Doctor Who (1963–1989)
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Prisoners of Conciergerie 

Ian finally delivers his message to James Stirling but in order to secure Susan's release he and Barbara are forced into a dangerous spying mission.


Henric Hirsch, Timothy Combe (uncredited)


Dennis Spooner


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Episode cast overview:
William Hartnell ... Dr. Who
William Russell ... Ian Chesterton
Jacqueline Hill ... Barbara Wright
Carole Ann Ford ... Susan Foreman
Donald Morley ... Jules Renan
James Cairncross James Cairncross ... Lemaitre
John Law John Law ... Paul Barrass
Tony Wall Tony Wall ... Napoleon
Patrick Marley Patrick Marley ... Soldier
Keith Anderson Keith Anderson ... Robespierre
Jack Cunningham Jack Cunningham ... Jailer


Ian finally delivers his message to James Stirling but in order to secure Susan's release he and Barbara are forced into a dangerous spying mission.

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This episode takes place in France in July 1794. See more »


While speaking to the Jailer, William Hartnell flubs the line "I see you haven't heard the news yet, my man." See more »


Dr. Who: Well, I can assure you, my dear Barbara, Napoleon would never have believed you.
Ian Chesterton: Yes, Doctor, but ah, supposing we had written Napoleon a letter, telling him, you know, some of the things that were going to happen to him.
Susan Foreman: It wouldn't have made any difference, Ian. He would have forgotten it, or lost it, or thought it was written by a maniac.
Barbara Wright: [wryly] I suppose if we'd tried to kill him with a gun, the bullet would have missed him.
Dr. Who: Well, it's hardly fair to speculate, is it? No, I'm afraid you ...
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Ends very well.
4 February 2019 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

My overall impression of The Reign of Terror has improved as it's gone on, and after a decent few episodes, I felt it improved and concluded very well with Prisoners of Conciergerie. It's very interesting from a historic point of view, and definitely caused an to look into some of the historical figures. I enjoyed the scenes of Ian and Barbara posing as Innkeepers, with the dealings going on in the background. For me this last one was interesting, but lacking in any urgency or tension, it was a bit casual in pace.

Lots of worthwhile detail throughout, good performances and super production values, Hartnell shone through to the last. 7/10

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12 September 1964 (UK) See more »

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