Doctor Who (1963–1989)
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Dragonfire: Part One 

In Iceworld, a trading port on the dark side of planet Svartos, the Doctor chances across Sabalom Glitz and joins him on a treasure hunt in the frozen caverns of the planet where a dragon ... See full summary »


Chris Clough


Ian Briggs




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvester McCoy ... The Doctor
Bonnie Langford ... Melanie
Tony Selby Tony Selby ... Glitz
Edward Peel ... Kane
Patricia Quinn ... Belazs
Tony Osoba ... Kracauer
Sophie Aldred ... Ace
Shirin Taylor ... Customer
Ian MacKenzie Ian MacKenzie ... Anderson
Stephanie Fayerman ... McLuhan
Stuart Organ Stuart Organ ... Bazin
Sean Blowers ... Zed
Nigel Miles-Thomas Nigel Miles-Thomas ... Pudovkin
Leslie Meadows Leslie Meadows ... The Creature
Lynn Gardner Lynn Gardner ... Announcer (voice)


In Iceworld, a trading port on the dark side of planet Svartos, the Doctor chances across Sabalom Glitz and joins him on a treasure hunt in the frozen caverns of the planet where a dragon is rumored to resides. Meanwhile Mel and a recently fired waitress named Ace run afoul of Kane, the icy director of Iceworld, whose frozen touch means death. Written by statmanjeff

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Release Date:

23 November 1987 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Andrew Cartmel encouraged his writers to read the academic media studies textbook Doctor Who: The Unfolding Text by John Tulloch and Manuel Alvarado to acquaint themselves with the series. Ian Briggs incorporated passages from it in his dialogue. See more »


Melanie 'Mel' Bush: The money?
Sabalom Glitz: Gone the way of all organic matter, I'm afraid: down the tubes.
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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It's garish, isn't it bog brain!
18 April 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

My journey continues, exploring the show's universally hated stories, and see if they really are that bad, here goes........

Part one, as soon as it starts, my initial memories of it looking horrendous are justified, it's tacky, garish, cheap looking and poorly lit, so before the story even begins, it's up against it. The story, somehow feels like it's wanting to be from the Black and White era, a story that would perhaps have worked with Patrick Troughton, in black and white. I think the concept is pretty good, but the execution is poor, it seems like, a frozen man who owns a fridge shop, with a dodgy cafe attached is freezing people, to build up his empire of fridge shops. That unfortunately is how it comes across, whereas the reality is somewhat different.

Ace arrives, a companion as time went on I grew to really like, in her final episodes she was complex, interesting and rather dynamic. In this opening episode she suffers badly from poor writing, in the same way that poor Bonnie did. All that 'bilge bag' and 'dog brain' stuff is just silly. The cliffhanger ranks as one of the worst, absolute tosh, made worse by the cheap set.

It's not totally without merit, and it is definitely an improvement over Delta and The Bannermen, Edward Peel is rather good as Kane, reminding me again of a villain that would have been suited to Patrick Troughton's time.

It is marginally better then I remember, but if I had to some it up in one word it would be 'tacky.'

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