Thursday, 31 March 2011

129 The Smugglers: Part Three

EPISODE: The Smugglers: Part Three
TRANSMITTED: 24 September 1966
WRITER: Brian Hayles
DIRECTOR: Julia Smith
PRODUCER: Innes Lloyd
FORMAT: CD: Doctor Who: The Smugglers
TELESNAPS: The Smugglers: Part Three

Blake is released and takes Ben & Polly into custody, only to release them after the Squire & Pike depart. Blake suspects the Squire in the smuggling ring and trusts Ben & Polly over him. The Doctor pretends to tell Kewper's fortune with playing cards and when their guard Jamaica wants his fortune likewise told, Kewper knocks him out and escapes with the Doctor. The returning Pike is outraged at Jamaica and kills him. Pike has decided to steal the village smugglers' stash as well as finding Avery's gold. The Doctor meets Blake, Ben & Polly and tells Blake what Pike is planning. Blake leaves to fetch men to confront The Squire & The Pirates. The Doctor, Ben & Polly return to the church to hunt for Avery's gold, Polly providing a vital clue from the tombstones outside which lead them to the crypt where they find where Ringwood, Smallbeer and Gurney, the names from Longfoot's riddle, are laid to rest. The Doctor thinks there should be a fourth name, but further investigation is halted by the arrival of The Squire and Kewper, the latter of which is murdered by Cherub who has been following them. A shot rings out....

Another decent episode here which turns the cogs of the plot and moves it towards a confrontation in the final episode.

The Smugglers is a major step forward for the series location work as it's the first time a location outside of the London area is used. From the 19th-23rd of June 1966 cast and crew filmed in Cornwall, involving several nights away from home. During that time some colour 8mm film was shot at the Trethewey Farm location and this can be found, along with some material kindly hacked out by the Australian sensors, on the Doctor Who - Lost In Time DVD.

The Smugglers is the first Doctor Who directing job for Julia Smith. An extensive career in television led to her directing many shows, including several soap operas, and being one of the creative forces behind the development of East Enders & Eldorado. She'll be back later this season in charge of The Underwater Menace.

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