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The Caves of Androzani: Part One 

The Doctor and Peri get involved with drug running after landing on the twin planet of Androzani Minor and getting arrested as gun runners and targeted for execution. Not before Peri stumbles into some highly toxic and lethal plant life.

Director:

Graeme Harper

Writer:

Robert Holmes (by)
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Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Davison ... The Doctor
Nicola Bryant ... Peri
Christopher Gable Christopher Gable ... Sharaz Jek
John Normington ... Morgus
Robert Glenister ... Salateen
Maurice Roëves ... Stotz
Martin Cochrane Martin Cochrane ... Chellak
Roy Holder ... Krelper
Barbara Kinghorn Barbara Kinghorn ... Timmin
David Neal ... President
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After landing on the planet Androzani Minor, the Doctor and Peri develop lethal spectrox toxaemia poisoning. As the two search for a cure before it is too late, they become enmeshed in a decades-old feud between the disfigured roboticist Sharaz Jek and businessman Morgus. Jek falls in love with Peri, but the situation only degenerates when the girl refuses his affections. Between threats from mire beasts and gun runners, it quickly becomes apparent that the Doctor will never find a cure in time to save both himself and his companion. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 1984 (UK) See more »

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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Winner of Best Story in the Doctor Who Magazine Season Poll. See more »

Goofs

When the TARDIS lands on Androzani Minor, mountains can be seen in the background (superimposed). When the camera angle changes (though not very greatly) they vanish from the horizon, and reappear again when it switches back to the original angle. See more »

Quotes

Peri: Doctor, why do you wear a stick of celery in your lapel?
The Doctor: Does it offend you?
Peri: No, just curious.
The Doctor: Safety precaution. I'm allergic to certain gases in the praxis range of the spectrum.
Peri: Well how does the celery help?
The Doctor: If the gas is present, the celery turns purple.
Peri: And then what do you do?
The Doctor: I eat the celery. If nothing else I'm sure it's good for my teeth.
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Alternate Versions

For the DVD release, the opening sequence of the first episode (with the mountains in the background) was adjusted to improve the matte in the background (which in the original broadcast version jiggled noticeably). Although the difference is minute, DVD viewers have the option of watching the original version or the new, improved version. See more »

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Featured in Revelation Exhumed (2005) See more »

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A tale of two planets
25 November 2007 | by dkncdSee all my reviews

"The Caves of Androzani" is a "Doctor Who" serial featuring Peter Davison as the Doctor. The story concerns two neighboring planets, Androzani Minor and Androzani Major. Major is a center of governmental operations, but Minor contains a valuable resource. On Minor there is a war between government and resistance resources that is at a lingering stalemate. The situation is altered when the Doctor and companion Peri land in the TARDIS on Minor.

Peter Davison is in top form as the Doctor, playing the character as knowledgeable with occasional touches of sarcasm. Admittedly I always thought Peri was never an especially good companion for the Doctor. She gets better as the serial progresses, but too often whines, screams or squeals. I would say that her character is the only major detractor of the serial. John Normington is memorable as the cold, brooding capitalist that pulls the strings on Androzani Major. Christopher Gable is also notable as the enigmatic resistance leader Sharaz Jek, a masked character surely inspired by the Phantom of the Opera.

The sets for the dark caves of Androzani are well-made and the effects for space travel are amazingly seamless. The serial has many elements that make it an excellent one: political machinations, gunrunners, androids, minor military conflicts, duplicity, ambiguity and plot twists. Even the brief appearances by a rubber monster that terrorizes random British actors are decent. This is definitely a serial worth seeing for those that enjoy serials from the Peter Davison years.


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