Doctor Who (1963)

Season 10 Episode 8

Carnival of Monsters, Episode Four

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Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Feb 17, 1973 on BBC
8.7
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The Miniscope is damaged and beginning to fail, the Drashigs running loose. Can the Doctor return everyone to their proper time and place before it's too late?

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  • This is a review of the whole story rather than just episode 4.

    7.2
    Now i'll start off by saying i'm not the worlds biggest fan of Pertwee's tenure as the Doctor. However this is a solid little story.

    What lifts it above a lot of Pertwee's stories is the script which is excellently written by Robert Holmes.



    Also each actor plays their character to perfection, usually with 70's Who you get some proper stinky acting but here everyone gives their best. Katy Manning is at her best as Jo



    The Drashigs hmmmm i don't see why they get the ridicule of the fandom. The efects are convincing, doubly so when you consider that it was made in 1972 with less money than it costs to buy a mars bar.



    The design is colouful and eye cathing. All in all a good little story.



    One last plus id that it finally ends The Doctors exile on Earth. Although why they bothered is beyond me as the new series has the Tenth Doctor on Earth all the time even though he isn't exiled!!!



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Tenniel Evans

Tenniel Evans

Major Daly

Guest Star

Jenny McCracken

Jenny McCracken

Claire Daly

Guest Star

Leslie Dwyer

Leslie Dwyer

Vorg

Guest Star

Ian Marter

Ian Marter

John Andrews

Recurring Role

Peter Halliday

Peter Halliday

Pletrac

Recurring Role

Michael Wisher

Michael Wisher

Kalik

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Pletrac: This tribunal is deliberating!
      The Doctor: The tribunal is not deliberating. The tribunal is arguing. Quite nonsensically, I might add.

    • Pletrac The function of this tribunal is to keep this planet clean. This Tellurian creature comes from outside our solar system and is a possible carrier of contagion. Furthermore the creature may be hostile.
      The Doctor: Would you kindly stop referring to me as "the creature", sir. Or I may well become exceedingly hostile!

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode was re-edited by director Barry Letts for broadcast in 1981 as part of the BBC's The Five Faces of Doctor Who strand. The revised version edited out 45 seconds of close-up shots that showed obvious problems with Peter Halliday's bald headpiece.

      This version of Episode Four was accidentally used on the VHS release. The DVD release has the broadcast version of the episode, with the alternative ending included in the special features on the disc.

    • Ian Marter would join the cast as Harry Sullivan from Season 12.

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