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The Invisible Enemy: Part Three 

The medical center mounts a defense against alien forces trying to take the comatose Doctor while clones of Leela and the Doctor go microscopic so they can hunt down the intelligent infection that's in his head.

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Nucleus / K9 (voice)
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Elizabeth Norman ...
Marius' Nurse
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The medical center mounts a defense against alien forces trying to take the comatose Doctor while clones of Leela and the Doctor go microscopic so they can hunt down the intelligent infection that's in his head.

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15 October 1977 (UK)  »

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Tom Baker found the confrontation with Nucleus difficult to film, due to the creature's design unfortunately resembling a prawn. He would break character by laughing, even singing 'Prawn Free'. At one point, he blurted out, "How am I supposed to act to a fucking prawn?" See more »

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Leela: [as a bright light noisily shoots past them in the Doctor's head] What was that?
Doctor Who: Ah, just a passing thought.
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What is visible is the huge drop in quality in this story compared to the previous 3 years. Episodes 3 and 4 are just silly.
12 January 2015 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

Review of all 4 episodes:

This story is clearly a change in general direction for the series and not a good one. The first part is not bad but is clearly the start of the humour based and rather more childish, lightweight story writing that was forced upon the series by bosses. Part 1 falls into what I would term as the category 'quite fun and enjoyable but not at all outstanding by Doctor Who's very high standards': 7.5/10. Part 2 is in the category of 'OK but a bit disappointing by Doctor Who standards': 7/10. Part 3 then falls quite a lot further down into the category of 'embarrassingly silly and very disappointing by Doctor Who standards': 4.5/10 and Part 4 is almost as bad but not quite as painful as Part 3: 5/10.

The story is a space adventure in which the TARDIS is infiltrated by 'the swarm', an alien intelligence that wishes to spread itself across the universe. The arrival of K-9, the robot dog who becomes The Doctor's companion is notable but the silly and badly carried out idea of cloning and shrinking The Doctor and Leela to fight the virus inside The Doctor's body (an idea re-used to rather better standards in 'Inside the Dalek' in 2014) and the simply awful and embarrassing giant shrimp-like swarm nucleus are real low points. The script and every aspect of Parts 3 and 4 of this story are very poor compared to the series usual expectations. All the more shocking to have this following more than three years of such amazing high quality.


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