Doctor Who (1963)

Season 16 Episode 21

The Armageddon Factor, Part One

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Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Jan 20, 1979 on BBC
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Searching for the sixth segment, the Doctor and Romana land in the midst of a brutal nuclear war between the planets Atrios and Zeos.

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    John Woodvine

    John Woodvine

    Marshal

    Guest Star

    Lalla Ward

    Lalla Ward

    Princess Astra

    Guest Star

    Davyd Harries

    Davyd Harries

    Shapp

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    John Leeson

    John Leeson

    Voice of K9

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    • QUOTES (5)

      • Princess Astra: We must negotiate before it's too late. We must have peace.
        Marshal: You don't beg for peace, Princess. You win it!

      • The Doctor: There's only one thing to do.
        Romana: Why don't you take us in on manual?
        The Doctor: I think I'll take us in on manual, with circumspection.
        Romana: Right.

      • Romana: Look, radiation levels you wouldn't believe.
        The Doctor: Good heavens, you could fry eggs in the street. Hah.
        Romana: But that means...
        The Doctor: What?
        Romana: There must be a huge nuclear war going on down there.
        The Doctor: Not at all, no.
        Romana: What else could it be?
        The Doctor: I don't know. Probably someone giving a huge breakfast party. Think positive. Why do you always assume the worse?
        Romana: Because it usually happens.
        The Doctor: Empirical poppycock. Where is your joy in life, your optimism?
        Romana: It opted out.
        K9: Optimism: believe all will work out well. Irrational, bordering on insane.
        The Doctor: Oh, do shut up, K9. Listen, Romana, whenever you go into a situation, you must always believe the best until you find out exactly what the situation is all about, then believe the worst.
        Romana: Ah, but what happens if it turns out not to be the worst after all?
        The Doctor: Don't be ridiculous, it always is. Isn't it, K9?
        K9: Master?

      • Romana: Ohh.
        The Doctor: No, don't say it, please.
        Romana: Don't say what?
        The Doctor: "Another underground passage"!
        Romana: Well, I wonder how deep we are this time.

      • Marshal: What is the purpose of your visit?
        The Doctor: Tourism.
        Marshal: In the middle of a nuclear war?
        The Doctor: Yes, well I run a small agency. "Trips to Battlefields Future and Past." Very profitable. Isn't it very profitable, Romana?
        Romana: Absolutely. It's very educational.

    • NOTES (3)

      • DVD: Doctor Who: The Armageddon Factor released in U.S.A./Canada (Warner Home Video E1692) in September 2002. Released as part of the Doctor Who: The Key to Time box set (BBCDVD 2335) (limited edition) in September 2007 and re-released (BBCDVD 2754) in November 2009.

        Video: Doctor Who: The Armageddon Factor (BBCV 5613) released in June 1995. Released in U.S.A./Canada (Warner Home Video E1340) in September 1996.

      • Novelisation: Doctor Who and the Armageddon Factor by Terrance Dicks (ISBN 0 426 20104 3) first published by W H Allen in 1980.

      • This was to be the last 6-part story in the series (although Season 22's The Two Doctors matches it in total running time).

        A further 6-part story, Shada, was planned for the next season but not completed or broadcast.

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