Doctor Who: Season 14, Episode 11

The Deadly Assassin: Part Three (13 Nov. 1976)

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The Doctor battles the assassin inside the matrix dreamscape, while the Master tries to bring about his death in the real world.

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The Doctor battles the assassin inside the matrix dreamscape, while the Master tries to bring about his death in the real world.

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The freeze-frame ending to this episode is one of the most controversial scenes in the history of the series. It was the subject of a complaint by Mary Whitehouse following its transmission and she received an apology from the Director-General of the BBC, Charles Curran, who acknowledged that the violence of the scene was too strong. The master tape was edited following her complaint to remove the final seconds. However, the edited footage survives due to a U-matic recording made by BBC Enterprises and a domestic recording made by fan Ian Levine. This footage was used to restore the episode's original ending for the serial's DVD release in 2009. See more »

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When the hunter is looking at his map, his bandoleer of cartridges is shown in close-up. The shells clearly have no primers, meaning that (in real life, though perhaps not in the virtual reality the scenario takes place in) the shells would be inert and therefore useless. See more »

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Doctor Who: I deny this reality. The reality is a computation matrix.
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Master-ful and Magnificent!
6 December 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

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Many fans rate this as one of the best and they are correct to recognise the huge quality of this story as well as its importance in building (and changing) the folklore of the Time Lords and The Doctor. It has everything, Tom Baker on top form, a classic villain, sparkling dialogue, humour, action, material which is important in the history of the series as well as some fresh and unnerving ideas. All this is done with brilliance in direction, acting and writing.

The Doctor has been called back home to Gallifrey. On his way there he has a pre-cognitive dream in which he appears to assassinate the Time Lord President. When he arrives he has to go on the run as he is presumed to be a criminal. He then tries to prevent the President's assassination but instead is made to look like the assassin himself. Behind all this, it turns out, is his old arch- enemy The Master. Now at an end to his cycle of regenerations (we are told Time Lords have a maximum of 12) his body is extremely emaciated but his evil and cunning are as strong as ever.

The Master, played now by Peter Pratt, looks and sounds great and his dialogue and Pratt's acting are excellent. There is also a host of superb and perfectly acted guest characters. The wonderful Borusa, Spandrell, Goth, Runcible and Engin are all fabulous. This adventure is also somewhat unique in that there is no companion for The Doctor.

The section of the story where The Doctor enters 'the matrix', a technically created world which seems real and has real dangers (sound like a forerunner of the film The Matrix to anyone?) is surreal and extremely innovative and clever in its different and interesting creativity.

A real all time classic story. 10/10


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