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Ghost Light: Part Three 

The Doctor attempts to convince Light to put an end to Smith's schemes but instead Light aims to put an end to Earth's evolution.




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The Doctor attempts to convince Light to put an end to Smith's schemes but instead Light aims to put an end to Earth's evolution.

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18 October 1989 (UK)  »

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The last recorded scene of the story (and Doctor Who (1963) as a whole) was the final scene between Mrs Pritchard and Gwendoline. See more »


The Doctor: Who was it said Earthmen never invite their ancestors round to dinner?
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References The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) See more »


Incidental Music (1989)
Written and Performed by Mark Ayres
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Falls apart a bit.

Doctor Who: Ghost Light: Part Three starts as a powerful alien being known as Light (John Hallam) takes the form of a human being, it turns out that Light originally came to Earth centuries ago to compile a complete catalogue of every species he found there. The Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) explain the basic principal of evolution to Light who is rather upset to learn that his catalogue of Earth species is now useless, frustrated & angry Light decides to end all evolution on Earth by destroying Earth with a firestorm program. Meanwhile the Doctor also discovers that Josiah (Ian Hogg) plan's to assassinate Queen Victoria & take charge of the British Empire. Can the Doctor stop Light from destroying the Earth & Josiah from assassinating Queen Victoria & changing history?

Episode 7 from season 26 this Doctor Who adventure originally aired here in the UK during October 1989, directed by Alan Wareing my worst fears have come true & after two intriguing parts Ghost Light falls apart during this episode. The script here really lets down it's initial interesting premise, there were many oddball & bizarre scenes during the first two episodes which have gone completely unexplained like the Reverend turning into a monkey, the stuffed animal heads with glowing eyes including a rocking horse, all the dead insects coming back to life for no apparent reason, why that snuff box was radioactive, why those three people in the attic during Part Two had bedsheets over them, who the maids were & several other ideas that simply never come to anything. There is also one huge gaping plot hole which is simply absurd, we learn that Josiah intends to use Redvers to assassinate Queen Victoria which in itself is alright but he then claims that he will take over the throne & rule the British Empire. Right lets just think about that logically for a moment, what makes Josiah think by assassinating Queen Victoria he would then automatically become ruler of the British Empire? The fact is the next person in line to the throne would have & it's as simple & straight forward as that, no argument. When originally broadcast here in the UK the broadsheet newspaper The Independent called Ghost Light the best Doctor Who story in a decade, I'm not sure about that but it's alright & certainly something a bit different even if it leaves you feeling a little unfulfilled & confused when the end credits to Part Three start to roll.

Ghost Light was the last classic Doctor Who story produced in the UK by the BBC, apparently the very last shot filmed was the scene when Mrs. Pritchard & her daughter Gwendoline are turned to stone. This is maybe the only Doctor Who story which features a severed human arm after Light 'dismantled' one of the maids to see how she worked! Ghost Light hasn't been an effects heavy story so there's not much to worry about on that front. Ghost Light has been confusing, different, odd & at times very original but there's not much here to scare you & the token monsters don't feature all that much.

Ghost Light: Part Three is a disappointing end to what could have been a stand out Doctor Who story during the show's final season, unfortunately a huge gaping plot hole that is laughable when you actually think about it & lots of wasted potential prevent that. Overall I will give Ghost Light a still above average six stars out of ten across it's three episodes.

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