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SEASON 3 EPISODE 11 THE KILLER DOLPHINS by Roy Russell


‘Navy people envy its marvellous radar. A dolphin has been trained to choose - blindfold - the larger of two objects that seem identical to man's naked eye.’

The story begins in Quist's office. He is watching film of Dolphins at play at a place called Sea Lab with an Italian called Professor Fillipo Balbo who explains the nature of these remarkable creatures that he has studied all of his life, to Quist. These hugely intelligent mammals have emotions, an ability to care. 'If one mis-behaves, I have only to turn my back, show I am very annoyed, and they are so sorry, you wouldn't believe it.' There is no record of a dolphin ever attacking a human being unprovoked. It will only attack a shark in self defence. Quist studies a report he is holding. There have been reported shark attacks off the Italian coast. Not one person survived. Balbo knows what a shark attack looks like for one savaged his father, and Balbo tried to fight it off – he shows Quist the scars he still bares, and his left arm is crippled and useless. Balbo maintains that the injuries received by the victims were compatible to the butting and ramming of a manner in which a dolphin defends itself. Quist asks: 'But how can dolphins be killers?'
(John Paul (left) relaxes between scenes on the water covered set of “The Killer Dolphins”)

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Quist wonders if their is a new or undiscovered species of dolphin but Balbo maintains that there isn't a mammal in the ocean that neither he nor his father's sea-lab have not studied. He had interviewed a victim shortly before he died and he swore it was a dolphin that had attacked him. The journalists with him still reported it as a shark attack. He is convinced someone has done something to the dolphins and asks Doomwatch to investigate since nothing in his country could or would probe as independently. Balbo has a desire to create 'La Sentinello del Destino.' 'Sentinel of Destiny?' translates Quist, thinking it sounds like an opera. 'It is Italian for Doomwatch.'

The Minister, Sir George Hollyroyd is interrupted during a dictation session by a phone call which he takes in private. The unidentified caller discusses Balbo visiting the office of Doomwatch, well aware that the man is keen to set up an Italian counterpart of Doomwatch. According to his caller, the Foreign Office security boys are concerned that the recent attacks could be linked with recent naval exercises. Sir George asks if it has been officially admitted that the attacks have been from – but is interrupted. They mustn't appear to be, besides, it's top secret... Holroyd studies a recent article on Balbo and remembers he has a meeting with the Home Secretary in ten minutes. He invites the caller round immediately. But his reaction on putting down the phone shows he would be less than delighted to see him.

Balbo is being given a tour of the Doomwatch laboratory where Quist and Bradley show him their Oceanology project, constant monitoring of oceanic changes on a global scale on a computer. They receive statistics from every known source and monitor specimens of sea and river water, plankton and fish build up for toxins. 'Think of all the toxic hormones God knows what – that pour down the world's rivers and end up in the one dustbin – the sea.' The chronic areas include the North American Seaboard and the Mediterranean. A ten year projection of pollution terrifies Balbo. The Mediterranean could be dead. Balbo points out the area in which the attacks happened and Quist notices the number of naval bases, including NATO in Naples, a connection that pleases Balbo. Quist asks Bradley to study that area in detail. It may prove to be good ammunition to set up an Italian Doomwatch.

Back in his office, Balbo invites Quist to visit his sea laboratory. Quist likes the idea and calls in Stafford, explaining him as Ex Royal Naval Intelligence. He gives Balbo a copy of a report in how Doomwatch was set up and some of its operations for bed time reading.

Before Stafford can join Quist and Balbo, a phone call from the Minister awaits. Sir George warns him not to let Balbo Quist into any commitment. He wishes to be kept informed. 'Don't make a lot of it. It's nothing... of great... Play it down. Goodbye.' This puzzles Stafford. Is there something funny about Balbo? Barbara Mason assures him that he's a dish... However, back in the Minister's office, a very senior Special Branch officer has been listening to the call. The Minister assures him that call won't deter Quist from anything, but it won't raise his suspicions. 'If that's what you wish, so be it...'

Stafford is immediately asked by Quist and Balbo what he knows about dolphins, any snippets from all the stations he has served in. Their sonar is envied, and they have been trained to carry equipment for frogmen and to identify enemy ships. It's 'radar' is three dimensional, better than any piece of equipment. Balbo confirms all of this. Stafford admits that he is riled that the Royal Navy has never done any work in this field. Quist asks him to look into it, it's right up his street. But after he's gone, Quist is interested that Stafford didn't like the idea...

