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The Masque of Mandragora: Part One 

The Doctor and Sarah are drawn into the Mandragora Helix, an entity which exists among the stars and which transports the TARDIS to 15th century Italy.

Director:

Rodney Bennett

Writer:

Louis Marks (by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Tom Baker ... Doctor Who
Elisabeth Sladen ... Sarah Jane Smith
Jon Laurimore ... Count Federico
Antony Carrick ... Captain Rossini
Gareth Armstrong ... Giuliano
Tim Pigott-Smith ... Marco
Norman Jones ... Hieronymous
Robert James ... High Priest
Brian Ellis Brian Ellis ... Brother
Pat Gorman ... Soldier
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Storyline

The Doctor and Sarah are drawn into the Mandragora Helix, an entity which exists among the stars and which transports the TARDIS to 15th century Italy.

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Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 1976 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Portmeirion, Gwynedd, Wales, UK

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Philip Hinchcliffe was inspired by The Masque of the Red Death (1964) to have a story set in Renaissance Italy. However, he wanted to avoid the pattern of many Sixties historicals by shifting the focus away from the Doctor's encounters with famous individuals like Marco Polo and Emperor Nero. See more »

Goofs

The corpse of Giuliano's father can be seen breathing. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Secret of the Labyrinth (2010) See more »

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It's a decent first episode.
15 October 2019 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

When I first got into Dr Who properly, they were shown on Sunday mornings on UK Gold, a power cut meant I missed one, this one. When I first saw it, I remember being a little disappointed, it came during one of the show's best seasons, and when you read the plot it sounds fantastic, it just doesn't really dazzle somehow.

In terms of appearance it looks wonderful, the sets are terrific and the costumes are lavish. Performances are strong, Tom and Lis are both as fabulous as ever, the story though, just doesn't work well for me.

Best scene I think is Sarah being kidnapped by those menacing hooded figures.

If this had come in season 15, I may have looked upon it with more kindness, but in the season of Deadly Assassin, Robots of Death and Talons of Weng Chiang, it's a bit of a let down. Part 1 - 6/10


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