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Mawdryn Undead: Part Two 

The TARDIS lands on Earth six years out of date, stranding the Doctor in 1983 while leaving Tegan and Nyssa to look for him in 1977, eventually to discover a badly injured man that may very... See full summary »

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The TARDIS lands on Earth six years out of date, stranding the Doctor in 1983 while leaving Tegan and Nyssa to look for him in 1977, eventually to discover a badly injured man that may very well be the Doctor. Both parties also encounter former Doctor-companion Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, though in 1983 he curiously has no memory of the Doctor at all. Written by statmanjeff

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This episode was watched by 7.5 million viewers on its original transmission. See more »

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Mawdryn: Perpetual regeneration.
Nyssa: Regeneration? You don't mean it's happening again?
Mawdryn: Life without end or form. Changing. Changing.
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The Brig Gets into It; Mawdryn Shows Up
17 December 2015 | by (Washington DC) – See all my reviews

The Brigadier's post-UNIT days are well established in this episode. But his PTSD involves something very strange having happened to him six years ago. Could it possibly be that it was this story????

Mawdryn Undead gets better as it goes along. This episode, though, actually features many fans' favorite part of the story, the nostalgiafest as the Fifth Doctor meets up with the Brig for the first time. Even though he's happy teaching maths, it's clear this isn't the place for him. Fortunately, we will see him in a better place for his legacy in a few more stories.

Turlough and his scenes still captivate and dominate the story, though.

Infamously, this is where Peter Grimwade's very clever script forgets completely about the UNIT time period always being a few years ahead in the near future. Suddenly its dating goes all wrong just so we can get a plot about creepy would-be Time Lords messing with time and their own lifespans. While the story has some fascinating things to say about the value of life, it really throws a big kink into series chronology.

The only thing in this episode that doesn't ring true in its really lovely and twisty plot is Mawdryn's initial appearance. Tegan and Nyssa mistake him for a newly either regenerating or totally damaged Doctor. It makes sense enough to keep watching, but David Collings, lovely as he is, certainly doesn't play as a wet and bloodied Peter Davison. Surely some costuming help in creating that misapprehension would have been worthy.

Other than that doozy, this is a terrific second part. I do love a good antihero. The sets, music, and costumes are all pretty great.

Note -- if you've got the DVD, do try watching it with the CGI on. It's much prettier. However, one does lose some of the detail on Turlough's crystal.


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