Doctor Who (1963–1989)
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The War Games: Episode One 

The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe realise they have arrived in the trenches of the First World War, where the sinister General Smythe accuses them of espionage.


David Maloney

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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Troughton ... Dr. Who
Frazer Hines ... Jamie
Wendy Padbury ... Zoe
Jane Sherwin Jane Sherwin ... Lady Jennifer Buckingham
John Livesey John Livesey ... German Soldier
David Savile David Savile ... Lieutenant Carstairs
Terence Bayler ... Major Barrington
Brian Forster Brian Forster ... Sergeant Willis
Noel Coleman Noel Coleman ... General Smythe
Hubert Rees Hubert Rees ... Captain Ransom
Esmond Webb Esmond Webb ... Sgt. Major Burns


The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe realise they have arrived in the trenches of the First World War, where the sinister General Smythe accuses them of espionage.

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English | German

Release Date:

19 April 1969 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


It was David Maloney who suggested that the alien mesmerism should be manifested by the officers putting on spectacles. Terrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke had originally conceived them as speaking in a cold "alien voice" when exercising the mind control. See more »


Just after Major Barrington answers the telephone, Lady Jennifer walks through a boom microphone shadow. See more »


[to the time lords]
The Doctor: All these evils I have fought, while you have done nothing but observe! True, I am guilty of interference. Just as you are guilty of failing to use your great powers to help those in need!'
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Referenced in The Rise and Fall of Gallifrey (2008) See more »

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Part one is loaded with quality, originality and tension.
8 March 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

What a start! The opening episode in this game changing story is superb. This first part creates a fantastic atmosphere, it's sinister, creepy, there's definitely something strange and menacing going on, but we're only given a tantalising glimpse into what it is. The backdrop of the Great War is a very good one, and although a harsh memory for many during transmission it would still have been well remembered, the terror of barbed wire and trench warfare expertly created. The Earth setting is very real, but the behaviour of General Smythe raises doubts, the sense of mystery is fantastic, and it would have taken weeks for viewers to understand what was happening, and the fate of their beloved second Doctor. Very well acted of course, no humour between Troughton and Hines in this one, it was taken very seriously. 10/10

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