The Curse of Peladon


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The Curse of Peladon

Serial Code


First Transmitted

29 January 1972

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Regular Cast

Jon Pertwee (Doctor Who) Katy Manning (Jo Grant)

Guest Cast

David Troughton (Peladon), Geoffrey Toone (Hepesh), Henry Gilbert (Torbis) [1], Alan Bennedition (Izlyr), Sonny Caldinez (Ssorg), Stuart Fell (Alpha Centauri), Ysanne Churchman (Voice of Alpha Centauri), Murphy Grumbar (Arcturus) [1-3], Terry Bale (Voice of Arcturus) [1-3], Gordon St. Clair (Grun), Nick Hobbs (Aggedor), George Giles (Guard Captain) [3-4], Wendy Danvers (Amazonia) [4].


Written by Brian Hayles
Directed by Lennie Mayne
Produced by Barry Letts


On its way back to Earth, the TARDIS crashlands on Peladon where strange and violent incidents are threatening to disrupt a conference between visiting delegates from the Galactic Federation and Peladon’s King. Is this the feared curse of Peladon and will it force a Galactic war?
Having assumed the guise of Earth delegates, The Doctor and his assistant Jo attempt to diffuse the political timebomb and to uncover the true identity of the beast of Peladon – which they suspect is something far more sinister than a mere paranormal apparition.

The Doctor is amazed, however, to find among the delegates his old adversaries the Ice Warriors – war-like reptiles from the planet Mars.

Could they be behind the goings-on and what they stand to profit from a conflict?

The Doctor must use all of his wits to ensure that the warnings of Peladon’s High Priest do not come true.


  • The Doctor returns to Peladon in The Monster of Peladon, and in his seventh incarnation in the New Adventure Legacy.
  • Working titles for this story included The Curse (unconfirmed) and Curse of the Peladons.
  • Ysanne Churchman (Voice of Alpha Centauri) is credits as ‘Voice’ in Radio Times for Episodes One, Three and Four.
  • Murphy Grumbar (Arcturus) and Terry Bale (Voice of Arcturus) were credits in error in Radio Times for Episode Four.
  • Jon Pertwee sings the Venusian Lullaby to the tune of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”.
  • This story was an allegory of the UK’s accession to the Common Market – a highly topical issue at the time of its original transmission.
  • David Troughton, son of the previous Doctor, Patrick Troughton, shared a flat at this time with future Doctor Colin Baker. He had appeared as Private Moor in The War Games. Three decades later, Troughton would again guest star in Midnight.

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