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The Pirate Planet: Part Three 

The Mentiads take the Doctor, Romana and Kimus to a reunion with K9 and Mula, where they set about trying to defeat the Captain's plans.




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Episode complete credited cast:
Bruce Purchase ...
David Warwick ...
Primi Townsend ...
David Sibley ...
Bernard Finch ...
Adam Kurakin ...
K9 (voice)


With the Doctor providing both leadership and knowledge, the Mentiads finally become a viable problem the planet-murdering Captain can no longer dismiss. Having recaptured the Doctor, the Captain shares his trophy room with him, displaying every planet he's plundered and subsequently reduced to roughly 12-inch spheres. While the Doctor can't deny it as a remarkable feat of astro-gravitational engineering, it doesn't fit the Captain's daring-do profile. The secret seems to lie in a locked chamber with a crone purposefully caught and held in the last few seconds of her life - the legendary, tyrannical but nearly expired Queen Xanxia. Written by statmanjeff

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14 October 1978 (UK)  »

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When the captain is talking to Mr. Fibuli about the ship he built, he uses one of Douglas Adams' (the series writer) favorite phrases, " so advanced you would not be able to distinguish it from magic!" See more »


Ancient Queen Xanxia is kept in existence within a pocket of slowed time, stretching her final few seconds of life into years. At such a slowed speed, we should not be able to see her breathing or blinking or nodding her head to one side, but we do. See more »


Captain: [giving a tour of his trophy room] My trophies, Doctor. Feast your eyes on them, for they represent an achievement unparalleled in the universe.
Doctor Who: What are they? Tombstones, eh? Memorials to all the worlds you've destroyed?
Captain: Not memorials. These are the entire remains of the worlds themselves.
Doctor Who: [not really listening] You come here to gloat on the wanton destruction you've wreaked on the universe.
Captain: [to himself] I come in here to dream of freedom.
Doctor Who: [realizing what he said earlier] Did you just say, "the ...
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Now the Pirate Planet comes together.
16 August 2015 | by (Swansea, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Mentiads turn out to be the good guys, and the Captain screams and shouts a lot more and kills more guards with his Parrot. The realisation of The Captain's actions are now known, and we hear of Queen Xanxia and how the Captain survived from a crash to rule the Planet. The Captain's Nurse is starting to become a little more prominent. The Doctor is captured and has an ethical argument with the Captain. K-9 saves the Doctor and Klimus from the Captain's Parrot and the Doctor discovers a dying Queen Xanxia hidden away. Upon the death of 'Polly' the captain sentences the Doctor to death, naturally by walking the Plank.

The Mentiad are quite a good creation, they look rather creepy, but are well realised, their history and being is expanded and they somehow have a relevance.

The idea of the hollow Pirate Planet latching on to another planet and mining its riches is a really clever idea.

The Doctor's heated discussion with the Captain is fantastic, easily the Serial's high point, Tom at his best, it would be hard to imagine any other Classic Doctor having that argument. We also get K-9's showdown with the Captain's Parrot.

I wasn't impressed with Part 1, Part 2 was slightly better, but the third Part is really good, I've enjoyed it a lot more. It feels more grown up and harder edged. I guess if you look at it tongue in cheek it has a unique charm.

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