heard about
the travellers and intend to intercept them before Lobos' men.
They will befriend them and overthrow the oppressive rule that
Lobos, a representative of the Moroks, holds over them.
Meanwhile in the museum the travellers have taken a gun from the
exhibition to bluff their way out of the museum. The four
friends discuss how best to avoid the future that they saw in
the fourth dimension. It is suggested that they do the opposite
of what they would normally do, but they decide to try to
escape. If they escape, then they will never be captured in the
They begin to navigate the labyrinthine corridors, searching for
escape. As they make their way through the corridors, they are
pursued by the rebels, who decide that, to avoid startling the
travellers, they will capture one of them and explain their
situation. It is not long before the opportunity shows itself.
As the travellers walk through the corridors, the Doctor is
distracted by an exhibit and falls behind his friends. The
rebels grab him and carry him away through a door without the
others seeing. He plays dead and the rebels decide to split up.
One of the rebels, Darko, elects to stay and watch the Doctor
while the others go to track the other travellers.
The remaining travellers, now aware of the Doctor's
disappearance, argue how best to find the Doctor and save
themselves from their possible future. They decide it is best to
push on for the exit.
The two rebels return to discover that Darko has been tied up
and gagged. They question him about what happened, but he has no
memory after being knocked unconscious. They go to seek the
Doctor, who they assume escaped back into the museum. However he
is hiding in the hollowed out Dalek shell. When he escapes, he
is accosted yet again, but this time by the Moroks.
Barbara, Ian, and Vicki, now tired and cranky, decide to use
yarn to ensure that they are not repeating their paths. They
unravel Barbara's cardigan to do this. The rebels find the yarn
and decide to follow it. Eventually they find the exit. As they
pull back the doors they see that the TARDIS has been captured.
The Doctor finds himself in a room with only a chair. As he sits
on it, bars lock him in place. A wall slides up to reveal Lobos.
He explains that the museum is an homage to the great history of
the Moroks and it is silent because the Moroks are now
peace-loving creatures. Lobos asks the Doctor who he came here
with. The Doctor refuses to say, but Lobos somehow knows anyway.
He explains that the Doctor's chair allows his thoughts to be
shown on a video screen on his desk. When Lobos continues to
question the Doctor, on how he came here and where he is from,
he uses the strength of his brain to confuse and misdirect
Lobos. Lobos tires of this and summons his guards to take the
Doctor to the preparation room. He will become an exhibit,
causing an image of the Doctor on display to appear.
Episode Three - 'The Search'
Barbara, Ian and Vicki look on as the Moroks decide to try to
force their way into the TARDIS. One of the Morok soldiers is
sent to fetch cutting equipment. As the humans discuss what they
should do, a Morok finds them and holds them at gunpoint.
Ian decides that if they are to be put in the exhibition cases
in the future, the Morok soldiers must have been told not to
kill them. The gun must be a deterrent, not a threat. Ian calls
the soldier's bluff and overpowers him. The other Moroks
overhear the skuffle and rush to try to catch the travellers,
but in the panic the humans flee in different directions.
Barbara hides behind a stack of boxes. The Moroks leave without
seeing her, but she finds they have locked the door, trapping
Vicki escapes from the Moroks another way and gets captured -
not by the Moroks but by the rebel faction. At first she is
terrified of her captors, especially when she hears that they
captured the Doctor, but the rebels insist they wish her no
harm. This is proved when they send one of their number, Dako,
to find Barbara.
Ian elects to hide behind the TARDIS. He overhears a
conversation between a Morok guard and Lobos over instructions
to guard the TARDIS while the rest of the army track down the
"aliens." Using a stone to distract the guard, Ian overpowers
him and holds him at gunpoint. He orders the guard to take him
to where the Doctor is being held. The guard informs him that it
will be too late for the Doctor, but Ian insists.
