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** David Whitaker named this as his least favourite of the stories he wrote, possibly because he ended up writing very little of it (most of it was actually written by Creator/MalcolmHulke, who went uncredited for contractual reasons). This turned out to be Whitaker's final contribution to the series.

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** David Whitaker Creator/DavidWhitaker named this as his least favourite of the stories he wrote, possibly because he ended up writing very little of it (most of it was actually written by Creator/MalcolmHulke, who went uncredited for contractual reasons). This turned out to be Whitaker's final contribution to the series.



** David Whitaker originally pitched the script for the previous season, thus the story was initially developed to feature the Second Doctor, Jamie [=McCrimmon=] and Zoe Heriot. As such, it was set well into the future, and did not include UNIT. When all three actors left the programme at the end of the sixth season, it was rewritten to fit the consequential revamp.

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** David Whitaker Creator/DavidWhitaker originally pitched the script for the previous season, thus the story was initially developed to feature the Second Doctor, Jamie [=McCrimmon=] and Zoe Heriot. As such, it was set well into the future, and did not include UNIT. When all three actors left the programme at the end of the sixth season, it was rewritten to fit the consequential revamp.


--->One of the situations I inherited [as ''Doctor Who'' script editor] was "Ambassadors of Death" and the ongoing tangle with that. David Whitaker...had gone through four or five drafts and you come to a stage where you write so much it just gets worse. What was happening was that the need for the script was very urgent and I stormed into [producers] Peter [Bryant] and Derrick [Sherwin] and said, "Look, we've got five drafts of this. David's fed up with it, he doesn't know what to do. What we need to do is pay David in full and Mac [Hulke] and I will finish." And that's basically what we did. I made sure that David got a full script fee for all his episodes because he had been buggered about by the establishment and Mac and I took the bare bones of his story and almost did a "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames War Games]]"—wrote new scripts very quickly—and it shows. It had its moments though.

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--->One of the situations I inherited [as ''Doctor Who'' script editor] was "Ambassadors of Death" and the ongoing tangle with that. David Whitaker...had gone through four or five drafts and you come to a stage where you write so much it just gets worse. What was happening was that the need for the script was very urgent and I stormed into [producers] [[Creator/PeterBryant Peter [Bryant] [Bryant]]] and [[Creator/DerrickSherwin Derrick [Sherwin] [Sherwin]]] and said, "Look, we've got five drafts of this. David's fed up with it, he doesn't know what to do. What we need to do is pay David in full and Mac [Hulke] and I will finish." And that's basically what we did. I made sure that David got a full script fee for all his episodes because he had been buggered about by the establishment and Mac and I took the bare bones of his story and almost did a "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames War Games]]"—wrote new scripts very quickly—and it shows. It had its moments though.


* CreatorCouple: Caroline John's husband Geoffrey Beevers (who would [[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E6TheKeeperOfTraken later]] appear on the show as an incarnation of the Master) played Private Johnson.

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* CreatorCouple: Caroline John's Creator/CarolineJohn's husband Geoffrey Beevers (who would [[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E6TheKeeperOfTraken later]] appear on the show as an incarnation of the Master) played Private Johnson.


-->One of the situations I inherited [as ''Doctor Who'' script editor] was "Ambassadors of Death" and the ongoing tangle with that. David Whitaker...had gone through four or five drafts and you come to a stage where you write so much it just gets worse. What was happening was that the need for the script was very urgent and I stormed into [producers] Peter [Bryant] and Derrick [Sherwin] and said, "Look, we've got five drafts of this. David's fed up with it, he doesn't know what to do. What we need to do is pay David in full and Mac [Hulke] and I will finish." And that's basically what we did. I made sure that David got a full script fee for all his episodes because he had been buggered about by the establishment and Mac and I took the bare bones of his story and almost did a "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames War Games]]"—wrote new scripts very quickly—and it shows. It had its moments though.

