Doctor Who: Season 8, Episode 21

The Dæmons: Episode One (22 May 1971)

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The Master raises the Devil. The Doctor becomes a wizard.

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For 200 years the secret of Devil's End village has lain dormant, as the burial mound, the so-called Devil's Hump, has remained sealed. Until now, at midnight on April 30th on the greatest occult festival of the year, as Professor Horner prepares to break it open. But just what evil treasures lie buried there? Will the local white witch's warnings of doom and destruction be fulfilled? Who or what is the mighty Azal? But even more disturbing for the Doctor and Jo, just how is the Reverend Magister, alias the infamous Master, involved in the mystery? Written by Anonymous

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Barry Letts hoped to expose more of the private lives of the UNIT team in this story, hence Yates and Benton appearing out of uniform. To this end, Terrance Dicks suggested including the Brigadier's wife, whom he proposed might be called Fiona. Nicholas Courtney was not in favour of this, however, and it was not included in the scripts. See more »

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Brig. Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart: Jenkins... chap with wings, there. Five rounds rapid.
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Magic!
28 September 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

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This story begins with an absolutely fantastic episode which is Doctor Who at its very best. The atmospheric, eerie goings on and brilliantly believable characterisations exude sheer class. The acting, production values and writing are of the highest standard. This excellence continues as the story continues although the middle part of the story is slightly more variable in a way as there are moments that are not perfectly executed and parts that are less well thought through than the magnificent best aspects of the story. However, there is enough really great stuff going on all the way through to keep every episode at top marks even if some just scrape into that classic category while other episodes are just fabulous in every way. The Doctor and the UNIT team are at their absolute peak with engaging and funny performances all round.

The story involves magic versus science with The Master using black magic incantations to summon an ancient and ultra-powerful being to try to conquer the Earth. There is a sleepy English village, a mysterious barrow, a stone gargoyle coming to life to attack, an enormous cloven-hooved being, a wonderful white witch, an impressively exploding church, a terrific cameo by a cynically gritty but amusing archaeologist and an effete but also realistic TV crew.

Magic is in the air in more ways than one!


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