Doctor Who (1963)

Season 19 Episode 5

Four to Doomsday, Part One

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Jan 18, 1982 on BBC
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Four to Doomsday, Part One
Deep space, four days from Earth, 1981. The TARDIS materialises aboard a massive Urbankan starship. What is the real agenda of Monarch, master of the vessel?

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Crew Visible: When Monarch tries to enter the TARDIS, a crew member is visible in the foreground between banks of computers.

    • The BBC had terrible trouble finding enough actors from the ethnic groups featured in the story.

    • It shouldn't be necessary for Tegan to translate for Kurkutji. It was established in Masque of Mandragora, Part Three that, as a Time Lord, the Doctor can understand and be understood in any language spoken to him, and that he is able to share that ability with his companions.

      If, somehow, this ability has failed, it would be extraordinarily fortunate if Tegan was able to speak Kurkutji's language, given that there are over 3,000 Aboriginal dialects and he is from 30,000 BC...

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Tegan: If we don't get back to Heathrow, I'm gonna lose my job.
      Adric: Study maths and you might get a better one.
      Tegan: I don't want a better one!
      The Doctor: Come along, children. Not in front of our hosts.

    • Monarch: Welcome. I am Monarch.
      The Doctor: You looked as if you might be.
      Monarch: And this is Enlightenment.
      The Doctor: Enlightenment, how do you do?
      Enlightenment: How do you do?
      Monarch: And this is Persuasion.
      The Doctor: Friendly, I hope.

    • Monarch: You grasp the Theory of Relativity?
      Adric: Doesn't everyone?

    • Monarch: And you are?
      The Doctor: I'm the Doctor.
      Enlightenment: A doctor? A doctor of what?
      The Doctor: Of everything!
      Persuasion How modest.

    • Tegan: Is there another space pack?
      Nyssa: He told us to stay here.
      Tegan: Well perhaps he's in trouble!
      Adric: Oh, he's always in trouble, Tegan, hadn't you noticed?

    • Nyssa: I thought Earth was meant to be primitive!
      Tegan Oh, did you!

    • Tegan [ looking at view screen ]: Doesn't look much like Heathrow to me.
      The Doctor: Last time I was there they were doing strange things to Terminal Three. [ Turns around ] Oh. No, you're right, it doesn't.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This serial, the second to be broadcast in the season, was actually the first to be produced. This was the first time that a new Doctor didn't film his debut adventure first.

    • DVD: Doctor Who: Four to Doomsday (BBCDVD 2431) released in September 2008.

      Video: Doctor Who: Four to Doomsday (BBCV 7134) released in September 2001. Released in U.S.A./Canada (Warner Home Video E1649) in June 2002.

    • Novelisation: Doctor Who - Four to Doomsday by Terrance Dicks (ISBN 0 426 19334 2) first published by W H Allen in 1983.

    • The working title for this serial was Day of Wrath.