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The War Games: Episode Five 

The Doctor attempts to rescue Zoe and Carstairs while Jamie and Lady Jennifer try to convince the resistance of the true nature of Von Weich and the others.


David Maloney


Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Troughton ... Dr. Who
Wendy Padbury ... Zoe
David Savile David Savile ... Carstairs
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Scientist
Jane Sherwin Jane Sherwin ... Jennifer
Frazer Hines ... Jamie
David Garfield ... Von Weich
Rudolph Walker ... Harper
Michael Lynch Michael Lynch ... Spencer
Graham Weston ... Russell
James Bree ... Security Chief
Charles Pemberton Charles Pemberton ... Alien Technician
Edward Brayshaw ... War Chief


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The Doctor attempts to rescue Zoe and Carstairs while Jamie and Lady Jennifer try to convince the resistance of the true nature of Von Weich and the others.

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Zoe originally misidentified the meaning of TARDIS as "Time And Relative Dimensional Intergalactic Ship". See more »


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Interesting dynamic behind enemy lines.
10 March 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Half way through the War Games, and my interest is still there. I can't think of many instances where there are disagreements between The Doctor's adversary, normally when he takes on the bad guys, they have a united front, but not in this case, there are political and procedural disagreements among the ranks of The Doctor's foes. The story continues to build, with yet more questions being asked, who exactly is The War Chief, and how does he know The Doctor. Is the whole concept of The War Games, just a group of men playing at War with people's lives? Or is there more to it then just that? Who is The War Lord?

It's funny how Society has changed since these days, I watched several episodes on International Women's Day, and the group of friends I was sat with were horrified by the character of Lady Jennifer, Jamie's insistence on treating her like a fragile flower. Times were about to change for Women on the show.

Great scenes between The War Chief and The Doctor, not often you get a bit of needle between the bad guys, it showed a much greater depth of character, but then the length of story permitted it. I wish they'd brought The War Chief back at some point, such a complex and intriguing character, brilliantly played by Edward Brayshaw. The Doctor is also very interesting, brilliantly played by Vernon Dobtcheff, who is still acting almost fifty years later, an actor memorable in Father Ted, Poirot, Blake's 7, and many, many other shows.

It's gorgeously psychedelic once again, Sixties circles galore. It has a wonderful charm which I really love. It's another good episode in a great story, so much rich content.

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17 May 1969 (UK) See more »

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