Doctor Who: Season 7, Episode 12

The Ambassadors of Death: Episode 1 (21 Mar. 1970)

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While the Brigadier investigates a loss of contact with Mars Probe 7, the Doctor realises signals coming from the probe are of extra-terrestrial origin.



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While the Brigadier investigates a loss of contact with Mars Probe 7, the Doctor realises signals coming from the probe are of extra-terrestrial origin.

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This serial was released by the BBC on video cassette in the UK in May 2002. See more »


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The opening credit sequence for all episodes of the story is split into two parts and the episode title is presented in two separate lines, the second "OF DEATH" part being larger and accompanied by a dramatic audio sting. See more »


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Very good, action packed story (Story #53, The Ambassadors of Death)
17 January 2008 | by ( – See all my reviews

"The Ambassadors of Death" doesn't exactly have a bad reputation, just one that isn't particularly inflated. Fans go on and on and on about how great season 7 is but half the time they appear to be speaking strictly of the first two stories, and the one that follows this, "Inferno". I hold the opinion that "The Ambassadors of Death" is a bit of a forgotten gem. It looks great, it's action-packed, it's got a great concept and good writing (despite going through multiple rewrites to accommodate entirely new characters and ideas), and has a wonderful atmosphere which it manages not to lose over its seven episodes.

"The Ambassadors of Death" struck me as only slightly padded as opposed to the well-padded "The Silurians" and (God help us all) the later Pertwee seven and six-parters. In fact, this struck me as a six-parter padded to seven parts as opposed to a four-parter padded to seven parts. Anyway, much of this story only survives in black and white, which is a shame because it lends itself quite well to color. Menacing villains and good model work and, unusually for Doctor Who, a couple of shootouts and chase scenes (the fans annoyed by this are the sort of fans annoyed by the chase in the TV movie, which was also a good bit of fun) make this a fun and always, at least slightly, gripping Doctor Who story.

Oh, but the best was yet to come!

Episode Ratings:

Episode 1: 9/10 Episode 2: 8/10 Episode 3: 8/10 Episode 4: 7/10 Episode 5: 7/10 Episode 6: 7/10 Episode 7: 8/10

Overall: Average amounts to 7.7/10 but I will give this story a good, solid 8 out of 10 stars over its seven episodes

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