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Planet Of Fire

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First Transmitted

23 February 1984

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Regular Cast

Peter Davison (The Doctor), Mark Strickson (Turlough)

Guest Cast

Nicola Bryant (Peri), Peter Wyngarde (Timanov), Anthony Ainley (The Master), Barbara Shelley (Sorasta), James Bate (Amyand), Dallas Adams (Professor Howard Foster), Gerald Flood (Voice of Kamelion), Edward Highmore (Malkon), Jonathon Caplan (Roskal), Michael Bangerter (Curt) [1], Simon Sutton (Lookout) [1-2], Max Arthur (Zuko) [2], John Alkin (Lomand) [4].


Written by Peter Grimwade
Directed by Fiona Cumming
Produced by John Nathan Turner


The TARDIS has brought The Doctor, Tegan and Turlough to the picture postcard English village of Little Hodcombe. Tegan has come to visit her grandfather – well known local historian Andrew Verney – but he seems to be missing. The residents of Little Hodcombe, led by the obsessive Sir George Hutchinson, are playing a vicious war game – an exact recreation of a battle of the English Civil War fought there in 1643.

As each of the TARDIS crew witnesses a terrifying apparition from the past, The Doctor realises that he faces a far greater menace than the unstable Hutchinson.

An ancient and alien force for evil is at work – one which will glory in the slaughter of them all


  1. Peri (Perpugilliam) Brown is a young American student. She is holidaying with her mother and archaeologist step father, Professor Howard Foster, on Lanzarote.
  2. Peri Brown finds and uses a telescope on the slope of the volcano.
  3. Although Kamelion is now dead, a portion of his personality survived due to his interface with the TARDIS, which is eventually given a new form by an alien race — the Gelsandorans — as a second chance in The Ultimate Treasure.
  4. The Master has survived the fires of Sarn, but he is horribly burnt, and The Doctor and Peri encounter him trying to cure himself in A Town Called Eternity.
  5. The Master accidentally shrank himself while adjusting his Tissue Compression Eliminator.
  6. The departure of Turlough and the destruction of Kamelion mark the end of an almost seven year span of stories featuring at least one non-human companion. It began with the introduction of the robot dog K9 Mark I in The Invisible Enemy in 1977. The other non-human companions who travelled with The Doctor in the interim were K9 Mark II, the first and second incarnations of Romana, the Adric and the Nyssa. Turlough and Kamelion would be the final non-human companions to appear in a televised Doctor Who story, until the guest reappearance of K9 Mark III in School Reunion in 2006.
  7. Radio Times incorrectly credits Nicola Bryant as “Perpugillian Brown” and Gerald Flood as “Voice of Kamelior“.
  8. In Shell Shock, it’s strongly implied that Howard sexually abused Peri when she was younger.

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