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Time Killer (Targeting "The Deadly Assassin")

Time Killer (Targeting "The Deadly Assassin")

Some Doctor Who episodes are good. Some are great. Some are pretty forgettable. And some are epics — not just riveting in their characterization and storytelling, but also in the way that they established or rewrote the fundamentals of the show. The Deadly Assassin is such an epic, completely up-ending everything we knew about the Time Lords at the time. The sheer amount of Gallifreyan lore on display is what the episode is mostly remembered for, but there's also that whole "plot to kill the Lord President" thing, not to mention the return of the Master, who's arguably in his most evil (and gross) incarnation. But could our memories have been corrupted by the passage of time? Let's hook up to the Matrix and find out.

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Story Essentials

  • Season 14

  • Story number: 87, per the The Pull To Open Codex

  • Production Code 4P

  • Writer: Robert Holmes

  • Producer: Hinchcliffe

  • Aired 30 October – 20 November 1976

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