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Doctor Who, episode 117 (19.1)
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2012 09:39:21
Is Castrovalva a sanctuary, or a trap?
The newly regenerated Doctor escapes with his companions back to the TARDIS. Suffering from post-regeneration trauma, he only narrowly manages to save the ship from destruction as it plunges back to Event One, the hydrogen in-rush that preceded the creation of the universe.
He then seeks sanctuary in the peaceful domain of Castrovalva, only to discover that it is an illusory, dimensionally paradoxical trap set for him by the Master with the unwilling aid of a kidnapped Adric. The Doctor eventually wins the day by enlisting the help of the Castrovalvan people who, although also part of the Master's creation, are nevertheless able to exercise free will.
By The Television Companion on 23 Oct 2003 21:51:19
'The nine-day Doctor Who story is with us,' wrote Peter G Lovelady in Shada 8 in 1981, 'with new times, new titles and a new Doctor.' The series' new twice-weekly transmission pattern undeniably had a very considerable impact on the way in which it was perceived by contemporary viewers. It meant that each story was effectively over in half the time that it would have been previously, and that the relative importance of the cliffhanger endings to odd-numbered episodes was diminished as the next...
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