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| cast = [[Colin Morgan]]<br>[[Richard Wilson]]<br>[[Anthony Head]]<br>[[Bradley James]]<br>[[Angel Coulby]]<br>[[Katie McGrath]]<br>[[John Hurt]]
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| cast = [[Colin Morgan]]<br>[[Richard Wilson]]<br>[[Anthony Head]]<br>[[Bradley James]]<br>[[Angel Coulby]]<br>[[Katie McGrath]]<br>[[John Hurt]]
| enemy = [[Mary Collins]]
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| enemy = [[Mary Collins]]
| place = [[Camelot]]<br>[[Ealdor]]
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| place = [[Camelot]]<br>[[Ealdor]]
| writer = [[Julian Jones]]
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| writer = [[Julian Jones]]
| director = [[James Hawes]]
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| director = [[James Hawes]]
| producer = [[Sue de Beauvoir]]
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| producer = [[Sue de Beauvoir]]
| broadcast date = 20 September 2008
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| broadcast date = 20 September 2008
| format = 1x45
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| format = 1x45
| production code = 1.1
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| production code = 1.1
| previous story = ---
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| previous story = ---
| next story = [[Valiant (episode)|Valiant]]
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| next story = [[Valiant (episode)|Valiant]]
|preview = Preview 1x01|series = [[Series 1|1]]}}{{Quote|No young man, no matter how great, can know his destiny. He cannot glimpse his part in the great story that is about to unfold. Like everyone, he must live and learn. And so it will be for the young warlock arriving at the gates of [[Camelot]]. A boy that will, in time, father the legend. His name: [[Merlin]].|[[The Great Dragon]]}}
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| preview = Preview 1x01
'''''The Dragon's Call''''' is the first episode of the [[Series 1|first series]] of ''[[Merlin]]'', which was first broadcast on 20 September 2008. The episode features the start of [[Merlin (Character)|Merlin's]] adventures in [[Camelot]] and marks the first appearance of [[Arthur]], [[Guinevere]], [[Morgana]], [[Gaius]], [[Uther]], [[Hunith]] and [[The Great Dragon]].
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{{Quote|No young man, no matter how great, can know his destiny. He cannot glimpse his part in the great story that is about to unfold. Like everyone, he must live and learn. And so it will be for the young [[warlock]] arriving at the gates of [[Camelot]] -- a boy that will, in time, father the legend. His name: [[Merlin]].|[[The Great Dragon]], narrating}}
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'''''The Dragon's Call''''' is the pilot episode of the [[Series 1|first series]] of ''[[Merlin]]'', which was first broadcast on 20 September 2008. The episode features the start of [[Merlin (Character)|Merlin's]] adventures in [[Camelot]] as well as marking the first appearances of [[Arthur]], [[Guinevere]], [[Morgana]], [[Gaius]], [[Uther]], [[Hunith]], and [[Kilgharrah]], The Great Dragon.
   
 
==Synopsis==
 
==Synopsis==
[[Merlin (Character)|Merlin]]'s mother sends [[Merlin (Character)|Merlin]] to start a new life in [[Camelot]] in order to learn about the mystery of his own powerful [[magic]]. But, things change when he discovers that the king, [[Uther]] Pendragon, has outlawed magic and that anyone caught using it faces death. Later on, [[Merlin]] steps in to defend a manservant from the King's heir, [[Arthur Pendragon|Arthur]], and encounters [[The Great Dragon]], upon which the young sorcerer begins an adventure in which he will realise his destiny...
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[[Merlin (Character)|Merlin]]'s mother sends him to start a new life in [[Camelot]] in order to learn about the mystery of his own powerful [[magic]]. Things change when he discovers that the king, [[Uther|Uther Pendragon]], has outlawed magic and that anyone caught using it faces death. Later on, [[Merlin]] steps in to defend a manservant from the King's heir, [[Arthur Pendragon|Arthur]], and encounters [[Kilgharrah]], upon which the young [[sorcerer]] begins an adventure in which he will realise his destiny...
   
