P. The Crusade

Season Two - 1965/1965

Story Editor: Dennis Spooner
Writer: David Whitaker
Director: Douglas Camfield
Produced by: Verity Lambert
Designer: Barry Newberry
Incidental Music: Dudley Simpson
Fight Arranger: Derek Ware (1)


A holy war is in progress in 12th century Palestine between the forces of King Richard the Lionheart and the Saracen ruler Saladin. Barbara is abducted by the Saracens, and the Doctor, Ian and Vicki manage to make their way to the King Richard's palace in Jaffa.

Ian is given leave to search for Barbara, and is knighted Sir Ian of Jaffa to fit him for the journey. The Doctor and Vicki remain behind with King Richard.

In order to bring the war to an end King Richard plans to marry his sister, Joanna, to the Saladin's brother, Sapadin. Joanna finds out about the proposal and refuses.

The Doctor and Vicki are forced to flee before being burnt at the stake after the Earl of Leicester proclaims them as sorcerers. Ian manages to rescue Barbara, and the four travellers meet up at the TARDIS, and narrowly escape the Earl of Leicester's men.

Regular Cast

  • Barbara Wright: Jacqueline Hill
  • Ian Chesterton: William Russell
  • Vicki: Maureen O'Brien

Guest Cast

  • Richard The Lionheart: Julian Glover
  • El Akir: Walter Randall
  • Saphadin: Roger Avon (1-5)
  • William Des Preaux: John Flint (1-2)
  • Reyneir De Marun: David Anderson (1)
  • William Torbeau: Bruce Wightman (1-2)
  • Ben Daheer: Reg Pritchard (1-3)
  • Thatcher: Tony Caunter (1)
  • Saracen Warriors: Derek Ware (1), Valentino Musetti (1), Chris Konyils (2-4), Raymond Novak (2-4), Anthony Colby (3)
  • Joanna: Jean Marsh (2-3)
  • Chamberlain: Robert Lanksheer (2-3)
  • Sheyrah: Zahra Segal (2)
  • Luigi Ferrigo: Gabor Baraker (2)
  • Haroun: George Little (3-4)
  • Earl of Leicester: John Bay (3-4)
  • Safiya: Petra Markham (3)
  • Turkish Bandit: David Brewster (3)
  • Maimuna: Sandra Hampton (4)
  • Fatima: Viviane Sorrel (4)
  • Hafsa: Diane McKenzie (4)
  • Ibrahim: Tutte Lemkow (4)
  • Man-At-Arms: Billy Cornelius (4)
  • Richard's Squire: Andy Brewer
  • Falconer: John Holmes
  • Priest: Rikki Paterson;
  • Knights: Michael Hart, Winston Marsh
  • Ladies In Waiting: Carole Brett, Maureen Lane
  • Concubines: Cicely Joseph, Mei Ling, Evelyn Ong, Celo Sylvestre
  • Men-At-Arms: John Galahar, Henry Garcia, Michael Guest, Walter Mann
  • Saracen Warriors: Sonny Caldinez, Roy Fletcher, Edward Haroutunian, Abbas Haschen, Oscar James, Peter Johnson, Chris Konyils, Raymond Novak, Sam Shedbury
  • Extra: Roy Stewart

Original broadcast on the BBC

Channel Title Date Viewers Rating
BBC 1 67. The War Lords Friday, April 17, 1964 5:40 PM - 6:05 PM 9.5M 48%
BBC 1 64. The Lion Saturday, March 27, 1965 5:40 PM - 6:05 PM 10.5M 51%
BBC 1 65. The Knight Of Jaffa Saturday, April 3, 1965 5:40 PM - 6:05 PM 8.8M 50%
BBC 1 66. The Wheel Of Fortune Saturday, April 10, 1965 5:40 PM - 6:05 PM 9.0M 49%


  • Ealing Television Film Studios
  • Riverside Studio 1

Working Titles

The Crusades

The Lionheart

Doctor Who and the Saracen Hordes


Part 1: Episode One was only recently (1999) discovered in New Zealand.

Part 3: William Russell only appears in filmed inserts.