Doctor Who: Season 9, Episode 5

The Curse of Peladon: Episode One (29 Jan. 1972)

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The Doctor and Jo arrive on the medieval planet Peladon, where the Doctor is mistaken for the Earth Delegate of the Galactic Federation and Jo is mistaken for a princess. Where the Doctor ... See full summary »

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The Doctor and Jo arrive on the medieval planet Peladon, where the Doctor is mistaken for the Earth Delegate of the Galactic Federation and Jo is mistaken for a princess. Where the Doctor uncovers a conspiracy, as he exposes the evil scheme of the high-priest Hepesh who bids to prevent King Peladon from joining the galactic Federation. Written by Daniel Williamson

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Jo's line about going for a night on the town with Mike Yates was added by Terrance Dicks as an explanation for her outfit. See more »

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Izlyr: [Izlyr has sworn to save the Doctor's life after the Doctor has saved his own, only to discover the Doctor's prison cell empty] It seems that the Doctor has escaped without our help.
Ssorg: Or he has been eliminated...
Izlyr: If that is so, Hepesh and this planet will have much to answer for!
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Rare chance during this era for an adventure on another planet.
29 September 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

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The Doctor and Jo have a rare adventure away from contemporary Earth as The Doctor manages to take the TARDIS on a 'test flight' and they end up on the planet Peladon. The Doctor is mistaken to be the Earth delegate of a committee from the Galactic Federation and is made chairman of the committee. Jo is believed to be an Earth princess. The task for this committee is to assess Peladon's application to join the Galactic Federation. This is all an allegory for the UK's accession to the European Common Market which was a big issue at the time.

A legend of a monster and strange incidents begin to threaten proceedings and there is a mystery surrounding who or what is behind the apparent attempts to stop Peladon from joining the Federation. The other committee members provide varying, interesting alien species. The efforts to create these unusual aliens is to be admired and it is surely the clear inspiration for a very similar scenario in the second episode after Doctor Who returned in 2005 'The End of the World'.

One of the alien delegates, Alpha Centauri, is very annoying and somewhat lacking in credibility but even in this case the effort to make it a very different life form (as they tried valiantly but unsuccessfully in 'The Web Planet') is commendable. The other aliens are interesting and well realised with the Ice Warriors providing a nice twist on previous stories where they featured.

The script is very well written with nice political undertones. There is plenty of fun and action and some very good performances, particularly from previous Doctor Patrick Troughton's son David as King Peladon.


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