Doctor Who The Deadly Assassin: Part One (1963–1989) HD online
|Episode complete credited cast:|
|Tom Baker||-||Doctor Who|
|Llewellyn Rees||-||The President|
|Bernard Horsfall||-||Chancellor Goth|
|George Pravda||-||Castellan Spandrell|
|Angus MacKay||-||Cardinal Borusa|
|Peter Pratt||-||The Master|
|Hugh Walters||-||Commentator Runcible|
|Erik Chitty||-||Co-Ordinator Engin|
|Derek Seaton||-||Commander Hilred|
|Maurice Quick||-||Gold Usher|
|John Dawson||-||Time Lord|
|Michael Bilton||-||Time Lord|
This marked the only time the Doctor worked alone, with no companion or assistant (for the main action Daktaras Kas: Midnight (2008), he was also without a companion, however Donna did cameo at the start and end). On the other hand, a 1965 story (subsequently wiped by the BBC) called Daktaras Kas: Mission to the Unknown (1965) didn't feature the Doctor or his assistants at all.
Following the complaints about violence in this serial and several other serials produced by Philip Hinchcliffe over the previous two seasons, the BBC's management decided to move Hinchcliffe to the new adult police series, Target (1977), at the end of this season and install a new producer for the next season of Daktaras Kas (1963), Graham Williams, who was ordered to take out anything graphic in the depiction of violence.
The only Daktaras Kas (1963) story where all the characters are from the same planet (Gallifrey).
With the departure of Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith, Tom Baker told producer Philip Hinchcliffe that he could hold the show on his own and didn't need a companion. With this story already in place, Baker was given a story without a companion as one-off. However, Hinchcliffe deemed that a companion was a necessary feature of the series and Louise Jameson was introduced as Leela in the next serial.
Voted by fans as the seventh greatest Daktaras Kas (1963) serial in Outpost Gallifrey's poll in 2003 to celebrate 40 years of the series.
Other than the voice of the computer (Helen Blatch) this 4 part story uses an entirely male cast.
This serial prompted Mary Whitehouse's strongest letter of complaint about Daktaras Kas (1963), in which she called it "shocking", "vicious", "sadistic" and "permeated with violence of a quite unacceptable kind". She accused the programme makers of ignoring the BBC's Guidance Notes on the portrayal of violence on television and being engrossed in their own expertise.
This story was inspired by The Manchurian Candidate (1962), as well as conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy and Bobby Kennedy.
Writer Robert Holmes was very pleased with David Maloney's work on this serial, claiming he "directed the show brilliantly".
This is the first story set entirely on Gallifrey.
This story featured the first use of narration, performed by Tom Baker at the beginning: "Through the millennia, the Time Lords of Gallifrey led a life of peace and ordered calm, protected against all threats from lesser civilisations by their great power. But this was to change. Suddenly, and terribly, the Time Lords faced the most dangerous crisis in their long history..." This text was also shown as a roller caption, superimposed over the Cloisters set.
This episode was watched by 11.8 million viewers on its original transmission.
The Doctor's line about "vaporisation without representation" mocked a similar American slogan about taxation that was popular during the War of Independence.
Working titles for this story included The Dangerous Assassin (which Robert Holmes changed to "deadly" because he thought it "didn't sound right"). The final title is a tautology: a successful assassin must, by definition, be deadly. However, since Time Lords can in general survive death, and the assassin's victims do not, he is perhaps "deadly" in that sense. According to the text commentary on the DVD, Holmes argued that the title was not a tautology, stating that there were plenty of incompetent assassins.
This story establishes that Time Lords do sometimes use proper names on their homeworld (previous uses have either been aliases, or of ambiguous origin such as Morbius; rank-and-file Time Lords seen in stories like "The War Games" and "The Three Doctors" had gone unnamed).
This is the first appearance of the Master since Daktaras Kas: Frontier in Space: Episode Six (1973).
Bernard Horsfall guest stars as Chancellor Goth. He had previously appeared as an unnamed Time Lord (credited as 'Time Lord 1') in Daktaras Kas: The War Games: Episode Ten (1969) prompting some speculation that they were the same character. Other parts played by Horsfall in Daktaras Kas (1963) were Gulliver in The Mind Robber and Taron in Planet of the Daleks, all of which were directed by David Maloney.
Artistic elements introduced in this story, particularly the Time Lord collars and the Seal of Rassilon, appear on multiple later occasions in stories featuring Time Lords.
This serial was released by the BBC on video cassette in the UK in October 1991.