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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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 (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 decision was taken to film the jungle scenes at Ealing Studios using 16mm film instead of building a set in BBC Television Centre and using videotape. This was done on the advice of designer Roger Murray-Leach, who stated that an alien environment could be better achieved on film instead of on video in a television studio.See more »
The Doctor:You and I are scientists, Professor. We buy our privilege to experiment at the cost of total responsibility.See more »


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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Good Classic Doctor Who Serial from perhaps the greatest era of the series, 22 May 2009
Author: gpeevers from Canada

With Tom Baker as the Doctor & Elisabeth Sladen playing Sarah Jane Smith this period had both the most popular Doctor and the most popular companion in the shows history. This period also had Producer Phillip Hinchcliffe & Story Editor Robert Holmes who would bring to the series some of its most popular serials in their relatively short tenures.

Aboard the Tardis the Doctor and Sarah Jane receive a distress signal from the planet Zeta Minor at the edge of the known universe. The arrival of the Tardis coincides with the arrival of a military mission sent to check on the success of the scientific expedition which was trying to find a new power source. While the power source may solve the energy crisis that prompted the mission the expedition members are dying mysteriously.

The jungle set from Production Designer Roger Murray-Leach is incredibly effective considering this is an inexpensive studio bound serial. One of the flaws most often mentioned about classic Doctor Who is the often cheap and sometimes wobbly sets, and while not all the sets in this serial are great the jungle stands out. Unfortunately the BBC system meant that designers rotated in and out from series to series and not all of the designers were as motivated or as capable but Roger Murray-Leach's serials usually stand out.

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