The Space Pirates
8 March 1969
Brian Peck (Dervish) [1, 3-6], Dudley Foster (Caven) [1, 3-6], Jack May (General Hermack), Donald Gee (Major Ian Warne), George Layton (Technician Penn), Nik Zaran (Lt. Sorba) [1, 4-5], Anthony Donovan (Space Guard) , Gordon Gostelow (Milo Clancey) [2-6], Lisa Daniely (Madeleine Issigri) [2-6], Steve Peters (Pirate Guard) [4-6], Esmond Knight (Dom Issigri) [5-6].
|Written by||Robert Holmes|
|Directed by||Michael Hart|
|Produced by||Peter Bryant|
Far into the future and far out into the black depths of the galaxy, the TARDIS materialises. The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe discover the space pioneer s of the future, the adventurers and guardians of planets. But lurking also in the emptiness of space is the evil – the evil of the Space Pirates.
These marauders and plunderers of the riches of planets lead The Doctor and his companions into a new, exciting and dangerous adventure…
- This story is the penultimate story for Patrick Troughtons era as The Doctor
- Episodes 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are missing, but audio recordings exist. The soundtrack has been released as part of the BBC Radio Collection.
- Episode 2 has been released on The Troughton Years video. It has also been released on DVD as part of the Lost in Time collection.
- 90 seconds of film featuring model spacecraft shots and some live action”space walk” footage from the first episode also exists.
- Novelisedas Doctor Who – The Space Pirates by Terrance Dicks
- The scripts of the missing episodes are available on the Scripts Project page.
- A fan-produced photovideo reconstruction of the missing episodes has been made by Loose Cannon Productions.
- The story title, episode number and writer’s caption credits for each episode are shown in black against a white background following (except in Episode 1’s case) the reprise from the previous episode.
- In the cliffhanger to Episode 3, the screams of the Doctor and the others can be heard for ages: in the next episode they’ve only fallen a few feet.
- The serial features a brief, diegetic rendition of “Over the Rainbow” in episode 2.
- Doctor Who Magazine Archive: Issue #242.