Tuesday 29 November 2011

372 The Monster of Peladon Part Three

EPISODE: The Monster of Peladon Part Three
TRANSMITTED: 06 April 1974
WRITER: Brian Hayles
DIRECTOR: Lennie Mayne
SCRIPT EDITOR: Terrance Dicks
PRODUCER: Barry Letts
FORMAT: DVD: Doctor Who - Peladon Tales: Curse of Peladon & Monster of Peladon
Episode Format: 625 video

The Doctor once again calms his old friend using a Venusian lullaby and they are released. Eckersley advises Alpha Centauri to summon Federation troops which he does. The Doctor advises Queen Thalira to negotiate with Gebek to help appease the miners and spread the benefits of Federation membership wider than the royal court. The Doctor isn't pleased that troops are coming and is interested in what Sarah saw in the refinery. Ortron arrests the Doctor when he tries to leave the citadel. Gebek & Ettis capture the sonic lance. Gebek helps free the Doctor. Ettis has taken the sonic lance to a nearby mountain top and aimed it at the citadel. Alpha Centauri receives a transmission that the Federation troops are coming. Finding their way to the refinery, the Doctor deactivates the alarm. Eckersley spots them and Sarah confesses that they think the Aggedor trickery is being run from the refinery. Ortron persuades the miners back to work, but as soon as they return they are attacked by the Aggedor apparition. Opening the refinery door the Doctor & Gebek find an Ice Warrior inside!

Ortron hasn't thought this through properly at all: The Doctor is the man that led Aggedor into the throne room 50 years ago so chances are they're going to get on ok in a put together. Then, having submitted him to the judgement of Aggedor he finds he doesn't like the verdict so has him banged up again anyway. Deary me. Still the Ice Warriors are here now so things will get better won't they?

There's no location work at all in this story, something Monster of Peladon shares with only one of the other 23 Third Doctor tales: it's anticendant Curse of Peladon. Another returning actor from that story is Nick Hobbs, once again playing Aggedor. He'll be back shortly as a Wirrn Operator in The Ark in Space and we recently saw him as Mr Nainby in Amy's Choice. One of the miners is played by the distinctive looking Roy Evans who was Trantis in The Daleks' Master Plan and we last saw as Bert in The Green Death. Evans has credits on IMDB through to 2004 by which point he would have been 74 when he appeared on The Green Death DVD.

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