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"The Invasion of Time" is the sixth story of the fifteenth season of Doctor Who.


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Part Three[]

Part Four[]

Part Five[]

Part Six[]

Background information[]

  • Instead of a consistent design scheme for the Capitol, set designer Kenneth Sharp suggested that individual rooms should be decorated in markedly different period styles, from Elizabethan to Georgian to Art Deco, according to the personal taste of the occupant.
  • Early design discussions proposed furnishing the Chancellery with an Indian carpet. There was to be a variety of different timepieces: an hourglass, sundials, and a water clock. Borusa's scholarly interests were to be represented by papyrus fragments, the Rosetta Stone, and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
  • According to the script, "wrist communicators are only used for mobile and urgent conversations."
  • The script describes Castellan Kelner's den as "the sort of office the president of IBM might aspire to." His command console is "based on the sound principles of an electronic calculator, together with the versatility of a computer terminal." The script calls for a glass partition separating Commander Andred's workstation from the main office. The first hope was to film on location in a suitably futuristic executive suite. When nothing suitable was found, a set by designer Barbara Gosnold was substituted.
  • In the script, Gomer is described thusly: "physically old but mentally very alert. The kindest thing to say about Savar is that he is just the opposite."
  • Rodan's office at Space Traffic Control was the same set as Kelner's office. The designer indicated that the room should be redressed with "plastic plant life and sculpture."
  • According to the script, Rodan was "an attractive woman in an adaptation of Time Lord clothes" who was "engrossed in a hand held game - the best version we can find of trying to get the ball bearings in their five separate holes. The game that sends even the most rational person round the twist."
  • The character of Rodan was a relatively late inclusion, as the serial developed from storyline to script. Script editor Anthony Read and producer Graham Williams wanted another principal female character among the male chauvinist Time Lords. "They pretend to give me equality," Rodan complains in the script, underlining Gallifrey's uneven gender roles. "Leela is not quite sure if this warrants hara-kiri or an all-out attack," says the script.
  • Outside the Citadel was a "fairly bleak stretch of open country. On the horizon (glass shot) can be seen the distant helical towers of the Time Lords' citadel."
  • The Outsiders wore "a sort of horrified, cut down version of Time Lord clothes" and lived in a clearing with "a simple roof structure to provide shelter."
  • Stor was introduced as a "Sontaran Field Commander in full battle armour [who] stands with a lieutenant at his side in the doorway."

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Uncredited performers[]


  • By David Agnew
  • Directed by Gerald Blake
  • Produced by Graham Williams
  • Title Music - Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop
  • Title Sequence - Bernard Lodge
  • Incidental Music by Dudley Simpson
  • Production Assistant - Colin Dudley
  • Production Unit Manager - John Nathan-Turner
  • Studio Lighting - Mike Jefferies
  • Studio Sound - Anthony Philpot
  • OB Lighting - John Sterling
  • OB Sound - Ian Leiper
  • Film Cameraman - Ken Westbury
  • Film Recordist - Graham Hare
  • Film Editor - Chris Wimble
  • Visual Effects Designers -
    • Richard Conway
    • Colin Mapson
  • Special Sound - Dick Mills
  • Costume Designer - Dee Kelly
  • Make-up Artist - Maureen Winslade
  • Script Editor - Anthony Read
  • Designer - Barbara Gosnold


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