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Carnival of Monsters: Episode Three 

The Doctor and Jo return to the Bernice to try and aid their escape but find themselves pursued by the Drashigs.


Barry Letts


Robert Holmes

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Episode complete credited cast:
Jon Pertwee ... Dr. Who
Katy Manning ... Jo Grant
Tenniel Evans ... Major Daly
Ian Marter ... John Andrews
Jenny McCracken Jenny McCracken ... Claire Daly
Leslie Dwyer Leslie Dwyer ... Vorg
Cheryl Hall ... Shirna
Peter Halliday ... Pletrac
Michael Wisher ... Kalik
Terence Lodge Terence Lodge ... Orum
Andrew Staines Andrew Staines ... Captain


The Doctor and Jo return to the Bernice to try and aid their escape but find themselves pursued by the Drashigs.

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Release Date:

10 February 1973 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


For timing reasons, this episode's cliffhanger was edited. This would have seen the Doctor falling down a shaft when a Drashig comes upon him in the Scope interior. In the episode four reprise, the Drashig plummets after him and the Doctor is seen to have been saved by catching his foot in a rope. As broadcast, this sequence was skipped over altogether, and the Doctor's emergence from the Miniscope - originally to have occurred during episode four - was brought forward to serve as the cliffhanger instead. See more »


After getting stuck up to her waist in the watery swamp, Jo re-enters the Miniscope's innards with perfectly clean, dry trousers. See more »

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Carnival of Mixed Results
16 October 2014 | by A_Kind_Of_CineMagicSee all my reviews

Review of all 4 episodes:

The ideas for this story are very good with plenty of interesting and exciting elements. It is not fully successful in presenting these ideas so instead of a great story it becomes an average one. The mixture of good and not so good balances out each episode as decent but not outstanding. The third episode is a little less enjoyable as its less impressive elements are more to the fore. The other 3 episodes are very satisfactory but could have been great with a little more cleverness in the presentation.

The story involves The Doctor having been given back his power to travel through space and time unhindered by the Time Lords. He and Jo then find the TARDIS has landed aboard the S.S. Bernice, an early 20th Century ship but finding that events keep repeating in a loop. Meanwhile we see a pair of travelling entertainers arriving on a distant planet in the future where they encounter a hostile reception from the ruling class of alien beings. These two seemingly unconnected story lines are revealed to be very much linked.

The interest of the two apparently unrelated story lines and the mysterious repeating of events aboard the ship are a great idea and the script is very good. Sadly the slightly pantomime style appearance and actions of the travelling entertainers is a let down as are some of the design aspects throughout the story. The alien beings two classes both look pretty unconvincing and also provide a strangely unresolved moral element as the seemingly cruel oppression of the servant beings is inexplicably ignored. These faults stop the adventure from reaching its potential but there is still good material to make it a decent story overall.

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