The Dominators: Doctor Who: Season 6








The Dominators SYNOPSIS:

Invaders land on a radioactive island on the peaceful planet of Dulkis, and begin a mining operation. Some adventure seekers exploring the island are killed by the invading Dominators robot servants, the Quarks but the leader Cully escapes. The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe have arrived on the island for a holiday and soon meet another party of students recently arrived to study the island.

The Dominators intend to turn the planet into fuel for their fleet and bore holes are prepared. Cully is unable to convince either the scientific group and later with Zoe the pacifist Dulcian council his father rules. Jamie and the Doctor have been captured by the quarks and feign stupidity eventually being released by the Dominators as being insignificant. The science group is soon captured and put to work as a slave labour force.

Dominators Rago and Toba constantly argue over the best course of action to follow regarding the opposition to their plans, Toba wants to destroy all resistance while Rago his superior wants all taken back to the Dominator home planet as a slave labour force and delivers his ultimatum to the council. Jamie and Cully have managed to destroy a quark and Toba is more concerned with revenge than completing the mining operation.

Despite Zoe and the Doctor being captured they hope to use the Dominators dislike of each other against them and prevent them from completing the fifth and final bore with which they intend to place their seed device designed to go through the planets crust begin the destruction of the planet.

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The Dominators DETAILS:

Episode Broadcast Run Time Viewership (In Millions)
Part One 10-Aug-68 24:25 6.1
Part Two 17-Aug-68 24:07 5.9
Part Three 24-Aug-68 24:06 5.4
Part Four 31-Aug-68 23:54 7.5
Part Five 7-Sep-68 24:19 5.9

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The Dominators CAST & CREW

The Doctor:
Patrick Troughton(Second Doctor)

Fraser Hines (Jamie McCrimmon)
Wendy Padbury (Zoe Herriot)

Guest Stars:
Ronald Allen — Rago
Kenneth Ives — Toba
Arthur Cox — Cully
Felicity Gibson — Kando
Giles Block — Teel
Johnson Bayly — Educator Balan
Walter Fitzgerald — Director Senex
Alan Gerrard — Bovem
Brian Cant — Chairman Tensa
John Cross, Ronald Mansell — Council Members
Malcolm Terris — Etnin
Nicolette Pendrell — Tolata
Philip Voss — Wahed
John Hicks, Gary Smith, Freddie Wilson — Quarks
Sheila Grant — Quark Voices

Production Staff for Serial TT:
Writer - "Norman Ashby" (Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln)
Director - Morris Barry
Script editor - Derrick Sherwin
Producer - Peter Bryant

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The Dominators REVIEWS


Man, this is dull. How the very first episodes in a new season look like there's no money spent is a bit strange. The high standard of Season 5 (ok we only got like 8 proper episodes to judge although Web Of Fear 1 and the remaining clips make it look like this one was close to a 10/10, ditto for Fury Of the Deep, not so the other ones) seems to have dropped down a few levels. Yeah the supporting cast are all boring. The sets are cheap and drab and the costumes? Guys running round wearing lamp shades like dresses? Was this some conservative way for showing that all pacifists run around like cross dressing fairies? Now remember the bloke in the picture was actually supposed to be some sort of 'rebel' so why didn't he ditch the dress and get some smart 60's slacks?

The plus side of this story is that Troughton and Hines are in it, so the scenes light up with either of them around. Of course we've got yummy little Zoe running around showing off her wears through a silk nightie and pair of bathers and suddenly realize that didn't really miss that screaming harpy Victoria at all. Yep don't buy the Dominators, how do they conquer planets when constantly bickering like an old married couple? Didn't understand what any quark said at any point in the story but at least it looked different and they were trying to push more new monsters through except giving us the same ones over and over. 4/10


God, this should have been in the Hartnell era. This one drags like a wet sack of Sensorites. And it was originally gonna be SIX episodes long instead of five. We'd be sticking forks in our eyes to numb the pain through this. Thankfully the tedium is lifted by a number of great comic scenes between Pat Troughton and Frazer Hines, especially in the space ship with the two evil dudes with the chips on their shoulders. Then there are the quarks. They sound like a chipmunk on helium and look like a filing cabinet with a giant pine cone on them but they are sadistic little bastards.

I only saw this when it screened on the ABC a couple of years ago and remember not being too impressed with the model shots of the capsule going to the museum in the ruins and the spaceship that that Rago and his Dominator mate come in. Then there are the supporting cast of locals. All really boring and dull, but I suppose that is cos they are pacifists?

The end of the story when the Doctor has to catch the Dominators bomb when it gets thrown down the hole is a bit iffy too - for a start he yells out at the top of his voice so you would think that the two Dominoes would here him. Plus the fact that the Doctor dug a tunnel with his sonic screwdriver - a tunnel with nice smooth edges and a lovely arch roof. And what did they do with the dirt they took OUT of the tunnel while they were building it? For some reason I remember Zoe looking really hot in this story but the photos of her have her dressed in a curtain. Go figure. Anyway, its a 3 from me.


I don't think this one's as bad as what people make it out to be... although it is a bit clunky and slow in places (would have been better as a 4 parter)... and the Quarks are... well... cardboard boxes.... and they haven't gone to a great deal of effort to dress up the good old quarry.

And is just me, or do the Dominators look like paddlepops?

But in amongst it all there is some good stuff. I quite liked the citadel, and I liked the super speed car thingies that would take them from the city to the quarry... I liked the bit in part 4 I think it was when the Doctor and Jamie were trapped in the Dominator ship.... I can't remember all of it, but there was definitely some good stuff there... and as odd as it looked - Zoe looked hot in that curtain.

I enjoyed it enough to pass it - but can't decide between a 5.5 and a 6... so 5.75/10

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The Dominators Titles

The Dominators discussion

The Dominators the Doctor

The Dominators the Quarks

The Dominators Zoe and Jamie

The Dominators ship destroyed

The Dominators Cully and Survey team

The Dominators Dominator Rago

The Dominators the Dulcians

The Dominators quark looks at Toba

The Dominators the Dr and Jamie

The Dominators the Quarks prepare to fire

The Dominators Cully and Zoe captured

The Dominators Quarks drilling

The Dominators Rago with the Dr and Zoe

The Dominators Toba and quarks

The Dominators Dulcian allies

The Dominators quarks destroyed

The Dominators the Doctor has a plan