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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The colour master videotape of this episode was wiped by the BBC in the 1970s and the BBC only held a 16mm black and white telerecording. A poor quality colour NTSC version taped on a home recorder also existed. The episode remained only in black in white until the 1990s, when the colour signal from the NTSC version and the black and white telerecording were used to create a new colour master on D3 digital tape. The restoration of colour to this serial was considered a major innovation and was featured in Tomorrow's World (1965). In 1992, shortly after its restoration to colour, the serial was repeated by the BBC. See more »


Brig. Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart: Jenkins... chap with wings, there. Five rounds rapid.
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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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