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Trivia / Doctor Who S5 E4 "The Enemy of the World"

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  • Acting for Two: Patrick Troughton plays both Salamander and the Doctor for this adventure. Considering the only difference between them is a hairstyle, costume and accent, Troughton put his heart into making those two completely different.
  • California Doubling: Climping Beach, near Littlehampton in Sussex, doubles for the Australian coast.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • In the DVD featurette "Directing Who with Barry Letts" (included on the DVD of "Planet of the Spiders") Letts admitted he was very disappointed that the only surviving episode was Episode 3 as he felt it was the "dullest" of the six episodes as there was material in it that was not relevant to the overall story. In the same featurette, Letts also admitted that he wasn't satisfied with the story on the whole as he felt he tried to be "too clever" as a director and attempted too many technical feats without focusing enough on the drama of the story.
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    • Colin Douglas (Donald Bruce) hated working on the serial, regarding the series as low-grade children's fare and well beneath his dignity. He remarked at the time that it was the worst thing he'd ever done and that he didn't want to be asked to appear on the show again. Ten years later, he appeared in "Horror of Fang Rock".
  • Fake Australian: Donald Bruce is played by English actor Colin Douglas.
  • Fake Nationality: Patrick Troughton (British) plays Mexican dictator Ramon Salamander, complete with Brown Face and a fake accent.
  • Life Imitates Art: Someone arrested for not predicting a natural disaster? That could never possibly happen!
  • Meaningful Release Date: Both the original and special edition versions of the DVD release. The original was released around the show's 50th anniversary, while the special edition was released on the 50th anniversary of the original airdate of the serial (as well as being released in the year the story is meant to take place).
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • Patrick Troughton's son David makes his first appearance in the series as an uncredited extra.
    • Frazer Hines' cousin Ian plays a guard.
  • So My Kids Can Watch: Mary Peach appeared in the serial because her kids wouldn't believe she was a real actress until she'd been on Doctor Who.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The chase scene in the first episode originally took place in a crowded holiday resort. This was changed due to logistical difficulties.
    • Initially, it was planned that the Doctor and Salamander would meet more than once, but due to the technical complexity, there was eventually only the one confrontation scene, at the story's climax (utilising editing and a split-screen technique).
  • You Look Familiar: The Doctor isn't the only Time Lord with a doppelgänger in this story — Denes is played by George Pravda, who would also play Spandrell in "The Deadly Assassin", and Benik is played by Milton Johns, who would play Kellner in "The Invasion of Time".