Delta and the Bannermen


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Delta and the Bannermen

Serial Code


First Transmitted

2 November 1987

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Regular Cast

Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor), , Bonnie Langford (Mel)

Guest Cast

Don Henderson (Gavrok), Belinda Mayne (Delta), Stubby Kaye (Weismuller), Morgan Deare (Hawk), Ken Dodd (Tollmaster), Richard Davies (Burton), David Kinder (Billy), Sarah Griffiths (Ray), Johnny Dennis (Murray),
Brian Hibbard (Keillor), Tim Scott (Chima), Anita Graham (Bollit), Leslie Meadows (Adlon), Robin Aspland,
Keff McCulloch, Justin Myers, Ralph Samins (The Lorells), Tracey Wilson, Jodie Wilson (Vocalists), Hugh Lloyd (Goronwy), Martyn Geraint (Vinny), Clive Condon (Callon), Richard Mitchley (Arrex), Jessica McGough,
Amy Osborn (Young Chimeron), Laura Collins, Carley Joseph (Chimeron Princess)


Written by Malcolm Kohll
Directed by Chris Clough
Produced by John Nathan Turner


The Chimeron homeworld is attacked by Gavrok and his troops – the Bannermen. The sole survivor is the Chimeron Queen, Delta, who flees carrying with her the last chance for the future of her race.

The Doctor and Mel arrive at a Galactic Tollport, to discover they’ve won a holiday to Disneyland in 1959, alongside a party of disguised alien Navareditions. Just before they all depart, the tour is joined by Delta, who travels with them back to Earth.. Colliding with an early American satellite, the trip back in time is thrown widely off course. Instead of ending up at Disneyland, the whole party lands instead at the Shangri-La holiday camp in South Wales, 1959. The Doctor and Mel take full advantage of the holiday camp, entertainment and some vintage rock ‘n’ roll.

But the Bannermen are tracking Delta, and before long the holiday camp is the scene for a battle that could decide the survival of the Chimeron race – not to mention the survival of all those caught up in the conflict


  • The scenes at the Shangri-La holiday camp were shot on location at the Butlins Holiday camp on Barry Island, Wales. The holiday camp is no longer there, but the island was used again, this time as a stand-in for a bomb site in 1941 London, in the 2005 series episodes “The Empty Child” and “The Doctor Dances”.
  • The soundtrack of this serial contained a higher-than-usual number of recognisable pop songs, although due to licensing costs all were re-recorded by “The Lovells”, a fictional group created by the show’s incidental music composer Keff McCullough. The songs featured in the serial were: “Rock Around the Clock”, “Singing the Blues”, “Why Do Fools Fall in Love”, “Mr. Sandman”, “Goodnight, Sweetheart”, “That’ll Be the Day”, “Only You”, “Lollipop”, “Who’s Sorry Now?” and “Happy Days Are Here Again”.
  • The motorbike ridden by Billy in this story is a Vincent, made by British manufacturer Vincent Motorcycles. The guitar The Doctor is seen hugging at the end of the story is a Squier Stratocaster by Fender, although the model is not one available at the time the story was set. The TARDIS scenes were recorded during production of the next story Dragonfire. Order Delta and the Bannermen BBC DVD Page


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