Y. Doctor Who - The Celestial Toymaker

Season Three

  • Story Editor: Gerry Davis
  • Writer: Brian Hayles
  • Director: Bill Sellars
  • Produced by: Innes Lloyd
  • Designer: John Wood
  • Incidental Music: Dudley Simpson
  • Choreography: Tutte Lemkow (3)

Y. Doctor Who - The Celestial Toymaker

The TARDIS materialises and leaves its occupants in a strange domain presided over by an enigmatic and immortal entity known as the Toymaker.

The Toymaker challenges the Doctor, Steven and Dodo play his games. Failure will make them his playthings for all of eternity. The Doctor is challenged to play the trilogic game whilst Steven and Dodo are given other games.

Steven and Dodo succeed at their games, and win back the TARDIS. The Doctor realises that if he does complete the game, the Toymaker will still win. Using a voice synthesiser the Doctor mananges to play the final move from inside the TARDIS, and escape.

Regular Cast

  • Steven Taylor: Peter Purves
  • Dodo Chaplet: Jackie Lane


  • The Toymaker: Michael Gough
  • Joey: Campbell Singer (1)
  • Clara: Carmen Silvera (1)
  • King of Hearts: Campbell Singer (2)
  • Queen of Hearts: Carmen Silvera (2)
  • Knave of Hearts: Peter Stephens (2)
  • Joker: Reg Lever (2)
  • Sergeant Rugg: Campbell Singer (3)
  • Mrs. Wiggs: Carmen Silvera (3)
  • Kitchen Boy: Peter Stephens (3)
  • Dancers: (all 2-3 - uncredited for 3) Beryl Brahan, Ann Harrison, Deila Linden
  • Cyril: Peter Stephens (3-4)
  • Doctor's Hand: Albert Ward (3)

Showings on the BBC

First showing

Channel Episode Title Date Viewers Rating
BBC 1 111 The Celestial Toyroom Saturday, April 2, 1966 5:50 PM - 6:15 PM 8.0M 48%
BBC 1 112 The Hall Of Dolls Saturday, April 9, 1966 5:50 PM - 6:15 PM 8.0M 49%
BBC 1 113 The Dancing Floor Saturday, April 16, 1966 5:50 PM - 6:15 PM 9.4M 44%
BBC 1 114 The Final Test Saturday, April 23, 1966 5:50 PM - 6:15 PM 7.8M 43%


Outside Locations

No location details are available


  • Ealing Television Film Studios
  • Riverside Studio 1



No blooper details are available


  • William Hartnell only appears via pre-recorded dialogue in part two and does not appear at all in part three - an extra supplies the Doctor's hand.

Working titles

  • The Toymaker