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Doctor Who (1963)

Season 18 Episode 13

State of Decay, Part One

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Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Nov 22, 1980 on BBC
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State of Decay, Part One
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Still trapped in negative E-Space, the TARDIS lands on an unnamed world to find a society sliding back into feudalism. What is the secret of the Three Who Rule?

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    Emrys James

    Emrys James

    Aukon

    Guest Star

    Rachel Davies

    Rachel Davies

    Camilla

    Guest Star

    William Lindsay

    William Lindsay

    Zargo

    Guest Star

    Clinton Greyn

    Clinton Greyn

    Ivo

    Recurring Role

    Arthur Hewlett

    Arthur Hewlett

    Kalmar

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    Stacey Davies

    Stacey Davies

    Veros

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    • TRIVIA (3)

      • Tom Baker suggested that, in the scene in which the Doctor is bitten by a bat, the Doctor would have blue blood. This was shot but vetoed by John Nathan Turner. However, when the Doctor is bitten, the medium shot shows the Doctor's "blood" to be dark-coloured.

      • The name of the ship was to have been the Hyperion, but this was changed to Hydrax when Ian Levine (fan and researcher) made the suggestion that long-term fans might associate it with the Investigator's ship of the same name in Season 9's The Mutants.

      • There were complaints in the House of Lords about the sequence in which the Doctor and Romana are attacked by a swarm of bats. Animal-loving peers said it misrepresented the UK's bat population.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Romana [ laughing at the Doctor's optimism ]: You are incredible.
        The Doctor: Yes, I suppose I am, really. I've never given it much thought.

    • NOTES (4)

      • DVD: Doctor Who: State of Decay released (along with Full Circle and Warriors' Gate) as part of Doctor Who: The E-Space Trilogy box set (BBCDVD 1835) in January 2009.

        Video: Doctor Who: State of Decay (BBCV 6231) released as part of the Doctor Who: The E-Space Trilogy box set (BBCV 6229) in October 1997. Released in U.S.A./Canada (Warner Home Video E1421) in July 1998.

      • Novelisation: Doctor Who and the State of Decay by Terrance Dicks (ISBN 0 426 20133 7) first published by W H Allen in 1981.

      • The working titles for this story were The Wasting and The Vampire Mutations.

      • The script was originally written (as The Witch Lords) to open Season 15 but was abandoned at the insistence of the BBC's Head of Series and Serials, who was concerned that it would undermine a high-prestige production of Count Dracula that would be broadcast in December 1977.

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