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-->One --->One of the situations I inherited [as ''Doctor Who'' script editor] was "Ambassadors of Death" and the ongoing tangle with that. David Whitaker...had gone through four or five drafts and you come to a stage where you write so much it just gets worse. What was happening was that the need for the script was very urgent and I stormed into [producers] Peter [Bryant] and Derrick [Sherwin] and said, "Look, we've got five drafts of this. David's fed up with it, he doesn't know what to do. What we need to do is pay David in full and Mac [Hulke] and I will finish." And that's basically what we did. I made sure that David got a full script fee for all his episodes because he had been buggered about by the establishment and Mac and I took the bare bones of his story and almost did a "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames War Games]]"—wrote new scripts very quickly—and it shows. It had its moments though.





* CreatorBacklash: David Whitaker named this as his least favourite of the stories he wrote, possibly because he ended up writing very little of it (most of it was actually written by Creator/MalcolmHulke, who went uncredited for contractual reasons). This turned out to be Whitaker's final contribution to the series.

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* CreatorBacklash: CreatorBacklash:
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David Whitaker named this as his least favourite of the stories he wrote, possibly because he ended up writing very little of it (most of it was actually written by Creator/MalcolmHulke, who went uncredited for contractual reasons). This turned out to be Whitaker's final contribution to the series.
** Creator/TerranceDicks clearly didn't think too highly of the story:
-->One of the situations I inherited [as ''Doctor Who'' script editor] was "Ambassadors of Death" and the ongoing tangle with that. David Whitaker...had gone through four or five drafts and you come to a stage where you write so much it just gets worse. What was happening was that the need for the script was very urgent and I stormed into [producers] Peter [Bryant] and Derrick [Sherwin] and said, "Look, we've got five drafts of this. David's fed up with it, he doesn't know what to do. What we need to do is pay David in full and Mac [Hulke] and I will finish." And that's basically what we did. I made sure that David got a full script fee for all his episodes because he had been buggered about by the establishment and Mac and I took the bare bones of his story and almost did a "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames War Games]]"—wrote new scripts very quickly—and it shows. It had its moments though.


* DistancedFromCurrentEvents: The human villains were originally Irish, until someone pointed out that UsefulNotes/TheTroubles were going on.

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* DistancedFromCurrentEvents: The human villains production text revealed that Reegan and his gang were originally Irish, until someone pointed out that but it was changed after UsefulNotes/TheTroubles were going on.started: "All in all, it might not have been the best moment to show Irish hoodlums planning to deploy a powerful new weapon."


* RealLifeRelative: Caroline John's husband Geoffrey Beevers (who would [[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E6TheKeeperOfTraken later]] appear on the show as an incarnation of the Master) played Private Johnson.

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* RealLifeRelative: CreatorCouple: Caroline John's husband Geoffrey Beevers (who would [[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E6TheKeeperOfTraken later]] appear on the show as an incarnation of the Master) played Private Johnson.Johnson.
* DistancedFromCurrentEvents: The human villains were originally Irish, until someone pointed out that UsefulNotes/TheTroubles were going on.



** The human villains were originally Irish, until someone pointed out that UsefulNotes/TheTroubles were going on.


** Cyril Shaps (Lennox) had previously played [[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E1TheTombOfTheCybermen John Viner]].

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** Cyril Shaps (Lennox) had previously played John Viner in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E1TheTombOfTheCybermen John Viner]]."The Tomb of The Cybermen"]].


** William Dysart (Reegan) had previously played Alexander McLaren in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E4TheHighlanders "The Highlanders"]].

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** William Dysart (Reegan) had previously played Alexander McLaren [=McLaren=] in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E4TheHighlanders "The Highlanders"]].


** A number of stunt performers are particularly clearly seen to die multiple times in the course of this story as soldiers or {{Mooks}}, sometimes in the same episode. In later stories they would get better at disguising the stunt performers, or at least not showing close-ups of their faces.




