Doctor Who (1963–1989)
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The Tyrant of France 

The Doctor is forced into a meeting with Robespierre while Barbara's attempts to find a physician for Susan result in them being betrayed.


Henric Hirsch


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
John Barrard ... Shopkeeper
Jack Cunningham Jack Cunningham ... Jailer
James Cairncross James Cairncross ... Lemaitre
Keith Anderson Keith Anderson ... Robespierre
Caroline Hunt Caroline Hunt ... Danielle Renan
Edward Brayshaw ... Léon Colbert
Donald Morley ... Jules Renan
Roy Herrick ... Jean
Ronald Pickup ... Physician


The Doctor is forced into a meeting with Robespierre while Barbara's attempts to find a physician for Susan result in them being betrayed.

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Due to the BBC's policy of junking episodes in the 1970s, this episode no longer exists in the archives. Several clips survive in the form of an 8mm home movie reel shot off a television set. They are: two seconds of The Doctor in Robespierre's office; three seconds of Ian talking in Jules' house just after his planned escape; one second of Ian talking the following morning, hoping he can trust the physician; one second of Susan lying down in the physician's surgery; and three seconds of Susan looking worried as Barbara tries to open the surgery door. These clips are included on the "Doctor Who: Lost in Time" DVD box set released in 2004. See more »


Jules Renan: Ian, it will all be over by today. You'll be able to leave, together. It'll be quicker this way!
Ian Chesterton: [sighs] Well I don't like it this way. But...
Jules Renan: Good. I'll go and fetch Barbara and Susan.
Ian Chesterton: And let's hope we can trust the physician!
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Referenced in Don't Lose Your Head (2012) See more »

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What a pity it's missing.
3 February 2019 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

How utterly typical, the first episode in this serial that has utterly grabbed my attention, intrigued me and got me hooked, and it's missing, at least I can enjoy the audio and accompanying animation. I thought this was a truly great episode, with lots going on, we get treachery, deceit, even The Doctor is in on the act, attempting to fool Robespierre. No stranger to Doctor Who, Edward Brayshaw is great as the cunning Colbert. However it is again William Hartnell who stands out, he's just fabulous here, Russell and Hill have also been elevated, the less said about Susan however the better.

For me this episode is a real turn around. 8/10

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29 August 1964 (UK) See more »

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