3x30 The Celestial Toyroom
First Aired: Apr. 02, 1966 on BBC One
Summary: The Doctor, Steven and Dodo fall into the clutches of the Celestial Toymaker, an immortal who challenges his victims to games – with their souls forfeit to him should they lose. While the Doctor plays the Trilogic Game, a variation on the classic Towers of Hanoi puzzle, Steven and Dodo…
Series Main Characters
Dr. Who: Good. That means the gravitational bearing must have rectified itself.
Dorothea 'Dodo' Chaplet: [enters from one of the other rooms] Hey, look at this! [models her groovy new outfit, a sleeveless mini dress. The upper portion is light-colored with a dark, misshaped circle in the center. The bottom portion is dark-colored with light, misshaped circles all around. On her head she wears a cap with a visor. She looks like she just came from Carnaby Street. Meanwhile, the Doctor switches off the TARDIS] Ain't it fab?
Steven Taylor: [walks over to her and examines her clothes with approval] Yes... hmm, very nice. [the Doctor sneezes and as he does so he slowly fades away. Steven and Dodo don't notice right away because they are facing each other] Bless you.
Dorothea 'Dodo' Chaplet: Oh Doctor, don't say you're catching a cold now.
Steven Taylor: [Now Steven and Dodo turn toward the Doctor and discover that he's disappeared] Doctor? Well, where are you?
Dr. Who: [the Doctor briefly fades in and out of sight but then completely disappears] What do you mean, dear boy? I'm still here, hmm?
Steven Taylor: Huh?
Dorothea 'Dodo' Chaplet: Doctor, you've vanished!
Dr. Who: What? Oh nonsense child! Nonsense! Hmm!
Dorothea 'Dodo' Chaplet: You have! Do you think this is something to do with the Refusians?
Steven Taylor: Why... it must be!
Dr. Who: You're wrong! This is something far more serious. We're in grave danger. This is some form of attack!
Steven Taylor: But we're still in the TARDIS!
Dr. Who: That may be, my boy, but wherever it is, it has great power and can penetrate our safety barrier.
- The first of a four-part serial called "The Celestial Toymaker". Only episode four of this story is currently in the BBC Archive. The rest were destroyed by the BBC during the 1970s.
- At the end of Episode Four, there was an apology in the form of an oral announcement after the credits to the estate of Frank Richards, the creator of the schoolboy hero Billy Bunter, because the character Cyril - depicted in the episode as an overage schoolboy - resembles Billy Bunter.
- Peter Stephens was originally going to play one of the characters from Gerald Savory's stage play "George and Margaret," but Savory withdrew permission for his characters to be used at the last moment, and Gerry Davis had to rewrite the script; in fact, it was Gerry who came up with the final edit, but BBC policy at the time forbade him to claim a co-writer's credit for the script.
- This episode was watched by 8 million viewers on its original transmission.