 
==Plot==
 
==Plot==
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[[File:Merlin101 1042.jpg|thumb|200 px|[[Gwen]] and [[Merlin]] meet]]
 
[[File:Merlin101 1042.jpg|thumb|200 px|[[Gwen]] and [[Merlin]] meet]]
 
[[File:Lady Helen.jpeg|thumb|left|150 px|[[Mary Collins]] as the [[Lady Helen]]]]
 
[[File:Lady Helen.jpeg|thumb|left|150 px|[[Mary Collins]] as the [[Lady Helen]]]]
At breakfast, Gaius knocks a bucket of water off the table, causing Merlin to inadvertantly use his abilities to prevent it from falling. Gaius, having confirmed Merlin's secret, warns the boy never to use his powers lest he risks being killed. Later, Merlin witnesses a knight bullying his servant and steps in to stop and defend him, only to discover that the knight is actually [[Arthur Pendragon]], son of the King and heir to the throne of Camelot. Merlin is imprisoned, during which he hears the same ominous voice calling his name. The next morning, Gaius arranges the boy's release, and Merlin is sentenced to a day in the [[wikipedia:Stocks|stocks]] where he meets Morgana's [[wikipedia:Handmaiden|handmaiden]], [[Gwen|Guinevere]], who shyly flirts with him.
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At breakfast, Gaius knocks a bucket of water off the table, causing Merlin to inadvertently use his abilities to prevent it from falling. Gaius, having confirmed Merlin's secret, warns the boy never to use his powers lest he risks being killed. Later, Merlin witnesses a knight bullying his servant and steps in to stop and defend him, only to discover that the knight is actually [[Arthur Pendragon]], son of the King and heir to the throne of Camelot. Merlin is imprisoned, during which he hears the same ominous voice calling his name. The next morning, Gaius arranges the boy's release, and Merlin is sentenced to a day in the [[wikipedia:Stocks|stocks]] where he meets Morgana's [[wikipedia:Handmaiden|handmaiden]], [[Gwen|Guinevere]], who shyly flirts with him.
   
 
[[File:Merlin278.png|thumb|[[Arthur]] and [[Merlin]]]]
 
[[File:Merlin278.png|thumb|[[Arthur]] and [[Merlin]]]]
After being released, Merlin confronts Arthur again, and is baited into a fight using [[wikipedia:Mace|maces]]. Merlin uses his abilities in order to prevent Arthur from striking him, but winds up losing when he sees Gaius watching. Arthur spares Merlin more time in jail, citing his bravery and some indefinable quality about the boy. Meanwhile, Mary returns to Camelot in the disguise of Helen and dines with King Uther; she comments on the difficulty of Arthur growing up without a mother, and remarks that the bond between mother and son is nearly impossible to replace. That night, Merlin is again awoken by the same voice and sets out to find its source, winding up in a cave beneath the castle where a [[The Great Dragon|dragon]] is imprisoned. The dragon insists that Merlin is destined to use his gifts to protect Arthur, despite Merlin's disbelief.
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After being released, Merlin confronts Arthur again, and is baited by Arthur into a fight using [[wikipedia:Mace|maces]]. Merlin uses his abilities in order to prevent Arthur from striking him, but winds up losing when he sees Gaius watching. Arthur spares Merlin more time in jail, citing his bravery and some indefinable quality about the boy. Meanwhile, Mary returns to Camelot in the disguise of Helen and dines with King Uther; she comments on the difficulty of Arthur growing up without a mother, and remarks that the bond between mother and son is nearly impossible to replace. That night, Merlin is again awoken by the same voice and sets out to find its source, winding up in a cave beneath the castle where [[Kilgharrah]], The Great Dragon is imprisoned. The dragon insists that Merlin is destined to use his gifts to protect Arthur, despite Merlin's disbelief.
   
 
The next morning, Merlin is awoken by Gaius, who instructs him to deliver several concoctions. One is for Morgana, who is suffering from nightmares, and Merlin arrives to find Morgana changing clothes behind a screen; Morgana mistakes Merlin for Gwen, and Merlin helps Morgana around the screen until Gwen arrives, saving Merlin the embarrassment of being discovered. Morgana asks Gwen for her opinion on whether to wear a purple gown or a revealing red dress and "Give them a night they'll really remember." Merlin delivers another elixir to Lady Helen, and discovers Mary's poppet in the singer's private quarters, but convinces Mary that he had not seen anything when she returns as he is leaving. That evening, Mary's true form is discovered by a handmaiden who sees Mary's reflection in a mirror, and Mary kills the girl. At the feast, Morgana appears wearing the revealing red dress which makes every man and especially Arthur get to their plate. Then, Mary appears before Uther's court in the guise of Helen and sings, weaving an [[Sleeping Enchantment|enchantment]] that puts the court to sleep and rapidly ages the Castle.
 
