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The Tyrant of France 

The Doctor is forced into a meeting with Robespierre while Barbara's attempts to find a physician for Susan result in them being betrayed.

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The Doctor is forced into a meeting with Robespierre while Barbara's attempts to find a physician for Susan result in them being betrayed.

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29 August 1964 (UK)  »

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This episode was watched by 6.4 million viewers on its original transmission. See more »

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Robespierre: We in Paris are aware of the danger, Citizen. We live in troubled times. There is much, much work to be done, work that is constantly delayed by the need to ferret out the traitors that we harbor in our midst...
Dr. Who: Is there really such a need, Citizen Robespierre? Hmm? I mean, what can this Reign Of Terror possibly gain? For every opponent you put to the guillotine, two more will spring up!
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Referenced in Don't Lose Your Head (2012) See more »

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The Reign of Terror: Episode 4 - 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 an excellent and thoroughly entertaining story.

This finishes the first season in the same superbly high standard that it began. The writing of most of the 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. 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 1, 4, 5 and 6 are 10/10 top standard. Episodes 2 and 3, though still a very good 8.5/10 are not quite 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 standard story.


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