Doctor Who (1963)

Season 13 Episode 1

Terror of the Zygons, Part One

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Aug 30, 1975 on BBC
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Terror of the Zygons, Part One
Scotland, the near future. Something is smashing oil rigs off the Scottish coast, and UNIT have been called in to investigate. The Brigadier summons the Doctor to Earth to help in the investigation, but it soon becomes clear some kind of alien presence is at work...

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  • Very good

    Sarah: “The landlord here’s got second sight!”

    A very atmospheric, slightly chilling first episode of this Baker serial. The location filing is nice to look at, and the regulars have brilliant on-screen chemistry (Ian Marter is particularly good). Also, Nicholas Courtney is great as the Brigadier, and the Zygons are very effectively realised. The cliff-hanger is a good shock moment as well, as is Harry being shot in the head (something which you couldn’t imagine happening in any other Doctor adventures). However, the poor effects work (well, poor today anyway) on the Skarasen and the oil rig collapsing let down this otherwise flawless episode.moreless
  • Fun.

    (This is a review of all four parts of Terror of the Zygons)

    Originally intended as the closing serial of Series Twelve, Terror of the Zygons was put back several months so that it could start off Series Thirteen. This had the effect of book ending Tom Baker's first year as The Doctor with two of the weakest storylines in his career on the show, Robot and Revenge of the Cybermen. But, with its storyline involving the classic myth of the Loch Ness Monster and the return of former companion Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart ‘Zygons’ launches season thirteen off to a highly memorable and very fun start. The fourth part of Zygons saw the final appearance of Ian Marter as Harry Sullivan.moreless
Lillias Walker

Lillias Walker

Sister Lamont

Guest Star

Tony Sibbald

Tony Sibbald


Guest Star

Hugh Martin

Hugh Martin


Guest Star

Ian Marter

Ian Marter

Harry Sullivan

Recurring Role

John Levene

John Levene

RSM Benton

Recurring Role

Robert Russell

Robert Russell

The Caber

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Sarah Jane: It's nice to see you again, Brigadier.
      Brigadier: And you, miss Smith.
      Sarah Jane: But I didn't expect to see you in a kilt.
      Brigadier: My dear miss Smith, as you do remember, my name is Lethbridge-Stewart. The clan Stewart.
      Sarah Jane: Sorry. I thought you were doing a Doctor!

    • Huckle: Those babies are meant to be unsinkable.
      The Doctor: Yes, so was the Bismarck and we know that story.

    • Huckle: As far as we know, the sea was calm and empty.
      The Doctor: It may be calm, but it's never empty.

    • Angus: Well, I'm the seventh son of a seventh son. You know that fella, that fella with you, the Doctor, he looks like a man who might see around a few corners himself.
      Sarah Jane: Quite a few.

    • Sarah Jane: What is that thing you're fiddling with
      The Doctor: It's part of the radio probe system, used for checking localized jamming.
      Sarah Jane: Well what if that gets jammed too?
      [The Doctor glares]

    • The Doctor: When I left that psionic beam with you, Brigadier, I said that it was only to be used in an emergency!
      Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart: This is an emergency!
      The Doctor: Oil? An emergency? Ha! It's about time the people who run this planet of yours realised that to be dependent on a mineral slime just doesn't make sense.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Video: Doctor Who: Terror of the Zygons (BBCV 4186) released in omnibus format in November 1988. Released in U.S.A./Canada (CBS/Fox Video 5422) in April 1991. Re-released in episodic format (BBCV 6774) in August 1999. Released in U.S.A./Canada (Warner Home Video E1410) in May 2000.

    • The working titles for this serial were The Loch Ness Monster, The Loch Ness Terror and The Zygons.

    • John Woodnutt plays both the Duke and Broton, but he is uncredited in all four episodes as Broton.

    • Novelisation: Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster by Terrance Dicks (ISBN 0 426 11041 2) first published by Tandem in 1976.

    • Recorded for Season 12, this story was held over to launch Season 13.