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Doctor Who (1963)

Season 23 Episode 12

The Trial of a Time Lord, Part Twelve

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Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Nov 22, 1986 on BBC
7.9
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The Trial of a Time Lord, Part Twelve
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Bruchner is attempting to destroy the ship while the vervoids and and an unknown killer stalk the crew within. To survive, the Doctor must not only solve the mystery; he must find a way of stopping the vervoid menace…

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Best of a poor season

    6.5
    This was like a Graham Williams era story, a lot like Nightmare of Eden. A whodunit with plenty of twists and turns. Colin Baker looks like he's finally having fun as the Doctor and living up to his potential in the role (too bad this was it for him). Mel, while not my favorite companion, at least seems to enjoy going on adventures unlike Peri. There doesn't seem to be much to Mel as we never got her back story having no introduction story for her. She's fit and energetic, that's about it. The liner sets have some good parts (the lounge) and some bad (way too small corridors and guest rooms). Seemed a bit unpopulated too. The monsters look laughable and should have stayed in the dark as much as possible. Flower people aren't scary. The Mogarians could have been better villains. Professor Lasky and her party seem very unpreturbed by the fact that their experiments are wandering around the ship. Lasky still works out and reads her novel like her life's work will be OK. Even if they don't know the Vervoids are killers at that point, wouldn't you be worried? Also, if the Matrix is showing all events via the Tardis, then we should see the killer's ID right off as well as the plots of the hijackers. There shouldn't be a surprise in this sense as we watch a record, not the omniscient TV show. The trial does jump in as much here. The genocide charge is ludicrous given the many times the Time Lords have destroyed entire species. This is by far the best of the 3 stories shown thus far this season. But one wonders, if the Matrix can see your future, can't the Time Lords see if the Doctor is found guilty? Can't they see just about anything and know of their future demise in the Time War?moreless
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

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • It's unclear why those at the trial see this story in the form of a "whodunnit" when the Tardis is recording everything in the vicinity. We see events that happen without the Doctor or Mel present, so why not see the killer preparing to strike?

    • Continuity: In Part Nine, the TARDIS lands with its front edge right on a yellow stripe in the cargo hold. At the conclusion of this episode, it is at an angle.

    • Plot Hole: Why would Professor Lasky and her colleague create servant creatures with lethal stings in their hands?

    • Revealing Mistake: When the vervoids are dying, it can be seen that one of them is wearing tracksuit trousers (with a visible drawstring) to which leaves have been pasted.

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  • NOTES (1)

    • More Time Lord double-standards: Article 7 of Gallifreyan Law forbids genocide - which the Time Lords arguably commit, or try to contrive, on several occasions over the course of the series, most notably the Daleks and the Fendahl.

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