The next morning, Merlin is awoken by Gaius, who instructs him to deliver several concoctions. One is for Morgana, who is suffering from nightmares, and Merlin arrives to find Morgana changing clothes behind a screen; Morgana mistakes Merlin for Gwen, and Merlin helps Morgana around the screen until Gwen arrives, saving Merlin the embarrassment of being discovered. Morgana asks Gwen for her opinion on whether to wear a purple gown or a revealing red dress and "Give them a night they'll really remember." Merlin delivers another elixir to Lady Helen, and discovers Mary's poppet in the singer's private quarters, but convinces Mary that he had not seen anything when she returns as he is leaving. That evening, Mary's true form is discovered by a handmaiden who sees Mary's reflection in a mirror, and Mary kills the girl. At the feast, Morgana appears wearing the revealing red dress which makes every man and especially Arthur get to their plate. Then, Mary appears before Uther's court in the guise of Helen and sings, weaving an [[Sleeping Enchantment|enchantment]] that puts the court to sleep and rapidly ages the Castle.
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==Cast==
 
==Cast==
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===Main Cast===
 
===Main Cast===
 
*[[Colin Morgan]] as [[Merlin]]
 
*[[Colin Morgan]] as [[Merlin]]
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*[[Louise Dylan]] as [[Bronwen]]
 
*[[Louise Dylan]] as [[Bronwen]]
 
*[[Rick English]] as [[Thomas Collins]] (uncredited)
 
*[[Rick English]] as [[Thomas Collins]] (uncredited)
 
==Story notes==
 
===Reception===
 
''The Dragon's Call'', over 45 minutes, garnered 6.65 million viewers and a 30% viewing share arccording to overnight ratings despite going up against ''The X Factor'' in its first episode on September 20. The viewing audience was the third highest of the day only beaten by ''The X Factor'' and a new series of ''Strictly Come Dancing'', which aired directly after ''Merlin'' on BBC One. The final figure was 7.15 million.
 
 
===Trivia===
 
*According to Bradley James, it was difficult filming Merlin in the stocks because Colin Morgan is allergic to tomatoes.
 
*In the episode, when Mary Collins alias [[Lady Helen]] receives a fruit basket, the first fruit she has is a red apple. This could be a reference to ''Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'', as the witch gave Snow White a red apple. Instead, she is given more than one. Also, the servant that gave her the basket dies by a spell, where in the fairy tale, Snow White is poisoned.
 
*[[Merlin]] is asked by [[Gaius]] to give some medicine to Lady Percival. This name also applies to the knight of the round table [[Percival]].
 
 
===Inaccuracies===
 
*When Merlin is in the stocks the spectators throw tomatoes at him. However tomatoes were not introduced to Britain ([[Albion]]) until the 16th century.
 
*Morgana is seen wearing high-heeled shoes, which were not invented until the 15th century.
 
*Gaius is seen giving a sandwich to Merlin, however sandwhiches were invented by the Earl of Sandwich in the 1700's.
 
   
 
