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Carnival of Monsters: Episode One 

The Doctor attempts to test his new dematerialisation circuit by taking Jo to Metebelis Three but instead the TARDIS arrives in the hold of a 1920s cargo ship.

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The Doctor attempts to test his new dematerialisation circuit by taking Jo to Metebelis Three but instead the TARDIS arrives in the hold of a 1920s cargo ship.

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27 January 1973 (UK)  »

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Tenniel Evans was a close friend and a long-time co-star of Jon Pertwee in the radio series The Navy Lark and had actually advised him to put his name forward for the role of the Doctor in 1969. See more »

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When the Doctor exits the TARDIS at the end of the episode, he leaves the door open. The scene then cuts to a special effects composite shot with a model TARDIS, the door of which is closed. See more »

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Orum: They've no sense of responsibility. Give them a hygiene chamber and they store fossil fuel in it.
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Featured in Destroy All Monsters! (2011) See more »

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A real mixed bag
12 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

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CARNIVAL OF MONSTERS is a real mixed bag serial from Jon Pertwee's tenure as the Doctor. The narrative involves a dual storyline in which the Doctor and Jo end up on a 1920s-era cruise ship only to find themselves trapped in a time loop where events keep repeating themselves (as in the recent film TRIANGLE). Meanwhile, aliens on a distant planet find themselves at the mercy of a pair of entertainers who have a new type of 'carnival' on offer.

The initial storyline, with the Doctor and Jo on the ship, is a decent piece for Who. The special effects are cheap and cheerful, with a plethora of rubbery monsters wreaking havoc and some choice dialogue between the characters. Unfortunately it's the alien stuff where this falls apart, as it feels like a spoofy pantomime-level thing at best, similar to in the Sylvester McCoy-era story, THE GREATEST SHOW IN THE GALAXY.

The ubiquitous Leslie Dwyer makes an appearance as a flamboyant character but there are no others of note here and the grey-faced aliens are a real bore to boot. The whole miniaturised theme is rather silly with some LAND OF THE GIANTS-style special effects thrown in. Unfortunately it's not really all that successful, making this more of a curiosity piece than anything else, mildly entertaining at best.


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