Season 23 (The Trial of a Timelord) | EP 4

The Ultimate Foe

Written by Robert Holmes, Pip and Jane Baker

"In all my travellings throughout the universe, I have battled against evil, against power-mad conspirators. I should have stayed here! The oldest civilization: decadent, degenerate and rotten to the core! Power-mad conspirators, Daleks, Sontarans, Cybermen — they're still in the nursery compared to us! Ten million years of absolute power — that's what it takes to be really corrupt!"

Episode Title Premiere Date
Episode 1 29/11/1986
Episode 2 06/12/1986

The Doctor is on trial for his life. Plucked out of time and space by the Time Lords, he is charged with transgressing the First Law of Time. He must defend himself against the prosecution led by the sinister Valeyard...

The Doctor has tried to prove his innocence, but the Valeyard is certain of his guilt and will stop at nothing to carry out a sentence of death. But there is a surprise witness waiting in the wings, one who knows the truth. With the trial in disarray, the Doctor flees into the Matrix to confront his enemy. Trapped in a nightmarish world of torture and punishment, he will have to fight for his life against the ultimate foe...

Cast & Crew

The Doctor: Colin Baker

Melanie: Bonnie Langford

The Valeyard: Michael Jayston

The Inquisitor: Lynda Bellingham

The Master: Anthony Ainley

Glitz: Tony Selby

Popplewick: Geoffrey Hughes

Keeper of the Matrix: James Bree

Producer: John Nathan-Turner

Director: Chris Clough

Scriptwriter: Robert Holmes, Pip and Jane Baker

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