Doctor Who: Season 14, Episode 2

The Masque of Mandragora: Part Two (11 Sep. 1976)

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The Doctor rushes to rescue Sarah from the Brethren of Demnos while Mandragora tries to bring them under its control.

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The Doctor rushes to rescue Sarah from the Brethren of Demnos while Mandragora tries to bring them under its control.

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This episode takes place in San Martino, Italy in 1492. See more »

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Dialogue in this episode reiterates the 19th-century myth (popularised by Washington Irving) that the majority of medieval people believed that the Earth was flat: a concept that had in fact been superseded even in Ancient Greece. See more »

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Classic Tom Baker Doctor Who.

Doctor Who: The Masque of Mandragora: Part 2 starts as the Doctor (Tom Baker) manages to escape execution & flee into the catacombs & tunnels beneath San Martino where he luckily comes across Sarah (Elisabeth Sladen) about to be sacrificed by the Cult of Demnos to their god & manages to save her as the Mandragora energy ball enters the brotherhood's tomb & makes itself known. The Doctor & Sarah are then captured by Giuliano's (Gareth Armstrong) guards & taken to him, as a man of science Giuliano is intrigued by the Doctor & is prone to believe what he says. Back at the brotherhood of Demnos the Mandragora energy speaks to the evil Hieronymous (Norman Jones) & promises together they can take over the world. The Doctor realises that what the Mandragora wants is to use 15th century superstition to invade & take control of the world unless he can stop it...

Episode 2 from season 14 this Doctor Who adventure originally aired here in the UK during September 1976, directed by Rodney Bennett I think this story has lost a bit of momentum since Part 1 but is still more than watchable. The script by Louis Marks has gone a bit dull, the first episode was bright & interesting but this one hasn't had that same feel about it. The Mandragora energy ball starts to talk in perfect English & some of it's menace & mystery is definitely taken away while not that much actually happens. In fact the episode begins with the Doctor & Sarah in the catacombs & ends with both of them there not having done a whole lot in between apart from talk to Giuliano. The resolution to the cliffhanger ending isn't that great either, the Doctor just luckily stumbles across Sarah & takes her from the sacrificial altar in front of all the Demnos worshippers, one of them is literally standing over here, without any of them noticing for what seems like ages! The political angle about Count Fedirico wanting to assassinate Giuliano isn't really going anywhere & feel superfluous to requirements although some of the dialogue remains amusing like Giuliano's insistence to Sarah that the Earth isn't flat but a sphere! Still a decent episode though & a worthwhile way to pass 25 minutes.

The production design on this one has been impressive & the special effects kept to a minimum. The costumes are good but what on Earth is Sarah wearing? The boots are OK but why that horrible dress? The Masque of Mandragora was in fact Elisabeth Sladen's penultimate Doctor Who & she would leave the show during the next story The Hand of Fear (1976).

The Masque of Mandragora: Part 2 is a good episode & obviously part of a larger story but I must admit I didn't quite like it as much as Part 1 as an individual episode in it's own right.


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