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Crater of Needles

Crater of Needles

Series Episode Number: 61

World Premiere: Sat 6 Mar 1965 - 5:39pm GMT [BBC One] (United Kingdom)
First Broadcast: Sun 24 Aug 1986 - 11:00pm CDT [WTTW 11 Chicago]
Running Time: 25 minutes 50 seconds

13.00 Million (UK)

Appreciation Index: 49 (UK)

Chart Position: 9 () (UK)

Recorded on Fri 12 Feb 1965 in Riverside 1
Archive State: 16mm t/r



Ian and Vrestin fall into caverns beneath the surface of Vortis and encounter the Optera. The Doctor finds the landing site of the Menoptra, and the Zarbi prepare to ambush them.


Production Team hide uncredited
WriterBill Strutton
DirectorRichard Martin
ProducerVerity Lambert
DesignerJohn Wood
Story EditorDennis Spooner
Film CameramanPeter Hamilton
Film EditorGitta Zadek
Title MusicRon Grainer
and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop
LightingRalph Walton (uncredited)
Studio SoundRay Angel (uncredited)
Costume SupervisorDaphne Dare (uncredited)
Make-up SupervisorSonia Markham (uncredited)
Special SoundBrian Hodgson (uncredited)
Assistant Floor ManagerElisabeth Dunbar (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)