OVERALL EPISODE NUMBER: 537
STORY NUMBER: 111
TRANSMITTED: Saturday 04 October 1980
WRITER: John Flanagan and Andrew McCulloch
DIRECTOR: Terence Dudley
SCRIPT EDITOR: Christopher H. Bidmead
PRODUCER: John Nathan-Turner
RATINGS: 4.2 million viewers
FORMAT: DVD: Doctor Who - Meglos
While the Doctor is trapped in the Chronic Hysterisis, Meglos, impersonating the Doctor, is taken to Tigella by General Grugger & steals the Dodecahedron by shrinking it in size. The Doctor & Romana break out of the time loop by performing the actions in the loop early. They arrive on Tigella, but become separated with Romana attacked by the local plant life. The Doctor narrowly misses the departing Meglos and is arrested for stealing the Dodecahedron. Romana is captured by the Gaztaks and Lieutenant Brotadac orders her death.
Oh deary me, that was bad. The Doctor & Romana spend half the episode repeating the same actions and then it's wander about in the jungle time and oh look the Doctor's been mistaken for his doppelganger that's just stolen something. My head is in my hands.
There's one big comment to make on the cast: playing High Priestess Lexa is Jacqueline Hill, who was one of the first companions, Barbara Wright, from An Unearthly Child to The Chase. This is the first and only time a former companion returns in a different role. Bill Fraser plays General Grugger, reputedly only taking the role because he was allowed to kick K-9. He'll be back as Bill Pollock in K-9 & Company: A Girl's Best Friend where he doesn't get to kick the tin dog!