The Curse of Peladon


Poor Pertwee has taken a bit of a beating in recent years. Perhaps it is the Earthbound nature of the stories, or the repetition of UNIT or the Master, or maybe it’s just the lisp and the hair.

But amongst all this The Curse of Peladonis a bit of an oddball, not only for the season, or the Pertwee Era, but for Doctor Who as a whole. It is a political adventure, years before the likes of

Babylon 5, where a group of aliens gather together and try and sort out issues between them. Oh, there is action and adventure and daring-do, but it is basically murder mystery and a story of courtly intrigue. It’s period drama, and that is always what the BBC has done well. In fact, take away the colour and this studio bound, flambeaux lit adventure looks more like an 60’s historical adventure, than any of Pertwee’s other forays offworld. And as a result it has dated less.

Curse of Peladon is four episodes worth of good script and characterisation, on an alien world that is very well realised, with monsters who’s motivations are far more modern than there costumes, and tells a story that thoughtful without being preachy.

As for extra features, I’m not sure if there really is much to add, in fact it is an ideal candidate for the new stripped down, modestly extra-ed, near vanilla releases, although I’d love to see David Troughton sat down in front of a camera and asked about his recollections of his father and his time on the series. They could even push the boat out and do a joint release with the Doctor’s other adventure to Peladon, but the joy of this first story will be at the expense of it’s more bulky and unwieldy (more traditional) second.

One Response to “The Curse of Peladon”

  1. PhilGray Says:

    Mmmmm, personally I’m really hanging out for “The Mutants”, meself. Or “The Time Monster”. Wonderful examples of the Pertwee era at its very, um…

    x P.

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