==Gallery==
 
==Gallery==
 
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== Transcript ==
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{{transcript}}
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==Release & Reception==
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*''The Dragon's Call'' premiered on [[Syfy]] UK at 7pm on September 6th 2017, immediately followed by ''[[Valiant (episode)|Valiant]]''.
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*''The Dragon's Call'', over 45 minutes, garnered 6.65 million viewers and a 30% viewing share according to overnight ratings despite going up against ''The X Factor'' in its first episode on September 20. The viewing audience was the third highest of the day only beaten by ''The X Factor'' and a new series of ''Strictly Come Dancing'', which aired directly after ''Merlin'' on BBC One. The final figure was 7.15 million.
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==Behind the Scenes==
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*Bradley James had to throw knives at a distance of 20 feet, and many missed the target. Those that we see reaching the target were launched by a machine.<ref name="anecdotes">[https://merlin.hypnoweb.net/merlin/guide-des-episodes/fiches-lock/101-l-appel-du-dragon/tournage-101.158.714/ Merlin Hypnoweb - Les anecdotes du tournage]</ref>
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*Straw and a powerful fan were used for the scene where Mary Collins vanishes.<ref name="anecdotes">[https://merlin.hypnoweb.net/merlin/guide-des-episodes/fiches-lock/101-l-appel-du-dragon/tournage-101.158.714/ Merlin Hypnoweb - Les anecdotes du tournage]</ref>
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*The dagger Lady Helen throws towards Arthur was added in computer graphics, while the one stuck on the back of the chair was a real one.<ref name="anecdotes">[https://merlin.hypnoweb.net/merlin/guide-des-episodes/fiches-lock/101-l-appel-du-dragon/tournage-101.158.714/ Merlin Hypnoweb - Les anecdotes du tournage]</ref>
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*The chandelier used by Merlin to kill Mary Collins was created in computer graphics, although a rubber one was made to fell on actress [[Eve Myles]].<ref name="anecdotes">[https://merlin.hypnoweb.net/merlin/guide-des-episodes/fiches-lock/101-l-appel-du-dragon/tournage-101.158.714/ Merlin Hypnoweb - Les anecdotes du tournage]</ref>
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*According to actress [[Eve Myles]], it took six hours to put on the makeup that turned her into the old [[Mary Collins]]. (''Digital Spy'' - 19th September 2008).
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==Trivia==
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*According to Bradley James, it was difficult filming Merlin in the stocks because Colin Morgan is allergic to tomatoes.
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*[[Merlin]] is asked by [[Gaius]] to give some medicine to Lady Percival. This name also applies to the knight of the round table [[Percival]].
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*In the episode, when Mary Collins alias [[Lady Helen]] receives a fruit basket, the first fruit she has is a red apple. This could be a reference to ''Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'', as the witch gave Snow White a red apple. Instead, she is given more than one. Also, the servant that gave her the basket dies by a spell, where in the fairy tale, Snow White is poisoned.
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*The scene in which Gaius chides Merlin for fighting with Arthur is the first scene that Colin Morgan shot.<ref name="anecdotes">[https://merlin.hypnoweb.net/merlin/guide-des-episodes/fiches-lock/101-l-appel-du-dragon/tournage-101.158.714/ Merlin Hypnoweb - Les anecdotes du tournage]</ref>
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* When this episode was broadcast, [[The Moment of Truth]] was still shooting.<ref name="anecdotes">[https://merlin.hypnoweb.net/merlin/guide-des-episodes/fiches-lock/101-l-appel-du-dragon/tournage-101.158.714/ Merlin Hypnoweb - Les anecdotes du tournage]</ref>
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*Computer graphics on this episode were finished three days before the first release.<ref name="anecdotes">[https://merlin.hypnoweb.net/merlin/guide-des-episodes/fiches-lock/101-l-appel-du-dragon/tournage-101.158.714/ Merlin Hypnoweb - Les anecdotes du tournage]</ref>
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==Inaccuracies==
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*When Merlin is in the stocks the spectators throw tomatoes at him. However tomatoes were not introduced to Britain ([[Albion]]) until the 16th century.
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*Morgana is seen wearing high-heeled shoes, which were not invented until the 15th century.
   
 
==References==
 
==References==
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==See also==
 
==See also==
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*Characters: [[Mary Collins]], [[Helen]]
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*Creatures: [[Kilgharrah|The Great Dragon]]
*[[The Great Dragon]]
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*Objects: [[Mary Collins's necklace]], [[Gaius' Grimoire]]
*[[Series 1]]
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*[[Potion|Sleeping Draught]]
   
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
 
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00dq8tn BBC Programmes listing]
 
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00dq8tn BBC Programmes listing]
   
== Transcript ==
 
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Series: 1
Episode Number: 1
Starring: Colin Morgan
Richard Wilson
Anthony Head
Bradley James
Angel Coulby
Katie McGrath
John Hurt
Enemy: Mary Collins
Setting: Camelot
Ealdor
Writer: Julian Jones
Director: James Hawes
Producer: Sue de Beauvoir
Broadcast: 20 September 2008
Format: 1x45
Prod. Code: 1.1
Previous Story: ---
Following Story: Valiant
No young man, no matter how great, can know his destiny. He cannot glimpse his part in the great story that is about to unfold. Like everyone, he must live and learn. And so it will be for the young warlock arriving at the gates of Camelot -- a boy that will, in time, father the legend. His name: Merlin.
The Great Dragon, narrating

The Dragon's Call is the pilot episode of the first series of Merlin, which was first broadcast on 20 September 2008. The episode features the start of Merlin's adventures in Camelot as well as marking the first appearances of Arthur, Guinevere, Morgana, Gaius, Uther, Hunith, and Kilgharrah, The Great Dragon.

