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THE VISITATION

SHOOTING STARS’ IN THE night sky portend dramatic events at a country manor in seventeenth-century England. Soon after, the Squire and his household come under attack from an ornately decorated android armed with an energy weapon...

Some weeks later, the TARDIS lands in the vicinity. The Doctor, Adric, Nyssa and Tegan are chased through the woods by villagers bearing cudgels. The Doctor and his friends are helped by an itinerant actor-turned-highwayman named Richard Mace, who explains that the villagers are setting purification fires to ward off plague. It transpires that the disease broke out in the area around the time the ‘comet’ fell.

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“History sometimes gives us a terrible shock, and that is because we don’t quite fully understand... We’re all too small to realise its final pattern.” Doctor Who’s first journey in 1963 took viewers back to the Stone Age. Since then the TARDIS has visited many other landmarks in a unique chronicle of the Doctor’s favourite planet. Purely historical stories were once a mainstay of the series, but for more than 50 years significant periods in Earth’s past have provided evocative settings for more fantastical adventures. This unprecedented guide takes a trip back in time with the people, places and classic episodes that are essential parts of Doctor Who history.
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