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Black Orchid: Part Two 

Ann escapes her Harlequin-clad abductor but it's The Doctor whom she accuses. Strangled bodies mount and The Doctor is arrested along with "accessories" Tegan, Nyssa and Adric. Will Lady Cranleigh's secret come out?

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Ann escapes her Harlequin-clad abductor but it's The Doctor whom she accuses. Strangled bodies mount and The Doctor is arrested along with "accessories" Tegan, Nyssa and Adric. Will Lady Cranleigh's secret come out?

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2 March 1982 (UK)  »

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This episode was watched by 10.1 million viewers on its original transmission. See more »

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Police call boxes did not exist in the 1920s, so the policeman at the railway station shouldn't have recognized it. See more »

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The Doctor: Miss Tolbert.
Ann Tolbert: Yes.
The Doctor: Why?
Ann Tolbert: Why what?
The Doctor: Why would I attack you? Have you done me any harm?
Ann Tolbert: No!
The Doctor: No. Then I've no reason to harm you. And besides...
Sir Robert Muir: Besides what?
The Doctor: It wouldn't be cricket.
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The attack of PG Wodehouse?
27 August 2015 | by (Swansea, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Harlequin has grabbed Anne and murdered a butler, as Anne faints. Lady Cranleigh discovers the Doctor, who explains he's found a body, the miscreant returns the Halrequin costume which the Doctor wears. Anne is kept by a badly disfigured man. Naturally the Doctor is blamed after Anne breaks out and accuses him. The Police are called in, and the Doctor's appearance at Cranleigh is deemed to be suspicious. The disfigured man is being held down by Latoni, but breaks free and starts a fire.

It's nice to see Tegan display a slightly softer side of her character, she even smiles a few times, Janet seems to have had fun in the making.

This episode gets pretty mixed reviews, but I quite enjoyed it, I love the fact that it's so different, particularly from anything in the 80's. It's the oddball of the season, as there's no reason sci fi element at all, but Part 2 is down on the opener, it is a little bit more farcical. The Police entering the TARDIS could have been in the Two Ronnies.

Sutton is really over the top in parts in character of Anne, she is much better as the subtle Nyssa.

Part 1 is very good, Part 2 is a little off the pace, but enjoyable enough.


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