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"The Deadly Assassin" is the third story of the fourteenth season of Doctor Who.


Part One[]

"Through the millennia, the Time Lords of Gallifrey led a life of peace and ordered calm, protected from all threats from lesser civilisations by their great power. But this was to change. Suddenly and terribly, the Time Lords faced the most dangerous crisis in their long history..."
- The Doctor

Part Two[]

Part Three[]

Part Four[]

Background information[]

  • Writing about this story for the fanzine Skaro in 1982, writer Robert Holmes explained his own conception of the Time Lords: "I had, first of all, to decide what sort of people the Time Lords were. I noticed that over the years they had produced quite a few galactic lunatics - the Meddlesome Monk, the Master, Omega, Morbius. How did this square with the received notion that the Time Lords were a bunch of omnipotent do-gooders? Could it be that this notion had been put about the Time Lords themselves? Heresy! Most damning of all, at the end of "The War Games", they condemned the Doctor to exile for interfering in the affairs of other planets and yet who had sent him on half these missions? They had! Obviously, either the Time Lords were all hypocrites or someone unknown to their High Command, was running a 'dirty tricks' department." Holmes took the view that a "dirty tricks" department did indeed exist in Time Lord society and so introduced the concept of the Celestial Intervention Agency. It is suggested in this story that the Doctor had perhaps been involved with this agency at some time in his past.
  • The staser pistols and rifles are made of Perspex. This reflects Roger Murray-Leach's idea that Gallifrey should look as though it was made of glass.
  • Gold Usher was conceived as a figure with ceremonial duties, comparable to Black Rod in the British Parliament.
  • The script calls the rifle "one of the light sporting types used for Zorn-stalking."
  • The script describes the torture device used by Commander Hildred as a "portable koppler drill."
  • In the script, the tablets Spandrell is seen eating from time to time are described as stomach tablets.
  • An unused caption slide proposed for the credits of the final episode read: "We thank the High Court of the Time Lords and the Keeper of Records, Gallifrey, for their help and co-operation."

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Uncredited performers[]


  • Written by Robert Holmes
  • Directed by David Maloney
  • Produced by Philip Hinchcliffe
  • Fight Arranger / Double - Terry Walsh
  • Stuntman - Eddie Powell
  • Incidental Music - Dudley Simpson
  • Title Music - Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop
  • Title Sequence - Bernard Lodge
  • Production Assistant - Nicholas Howard John
  • Production Unit Manager - Christopher D'Oyly-John
  • Film Cameraman - Fred Hamilton
  • Film Recordist - Graham Bedwell
  • Film Editor - Ian McKendrick
  • Visual Effects Designers -
    • Peter Day
    • Len Hutton
  • Special Sound - Dick Mills
  • Studio Lighting - Brian Clemett
  • Studio Sound - Clive Gifford
  • Costume Designers -
    • James Acheson
    • Joan Ellacott
  • Make-up Artist - Jean Williams
  • Designer - Roger Murray-Leach



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