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The Androids of Tara: Part Four 

The Count has offered the throne to the Doctor, just before killing the android King and riding off with the, once again, captured Romana, all under a flag of truce. As the Doctor and K-9 ... See full summary »

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The Count has offered the throne to the Doctor, just before killing the android King and riding off with the, once again, captured Romana, all under a flag of truce. As the Doctor and K-9 plan a rescue effort for Romana and the King, Count Grendel plans to marry Romana to the King, kill the King, marry Romana, then kill her, as well, inheriting all of the King's land and powers... Written by Moviedude1

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16 December 1978 (UK)  »

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A sound recordist fell into the moat while shooting the scenes of K-9 in the boat. See more »

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Zadek: Such swordsmanship! I never thought I'd live to see the day when anyone would beat Count Grendel!
Doctor Who: Really? Why? Was he supposed to be good?
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References A Night in Casablanca (1946) See more »

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Two weddings and lots of funerals
17 August 2015 | by (Swansea, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This sword swinging, swashbuckling story has been good fun, but i'm glad this is the concluding part

The Count has once again kidnapped Romana, he's destroyed the Android King Reynart, and is once again enjoying his villainy. Grendel hatches a new plan in order to steal the thrown by rushing through a few weddings.

Sadly the Anroid King Reynart which gets done is is a shocking model, he looks like an overused, unwanted Burton's dummy. I admit spear throwing is treacherous for a living actor.

The fencing between the Doctor and Grendel is brilliantly done, seems like some coaching went on beforehand.

The Romana meeting Estrella scene is a fun one, although Kurster's unsuccessful kill is a bit silly, the double filming is one of the more successful in Who's history, it looks better then similar attempts done years in the future.

The Night scenes filmed around the Castle look extremely effective, lighting is so important, I like that the episode's conclusion is conducted at Night, especially as the story has felt very bright and casual, it seems fitting.

It's a fun adventure, but it's not exactly classic sci fi, it's a fun ending, overall 7/10


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