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Peril in Mechanistria
Series: Doctor Who Annual
Doctor: First Doctor
Setting: Mechanistria
Published In: Doctor Who Annual 1966 (p. 67-80)
Previous Story: The Monsters from Earth
Following Story: The Fishmen of Kandalinga

After a narrow escape from the Daleks on the planet Skaro, The Doctor and his damaged TARDIS arrives on a world made of metal.



During an escape from Skaro, the TARDIS' Space Time Locator mechanism is irreparably damaged. The Doctor, unable to accurately pilot the TARDIS is simply happy when it lands and decides to rest for the night before exploring his new surroundings.

As he arises and exits the TARDIS the following morning, the Doctor finds that the ground of this mysterious world is made of metal and that there was a strange, throbbing hum in the air. As he investigated the metal terrain, a great robotic beast found him and the Doctor lost consciousness.

When the Doctor awakes, he finds himself in the company of a number of primitive seeming humans, calling themselves the Korad and calling their world Korad as well. The Doctor learns that this world has no soil or seas or plant life, just machines that the Korad use. When asked where he comes from, The Doctor says too much about the TARDIS before he realizes that the Korad are more mechanically savvy than they first appeared.

Korad Mechanics

Drako, the leader of this haven (encampment) of Korad mechanics, takes the Doctor prisoner and sends for the Wise Ones from another haven. While held, Drako explains that the masters of this world are the machines and that the Korad are only allowed to live because of their usefulness to the machines. Drako pleads with the Doctor to help plan an escape for the mechanics before the Wise Ones arrive and take the TARDIS for themselves. As the Doctor begins to devise a plan, Beran, one of the Wise Ones, arrives to interrogate the Doctor.

Beran announces that he will examine the TARDIS to learn its secrets before destroying it. When the Doctor objects, Beran informs him that the first law of the Mechanistrians, the formal name for the machine rulers, is that no machines that was not made on the world is allowed to remain on the world, which the Wise Ones refer to as Mechanistria, not Korad.

The machines of the world, Beran reveals, houses a human brain and among the Wise Ones, who call themselves Mechanistrians, having their brain used in the creation of a new machine is the highest honor. When joined into the machine the Wise One gains the knowledge of all other machines and gains a type of immortality.

As Beran finishes his explanation he momentarily lets his guard down and Drako wrests Beran's small gun-like atomizer from him. Drako forced Beran to follow as he and the Doctor headed toward a small aircraft needed to reach the TARDIS. Once aboard and in the air, Drako, refusing to shoot Beran, forces him to jump from the craft.

Beran and the Doctor

Landing close to the TARDIS, Drako turns the atomizer on the Doctor and demands that the Doctor take him back in time to a point before the Mechanistrians began their rule. The Doctor, at first worried that Drako may attempt to overpower him and take the TARDIS for himself, finally agrees to transport him back through time.

After the trip, the Doctor opens the doors to the world that is know at this point in time as Korad. Drako exits, kneeling down to feel the grass and looking up to see clouds that no Koran had seen in thousands of years.

The Doctor, accepting Drako's thanks, closes the doors and continues on his journeys.


  • The Doctor
  • Drako, local Korad leader
  • Beran, Wise One/Mechanistrian


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Discontinuity, Plot Holes, Errors

  • The Doctor is referred to throughout the story as Dr. Who.


  • Because the Doctor has heard of the Daleks it would indicate that it occurs after DW: The Daleks.


External Links

  • Doctor Who Reference Guide: Synopsis - Peril in Mechanistria

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