Doctor Who: Season 21, Episode 17

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

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Family
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.6/10 from 252 users  
Reviews: 5 user | 1 critic

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.



0Check in

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Instant Video


IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 242 titles
created 11 Aug 2013
list image
a list of 300 titles
created 10 Dec 2013
a list of 30 titles
created 29 Jun 2014
list image
a list of 30 titles
created 10 months ago
list image
a list of 25 titles
created 6 months ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Caves of Androzani: Part One (08 Mar 1984)

The Caves of Androzani: Part One (08 Mar 1984) on IMDb 8.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Doctor Who.
« Previous Episode | 619 of 695 Episodes | Next Episode »


1 video »


Episode complete credited cast:
Christopher Gable ...
John Normington ...
Martin Cochrane ...
Roy Holder ...
Barbara Kinghorn ...
David Neal ...


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

celery | See All (1) »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

8 March 1984 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


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.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Davison goes out with a bang
10 April 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Review of the Complete Story:

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.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Titles of stories/episodes with Doctor Who in them? Dr Wily
Worst Serial From Each Classic Doctor kelzan
Best serial from each classic Doctor? duffman11321
100 things you can learn from classic Who michaellevenson1
Revisiting the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie timmdoolen
Who is your favourite Doctor? Morbius_Fitzgerald
Discuss The Caves of Androzani: Part One (1984) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: