Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide
The Myth Makers
This is the third story in Season 3.
Every episode is missing from the archive.
Where does this fit?
This happens very soon after Galaxy 4.
The characters listed below are the series regulars, important recurring characters, and real life historical characters. If a character's appearance is a major spoiler, then their details will be hidden in spoiler tags. In general, recurring characters are not listed here on their first appearance unless they become a series regular during the story, or they are a real life historical character.
Vicki Pallister was an orphaned teenager in the 25th Century. She had been a passenger on a spaceship that crashed on the planet Dido. By the time she met the first Doctor in The Rescue (Classic Series, Season 2), there were only two survivors left. When the other survivor, a man called Bennett, was killed by the natives in revenge for his attack on them, the Doctor and his travelling companions Ian and Barbara offered Vicki a chance to travel with them on the TARDIS.
Steven Taylor was a space pilot from an unknown time in the future. His spacecraft landed on the planet Mechanus, where a group of robots called Mechanoids held him prisoner. In The Chase, he escaped when the Doctor, Ian, Barbara, and Vicki visited the planet whilst on the run from a Dalek time machine. He stowed away on the TARDIS not knowing it was capable of time travel.
Recurring and Historical Characters
Most of the characters in this story are characters from the mythology of the Trojan war. The summaries of them here are quick summaries of who those characters are in the mythology of the Trojan War. This may not exactly match how they are written in this story.
Menelaus was the king of Sparta, and the husband of Helen. When his wife ran off with Paris of Troy, he raised an army from the Greek city states to get her back.
Agamemnon was Menelaus' brother, and the king of Mycenae. He was the leader of the Greek forces.
Achilles was one of the strongest warriors in the Trojan war. He killed Hector, but was killed by an arrow to the heel. Later legends say that his heel was his only vulnerable point.
Odysseus was the king of Ithaca. In legend he is depicted as crafty and cunning, and the trojan horse was his idea. He later had many troubles returning home after the war, including an encounter with a Cyclops.
Priam was the king of Troy, and was killed when Troy was taken.
Hector was the eldest son of King Priam. In legend, he was one of the greatest heroes on the Trojan side, but was killed by Achilles.
Paris was a younger son of King Priam. He caused the Trojan war by eloping with Helen, the Queen of Sparta.
Cassandra was a daughter of King Priam who had the power of prophecy, but the curse that nobody believed her. She made many predictions that, if followed, would have prevented the fall of Troy.
The following stories and other resources are not necessary in order to follow the plot (we've summed up the essential bits for you). But being familiar with them will probably enhance your enjoyment of this story.
You may want to read up on the Trojan War. The story draws mostly on Virgil's The Aenid and Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida, with a few references to the more famous accounts - Homer's Iliad and Odyssey.
The cliff notes version is that Greek King Menelaus's beautiful wife Helen ran off with Paris of Troy. Various Greek kingdoms banded together to teach the Trojans a lesson, and beseiged the city for years. Eventually crafty Odysseus came up with the idea of building a gigantic wooden horse and hiding Greek soldiers in it whilst the rest of the army hid just out of sight. They hoped that the horse-worshipping Trojans would take the horse inside the city. When night fell, the Greeks would attack both inside and outside the city walls. In the legend, this is how the Greeks won the siege.