Doctor Who: Season 1, Episode 40

The Tyrant of France (29 Aug. 1964)

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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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William Russell ...
Jacqueline Hill ...
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John Barrard ...
Shopkeeper
Jack Cunningham ...
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James Cairncross ...
Keith Anderson ...
Caroline Hunt ...
Edward Brayshaw ...
Donald Morley ...
Roy Herrick ...
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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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Due to the BBC's policy of junking episodes in the 1970s, this episode no longer exists in the archives. Several clips survive in the form of an 8mm home movie reel shot off a television set. They are: two seconds of The Doctor in Robespierre's office; three seconds of Ian talking in Jules' house just after his planned escape; one second of Ian talking the following morning, hoping he can trust the physician; one second of Susan lying down in the physician's surgery; and three seconds of Susan looking worried as Barbara tries to open the surgery door. These clips are included on the "Doctor Who: Lost in Time" DVD box set released in 2004. See more »

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Jailer: But I keep telling ya, he's just left to see Citizen Robespierre. Are you sure it's so urgent? Well, what is it about?
Shopkeeper: I want to give him this.
[holds up the Doctor's ring]
Jailer: What is it
Shopkeeper: Evidence against a traitor!
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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 adventure beginning with A Land of Fear and continuing for 6 episodes takes place in the French Revolution. It is overall an excellent and thoroughly entertaining story.

This finishes the first season in the same superbly high standard that it began. The writing of the whole 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, especially in his meeting with Robespierre in Episode 4. The final 3 episodes are probably the best and thankfully there are animated reconstructions available with the original audio to preserve episodes 4 and 5. Episode 2 is probably the weakest, though not a bad episode it is not as good as the rest of the story. Susan's character is particularly annoying at times in this story and is a sad shadow of the promise of An Unearthly Child.

Overall very high standards though not as good as Marco Polo or The Aztecs.


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