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The Monster of Peladon
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Synopsis


Sarah Confronts Ortron in the Temple of Aggedor
Sarah Confronts Ortron in the Temple of Aggedor
 The TARDIS brings The Doctor and Sarah to the medieval planet Peladon, some half a century after the Time Lord's first visit. Now under the benign influence of the Galactic Federation, the Pel nobles enjoy new riches and new technology.

 But the Federation is at war with Galaxy Five, and Peladon has taken on a new tactical importance; it is rich in the rare mineral trisilicate, which is vital to the war effort. The Pel miners, however, are in revolt. For too long they have been overworked and taken for granted by the Federation and the Pel royalty. They believe that Federation machinery has awoken the spirit of the legendary Aggedor, who is now slaughtering aliens and unbelievers. As open rebellion erupts, the Federation sends in a hard-line military taskforce - Commander Azaxyr and his Ice Warriors.

 The Doctor and Sarah must not only act as peace-keepers between the warring factions but also discover the truth behind the 'spirit'. They soon learn that the Galactic Federation has been infiltrated by traitors and spies, determined to destroy the alliance from within...

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General Information

Season: Eleven
Production Code: YYY
Story Number: 73
Episode Numbers:370 - 375
Number of Episodes: 6
Percentage of Episodes Held:100%
Working Titles: "Return to Peladon"
Production Dates: January - February 1974
Broadcast Started: 23 March 1974
Broadcast Finished: 27 April 1974
Colour Status: Colour
Studio: Ealing Television Film Studios and BBC Television Centre (TC6 and TC8)
Location: None
Writer:Brian Hayles
Director:Lennie Mayne
Producer:Barry Letts
Script Editor:Terrance Dicks
Editor:William Symon
Production Assistant:Marcia Wheeler
Production Unit Manager:George Gallacio
Assistant Floor Manager:Roselyn Parker
Designer:Gloria Clayton
Costume Designer:Barbara Kidd
Make-Up Designer:Elisabeth Moss
Cameraman:Keith Hopper
Incidental Music:Dudley Simpson
Special Sounds (SFX Editor):Dick Mills
Studio Sounds:Tony Millier
Lighting:Ralph Walton
Visual Effects:Peter Day
Fights Arranged By:Terry Walsh
Title Sequence:Bernard Lodge
Title Music:Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Arranged by Delia Derbyshire
Ice Warriors Originally Created By: Brian Hayles
Number of Doctors: 1
The Doctor: Jon Pertwee (The Third Doctor)
Number of Companions: 1The Companion: Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith) Additional Cast: Nina Thomas (Thalira), Donald Gee (Eckersley), Frank Gatliff (Ortron), Rex Robinson (Gebek), Alan Bennion (Azaxyr), Sonny Caldinez (Sskel), Ralph Watson (Ettis), Ysanne Churchman (Voice of Alpha Centauri), Stuart Fell (Body of Alpha Centauri), Gerald Taylor (Vega Nexos), Graeme Eton (Preba), Michael Crane (Blor), Terry Walsh (Guard Captain), Nick Hobbs (Aggedor), Roy Evans (Miner), Max Faulkner (Miner)Setting: Planet Peladon Villain: The Ice Warriors

The Episodes

No. Episodes Broadcast
(UK)
Duration Viewers
(Millions)
In Archive
370Part 123 March 197424'59"9.2PAL 2" colour videotape
371Part 230 March 197423'26"6.8PAL 2" colour videotape
372Part 306 April 197424'47"7.4PAL 2" colour videotape
373Part 413 April 197424'50"7.2PAL 2" colour videotape
374Part 520 April 197423'56"7.5PAL 2" colour videotape
375Part 627 April 197423'48"8.1PAL 2" colour videotape

Total Duration 2 Hours 26 Minutes


Audience Appreciation

Average Viewers (Millions) 7.7
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (1998)57.36%  (Position = 135 out of 159)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2009)54.69% Lower (Position = 179 out of 200)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2014)56.78% Higher (Position = 216 out of 241)


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 All six episodes exist as PAL 2" colour videotapes.



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Notes


This story is a sequel to the popular 1972 story "The Curse of Peladon". "The Monster of Peladon" however, was a rather unsuccessful analogy to the miners' strikes plaguing Britain in the early 1970s.

Several carryover items were brought into this story to give the same look and feel as the earlier adventure – Producer Barry Letts made a conscious effort to reassemble as much of the crew of "The Curse of Peladon" as possible. Most notably, Lennie Mayne returned as director, having also helmed "The Three Doctors" in between. Many of the sets, props and costumes from the earlier Peladon story were also reused (including Alpha Centauri, Aggedor and Ice Warrior costumes), resulting in tight continuity between the two stories.

