T. Galaxy Four

Season Three - 1965/1966

Story Editor: Donald Tosh
Writer: William Emms
Director: Derek Martinus
Produced by: Verity Lambert
Designer: Richard Hunt
Incidental Music: Stock


The TARDIS materialises on an arid planet where they encounter two stranded races - the Drahvins and the Rills who, due to an encounter in space, both crashed onto the planet's surface. The Rill ship is almost ready for take off having been repaired by robotic drones affectionately nicknamed Chumblies by Vicki. The Drahvin ship is irreparable.

The Rills appear to be a peaceful and welcoming explorers whilst the Drahvins appear as mindless clones lead by the warlike Maaga. The Doctor discovers that the planet is soon to self destruct, and both species are in a rush to get off the planet.

The Drahvins plan to force the Doctor to help them steal the Rills' spacecraft to escape. Instead the Doctor povides the Rills with power from the TARDIS which refuels their ship and allows the Rills to escape, leaving the Drahvins to their fate.

Regular Cast

  • Vicki: Maureen O'Brien
  • Steven Taylor: Peter Purves

Guest Cast

  • Maaga: Stephanie Bidmead
  • Drahvin One: Marina Martin
  • Drahvin Two: Susanna Carol
  • Drahvin Three: Lyn Ashley
  • Chumbley Operators: Jimmy Kaye (1), Angelo Muscat, Pepi Poupee (3-4), Tommy Reynolds (4), William Shearer
  • Rill Voices: Robert Cartland (3-4)
  • Jeff Garvey: Barry Jackson (4)
  • Rills: (all 3-4) David Brewster, Peter Holmes, Brian Madge, Bill McAllister

Original broadcast on the BBC

Channel Title Date Viewers Rating
BBC 1 82. Four Hundred Dawns Saturday, September 11, 1965 5:40 PM - 6:05 PM 9.0M 56%
BBC 1 83. Trap Of Steel Saturday, September 18, 1965 5:50 PM - 6:15 PM 9.5M 55%
BBC 1 84. Air Lock Saturday, September 25, 1965 5:50 PM - 6:15 PM 11.5M 54%
BBC 1 85. The Exploding Planet Saturday, October 2, 1965 5:50 PM - 6:15 PM 9.9M 53%


  • Ealing Television Film Studios
  • Television Centre Studio 3
  • Television Centre Studio 4


Part 4: Garvey, who is credited for part four of this story by the Radio Times is a character from Mission to the Unknown, who appears as part of a cliff-hanger lead-in to this next episode.