The Masque of Mandragora
When a wave of Mandragora energy hitches a ride with the TARDIS to 15th century Earth, The Doctor and Sarah Jane’s troubles are only just beginning. Caught up in a struggle for the Dukedom of San Martino and the mysterious ancient cult of Demnos, The Doctor’s scientific expertise is really put to the test.
A darker force is beginning to glow, gaining power after centuries of waiting in the shadows. And it must take over the Earth when the evil of Mandragora swallows the moon…
Originally transmitted 4th – 25th September 1976 this adventure is available for the first time on BBC Video.
- The Masque of Mandragora was the first episode of season 14
- This story had working titles of Catacombs of Death, Doom of Destiny (unconfirmed), Secret of the Labyrinth and The Curse of Mandragora.
- Many of the period costumes seen in this story were first used in Franco Zeffirelli’s 1968 feature film production of Romeo and Juliet. (Only one costume in the story comes from Zeffirelli’s film: Captain Rossini’s red and white tabard, which was worn by Robert Stephens as the Prince. Many of the other costumes were used in Renato Castellani’s 1954 feature film production of Romeo and Juliet.)