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** John Abineri (Carrington) had previously appeared as Van Lutyens in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E6FuryFromTheDeep "Fury From The Deep"]].
** William Dysart (Reegan) had previously played Alexander McLaren in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E4TheHighlanders "The Highlanders"]].
** A number of stunt performers are particularly clearly seen to die multiple times in the course of this story as soldiers or {{Mooks}}, sometimes in the same episode. In later stories they would get better at disguising the stunt performers, or at least not showing close-ups of their faces.


* CreatorBacklash: David Whitaker named this as his least favourite of the stories he wrote, possibly because he ended up writing very little of it. This turned out to be his final contribution to the series.

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* CreatorBacklash: David Whitaker named this as his least favourite of the stories he wrote, possibly because he ended up writing very little of it. it (most of it was actually written by Creator/MalcolmHulke, who went uncredited for contractual reasons). This turned out to be his Whitaker's final contribution to the series.


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* RealLifeRelative: Caroline John's husband Geoffrey Beavers (who would [[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E6TheKeeperOfTraken later]] appear on the show as an incarnation of the Master) played Private Johnson.

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* RealLifeRelative: Caroline John's husband Geoffrey Beavers Beevers (who would [[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E6TheKeeperOfTraken later]] appear on the show as an incarnation of the Master) played Private Johnson.



** Ronald Allen (Ralph Cornish) had appeared the previous season as one of the eponymous antagonists in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E1TheDominators The Dominators]].

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** Ronald Allen (Ralph Cornish) had appeared the previous season as one of the eponymous antagonists in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E1TheDominators The Dominators]]."The Dominators"]].



** Cyril Shaps (Lennox) had previously played [[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E1TheTombOfTheCybermen John Viner]].

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** Cyril Shaps (Lennox) had previously played [[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E1TheTombOfTheCybermen John Viner]].Viner]].

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** The human villains were originally Irish, until someone pointed out that TheTroubles were going on.

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** The human villains were originally Irish, until someone pointed out that TheTroubles UsefulNotes/TheTroubles were going on.


* RaceLift: Professor Heldorf was initially a German scientist named Kuhn.
** The human villains were originally Irish, until someone pointed out that TheTroubles were going on.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: David Whitaker originally pitched the script for the previous season, thus the story was initially developed to feature the Second Doctor, Jamie [=McCrimmon=] and Zoe Heriot. As such, it was set well into the future, and did not include UNIT. When all three actors left the programme at the end of the sixth season, it was rewritten to fit the consequential revamp.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: WhatCouldHaveBeen:
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David Whitaker originally pitched the script for the previous season, thus the story was initially developed to feature the Second Doctor, Jamie [=McCrimmon=] and Zoe Heriot. As such, it was set well into the future, and did not include UNIT. When all three actors left the programme at the end of the sixth season, it was rewritten to fit the consequential revamp.



** Professor Heldorf was initially a German scientist named Kuhn.
** The human villains were originally Irish, until someone pointed out that TheTroubles were going on.



* YouLookFamiliar: Ronald Allen (Ralph Cornish) had appeared the previous season as one of the eponymous antagonists in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E1TheDominators The Dominators]].

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* YouLookFamiliar: YouLookFamiliar:
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Ronald Allen (Ralph Cornish) had appeared the previous season as one of the eponymous antagonists in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E1TheDominators The Dominators]].



** Cyril Shaps (Lennox) had previously played John Viner in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E1TheTombOfTheCybermen The Tomb of the Cybermen]].

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** Cyril Shaps (Lennox) had previously played John Viner in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E1TheTombOfTheCybermen The Tomb of the Cybermen]].John Viner]].


* RealLifeRelative: Caroline John's husband Geoffrey Beavers (who would [[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E6TheKeeperOfTraken later]] appear on the show as an incarnation of The Master) played Private Johnson.

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* RealLifeRelative: Caroline John's husband Geoffrey Beavers (who would [[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E6TheKeeperOfTraken later]] appear on the show as an incarnation of The the Master) played Private Johnson.

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