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The King's Demons: Part One 

In 1215 at the castle of Ranulf Fitzwilliam, son Hugh is jousting on a matter of honor against Sir Gillis Estram, the champion of King John, when the TARDIS appears. The Doctor, Turlough ... See full summary »




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Gerald Flood ...
The King
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In 1215 at the castle of Ranulf Fitzwilliam, son Hugh is jousting on a matter of honor against Sir Gillis Estram, the champion of King John, when the TARDIS appears. The Doctor, Turlough and Tegan are immediately hailed as demons and welcomed warmly by the King. Something is wrong with this picture, observes the Doctor. Written by statmanjeff

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15 March 1983 (UK)  »

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The cameo role of Isabella was first offered to Eleanor Bron. See more »


Isabella: Can you not help us?
Turlough: I wish I could.
Hugh: Can you not call on Hell?
Turlough: I could, but then so could you, with a better chance of success, I fancy.
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Flat Ending To A Flat Season
31 January 2014 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Refers To Both Episodes . Spoilers

Arriving at the court of King John in 13th Century England the Tardis crew are mistaken for demons but still welcomed by the King . Finding out the date The Doctor concludes that the real King John would be in London and this king is an impostor

It's impossible to watch this in hindsight and not be reminded of another medieval show from 1983 called THE BLACK ADDER . At least that show was funny as well as being a bit silly . Here however the silliness negates any drama from a threadbare plot and while Jon Pertwee would be at home during a swordfight Peter Davison seems ill at ease when it comes to action . Sitting through season 20 of the show you just know The Master is going to make an appearance at some point and here he does . The Master of course spent the Pertwee era in league with Daleks , Sea Devils etc in trying to rule the Earth or become master of the universe . Here The Master plan revolves around stealing The Magna Carter ! Let me get this straight: a megalomaniac who has tried to exterminate or enslave billions of sentient beings throughout time and space has decided to steal something of almost zero significance . It's a bit like Bin Laden declaring war against Western civilisation by sending out a bit of hate mail to George W Bush

In its defence it's disposable mid season nonsense and Season 20 was supposed to end with a four part Dalek story but an industrial dispute meant that story was cancelled at the last moment hence we have this lacklustre story closing a distinctly mediocre season of DOCTOR WHO . Even so one would have thought the story might have been broadcast earlier in the year and Enlightenment should have been a more natural close to the 1983 series

The Kings Demons also features a new companion in the shape of Kamelion which was a genuine robot not operated by an actor and was supposed to be a new companion but was too complicated to operate to make this viable so didn't make an appearance until the following year's Planet Of Fire where he was quickly written out of the show . This lack of foresight by JNT was becoming indicative and would become more and more pronounced . That said Kamelion could change physical shape so you could see the character being constantly used as a lazy plot device so perhaps it was best that he disappeared as quickly as he arrived

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