Doctor Who: Season 14, Episode 4

The Masque of Mandragora: Part Four (25 Sep. 1976)

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With Mandragora having taken complete control of the brethren, the Doctor tries to find a way to drain off the Mandragora energy on Earth before it wipes out the guests at Giuliano's masque.

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With Mandragora having taken complete control of the brethren, the Doctor tries to find a way to drain off the Mandragora energy on Earth before it wipes out the guests at Giuliano's masque.

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An episode of the CBBC spin-off series the Sarah Jane Adventures entitled The Sarah Jane Adventures: Secrets of the Stars: Part 1 (2008) was originally intended to be a sequel to "Masque of Mandragora." But, most likely because of Big Finish Audio's already existing sequel, the references to Mandragora were all eliminated. 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

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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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