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"I'm afraid, my boy, we can't leave at the moment."
―The Doctor
The Smugglers
Series: Doctor Who - TV Stories
Season Number: Season 4
Story Number: 28
Doctor: First Doctor
Companions: Ben Jackson
Enemy: Captain Samuel Pike
Setting: Cornwall, circa 1660s
Writer: Brian Hayles
Director: Julia Smith
Broadcast: 10th September - 1st October 1966
Format: 4 25-minute episodes
Previous Story: The War Machines
Following Story: The Tenth Planet

The Smugglers was the first story of Season 4 of Doctor Who. As the last story produced as part of Season 3, William Hartnell's contract expired after production, although he returned for the next story, his final one as the current Doctor.



The TARDIS arrives on the coast of seventeenth century Cornwall - much to the astonishment of Polly and Ben. Pirates led by Captain Samuel Pike and his henchman Cherub are searching for a hidden treasure, while a smuggling ring masterminded by the local Squire is trying to off-load contraband.

The Doctor is kidnapped by Pike's men after inadvertently learning, from churchwarden Joseph Longfoot (who is subsequently murdered), a cryptic rhyme that holds the key to the treasure's whereabouts.

Although he manages to escape, the Doctor is eventually forced to tell Pike the rhyme's meaning - it refers to names on tombstones in the church crypt - and the treasure is uncovered. At this point, however, the militia arrive, having been summoned by Revenue officer Josiah Blake. A fight ensues in which Pike and many of his men are killed and the rest taken prisoner. The Doctor and his companions meanwhile slip back to the TARDIS.


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  • Ben drinks some beer.

Story Notes

  • The title sequence film is used to represent the space/time vortex as seen on the TARDIS scanner screen in Episode 1, with the story title, writer's credit and episode number captions overlaid in black on the swirling patterns.
  • No complete episodes survive of this story.
  • Telesnaps for episodes 1 - 4 do survive.


  • Episode 1 - 4.3 million viewers
  • Episode 2 - 4.9 million viewers
  • Episode 3 - 4.2 million viewers
  • Episode 4 - 4.5 million viewers

Broadcast Dates

  • Episode 1 - 10th Sep 1966, 5.50pm
  • Episode 2 - 17th Sep 1966, 5.55pm
  • Episode 3 - 24th Sep 1966, 5.50pm
  • Episode 4 - 1st Oct 1966, 5.50pm


  • Episode 1 - 24'36"
  • Episode 2 - 24'27"
  • Episode 3 - 23'55"
  • Episode 4 - 23'37"


  • For the fight between smugglers and Revenue men in episode four, so few stuntmen were used that they had to play multiple roles achieved by means of frantic behind-the-scenes costume changes. (Although Terry Walsh, one of those involved, recalls the scene being shot in this way, in fact the ten stuntmen under the direction of fight arranger Derek Ware, of whose HAVOC organisation they were members, played only one role each.)

Filming Locations

  • Nanjizal Bay, Cornwall
  • St Grada Church, Grade, Cornwall
  • Trenethick Barton, Cornwall
  • Bonny Mary, Newlyn, Cornwall
  • Bosistow Cliffs, Nanjizal, Cornwall
  • Church Cove, Cornwall
  • Trethewey Farm, Cornwall
  • Riverside Studio 1, Hammersmith, London

Discontinuity, Plot Holes, Errors

The rhyme given to the Doctor in episode one is there quoted wrongly. The Doctor gets is right in episode three however.



DVD, Video and Other Releases

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Main article: The Smugglers (novelisation)

See also

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External Links

  • Official BBC Episode Guide for The Smugglers, including photonovel
  • Doctor Who Reference Guide: Detailed Synopsis - The Smugglers
  • A Brief History of Time (Travel) Guide to The Smugglers
  • The Locations Guide to Doctor Who - The Smugglers
  • The Smugglers transcript
Season 4
The Smugglers  • The Tenth Planet  • The Power of the Daleks  • The Highlanders  • The Underwater Menace  • The Moonbase  • The Macra Terror  • The Faceless Ones  • The Evil of the Daleks

This article uses material from the "The Smugglers" article on the Dr Who wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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