The Fourth Dimension
The Curse of Peladon
THE DOCTOR’S SON
David Troughton - the son of Patrick Troughton, the Second Doctor - plays the young King Peladon. David had already appeared as an extra in The Enemy of the World and had a small part in The War Games. He would return to the show in 2008 as Professor Hobbes in Midnight.
ENEMIES NO MORE
The Ice Warriors make their third appearance in the series. Although they have been the villains in the past, here they turn out to be the good guys. However, due to his previous dealings with the Martians, the Doctor is suspicious of Izlyr and Ssorg and initially believes that they must be behind attempts to sabotage Peladon’s application to join the Federation.
DELEGATE FROM EARTH
Whilst on Peladon, the Doctor masquerades as the chairman delegate from Earth. It is not until the final moments of the story that Earth’s real delegate arrives. Although never named in the story itself, the black-clad, female delegate is given the name Amazonia in the closing credits of the fourth episode.
Although the delegates from Earth and Mars are given individual names, those from Alpha Centauri and Arcturus are just known by the names of their home planet. Perhaps they don’t have individual names where they come from, or they are difficult to pronounce?
TIME LORD INTERVENTION
Although there’s no hard evidence, the Doctor suspects that his repair of the TARDIS and its journey to Peladon are no accident. He believes that the Time Lords are responsible and, for reasons of their own, wanted the Doctor to ensure that Peladon joined the Galactic Federation. Perhaps the Time Lords were also responsible for the real Earth delegate’s delayed arrival?
FIRE IN THE STUDIO
Set designer, Gloria Clayton used firelighters for the torches dotted around the Peladon citadel. Although they looked most effective, they caused a greasy residue to form on the camera lenses which had to be frequently wiped off. As a result, the use of torches was greatly reduced on the return visit to the planet in The Monster of Peladon.
SOOTHE THE SAVAGE BEAST
The device the Doctor uses to hypnotise Aggedor was made from bits of a plastic model aircraft, a battery-powered bulb and a dental mirror.
In 1972 the United Kingdom joined the European Economic Community, forging closer links with Europe. This had been a prominent and controversial event that many had opposed. Clearly this was author Brian Hayle’s inspiration for The Curse of Peladon.
The man inside the furry Aggedor monster costume was Nick Hobbs. He’d be back to play Aggedor again in The Monster of Peladon and then a Wirrn in The Ark in Space. Many years later he would return to Doctor Who again – this time outside of a monster suit – as Mr Nainby in Amy’s Choice.
DVD AND AUDIO RELEASE
The Curse of Peladon is available on DVD along with The Monster of Peladon as part of the Peladon Tales boxset. The fully restored and remastered episodes are accompanied by a commentary from actor Katy Manning (Jo), producer Barry Letts, script editor Terrance Dicks and production assistant Chris D’Oyly-John. Also on the disc is part one of the documentary, The Peladon Saga; and a brief history of the Ice Warriors in Warriors of Mars. The full soundtrack of the story, along with linking narration by Katy Manning, is also available on CD and for MP3 download from BBC Audio.