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The Greatest Show in the Galaxy
Doctor Who, episode 155 (25.4)
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2012 09:43:28
The Doctor's at the mercy of the Gods of Light Entertainment.
The Doctor and Ace head for the Psychic Circus on the planet Segonax, where they meet a disparate group of fellow visitors including a pompous explorer named Captain Cook and his companion Mags and a biker known as Nord.
The Circus itself is dominated by the sinister Chief Clown and his deadly troupe of robot clowns, who organise a talent contest in which all visitors take part. The audience consists of just a single strange family - mother, father and daughter - seated at the ringside. Although hindered by the treacherous Cook, the Doctor eventually discovers that the Circus hides a terrible secret: the family are in reality the Gods of Ragnarok, powerful creatures with an insatiable craving for entertainment who invariably destroy those who fail to please them.
With Ace's help, the Doctor ends the Gods' influence here and returns the Circus to the control of its original hippie owners.
By The Television Companion on 23 Oct 2003 21:53:10
The Greatest Show in the Galaxy is aptly named, coming at the end of a season that can be seen as the culmination of a trend of gradual improvement by way of which Doctor Who had effectively pulled itself out of its mid-eighties slump and - the disappointing Silver Nemesis notwithstanding - regained much of its former glory. 'Images from this story will be remembered by today's youngsters in a decade or two's time,' suggested Brian J Robb in the February 1989 edition of Celestial Toyroom. 'The...
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