Last updated 21 March 2020

Part One

Series Episode Number: 474

World Premiere: Sat 4 Feb 1978 - 6:25pm GMT [BBC One] (United Kingdom)
First Broadcast: Mon 11 Feb 1980 - 5:30pm CST [WTTW 11 Chicago]
Running Time: 25 minutes

11.20 Million (UK)

Appreciation Index: 56 (UK)

Chart Position: 28 () (UK)

Recorded on Sun 06 Nov 1977 in TC8


Leela is concerned by the Doctor's strange behaviour when, after a secret meeting with aliens, he returns to Gallifrey and abruptly stakes his claim to the Time Lord presidency.

Characters hide uncredited
Doctor WhoTom Baker
LeelaLouise Jameson
VardanStan McGowan
VardanTom Kelly
AndredChristopher Tranchell
KelnerMilton Johns
Cardinal BorusaJohn Arnatt
Lord GomerDennis Edwards
Lord SavarReginald Jessup
Gold UsherCharles Morgan
Voice of K-9John Leeson
GuardChristopher Christou (uncredited)
GuardEric Danot (uncredited)
GuardMichael Harley (uncredited)
GuardPeter Roy (uncredited)
GuardMoht Jackson (uncredited)
GuardTony Snell (uncredited)
GuardBuddy Prince (uncredited)
GuardRobert Smythe (uncredited)
Time LordGiles Melville (uncredited)
Time Lord ConspiratorMartin Grant (uncredited)
(extra)Michael Sliwoski (uncredited)
Time LordKyle Adair (uncredited)
Time LordMartin Clarke (uncredited)
Time LordMichael de Wilde (uncredited)
Time LordMichael Gordon-Browne (uncredited)
Time LordChristopher Holmes (uncredited)
Time LordHarold Horsham (uncredited)
Time LordMichael Moore (uncredited)
Time LordVictor Reynolds (uncredited)
Time LordJohn Tucker (uncredited)
Time LordW Wyatt (uncredited)