Doctor Who (1963)

Season 23 Episode 4

The Trial of a Time Lord, Part Four

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Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Sep 27, 1986 on BBC
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The Trial of a Time Lord, Part Four
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The Doctor must reason with Drathro to prevent an explosion that could wipe out an entire civilization. But the robot is committed to carrying out his mission…

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  • Dull start to a disappointing season...

    6.0
    The trial season could have been the savior of Doctor Who but instead was a further nail in the coffin. In spite the fact that series great Robert Holmes wrote this one, The Mysterious Planet just never engages you. Basically, it's about convincing Drathro to stop the black light explosion. And lots of running around. We have the Holmesian characters like Glitz and Dibber but they come off too light. There's no threat here. As they were coming off the overly violent season 22, I guess they toned it down but far too much. On the good side, the Doctor & Peri don't argue all the time (& Peri wears clothes!). But Peri still comes off as whiney and not at all interested in the dangers the Doctor wants to explore, what kind of companion is that? Drathro, like the Cybermen, seems too advanced & emotional to not understand the Doctor's logic. How can he be so beholden to his programs that he can't think sending his people outside for extra water isn't a good idea? Colin Baker has also toned down a bit but still ranks as my least favorite Doctor. And there are all the unexplained parts of the story. Not just what comes up at the end of the season but why is Drathro there? Who were the Sleepers? Why are the stolen secrets with Drathro? Worse is to come but this just doesn't cut it. Not to mention the trial scenes which interrupt the story too much. The Time Lords at their weakest and gee is that guy in black the villain? Kinda funny to have the Doctor be forced to watch his own program & even call it boring at one point.moreless
Joan Sims

Joan Sims

Katryca

Guest Star

David Rodigan

David Rodigan

Broken Tooth

Guest Star

Glen Murphy

Glen Murphy

Dibber

Guest Star

Michael Jayston

Michael Jayston

The Valeyard

Recurring Role

Lynda Bellingham

Lynda Bellingham

The Inquisitor

Recurring Role

Tony Selby

Tony Selby

Glitz

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Revealing Mistake: When Drathro knocks the Doctor down the second time (while Peri is in the food chamber), his left hand knocks a section of the console free.

    • Continuity: When Katryca storms Drathro's lair, the outer doors of his chambers are closed in the background. They are then open so that first Humker and Tandrell and later the survivors of the Tribe can leave.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Glitz: (tying up the Doctor) A slip knot. The best I can do for you, Doctor.
      The Doctor: Strange how low cunning succeeds when intelligent reasoning fails.
      Glitz: Don't knock low cunning, Doctor. You're still here, aren't you?

    • Balazar [ to the Doctor ]: Goodbye, Old One. And thank you for your help.
      Peri: 'Old One'? Hey that's cute.
      The Doctor: I always knew there was an evil streak in you. 'Old One' indeed.

    • Glitz: There are a lot of "what ifs" there, lad.
      Dibber: Yeah, but the most important of all is: what if I'm right?

    • The Doctor: If you could understand one tenth of what life was about you would want me to save those people out there.
      Drathro: Why? I have said that without me they have no purpose.
      The Doctor: Everything in life has its purpose, Drathro. Every creature plays its part. The purpose of life is too big to be knowable. A million computers couldn't solve that one.
      Drathro: This discussion is of no value. I do not wish the work units to continue when I have ceased to function.
      The Doctor: Oh that's it isn't it? Hubris!
      Drathro: Hu-bris?
      The Doctor: Yes, hubris. False pride! A human sin. You've controlled your pointless little empire for too long. Now you can't see anything beyond it.

    • Inquistior: And may I remind you yet again that this is a serious trial!
      Doctor: It is not serious! It's a farce! A farrago of trumped up charges!
      Inquistior:: You will have the opportunity in due course to rebut any or all of the Valeyard's charges.
      Doctor: Oooh, the Valeyard's charges! I always thought Valeyard meant learned court prosecutor.
      Valeyard: And so it does.
      Doctor: Not in your case, sir. Your points of law are spurious. Your evidence weak, verging on the irrelevant. And your reasoning, quite unsound. In fact, your point of view belongs in quite another place. Perhaps the mantle of Valeyard was a mistake. I would therefore suggest that you change it to the garment of quite another sort of yard. That of the knacker's yard. For your argument is as tired and worn out as the poor, unfortunate creatures that end up there!
      Inquistior: You will apologize at once!
      Doctor: For telling the truth. Never!
      Valeyard: The Doctor is well known for these childish outbursts. I do not find the ramblings of an immature mind offensive.
      Doctor: Immature!
      Valeyard: It is that particular state of mind that has made it necessary for you to be brought before this court.
      Doctor: Immature! I was on Ravalox trying to avert a catastrophe! The deaths of several hundred innocent people! Surely not even in the eyes of Time Lords can that be deemed either immature or a crime!
      Valeyard: The crime was in being there, Doctor! Your immaturity was in not realizing you had broken a cardinal law of the Time Lords! Your presence initiated the whole chain of events that we have witnessed.

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