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The Visitation: Part Three 

The Doctor makes the fugitive Terileptils a rare offer they shouldn't refuse; but, though few in numbers, they have a plan in the works for the quick and complete domination of Earth and mean to see it through.




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The Doctor makes the fugitive Terileptils a rare offer they shouldn't refuse; but, though few in numbers, they have a plan in the works for the quick and complete domination of Earth and mean to see it through.

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22 February 1982 (UK)  »

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This episode sees the destruction of the sonic screwdriver. John Nathan-Turner felt that it was too simple a way for The Doctor to get out of trouble and removed it from the series. It would not be used again until Doctor Who (1996) and has become a staple of the modern series. See more »


Terileptil: War is honourable, Doctor. Even on this planet it is considered so.
The Doctor: Oh, I know - but, by your own admission, these people are still primitive. What's your excuse?
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"I feel my mind slipping into a bottomless pit of gloom & despair." The Visitation is getting worse as it goes...

Doctor Who: The Visitation: Part 3 starts as the Doctor (Peter Davison) & Richard (Michael Robbins) are saved from execution when it's realised they are wanted men & worth more alive then dead, the Terileptil (Michael Melia) uses his android to capture the Doctor. The Doctor tries to convince the Terileptil to let him take them to another planet in the TARDIS but the Terileptil says he wants Earth & that he has genetically altered a disease which will be spread by rats to wipe out the entire human race, the Doctor has to save himself, his companions & stop those rats ever being released...

Episode 15 from season 19 this Doctor Who adventure was originally aired here in the UK during Februray 1982, directed by Peter Moffatt this is an OK story but nothing that special. The script by Eric Saward has included the historic event of the plague in it's plot although it's waited a fair while to reveal it, again I just don't think that much has happened during this episode. The Doctor has been trapped in a room for most of it, Nyssa hasn't done anything & Tegan gets about 30 seconds while Adric is as annoying as ever. I really didn't like the clichéd & tired scenes where the Terileptil alien talks to the Doctor & reveals it's entire plan in great detail & then doesn't kill him, this really isn't that original & feels old. The period setting isn't used to any great effect & the character's apart from Richard Mace have been poor. The Visitation is alright but not particularly memorable as far as I'm concerned.

The more I see this Terileptil alien the more I hate it, it looks really tatty & since it's on screen so often it starts to ruin any menace it might have generated. Again I just think the very poor monster suit hurts the story & it's credibility. The android isn't much better but there is a neat Grim Reaper gag during this episode.

The Visitation: Part 3 is alright, I personally don't think much has happened during it but that's just my opinion. This isn't too bad but isn't that good either & hasn't done anything with it's promising start.

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