U. The Myth Makers

Season Three - 1965/1966

Story Editor: Donald Tosh
Writer: Donald Cotton
Director: Michael Leeston-Smith
Produced by: John Wiles
Designer: John Wood
Incidental Music: Humphrey Searle


The TARDIS materialises near the beseiged city of Troy on the plains of Asia Minor where the Doctor is hailed by Achilles as the god Zeus and is taken to a Greek camp.

Steven and Vicki are captured by the Trojans and thought to possess supernatural powers. In order to prove she is not a spy Vicki is given two days to banish the greeks. Meanwhile the Doctor has been given the task of devisaing a scheme to capture Troy.

The Doctor believes the story of the Trojan horse to be false, but decides to create the horse, allowing the troops inside the Troy city. In the following battle Steven is injured.

Steven is helped aboard the TARDIS by the Doctor and a handmaiden of the Trojan prophetess Cassandra, Katarina. Vicki decides to stay behind with Troilus.

Regular Cast

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

Guest Cast

  • Odysseus: Ivor Salter
  • Agamemnon: Francis de Wolff (1-3)
  • Achilles: Cavin Kendall (1,4)
  • Cyclops: Tutte Lemkow (1-3)
  • Hector: Alan Heywood (1)
  • Menelaus: Jack Melford (3-4)
  • King Priam: Max Adrian (2-4)
  • Paris: Barrie Ingham (2-4)
  • Cassandra: Francis White (2-4)
  • Messenger: John Luxton (2)
  • Trolius: James Lynn (3-4)
  • Soldiers: Gerry Alexander, Paul Barnes, Leslie Bryan, Derek Chafer, Norton Clark, Peter Day, Jack Duggan, John Freeman, Pat Gorman, James Hamilton, Graham Hardy, Tony Hennessy, Ricky Lancing, Ken Norris, Steve Pokol, Mike Reid, Peter Roy, Russell Scott, Donald Simons, Mike Stevens, Peter Blair Stewart, Derek Ware, Michael Wilder, Gary Wyler
  • Citizens of Troy: Ian Anton, Victor Bailey, Michelle Barry, Margaret Bass, Eric Blackburn, Daphne Green, David Grenau, Walter Henry, John May, John Moore, John Moyce, Michael Osborne, Darrel Richards, Jack Rowlands, Joanna Smithers, Cara Stevens, Doreen Ubels, Stephen Ubels
  • Extras: Ralph Carrigan, Roy Douglas, Mary McMillan, Christopher Stevens, Beverly Stevens, Chris Stevens, Pat Stevens
  • Double for Hector: Michael Wilder
  • Double for Achilles: Pat Gorman

Original broadcast on the BBC

Channel Title Date Viewers Rating
BBC 1 87. Temple Of Secrets Saturday, October 16, 1965 5:50 PM - 6:15 PM 8.3M 43%
BBC 1 88. Small Prophet, Quick Return Saturday, October 23, 1965 5:50 PM - 6:15 PM 8.1M 51%
BBC 1 89. Death Of A Spy Saturday, October 30, 1965 5:50 PM - 6:15 PM 8.7M 49%
BBC 1 90. House Of Destruction Saturday, November 6, 1965 5:50 PM - 6:15 PM 8.3M 52%


  • Ealing Television Film Studios
  • Riverside Studio 1

Outside Locations

  • Frensham Ponds, Nr. Guildford, Surrey
  • Ham, Nr. Petersham, Surrey

Working Titles

Part 3: Is There a Doctor in the Horse?

The Trojans


Maureen O'Brien leaves at the end of the story.