Y. The Celestial Toymaker

Season Three - 1965/1966

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)


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

Guest Cast

  • 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)

Original broadcast on the BBC

Channel 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%


  • Ealing Television Film Studios
  • Riverside Studio 1

Working Titles

The Toymaker


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.