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Doctor Who: Planet of Evil (Story 81)
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The story is your basic 'trapped in a haunted house with a mysterious killer' bit, but the overlapping plot elements and homages prevent it from falling into parody.Read more ›
Also en route to Zeta Minor is a military expedition headed by the young and inexperienced Controller, Salamar. The Doctor and Sarah are captured by Salamar's troops and accused of murdering seven members of Sorenson's expedition. They escape, only to encounter the cause of the deaths at the cliffhanger to Episode 1. Speaking of cliffhangers, the one ending Episode 2 is effective, as the Doctor is seen falling into the black pit, seemingly doomed.
All the great lines are by the Doctor, but this one covers the overall concept of colonial thinking and Sorenson's mission: "Here on Zeta Minor is the boundary between existence as you know it and the other universe which you don't understand. You call it 'nothing' a word term to cover ignorance, and centuries ago, scientists invented another name for it: anti-matter. And you, by coming here, have crossed that boundary into that other Universe to plunder it." Sorensen, however, puts it another wayL "Full scale exploitation of this planet will provide us with perpetual energy in whatever way we need it." The main point being that Sorenson cannot take any minerals of that planet with him. In the meantime, Sorenson's men are being killed off one by one.Read more ›
Tom Baker and Lis Sladen are on their usual par (beginning a long run of popular stories with the Doctor and Sarah travelling together, without Harry), and David Maloney once again provides solid direction. The guest stars again stand out - most notably Frederick Jaeger - and there's nothing much to fault! Even the effects are pretty good for the time, although at times they are still rather negligible.
If you've tried the more well-known Tom Baker adventures from the period, such as "Genesis of the Daleks" or "Pyramids of Mars", give this one a whirl - you might enjoy it!
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Planet of Evil is an amazing story prbably one of the creapist of the Doctor Who stories from the 4th Doctor's era. Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2002 by J. Nollett
This was always one of my favorite episodes as a kid, and as an adult I watch it and marvel. They literally just don't make 'em like this anymore. Read morePublished on Dec 1 2001 by S. Nyland
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