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Mawdryn Undead: Part Three 

Danger and discovery await the Doctor back aboard the alien ship, where a modified piece of Time Lord technology awaits his discovery. The Black Guardian is pleased with the Doctor's return... See full summary »




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Peter Walmsley ...
1st Mutant
Brian Darnley ...
2nd Mutant


Danger and discovery await the Doctor back aboard the alien ship, where a modified piece of Time Lord technology awaits his discovery. The Black Guardian is pleased with the Doctor's return and uses Turlough to awaken the ship's undead inhabitants to lead the Doctor to his death. The one uniting factor for all is the unforeseen presence of two Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewarts aboard ship, which could put a sudden end to everyone's plans if they're not kept apart. Written by statmanjeff

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8 February 1983 (UK)  »

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For the scene requiring the two time incarnations of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart to be seen together in a corridor, a clever effect is used in which two pieces of footage are overlapped together with a split-screen, and with two fades to conceal the switch from a single piece of footage to the split-screen and back again. However, the fades are fairly noticeable (particularly when looking at the elaborate backdrop in this scene), and give the trick away. See more »


Black Guardian: Do you think I have controlled you merely to prick the flesh of this presumptuous Gallifreyan?
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Not really getting any better.

Doctor Who: Mawdryn Undead: Part Three starts in 1977 as Mawdryn (David Collins) convinces Tegan (Janet Fielding) & Nyssa (Sarah Sutton) to take him back to his ship using the TARDIS, the Brifadier (Nicholas Courtney) goes along for the ride too. Back in 1983 the Brigadier tells the Doctor (Peter Davison) that Tegan gave him a TARDIS homing device which the Doctor uses in the transmat pod to get back to the orbiting ship with the Brigadier & Turlough (Mark Strickson) at the time the TARDIS from 1977 is there, there the Doctor meets up with Tegan & Nyssa. They also meet up with the alien race who built the ship & learn that eight were exiled on it after stealing Timelord technology to perpetually regenerate themselves, but something went wrong & they constantly mutate...

Episode 11 from season 20 this Doctor Who adventure originally aired here in the UK during February 1983, after two rather forgettable & lacklustre episodes things don't really improve with Part Three. The script had introduced the two time-line gimmick in Part Two & I had hoped something clever & original with the idea might have been done but it only turned out to be a basic ploy to separate the Doctor & his companions, here in this episode they all meet back up again & the two distinct stories developing in two different time-lines has been abandoned & it's business as usual. This episode is nearly all exposition, the nonsense about using the transmat pod to get back to the ship & Mawdryn explaining who he is & what he wants. Part Three is nothing more than character's wandering around in corridors & lots of sci-fi exposition which you may find interesting but on the other hand may find utterly tedious & doesn't make a blind bit of sense, it will largely depend on your disposition & if you like silly sci-fi in general I suppose. Having said that I did quite like the idea of Mawdryn & his fellow aliens just wanting to die after endless mutating regenerations, while it's not particularly scary or threatening or exciting it's something a bit different to the usual standard alien that wants to take over Earth &/or the Universe Doctor Who plot. That doesn't automatically make it good but it is different if nothing else & the evil companion angle in Turlough also adds a different aspect.

This episode sees Mawdryn & his people exposed in more ways than one, it seems someone has taken the tops of their skulls off & their pulsating brains are seen. I know that sounds gruesome but the make-up job isn't great & at first I just thought it was a silly looking hat! It's quite a ghoulish idea but doesn't come across as disgusting or scary. Surprisingly there hasn't been a single rubber monster in Mawdryn Undead, as usual the alien race is completely humanoid save for some ridiculous outfits & hair styles. There hasn't really been a lot of optical effects either, it's odd that we don't even get to see the exterior of the spaceship to set the scene. The interior of the ship reminds me a lot of the sets from Arc of Infinity (1983) the first story of the twentieth season.

Mawdryn Undead: Part Three is an episode that you will like if you enjoy silly sci-fi exposition that doesn't make a whole lot of sense, if your looking for a bit of fun & entertainment then you can skip this one.

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