Doctor Who (1963)

Season 3 Episode 25

Bell of Doom

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Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Feb 26, 1966 on BBC
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The TARDIS materialises in Paris in the year 1572, and the Doctor leaves Steven on his own while he visits the apothecary Charles Preslin. However, Preslin faces persecution at the hands of the Catholics, and the Doctor thus comes up with a scheme to get him out of Paris. Steven, meanwhile, falls in with a group of Huguenots who fear that the Catholics are plotting against them, but when Steven recognises the Abbot of Amboise as the Doctor, his Huguenot friends conclude that he's part of the conspiracy. As it happens, the Abbot in fact only looks like the Doctor, but since the Huguenots won't listen to Steven's warnings, the Admiral de Coligny is mortally wounded in an assassination attempt orchestrated by the Queen Mother, Catherine de Medici. When the attempt fails, the Queen Mother manages to convince her weak-willed son that the Huguenots will respond violently, and he authorises the slaughter of all Huguenots within the city. The real Doctor returns, and he and Steven escape just as the St Bartholomew's Day Massacre begins. The TARDIS then materialises briefly in present-day Wimbledon, where a young girl named Dodo Chaplet stumbles aboard the TARDIS and is whisked away on new adventures.moreless

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    • TRIVIA (4)

      • Catherine de Medici reluctantly spares her son-in-law, Henri of Navarre from the massacre. Although not mentioned in the script, Henri will become Henry IV in 1589, renouncing Protestantism in 1593.

      • The historical Massacre de la Saint-Barthélemy, in which 100,000 French Protestants were killed, took place in the early hours of St. Bartholomew's Day, 24 August 1572, and not on St. Bartholomew's Eve, as indicated in the story title.

      • It was originally intended that William Russell (Ian Chesterton) and Jacqueline Hill (Barbara Wright) would make a brief cameo appearance in the contemporary England scene at the end of the story, but neither actor was available.

      • It seems unlikely that Dodo is a direct descendant of Anne Chaplette, unless she had a (presumably illegitimate) male child with the same surname.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • The Doctor: Now they're all gone. All gone. None of them could understand. Not even my little Susan, or Vicki. Yes. And there's Barbara and Chatterton... Chesterton! They were all too impatient to get back to their own time. And now Steven. Perhaps I should go home, back to my own planet. But I can't... I can't...

    • NOTES (1)

      • First appearance of Jackie Lane as Dorothea "Dodo" Chaplet. She enters the TARDIS towards the end of the episode, believing it to be a real police box.

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