CC. Doctor Who - The Smugglers

Season Four

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

CC. Doctor Who - The Smugglers

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


  • 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)

Showings on the BBC

First showing

Channel Episode 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%


Outside Locations

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


  • Riverside Studio 1



No blooper details are available


  • This story has no incidental music, not even stock.

Working titles

  • Doctor Who and the Pirates