Stuart Fell and Ysanne Churchman returned to give life to Alpha Centauri again, while Alan Bennion and Sonny Caldinez returned to play different, more malevolent Ice Warriors (returning them to the villain status they held in Brian Hayles' first two stories featuring Ice Warriors which had been lost in the earlier Peladon story).

This story is set fifty years later than "The Curse of Peladon". The original outline for "The Monster of Peladon" had events following on only a short time after the previous story and included King Peladon and Ortron.

The character played by Roy Evans is credited as 'Miner' on-screen, but is named as Rima in the dialogue.

Even though this is the last televised story set on Peladon the Seventh Doctor would return there in the Virgin Books' The New Adventures story "Legacy" (originally entitled "The Legacy of Peladon") written by Gary Russell. The Fifth Doctor also returns to this world in the Big Finish Productions audio story "The Bride of Peladon".

This is last on-screen appearance of the Ice Warriors (an appearance later in the show, during Season Twenty Three had been planned, but that season was aborted during the 1986 hiatus and their appearance in the story, alternatively entitled "Planet of Storms" or "Mission to Magnus", never took place). A novelisation of "Mission to Magnus" was released by Target Books in 1990, as the third volume of its Missing Episodes series, and as an audio version, starring Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor) and Nicola Bryant (as his companion Peri), by Big Finish Productions in 2010 as part of their "Lost Stories" range. The Ice Warriors also appeared in other Big Finish Productions Doctor Who audio stories ("Red Dawn", "Frozen Time", "The Bride of Peladon", "The Judgement of Isskar" and "Prisoner of Peladon" as well as Bernice Summerfield encountering them in the Professor Bernice Summerfield story "The Dance of the Dead"). They have also appeared in various Virgin Books' The New Adventures stories ("Legacy", "Theatre of War", "Happy Endings", "GodEngine" and "The Dying Days").

Having written five previous stories for the show ("The Celestial Toymaker", "The Smugglers", "The Ice Warriors", "The Seeds of Death" and "The Curse of Peladon") "The Monster of Peladon" would become Brian Hayles' last Doctor Who story. He made further submissions to the production office which went unproduced, and continued writing novelisations for Target's line of Doctor Who books. Brian Hayles also scripted a number of films and television programmes, including the supernatural children's drama The Moon Stallion, as well as the radio series The Archers. Sadly Brian Hayles died in October 1978.

Trisilicate, which is mined on Peladon, is a vital component of circuits and heat shields. It was been revealed in the commentary, that accompanied the January 2010 DVD release, that the name of this mineral was named ‘Trisilicate’ because Barry Letts saw it listed on the back of a tube of Boots Toothpaste as one of the ingredients.

The Doctor is heard to repeat the lullaby to calm Aggedor that he first used in "The Curse of Peladon".

The Doctor uses a pen light (also seen in various First Doctor stories, including "An Unearthly Child" and "The Edge of Destruction").

Despite the fact that Izlyr (from "The Curse of Peladon") explained that the Ice warriors have renounced their warlike ways, there still exists, it seems, some renegade break-away groups, including those led by Azaxyr, that still yearn for warfare.

Look out for the fight scene in Part Four which has an obvious shot of Terry Walsh doubling for Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor.

Sarah Jane Smith refers to these events in The Sarah Jane Adventures story "The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith".



First and Last

The Firsts:

 George Gallacio's first involvement in the show as Production Unit Manager.


The Lasts (Subject to Future Stories):

 The last Doctor Who story written by Brian Hayles.

 The last on-screen appearance of the Ice Warriors.

 The last of two stories that The Doctor visits the planet Peladon.


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The Plot

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Alpha Centauri
Alpha Centauri

The TARDIS returns to the planet Peladon about fifty years after The Doctor’s last visit there with his then companion Jo Grant. The Doctor, with his latest companion Sarah Jane Smith is about to discover that things have changed. The planet is unsettled due to a war between the Federation and Galaxy 5. Peladon is rich in the mineral trisilicate, which is needed for the war, but the Pel miners are refusing to operate the new equipment brought in by the Federation. Queen Thalira and her High Priest Ortron are trying to convince them that the equipment is safe. It appears that the spirit of Aggedor is working against them as his image has appeared and several miners have been killed. The latest victim is the alien mining expert Vega Nexos, when he and engineer Eckersley, demonstrate a new sonic lance to speed up the mining process. Gebek, who represents the miners, is open minded about the technology, but another miner, Ettis, wants to use force to return Peladon to the old ways.

