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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?

This serial was inspired by "The Curious Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde" and Forbidden Planet (1956).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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Science Fictitious, 8 August 2014
Author: James Hitchcock from Tunbridge Wells, England

The Doctor and his companion Sarah arrive on the planet Zeta Minor, the "last planet of the known universe", in response to a distress call. They discover that the call has been made by a geological expedition from the planet Morestra and that all but one of the geologists have been killed by some unknown person or creature. Matters are complicated when a Morestran military mission also arrives to investigate and they immediately suspect the Doctor and Sarah of responsibility for the killings. It turns out, however, that the planet lies "on the boundary between our universe and the universe of antimatter", and the true culprit is a creature from the antimatter universe, annoyed by Sorenson's removal by of some antimatter samples. (That may sound scientifically dubious, but there is a reason why the genre is called "science fiction"; the "science" is often fictitious).

"Doctor Who" is not normally thought of in serious literary terms, but this serial has some impressive literary antecedents. The scriptwriters admitted to having been influenced by Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" and the film "Forbidden Planet", which was itself influenced by Shakespeare's "The Tempest". (At one point the Doctor says that he once met William Shakespeare himself- a pity that their meeting was not incorporated into any of his adventures). The antimatter creature can therefore be thought of as the equivalent of Caliban and Sorenson, who after becoming infected by antimatter is himself transformed into a monster, is a Jekyll-and-Hyde figure. Like Jekyll, he is an idealistic scientist whose idealism leads him to ignore the possible dangers inherent in his work.

The characterisation runs deeper than in many "Doctor Who" serials. Besides Frederick Jaeger's Sorenson there are also Prentis Hancock's Salamar, the arrogant, fire-eating Morestran commander, and Ewen Solon's Vishinsky, Salamar's wiser, more level-headed second-in-command. It seemed strange that Salamar had been given command of the ship ahead of Vishinsky, clearly much older and more experienced, but we never learn much about the structure of Morestran society. It is quite possible that on their planet (as in some Earthly societies) promotions are made on the basis of social status rather than age, experience or ability.

Together with Jon Pertwee's Third Doctor, Tom Baker's Fourth Doctor was the incarnation with whom I was most familiar during my childhood. Both played the character as an eccentric English gentleman, but Pertwee (perhaps taking his cue from Peter Cushing's "unofficial" Doctor of the two spin-off feature films from the mid-sixties) stresses his gentlemanliness, whereas Baker places greater stress on his eccentricity, possibly influenced by Patrick Troughton's Second Doctor. The Fourth Doctor is characterised by a quirky, offbeat, often irreverent sense of humour and an eccentric dress sense, particularly those famous scarves, but is also capable of great seriousness, as in his discussions with Sorenson.

Most alien planets visited by the Doctor, particularly during the sixties and seventies, bore a curious resemblance to a quarry, probably because that is where the serials were often filmed. With "Planet of Evil", however, the set designers appear to have used a bit more imagination. Zeta Minor looks genuinely exotic, a world of jungles full of curious plants. The antimatter monster is similarly imaginative. He (or she, or it) is no mechanical marvel like the Daleks or a flesh-and- blood creature like the Ice Warriors but a shapeless being, sometimes invisible and otherwise seen only as a series of red outlines. It is touches like these, combined with the depth of characterisation, which make "Planet of Evil" one of the more original, thought-provoking adventures in the series.

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