Lobos is tired of the aggravation from high command, what with
the aliens running loose on his planet and the ever-growing
number of Xeron rebels on his base. He elects to flood his
museum with Zaphra gas. This paralyses anyone who inhales it
making all the Moroks' enemies easy pickings.
Dako finds the room where Barbara is being held, but is almost
knocked unconscious by a terrified Barbara before he says her
name. This calms her. Darko says his race is called the Xerons.
They are the original occupants of this planet, but the
war-loving Moroks took over their planet to establish their
museum. The Moroks swept away the Xeron civilisation and killed
all the Xeron people except the children whom they enslaved.
These are the Zerons that now live underground in the museum.
The conversation is interrupted by the Zaphra gas that floods
into the room. Barbara and Darko try to escape before falling
under the gas' paralytic effects.
Vicki is also being given a lesson on Xeron history. The Xerons
admit that whilst they are more numerous, they do not have the
artillery to overpower the Moroks. Vicki asks if there is an
armoury that they can raid. The Xerons say that there is, but it
is protected by a lock with a lie detector. Unless you answer a
series of questions truthfully, you cannot enter. Vicki asks to
be taken to this machine and the Xerons willingly oblige, happy
to have an addition to their revolutionary force.
Meanwhile Ian and the Morok guard have arrived at the
Preparation Room where the Doctor is being held. The guard
suggests waiting until it isn't as busy to enter. Ian agrees.
They are soon interrupted by Lobos. Ian hides while the Moroks
talk. Ian learns that his friends have not been captured but gas
will be used on them. They hide until the Preparation Room may
be more accessible.
Sita, Tor and Vicki arrive at the armoury. Vicki listens to the
questions that the complex telekinetic lock asks. As soon as she
has heard the full cycle, she takes off the front of the machine
and tinkers with its workings. She gets the machine to ask her
the questions again. When asked what her name is she responds
with "Vicki" and when asked what the guns are to be used for she
responds "revolution." To the surprise of the Xerons the doors
open. While the Xerons begin arming themselves Vicki explains
that she wired the machine to accept any truthful answer, not
just the ones that the Moroks were looking for.
Lobos is interrupted by Ian, who has gained access to the
Preparation Room. Ian holds Lobos at gun point and demands to
see the Doctor. Lobos obliges, saying there is no point. Ian
stops in his tracks, shocked at the state the Doctor is in.
Episode Four - 'The Final Phase'
Ian finds the Doctor attached to a device, unconscious. He
demands that Lobos reverse whatever it is that the machine has
done to the Doctor. Lobos says the Doctor is as good as dead and
it would be impossible to revive him. It has never been done
before. Ian forces Lobos at gunpoint to do so.
Meanwhile Tor marshals the Xeron revolution. He orders his newly
armed platoon to attack the barracks. As they do Vicki says she
wants to help find her friends. After arguing briefly, Tor
agrees but sends Sita to protect her.
Back in the preparation room Lobos has defied the odds and
resurrected the Doctor. The only side effects the Doctor
displays is a bit of rheumatism from the extreme cold he was
subjected to. As the Doctor and Ian discuss their next move, a
group of Moroks silently ambush them, knocking Ian unconscious.
Once Lobos has imprisoned the two men he tries to call the
barracks to muster more men to find the rest of the aliens.
There is no answer.
Outside where a Morok soldier guards the TARDIS, the doors to
the museum spring open to reveal Barbara and Dako. Barbara has
carried Dako to safety after he collapsed from the Zaphra gas.
The guard pulls his gun on them when a shot rings out and he
falls. Barbara and Dako turn to see Vicki and Sita, who is
holding a gun. Sita tells Dako about the revolution. Barbara and
Vicki decide to join them, hoping they will find the Doctor and
Ian on the way. Whilst they talk, another Morok soldier appears.
He shoots Dako and Sita and takes Barbara and Vicki prisoner.
