Doctor Who: Season 9, Episode 7

The Curse of Peladon: Episode Three (12 Feb. 1972)

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The Doctor is sentenced to fight Grun to the death and his attempt to escape leads to an encounter with Aggedor.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Katy Manning ...
David Troughton ...
Geoffrey Toone ...
Alan Bennion ...
Sonny Caldinez ...
Stuart Fell ...
Ysanne Churchman ...
Alpha Centauri (voice)
Murray Grumbar ...
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Grun (as Gordon St Clair)


The Doctor is sentenced to fight Grun to the death and his attempt to escape leads to an encounter with Aggedor.

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Great story, great episode.

Doctor Who: The Curse of Peladon: Episode Three starts as the Doctor (Jon Pertwee) is sentenced to death for the sacrilege of the inner holy temple of Aggedor, Jo (Katy Manning) begs King Peladon (David Troughton) to help the Doctor & he uses an ancient law to instead allow the Doctor a fight to the death with Grun (Gordon St. Clair) the King's champion. High Priest Hepesh (Geoffrey Toone) assists the Doctor in escaping but this is yet another scheme to implicate the Doctor as a criminal & to have him put to death, however King Peladon resists & the sentence of armed combat to the death is to be carried out immediately...

Episode 7 from season 9 this Doctor Who adventure originally aired here in the UK during February 1972, directed by Lennie Mayne The Curse of Peladon is yet another fine example of how great Doctor Who could be & often was during the 70's. The script by Brian Hayles has had some good intrigue & mystery in it but I think the revealing of Hepesh as the bad guy came a little too soon. It is also nice to see both the Doctor's & the viewers perception of the Ice Warriors turned on it's head & actually have them as the good guy's this time around & having them as reformed character's. The fact that the Doctor initially thought that they were behind all the violence & sabotage is another clear nod towards Britain joining the European Community & basic racism on his part for want of a better word. The for & against arguments are quite well balanced out here & there's a good exchange of dialogue between the Doctor & Hepesh as they argue their respective cases for Peladon joining the Galactic Federaton & the opposite. There is a twist in Episode Three as another character is shown to have sinister motives but it's not really that hard to see coming & feels a little bit tacked on.

This episode sees a great fight at the end between the Doctor & Grun, shot on 16mm film meaning the camera angles can be more imaginative it is very well choreographed & looks very cinematic although it's sometimes a bit too obvious that it's a stuntman & not Pertwee. They fight with axes, spears & swords in a fairly lengthy fight as they roll around & generally mess about in a scene that looks like it was fun to shoot & is definitely fun to watch. This sequence also feels reminiscent of Roman gladiatorial combat which is in keeping with the whole ancient Roman design & feel of Peladon. The acting has been fine here, the main guest star of note is David Troughton who plays King Peladon since his father Patrick Troughton played the second Doctor prior to Pertwee taking over the role.

The Curse of Peladon: Episode Three is easily as good as the previous two with plenty going on including a great gladiatorial fight scene. A must for fans, well worth watching.

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