Last updated 09 January 2020


The Cave of Skulls

Series Episode Number: 2

World Premiere: Sat 30 Nov 1963 - 5:29pm GMT [BBC One] (United Kingdom)
First Broadcast: Mon 4 Aug 2014 - 8:30pm EDT [Retro TV]
Running Time: 24 minutes 37 seconds

5.90 Million (UK)

Appreciation Index: 59 (UK)

Chart Position: 85 () (UK)

Recorded on Fri 25 Oct 1963 in Lime Grove D
Archive State: 16mm t/r
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Ian and Barbara are aboard the TARDIS uninvited. The Doctor ignores Susan's pleas to let them go. The TARDIS takes off and travels back to Stone Age times, where the crew make the mistake of venturing outside.


Characters hide uncredited
Dr. WhoWilliam Hartnell
Ian ChestertonWilliam Russell
Barbara WrightJacqueline Hill
Susan ForemanCarole Ann Ford
ZaDerek Newark
HurAlethea Charlton
Old MotherEileen Way
KalJeremy Young
HorgHoward Lang
KalLeslie Bates (uncredited)Info
TribeswomanJean Denyer (uncredited)
TribeswomanBrenda Proctor (uncredited)
TribeswomanElizabeth Body (uncredited)
TribeswomanVeronica Dyson (uncredited)
TribeswomanDiane Gay (uncredited)
TribeswomanDoreen Ubels (uncredited)
TribeswomanLyn Turner (uncredited)
TribesmanFrank Wheatley (uncredited)
TribesmanAl Davis (uncredited)
TribesmanBillie Davis (uncredited)
TribesmanRoy Denton (uncredited)
TribesmanBill Nicholas (uncredited)
TribesmanLeslie Bates (uncredited)
TribesmanBob Haddow (uncredited)
ChildAntonia Moss (uncredited)Info
ChildJulie Moss (uncredited)Info
ChildTrevor Thomas (uncredited)Info
ChildDavid Rosen (uncredited)Info