Doctor Who (1963)

Season 21 Episode 22

The Caves of Androzani, Part Four

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Mar 16, 1984 on BBC
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Episode Summary

Events on Androzani reach a bloody climax. Will the Doctor and Peri survive the carnage? And at what cost?

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  • Peter Davidson, good. Colin Baker, bad

    Simply, from here on in it turns bad for an entire season.

    Colin Baker would have to be one of my least favourite Doctors.

    He's silly, annoying and in every way a pain in the butt.

    Peri is a typical annoying American and all the other idiots that follow this bloke around annoy me to tears.

    A series that should be wiped from my memory but sadly is still there reminding me that not even this show will ever be perfect!moreless
  • The Doctor dies and regenerates again...

    The story was complex - with a madman (Jek) infatuated with Peri and out for revenge against Morgus. Then there is the soldiers fighting to get Jek and his drugs. And then there is Morgus' goons trying to get the best deal. And lastly - most importantly - Peri is dying and the Doctor is also infected by poison. The Doctor gets a cure for Peri - but not enough for himself - and he dies. A great story and Peri is not bad as a companion. But after many, many years of enjoyable 'Doctor Who', the bad years start - with Colin Baker in the role of the Doctor. Peter Davidson played Doctor No. 5 in an understated manner but Colin Baker's Doctor No. 6 starts on a manic note and doesn't improve.moreless
Ian Staples

Ian Staples


Guest Star

Barbara Kinghorn

Barbara Kinghorn


Guest Star

Roy Holder

Roy Holder


Guest Star

John Normington

John Normington


Recurring Role

Gerald Flood

Gerald Flood

Voice of Kameleon

Recurring Role

Anthony Ainley

Anthony Ainley

The Master

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • "Mouseholes" for cables can be seen at the base of the TARDIS walls in the final scene, notably when the Doctor is picking up Peri.

    • Continuity: When the Doctor is climbing through the tunnel to the queen bat, the image is reversed (look for the question marks on his lapel).

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Morgus: Miss Timmin, I don't like your tone!
      Timmin: I wish I could say that's the only thing about you I don't like.

    • Sharaz Jek: You think bullets could stop me now? You stinking offal, Morgus. Look at me!

    • The Doctor: Too late, Peri. Going soon. Time to say goodbye.
      Peri: Don't give up! You can't leave me now!
      The Doctor: I might regenerate. I don't know. Feels different this time...

    • (The Doctor has just regenerated)
      Peri: Doctor?
      The Doctor: You were expecting someone else?
      Peri: I-- I-- I--
      The Doctor: That makes three "I"'s in one breath. Makes you sound a rather egotistical young lady.
      Peri: What's happened?
      The Doctor: Change, my dear. And it seems not a moment too soon!

  • NOTES (3)

    • Peter Davison has repeatedly joked that his emotional regeneration scene was upstaged by Nicola Bryant's loose fitting outfit, which prominently displayed her cleavage.

    • All of the Fifth Doctor's companions, including Kamelion, appear in the regeneration sequence, as does the Master.

    • Final regular appearance of Peter Davison as the Doctor. Colin Baker was the only Doctor in the series' 26-year run to have dialogue in the same episode as his predecessor.