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The Dæmons: Episode Three 

The Doctor explains to his friends that the Master is trying to gain the power of the last of the Daemons, a race who influenced Earth's development, while the Master brings the rest of the village under his control.

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Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart
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The Master
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Captain Mike Yates
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Damaris Hayman ...
Don McKillop ...
Bert the Landlord
Rollo Gamble ...
Winstanley
Eric Hillyard ...
Dr. Reeves
Jon Croft ...
Tom Girton
Alec Linstead ...
Sgt. Osgood
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Thorpe
Stanley Mason ...
Bok
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The Doctor explains to his friends that the Master is trying to gain the power of the last of the Daemons, a race who influenced Earth's development, while the Master brings the rest of the village under his control.

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5 June 1971 (UK)  »

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The colour master videotape of this episode was wiped by the BBC in the 1970s and the BBC only held a 16mm black and white telerecording. A poor quality colour NTSC version taped on a home recorder also existed. The episode remained only in black in white until the 1990s, when the colour signal from the NTSC version and the black and white telerecording were used to create a new colour master on D3 digital tape. See more »

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As the Squire stands, shocked by the Master's Demonstration of the powers he can summon, a crew member's arm can be seen hiding between the door and the wall. See more »

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Referenced in Doctor Who: The Satan Pit (2006) See more »

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Magic!
28 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

Review of all 5 episodes:

This story begins with an absolutely fantastic episode which is Doctor Who at its very best. The atmospheric, eerie goings on and brilliantly believable characterisations exude sheer class. The acting, production values and writing are of the highest standard. This excellence continues as the story continues although the middle part of the story is slightly more variable in a way as there are moments that are not perfectly executed and parts that are less well thought through than the magnificent best aspects of the story. However, there is enough really great stuff going on all the way through to keep every episode at top marks even if some just scrape into that classic category while other episodes are just fabulous in every way. The Doctor and the UNIT team are at their absolute peak with engaging and funny performances all round.

The story involves magic versus science with The Master using black magic incantations to summon an ancient and ultra-powerful being to try to conquer the Earth. There is a sleepy English village, a mysterious barrow, a stone gargoyle coming to life to attack, an enormous cloven-hooved being, a wonderful white witch, an impressively exploding church, a terrific cameo by a cynically gritty but amusing archaeologist and an effete but also realistic TV crew.

Magic is in the air in more ways than one!


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