Outside the office, Stafford writes a note and folds it twice, asking Barbara to give it to Quist so that he can read it without the other character seeing it. The note explains all to Quist. It says The Minister. Probably objecting to Balbo's Doomwatch idea. 'I must know what is happening to those dolphins.' Quist

The Minister later talks to Quist, reminding him that as a minister, he has more than one department to consider. Quist accuses him of 'nobbling' one of his staff behind his back. Why would Quist need a warning about Professor Balbo when he wants to set up an Italian Doomwatch? The Minister is concerned about sniping about wasting government money. 'You've enough problems to occupy you here.' Quist counters that it is the world's problems that they should be thinking off. Nature doesn't draw dotted lines over mountains and across oceans. There should be a Doomwatch in every country, something the Minister agrees with. It seems that they are talking cross purposes.
They discuss Balbo and his father's activist ecological past. 'He might associate to your name with exaggerated claims, alarmist reports, sensationalism... You can't afford to be lined up with the cranks. It undermines the whole concept of Doomwatch.' Quist assures him that Balbo is no crank. 'No. Just don't do it,' replies the Minister...

Two days later, Stafford returns to the Doomwatch offices where they have been trying to get in touch with him for that time. Quist supposes that he has been checking up on Balbo but Stafford has actually been looking into any dolphin the project that the Royal Navy has been conducting and is simply getting stonewalled each time. He fancies that it is the negative public reaction that they fear... Stafford suggests he takes a week's leave and spend a few days in the Med... Quist agrees that Stafford looks like he's been over-working and a bit of Italian sunshine is required.

Balbo is back in Sea Lab and is spending some time in the pool observing his dolphins when his assistant Giulla signals him over the tannoy system to come quickly. He has been summoned to the Observation Room to watch some news reel of the latest attack... This time it was the swimmer Paola Larin Totti off the Gulf of Spozin, trying to break a world record.

Later that evening from Sea Lab, Balbo talks to Quist at his home. Because of his dead arm, Balbo has a hands free telephone designed to keep his good arm free. This time, not even sharks are being reported. It's now murderous sea creatures... He is hoping to see the swimmer tomorrow and would like Quist to come too. The Gulf of Spozin has a naval base.

Stafford has wasted no time in going to Italy and is currently sitting in the bar of the Club Galileo Galilee, a theme bar devoted to the great man himself. It is the haunt of Naval officers and Stafford, who is curiously conserving his drink is watching a table of four officers from different NATO countries who have reached their coffee and liqueurs. One of them is Bill Manzaro, an Italian born in New York now a Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy. Stafford affects a 'chance encounter' with his old colleague from Washington days.

Quist and Balbo visit Paola in hospital where she describes her frightening experience. She finds it difficult to describe the experience. Whatever it was, it came from underneath. 'The water was all thrashed up. And I was striking out for the boat.' It didn't bite her, just rammed her, swam into her. She felt the skin, but it was not a shark. She can't believe that it was a dolphin since they're such lovable creatures. She is invited to visit the sea lab to meet the tamed dolphins. Quist hopes they are wrong about their theory...

Stafford meanwhile is steering the conversation away from Manzaro's duties in NATO to that recent attack of La Spezia. Manzaro doesn't seem to know too much about the business and is surprised by the news that there have been more mystery attacks. He has heard that Stafford has been seconded to Doomwatch and reckons these attacks are one in the eye for his friends. 'Well, aren't the prophets of doom saying the Med'll be a dead sea in who knows how soon?' Stafford remembers reading a Professor Piccard who gives it thirty years. Manzaro reckons some creatures seem to be thriving on waste disposal. Stafford cleverly tries to suggest it may have escaped from captivity, and asks for ideas, hinting at dolphins training exercises to retrieve equipment for frogmen off Miami. . Manzaro doubts it. Dolphins aren't killers.

Quist watches an experiment in the Observation Room Balbo has set up, trying to goad the dolphins into aggression but they just ignore the attempts. So how are dolphins being made to kill human beings? Training is not the answer, maybe drugs? A phone call from Barbara Mason brings him news that the Minister is concerned that Quist is in Italy and was paying Doomwatch a visit tomorrow. Talking to Bradley, Quist tells him that he is going to send off some samples of ocean water and plankton, by express air cargo today. Should the Minister ask why Quist is in Italy, that's the reason. Sea Lab has as many samples of Med water as is needed.

