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The Creature from the Pit: Part One 

Answering a distress call, the TARDIS lands on Chloris, a planet choked with abundant vegetation. Discovering a gigantic, fragmented eggshell that's the source of the call, the Doctor and ... See full summary »




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Myra Frances ...
Eileen Way ...
David Brierly ...
Voice of K9 (voice)
David Telfer ...
Terry Walsh ...
Morris Barry ...
John Bryans ...
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Answering a distress call, the TARDIS lands on Chloris, a planet choked with abundant vegetation. Discovering a gigantic, fragmented eggshell that's the source of the call, the Doctor and Romana also find themselves under arrest for tramping about in a zone marked for death. Before they can be brought before Lady Adrasta, the matriarchal ruler, for questioning and ceremonious execution, a roving ban of metal-scavenging bandits attack and run off with Romana. Written by Daniel Williamson

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27 October 1979 (UK)  »

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The original script was concerned with Adrasta's attempts to claim the TARDIS for herself. K-9 eventually takes Adrasta away in the TARDIS, returning her - cowed and defeated - at the story's conclusion. Upon initially being thrown into the Pit, the Doctor is attacked by Hellyn, a former member of Adrasta's team of engineers. In the final episode, a battle fleet from Tithonus (later spelt "Tythonus") arrives, threatening to destroy Chloris with a photon missile. Erato and the Doctor travel into space in Erato's ship, and the Tithonian weaves a spacesuit for the Doctor, enabling him to reach the missile and disarm it. See more »


Doctor Who: 'Stands to reason.' Stupid expression. 'Stands to reason.' Why doesn't it 'lie down' to reason? Much easier to reason lying down.
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Featured in Doctor Who: Team Erato (2010) See more »

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Not Written By Nigel Kneale
14 January 2014 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Landing on the Planet Choloris the Doctor and Romana find it's under the rule of the tyrant Lady Adrasta who is obsessed with finding metal resources a scarce commodity on the planet . Feeling her wrath the Doctor plunges in to an underground cavern that hosts a mythical creature

This story sees the last contribution to the show of director Christopher Barry and unfortunately for someone whose resume on the programme stretches all the way back to the Dalek debut it's a very poor story to bow out on . It's obvious that the location filming of Destiny Of The Daleks and especially City Of Death has come close to bankrupting the rest of the season meaning the other stories have a painfully cheap and cheerless look to them . This was evident at the time of the broadcast and since then we're used to seeing Hollywood blockbuster production values in Nuwho which means watching Creature From The Pit in 2014 compounds the cheap budget that it was obviously awarded . You could easily recreate this tale by putting some plant pots in your living room and no one would be able to tell the difference

I remember looking forward to this tale the week before it was broadcast simply down to its title which conjured up images of Nigel Kneale inspired horror with the Doctor literally and metaphorically fighting against the military and bureaucrats warning them of an ancient dormant danger threatening to come back to life . No such luck as the suffering audience are subjected to a banal and clichéd pulpish tale of an oppressive regime holding captive a giant blob which despite its appearance is rather benign and misunderstood

That said the four episodes are never embarrassing in the way the Colin Baker , Sylvester McCoy or the Moffat eras could be embarrassing . It's just the cheap production values , seen it all before usually better and lacklustre approach indicative of the Williams producership makes for four episodes of very banal and forgettable television

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