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Doctor Who: The Trial of a Time Lord, Part Thirteen (The Ultimate Foe)

The Doctor faces the latest charges brought before him by The Valeyard, an old enemy recruits familiar faces to testify on The Doctor's behalf, the terrifying truth behind The Valeyard is revealed. The final pursuit takes The Doctor into The Matrix once again.

Episode Info

Episode number: 23x13
Production Number: 7C
Airdate: Saturday November 29th, 1986

Director: Chris Clough
Writer: Robert Holmes

Alternate Airdates:

Ireland Nov 29, 1986

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Guest Stars
Anthony Ainley
As The Master
Geoffrey Hughes
As Popplewick
James Bree
As Keeper of the Matrix
Lynda Bellingham
As The Inquisitor
Michael Jayston
As The Valeyard
Tony Selby
As Sabalom Glitz
Main Cast
Bonnie Langford
As Melanie
Colin Baker
As The Sixth Doctor
Episode Notes
This was the final story written by Robert Holmes before his death on May 24, 1986.

Episode Quotes
The Doctor: Unless we are prepared to sacrifice our lives for the good of all, then evil and anarchy will spread like the plague.

The Doctor: In all my travelling throughout the universe I have battled against evil, against power mad conspirators. I should have stayed here. The oldest civilisation: 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.

(The Master's image appears on the screen)
The Doctor: Oh no, now I really am finished!
Mel: Who's that?
The Doctor: Just one of my oldest enemies.

Warning: Doctor Who season 23 episode 13 guide may contain spoilers
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