The Monster Of Peladon



15 Dec 73 - 05 Jan 74
12 Jan 74 - 16 Feb 74
23 Feb 74 - 16 Mar 74
23 Mar 74 - 27 Apr 74
04 May 74 - 08 Jun 74


Episode 1.
23rd March 1974
5:30 p.m.
Episode 2.
30th March 1974
5:30 p.m.
Episode 3.
6th April 1974
5:30 p.m.
Episode 4.
13th April 1974
5:30 p.m.
Episode 5.
20th April 1974
5:31 p.m.
Episode 6.
27th April 1974
5:31 p.m.

The Doctor returns to Peladon fifty years after his last visit and finds that the spirit of the sacred monster Aggedor is again spreading terror and death. While helping Queen Thalira (King Peladon's daughter), the Doctor finds that some renegade Ice Warriors are behind a plot to seize the mineral wealth of the planet to help an invading enemy - Galaxy 5. The Federation Ambassador, Alpha Centauri, calls upon Federation troops to settle the troubles on Peladon, but the trisilicate mines are occupied by the Ice Warriors and a Human traitor, Eckersley. The Doctor uses the monster - producing machine of his enemies to despatch the Ice Warriors. Eckersley is killed by the real Aggedor creature.

The Doctor:  Jon Pertwee
Sarah Jane Smith: Elisabeth Sladen

Guest Appearances:
Ettis: Ralph Watson
Eckersley: Donald Gee
Vega Nexos: Gerald Taylor
Queen Thalira: Nina Thomas
Ortron: Frank Gatliff
Blor: Michael Crane
Alpha Centauri: Stuart Fell
Voice of Alpha Centauri: Ysanne Churchman
Captain: Terry Walsh
Rex Robinson
Preba: Graeme Eton
Aggedor: Nick Hobbs
Rime: Roy Evans
Sskel: Sonny Caldinez

Azaxyr: Alan Bennion
Miner: Max Faulkner


Producer: Barry Letts.
Script Editor: Terrence Dicks.
Writer: Brian Hayles
Director: Lennie Mayne.
Designer: Gloria Clayton.
Costume: Barbara Kidd.
Make up: 
Elizabeth Moss.
Visual Effects: Peter Day.
Music : Dudley Simpson.


1980 Target edition with cover art by Steve Kyte1992 Target Edition Book with cover by Alister Pearson

Novelized as "Doctor Who - The Monster of Peladon" by Terrance Dicks (0 426 20132 9) first published by W H Allen (now Virgin Publishing Ltd) in 1980 as "Doctor Who and the Monster of Peladon" with cover by Steve Kyte. New edition in 1992 with cover by Alister Pearson. Target library number 43.

Image of Alpha Centauri (Stuart Fell)
Image of Queen Thalira (Nina Thomas)
Image of Sskel (Sonny Caldinez), & Azaxyr (Alan Bennion) Ice Warriors
Image of Queen Thalira (Nina Thomas), The Doctor, & Alpha Centauri (Stuart Fell)

Image of Statute of Aggedor

Image of Video CoverReleased as "The Monster of Peladon" January 1996 in the UK. Australia & New Zealand (BBC catalogue #5781) and in US & Canada 1997 (CBS/FOX catalogue # 8494, reclassified as WHV #E1377). Cover art by Colin Howard. Released as two-tape set in UK, US & Canada, and one tape in Australia & New Zealand.



Sequel to the ninth-season serial "The Curse of Peladon" (MMM).
This was the last story for Brian Hayles (he later died in 1978) and the last appearance that the Ice Warriors would make.

All six episodes exist in color on PAL 2" videotape as held by the Film & Videotape Library when audited in 1978.

Ealing filming on Stage 3A. (14-18 January 1974)
Studio recording in studio TC6.
(11-12, 26-27 February 1974)
Studio recording in studio TC8. (28-29 January 1974)

Episode 2 - When Eckersley is lying unconscious on the floor, a mysterious shadow momentarily appears around the corner of the set, just before Alpha Centauri arrives and starts pleading for Eckersley to wake up.
Episode 2, 3 - There's an obvious mat placed for the Doctor and Sarah to land on when they get thrown into the pit. Yet in the next shot of them, when they get up, the mat has vanished.
Episode 3 - When Gebek frees the Doctor from the dungeon, how does he manage to knock out the guard with a single punch to the face, considering that the guard is wearing a helmet with a nose-piece and protective chin guards?
Episode 3 - Watch the sequence of pictures that appear on the monitor in the communications room when Eckersley checks his security cameras. The first one is a long-shot of the refinery door and alarm control box, with no-one in sight. Rather odd, since the final shot in the sequence just a few seconds later shows a close-up of Gebek and the Doctor, who's working at deactivating the refinery alarm!
Episode 4 - Watch out for a blatant appearance by Jon Pertwee's stunt double Terry Walsh, when the Doctor is fighting Ettis (the chap with the sonic lance).
Episode 6 - When the Doctor is holed up in the refinery and being attacked by Ice Warriors, he sends out the fake Aggedor to fry them. Notice that before he does this, there is a gaping hole in the door. When Aggedor rematerialises after zapping the Ice Warriors, we can see the door to the right side of the screen completely untouched.
Episode 6 - As Azaxyr is setting up his ambush for the miners, a light can briefly be seen shining through a bad join in the corridor set.
Episode 6 - Stuntman Max Faulkner manages to get killed twice within the space of 10 minutes, playing two different characters!
Episode 6 - As Eckersley hits Alpha Centauri with the butt of his gun, Centauri's head lifts up very obviously at the front.
Episode 6 - When Aggedor kills Eckersley, there's a very visible gap between the furry boots and the body of the Aggedor costume.
Episode 6 - As the Doctor is examining Aggedor's body, the supposedly-dead Eckersley behind him can be seen still breathing.