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Desperate Measures 

The Doctor and Ian reach the crashed spaceship and meet up with Barbara and Vicki, where the Doctor uncovers the truth about Koquillion.




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William Russell ...
Jacqueline Hill ...
Maureen O'Brien ...
Tommy Sheridan ...
Space Captain (as Tom Sheridan)


The Doctor and Ian reach the crashed spaceship and meet up with Barbara and Vicki, where the Doctor uncovers the truth about Koquillion.

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9 January 1965 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place on Dido in 2493. See more »


A crew member is visible behind the sand beast as it leaves the tunnel. See more »


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The Rescue Part 2: Rather inconsequential but decent character driven interlude
6 July 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

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This two part story involves the introduction of new companion Vicki and it basically exists purely for that purpose. Its story with a mixture of mystery and monster threat is rather inconsequential but not bad. Its brevity helps it as it does not drag too much.

The strength of this story is that it is character driven and just develops further the already strong relationships between the Doctor, Ian and Barbara and provides them all with nice dialogue which adds to the affection the audience have for them.

The new arrival Vicki is found deserted with her commanding officer Bennett on a planet where they apparently live in fear of the creature Koquillion. The first episode just sets up the character and the second gives a strong introduction to her as a companion for the subsequent adventures.

Not the most interesting of plots and there are some silly moments which let it down but its character development raises it to a decent level.

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