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The Zarbi

The Zarbi

Series Episode Number: 59

World Premiere: Sat 20 Feb 1965 - 5:40pm GMT [BBC One] (United Kingdom)
First Broadcast: Wed 27 Aug 2014 - 8:30pm EDT [Retro TV]
Running Time: 23 minutes 20 seconds

12.50 Million (UK)

Appreciation Index: 53 (UK)

Chart Position: 12 () (UK)

Recorded on Fri 29 Jan 1965 in Riverside 1
Archive State: 16mm t/r



Rescued by the Menoptra, Barbara is then captured by the ant-like Zarbi. The Doctor and Ian trace the missing TARDIS to a giant web city and encounter a mysterious intelligence.


Production Team hide uncredited
WriterBill Strutton
DirectorRichard Martin
ProducerVerity Lambert
DesignerJohn Wood
Story EditorDennis Spooner
Title MusicRon Grainer
and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Insect movement byRoslyn de Winter
Film CameramanPeter Hamilton (uncredited)
Film EditorGitta Zadek (uncredited)
LightingRalph Walton (uncredited)
Studio SoundRay Angel (uncredited)
Costume SupervisorDaphne Dare (uncredited)
Make-up SupervisorSonia Markham (uncredited)
Special SoundBrian Hodgson (uncredited)
Assistant Floor ManagerGillian Charlet (uncredited)
Production AssistantNorman Stewart (uncredited)
Title Music ArrangerDelia Derbyshire (uncredited)
Title SequenceBernard Lodge (uncredited)
Vision MixerClive Doig (uncredited)
Grams OperatorTony Bowers (uncredited)
Technical ManagerMark Lewis (uncredited)
Design AssistantAnthony Thorpe (uncredited)
Design AssistantJenifer Wyatt (uncredited)
Director's SecretaryBarbara Cannell (uncredited)
Producer's SecretaryValerie Speyer (uncredited)