Serial: 5L  Episode Nos. 522, 523, 524, and 525.  Title: The Horns of Nimon


A worn-out spaceship and the TARDIS collide in space on what appears to be the beginnings

of an artificially created black hole. The ship was bound for Skonnos, carrying a cargo of

high-energy crystals and human sacrifices as a tribute to the Nimon, a minotaur-like creature that

lives in the heart of an electronic labyrinth and promises a second Skonnon galactic empire to its

leader Soldeed in return.  But what Soldeed thinks they’re going to get and what the Nimon has

in mind are two entirely different things...


starring Tom Baker as Doctor Who, Lalla Ward as Romana, and David Brierley as the Voice of K9.


Written by Anthony Read, Produced by Graham Williams, and Directed by Kenny McBain.


Originally transmitted from 22 December 1979 to 12 January 1980 on BBC1.

DVD Features:

- All 4 episodes, digitally remastered and restored. 

- Graphical menus, episode and scene selection features, and subtitles for the hearing impaired.

- Optional commentary track by actors Lalla Ward, Janet Ellis (Teka), and Graham Crowden

   (Soldeed), and writer Anthony Read.

- Information Text subtitles option.  Displays pop-up production trivia throughout the story.

- “Who Peter  A 30-minute featurette detailing the cross-history between the classic series of

   Doctor Who and the venerable children’s magazine show, Blue Peter.  Features interviews

    with Blue Peter presenters from throughout its history.

- “Read the Writer  A 6-minute discussion by writer Anthony Read about the writing of the story.

- “Peter Howell Music Demos  3-minute featurette, showing the first scenes of Part Two of the

    story but here accompanied by a different soundtrack by Peter Howell of the BBC Radiophonic

    Workshop, done as a demonstration to incoming producer John Nathan-Turner to prove the

    Workshop’s composers could provide the series’ music going forward (which they did).

-  Photo Gallery.  An 8-minute slideshow of production stills taken during production of the story.

-  PDF Materials.  Place this disc into your computer and you’ll have access to PDF files

    containing the following:

            - The original 1979-80 Radio Times TV listings for this story.  

            - The designer’s original set designs

 - One Easter Egg.  Highlight the area of blank test below to see what it is and how to find it.

    Go to the Special Features menu, first page.  Highlight the "Read the Writer" selection, then

    press the right arrow.  A Doctor Who logo will appear and be highlighted.  Click on this and

    you will see the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theater teach you how to remember all the

    Doctor-actors names musically.