Doctor Who: Season 23, Episode 3

The Trial of a Time Lord: Part Three (20 Sep. 1986)

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The Doctor escapes to rejoin Peri on the surface but shortly becomes the prisoner of a surface-dwelling tribe called The Free. Ravalox isn't Ravalox after all, but before the Doctor can ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Lynda Bellingham ...
Joan Sims ...
Tony Selby ...
Roger Brierley ...
Drathro (voice)
David Rodigan ...
Broken Tooth
Adam Blackwood ...
Billy McColl ...
Sion Tudor Owen ...
Timothy Walker ...


The Doctor escapes to rejoin Peri on the surface but shortly becomes the prisoner of a surface-dwelling tribe called The Free. Ravalox isn't Ravalox after all, but before the Doctor can learn much more an irresistible agent from UK Habitat comes to fetch him back. Written by statmanjeff

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The Doctor: The situation is worse than you image.
Peri Brown: [sighs] It always is.
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"Are these unpleasant scenes necessary to your case? I find primitive physical violence distressing." OK Doctor Who.

Doctor Who: The Trial of a Time Lord: Part Three starts as the Doctor (Colin Bkaer) & Peri (Nicola Bryant) along with Glitz (Tony Selby) & Dibber (Glen Murphy) are taken prisoner by the Tribe of the Free & their leader Queen Katryca (Joan Simms). It's essential Drathro has the Doctor so orders his recapture, the L7 robot travels to the primitives village & takes the Doctor prisoner. The tribe attack it & destroy it, thinking the L7 robot was the Immortal Queen Katryca orders an attack on the underground base...

Episode 3 from season 23 this Doctor Who adventure originally aired here in the UK during September 1986, directed by Nicholas Mallett this episode is an improvement on the previous one. The script by Robert Holmes has picked up a decent pace during this episode & is much more eventful & purposeful than Part Two, the narrative still keeps switching between the main story on Ravolox & on the space station in the court room. These court room scenes lead to some amusing dialogue as the Doctor pokes some fun at his prosecutor the Valeyard by calling him such things as a boatyard a scrapyard & a farmyard! The story on Ravolox isn't anything special thus far & is a bit forgettable but still not too bad & at least it passes the time harmlessly enough if your a sci-fi or Doctor Who fan. This one has a better cliffhanger ending than Part Two but still suffers from the same problem that since the Doctor is alive & well watching the events unfold on the Matrix screen he couldn't have been killed.

So far The Mysterious Palnet has had better than usual production values, apart from one or two cheap looking sets this has actually looked really good with a cool robot & some nice location filming considering the budgets Doctor Who had. There's some familiar faces in the cast here, Tony Selby who would reprise his role as Glitz in the following seasons Dragonfire (1987) opposite Sylvester McCoy, Michael Jayston, Linda Bellingham & Carry On... star Joan Simms also appear while David Rodigan who played Broken Tooth is perhaps better known as a reggae DJ on London radio! The regulars are good as well although I'm not sure about Nicola Bryant's bright yellow blazer, her new longer hair-do is quite nice though.

The Trial of a Time Lord: Part Three of The Mysterious Planet is a watchable episode, it's not the best Doctor Who story ever but one has to say it's not the worst either. Worth a watch for sci-fi fans.

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