Last updated 09 January 2020


The Forest of Fear

Series Episode Number: 3

World Premiere: Sat 7 Dec 1963 - 5:15pm GMT [BBC One] (United Kingdom)
First Broadcast: Tue 5 Aug 2014 - 8:00pm EDT [Retro TV]
Running Time: 23 minutes 38 seconds

6.90 Million (UK)

Appreciation Index: 56 (UK)

Chart Position: 61 () (UK)

Recorded on Fri 01 Nov 1963 in Lime Grove D
Archive State: 16mm t/r
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The Doctor and crew leave the TARDIS to explore their new surroundings, but are soon captured, thrown in a cave and threatened with death. They only have the secret of fire to bargain with.


Characters hide uncredited
Dr. WhoWilliam Hartnell
Ian ChestertonWilliam Russell
Barbara WrightJacqueline Hill
Susan ForemanCarole Ann Ford
Old MotherEileen Way
HurAlethea Charlton
ZaDerek Newark
KalJeremy Young
HorgHoward Lang
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)
TribesmanRoy Denton (uncredited)
TribesmanBill Nicholas (uncredited)
TribesmanBillie Davis (uncredited)
TribesmanLeslie Bates (uncredited)
TribesmanBob Haddow (uncredited)
ChildDavid Rosen (uncredited)Info
ChildElizabeth White (uncredited)Info
ChildJanet Fairhead (uncredited)Info
ChildTimothy Palmer (uncredited)Info