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  • Acting for Two: Tom Baker as both the Doctor and Meglos. Creates a fascinating contrast when they get locked in a cell together. It also gave Baker the distinction of being the only person to have two waxworks in Madame Tussauds, as the Doctor Who exhibition which opened during production of this story featured sculptures of him as both the Doctor and Meglos.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: The UK press reported that Bill Fraser only took the role of Grugger so he could kick K9.
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  • Inspiration for the Work: Writers John Flanagan and Andrew McCulloch were struggling to think of the ultimate villain, until they realised that it was sitting there the whole time - a gnarled cactus.
  • Old Shame: Jacqueline Hill regretted appearing in the story feeling that since she played Barbara, it was inappropriate to appear as a different character. John Nathan-Turner felt similarly, and decided not to bring back former regular cast members as different characters again.
  • Out of Order: In a possibly unique case in Doctor Who, this one was filmed without the newest regular castmember. "State of Decay", which featured Matthew Waterhouse as Adric, was filmed first, then "Meglos" without him, and then his introduction, "Full Circle". (Some wags over the years have suggested it was "so Waterhouse could take acting lessons", but this just seems to be a rather mean urban legend.)
  • What Could Have Been:
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    • In the original storyline, Lexa simply vanished from the action once she had served her purpose within the narrative. Christopher H. Bidmead suggested her act of self-sacrifice as a more dramatic end for the character.
    • Co-writer John Flanagan wanted Lee Marvin to play Grugger and was amazed when Bill Fraser was cast as he had not imagined him in the role at all. BRIAN BLESSED, Peter Cushing, Donald Houston, Donald Pleasence, Peter Vaughan and Peter Wyngarde were also considered.
  • Working Title: The Golden Star, The Golden Pentangle, The Golden Pentagram, The Last Sol-Fataran and The Last Zolfa-Thuran.
  • You Look Familiar: Lexa is played by Jacqueline Hill, who had played the Doctor's companion Barbara Wright 15 years earlier.

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General Trivia

  • This serial is the only story of the original run where every credited cast member appears in every episode.


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