The Time Meddler

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Story Code: S / Season 2 UK Airdate: 3 Jul to 24 Jul 1965
Doctor: William Hartnell Previous Story / Next Story

This story aired in the following countries. They are listed in chronological order according to known airdate. If no month is noted, the actual airdate is not confirmed, and is a close approximate. (Refer also to Selling Doctor Who for expanded airdates.)

Australia Oct 66 b/w
Gibraltar Oct 66 b/w
Singapore Dec 66 b/w
Nigeria Jan 67 b/w
Zambia May 67 b/w
Barbados Oct 67 b/w
Mauritius Mar 68 b/w
New Zealand Nov 68 b/w
Sierra Leone Nov 68 b/w
Jamaica Jun 69 b/w
Nigeria (again) Jun 73? b/w
  • With the story set in the year 1066, it's truly wonderful that the first two countries to screen it did so in October 1966!
  • Unlike all the previous serials, this was not sold to Ethiopia.
  • Like The Web Planet, this serial was sold 'twice' to Nigeria, but to different broadcasters. The 1973 sale to Nigeria was probably done to make up the non-sale to Ethiopia.
  • New Zealand sent its prints of the serial to Nigeria on 2 March 1973. The prints had been cut by the NZ censors.
  • By 1974, the BBC was still offering this serial in a package of Hartnell stories that included The Space Museum and Galaxy 4.
  • The ABC in Australia returned its prints to the BBC on 4 June 1975.
  • The BBC still had copies of all four episodes by the end of 1976 (possibly the ones returned from Australia, Mauritius, Sierra Leone or Zambia?), but by late 1977 they had junked all bar episode 2, unless that print of episode 2 was a different one that had been subsequently returned to the BBC?
  • A film collector acquired prints of episodes 1, 2 and 3 sometime in the mid-1970s. These would have been a different set to the ones held by the BBC in 1976, and may have been some of the ones returned by Australia or earlier from Mauritius, Sierra Leone or Zambia. These prints were returned to the BBC but not until the early 1990s.
  • The ex-NZ prints were recovered from Nigeria in the mid-1980s. It was found that the opening five minutes set in the TARDIS was missing from part one. It is unlikely that this cut was made in New Zealand, in which case the cut was made in Nigeria. An alternative thought is that the BBC supplied Nigeria with a different copy of part one (perhaps as part of the initial sales "audition" process?); like the edits made to parts one and six of The Web Planet (and possibly part two of Inside the Spaceship?), this edit may have been made by the BBC to reflect that the preceding and/or following story, in this case The Chase, was not part of the package.
  • NOTE: By this tally, that's three copies of part 2 (out of five in total?) that are accounted for.
  • See Hartnell Junkings


  • The newly-recovered serial was quickly released for sale to:
United States from Sep 85 b/w
Canada 1990s b/w

US TV Guide descriptions

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Title: The Time Meddler

  • Episode 1: On the English coast in the year 1066, the Doctor meets another time traveler determined to change the course of history.
  • Episode 2:
  • Episode 3:  
  • Episode 4:  
  • Compilation: On the coast of England in the year 1066, the Doctor and his crew meet up with another time-traveler—who's determined to change the course of history.