Doctor Who (1963)

Season 10 Episode 5

Carnival of Monsters, Episode One

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Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Jan 27, 1973 on BBC
8.7
out of 10
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The Indian Ocean, 1935 — or is it? The Doctor and Jo arrive on the SS Bernice, a ship due to mysteriously vanish without trace. But why do events seem to repeat themselves, and why is a plesiosaur attacking the ship? Meanwhile, on the planet Inter Minor, travelling showman Vorg arrives with his remarkable Miniscope…moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Memorable.

    7.0
    (This is a review of all four parts of Carnival of Monsters)



    This is a memorable, visually colourful episode of Doctor Who that effectively showcases the chemistry of stars Jon Pertwee and Katy Manning while also putting early 70s television effects to good use. The first two parts of the serial are slightly confusing, as the action fritters between the actions of two intergalactic entertainers as they are interrogated on an alien planet and The Doctor and Jo's exploration of an early 20th century sea liner that appears to be stuck in a time loop. As the plot unfolds things start to make sense, the action ante is upped and it remains a highly enjoyable adventure to the end.moreless
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 (3)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • The Doctor [ regarding the floor hatch ]: It slides open.
      Jo: How does it work?
      The Doctor: Anti-magnetic cohesion, I should think.
      Jo: Never heard of it.
      The Doctor: Well you wouldn't have done, Jo. You were born about a thousand years too early for that.
      Jo: Oh, I do love being with you, Doctor. You make me feel so young.

    • Jo: We're on Earth.
      The Doctor: That's impossible.
      Jo: Why can't you ever admit when you're wrong?
      The Doctor: Because that's impossible too.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Novelisation: Doctor Who and the Carnival of Monsters by Terrance Dicks (ISBN 0 426 11025 0) first published by Tandem/Wyndham Publications in 1977.

    • DVD: Doctor Who: Carnival of Monsters (BBCDVD 1098) released in July 2002. Released in U.S.A./Canada (Warner Home Video E1758) in July 2003.

      Video: Doctor Who: Carnival of Monsters (BBCV 5556) released in March 1995. Released in U.S.A./Canada (Warner Home Video E1311) in March 1996.

  • ALLUSIONS (0)

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