Doctor Doctor Who Guide

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
BBC Genome Project: see entry

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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.


Production Team hide uncredited
WriterAnthony Coburn
DirectorWaris Hussein
ProducerVerity Lambert
Associate ProducerMervyn Pinfield
DesignerBarry Newbery
Story EditorDavid Whitaker
Incidental MusicNorman Kay
Title MusicRon Grainer
with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Special Effects Visual Effects Department of the BBC
Vision MixerClive Doig (uncredited)
Costume SupervisorMaureen Heneghan (uncredited)
Make-up SupervisorElizabeth Blattner (uncredited)
LightingGeoff Shaw (uncredited)
Studio SoundJack Clayton (uncredited)
Assistant Floor ManagerCatherine Childs (uncredited)
Film CameramanRobert Sleigh (uncredited)
Production AssistantTony Lightley (uncredited)
Special SoundBrian Hodgson (uncredited)
Film EditorJohn House (uncredited)
Title SequenceBernard Lodge (uncredited)
Title Music ArrangerDelia Derbyshire (uncredited)
SecretaryMargaret Allen (uncredited)
Grams OperatorAdrian Bishop-Lagget (uncredited)
Floor AssistantRobert Fort (uncredited)
Make-Up AssistantBeryl Sanderson (uncredited)
Boom OperatorPeter Fletcher (confirmed)
Director's AssistantPeggy Lupton (uncredited)
Producer's SecretaryValerie Speyer (uncredited)