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

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Doctor Who: Season 21: Episode 17 -- The Doctor and Peri contract a fatal disease on Androzani Minor and must search for the one known cure.


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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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It was rumoured by the fan press that the story would be called "The Doctor's Wife". This was how John Nathan-Turner had listed the adventure on his planning board, in order to substantiate his long-held suspicion that somebody in the production office was leaking information about upcoming stories.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When the TARDIS lands on Androzani Minor, mountains can be seen in the background (superimposed). When the camera angle changes (though not very greatly) they vanish from the horizon, and reappear again when it switches back to the original angle.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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Davison goes out with a bang, 10 April 2015
Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom

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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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