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Doctor Who, episode 121 (19.5)
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2012 09:39:38
A sinister clown and an Amazon tribesman lurk at Lord Cranleigh's ball.
The TARDIS arrives on Earth in 1925 where, due to a case of mistaken identity, the Doctor ends up playing in a local cricket match. The travellers then accept an invitation to a masked fancy dress ball, but events take on a more sinister tone as a number of murders are perpetrated at the country home of their host Lord Cranleigh.
The Doctor comes under suspicion but the murderer is eventually revealed to be Cranleigh's brother George, who has been kept locked up in the house ever since returning in a deranged and disfigured state from an expedition up the Amazon to find the legendary black orchid. George mistakes Nyssa for his former fiance Ann Talbot, who looks identical, and takes her up to the roof of the house. He is persuaded by the Doctor to let her go, but then falls from the roof to his death.
By The Television Companion on 23 Oct 2003 21:51:54
Black Orchid marks the very welcome return of the pure historical story - although, as David Richardson pointed out in Skaro Volume Two Number Five, dated June 1982, it does not really have all that much in common with the classic historical stories of sixties Doctor Who:: 'Instead of having an adventure set around a particular event in Earth's history, such as the fire of Rome, here we have a plot that could have occurred in the present day and been little different for it. Fortunately much of...
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