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Bell of Doom 

Steven rejoins the Doctor and they leave Paris just ahead of the massacre, leaving Anne behind.


Paddy Russell


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Episode credited cast:
William Hartnell ... Dr. Who
Peter Purves ... Steven Taylor
André Morell ... Marshal Gaspard de Saux-Tavannes
Leonard Sachs ... Admiral Gaspard de Coligny
David Weston ... Nicholas Muss
Annette Robertson Annette Robertson ... Anne Chaplet (as Annette Robinson)
Eric Thompson Eric Thompson ... Gaston de Levis, Viscount de Leran
John Tillinger John Tillinger ... Simon Duval
Joan Young Joan Young ... Catherine de Medici
Michael Bilton Michael Bilton ... Charles de Teligny
Jack Tarran Jack Tarran ... 1st Guard
Leslie Bates Leslie Bates ... 2nd Guard
John Slavid John Slavid ... Officer
Jackie Lane ... Dodo Chaplet
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alec Paterson Alec Paterson ... Homeless Man


Steven rejoins the Doctor and they leave Paris just ahead of the massacre, leaving Anne behind.

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William Russell and Jacqueline Hill were supposed to cameo as Ian and Barbara at the end of the episode as they witness The TARDIS de-materialise after Dodo enters. See more »


The Doctor: Now they're all gone. All gone. None of them could understand. Not even my little Susan, or Vicki. Yes. And there's Barbara and Chatterton... Chesterton! They were all too impatient to get back to their own time. And now Steven. Perhaps I should go home, back to my own planet. But I can't... I can't...
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Referenced in An Adventure in Space and Time (2013) See more »

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The Massacre of St. Bartholemew's Eve: Part 4 - Another superb historical adventure
19 August 2014 | by A_Kind_Of_CineMagicSee all my reviews

Review for all 4 parts:

The Massacre of St. Bartholemew's Eve is a 4 part historical adventure beginning with War of God. It surrounds the build up to the true historical event of the title where a huge amount of Protestants in 16th Century France were massacred by the Catholic rulers of the time.

Such a horrific true event gives this story a very dark but very interesting feel and provides tremendous drama, particularly surrounding Steven's anger at the Doctor's insistence that they cannot interfere with the course of known history.

The writing, Paddy Russell's direction, acting by the regulars and the extremely impressive guest cast is of the highest possible quality and it is no surprise that the story comes from John Lucarotti who provided two of the earlier classic historical adventures. However, the script was actually heavily re-written by script editor Donald Tosh which has only served to further enhance it. Along with producer John Wiles, Tosh oversaw consistently high quality stories before they both resigned (after their wish to replace William Hartnell was overturned) with Tosh leaving part way through this production.

It is such a shame that the pure historical adventures, which in my view were often among the best stories, were disliked by Tosh and Wiles successors Innes Lloyd and Gerry Davis so the likes of Lucarotti's all time classic stories would tail off to nothing within a year. I feel that these pure historicals with no sci-fi elements, along with rare pseudo historicals where aliens are attacking in a historical setting, provide the variety of story which makes it easier to sustain interest and quality over a whole series. I genuinely think that if the weaker sci-fi stories throughout all the later series were replaced by occasional pure historical adventures and more of the pseudo-historicals (which were always few and far between) it would have made the series even stronger and certainly in the 6th and 7th Doctor's era could have brought greater success and critical acclaim preventing the decline the show suffered. Anyway it did not happen and the 21st Century series when it eventually returned was re- energised and re-introduced numerous pseudo historical stories if not pure historicals.

This story is a real classic, with top standards in all respects.

My Ratings: Episode 1 - 10/10, Episode 2 - 10/10. Episode 3 - 9.5/10, Episode 4 - 10/10

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26 February 1966 (UK) See more »

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