Doctor Who (1963)

Season 13 Episode 8

Planet of Evil, Part Four

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Oct 18, 1975 on BBC
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Planet of Evil, Part Four
The Morestran probe is under attack from without and within, its commander fraying under the pressure. Can the Doctor keep his promise and save them before they crash into Zeta Minor?

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  • Great stuff from my favorite era of Dr. Who, not Tom Baker's era as much as the Hinchcliffe/Holmes era.

    Now we're getting into the gothic horror cycle of Doctor Who. Baker and Sladen are totally into their roles and the atmospherics start. Fantastic jungle sets, best alien planet done on a sound stage for this show. Creepy, moody, held throughout. Good supporting cast as well. Salamar was a bit too thick but Visinsky and Sorenson were spot on. The anti-matter monsters were effective, a rip off from Fantstic Planet. Sorenson doing a Jekyl and Hyde really sealed the deal. The cliffhangers had 2 of 3 great ones, I prefer the ejector over the freeze frame at the pit even though the resolution of the ejector bit is lame. This is another of a long line of Dr. Whos in which the Doctor and company are blamed for deaths as soon as they arrive. The crew of the ship seems to have all died by the end but somehow we see some more survivors at the end. Nice that Sorenson wasn't sacrificed but I'd be a bit P.O.ed at him if I was a crewman. Just shy of classic in my book.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Revealing Mistake: After the Doctor throw the anti-matter cannister into the pit, his foot crashes through the set and he falls down.

    • When Vishinsky and Sarah go into the storage room to get the force field generators, the plaque on the door flops around like the cardboard that it is.

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    • The Doctor: I'm going outside. I may be some time.
      This is similar to the last words of Captain Lawrence Oates, who walked out into the snow in an ill-fated journey to the South Pole, sacrificing himself so that his comrades may live. His last words were "I am just going outside and may be some time."