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Four to Doomsday: Part One 

Trying to transport Tegan to Heathrow airport on present-day Earth, The TARDIS accidentally lands on-board a alien spaceship traveling to Earth which will arrive in 4 days. Where the Doctor... See full summary »

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John Black

Writer:

Terence Dudley (by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Davison ... The Doctor
Stratford Johns ... Monarch
Matthew Waterhouse ... Adric
Sarah Sutton ... Nyssa
Janet Fielding ... Tegan
Paul Shelley Paul Shelley ... Persuasion
Annie Lambert ... Enlightenment
Philip Locke ... Bigon / Control
Burt Kwouk ... Lin Futu
Ilario Bisi-Pedro Ilario Bisi-Pedro ... Kurkutji (as Illarrio Bisi Pedro)
Nadia Hamman Nadia Hamman ... Villagra
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Trying to transport Tegan to Heathrow airport on present-day Earth, The TARDIS accidentally lands on-board a alien spaceship traveling to Earth which will arrive in 4 days. Where the Doctor, Adric, Nyssa and Tegan encounter the frog like Monarch, ruler of the doomed planet Urbanka. Only to find Monarch has abducted generations of humans from different cultures and converted them into cyborgs. The Doctor and Tegan discover Monarch's true goal is to travel faster than the speed of light, and traveling back into time where he will meet himself and wipe out the human race, repopulating the Earth with his own race. Written by Daniel Williamson

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 1982 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Matthew Waterhouse got off to a bad start with Peter Davison after he took it upon himself to point out mistakes he felt the new star was making. See more »

Quotes

Persuasion: He does not conform.
Monarch: Of course. He's a philosopher. A doubter. We need doubt. It's the greatest intellectual galvanizer.
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Featured in A New Body at Last (2007) See more »

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A good start.
25 July 2019 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Following directly on from Castrovalva, Four to Doomsday begins pretty well, it's nicely produced, well written, and is pure 1980's sci fi. I like the three aliens, particularly Monarch, and the odd spaceship, which I imagine would have looked very modern when it first went out.

It has a real sense of mystery, and the obscure about it, lots of questions are asked, what's Monarch's purpose, and who are the historical figures?

Some of the props are a bit cheap looking, and and you could perhaps argue it isn't dynamic, but it's a good start. 7/10


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