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State of Decay: Part Three 

The Doctor finds archive material in the TARDIS that tells him he's dealing with an ancient enemy of the Time Lords, a nearly indestructible king vampire who's ready to revive and reenter ... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Moffatt

Writer:

Terrance Dicks (by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Tom Baker ... Doctor Who
Lalla Ward ... Romana
Matthew Waterhouse ... Adric
Emrys James Emrys James ... Aukon
Rachel Davies ... Camilla
William Lindsay William Lindsay ... Zargo
Thane Bettany Thane Bettany ... Tarak
Clinton Greyn Clinton Greyn ... Ivo
Arthur Hewlett ... Kalmar
Stacy Davies Stacy Davies ... Veros
Stuart Fell ... Roga
Stuart Blake Stuart Blake ... Zoldaz
John Leeson ... Voice of K9 (voice)
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The Doctor finds archive material in the TARDIS that tells him he's dealing with an ancient enemy of the Time Lords, a nearly indestructible king vampire who's ready to revive and reenter normal space, spreading death, once again, across the universe. Written by statmanjeff

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Stuart Fell at one time was earmarked for the part of Zoldaz. See more »

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Aukon: Aukon There is power here such as you have never dreamed of. Can you not feel it?
[Doctor wets a finger and holds it up in the air]
Doctor Who: No.
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A vampire story with bite
11 April 2020 | by A_Kind_Of_CineMagicSee all my reviews

Review of all 4 parts:

I find this very reminiscent of the Hinchcliffe & Holmes era from several years earlier with a gothic horror story and Tom showing dark seriousness mixed with eccentric wit. I love it.

Very much like a Hammer Horror in many ways this features a world which appears much like a medieval village with a castle like a classic Dracula tale and sure enough it turns out there are vampires ruling the castle. The twist is that the vampires are ancient aliens and the idea introduced of a historic battle between the vampires and the Timelords is an epic bit of lore which I adore.

The story is great, the atmosphere of grim horror is terrific and the idea of the vampires is superb. I do not actually feel it is the absolute great classic it could have been with Hinchcliffe & Holmes in charge but it is very near to greatness and is thoroughly enjoyable.

Writer Terrance Dicks has created a brilliant story and there are nice performances from a number of cast members, particularly the vampires and of course Tom Baker. I also, as usual, enjoy K-9 whenever he is on screen.

My ratings: All 4 parts 9.5/10.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 1980 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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