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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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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Very Traditional But Very Good Story, 22 October 2007
Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland

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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