The Enemy of the World

The Enemy of the World is a serial in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which originally aired in six weekly parts from December 23, 1967 to January 27, 1968.

The Second Doctor, Jamie and Victoria are enjoying themselves on a beach in Australia when the Doctor is subject to an assassination attempt. The controller of the would-be assassins, an agent named Astrid Ferrier, rescues them by helicopter. She takes them to her boss Giles Kent. It seems the Doctor is the physical double of Salamander, a ruthless megalomaniac who is dominating the United Zones Organisation in the early part of the twenty first century.

For an 'in depth' look at this story, and a photonovel, go to;


Episode 3 is the only episode of this story to survive deletion (see list of incomplete Doctor Who serials). Episode 4 is one of the few Doctor Who missing episodes for which no tele-snaps are known to have been taken: the reasons why are not known. "Marco Polo" episode 4 is also missing, and has no telesnaps since the director did not commission any.

Episode 3 was released on VHS in The Troughton Years. A restored and VidFIREd version was released on DVD in 2004, as part of the Lost in Time boxset.

The soundtrack cover is reproduced below;

There are lots of reconstructions, heres an example;

The DWM index is at;


A novelisation of this serial, written by Ian Marter (who played Harry Sullivan during the Fourth Doctor era), was published by Target Books in March 1981, entitled Doctor Who and The Enemy of the World. Marter's novelisation was controversial for its language and violence. This was the last novel to feature the diamond logo.

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