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Courting Disaster (Unearthing "The Mysterious Planet")

Courting Disaster (Unearthing "The Mysterious Planet")

When Doctor Who returned after a forced hiatus in the mid '80s, the show had big plans for its return: The entire season would be a single arc that would see the Time Lords subject the Doctor to an epic trial for his meddling. The Trial of a Time Lord was an ambitious and compelling idea, and years before its time considering how serialized modern franchises have become. Trial's first story has a lot going for it — an interesting mystery, a rebooted Sixth Doctor, and the delight of Tony Selby as Sabalom Glitz — plus it sets the table for a looming showdown between the Doctor and the big baddie for the season, the Valeyard. Could The Mysterious Planet be a forgotten gem? Let's reopen this case.

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Story Essentials

  • Season 23

  • Story number: 143, per the The Pull To Open Codex

  • Production Code 7A

  • Writer: Robert Holmes

  • Showrunner: Nathan-Turner

  • Aired 6 - 27 September 1986

Pull To Open: The Trial of a Time Lord - The Mysterious Planet

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  • Episode 6

Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor

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