After the call, Quist explains that the samples are simply a smoke screen, in order to prevent their investigation from being blocked. Giulia, the assistant wonders if it is possible that dolphins are being trained to attack frogmen and one has escaped. Quist wonders if she discusses these attacks with anyone outside, like a boy friend. Looking at Balbo, she says she has no boy friend. Balbo says 'If man is training dolphins to do his dirtiest work... We've got to stop him.'

The Minister's tour of the Doomwatch lab is particularly low key, and in talking to Bradley, is not interested in anything particular, except Italy, in general... Bradley shows him the ocean project and how it would help if countries like Italy started to do something similar. He mentions Balbo's samples. Barbara interrupts with news of an urgent call for the Minister which he takes in Quist's office. He learns that Stafford is out in Italy too... He orders Quist's immediate return home.

Paola has turned up for a swim with the dolphins. After her ordeal she is understandably nervous but she hasn't lost her nerves, like a pilot after a plane crash, remarks Quist. Balbo introduces her to some of his staff, some of whom will swim with her. Franco dives in first, and plays with the dolphins but Paola begins to feel fear and forces herself up to dive in. But cannot do it. Quist and Balbo encourage her to pat a dolphin on its head. 'It is unique, isn't it?' says Quist feeling the smooth skin. It is this skin that reduces the friction with the water and allows them to travel up to speeds of 30 knots. As Quist and Balbo discuss this amazing nature, Paola touches the dolphin – and it is the same as what had attacked her. They have their proof now. She tries once more to get into the pool but simply cannot do it and runs away.

Quist gets a telegram recalling him back to London. He has to obey and is convinced it is about the killer dolphins. Balbo is worried that Quist is giving up on the issue. 'If that's what you think,' retorts Quist, 'I'm sorry to.'

Stafford is about to join Manzaro for dinner at the club when he is intercepted by Commodore Aylwood, R. N. who Stafford knew as a Captain. Aylwood makes it cryptically clear to Stafford that he is under suspicion. 'We are the Silent Services, Stafford.' By the time Stafford reaches Manzaro's table he is angry at having been warned off. Even Manzaro was asked if he was seeing Stafford again and about their previous conversation. 'Well, you've gotta watch it these days, Neil. They're so sensitive. Right up to the top. The Pentagon's the worst.'

Quist and the Minister are having an argument. Quist cannot understand why he is seen to have over-stepped the mark? All he was doing is helping Balbo's crusade for an Italian Doomwatch. The Minister demands he lays all of his cards on the table. What is Stafford doing snooping around NATO? Quist plays the innocent. The Minister rumbles a warning. 'If you are trying to pull the wool over my eyes... ' 'You'll have my head on a plate, I know.'

Bradley discusses the results of the sea water tests with Quist and about the chances of an Italian Doomwatch. The Minister seemed quite complimentary of their work yesterday it seemed. A phone call from Balbo. His boat was out taking samples when they came across a school of aggressive dolphins. They caught some. They are in the pool now, their angry screeches loud and clear. Assistants are recording their behaviour with film cameras. The tame dolphins are in another pool otherwise they would have been murdered. Quist is on his way.

Stafford is walking down a Naples street when a car pulls up. A man named Calvelli knows who he is and that he was thrown out of the club and offers to show him Naples. That way they can talk and not be overheard...

Quist and Balbo watch sadly the aggressive behaviour of these dolphins. Apparently Franco has attempted to go into the pool with them but all he managed was one foot in the water and he had to get out quickly. This he demonstrates. They do not show any signs of being trained, they do not feed to hand. Quist wonders if they were trained in an enclosed bay? There is no sign of being drugged. Besides, it is impossible to anaesthetise a dolphin without killing it. Balbo is baffled and saddened. 'Dolphin's eyes twinkle. Look at them. Their faces are... dull, somehow, - and they look under nourished. They eat ravenously.' They cannot be deliberately starved as they live off their fat. No signs of a harness either. Suddenly, a dolphin flashes past Quist and he is knocked into the pool. The water thrashes violently, the dolphins screech and Quist cannot be seen. Franco and Stafford dive in and Balbo and Giulla use poles to ward off the attack from furious dolphins. Quist is rescued, and remarks 'Nothing like getting close to the problem.'

