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

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Original Air Date:
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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 (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?

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Formulaic adventure with some choice elements, 26 March 2015
Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom

Review of the Complete Story:

PLANET OF EVIL sees Tom Baker's Doctor teaming up with the late, great Elisabeth Sladen to beam down to a remote jungle planet where a vicious, invisible alien creature is making mincemeat of the locals. Inevitably the Doctor ends up being blamed for these deaths and is imprisoned, setting up a slightly repetitive, episodic format for the rest of the story.

Okay, so the storyline is heavily indebted to the likes of FORBIDDEN PLANET, but PLANET OF EVIL does have stuff going for it. Sladen is on particularly strong form her as the dungaree-wearing Sarah Jane, always seeming to be involved in the thick of the action. Baker's Doctor experiences a physical adventure and even gets to slug somebody at one point; the bit where he drops into an antimatter void is hilarious. The jungle sets are effective, as is the alien, and there are some memorably grisly corpses on show.

Also making this a slightly superior adventure is Ewen Solon, a Welsh actor with a long history of appearing in cult fare. Solon plays the excellent role of a senior crew member who becomes a valuable ally for the Doctor and Sarah Jane; far more effective than the stock, lunk-headed villains of the piece. PLANET OF EVIL may not be great but it certainly is more than watchable.

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