5P. Doctor Who - State Of Decay

Season Eighteen

Script Editor: Christopher H. Bidmead; Writer: Terrance Dicks; Produced by: John Nathan-Turner; Director: Peter Moffat; Designer: Christine Ruscoe; Incidental Music: Paddy Kingsland; Fight Arranger: Stuart Fell (4);

Trying to find a way out of E-space the TARDIS materialises on an unknown planet where the inhabitants are ruled by the Lords, otherwise referred to as the Three Who Rule.

The natives appear to be primitive, and the Doctor learns that the Lords have outlawed all technology and knowledge, although there are some rebel factions.

Overlooking the settlement is a great tower which houses the Lords. The Doctor learns that the Lords are in fact from Earth, brought to the planet by the Great One. The tower is in fact the spacecraft in which they arrived.

The Great One is in fact a vampire, the survivor of a war with the Time Lords. The Lords have been converted to vampires and feed of the natives.

The Doctor manages to destroy the Great One by using the spacecraft to go into orbit, and come straight down into the Great One's heart. With the Great One dead the Lords die also.

Regular cast

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

Guest cast

Aukon (Science Officer Anthony O'Connor): Emrys James; Camilla (Navigation Officer Lauren MacMillan):: Rachel Davies; Zargo (Captain Miles Sharkey): William Lindsay; Ivo: Clinton Greyn; Tarak: Thane Bettany; Veros: Stacy Davis; Habris: Iain Rattray (1-2,4); Kalmar: Arthur Hewlett (1-2,4); Marta: Rhoda Lewis (1-2); Karl: Dean Allen (1); Roga: Stuart Fell (3); Zoldaz: Stuart Blake (3);
Uncredited cast: Guard: Alan Chuntz;

First showing

Channel Episode Title Date Viewers Position
BBC 1538Part OneSat 22 November 19805:40 pm - 6:05 pm5.8M119th
BBC 1539Part TwoSat 29 November 19805:40 pm - 6:05 pm5.3M136th
BBC 1540Part ThreeSat 6 December 19805:40 pm - 6:05 pm4.4M145th
BBC 1541Part FourSat 13 December 19805:40 pm - 6:05 pm5.4M125th

Outside filming

Black Park, nr. Iver B470, Bucks; Burnham Beeches, Bucks;

Studio filming

Ealing Film Studios; 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 does not provide his K-9 voice for Part Two.

Working titles

The Waiting; The Witch Lords; The Vampire Mutations;