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City of Death: Part One 

As time slips a groove, the Doctor and Romana relive twenty-four seconds while on holiday in Paris. The second time it occurs the Doctor spots a woman using advanced, alien technology at ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Hayes

Writers:

Douglas Adams (by) (as David Agnew), David Fisher (by) (as David Agnew) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Tom Baker ... Doctor Who
Lalla Ward ... Romana
Julian Glover ... Count Scarlioni / Scaroth
Catherine Schell ... Countess Scarlioni
Tom Chadbon ... Duggan / Jagaroth Voice
David Graham ... Kerensky
Kevin Flood Kevin Flood ... Hermann
Pamela Stirling Pamela Stirling ... Louvre Guide
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Storyline

As time slips a groove, the Doctor and Romana relive twenty-four seconds while on holiday in Paris. The second time it occurs the Doctor spots a woman using advanced, alien technology at the Louvre to study the security system guarding the Mona Lisa, but it's the Doctor who falls under suspicion of being a clever and masterful international art forger. Written by statmanjeff

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1979 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Julian Glover was reluctant to don the Jagaroth mask created for scenes where Scarlioni had shed his human disguise as he felt the mask would impede his performance. As a result, he is doubled by Richard Sheekey in many of these scenes. See more »

Goofs

Just before the Doctor and Romana reach the postcard stand, he nearly trips on his long scarf. See more »

Quotes

The Doctor: For a portrait of a Time Lady, that's not at all a bad likeness.
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Connections

Featured in Was Doctor Who Rubbish? (2012) See more »

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It doesn't get much better then this.
11 October 2019 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Part one of City of Death, only one word covers this, superb. Every aspect of this is on point, Great Doctor, Great companion, great story, great music, and Paris! The on location filming adds something special to this already wonderful story. I'm not the biggest lover of series seventeen I think it's fair to say, but City if Death dazzles in a hit and miss era.

The show has been criticised for dodgy sets and iffy green screen, forget all those prejudices here, Paris makes for a glorious setting, it ties in remarkably well with the story.

I love all the little details such as the artist in the Cafe, it's so rich. The opening model shots are amazing, I can't think when they ever did such a good job.

Tom Chadbon is great fun as the English detective, Julian Glover cuts a menacing figure. The final reveal is a great one.

Graeme Harper often allowed a little too much humour, the balance here is brilliant. Just enough to cause a smile, but it adds to the menace.

Just an observation, but one of the extras I. the Louvre, was one of the faces that Romana regenerated into before Lalla.


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