Doctor Who: Season 21, Episode 17

The Caves of Androzani: Part One (8 Mar. 1984)

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The Doctor and Peri get involved with drug running after landing on the twin planet of Androzani Minor and getting arrested as gun runners and targeted for execution. Not before Peri stumbles into some highly toxic and lethal plant life.

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After landing on the planet Androzani Minor, the Doctor and Peri develop lethal spectrox toxaemia poisoning. As the two search for a cure before it is too late, they become enmeshed in a decades-old feud between the disfigured roboticist Sharaz Jek and businessman Morgus. Jek falls in love with Peri, but the situation only degenerates when the girl refuses his affections. Between threats from mire beasts and gun runners, it quickly becomes apparent that the Doctor will never find a cure in time to save both himself and his companion. Written by Anonymous

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In 2009, The Caves of Androzani was voted the greatest Doctor Who (1963) story ever in a poll by Doctor Who Magazine out of 200 episodes. See more »

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In the first episode of "The Caves of Androzani", when Peri, falls off screen, the mattress she lands on causes her to bounce back into the shot briefly. See more »

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The Doctor: [the Doctor and Peri are waiting in a prison cell to be executed] I'm sorry I got you in to this Peri.
Peri: It's alright. It's not your fault. I mean it's as much my fault as it is yours.
The Doctor: Yes. Should never have followed those tracks. Curiosity's always been my downfall.
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Davison goes out with a bang
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THE CAVES OF ANDROZANI was the final Dr Who outing for Peter Davison, and I can't say I was sorry to see him go. Davison was a nice enough chap but as a whole his adventures were rather lacklustre and today feel more dated than the earlier ones with Pertwee and Baker. Still, at least he went out on a high, as this is one of his better outings. It's full of atmosphere at the very least.

The storyline sees the Doctor and Peri (who thankfully spends most of the running time either off-screen or knocked out) landing on a mining planet where they discover a sinister figure known as Sharaz Jek is pulling the strings behind the scenes and provoking a war between rival human factions. Inevitably the Doctor is drawn into the mess, with Davison being put through his paces more than anywhere else.

THE CAVES OF ANDROZANI has plenty of stuff to keep it moving, even if the token presence of androids and monsters seems to be thrown in to keep the kids or sci-fi fans occupied. That the villain manages to be imposing while looking like the gimp from PULP FICTION is no mean feat, and Davison gives his best performance as a man on the edge. It's a little dark and dreary overall, but I don't think that's a bad thing; it helps to make CAVES a memorable adventure.


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