CC. The Smugglers

Season Four - 1966/1967

Story Editor: Gerry Davis
Writer: Brian Hayles
Director: Julia Smith
Produced by: Innes Lloyd
Designer: Richard Hunt
Fight Sequences Arranged by: Derek Ware (4)


Much to the amazement of Ben and Polly the TARDIS is not in the same place as when they entered, but has in fact materialised in the 17th century on the Cornish coast.

The Doctor receives a strange message from the local church warden - a cryptic rhyme which tells of the location of treasure that a group of pirates are searching for. The Doctor is captured by the leader of the pirates, Captain Pike.

At the same time a group of people, the Squire included, have formed a smuggling ring and are planning to offload contraband. The local militia arrive, and in the fight many of Pike's men are killed.

The Doctor, Ben and Polly, who had previously been arrested for the murder of the church warden and are freed, go on their way.

Regular Cast

  • Ben Jackson: Michael Craze
  • Polly Wright: Anneke Wills

Guest Cast

  • Cherub: George A. Cooper
  • Squire Edwards: Paul Whitsun-Jones
  • Captain Samuel Pike: Michael Godfrey
  • Tom: Mike Lucas (1-3)
  • Jacob Kewper: David Blake Kelly (1-3)
  • Churchwarden (Joseph Longford): Terence de Marney (1)
  • Spaniard: Derek Ware (1,4)
  • Josiah Blake: John Ringham (2-3)
  • Jamaica: Elroy Josephs (2-3)
  • Gaptooth: Jack Bligh (4)
  • Doubles for the Doctor: David Blake Kelly (3), Albert Ward (4)

Original broadcast on the BBC

Channel Title Date Viewers Rating
BBC 1 127. Episode 1 Saturday, September 10, 1966 5:50 PM - 6:15 PM 4.3M 47%
BBC 1 128. Episode 2 Saturday, September 17, 1966 5:55 PM - 6:20 PM 4.9M 46%
BBC 1 129. Episode 3 Saturday, September 24, 1966 5:50 PM - 6:15 PM 4.2M 43%
BBC 1 130. Episode 4 Saturday, October 1, 1966 5:50 PM - 6:15 PM 4.5M 43%


  • Riverside Studio 1

Outside Locations

  • Sennen, Breage Church, Church Cove, Ruan Minor Church, Helson, Porthcurno, all in Cornwall

Working Titles

Doctor Who and the Pirates


This story has no incidental music, not even stock.