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The Visitation: Part One 

The TARDIS returns Tegan to Heathrow Airport: Tall trees, peaceful, clear skies, thriving vegetation and a touch of sulfur in the air. Obviously the TARDIS is a little out of date (about ... See full summary »


Peter Moffatt


Eric Saward (by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Davison ... The Doctor
Janet Fielding ... Tegan
Sarah Sutton ... Nyssa
Matthew Waterhouse ... Adric
Michael Robbins ... Richard Mace
Peter van Dissel Peter van Dissel ... Android
John Savident ... The Squire
Anthony Calf ... Charles
John Baker John Baker ... Ralph
Valerie Fyfer Valerie Fyfer ... Elizabeth
Richard Hampton Richard Hampton ... Villager
James Charlton James Charlton ... Miller


The TARDIS returns Tegan to Heathrow Airport: Tall trees, peaceful, clear skies, thriving vegetation and a touch of sulfur in the air. Obviously the TARDIS is a little out of date (about three hundred years or so), but upon looking around the Doctor finds there's more amiss than his navigational controls, all arising after a recent comet crash that was not on Earth's schedule. Written by statmanjeff

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Release Date:

15 February 1982 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Peter Davison has stated that The Visitation is one of his three favourite serials from his time on Doctor Who (1963). The others are Doctor Who: Earthshock: Part One (1982) and Doctor Who: The Caves of Androzani: Part One (1984). See more »


Tegan Jovanka: You call three hundred years a small error?
The Fifth Doctor: It's probably due to nothing more than a temperamental cellanoid on the lateral balance cones.
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Featured in The Chronic Rift: Doctor Who (1990) See more »

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Ye olde Shiny invaders
13 August 2015 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

I have a huge fondness for the Visitation, whilst looking back at it in more detail I find it way better then I recalled, with some rather nice production values, the BBC do a good historic piece. They do old very well, they struggled a little with modern, the Android looks a little.... I can't even think of any words, images of a 1982 roller disco?? I really didn't like Kinda, it looked and felt so cheap, the Visitation put the show back on good form. There is some amusing banter between the team.

In brief, A comet flashes through the sky at the window of a family enjoying their evening. John Savident and co don't last too long before they are struck down by an Alien invader. The Doctor tries once again to get (a very sulky) Tegan back home, but fails and the team are back to the C17th, where they discover something is amiss in old England. Richard Mace saves the Doctor and co from a team of angry axe wielding villagers. Mace explains that plague is rife and that a comet had recently hit. Alien artifacts are discovered indicating there are some unwelcome visitors. The Doctor disappears down a staircase and we cut to a cliffhanger.

All characters run to form, Nyssa questions intelligently, Adric is annoying and Tegan is grumpy.

Two points I didn't really like, Adric's fall is diabolical, and Michael Robbins performance was pretty shocking.

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