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"I can't hold on much longer!"
―Dodo Chaplet
The Savages
Series: Doctor Who - TV Stories
Season Number: Season 3
Story Number: 26
Doctor: First Doctor
Companions: Steven Taylor (departure)
Dodo Chaplet
Enemy: Jano
Setting: Unnamed planet, the future
Writer: Ian Stuart Black
Director: Christopher Barry
Broadcast: 28th May - 18th June 1966
Format: 4 25-minute episodes
Previous Story: The Gunfighters
Following Story: The War Machines

The Savages was the ninth story of Season 3 of Doctor Who. This story marks the final appearance of Peter Purves as companion Steven Taylor. It was the first story to use an overall title rather than the previous practice of giving each episode an individual title.



The TARDIS has arrived on a far-distant and seemingly idyllic world, but the Doctor, Steven and Dodo discover that it hides a terrible secret: the apparently civilized Elders maintain their advanced society by draining off and transferring to themselves the life-force of a group of defenseless Savages.

Outraged at this exploitation, the Doctor is seemingly helpless to prevent it when some of his own life-force is tapped by the Elders' leader, Jano. In the process, however, Jano also acquires some of the Doctor's attitudes and conscience. Turning against his own people, he enlists the help of the Savages to destroy the Elders' transference laboratory - a task with which the time travelers gladly assist.

Steven agrees to remain behind on the planet to become leader of the newly united Elders and Savages.


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  • The Elders know of the Doctor, calling him 'the Traveler from Beyond Time'. They say they have watched his progress through Time and Space and awaited his arrival.

Story Notes

  • This story had a working title of; The White Savages.


  • Episode 1 - 4.8m viewers
  • Episode 2 - 5.6m viewers
  • Episode 3 - 5.0m viewers
  • Episode 4 - 4.5m viewers

Broadcast Dates

  • Episode 1 - 28th May 1966, 5.35pm
  • Episode 2 - 4th June 1966, 5.35pm
  • Episode 3 - 11th June 1966, 5.35pm
  • Episode 4 - 18th June 1966, 5.35pm


  • Episode 1 - 23'41"
  • Episode 2 - 23'57"
  • Episode 3 - 24'59"
  • Episode 4 - 24'41"


  • The Elders' 'light guns' were realized on screen simply by means of a powerful light positioned at the end of the prop. (Although they did incorporate a light, the guns also emitted 'dry ice' smoke.)

Filming Locations

Discontinuity, Plot Holes, Errors

  • If the Elders are such a danger to the Savages, why do they continue to live just outside the city?


  • The life force drain the Doctor experiences here could explain his subsequent regeneration in The Tenth Planet.


DVD, Video and Other Releases

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Main article: The Savages (novelisation)

See also

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External Links

  • Official BBC Episode Guide for The Savages, including photonovel
  • Doctor Who Reference Guide: Detailed Synopsis - The Savages
  • A Brief History of Time (Travel) Guide to The Savages
  • The Locations Guide to Doctor Who - The Savages
  • The Savages transcript
Season 3
Galaxy 4  • Mission to the Unknown  • The Myth Makers  • The Daleks' Master Plan  • The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve  • The Ark  • The Celestial Toymaker  • The Gunfighters  • The Savages  • The War Machines

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