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This is a four-part serial, first broadcast between 27th September - 18th October 1975. A brief and somewhat spoiler-ish summary of the plot: the Doctor and Sarah Jane find themselves caught between the members of a scientific expedition who believe they have found an infinite source of energy and the military mission that has arrived to rescue them, on a planet where they aren't welcome...
Let's start with some bad news:
The sort of 'blah' stuff:
But, then again, when this serial is good it is very good indeed:
And one other thing:
Tough call. The last three serials that I've reviewed, 'The time warrior', 'Robot' and this one, are all borderline cases between 'quite good, actually' and 'nice!'. 'Robot' is little more than a vehicle for the high-jinx between the fourth Doctor and the regulars, while 'The time warrior' is Robert Holmes' revenge for having to write a story set in the Middle Ages which was something he didn't care for. In a way 'Planet of evil' is a more deserving story, since it obviously tries hard to be solid, well-made science-fiction. The script is the deal-breaker, really. Although 'Robot' and 'The time warrior' aren't great stories they're both very entertaining in their own way, while 'Planet of evil' is padded and overlong.
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