TARDIS is drawn off course by the Mandragora Helix, a powerful alien energy
complex. Unknown to the Doctor, a portion of Mandragora conceals itself
inside the TARDIS, which subsequently lands on Earth. The Doctor and Sarah
find themselves in the Dukedom of San Martino in Italy in the 15th century.
The evil Count Federico is planning to usurp the rule of his nephew, Giuliano.
He is aided by Hieronmous, the Court Astrologer and secret leader of the
Brothers of Demnos, a cult of star worshippers. Mandragora takes over
Hieronymous, seeking to form a bridgehead so that it can kill the great
minds of the Renaissance and plunge Earth back into the Dark Ages. Federico
is murdered by Hieronymous now transformed into an energy creature. The
Doctor defeats the Helix by draining its energies.
The Doctor: Tom
Sarah Jane Smith:
Federico: Jon Laurimore
Giuliano: Gareth Armstrong
Marco: Tim Pigott Smith
Hieronymous: Norman Jones
Captain Rossini: Antony Carrick
High Priest: Robert James
Guards: Pat Gorman, James Appleby,
Pikemen: Peter Walshe, Jay Neill
Brother: Brian Ellis
Mandragora's voice: Peter Tuddenhain
Dancers: Peggy Dixon, Jack Edwards,
Alistair Fullarton, Michael Reid, Kathy Wolff
Entertainer: Stuart Fell
Script Editor: Robert Holmes
Writer: Louis Marks
Costume: James Acheson
Make up: Jan Harrison
Visual Effects: Ian Scoones
Music: Dudley Simpson
as "Doctor Who and The Masque of Mandragora" by Philip
Hinchcliffe (0 426 11893 6) first published by W H Allen (now Virgin Publishing
Ltd) in 1977 with cover by Mike Little. New edition in 1991
published as "Doctor Who - The Masque of Mandragora"
with cover by Alister Pearson. Target library number 42.
in America by Pinnacle. The edition was number 8 in the series of 10,
published in November 1979 (0 523 40640 1). Printed for a fifth time in
June 1989 (1 55817 224 6). Cover art by David
Mann, which went through a number of minor changes.
A French edition was published by Éditions Garancière in
June 1987. It was the sixth in the series, translated by Richard D. Nolane,
adapted by Corine Derblum and entitled "Docteur Who - Le masque
de Mandragore" ( ISBN 2 7340 0218 3).
Masque Of Mandragora" in
episodic format, August 1991, (BBCV
Released in US and Canada (Warner catalogue # E1203)
with cover art by Alister Pearson.
The first time
that the wood-panelled console room was used. the new room was designed
by Barry Newbery, after Peter Hinchcliffe decided the old one was too
big and difficult to record in, and that the central column and main doors
suffered constant technical problems.
This was the first Doctor Who adventure set earlier than the twentieth
century since "The Time Warrior",
the opening story from the Eleventh Season.
All four episodes
exist in color on videotape.
recording in Stage TC3. (3-7 May; 8 June
Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd. (3-6 May 1976)
1 - Hieronymous speaks spookily and intimidatingly
until his grammatical flub about eight minutes into the episode: "The
great god's dwelling place must not be defiled by unbelievers in this
? - When the Doctor and Sarah
are discussing about astrology being nonsense, at one point in the conversation,
Tom Baker distinctly refers to Sarah as Lis (Lis Sladen). The line is
something like: "It's not nonsense, Lis!"
? - At one point, the Doctor has
a line about being able to use Galileo's telescope 50 years later. This
story is set sometime in the 1470's, and Galileo introduced his telescope
in 1610, meaning a wait of almost 140 years.
? - Hieronymous tells the Doctor
that another follower of Mandragora will join them, but this mysterious
guest never shows up and isn't mentioned again.