Doctor Who: Season 7, Episode 24

Inferno: Episode 6 (13 Jun. 1970)

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With the parallel earth doomed, the Doctor asks his friends' counterparts to help him return to his own world but the Brigade Leader only sees the TARDIS as a means of escape.


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With the parallel earth doomed, the Doctor asks his friends' counterparts to help him return to his own world but the Brigade Leader only sees the TARDIS as a means of escape.

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Inferno has a tremendous reputation and I can see why, it is fabulous in many ways. However, the element of the plot where people touch a substance emanating from beneath the Earth's crust and turn into werewolf-like creatures known as 'primords' is a pointless and silly addition not necessary at all for the plot. I feel that if this had been a couple of episodes shorter with the primord subplot cut out this adventure would reach true top level classic standards. At the full 7 episodes and with the plot hampered rather than furthered by the primords there are episodes which are held back from reaching their fullest potential. The majority of this 7 parter is true classic level though and even those episodes which are below that standard are still very good.

Apart from the silly subplot the brilliance of the story shines through. Particularly in the famous portion of the story which involves as alternative reality with fascist versions of the Brigadier, Liz and other main characters. This highly entertaining aspect of the story brings out fantastic performances from Nicholas Courtney, Caroline John and John Levene. When this alternative reality is brought in the story reaches its magnificent best. There are great guest characters and realistic performances throughout the story and a nice gritty, adult feel with intelligent scripting and a fine turn by Pertwee.

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