Doctor Who (1963–1989)
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The Awakening: Part One 

The TARDIS arrives in Little Hodcombe. Tegan wants to visit her grandfather, only he's disappeared. There's also a war game going on, and it's getting out of hand.


Eric Pringle (by)

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Episode cast overview:
Peter Davison ... The Doctor
Janet Fielding ... Tegan
Mark Strickson ... Turlough
Polly James Polly James ... Jane Hampden
Denis Lill Denis Lill ... Sir George Hutchinson
Glyn Houston ... Colonel Ben Wolsey
Jack Galloway Jack Galloway ... Joseph Willow
Keith Jayne Keith Jayne ... Will Chandler
Christopher Saul Christopher Saul ... Trooper


A growing crack, a missing grandfather, a disfigured purse-snatcher, the image of an old man, and a dirty 15th century peasant boy add up to another life-threatening mystery for the Doctor to solve in a little village that's celebrating the anniversary of when the English Civil War hit town. Written by statmanjeff

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Release Date:

19 January 1984 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally intended to be a four part serial, but cut to two early in the script editing stage. See more »


Sir George Hutchinson: Who are you?
The Doctor: I'm known as the Doctor.
Sir George Hutchinson: Are you a member of the theatrical profession?
The Doctor: No more than you are.
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Referenced in Doctor Who: The Pertwee Years (1992) See more »

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Something strange and wonderful. Almost.
22 January 2019 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

I have to admit to being a bit of a fan of The Awakening, I get that it's flawed, but it's so weird and wonderful, that it's true off the wall sci fi. There are so many seemingly random events, the appearance of Will, the randomly appearing ghostly figures, and the bizarre behaviour of the angered natives.

The location work is terrific, it has a quality look to it, the costumes are exceptional too.

It has a much, much darker feel then any other episode this series, the scene where Tegan is made to wear the Queen of the May costume is really rather sinister in tone, and some of the dialogue from the men folk also has a more adult tone.

I love the Malus too, and all the jargon surrounding it.

A guilty pleasure. 8/10

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