The Doctor and Sarah are captured but luckily Alpha Centauri is still on Peladon in an ambassadorial capacity and vouches for The Doctor. Ettis and a group of miners try and break into the planet's armoury but cannot get through the doors which are electronically controlled from the communications room. Ettis sends Preba to try and get them open but he is captured. This action discredits Gebek and Ortron orders Gebek and Preba executed. The Doctor helps them to escape and persuades Queen Thalira that Gebek is her only chance of peace with the miners. He goes with Blor, the Queen's champion, to check the cave where the spirit of Aggedor last appeared. Ettis uses the sonic lance to trap The Doctor and Blor inside. The image of Aggedor appears and Blor is killed.

When Gebek realises what Ettis has done, he rescues The Doctor as Aggedor appears once more. Sarah, on hearing a message in the communications room, goes to find The Doctor in the caves. However, she gets lost and finds herself by the new Federation refinery. She sees someone moving inside but is then knocked unconscious by the automatic defence system. Luckily Eckersley sees her, via a monitor in the communications room, and goes to help her.

Alpha Centauri with Eckersley
Alpha Centauri with Eckersley

The Doctor wants the miners to wait and to work normally while he investigates the situation. Gebek agrees, but when they have gone, Ettis plans another attack on the armoury. However, when Gebek is arrested The Doctor helps him to escape. Ortron proposes that the rebellion must be crushed and that The Doctor must be captured and executed. Meanwhile Ettis goes to the communications room, where he gets Alpha Centauri to open the armoury door. He then leaves, taking Sarah hostage. Sarah manages to escape but is soon captured by Ortron, who accuses her of conspiring to overthrow the Queen. When The Doctor arrives to try and make Ortron see sense, the High Priest condemns them both to be punished by Aggedor. The guard captain tells Eckersley and Alpha Centauri that Sarah has been captured by Ortron and they try and get Queen Thalira to intervene. Queen Thalira goes to talk to Ortron but she arrives too late to save The Doctor and Sarah as they have already been placed into a pit under the temple.

In the pit, The Doctor manages to calm Aggedor with a spinning pendant and demands that he and Sarah be released. Queen Thalira then orders Ortron to comply. The Doctor again tells the Queen to talk to Gebek and she asks him to arrange a meeting. Ortron, however, orders The Doctor not to leave the Citadel. When he tries to do so, the High Priest has him arrested and thrown in a dungeon leaving Sarah to deliver Queen Thalira's message to Gebek instead.

Sarah in Trouble
Sarah in Trouble

Sarah and Gebek then go to see Queen Thalira and learn that Alpha Centauri has followed a suggestion, made by Eckersley, and has summoned Federation troops to provide support. Sarah reasons that the troops will leave if all seems normal and Ortron manages to persuade the miners to go along with this. Alpha Centauri then receives a message from the Federation troops who it seems are already in orbit and so will arrive shortly. Gebek frees The Doctor from the dungeon and they go to investigate the refinery, following Sarah's assertion that she saw someone in there. The Doctor opens the door and they are shocked when they are confronted by an Ice Warrior.

The Ice Lord Commander Azaxyr arrives and states that the planet is under martial law. He wants the miners to work under threat of death and takes hostages who will be killed every hour until the miners are working again. He also threatens that the planet will be destroyed unless trisilicate is being delivered. Azaxyr then has the Ice Warrior, Sskel, take The Doctor, Sarah, Eckersley and Alpha Centauri to the communications room. Azaxyr agrees to allow The Doctor to try and persuade Gebek to get the miners working again and Sarah realises that it was Sskel that she saw in the refinery and so these are not the troops that Alpha Centauri thought were being summoned. The Doctor goes to talk with Gebek to get the miners to pretend to co-operate to give him time to deal with the Ice Warriors. He then raises the temperature in the mines so as to dull the Ice Warriors' senses which will allow the miners to attack them.

When the miners attack the Ice Warriors, The Doctor learns from Rima about Ettis' plan, to destroy the citadel using a sonic lance that he has pointed there, and goes to try and stop him. However, Azaxyr has set the lance to self destruct, and watches on a monitor as The Doctor and Ettis fight. Ettis activates the lance and it explodes, apparently killing The Doctor and Ettis. The Doctor is not dead, however, and, when he recovers he goes to find Gebek. They then both head for the refinery.

Queen Thalira Counseled by Ortron
Queen Thalira Counseled by Ortron

Azaxyr switches off the heat in the mines and cuts off the air supply instead, which is controlled from the refinery. Ortron is killed and Queen Thalira is held prisoner as an escape is attempted from the throne room. Alpha Centauri and Sarah manage to get to the communications room where Alpha Centauri sends an SOS message. Sarah sees Azaxyr and Eckersley talking in the refinery, on the monitor screen, and discovers that they have been working together in a plot to supply trisilicate to Galaxy 5. She also discovers that Eckersley has a statue of Aggedor which he is moving round the mines using a matter projector linked to a directional heat ray to kill the miners.

