Doctor Who (1963)

Season 13 Episode 1

Terror of the Zygons, Part One

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Aug 30, 1975 on BBC

Episode Fan Reviews (2)

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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.
  • 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.