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The Feast of Steven 

The Doctor, Steven and Sara visit a Liverpool police station on Christmas Day and a Hollywood film set during the 1920s.

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Clifford Earl ...
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First Policeman
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Man in Mackintosh
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The Doctor, Steven and Sara visit a Liverpool police station on Christmas Day and a Hollywood film set during the 1920s.

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25 December 1965 (UK)  »

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Donald Tosh and John Wiles would later claim that the scene where the Doctor and his companions celebrate Christmas was not originally in the script, and that either the scene was hastily written by director Douglas Camfield when the episode ran short or that William Hartnell made an unscripted ad lib. However, it appears on Camfield's camera script and it was indeed common practice at the time for BBC shows to have a direct address to camera for a Christmas episode, whilst editing would have allowed for the removal of the line if necessary. See more »

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[first lines]
Sara: Something's gone wrong.
Dr. Who: What's the matter, my dear, hm?
Sara: It's stopped going up and down.
Steven: That's alright, it means we've landed.
Dr. Who: Tut, tut, tut. Dear, dear, dear, dear, dear, yes that scanner's not working.
Sara: Can you mend it?
Dr. Who: Yes I can repair it, of course, which means checking the whole circuit.
Steven: Right let's get started.
Dr. Who: Ah, ah, ah. Don't you dare touch anything.
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Referenced in The End of the Line? (2011) See more »

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The Daleks' Master Plan: Part 7 - Humorous Christmas Special in the middle of a 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 from writers Dennis Spooner and Dalek originator Terry Nation, 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 Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, a series regular), as Bret Vyon. He, along with the regular cast, Kevin Stoney as 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 (Peter Butterworth) from the Doctor's home world! The story even has the shocking deaths of no less than 3 of the Doctor's 'companions'!

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.

My Ratings: Episode 7 - 7/10, all other episodes 10/10


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