Back in London, the Minister is on the phone again to the unknown man from much earlier. He says that he has been breathing down Quist's neck ever since he was alerted to the problem and is assured that he is only helping Balbo press for an Italian Doomwatch. The voice is concerned that the activities of 'your chaps' could create an international incident. But the Minister thinks Quist has only gone out to have a look at these aggressive dolphins. 'If I come out with it bluntly, it will only going to confirm what ever suspicions he already has. Stafford could be going out on a limb on his own.' The voice tells Sir George to shut up Quist. Putting the phone down, the Minister wishes that they would do their own dirty work.

Quist and Stafford leave Sea Lab and discuss Cavalli's invitation to meet him at his Palazzo.

Calvelli is holding an elegant party in his beautiful palazzo. He is a rather wealthy man who holds court and just needs to hold out his hand and a servant will fill it with a drink. When he spots Quist, he introduces the man to the ensemble and he receives a round of applause. It turns out that their concern for the future is as great as Quist's. After some initial flattery, Cavello shows them a drawing, in isometric style, of a dolphin in a harness which is holding underneath a nuclear bomb. Quist and Stafford are shocked. It was drawn by Ahmed who trained as a naval architect. 'He drew this remarkable mammal which can be trained to deliver a nuclear device to an enemy ship or a port. To wipe out, say London, for example, with nobody knowing how or who. No warning. Not even four minutes.' He asks about the captured dolphins. Quist explains that they have learned nothing yet and wonders if he has any information. Several private dolphin establishments are financed by governments or private firms, probably with conditions attached. Quist feels that there is nothing that they can offer in exchange of information. He is not quite the free agent Calvelli is. Quist is ready to walk out but Stafford persuades him to stay. Calvelli is offering to subsidise a Doomwatch operation in whatever currency is preferred. Stafford asks how much is he willing to pay for details of NATO's dolphin training programme... Quist is shocked. Stafford raises the price from fifty thousand dollars to one hundred. They go to leave. Calvelli is satisfied.

In the journey back, Stafford is replaying the secret recording of their conversation. Quist only caught on gradually and wished he had been told first. Stafford suspected Calvelli of being a spy from the first approach and told Naval Intelligence who loaned him the recorder – which he returns now to a couple of men in a car in the road. The Italians had had their eye on him for some time. But they are still no nearer the answer to the killer dolphins...

There is some good news in the Sea lab pool. The aggressive dolphins have calmed down enough to be fed by hand and Franco is swimming with them but they are not playing games. These dolphins had indeed been starving, living off their fat. There are still no clues in the excreta. Quist has some more samples sent to Bradley. 'We're in business. The public sutery business.'
Another phone call from the Minister sends them back to London immediately. Quist protests as he is ready to make a very serious report. The Minister wants to see him in the morning. An angry Quist feels like throwing the samples in his Minister's face.

Bradley is concerned by the results he is getting. Nothing that could have been fed to the dolphins to make them aggressive. The only thing they found was choline chloride, and that would only make them ill. Quist is consulting with a Doctor Griffith, and comes out of the office to relay the information to the others. In humans, says Barbara reading her short hand notes, the effect of the substance would be to cause muscular debility particularly affecting the face, lips, tongue, throat and neck. In mammals it would be similar but not identical. It should make them sluggish. But Quist remembers the sonar system. That all correlates with the ears, mouth, etc. They would get lost, become panicky, attack anything they ran into. The stuff is used in poultry farming, and effluent flows down one of the major rivers of Italy. It kills off the plankton and the fish that need it. 'The moment eventually comes when the ecological balance is upset and ... killer dolphins.'
Quist admits that they are not always on the right track. But it's more ammunition for Doomwatch.

The Minister is reading a copy of the morning paper relating to the arrest of Calvelli. He was able to keep Quist's name out of the story. Quist wants to report his findings but the Minister chides him for chasing rumours which could have got the government into delicate international contretemps. The Minister however is relieved to discover that the dolphin problem is ecological, not military. Relieved is not the expression Quist wants to hear. 'Will it be our own coastline next? And how near is the day when it reaches man? You eat fish, don't you?' Quist knows that his report will just end up in more reports and conferences.... They need to replace outmoded equipment designed years ago to check just a few toxic chemicals. Money is the problem again. 'It's money, or our lives.' The Minister promises to back him to the hilt over a multi-national agreement. And Quist is concerned that Stafford could find no evidence at all of dolphin training by the military. Not to mention the pressures put upon the Minister. 'That's quite another story.' Quist agrees. 'And this isn't the end of it, either.'

