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The Androids of Tara: Part Two 

Discovering that they've all been drugged, the Doctor tries to escape and passes out just as he opens the door, envisioning the evil Count Grendel as he loses consciousness. When he awakes,... See full summary »




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Peter Jeffrey ...
Simon Lack ...
Neville Jason ...
Paul Lavers ...
Lois Baxter ...
Cyril Shaps ...
Martin Matthews ...
John Leeson ...
K9 (voice)


Discovering that they've all been drugged, the Doctor tries to escape and passes out just as he opens the door, envisioning the evil Count Grendel as he loses consciousness. When he awakes, he is, once again, at the tip of a blade, and his life threatened by those who believe he is behind all of it, while the Count has kidnapped Prince Reynart. Meanwhile, back at Count Grendel's castle, Romana finds herself an exact double for Princess Strella, whom the Count plans to marry once he ascends to the throne so he can claim her land for his own (once he kills her, too). Written by Moviedude1

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2 December 1978 (UK)  »

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Doctor Who: All right. Now, listen: I'll do some more work on George, you get him to the coronation room, get him crowned, and while *he's* ruling the country, you two can find the *real* prince. I mean, that's worth a try, isn't it?
Zadek: Doctor, I can see only two objections to your plan.
Doctor Who: Only two?
Zadek: What if the android breaks down?
Doctor Who: Oh, well, I can't guarantee you anything, but if I had the proper tools...
Zadek: Second problem, security.
Doctor Who: Security? Only the three of us even know of George's existence.
Zadek: Precisely. Farrah...
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Doctor Who goes to Zenda
17 August 2015 | by (Swansea, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Of course.... I'm watching The Prisoner of Zenda, in Doctor who?? I can understand an homage being paid to what went on during the Hinchcliffe years, but Zenda? what next homage to Carry on Doctor?

Only here our Prisoner (Ronald Colman)is in the guise of our equally stiff upper lipped Prince Reynart (Neville Jason) it's not long before we realise that it's slightly more then an homage, each character is virtually here from Zenda.

We pick up with all drugged, and Prince Reynart kidnapped by Grendal, The Doctor hatches a plan. We learn Grendal's real purpose for kidnapping Romana and are introduced to Princess Strella. The crowning of a new king is imminent, but who will it be?

K-9 seems to have become the magic wand that the Sonic screwdriver is in modern day Who, summoned and able to put things right, I don't mind as I enjoy K-9's witty banter.

There is a swashbuckling charm to it, it's a fun production, but it's not really playing out like a Doctor Who, there's not really any urgency to it of any kind, dare I say it's padded.

I am enjoying Neville Jason's performance, it's hard not to watch without smirking.

Madam Lamia is also an interesting character, emotionless, malevolent and curious, she's like something plucked from a Dracula movie.

It's quite a bizarre episode, with a very bizarre ending, but somehow it's quite endearing. 7/10, not Doctor Who, but swashbuckling good fun.

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