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The Twin Dilemma: Part Four 

The Doctor and Edgeworth deduce that the real plan of Mestor, the gastropod ruler of Jaconda, will not only destroy Jaconda but lead to the devastation of other planets. Together they hope ... See full summary »

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The Doctor and Edgeworth deduce that the real plan of Mestor, the gastropod ruler of Jaconda, will not only destroy Jaconda but lead to the devastation of other planets. Together they hope to thwart him despite his formidable ability at slipping into people's minds and controlling them. Written by statmanjeff

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30 March 1984 (UK)  »

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This episode was watched by 6.3 million viewers on its original transmission. See more »

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The Doctor: I can sense your presence in my mind.
Mestor: Then why do you resist me?
The Doctor: I'm secretive by nature.
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Colin Bakers disappointing first story as the Doctor.

Doctor Who: The Twin Dilemma: Part 4 starts as things are not looking good for the Doctor (Colin Baker) as Peri (nicola Bryant) has been captured & taken to the evil slug Mestor (Edwin Richfield) who plans to flood the entire universe with Gastropod eggs which will hatch & colonise entire planets & it's down to the Doctor to stop it & save his friends...

This Doctor Who adventure was episode 24 from season 21 that aired here in the UK during early 1984 & was Colin Bakers first story as the Doctor, directed by Peter Moffatt The Twin Dilemma isn't the best story ever but I will admit that it has got better with each episode. The script by Anthony Stevens finally reveals it's big revelation about Mestor wanting to colonise the entire universe & it's during these silly sci-fi moments when Doctor Who is at it's entertaining best & not when it's focusing on boring character's. To be fair to it I thought it was OK over it's four parts but The Twin Dilemma certainly isn't classic Doctor Who by any stretch of the imagination, even though he started out very unlikable Colin Bakers Doctor has grown on me as this story has unfolded & he's settled down a bit.

Tight budgets are all the rage at the BBC & it shows here, the sets, the majority of the special effects & the awful creature costume for Mestor in particular are not of a high standard. I still can't believe Hugo Lang wears that multi coloured monstrosity of a shirt, it's absolutely hideous.

The Twin Dilemma isn't a great first story for Colin Baker but it's not quite as bad as a lot of people make out & I'd say it isn't the worst Doctor Who story of all time either, worth a watch for Doctor Who fans but more casual viewers would be advised that there are better stories out there.


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