The End.

Synopsis by Michael Seely

For years, no other episode has been the victim of such misinformation and badly recalled memories as this one. Anyone reading the various brave attempts at episode guides for Doomwatch would think that this was a sinister story (albeit with a silly title) featuring secret Ministry of Defence experiments in training dolphins to plant magnetic mines upon the hulls of unsuspecting ships... Doctor Quist discovers their secret training establishment and falls into one of the pools in a thrilling climax and barely escapes with his life... Well, the script has been available for quite a few years, normally jealously guarded or, worse, piled away in boxes in lofts and forgotten promises meant that is where it stayed. And no one offered a proper corrective view of the story, the one which finished Doomwatch off for good, until a brave revival some seventeen

Does the episode read as a perfect conclusion to the Doomwatch saga or is it a further dilution of the original Doomwatch concept, which had been so successful, shocking and popular with the public and critics, that the BBC decided to turn it into just another middle class angst ridden drama series? Certainly when it was about to air, The Stage printed that oft shown photo of a wet Quist sitting on the edge of the pool, having survived his encounter, with the little detail that the BBC had no plans to make a fourth series. Following episodes like Without The Bomb and Deadly Dangerous Tomorrow, perhaps that was just as well, but The Killer Dolphins is an excellent example of how good Doomwatch could be. A scientific detection story, with shadowy governmental murmurs wanting a cover up in case the truth is exposed. Except the truth exposed was not the one the Navy were worried about being exposed.

There are rumours of dolphin training camps, and the Royal Navy or NATO is either experimenting, or benefiting from such experiments and fears Quist is on their fin shaped trail. This does happen. The Americans have a marine mammal programme, for good purproses as well as the more sinister.
The Russians appear to have abandoned theirs when the Cold Ward ended and sold the creatures to Iran back in 2000! http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/670551.stm

But the solution to the mystery of why Dolphins are becoming savage killers is, as Quist tells the Minister, ecological, rather than deliberate. For one last delightful grasp, Doomwatch is upsetting the establishment – international this time - in their quest for their truth. The Minister wants to help Quist, probably, rather like in Flood, but cannot. He has various secret service bods breathing down his neck. The Italian dimension muddies the waters some what for both sides, and this gives the episode an international flavour. Except for The Islanders, and a few brief scenes set in America, the programme has seldom left the shores of Britain.

The Italians, if not their government, want to set up their own Doomwatch. We don;t know if the Americans have succeeded in setting theirs up in light of Flight Into Yesterday. But with Colin Bradley conducting global monitoring of the state of the seas (this episodes major theme), the one time department of four scientists, has now become an arm of the state (see Enquiry or Say Knife, Fat Man), rather than having its fingers nibbled to react. But it still sees itself as non-partisan and wants to embrace the world. A conclusion, in a sense, more opening a potential international Doomwatch. Earth Force One, anyone?.

Quist does not have a better episode in this season. He goes against the Minister rather than act as a grudging servant, he encourages Stafford to spy on his one time comrades (having done something similar in Flood), he collaborates with his future Italian counterpart, the marine biologist Balbo, and unwittingly gets involved with espionage, the one part of the plot which is a red herring as a result.
Stafford gets to play spy master in the episode, nearly becomes persona non grata in the establishment's eyes before uncovering the said espionage network offering secrets from NATO's dolphin training programme. After the way he upset NATO in flood, it's a wonder they even allowed in and around their clubs in Italy. But no doubt he is in their good books now.

It is refreshing to have such a sense of ominous threat hanging over a third series episode. People are reported to have been killed by the dolphins! Brilliant! When did we last have a good mysterious death in Doomwatch – at the top of the programme? If the BBC had afforded them a bigger budget, we may have had an exciting Jaws like opening of a swimmer being attacked by something unseen – and cute. One of the oft repeated criticisms, probably stemming from one source, is that dolphin footage is rare in the episode. Well, unless the whole episode took place inside the Sea World swimming pool, or dolphins walking down the street, chatting with Quist, what did these critics expect?? There is plenty of stock footage at the beginning, and at least ten minutes of the episode features the dolphins insitu either at Sea Lab or as stock.

