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Underworld: Part One 

Materializing at the edge of the cosmos, the frontier of creation, The Doctor, Leela & K-9 encounter four ancient space travelers from Minyos, the first race ever contacted by the Time ... See full summary »

Director:

Norman Stewart

Writers:

Bob Baker (by), Dave Martin (by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Tom Baker ... Doctor Who
Louise Jameson ... Leela
James Maxwell ... Jackson
Alan Lake Alan Lake ... Herrick
Jonathan Newth ... Orfe
Imogen Bickford-Smith Imogen Bickford-Smith ... Tala
John Leeson ... K9 (voice)
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Materializing at the edge of the cosmos, the frontier of creation, The Doctor, Leela & K-9 encounter four ancient space travelers from Minyos, the first race ever contacted by the Time Lords. All but extinct due to their Time Lords encounter, the Minyans (rejuvenated 1000 times each) have been embarked on a long 100,000 year old quest, searching the universe for the lost race bank of their species to take to a new home world. But their equally old ship is finally failing, succumbing to the gravitational pull of a newly forming sun and taking the Doctor and his party with it. Written by statmanjeff

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 1978 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This episode was watched by 8.9 million viewers on its original transmission. See more »

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Doctor Who: [as rocks form a planetoid around the spaceship, crushing them] If it wasn't for this layer of debris the asteroid belt would have smashed us to pieces. Still, you can't have everything, can you?
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Featured in Into the Unknown: The Making of 'Underworld' (2010) See more »

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The opener is better then I remember.
10 September 2015 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

The TARDIS has strolled into nothingness and faces falling into a spiral Nebula. To avoid it they materialise on board a ship, the ship belongs to a race called the Minyans of Minyos, they're on a Quest.

I was tasked with naming every Tom Baker episode, this was the one I forgot, and for good reason, it isn't the most memorable.

The episode owes its conception to Greek mythology, it's definitely Jason and the Argonauts meets Doctor Who.

Naturally good on the eyes, Leela looks as beautiful as ever, but she has competition from the stunning Imogen Bickford-Smith.

Part 1 is actually much better then I thought, my overall memory of Underworld was one if utter boredom, but the opener is better then I thought. Even the sets and props are better then i remembered, maybe I've judged Underworld too harshly, haven't seen it for over ten years. Part 1 solid 6/10


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