The soldier returns Dako and Sita's guns to Lobos. Lobos says it
is from the armoury and worries he cannot contact his soldiers
The four travellers are reunited, locked in the Preparation
Room. In a futile effort to render their possible future
redundant, Ian destroys the machine that turns them into
exhibits. However the Doctor speculates that there are many more
on the planet. Ian and Barbara seem resigned that there is no
escaping the future they saw, but Vicki and the Doctor say that
ever since they touched down on Xeron they have been altering
and affecting the course of events – although they can’t alter
their own chain of events while imprisoned, they may have made
an impression on others, who will do it for them.
Outside, the Xerons overpower the Moroks in the battle for
Xeron. The Xeron rebels include Sita and Dako who were only
paralysed by the blast from the Morok soldier. Tor finds them
and demands to know what happened to Vicki. Sita says that they
were taken to the Preparation Room. Tor and his men go after
Outside the Preparation Room Lobos receives news that defeat is
inevitable. He decides to flee the planet and orders the killing
of his prisoners. Just as the travellers are about to be killed,
Tor and the rebels burst through the door and kill him, freeing
the Doctor and his companions.
Later, reunited with his TARDIS, the Doctor explains to Ian and
Barbara the problem he had with his TARDIS was all down to a
small part that hadn’t quite clicked into place – this meant
that they had been wandering around Xeron for a while before it
clicked back into place and re-landed again, resetting time.
Ian asks what the Doctor has brought with him. The Doctor says
it is a Time and Space Visualiser the Xerons gave him as a
souvenir before they dismantled the museum. He will be able to
get it working again, but leaves its actual use a mystery. Vicki
bids goodbye to Tor and enters the TARDIS, which dematerialises.
On a distant planet a Dalek responds to an alarm call. He
informs another Dalek that their “greatest enemies” have left
Xeron. The other Dalek informs him it will not be long before
their own time machine tracks them and exterminate them.
[Source: TARDIS Wikia]
Things to look out for:
■ In a nice piece of
internal continuity, William Russell starts
gently banging his fists together as he leaves the TARDIS
interior set and carries this through to the next scene,
following a recording break, as he emerges from the police box
onto the Xeros surface set; this gives the effect of a
continuous piece of action and helps maintain the illusion that
the TARDIS interior really is inside the police box shell.
■ In Episode Two a
character refers to the Doctor's friends as his companions. This
is one of the earliest, and possibly the very first time, that
the Doctor's associates are referred to on screen as companions.
■ Look out for a guest
appearance by Jeremy Bulloch, who is better
known for his appearance as Boba Fett in The Empire
Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
■ All 4 Episodes exist as 16mm telerecordings.
■ When the TARDIS crew
exit the TARDIS, the main characters cast shadows across the
mountains in the distance.
The Space Museum / The Chase -
BBC DVD / 2|Entertain (cat.#2809)
Format: DVD -
Region 2 & 4 - PAL UK Episodic
1st March 2010
■ Commentary - with actors Maureen
O'Brien and William Russell, writer Glyn Jones. Moderated by
■ Defending the Museum - writer Robert Shearman provides
a personal and robust defence of this somewhat forgotten
■ My Grandfather, the Doctor - Jessica Carney talks
about the career of her grandfather, William Hartnell.
■ A Holiday for the Doctor - spoof comedy recollections
of sixties Doctor Who starring Christopher Green as actress
■ Photo Galley - production and publicity photos from
■ Coming Soon - a trail for a forthcoming DVD release.
■ PDF Material - Radio Times listings in Adobe PDF
format for viewing on PC or Mac.
■ Programme Subtitles
■ Subtitle Production Notes
The Crusade and The Space Museum -
Manufactured by: BBC Video (cat.#6805)
VHS - PAL UK - Episodic
Episodes 1 & 3 were released as
part of The Crusade and
The Space Museum,
The Space Museum
Manufactured by: BBC Audio
7th May 2009
The Original BBC Television
Soundtrack. This is a 2
x CD set with a running time of 2 hours approx.
The Space Museum
Manufactured by: Target
No.117 in the Target Doctor Who Library.