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The Stones of Blood: Part Four 

Aboard a hyperspace prison ship, two justice machines called the Megara, known for swift verdicts and harsh punishments, arrest the Doctor for breaking an infraction, with trial and execution to be carried out immediately.

Director:

Darrol Blake

Writer:

David Fisher (by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Tom Baker ... Doctor Who
Mary Tamm ... Romana
Beatrix Lehmann ... Professor Rumford
Susan Engel ... Vivien Fay
John Leeson ... K9 (voice)
Gerald Cross ... Megara Voice (voice)
David McAlister ... Megara Voice (voice)
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Aboard a hyperspace prison ship, two justice machines called the Megara, known for swift verdicts and harsh punishments, arrest the Doctor for breaking an infraction, with trial and execution to be carried out immediately.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1978 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Tom Baker, Mary Tamm and Susan Engel were scathing about this episode on the DVD commentary. Baker described it as "the longest episode in the history of Doctor Who", Tamm said they deserved medals for having sat through it and Engel questioned how it could even have been transmitted. See more »

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Boom pops into frame from above when Romana shows Professor Rumford the annotated cookery books. See more »

Quotes

Doctor Who: You're wrong, your Honor. There's one other witness I can call.
Megara: Who?
Doctor Who: You.
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Brilliant Hammer Horror has turned into Judge Judy :-(
16 August 2015 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

The Doctor and Romana are now trapped in Hyper Space with Vivien Fay (who is now silver) and the Ogri and close to death.....but the Megara (Justice Machines) step in, and a court scene ensues, and goes on.....and on.......and on...... Emilia and K-9 re-build the device, the Doctor tricks the Megara into assessing Vivien's mind, they discover her secret, that she is Cessair of Diplos, the prisoner that the Megara were in charge of 4000 years ago. They return to Earth, the Doctor takes her amulet which is the artifact they were originally seeking, the Megara are banished and Vivien is turned into a stone.

It pains me to say it, but what a shambles this episode was, three of the best episodes of Classic Doctor Who are sadly concluded with this fall from Grace, it's very tedious and just lifeless. The Megara were not great, fortunately Suzy Engel puts in a good shift, but why is she silver,and why is she wearing a low cut Silver frock!!! and why has she slapped on 2 tonnes of eye liner?

One note I'd like to make, for 3 episodes the lighting was excellent, subtle and atmospheric, in this one it's all so bright, it has lost its eerie quality.

Overall the story is brilliant, just let down at the end, Emilia was a revelation, but as for Part 4, 5/10 Such a shame.


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