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The Invisible Enemy: Part One 

"Contact has been made!" A relief crew en route to Titan in 5000 AD unwarily pick up hitchhikers that change them. Shortly thereafter the Doctor, passing through the same point in space, is... See full summary »

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"Contact has been made!" A relief crew en route to Titan in 5000 AD unwarily pick up hitchhikers that change them. Shortly thereafter the Doctor, passing through the same point in space, is hitchhiked as well, but not Leela - a reject who must die. Written by statmanjeff

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1 October 1977 (UK)  »

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This marks the return of the traditional white console room, albeit with smaller & thinner roundels. See more »

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Leela: We've never been in here before.
Doctor Who: [correcting] *You've* never been in here before.
Leela: What is it?
Doctor Who: Number two control room, been closed for redecoration. I don't like the colour.
Leela: White isn't a colour.
Doctor Who: That's the trouble with computers, always think in black and white. No aquamarines, no blues
[the Doctor leans in close to the console]
Doctor Who: no imagination!
[the TARDIS's time rotor switches off]
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Referenced in Doctor Who: School Reunion (2006) See more »

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What is visible is the huge drop in quality in this story compared to the previous 3 years. Episodes 3 and 4 are just silly.
12 January 2015 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

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This story is clearly a change in general direction for the series and not a good one. The first part is not bad but is clearly the start of the humour based and rather more childish, lightweight story writing that was forced upon the series by bosses. Part 1 falls into what I would term as the category 'quite fun and enjoyable but not at all outstanding by Doctor Who's very high standards': 7.5/10. Part 2 is in the category of 'OK but a bit disappointing by Doctor Who standards': 7/10. Part 3 then falls quite a lot further down into the category of 'embarrassingly silly and very disappointing by Doctor Who standards': 4.5/10 and Part 4 is almost as bad but not quite as painful as Part 3: 5/10.

The story is a space adventure in which the TARDIS is infiltrated by 'the swarm', an alien intelligence that wishes to spread itself across the universe. The arrival of K-9, the robot dog who becomes The Doctor's companion is notable but the silly and badly carried out idea of cloning and shrinking The Doctor and Leela to fight the virus inside The Doctor's body (an idea re-used to rather better standards in 'Inside the Dalek' in 2014) and the simply awful and embarrassing giant shrimp-like swarm nucleus are real low points. The script and every aspect of Parts 3 and 4 of this story are very poor compared to the series usual expectations. All the more shocking to have this following more than three years of such amazing high quality.


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