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Nightmare of Eden: Part One 

A cruise ship loaded with passengers to the planet Azure collides with a trade ship as it comes out of warp, leaving the two ships merged but unstable. The Doctor, Romana and K-9 arrive to ... See full summary »

Director:

Alan Bromly

Writer:

Bob Baker (by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Tom Baker ... Doctor Who
Lalla Ward ... Romana
Lewis Fiander ... Tryst
David Daker ... Rigg
Geoffrey Bateman Geoffrey Bateman ... Dymond
Jennifer Lonsdale Jennifer Lonsdale ... Della
Stephen Jenn Stephen Jenn ... Secker
Richard Barnes Richard Barnes ... Crewman
David Brierly ... K9 (voice) (as David Brierley)
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A cruise ship loaded with passengers to the planet Azure collides with a trade ship as it comes out of warp, leaving the two ships merged but unstable. The Doctor, Romana and K-9 arrive to help out but discover there's also a problem with unidentified smugglers running a cargo of vraxoin, a forbidden organic drug that's as highly addictive as it is fatal. It instills the user with warm complacency and total apathy - the very qualities currently displayed by the cruise ship's bemused co-pilot. Written by Daniel Williamson

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 1979 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The story dealt with the issue of drug abuse. See more »

Quotes

Doctor Who: Someone aboard this ship is snuggling drugs. Vraxoin.
Romana: Vraxoin!
Doctor Who: Yes.
Romana: I thought that was stamped out long ago.
Doctor Who: Yes.
Romana: The only known source was destroyed, wasn't it?
Doctor Who: That's right. They incinerated an entire planet. Someone's found another source.
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Referenced in Doctor Who: The Hartnell Years (1991) See more »

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It's a space parody set in Renee Artois's cafe.
12 December 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Prior to this viewing, I had always considered Nightmare of Eden to be one of the worst episodes from my favourite Doctor's run.

However, as I did with Creature from the Pit, I'm watching with an open mind and determined to find the good.

The script is actually rather decent, straight away it's interesting, and addresses an issue that the show hasn't really looked at before, drugs.

I liked the start, the setup, and all seems to be going well, until the arrival of Tryst, and this is where this episode begins to fall apart, it feels like Lewis Fiander is sending the show up, with an accent worthy of Renee Artois's small cafe.

The production values are very poor, costumes, set designs, special effects aren't great, Romana's costume is hideous.

Silly jokes, it's plain to see the director had no control over Tom, who is definitely having fun at the expense of the script.

Part 1 is pretty much a shambles.


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