The Macra Terror


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The Macra Terror

Serial Code


First Transmitted

11 March 1967

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Regular Cast

Patrick Troughton (Dr Who), Micheal Craze (Ben), Anneke Wills (Polly), Frazer Hines (Jamie)

Guest Cast

Peter Jeffrey (Pilot), Graham Armitage (Barney) [1], Ian Fairbairn (Questa) [1], Jane Enshawe (Sunaa) [1,3-4], Sandra Bryant [1], Karol Keyes [4] (Chicki), Maureen Lane (Drum Majorette) [1,4], Terence Lodge (Medok) [1-3], Gertan Klauber (Ola), Graham Leaman (Controller), Anthony Garnder (Alvis) [1], Denis Goacher (Control Voice) [1-3], Richard Beale (Broadcast Voice / Broadcast and Propaganda Voices) [1-3]*, Robert Jewell (Macra Operator), John Harvey (Official) [3-4], John Caesar, Steve Emerson, Danny Rae (Guards) [4]†, Ralph Carrigan, Roger Jerome, Terry Wright (Cheerleaders) [4].


Written by Ian Stuart Black
Directed by John Davies
Produced by Innes Lloyd


An Earth colony in the far future has all the look and feel of a holiday camp. But The Doctor, Polly, Ben and Jamie quickly become aware that a sinister force is lurking beneath the jolly veneer of the settlement, in the form of the mammoth crab-like Macra who have secretly infiltrated the colony administration and are using the settlers for slave labour. And already, Ben has fallen into the Macra’s power


  1. The Macra return in 2007 in Gridlock
  2. All episodes are missing but audio recordings and telesnaps exist. The soundtrack has been released as part of the BBC Radio Collection.
  3. Fourteen clips from Episodes 2 and 3 are known to exist.
  4. They are either from a reel of 8mm film shot at a TV screen or among the censor clips discovered in the Australian TV achives in 1996.-
  5. Novelised as Doctor Who – The Macra Terror by Ian Stuart Black
  6. The scripts of all episodes are available on the Scripts Project page
  7. A photonovel of the story is available on the BBC Doctor Who website. Fan-produced photovideo reconstructions of the story have been made by Joint Venture and by Loose Cannon Productions.
  8. Doctor Who Magazine Archive: Issue #308.
  9. Order the DVD in the BBC DVD Guide

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