Monday 20 June 2011

210 The Dominators: Episode One

EPISODE: The Dominators: Episode One
TRANSMITTED: 10 August 1968
WRITER: Norman Ashby (aka Mervyn Haisman & Henry Lincoln)
DIRECTOR: Morris Barry
SCRIPT EDITOR: Derrick Sherwin
PRODUCER: Peter Bryant
FORMAT: DVD: Doctor Who: The Dominators

The Dominator ship controlled by Navigator Rago and Probationer Toba lands on an island on the planet Dulkis, in search of radiation to absorb as fuel. Dulkis native Cully is taking some friends to island when their transport crashes and his friends killed by the Dominator's robots, the Quarks. The Tardis lands with the Doctor tired from his retelling to Zoe of their last adventure with the Daleks. They hear the destruction of Cully's craft and explore, finding a museum with a research centre underneath run by Educator Balan. His pupil Kendo explains that the island was used as atomic test site. Cully meets his friend Teel, also part of Balan's team and is taken to the research station. The Doctor & Jamie, worried about the Dominators, leave to check on the Tardis. They find tracks, then the Dominator spacecraft where they are found by Toba and the Quarks.

Welcome to season 6! This first episode wasn't too bad, defying the reputation the Dominators has (and it's got one alright) for being a bit of a stinker. The effect where Tolata is killed is top notch, but the Dulcians are a pretty useless bunch. The Dominators are imposing and the one shot we get of the Quarks is quite amusing.

Season 6 has more episodes existing than any other Troughton season. Episodes 1, 2, 4 & 5 were in the Film & Video library when Ian Levine arrived. Episode 3 however has some question marks on quite where it was when as we'll see. Season 6 also has a bit of a torturous story behind the scenes which leads to script chaos and a game of musical chairs in the production office.....

Of the Dulcians in this episode Cully is played by Arthur Cox (not Laura Howard!) who sets a record between Doctor Who appearances when he plays Mr. Henderson in the 2010 story The Eleventh Hour. Already having left the story are Cully's friends Wahed, played by Philip Voss who was Acomat in Marco Polo, and Etnin, played by Malcolm Terris who'll be back as the Co-Pilot in The Horns of Nimon.

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