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"Doctor Who" The Caves of Androzani: Part One (1984)

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8 March 1984 (Season 21, Episode 17)
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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25 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Michael Gambon was considered for Sharaz Jek and General Chellak.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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.
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A tale of two planets, 25 November 2007
Author: Daniel Kincaid from Canada

"The Caves of Androzani" is a "Doctor Who" serial featuring Peter Davison as the Doctor. The story concerns two neighboring planets, Androzani Minor and Androzani Major. Major is a center of governmental operations, but Minor contains a valuable resource. On Minor there is a war between government and resistance resources that is at a lingering stalemate. The situation is altered when the Doctor and companion Peri land in the TARDIS on Minor.

Peter Davison is in top form as the Doctor, playing the character as knowledgeable with occasional touches of sarcasm. Admittedly I always thought Peri was never an especially good companion for the Doctor. She gets better as the serial progresses, but too often whines, screams or squeals. I would say that her character is the only major detractor of the serial. John Normington is memorable as the cold, brooding capitalist that pulls the strings on Androzani Major. Christopher Gable is also notable as the enigmatic resistance leader Sharaz Jek, a masked character surely inspired by the Phantom of the Opera.

The sets for the dark caves of Androzani are well-made and the effects for space travel are amazingly seamless. The serial has many elements that make it an excellent one: political machinations, gunrunners, androids, minor military conflicts, duplicity, ambiguity and plot twists. Even the brief appearances by a rubber monster that terrorizes random British actors are decent. This is definitely a serial worth seeing for those that enjoy serials from the Peter Davison years.

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