Doctor Who (1963)

Season 23 Episode 9

The Trial of a Time Lord, Part Nine

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Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Nov 01, 1986 on BBC
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The Trial of a Time Lord, Part Nine
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The starliner Hyperion III. 2986. Trouble is brewing on a routine run between Mogar and Earth. A killer is aboard and something evil is stirring in the hydroponics centre…

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Honor Blackman

Honor Blackman

Professor Lasky

Guest Star

Michael Craig

Michael Craig

Commodore

Guest Star

Denys Hawthorne

Denys Hawthorne

Rudge

Guest Star

Michael Jayston

Michael Jayston

The Valeyard

Recurring Role

Lynda Bellingham

Lynda Bellingham

The Inquisitor

Recurring Role

David Allister

David Allister

Bruchner

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Plot Hole: Lasky complains that her luggage has not come aboard and Rudge points out she went to the wrong cabin. Since she had the wrong key, how did she get into the room to know that her luggage was missing?

    • Equipment visible: The boom mike is visible to the right of the TARDIS when the Doctor is taken prisoner.

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  • NOTES (4)

    • Novelisation: Parts Nine to Twelve of The Trial of a Time Lord were novelised as Doctor Who - Terror of the Vervoids by Pip and Jane Baker (ISBN 0 426 20313 5) first published by W H Allen in 1987.

    • As with the evidence presented in Parts Five to Eight (Mindwarp), it's strongly suggested that the events of this story are unreliably told - the Valeyard has been tampering with the Matrix - but it is not made clear what is true and what isn't.

    • The stewardess played by Yolande Palfrey was named Janet as a nod to Janet Fielding, who played air stewardess Tegan Jovanka from 1981 to 1984.

    • First appearance of Bonnie Langford as Melanie Bush, in a story from the Doctor's personal future. As such, she was the first companion since Susan not to have a proper introductory story.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Murder on the Orient Express: Professor Lasky is reading this Agatha Christie classic in the lounge. The plot bears some resemblance to this serial.

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