Doctor Who (1963)

Season 2 Episode 10

The Powerful Enemy

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Jan 02, 1965 on BBC
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The Powerful Enemy

Sometime in the 25th century, the Doctor and his friends land on the planet Dido and happen across a spaceship (from Earth) that has crash-landed. Its two occupants - a man named Bennett and a young girl called Vicki - are living in fear of a creature called Koquillion, a native of Dido possibly responsible for murdering other members from the spaceship.


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    Ray Barrett

    Ray Barrett

    (as Sydney Wilson) Koquillion/Bennett

    Guest Star

    Tom Sheridan

    Tom Sheridan

    Space Captain

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • During the scene in the TARDIS where The Doctor mistakenly calls out to the absent Susan, a shadow from the production crew appears over Ian's face.

      • Other Mistake: When Vicki is explaining the situation to Barbara, the sound of scenery being moved can be heard.

      • To preserve the surprise of Koquilion's identity, the part was credited to "Sydney Wilson" -- an amalgam of the names of series creators Sydney Newman and Donald Wilson.

      • At the very beginning, when the TARDIS door is open, you can see through it to the cave wall beyond.

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Ian Chesterton: What's that nightmare?
        The Doctor: Isn't it sufficient that it is down there and we're up here?

      • The Doctor: I can't understand it. I just can't understand it. Violence is totally alien to people on this planet.
        Ian: Oh, well, people change, Doctor. New leader, different set of circumstances.
        The Doctor: No, no, no, my dear Chesterton, no. All the more reason for people on this planet to hate death and destruction.

    • NOTES (3)

      • DVD: Doctor Who: The Rescue (BBCDVD 2970) released as part of the Doctor Who: The Rescue/The Romans box set (BBCDVD 2698) in February 2009.

        Video: Doctor Who: The Rescue/The Romans (BBCV 5378) released in September 1994. Released in U.S.A./Canada (Warner Home Video E1313) in March 1996.

      • Novelisation: Doctor Who â€" The Rescue by Ian Marter (ISBN 0 426 20308 9) first published by W H Allen in 1987.

      • First appearance of Maureen O'Brien as Vicki. Her last name is never divulged.

    • ALLUSIONS (0)