Doctor Who: Season 3, Episode 20

The Abandoned Planet (22 Jan. 1966)

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The Doctor, Steven and Sara reach Kembel where they find the Daleks have betrayed their allies and imprisoned them.

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The Doctor, Steven and Sara reach Kembel where they find the Daleks have betrayed their allies and imprisoned them.

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This episode takes place on Kembel in 4000. See more »

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[first lines]
Sara: [the Doctor has just wired in the Meddling Monk's directorial circuit which hopefully would take them back to the planet Kembel] I thought that you said that it was finished.
Dr. Who: Yes my dear, I've finished but...
Steven: Oh, come on, Doctor, we haven't got time for "buts". This is our only hope!
Dr. Who: You realize my boy we're taking a terrible chance.
Steven: You can save your breath. We've got to try it!
Dr. Who: Very well. Pull the main switch!
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The Daleks' Master Plan: Part 11 - 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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