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The Powerful Enemy 

On the planet Dido, the monstrous Koquillion terrorizes Bennett and Vicki, the only survivors of a crashed spaceship. When the TARDIS lands, the Doctor, Ian, and Barbara team up with Vicki ... See full summary »

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Christopher Barry

Writer:

David Whitaker
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
William Hartnell ... Dr. Who
William Russell ... Ian Chesterton
Jacqueline Hill ... Barbara Wright
Maureen O'Brien ... Vicki
Tommy Sheridan Tommy Sheridan ... Space Captain (as Tom Sheridan)
Ray Barrett ... Koquillion (as Sydney Wilson)
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On the planet Dido, the monstrous Koquillion terrorizes Bennett and Vicki, the only survivors of a crashed spaceship. When the TARDIS lands, the Doctor, Ian, and Barbara team up with Vicki to discover what Koquillion is hiding. (Originally broadcast in two parts.) Written by Sarah Hadley

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 January 1965 (UK) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The serial used the same production team as the following story, The Romans, and the two were combined to form a single six-episode production block. See more »

Goofs

The actor playing Koquillion wasn't wearing the character's feet when it stepped on to Vicki's ship. See more »

Quotes

Barbara: [Pointing out the TARDIS has materialised] Doctor, the trembling's stopped.
The Doctor: Oh, my dear, I'm so glad you're feeling better.
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Crazy Credits

As not to give away that Koquillion is Bennett in disguise. Koquillion is credited as Sydney Wilson after Sydney Newman and Donald Wilson, two BBC department heads. See more »

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Featured in Mounting the Rescue (2009) See more »

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The Rescue Part 1: Rather inconsequential but decent character driven interlude

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This two part story involves the introduction of new companion Vicki and it basically exists purely for that purpose. Its story with a mixture of mystery and monster threat is a rather small-scale story but it is not bad at all. Its brevity helps it as it does not drag, it is short and sweet.

The strength of this story, written by David Whitaker, is that it is character driven and just develops further the already strong relationships between the Doctor, Ian and Barbara and provides them all with nice dialogue which adds to the affection the audience have for them.

The new arrival Vicki is found deserted with her commanding officer Bennett on a planet where they apparently live in fear of the creature Koquillion. The first episode just sets up the character of Vicki and the Koquillion story, the second gives a conclusion to the plot and a strong introduction to her as a companion for the subsequent adventures.

Not the most exciting of plots and there are a couple of silly moments which let it down a bit but its character development raises it to a decent level.

My Ratings: Episode 1 - 8/10, Episode 2 - 7.5/10, Overall - 7.75/10


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