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The Horns of Nimon: Part One 

After colliding with a spaceship, The Doctor, Romana and K-9 learn young natives from a peaceful planet called Aneth are being transported into a great labyrinth called "The Power Complex" ... See full summary »


Kenny McBain


Anthony Read (by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Tom Baker ... Doctor Who
Lalla Ward ... Romana
Graham Crowden ... Soldeed
Michael Osborne Michael Osborne ... Sorak
Bob Hornery Bob Hornery ... Pilot
Malcolm Terris ... Co-Pilot
Robin Sherringham Robin Sherringham ... Nimon
Janet Ellis Janet Ellis ... Teka
Simon Gipps-Kent Simon Gipps-Kent ... Seth
David Brierly ... K9 (voice) (as David Brierley)
Clifford Norgate Clifford Norgate ... Voice of the Nimon (voice)


After colliding with a spaceship, The Doctor, Romana and K-9 learn young natives from a peaceful planet called Aneth are being transported into a great labyrinth called "The Power Complex" where the evil bull-like Nimon demands that all his victims who enter The Power Complex are sacrificed so The Nimon can return to the Skonnan Empire back to glory. When Romana is taken captive and also chosen for sacrifice, The Doctor and K-9 travel to the heart of the maze as they set out to rescue Romana and foil The Nimon's evil plan to enslave the universe. Written by Daniel Williamson

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Release Date:

22 December 1979 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Anthony Read thought Tom Baker and Graham Crowden delivered their lines in a way that made the characters more humorous than he had written them to be. See more »


At the climax of the part 4 as the villain has his big death scene, the actor playing Soldeed 'Graham Crowden') got an attack of the giggles. His laughter remains in the final edit. See more »


Doctor Who: We DO seem to be moving.
Romana: Very fast.
Doctor Who: Yes, but everything's off, except what's on, of course.
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Version of Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur (1994) See more »

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Someone Is Having A Laugh . It Doesn't Extend To The Audience
14 January 2014 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

In order to escape a black hole the Tardis lands inside a battle cruiser from the Planet Skonnos . The Doctor and Romana find a hold full of youths from the Planet Aneth who are to be taken to Skonnos to be sacrificed the alien Nimon

Stop me if you've heard that premise before . I think it was first used during the time when ancient Greece was at the head of civilisation . Yup once again DOCTOR WHO borrows a plot from another source but does it very badly . A very obvious reworking of the legend of the Minotaur it quickly becomes obvious the plodding storytelling is the least worst aspect of the production . No doubt schoolchildren in December 1979 were watching this on the back of the school pantomime and proudly thinking to themselves that their school production was infinitely more successful and sophisticated than anything seen here

I suppose you have to take it on in the right frame of mind in that it's possibly trying to deconstruct the show . Everything about it from the ridiculous design work of the Nimons to the disinterested performance of Baker to the corpsing of Graham Cowden screams " We're trying to make this show as silly as possible on purpose " from the production team and one wonders if it isn't intentional ? I mean no one would make something like this and claim it was serious drama could they ? I mean they are trying to make it comedy television for children aren't they ?

The Horns Of Nimon quickly established itself as being the very worst story ever produced in the history of the show . Perhaps even more sadly ten years later when the show ended subsequent fan polls voted at least half a dozen other stories all from the 1980s below it ! It's impossible to believe watching it in 1979 DOCTOR WHO would ever be capable of producing anything worse than this but to give a backhanded compliment to the production team of the 1980s they managed the impossible - on several different occasions

The following story Shada was hit by an industrial dispute which meant it was never completed and so was never broadcast which means the last story to be broadcast under producer Graham Williams was this one which is a sad but possibly fitting end for his often contentious era . He could defend himself by saying his hands were tied but the show had slipped in to painful parody in the late 1970s and it was time to move on with John Nathan Turner taking over the show from the next season . . Williams could also console the fact that despite the criticism and negative fan press he would never receive the outright hatred that JNT found himself receiving a few years later down the line

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