Planet of Giants
31 October 1964
|Written by||Louis Marks|
|Directed by||Mervyn Pinfield/Douglas Camfield|
|Produced by||Verity Lambert|
Returning to Earth, the crew find themselves trapped in a jungle with monstrous creatures pursuing them. Soon they realise that they have become miniaturized and are indeed on Earth.
In their miniature state, they discover dangerous experiments with a totally lethal insecticide are being performed but they seem powerless to stop them.
- The first television story since An Unearthly Child to be set in modern day England.
- All 3 episodes exist in 16mm telerecordings.
- Negative film prints of all 3 episodes were recovered in 1978.
- The story went by the working title Death in the Afternoon.
- Originally filmed as a 4 part story it was later compressed to 3 episodes at the request of Donald Wilson, BBC Head of Serials. Episode 3 was originally entitled Crisis and episode 4 was entitled The Urge to Live. The material filmed for these 2 episodes has not been retained by the BBC and it appears unlikely that it will ever be recovered.
- The story was originally developed under the title The Miniscules which was originally intended to form episodes 2, 3 and 4 of the show, following on from An Unearthly Child.
- The story was filmed as part of the first bloc of stories but a decision was made to hold it over as the opener for the second series.
- This story sees the debut of Dudley Simpson, the show’s most prolific creator of incidental music.
- This story appears to be influenced by stories such as; Gulliver’s Travels (1726), The Increditsible Shrinking Man (1957) and Silent Spring (1962).
- A few years later, an American science fiction series called Land of the Giants would replicate the general concept of this storyline.