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Doctor Who, episode 145 (23.2)
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2012 09:43:05
Is the Doctor mad? Or has Peri lost her head?
The Valeyard's second segment of evidence relates to the planet Thoros-Beta. Here the Doctor and Peri meet their old adversary Sil and others of his Mentor race, whose leader Kiv is awaiting an operation from a scientist named Crozier to transplant his brain into another body. They also form an uneasy alliance with a kidnapped Krontep warrior, King Yrcanos, and encounter a group of resistance fighters. Peri is eventually chosen as the recipient of Kiv's consciousness and is apparently killed in an ensuing mˆlée sanctioned by the Time Lords to prevent Crozier's work from disturbing the balance of nature.
By The Television Companion on 23 Oct 2003 21:53:00
The Thoros-Beta segment is a little better than part one - although, as Peter Anghelides pointed out in DWB Number 40, dated November 1986, it still has its problems:: 'I think ... that the lack of depth in so many of the characterisations is because [writer] Philip Martin and [director] Ron Jones have failed to create a believable society. The power of Yrcanos, manifested in Brian Blessed's huge televisual presence, is thus undercut by our inability to visualise him as the head of an unseen...
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