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"Curiosity's always been my downfall." Captured for arms-running on the mining planet of Androzani Minor, the Doctor and Perry are under sentence of death. Then a mysterious masked intruder comes to their aid. But is Sharaz Jek, master android creator, really their saviour? The rulers of the planet are certainly desperate for his head. But then, he does control Androzani's supply of spectrox and it's a substance men are prepared to die for. Originally transmitted 8-16 March 1984, this four part adventure marks the end of the Peter Davison era for Doctor Who and the timelord's sixth regeneration.
Audio Commentary:by actors Peter Davison and Nicola Bryant and director Graeme Harper
Documentaries:on creating Sharez Jek and regeneration sequence
Production Notes:Optional caption stream
Peter Davison's final adventure, "The Caves of Androzani," pulls out all stops to give this Doctor an unforgettable farewell. Deep within the titular caves, the disfigured, masked antihero Sharez Jek (Christopher Gable) and his regiment of androids are locked in conflict with an army unit and a group of smugglers for control of the life-extending Spectrox. When the Doctor and Peri (Nicola Bryant) enter this labyrinth, they immediately become victims of deadly Spectrox poisoning. The story's numerous subplots involve espionage, betrayal, and revenge, as well as big-business corruption, political assassination, and silly-looking reptilian monsters. And the first episode has one of the best cliffhangers ever: our heroes are executed by a firing squad armed with submachine guns.
Robert Holmes (who wrote the more satirical Doctor Who story "The Sun Makers") here concentrates on delivering a breathlessly paced action thriller, with relentless death and destruction unfolding like in a Sam Peckinpah film, making Davison's heroic pacifism all the more effective. --Gary S. Dalkin
The Collection is growing!!!!! Thank you for having this awesome story!Published 1 month ago by VictorSlim3D
The Caves of Androzani works for many reasons. Graham Harper's director is spot on and the use of locations, particularly dark ones are very atmospheric. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Adam Graham, Superhero and Detective Fiction Author
As a long time fan of Doctor Who I wanted to revisit this all time classic that constantly tops every Doctor Who fan poll and put it on my 2014 Christmas List with fellow fan... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Trae Stratton
In the minds of many long-time Whovians, "The Caves of Androzani" may be the best story ever told on "Doctor Who", and they may well be right. Read morePublished 7 months ago by John Kwok
At risk of sounding like an elitist dingbat, back then, there wasn't need for a final story to feature every single monster ever and loud, gnashing orchestral music to be... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Renfield
Even though this wasn't in fact the season's finale (Collin Baker's first serial, THE TWIN DILEMMA was), the continual cycle end-of-season budget constraints were already being... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Tinfoot