The Space Pirates


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The Space Pirates

Serial Code


First Transmitted

8 March 1969

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Regular Cast

Patrick Troughton (Dr Who), Frazer Hines (Jamie), Wendy Padbury (Zoe)

Guest Cast

Brian Peck (Dervish) [1, 3-6], Dudley Foster (Caven) [1, 3-6], Jack May (General Hermack), Donald Gee (Major Ian Warne), George Layton (Technician Penn), Nik Zaran (Lt. Sorba) [1, 4-5], Anthony Donovan (Space Guard) [1], Gordon Gostelow (Milo Clancey) [2-6], Lisa Daniely (Madeleine Issigri) [2-6], Steve Peters (Pirate Guard) [4-6], Esmond Knight (Dom Issigri) [5-6].


Written by Robert Holmes
Directed by Michael Hart
Produced by Peter Bryant


Far into the future and far out into the black depths of the galaxy, the TARDIS materialises. The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe discover the space pioneer s of the future, the adventurers and guardians of planets. But lurking also in the emptiness of space is the evil – the evil of the Space Pirates.

These marauders and plunderers of the riches of planets lead The Doctor and his companions into a new, exciting and dangerous adventure…


  • This story is the penultimate story for Patrick Troughtons era as The Doctor
  • Episodes 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are missing, but audio recordings exist. The soundtrack has been released as part of the BBC Radio Collection.
  • Episode 2 has been released on The Troughton Years video. It has also been released on DVD as part of the Lost in Time collection.
  • 90 seconds of film featuring model spacecraft shots and some live action”space walk” footage from the first episode also exists.
  • Novelised as Doctor Who – The Space Pirates by Terrance Dicks
  • The scripts of the missing episodes are available on the Scripts Project page.
  • A fan-produced photovideo reconstruction of the missing episodes has been made by Loose Cannon Productions.
  • The story title, episode number and writer’s caption credits for each episode are shown in black against a white background following (except in Episode 1’s case) the reprise from the previous episode.
  • In the cliffhanger to Episode 3, the screams of the Doctor and the others can be heard for ages: in the next episode they’ve only fallen a few feet.
  • The serial features a brief, diegetic rendition of “Over the Rainbow” in episode 2.
  • Doctor Who Magazine Archive: Issue #242.

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