The Doctor’s Tale
William Russell (Ian Chesterton/The Doctor), Maureen O’Brien (Vicki/Barbara Wright/Narrator), Gareth Armstrong (Geoffrey Chaucer), Joseph Kloska (Sir Thomas de Wensley), Alice Haig (Isabella), John Banks (Thomas Arundel)
England, 1400. Winter. Blood in the snow. Henry IV has usurped the throne, and deposed King Richard II languishes in Pomfret Castle.
Meanwhile the Doctor and his companions preside over New Year revels at Sonning Palace.
But Sonning is a prison, treachery is in the air and murderous Archbishop Thomas Arundel will stop at nothing to crush the rebellion.
As the Doctor and Barbara take the road to Canterbury, Vicki finds a royal friend and Ian is dragged into a dark web of conspiracy at whose heart sits that teller of tales, Geoffrey Chaucer.
- The Doctor’s Tale was the second story of the first season of The Early Adventures.
- Barbara does not appear in the third episode.
- Vicki tells Queen Isabella that she does not have a family anymore. (The Rescue)
- Ian refers to Coal Hill School. (An Unearthly Child)
- The Doctor refers to the TARDIS’ Time-Space Visualiser. (The Chase)
- The Doctor and Vicki would later visit another monastery in Northumbria in 1066 in the company of Steven Taylor. (The Time Meddler)
- The Earl of Kent, the Earl of Huntingdon and Geoffrey Chaucer were favourites of Richard II.
- Henry Plantagenet, also known as Henry Bolingbroke, seized the English throne from Richard II three months earlier in 1399, becoming Henry IV. Henry led the barons in revolt against Richard, who was then imprisoned in Pomfret Castle.
- Isabella, who is younger than Vicki, is the queen of the deposed Richard II.
- Sir Robert de Wensley is a supporter of Richard II and Queen Isabella.
- Isabella mentions King Arthur.
- Thomas Arundel is the Archbishop of Canterbury.
- Miguel de Cervantes gave the Doctor some Spanish oranges.
- This story was the second release of The Early Adventures range.
- It was recorded at The Moat Studios.