Doctor Who: Season 21, Episode 13

Planet of Fire: Part One (23 Feb. 1984)

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The Doctor and Turlough arrive on Lanzarote to investigate a signal. Turlough rescues American Student Peri Brown from nearly drowning and discovers she has in her possession a data core ... See full summary »



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The Doctor and Turlough arrive on Lanzarote to investigate a signal. Turlough rescues American Student Peri Brown from nearly drowning and discovers she has in her possession a data core from Turlough's home planet Trion. The Doctor, Turlough and Peri follow the signal to the volcanic planet Sarn, where the natives worship a fire god known as Logar, and where the Doctor learns The Master has accidentally shrunk himself after testing a more lethal version of his tissue compression eliminator and has taken control of Kamelion, using him to find numismaton gas that will restore him to his normal size. Written by Daniel Williamson

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This serial was released by the BBC on video cassette in the UK in September 1998. See more »


Peri is dry by the time Turlough brings her into the TARDIS despite having only just been rescued from drowning in the sea moments earlier. See more »


Malkon: The unbelievers are harmless.
Timanov: Yes, but it's still a wise precaution to send the occasional free-thinker to the flames. Encourages faith in our traditions.
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Featured in Doctor Who Confidential: Desert Storm (2009) See more »

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Not That Hot But Is Engaging
31 January 2014 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Refers To All Four Episodes . Spoilers On the Island of Lanzarote Professor Howard Foster is curious about a metal artifact containing a triangular symbol . A long way away on the Planet of Sarn this symbol has particular significance to those known as " chosen ones "

After the breathless and sometimes brainless Resurrection Of The Daleks this is a definite change of pace and doesn't feel the need to squash 20 billion ideas in to four 25 minute episodes . Plot wise it's no great shakes and features one of DOCTOR WHO's forays in to the realms of the dangers of religion . The lack of a radical premise shouldn't be taken as a criticism because the story's function is to introduce a new companion while getting rid of an old one . So hello Perpugilliam Brown an American botany student who is visual Viagra so any red blooded male member of the audience won't notice or care if Nicola Bryant can act or not and goodbye to ... hmmm that ginger bloke . Actually it's also goodbye to the robotic companion Kamelion but since everyone has forgotten he's existed in the first place it's very debatable if it counts as companion . There's also the need to bring back The Master once a season and nows as good a rime as any to bring him back

JNT loved his " Special guest star " casting and here he indulges it by bringing in well known Hammer scream queen Barbara Shelley and Peter Wyngarde who was a household name as the title character of JASON KING whose acting career was ruined by a visit to a public toilet . As you may imagine the characters are rather stereotypical with people portrayed as bland religious zealots or heretic victims . The cast aren't able to inject much towards the rather one note cyphers but no one is outstandingly bad . One noticeable aspect to the production is that it's obvious - far too obvious - is that the Island resort of Lanzarote doubles for the volcanic planet of Sarn . Why not have a story set in Lanzarote with an alien planet being studio bound and set another story in England cutting to Sarn ? This would be a much more effective contrast

Planet Of Fire isn't exceptional but is one of those consistent and engaging stories that made up the bulk of DOCTOR WHO stories over three decades . An average story from this period also shows how enjoyable the underrated Davison era was and with his finale a dark age for the series was about to begin

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