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The Trial of a Time Lord: Part Six 

Having been put through a makeshift truth extractor, the Doctor appears damaged, apt to mimic the personalities of those with whom he has eye contact. He eventually abandons Peri and a ... See full summary »

Director:

Ron Jones

Writer:

Philip Martin (by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Colin Baker ... The Doctor
Nicola Bryant ... Peri
Michael Jayston ... The Valeyard
Lynda Bellingham ... The Inquisitor
Brian Blessed ... King Yrcanos
Patrick Ryecart ... Crozier
Nabil Shaban Nabil Shaban ... Sil
Christopher Ryan ... Kiv
Thomas Branch Thomas Branch ... The Lukoser
Trevor Laird Trevor Laird ... Frax
Alibe Parsons Alibe Parsons ... Matrona Kani
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Having been put through a makeshift truth extractor, the Doctor appears damaged, apt to mimic the personalities of those with whom he has eye contact. He eventually abandons Peri and a gung-ho warrior king in favor of joining in with Sil and Dr. Crozier in the latest of their perverse projects. Written by statmanjeff

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1986 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Colin Baker recalled that he was confused by The Doctor's behaviour in this story - I was very confused by it, but I had a very different problem, especially in 'Mindwarp' because there was a point when I said to Eric Saward, the script editor, 'When I'm tying Peri to this rock and threatening to torture her, am I doing it for some subtle reason of my own, because I think I'm being watched or whatever, or because I've been affected by the mind probe, or is the Matrix lying?'. Those were the three alternatives as I saw it. He said 'I don't know, you'd better ask 'Philip Martin'', so I got in touch and gave him those three alternatives, he said 'I don't know, Eric wrote the trial stuff, all the Matrix stuff was added after, by Eric, you'd better ask him'. So I went to John Nathan-Turner, he said 'Oh, whichever you like'. This is the level of involvement at the time. Eric was going through his own problems at the time, disagreeing with John Nathan-Turner on all sorts of things. I felt that was all very sloppy, it was all cobbled together a bit. The stories were written independently, and the trial theme was put on top. I felt it was the Matrix lying, so I really was torturing Peri. But it was very difficult. You expect the writers to know what's happening, but that's not always the case. See more »

Quotes

Sil: [watching Peri chained to the beech as the tide comes in] Just like in the old days. There's nothing more enjoyable than watching people suffer.
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Featured in The Chronic Rift: Colin Baker: The Sixth Doctor (2018) See more »

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