3x30 The Celestial Toyroom
First Aired: Apr. 02, 1966 on BBC One
Summary: The Doctor, Steven and Dodo fall into the clutches of the Celestial Toymaker, an immortal who challenges his victims to games – with their souls forfeit to him should they lose. While the Doctor plays the Trilogic Game, a variation on the classic Towers of Hanoi puzzle, Steven and Dodo…
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The Celestial Toymaker: Lady Luck will show the way, win the game, or here you stay.
The Celestial Toymaker: Make your last move, Doctor. Make your *last* move.
The Celestial Toymaker: I'm bored. I love to play games but there's no-one to play against. The beings who call here have no minds, and so they become my toys. But you will become my perpetual opponent. We shall play endless games together, your brain against mine.
- Peter Stephens was originally going to play one of the characters from Gerald Savory's stage play "George and Margaret," but Savory withdrew permission for his characters to be used at the last moment, and Gerry Davis had to rewrite the script; in fact, it was Gerry who came up with the final edit, but BBC policy at the time forbade him to claim a co-writer's credit for the script.
- The first of a four-part serial called "The Celestial Toymaker". Only episode four of this story is currently in the BBC Archive. The rest were destroyed by the BBC during the 1970s.
- At the end of Episode Four, there was an apology in the form of an oral announcement after the credits to the estate of Frank Richards, the creator of the schoolboy hero Billy Bunter, because the character Cyril - depicted in the episode as an overage schoolboy - resembles Billy Bunter.
- This episode was watched by 8 million viewers on its original transmission.