Doctor Who (1963–1989)
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The Dæmons: Episode One 

The Master raises the Devil. The Doctor becomes a wizard.



(by) (as Guy Leopold), (by) (as Guy Leopold)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Doctor Who
... Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart
... The Master
... Jo Grant
... Captain Mike Yates
... Sergeant Benton
Damaris Hayman ... Miss Hawthorne
Don McKillop ... Bert the Landlord
Rollo Gamble ... Winstanley
Robin Wentworth ... Prof. Horner
David Simeon ... Alastair Fergus
James Snell ... Harry
John Joyce ... Garvin
Eric Hillyard ... Dr. Reeves
Jon Croft ... Tom Girton


For 200 years the secret of Devil's End village has lain dormant, as the burial mound, the so-called Devil's Hump, has remained sealed. Until now, at midnight on April 30th on the greatest occult festival of the year, as Professor Horner prepares to break it open. But just what evil treasures lie buried there? Will the local white witch's warnings of doom and destruction be fulfilled? Who or what is the mighty Azal? But even more disturbing for the Doctor and Jo, just how is the Reverend Magister, alias the infamous Master, involved in the mystery? Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

22 May 1971 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Barry Letts was keen to write for the show and decided that a story dealing in black magic would be interesting as well as frightening. Terrance Dicks had reservations however, stating that people may view it as Satanist, and so it was reworked as strictly scientific with occultist themes. See more »


Capt. Mike Yates: I see. So all we've got to deal with is something which is either too small to see or thirty feet tall, can incinerate you or freeze you to death, turn stone images into homicidal monsters and looks like the devil.
The Doctor: Exactly.
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Referenced in Hammer Horror (2007) See more »

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28 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

Review of all 5 episodes:

This story begins with an absolutely fantastic episode which is Doctor Who at its very best. The atmospheric, eerie goings on and brilliantly believable characterisations exude sheer class. The acting, production values and writing are of the highest standard. This excellence continues as the story continues although the middle part of the story is slightly more variable in a way as there are moments that are not perfectly executed and parts that are less well thought through than the magnificent best aspects of the story. However, there is enough really great stuff going on all the way through to keep every episode at top marks even if some just scrape into that classic category while other episodes are just fabulous in every way. The Doctor and the UNIT team are at their absolute peak with engaging and funny performances all round.

The story involves magic versus science with The Master using black magic incantations to summon an ancient and ultra-powerful being to try to conquer the Earth. There is a sleepy English village, a mysterious barrow, a stone gargoyle coming to life to attack, an enormous cloven-hooved being, a wonderful white witch, an impressively exploding church, a terrific cameo by a cynically gritty but amusing archaeologist and an effete but also realistic TV crew.

Magic is in the air in more ways than one!

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