Doctor Who: Season 13, Episode 5

Planet of Evil: Part One (27 Sep. 1975)

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The Doctor and Sarah answer a distress call and find themselves on Zeta Minor, the last planet of the known universe, where a Morestran expedition has gone missing.



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The Doctor and Sarah answer a distress call and find themselves on Zeta Minor, the last planet of the known universe, where a Morestran expedition has gone missing.

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Very Traditional But Very Good Story
22 October 2007 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

The British public has for decades considered DOCTOR WHO to be " That show with the Daleks in it " but perhaps a story like Planet Of Evil should be considered as more typical of the show , one that makes DOCTOR WHO be thought of as " That show with superb imagination , crap sets and special effects and really scary bits "

The first episode kicks off in a similar way to many stories right back to the early Troughton era : the Doctor and his companion land on a remote outpost where people have been killed and its they who get the blame for it . They are imprisoned but manage to escape . Meanwhile a scary monster goes about killing more of the humanoids . Repeat every week for a month

Perhaps it's the traditional storytelling elements that stops Planet Of Evil being regarded as a classic story . It does get rather formulaic in places but director David Maloney has taken Louis Marks script and played up to its strength , that of atmosphere . This is a highly atmospheric story which an eight year old in 1975 or today would find genuinely compelling . It may be drawn out compared to the 21st century series but you've got to respect the production crew for making an entertaining story on a limited budget

There is some failure on the part of the production crew and that's with the sets . The alien jungle is superb especially when it's shot on film but unfortunately the " anti-matter lake " looks like something you'd find at Santa's Grotto in a department store . We also get to see some very unconvincing futurist military uniforms , but these are minor flaws compared to great strength and it's easy to see why DOCTOR WHO has lasted for decades with this type of narrative

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