Doctor Who: Season 7, Episode 17

The Ambassadors of Death: Episode 6 (25 Apr. 1970)

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The Doctor speaks with the alien captain and learns the astronauts sent to Earth were ambassadors.However, before he can alert the authorities he is kidnapped by Reegan.



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Episode cast overview:
Ronald Allen ...
John Abineri ...
William Dysart ...
Peter Noel Cook ...
Alien Space Captain
Peter Halliday ...
Alien's Voice (voice)
Ric Felgate ...
Van Lyden
Steve Peters ...
Neville Simons ...
Joanna Ross ...
Control Room Assistant
Carl Conway ...
Control Room Assistant


The Doctor speaks with the alien captain and learns the astronauts sent to Earth were ambassadors.However, before he can alert the authorities he is kidnapped by Reegan.

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[first lines]
Control Room Assistant: Large unidentified object converting with Mars Probe 7 on collision course. Estimated speed seven thousand miles per hour, but decreasing.
Prof. Ralph Cornish: Doctor, a large unidentified object is approaching you on collision course. Take evasive action.
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Featured in Mars Probe 7: Making the Ambassadors of Death (2012) See more »

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Appearances can be deceptive.
21 September 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

Review of all 7 episodes:

This story begins intriguingly with UNIT and The Doctor helping to look into space missions which have run into trouble. The first two episodes are extremely well done with interest provided by missing astronauts, mysterious goings on and good adult science fiction writing. The performances are good and there is plenty going on. Episodes 3 to 6 though are far less interesting or impressive. Partly this is due to stretching the story over 7 episodes without enough ideas or material to sustain it. Largely however it is due to plotting which just loses its way. It does not all make sense and it lacks the high standards set in the first two parts. It is still decent but much more run of the mill than the start of the story. The final segment of the story picks up more interest as it brings matters to conclusion but is still not quite as good as Episodes 1 and 2.

There are themes in this story to do with judging by appearances and racism/xenophobia in this story but more could have been done in many ways in the middle part of this adventure.

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