5R. Doctor Who - Full Circle

Season Eighteen

Script Editor: Christopher H. Bidmead; Writer: Andrew Smith; Produced by: John Nathan-Turner; Director: Peter Grimwade; Designer: Janet Budden; Incidental Music: Paddy Kingsland;

Romana has received a summons from Gallifrey, and no summons can be disobeyed. During the journey the TARDIS hits some turbulence and ends up in the wrong Universe. When the TARDIS lands at co-ordinates 10,0,11,00 by 02 the picture on the scanner is of Gallifrey but the location is not, it is the planet Alzarius.

There are two settlements on the planet: One is a group of people living on the stranded Starliner, and the second is a group of rebels. It is the time of the mistfall, and everyone is ordered inside the Starliner. During the mistfall the air is said to be toxic and it is forbidden to go outside.

During the mistfall the Marshmen emerge from the lake, and spiders emerge from fruit. The Doctor finds that there is a startling connection, and evolution on the planet has turned full circle: The spiders turn into the Marshmen, and the Marshmen destroy the Terradonians, then evolve into a copy of the Terradonians. This happens every fifty years.

The Doctor also finds that the people are not repairing the ship - they are merely replacing good components with new components. The ship has been ready for centuries. The library on board held enough information to allow them to take the ship apart, but could not tell them how to fly the craft.

The Doctor manages to get the ship working and ready to fly. The ship leaves Alzaruis en route to Terradon, breaking the full circle.

Regular cast

Voice of K-9: John Leeson; Romana: Lalla Ward; Adric: Matthew Waterhouse;

Guest cast

Decider Login: George Baker; Decider Nefred: James Bree; Decider Graff: Alan Rowe; Varsh: Richard Willis; Keara: June Page; Tylos: Bernard Padden; Dexter: Tony Calvin (1-3); Omril: Andrew Forbes (1-3); Decider Draith: Leonard Maguire (1); Rysik: Adrian Gibbs (1); Marshman: Narney Lawrence (uncredited for 1); Marshchild: Norman Bacon (2-3);
Uncredited cast: Marshmen: Stephen Calcutt, Graham Cole, Keith Guest, James Jackson, Steve Kelly, Stephen Watson; Outlers: Nick Staverson (1), Terry John Wood (1);

First showing

Channel Episode Title Date Viewers Position
BBC 1534Part OneSat 25 October 19805:40 pm - 6:05 pm5.9M106th
BBC 1535Part TwoSat 1 November 19805:40 pm - 6:05 pm3.7M170th
BBC 1536Part ThreeSat 8 November 19805:40 pm - 6:05 pm5.9M118th
BBC 1537Part FourSat 15 November 19805:40 pm - 6:05 pm5.5M127th

Repeats (on the BBC)

Outside filming

Black Park, nr. Iver B470, Bucks;

Studio filming

Television Centre Studio 3; Television Centre Studio 6;

Bloopers and mistakes

This programme has no bloopers or mistakes. It's probably not perfect, just that they haven't been found or pointed out yet.

Notes and trivia

John Leeson's K-9 voice is not heard in Part Three.

This was the first story in the E-Space Trilogy.

Tom Baker announced his departure from the show on the same day as Part One was transmitted.

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