Ian finds himself held prisoner by the treacherous Leon while the Doctor attempts to engineer Susan and Barbara's escape.





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Ian finds himself held prisoner by the treacherous Leon while the Doctor attempts to engineer Susan and Barbara's escape.

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5 September 1964 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Although a copy of this episode had also been held in Cyprus, it was destroyed in the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus. See more »


Ian Chesterton: Barbara! We thought you'd been arrested!
Barbara Wright: Yes, we were. But when we got to the prison, the Doctor was there.
Ian Chesterton: What!
Barbara Wright: Yes, he's dressed up as if he was running the revolution! From what I could gather, half the people there take orders from him!
Ian Chesterton: That sounds like the Doctor, alright.
Jules Renan: The Doctor? You mean Susan's grandfather?
Barbara Wright: Yes, that's right.
Ian Chesterton: And where's Susan?
Barbara Wright: Oh, she'll be along later with him. I just walked out.
Ian Chesterton: Walked out? But...
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Referenced in Dennis Spooner: Wanna Write a Television Series? (2009) See more »

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The Reign of Terror: Episode 5 - Excellent French Revolution Adventure
5 July 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

Review for all 6 episodes:

This pure historical adventure beginning with A Land of Fear and continuing for 6 episodes takes place in the French Revolution. It is overall an excellent and thoroughly entertaining story.

This finishes the first season in the same superbly high standard that it began. The writing of the whole first series is brilliant and the scripts and story here maintain that brilliance. The Doctor, Ian and Barbara also maintain their fantastic characterisation and acting quality. Hartnell as the Doctor in particular is tremendous, especially in his meeting with Robespierre in Episode 4. The final 3 episodes are particularly strong and thankfully there are animated reconstructions available with the original audio to preserve episodes 4 and 5. Episodes 2 and 3 are the weakest, though still very good they are not as excellent as the rest of the story. Susan's character is annoying at times in this story and is a sad shadow of the promise of An Unearthly Child.

Overall very high standards though not as good as Marco Polo or The Aztecs.

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