So, in the end, the dolphin attacks were not as a result of escaped dolphins, trained to kill. It was ecological. Starving and intelligent creatures, confused and lashing out at what they cannot decode. All because of the pollution in one of the most heavily polluted oceans. The dolphin had to live off its fat which was absorbing effluent pouring into the ocean from the inland rivers of Italy. And it is still a problem out there. The Monk Seal has been wiped out, Barcelona Convention or no Barcelona Convention. Our oceans are in a disgusting state with clusters of plastic pollution and other dumped rubbish forming small islands. Quist is quite right to be disparaging of the then current efforts (he still would be). It goes back, as always, to the argument over money and who pays, as in Public Enemy and Fire and Brimstone and how it will effect 'business' as in High Mountain.

Quist's last words were in response to the Minister telling him that the pressures on him where another story. 'Yes, isn't it. And this isn't the end of it, either.' The last episode of Doomwatch is, after all, a perfect conclusion to the series.

It is a shame there wasn't a fourth series – Roy Russell may have written another one... He certainly wrote a better script than the film called Day of the Dolphins had...

Review by Michael Seely

FACT FILE

Location filming at a dolphin park was performed, but the footage of the Dolphins themselves used in the episode were sparse.

AUDIENCE APPRECIATION


It is estimated that the audience for the broadcast was 10.7% of the UK, the rest were watching BBC 2 (4.1%) and ITV (24.9%). 88% of the audience thought it was Thoroughly entertaining, 51% Very easy to understand, 44% Excellent plot and 42% Definitely out of the ordinary.

The fact that dolphins (albeit not very friendly ones) featured in this episode evidently added to its attraction for some viewers, and the majority in any case enjoyed it very much. But beyond occassional remarks to the effect that the plot was unusual, although 'kept within the bounds of possibility' and 'showed what could happen' they had little to add in the way of specific comment about the story itself. A small portion of those reporting seemed to agree that it was rather far-fetched and not one of the best in the series, and a few complained that the solution to the mysterious behaviour of the dolphins was 'not explained properly' and that the episode was rather confusing, especially towards the end.

There were scattered claims that the minor characters were not very well acted and that a general tendency to 'hem' made all characters unconvincing. But apart from this, and for occasional complaints that the action jumped about too much, presentation apparently left nothing to be desired, many agreeing that the acting was as usual of a high standard.

Asked which of the regular characters had interested them most, viewers most often singled out Dr. Quist, sometimes describing him the most 'believable' and 'realistic' character, whose 'prnotical outlook' and dogged determination to find the solution to a problem appealed strongly. The Minister came next, being usually described as wholly 'typical' of his kind and extremely well acted by John Barron (' a perfect performance each week, such charm, polish and control, plus fondness' one viewer commented, and another found him so 'infuriating' they could 'gladly murder him'). Commander Neil Stafford was also mentioned (although less frequently) as 'different from the rest', an intriguing character, he had 'deepened and became more interesting every week'.

90% of the sample watched the whole episode: 4% came in in the middle and the remaining 6% were equally divided between those who tried and those who switched off before the end.

55% of those reporting had seen all or most of the eleven episodes in the series; 26% had seen about half and 19% less than half. Owing to a printer's error it was not possible to assess accurately how many would like another series, but comments indicated that many were hoping the series would return. The majority apparently enjoyed it, agreeing that it was always absorbing and entertaining, as well as thought-provoking. 'An all-round good series I try never to miss' ; 'very good ; some episodes outstandingly so ; please continue' ; 'always something new and fresh; the stories are exciting' are some of their verdicts. Here and there viewers noted that the series had not started particularly well, but had improved as it went on, and a few claimed that it had been uneven, with 'some episodes very good, some boring' and 'occasionally far-fetched'. There was noticeable feeling, moreover, that, although interesting and good entertainment, this series did not quite 'match up to the original series', in which stories had seemed more exciting and original. 'Not up to the first, but still great TV; I hope it comes back'; 'doesn't seem to have packed such a punch as the first; all the same I feel it is worthwhile' are comments echoed by others. But a few were inclined to agree that this was 'a good series going downhill' and that pollution control is now becoming something of a clichê. 'Not at all on the same level as the first series; there seems to be a completely new format, which is a flop'; 'perhaps scientific documentaries have made me more critical of the superficiality of this programme' are additional comments from disappointed viewers. But the majority clearly did not agree with them.

