Doctor Who (1963)

Season 7 Episode 18

The Ambassadors of Death, Episode 7

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Aired Saturday 5:15 PM May 02, 1970 on BBC
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The Ambassadors of Death, Episode 7
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Events on Earth reach a climax as Carrington is determined to start a war with the visiting aliens.

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  • And 70's kids got all this?

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    The earlier Pertwee era is a bit of a mystery. Bar spearhaed from space, the other three storylines are very, well I'd like to say adult, but by that I mean the manipulation of the storyline.

    Take this one for example. If you boil away all the complications its basically a "we come in peace" sort of story. But its hard to explain how the earlier Pertwee era changed this, to add an almost political message behind the story.

    Silurians, it was about a group of man's predecessors trying to reclaim the planet they lost. Inferno was the downside of nuclear power with a parallel universe story to complicate things. That's why I love these seven part stories, they give time for the story to expand, to have depth to them, to develop more. Which is something you can't really do in 45 minutes (watch and learn Russel T).

    Ambassadors of death has been made so well, we get a good amount of build up (about an episode) but not too much which is where some episodes go wrong. Its an intense mystery of events that keeps you guessing and trying to unravel it until the very last minute. Its thrilling, epic, its got that spark that makes some doctor who episodes laughable. Its creepy, that's another one I'll give it, just the image of the ambassador walking towards the guard who's shooting at it, and yet it doesn't desist. And when Liz sees the alien's face, its gripping stuff, the likes of which has almost never been matched in the entire history of doctor who. A forgotten classic, hidden behind other pertwee moments, like the creation of the master, it really deserves a DVD release.

    Lack of colour material was weird though, that's my one problem and it isn't exactly the episode's fault, its the bbc's fault for the poor archieving methods. One minute its black and white, the next its colour then suddenly its black and white again. Anyway, the ambassadors of death is one of the greatest achievements in the history of who, and if we just had episodes in the revived series that had so much care and thought put into them then it would be a better show (that's already brilliant).moreless
Peter Noel Cook

Peter Noel Cook

Alien Space Captain

Guest Star

Joanna Ross

Joanna Ross

Control Room Assistant

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Geoffrey Beevers

Geoffrey Beevers

Private Johnson

Recurring Role

Peter Halliday

Peter Halliday

Aliens` Voices

Recurring Role

Ric Felgate

Ric Felgate

Astronaut

Recurring Role

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