Doctor returns to Peladon fifty years after his last visit and finds that
the spirit of the sacred monster Aggedor is again spreading terror and
death. While helping Queen Thalira (King Peladon's daughter), the Doctor
finds that some renegade Ice Warriors are
behind a plot to seize the mineral wealth of the planet to help an invading
enemy - Galaxy 5. The Federation Ambassador, Alpha
Centauri, calls upon Federation troops to settle the troubles on Peladon,
but the trisilicate mines are occupied by the Ice Warriors and a Human
traitor, Eckersley. The Doctor uses the monster - producing machine of
his enemies to despatch the Ice Warriors. Eckersley is killed by the real
Doctor: Jon Pertwee
Sarah Jane Smith:
Eckersley: Donald Gee
Vega Nexos: Gerald Taylor
Queen Thalira: Nina Thomas
Ortron: Frank Gatliff
Blor: Michael Crane
Alpha Centauri: Stuart Fell
Voice of Alpha Centauri: Ysanne Churchman
Captain: Terry Walsh
Aggedor: Nick Hobbs
Rime: Roy Evans
Sskel: Sonny Caldinez
Script Editor: Terrence
Make up: Elizabeth Moss.
Visual Effects: Peter
Music : Dudley
"Doctor Who - The Monster of Peladon" by Terrance Dicks
(0 426 20132 9) first published by W H Allen (now Virgin Publishing Ltd)
in 1980 as "Doctor Who and the Monster of Peladon" with
cover by Steve Kyte. New edition in 1992 with cover by Alister Pearson.
Target library number 43.
as "The Monster
of Peladon" January 1996 in the
UK. Australia & New Zealand (BBC catalogue #5781) and in US &
Canada 1997 (CBS/FOX catalogue # 8494, reclassified as WHV #E1377). Cover
art by Colin Howard. Released as two-tape set in UK, US & Canada,
and one tape in Australia & New Zealand.
to the ninth-season serial "The Curse of Peladon" (MMM).
This was the last story for Brian Hayles (he later died in 1978) and the
last appearance that the Ice Warriors would make.
six episodes exist in color on PAL 2" videotape as held by the Film
& Videotape Library when audited in 1978.
filming on Stage 3A. (14-18
Studio recording in studio TC6. (11-12,
recording in studio TC8. (28-29
2 - When Eckersley is lying unconscious
on the floor, a mysterious shadow momentarily appears around the corner
of the set, just before Alpha Centauri arrives and starts pleading for
Eckersley to wake up.
2, 3 - There's an obvious
mat placed for the Doctor and Sarah to land on when they get thrown into
the pit. Yet in the next shot of them, when they get up, the mat has vanished.
3 - When Gebek frees
the Doctor from the dungeon, how does he manage to knock out the guard
with a single punch to the face, considering that the guard is wearing
a helmet with a nose-piece and protective chin guards?
3 - Watch the sequence
of pictures that appear on the monitor in the communications room when
Eckersley checks his security cameras. The first one is a long-shot of
the refinery door and alarm control box, with no-one in sight. Rather
odd, since the final shot in the sequence just a few seconds later shows
a close-up of Gebek and the Doctor, who's working at deactivating the
4 - Watch out for a
blatant appearance by Jon Pertwee's stunt double
Terry Walsh, when the Doctor
is fighting Ettis (the chap with the sonic lance).
6 - When the Doctor
is holed up in the refinery and being attacked by Ice Warriors, he sends
out the fake Aggedor to fry them. Notice that before he does this, there
is a gaping hole in the door. When Aggedor rematerialises after zapping
the Ice Warriors, we can see the door to the right side of the screen
– completely untouched.
- As Azaxyr is setting up his ambush for the miners, a light can briefly
be seen shining through a bad join in the corridor set.
- Stuntman Max Faulkner manages to get killed twice within the space of
10 minutes, playing two different characters!
- As Eckersley hits Alpha Centauri with the butt of his gun, Centauri's
head lifts up very obviously at the front.
- When Aggedor kills Eckersley, there's a very visible gap between the
furry boots and the body of the Aggedor costume.
- As the Doctor is examining Aggedor's body, the supposedly-dead Eckersley
behind him can be seen still breathing.