Recording

Studio
T.C.1

Expense Ref: 2240/4582

Thursday 17th February 1972
Camera Rehearsal: 14.00 - 19.00 (with TK from 17.00)
DINNER: 19.00 - 20.00
Camera Rehearsal: 20.00 - 22.00 (with TK)

Friday 18th February 1972
Camera Rehearsal: 11.00 - 13.00 (with TK)
LUNCH: 13.00 - 14.00
Camera Rehearsal:14.00 - 18.00 (with TK from 17.00)
DINNER: 18.00 - 19.00
Sound and Vision Lineup: 19.00 - 19.30
TELERECORD: 19.30 - 22.00 VTC/6HT/76928

Editing
21st February 1972 - 09.00 - 13.00

SETS
Doomwatch Lab/Quist's Office/Outer Office
Sea Lab
Cavalli's Palazzo
Car
Minister's Office
Club

Cast

Dr Spencer Quist*
JOHN PAUL

The Minister - Sir George Holroyd
JOHN BARRON


Cmdr Neil Stafford*
JOHN BOWN

Colin Bradley
JOBY BLANSHARD

Barbara Mason
VIVIEN SHERRARD

Professor Fillippo Balbo*
ANGELO INFANTI

Paola Maria Totti*
VIVIANE VENTURA


Guila
RITA GIOVANNINI

Bill Manzaro
RICHARDSON MORGAN

Cavalli
BRUNO BARNABE

Commodore Aylwood
FRANK DUNCAN

Susan
MARIA O'BRIEN

Assistants
MARIO ZOPPELLINI*
RICHARD BARKER*

*Taking part on film

Extras on film only (18th February)

JOHN BUNN
GLADIS HILL
MARGY YOUNG

Extras on studio only (18th February)


Special Branch Man in Minister's Office
Club
Palazzo
JIM DELANY

P.P.S. Minister's Office
Club
Palazzo
TERRY SARTAIN

Barman Club
Barman Palazzo
RAY MARIONI

Stewart Club
Stewart Palazzo
ANTONIO DE MAGGIO

Club
Palazzo
TED SENTON
Club
MALCOLM JOHNS

Secretary in Minister's Office
Palazzo
IONA McCRAE


Palazzo
JEAN ST. LOUIS

Palazzo
MOLLY DAVENPORT
MARIE ANDERSON

Palazzo (Achmed)
ROY KANARIS

Lab Worker
Palazzo
DAVID PELTON

Lab Worker
Palazzo
DAVID IANSON

Possible Minister's Secretary
Contessa at Palazzo
MABEL ETHRINGTON

FRANK HOWES 
VIV SUTHERLAND


Crew

Series originated by
KIT PEDLER and GERRY DAVIS

Script consultant
ANNA KALISKI

Theme music by
MAX HARRIS

Film Cameraman
FRED HAMILTON

Sound Recordist
BOB ROBERTS

Film Editor
ALASTAIR MacKAY

Studio Lighting
JOHN DIXON

Studio Sound
CHICK ANTHONY

Designer
JEREMY DAVIES

Assistant to Producer
GLYN EDWARDS

Producer
TERENCE DUDLEY

Director
DARROL BLAKE

Uncredited Crew

P.A
JACKIE WILLOWS

A.F.M
PAULINE SMITHSON

Assistant
PHILIPPA CLAUSON

T.M.1
JOHN DIXON

T.M.2
DICKIE ASHMAN

Sound Supervisor
CHICK ANTHONY

Grams Operator
NICK WARE

Costume Supervisor
SHEILA BEERS

Makeup Supervisor
PENNY NORTON

Vision Mixer
DAVID LANGFORD

Floor Assistant
TIMOTHY WOOD


TX:
Monday 14th August 1972 - 9.20pm - 10.10pm BBC1

With thanks to John Archbold for the Radio Times listing and cover.

THE SIMPSONS

Treehouse of Horror XI
"Treehouse of Horror XI" is the first episode of The Simpsons' twelfth season and the eleventh Halloween episode. It features a short story called Night of the Dolphin. The episode is a references to a film called Day of the Dolphin which itself crosses paths with the final classic series DOOMWATCH episode The Killer Dolphins.
Thanks to Michael Seely for the image

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