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The King's Demons: Part One 

In 1215 at the castle of Ranulf Fitzwilliam, son Hugh is jousting on a matter of honor against Sir Gillis Estram, the champion of King John, when the TARDIS appears. The Doctor, Turlough ... See full summary »

Director:

Tony Virgo

Writer:

Terence Dudley (by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Peter Davison ... The Doctor
Janet Fielding ... Tegan
Mark Strickson ... Turlough
Anthony Ainley ... The Master / Sir Gilles Estram
Frank Windsor ... Ranulf
Gerald Flood ... The King
Isla Blair ... Isabella
Christopher Villiers ... Hugh
Michael J. Jackson Michael J. Jackson ... Sir Geoffrey
Peter Burroughs Peter Burroughs ... Jester
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In 1215 at the castle of Ranulf Fitzwilliam, son Hugh is jousting on a matter of honor against Sir Gillis Estram, the champion of King John, when the TARDIS appears. The Doctor, Turlough and Tegan are immediately hailed as demons and welcomed warmly by the King. Something is wrong with this picture, observes the Doctor. Written by statmanjeff

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1983 (UK) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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This was the last story by Terence Dudley, one of Peter Davison's least favourite writers. See more »

Quotes

[a man is about to be cast into an iron maiden]
The Doctor: Your majesty.
The King: What! Our demon! You, too, would beg for mercy?
The Doctor: Oh, indeed no, sire, but surely such a fate is too mild. Would not boiling in oil be a more fitting end?
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Are they all stupid?
2 February 2019 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

It's not a story I watch with any degree of regularity, and having managed to get through the excruciating first episode, I remember why. The plot is a total shambles, the historical accuracy is dubious to say the least, and I have to question if The Doctor, Tegan and Turlough have had accidents to the head, failing to recognise Mr Ainley. The King is definitely behaving oddly.

Who on Earth thought it would be a good idea to give Christopher Villiers blond highlights, has he time travelled with the Master to an 80's hairdressers?

On the plus side I'd say some of the costumes are nice, I like the location work, but those nice elements aside, this one is painful to watch. 3/10


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