Doctor Who: Season 3, Episode 21

Destruction of Time (29 Jan. 1966)

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With the Daleks poised to invade the solar system, the Doctor decides his only option is to activate the Time Destructor prematurely, threatening the entire planet.

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With the Daleks poised to invade the solar system, the Doctor decides his only option is to activate the Time Destructor prematurely, threatening the entire planet.

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This episode was watched by 8.6 million viewers on its original transmission. See more »

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[first lines]
Mavic Chen: No I am alive and soon will be master of the universe! Perhaps Kingdom, you'd like to lead the way?
Sara: Down there?
Mavic Chen: Of course! I'm certain the Daleks will be delighted to see you.
[Faced with no alternative Steven and Sara make their way towards the cave with Mavic Chen behind them]
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The Daleks' Master Plan: Part 12 - Brilliant epic adventure
19 August 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

Review for all 12 parts:

This is an epic 12 part story beginning with the episode The Nightmare Begins.

This adventure continues the story introduced in the episode Mission To The Unknown and features the Doctor trying to thwart the Daleks evil plans to conquer the solar system. It also features Nicholas Courtney, later to play Lethbridge Stewart a series regular, as Bret Vyon. He, along with the regular cast, Kevin Stoney's villainous Mavic Chen and most other cast, perform superbly. The Daleks too are at their peak in many ways and are great villains for this epic. In addition there are the other interesting alien characters and even the return of the Meddling Monk from the Doctor's home world!

The word epic is absolutely right for this mammoth story and it is incredible how the quality and interest is kept over an unprecedented 12 episodes. The only slight drop in quality being the 7th episode The Feast of Steven which is a Christmas special of a far more light hearted and whimsical kind. To compare that episode and criticise it as a blot on the story is very unfair, you have to take it on its own as a special episode more comparable to the kind of comedy spoof used for charity telethons in later years. On that basis it is successful. The other 11 episodes are brilliant, exciting and well made.

A classic.


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