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"Doctor Who" Planet of Evil: Part One (1975)

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27 September 1975 (Season 13, Episode 5)
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. | Add synopsis »
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Menacing, interesting and entertaining Sci-fi adventure See more (6 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Tom Baker ... Doctor Who

Elisabeth Sladen ... Sarah Jane Smith
Frederick Jaeger ... Sorenson
Ewen Solon ... Vishinsky
Prentis Hancock ... Salamar
Graham Weston ... De Haan
Louis Mahoney ... Ponti
Michael Wisher ... Morelli
Terence Brook ... Braun
Tony McEwan ... Baldwin
Haydn Wood ... O'Hara
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Max Faulkner ... Crew Member (uncredited)
Julian Hudson ... Morestran (uncredited)
Mike Lee Lane ... Antimatter Monster (uncredited)
David Rolfe ... Crew Member (uncredited)
Terry Walsh ... Crew Member (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
David Maloney 
Writing credits
Louis Marks (by)

Sydney Newman  creator (uncredited)

Produced by
Philip Hinchcliffe .... producer
Original Music by
Dudley Simpson 
Film Editing by
M.A.C. Adams  (as Mike Adams)
Production Design by
Roger Murray-Leach 
Costume Design by
Andrew Rose 
Makeup Department
Jenny Shircore .... makeup
Production Management
Janet Radenkovic .... production unit manager
Sound Department
Peter Howell .... special sound
Colin March .... film sound
Tony Millier .... sound: studio
Visual Effects by
Dave Havard .... visual effects designer
Bernard Lodge .... title sequence
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Clemett .... studio lighting
Kenneth MacMillan .... film cameraman
Stanley Speel .... film cameraman (as Stan Speel)
Music Department
Ron Grainer .... composer: title music
Other crew
Robert Holmes .... script editor
Malachy Shaw Jones .... production assistant
Philip Hinchcliffe .... showrunner (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sydney Newman  creator (uncredited)

Production Design by
Victor Meredith 
Makeup Department
Dorka Nieradzik .... makeup designer (1982, 1984-1988)
Art Department
Peter Brachaki .... production designer: TARDIS interior
Special Effects by
Mat Irvine .... special effects (1970s-1980s)
Ian Scoones .... special effects (1960s-1980s)
Ron Thornton .... special effects (1980s)
Bernard Wilkie .... special effects (1960s-1970s)
Visual Effects by
Mitch Mitchell .... special video effects (1960's-1970's) (as A. J. Mitchell)
Bernard Lodge .... title sequence designer (1963-1979) (uncredited 1963-1969)
Alan Chuntz .... stunts (1960's-1970's)
Peter Diamond .... stunts (1960s)
Max Faulkner .... stunts (1960's-1970's)
Stuart Fell .... stunts (1970s-1980s)
Alf Joint .... stunts (1960s-1980s)
Derek Martin .... stunts (1960s-1970s)
Roy Scammell .... stunts (1960s-1980s)
Lee Sheward .... stunt coordinator
Derek Ware .... stunts (1960s-1970s)
Music Department
Paddy Kingsland .... composer: incidental music (1980-1985)
Keff McCulloch .... composer: incidental music (1987-1989)
Humphrey Searle .... composer: incidental music (1965)
Dudley Simpson .... composer: incidental music (1964-1980)
Other crew
Christopher Baker .... production assistant
Ali Bongo .... magic advisor
Kenneth J. Bussanmas .... creative consultant (1979-1985)

Additional Details

UK:24 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | UK:PG (DVD rating)

Did You Know?

The alien jungle designed for this serial by Roger Murray-Leach was considered so successful that it was used for several years as an example of quality design by the BBC Educational Service.See more »
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Menacing, interesting and entertaining Sci-fi adventure, 24 November 2014
Author: Christopher Evans from South Wales, UK

Review of all 4 episodes:

Musing about his recent lifestyle The Doctor expresses that he is a Time Lord with huge thirst for knowledge and ambition to explore all time and space. He says to be a scientific adviser for UNIT is a relatively small scale and limiting choice for him. This adventure is the start of moving the series on from the Earth based, UNIT adventures into new territory. UNIT had an excellent story Terror of the Zygons, prior to this with the Brigadier and Benton on top form but to expand the series scope out was a good move even if it meant sadly phasing out UNIT.

This story has The Doctor and Sarah arriving on a planet which is the meeting of our universe with the universe of antimatter. A scientist, Sorenson, is dangerously trying to use antimatter as a limitless power source and the planet has forces within it that manifest as an antimatter monster to try to stop the two universes being brought together into destruction. The crew of a rescue ship are caught up in this and are being killed one by one as The Doctor gets involved and becomes the figure of blame (as usual).

There is great action and dialogue along the way and a thoroughly entertaining adventure. The acting is excellent throughout, the planet itself is very well realised on screen and the effects are decent. This is a top class sci-fi story.

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