My Thoughts on Story 005 – “The Keys of Marinus”

Our quest is over. Our heroes have triumphed. All is well. Time for the adventure summary!


I do like this story. It’s not the best, and the anthology structure isn’t for everyone, but it worked for me. This could have been another excellent four part story that went entirely too long, but it didn’t.

Of the various stories, I liked the one with Trapper John the best, though “The Screaming Jungle” had its moments. There weren’t any episodes I actively disliked, which is a first for the series so far.

Really, the whole thing just worked very well for me and even though this story isn’t as good as the one that comes next, it’s still pretty great.

REWARDS: all characters receive 5,345 exp. 6,000 required to level! 512 gold awarded. The party also found a minor artifact and several Vortex Manipulators +1.

Writer Terry Nation
Director John Gorrie
Script editor David Whitaker
Producer Verity Lambert
Mervyn Pinfield (associate producer)
Executive producer(s) None
Incidental music composer Norman Kay
Production code E
Series Season 1
Length 6 episodes, 25 minutes each
Date started 11 April 1964
Date ended 16 May 1964

Next story: “The Aztecs”

Next episode: “The Temple of Evil”


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