Doctor Who (1963–1989)
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Prisoners of Conciergerie 

Ian finally delivers his message to James Stirling but in order to secure Susan's release he and Barbara are forced into a dangerous spying mission.


Henric Hirsch, Timothy Combe (uncredited)


Dennis Spooner

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Episode cast overview:
William Hartnell ... Dr. Who
William Russell ... Ian Chesterton
Jacqueline Hill ... Barbara Wright
Carole Ann Ford ... Susan Foreman
Donald Morley ... Jules Renan
James Cairncross James Cairncross ... Lemaitre
John Law John Law ... Paul Barrass
Tony Wall Tony Wall ... Napoleon
Patrick Marley Patrick Marley ... Soldier
Keith Anderson Keith Anderson ... Robespierre
Jack Cunningham Jack Cunningham ... Jailer


Ian finally delivers his message to James Stirling but in order to secure Susan's release he and Barbara are forced into a dangerous spying mission.

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Release Date:

12 September 1964 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place in France in July 1794. See more »


Paul Barras's name is misspelled in the closing credits. See more »


Dr. Who: [Barbara begins to laugh] What is it? What do you find so amusing, hmm?
Barbara Wright: Oh, I don't know. Yes, I do. It's this feverish activity to try and stop something that we know is going to happen. Robespierre will be guillotined whatever we do!
Dr. Who: [gravely] I've told you of our position so often.
Barbara Wright: Yes, I know. You can't influence or change history. I learnt that lesson with the Aztecs.
Dr. Who: The events will happen, just as they are written... I'm afraid so and we can't stem the tide. But at least we can stop being ...
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Ends very well.
4 February 2019 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

My overall impression of The Reign of Terror has improved as it's gone on, and after a decent few episodes, I felt it improved and concluded very well with Prisoners of Conciergerie. It's very interesting from a historic point of view, and definitely caused an to look into some of the historical figures. I enjoyed the scenes of Ian and Barbara posing as Innkeepers, with the dealings going on in the background. For me this last one was interesting, but lacking in any urgency or tension, it was a bit casual in pace.

Lots of worthwhile detail throughout, good performances and super production values, Hartnell shone through to the last. 7/10

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