On our third monthly bonus episode about Classic Doctor Who, we dive into the Third Doctor serial "The Daemons."
Today, we dive into the incredible and singular run of the Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee, with the wild, wacky, and wonderful 1971 serial “The Daemons,” by Barry Letts and Robert Sloman (writing under the joint pseudonym “Guy Leopold”). The last serial in the season that introduced Roger Delgado’s iconic Master, and featured him in every one of the year’s stories, “The Daemons” closes Season 8 on an action-packed high note, with one of the most thrilling, creative, and straight-up entertaining stories Doctor Who would ever tell. And it features the entire Third Doctor gang, including companion Jo Grant (Katy Manning), Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (Nicholas Courtney), and UNIT soldiers Sergeant Benton (John Levene) and Captain Mike Yates (Richard Frankling). In addition to “The Daemons,” we also talk about the entire Third Doctor era up to that point, and all the ways it distinguishes itself from other periods in the show’s history. If you haven’t been following along yet, this is a great place to start.
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