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The Curse of Peladon
Doctor Who, episode 61 (9.2)
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2012 09:30:52
Can Peladon escape the curse of its cruel god?
The Doctor and Jo make a test flight in the TARDIS and arrive on the planet Peladon. Seeking shelter, they enter the citadel of the soon-to-be-crowned King Peladon, where the Doctor is mistaken for a human dignitary summoned to act as Chairman of a committee assessing an application by the planet to join the Galactic Federation.
The other committee members - Alpha Centauri, Arcturus and the Martian Lord Izlyr and his Warrior subordinate Ssorg - have already arrived, but are disconcerted by the death of one of the King's advisors, Chancellor Torbis. High Priest Hepesh, who opposes the union with the Federation, attributes Torbis's death to the Curse of Aggedor, the sacred beast of Peladon. Other incidents occur and the Doctor concludes that a saboteur is at work.
At first he suspects the Ice Warriors, but the guilty parties are eventually revealed to be Hepesh and Arcturus. Arcturus has convinced Hepesh that the Federation would only exploit Peladon for its mineral riches, whereas this is in fact his own race's intention. Arcturus is destroyed with a blast from Ssorg's sonic gun, but Hepesh escapes into a network of tunnels beneath the citadel, where he foments rebellion amongst the guards. The rebels storm the citadel and take the King prisoner.
Hepesh then orders Aggedor - a real beast he has been using for his own ends - to kill the Doctor. The Doctor, however, has tamed Aggedor, and it is Hepesh who dies.
By The Television Companion on 23 Oct 2003 21:49:23
One of Doctor Who's most celebrated and popular features is the wide variety of weird and wonderful alien races that it presents. Every so often there comes along a story in which the Doctor encounters not just one or two different types of creature but a veritable menagerie. A good example of this is season two's The Web Planet, the only story (with the obvious exception of Inside the Spaceship) to involve no humanoid characters at all, apart from the Doctor and his companions. Another is The...
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