The Reign of Terror
The Reign of Terror
Doctor: First Doctor
Companion(s): Susan Foreman, Ian Chesterton & Barbara Wright
Enemy: Robespierre
Setting: Paris, France, 1794
Written by: Dennis Spooner
Directed by Henric Hirsch
Produced by: Verity Lambert
Script Editor: David Whitaker
Average Viewership: 6.73million
Production Code: H
Broadcast Date: 8 August - 12 September 1964
Format: 6x25minute episodes
Doctor's Timeline
Previous Story: TBA
Following Story: TBA
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Previous Story: The Sensorites
Following Story: Planet of Giants

The Reign of Terror was the final story of the first series of Doctor Who. Set in the French Revolution age, this was the third story to travel into the past. Featuring the First Doctor, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright and Susan Foreman and written by Dennis Spooner, this story was only half available as the fourth and fifth episodes were lost from the BBC Archives. However, these episodes were restored by professional animation work and was released in 2013 on DVD.


The TARDIS arrives near Paris during the French Revolution, a time of great upheaval, bloodshed and terror. Soon, with the Doctor trapped inside a burning farmhouse, Ian imprisoned and Susan and Barbara on their way to the guillotine it's clear this will one of their most dangerous and exciting adventures yet...


A Land of FearEdit

The Doctor supposedly manages to land on Earth in Ian and Barbara's timezone. They are unsure and query his capabilities with the TARDIS. To prove his point, the Doctor tells Susan that they will be taking a little stroll.

As they exit the TARDIS, they find fields of crops, which seem perfectly normal. Then, they discover a small boy, whom Ian apprehends while the Doctor gives him a scolding for eavesdropping. The boy manages to escape. The TARDIS crew decide to follow in the boy's direction to find any residential area.

Further down the pathway, they find a farmhouse. Upon entering, they believe it to be abandoned and as they head deeper into the house, they find items of clothing from a different era. While the Doctor searches upstairs for any signs of life, Ian and Barbara deduce that it is the time of the French Revolution in late 18th Century. They soon believe the house to be an escape route for anti-revolutionists.

Upstairs the Doctor is hit on the head and knocked out.

Two men appear and question the remaining TARDIS crew. They are D'Argenson and Rouvray, anti-revolutionists who want to move on as quick as possible. Suddenly, some French revolutionists arrive as a small battle group and begin to search the house. D'Argenson becomes nervous as they reach closer, before he reveals himself and allows himself to be captured. However, Rouvray protects him, but is killed. D'Argenson is also killed.

The remaining TARDIS crew reveal themselves from their hiding and the Lieutenant decides to take them to the Guillotine. As they are taken, Barbara and Susan notice that the revolutionists are burning the house down, unaware of another soul inside.

Inside the house, the Doctor chokes heavily and falls to the ground inside a locked room. He is slowly dying of lack of air.


Crew Edit


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