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The Masque of Mandragora: Part Three 

The Doctor saves Giuliano from Federico's men, then they try to find Sarah, unaware Hieronymous has hypnotised her to kill the Doctor.




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Episode complete credited cast:
Jon Laurimore ...
Anthony Carrick ...
Captain Rossini (as Antony Carrick)
Norman Jones ...
Robert James ...
Brian Ellis ...


The Doctor saves Giuliano from Federico's men, then they try to find Sarah, unaware Hieronymous has hypnotised her to kill the Doctor.

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18 September 1976 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The scripts went through many re-writes. Late additions to this episode included the subplot in which Sarah is hypnotically ordered to kill the Doctor and the Doctor's explaination that Sarah Jane's ability to understand foreign and alien languages is a Time Lord gift he allows her to share. See more »

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Very good pseudo-historical story, overshadowed by the superior quality of the rest of series 14
3 December 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

Review of all 4 episodes:

Portmeirion, the village in North Wales made famous as the setting for TV series The Prisoner here doubles for 15th Century Italy very effectively indeed. The period setting and most production values are very good giving a nice historical context for the adventure. There is good action and dialogue with plenty of humorous moments. Tom Baker and Lis Sladen are on fine form as usual and there are some decent characters in the guest cast. The adventure is good quality and good fun but not as exceptional as the preceding series of stories or the remainder of series 14.

The Doctor and Sarah arrive at a time when the likes of Leonardo Da Vinci are changing the thinking of the world and bringing about 'the Renaissance'. This period is targeted by an alien intelligence, the Mandragora Helix, which uses the TARDIS to take it there. It plans to change the course of history and prevent the renaissance (in which civilisation and science took huge strides forward), keeping humanity in the dark ages of superstition and ignorance. It aims to then dominate them easily and stop them from spreading their civilisation through the galaxy threatening its domain.

Overall this is perfectly successful as a story but is the weakest entry in series 14. That is no shame as it is one of the strongest seasons of all time.

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