"If you win your event, the tripods themselves will carry you into their city."
Julius, Episode 14: The White Mountains: 2090 AD

"The White Mountains: 2090 AD"
Series 2, Episode 1
Episode 14 title
Episode 14
Air date 7 September 1985
Adapted by Christopher Penfold
Directed by Christopher Barry
Episode Guide
The White Mountains: November, 2089 AD

The White Mountains: 2090 AD is the first episode of Series 2 and the fourteenth chapter of the TV Series. The episode is largely based on the first chapter of the second novel, The City of Gold and Lead.

Plot SummaryEdit

In the White Mountains, young people are trained for the annual games where the champions are selected to serve in the city of the Tripods. Will is trained in boxing while Henry's sport is sprinting and Beanpole's is long jump. Beanpole is having trouble balancing his studies with his sports training, which causes him to be uncertain about his chances to be selected.

Meanwhile, in a town nearby, a Capping Day is held. A group of freemen uses the occasion to steal supplies from the village, which is noticed by the inhabitants. The Tripod performing the capping ceremony chases the freemen and kills one of them, Pierre, who is providing a distraction for the others.

Back in the camp of the free men, Will is selected to compete in boxing and Beanpole in long jump, but Henry is chosen to stay behind, which greatly upsets him.

Filming locationEdit

  • Alpine chapel - St-Jean, Switzerland
  • Boxing ring - Lake Ffynnon Llugwy, Wales, UK
  • Freemen camp - Lake Ffynnon Llugwy, Wales, UK
  • Swiss capping site - Rue du Village, Grimentz, Switzerland




  • This is the last episode to use the place and year as episode title.


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