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The Awakening: Part Two 

The Malus, an alien that's purely evil, needs the civil war re-enactments to become authentic so it can feed off the psychic energy of dying and embattled men and fully revive. Not if the Doctor can derail things, of course.

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Eric Pringle (by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Peter Davison ... The Doctor
Janet Fielding ... Tegan
Mark Strickson ... Turlough
Polly James Polly James ... Jane Hampden
Denis Lill Denis Lill ... Sir George Hutchinson
Glyn Houston ... Colonel Ben Wolsey
Jack Galloway Jack Galloway ... Joseph Willow
Frederick Hall Frederick Hall ... Andrew Verney
Keith Jayne Keith Jayne ... Will Chandler
Christopher Saul Christopher Saul ... Trooper
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The Malus, an alien that's purely evil, needs the civil war re-enactments to become authentic so it can feed off the psychic energy of dying and embattled men and fully revive. Not if the Doctor can derail things, of course.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1984 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

While filming the scene where The Doctor, Wolsey and Will Chandler arrive in a horse-drawn cart at the false lych gate, the horse was reluctant to approach the lych gate because his mare was grazing in a field nearby. The mare was brought inside the churchyard - out of shot - to encourage the animal to behave properly. Unfortunately, the horse became so excited that, on the take, it proceeded to follow the actors through the lych gate, destroying it in the process. Luckily, the shot up to that point could still be salvaged for use in the finished episode. See more »

Quotes

Tegan Jovanka: Aren't you forgetting something?
The Doctor: Probably. It isn't unusual. I've had a rather hard day.
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Alternate Versions

The death scene of The Trooper played by Christoper Saul was trimmed because it was thought too horrifying . See more »

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Pure science fiction, very well realised.
22 January 2019 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

You have to hand it to Eric Pringle, there are many big and bold ideas at play here, so many big concepts, in turn you have to hand it to the production team, editors etc for making such a cohesive story, spanning a mere fifty minutes. Possibly a shame it wasn't a four part story, but I think over two episodes it works incredibly well.

I am a fan of this story, I love the Malus, I love the influence that it has on the locals, and over the war games.

Some terrific imagery throughout, the visions look terrific, reminiscent of scenes from the classic horror, 'from beyond the grave.' I really did like the design of the Malus, reminded me of the face of Boe.

The location work is terrific, I much preferred the stories not in studios, definitely gave the show a higher quality feel.

It's hard to pick fault with the awakening, a lot goes on, but it's well woven and well made. 8/10


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