Outside the refinery, The Doctor also overhears Azaxyr and Eckersley and Sarah sees him on the monitor. Relieved that The Doctor survived the explosion Sarah goes to join him and her appearance outside the refinery allows Gebek to knock out the guarding Ice Warrior. Azaxyr, who has returned to the communications room, sends Sskel to stop The Doctor getting into the refinery. The Ice Warrior arrives too late and starts to burn through the refinery door, but The Doctor uses the Aggedor statue to stop him. Seeing that Aggedor is now on their side, the miners attack the Ice Warriors. Eckersley however, uses the defence system to try and stop The Doctor and The Doctor is apparently killed once more. The miners then storm the throne room where Azaxyr is holding Queen Thalira hostage. They struggle and Azaxyr kills Sskel by accident. The Ice Lord is then fatally stabbed by one of the Queen's guards.

Having lost control Eckersley kidnaps Queen Thalira and makes his escape by dragging her through the tunnels towards his space shuttle on the other side of the mountain. Thinking once again that The Doctor has been killed Sarah goes to the refinery where she finds that The Doctor is not dead - he had put himself in a coma when the defence system became too much to cope with. On learning that Eckersley has kidnapped Queen Thalira, The Doctor uses the real Aggedor to track Eckersley down. When they catch up with him Aggedor attacks Eckersley but he kills the beast before he is himself killed.

With the crisis over Queen Thalira asks The Doctor to stay on as advisor, but The Doctor instead suggests Gebek for the role. Alpha Centauri reports that the war with Galaxy 5 is over and they are keen to negotiate peace now that they realise that their supplies of trisilicate are not going to be arriving. Gebek reports that the TARDIS has been found so enabling The Doctor and Sarah to leave.

 
Ice Lord Azaxyr
Ice Lord Azaxyr
Sarah Confronts Ortron in the Temple of Aggedor
Sarah Confronts Ortron in the Temple of Aggedor
Gebek in the Mines
Gebek in the Mines
Sarah, Eckersley and Alpha Centauri
Sarah, Eckersley and Alpha Centauri
 
Sarah
Sarah
Queen Thalira
Queen Thalira
Sarah with Alpha Centauri and Azaxyr
Sarah with Alpha Centauri and Azaxyr
The Doctor and Gebek
The Doctor and Gebek




Quote of the Story


 'There is nothing "only" about being a miner, your Majesty, any more than there was about being a girl.'

Sarah Jane Smith



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Release Information

FormatTitleRelease Date (UK)Code NumberCover ArtRemarks
Video
VHS
The Monster of PeladonJanuary 1996BBCV 5781Colin HowardDouble cassette release
Audio
CD
Doctor Who at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop Volume Two - New Beginnings 1970-1980May 2005WMSF 6024-2Music and sound effects
Audio
CD
The Monster of PeladonMarch 2008Photo-montageNarrated by by Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith) Double CD Release Includes a bonus interview with Elisabeth Sladen
Video
DVD
The Monster of PeladonJanuary 2010BBCDVD 2744Photo-montagePart of the "Peladon Tales" box set along with "The Curse of Peladon"
Audio
CD
Classic TV Adventures - Collection OneApril 2017Photo-montagePart of the "Classic TV Adventures Collection One" Box Set Narrated by by Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith)


In Print

FormatTitleRelease Date (UK)PublisherAuthorCover ArtRemarks
Novel
Novel
Doctor Who and the Monster of PeladonDecember 1980Target No. 43Terrance DicksSteve KyteISBN: 0-426-20132-9
Novel
Novel
The Monster of PeladonJune 1992Target No. 43Terrance DicksAlister PearsonVirgin new cover reprint.
ISBN: 0-426-20132-9
CD
CD
The Monster of PeladonMarch 2020Target No. 43Terrance DicksSteve KyteAudio version of the Target Novel read by Jon Curshaw
Doctor Who CMS Magazine (An Adventure in Space and Time)Issue 73
Doctor Who Magazine - ArchiveIssue 94 (Released: November 1984)
Doctor Who Magazine - ArchiveIssue 216 (Released: August 1994)
Doctor Who Magazine - Time TeamIssue 340 (Released: March 2004)
Doctor Who Magazine - Time TeamIssue 341 (Released: March 2004)
Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of FictionIssue 489 (Released: September 2015)
Doctor Who DVD FilesVolume 125 (Released: October 2013)

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Doctor Who Magazine - Archive: Issue 216

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Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 340

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Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 341
Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 341

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Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of Fiction: Issue 489
Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of Fiction: Issue 489

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Doctor Who DVD Files: Volume 125
Doctor Who DVD Files: Volume 125

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