SynopsisEdit

Merlin's mother sends him to start a new life in Camelot in order to learn about the mystery of his own powerful magic. Things change when he discovers that the king, Uther Pendragon, has outlawed magic and that anyone caught using it faces death. Later on, Merlin steps in to defend a manservant from the King's heir, Arthur, and encounters Kilgharrah, upon which the young sorcerer begins an adventure in which he will realise his destiny...

PlotEdit

Merlin, a boy on the cusp of adulthood, arrives in Camelot hoping to find an use for the strange metaphysical powers he has possessed before he could even talk. Instead, he learns that King Uther Pendragon, ruler of Camelot, despises magic and has instituted a kingdom-wide ban on any practice of sorcery under penalty of death. Merlin witnesses the execution of Thomas Collins, who has been accused of using magic by Uther. His mother Mary swears vengeance on Uther for the murder of her son before vanishing into thin air to avoid arrest. Uther ignores the event and carries on as if nothing happened. He then orders a festival in to celebrate twenty years without magic in Camelot, though his ward Morgana warns that he will only make enemies by continuing to persecute those who use sorcery.

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Mary Collins swears to kill the king's son

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Mary Collins kills Lady Helen with a poppet

Soon after, Merlin meets Uther's court-physician Gaius, and saves the elderly man's life when Gaius falls from a balcony. Although Merlin denies it, Gaius believes that his young apprentice has magical powers, but swears not to tell the king; Merlin is given a room and Gaius realises that the boy has been sent by his mother to Camelot to be protected. Meanwhile, Mary intercepts the convoy of Lady Helen of Mora, a famed singer scheduled to perform at Uther's festival, and murders her using a poppet. Mary uses a glamour to assume Helen's appearance, but the enchantment is incomplete as Mary's true form can be seen in mirrors. As Merlin sleeps, he hears an ominous voice repeating his name, and he soon awakes.

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Gwen and Merlin meet

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Mary Collins as the Lady Helen

At breakfast, Gaius knocks a bucket of water off the table, causing Merlin to inadvertently use his abilities to prevent it from falling. Gaius, having confirmed Merlin's secret, warns the boy never to use his powers lest he risks being killed. Later, Merlin witnesses a knight bullying his servant and steps in to stop and defend him, only to discover that the knight is actually Arthur Pendragon, son of the King and heir to the throne of Camelot. Merlin is imprisoned, during which he hears the same ominous voice calling his name. The next morning, Gaius arranges the boy's release, and Merlin is sentenced to a day in the stocks where he meets Morgana's handmaiden, Guinevere, who shyly flirts with him.

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Arthur and Merlin

After being released, Merlin confronts Arthur again, and is baited by Arthur into a fight using maces. Merlin uses his abilities in order to prevent Arthur from striking him, but winds up losing when he sees Gaius watching. Arthur spares Merlin more time in jail, citing his bravery and some indefinable quality about the boy. Meanwhile, Mary returns to Camelot in the disguise of Helen and dines with King Uther; she comments on the difficulty of Arthur growing up without a mother, and remarks that the bond between mother and son is nearly impossible to replace. That night, Merlin is again awoken by the same voice and sets out to find its source, winding up in a cave beneath the castle where Kilgharrah, The Great Dragon is imprisoned. The dragon insists that Merlin is destined to use his gifts to protect Arthur, despite Merlin's disbelief.

The next morning, Merlin is awoken by Gaius, who instructs him to deliver several concoctions. One is for Morgana, who is suffering from nightmares, and Merlin arrives to find Morgana changing clothes behind a screen; Morgana mistakes Merlin for Gwen, and Merlin helps Morgana around the screen until Gwen arrives, saving Merlin the embarrassment of being discovered. Morgana asks Gwen for her opinion on whether to wear a purple gown or a revealing red dress and "Give them a night they'll really remember." Merlin delivers another elixir to Lady Helen, and discovers Mary's poppet in the singer's private quarters, but convinces Mary that he had not seen anything when she returns as he is leaving. That evening, Mary's true form is discovered by a handmaiden who sees Mary's reflection in a mirror, and Mary kills the girl. At the feast, Morgana appears wearing the revealing red dress which makes every man and especially Arthur get to their plate. Then, Mary appears before Uther's court in the guise of Helen and sings, weaving an enchantment that puts the court to sleep and rapidly ages the Castle.

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Mary Collins, as Lady Helen, weaves her enchantment over the court

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As Lady Helen, Mary Collins uses a song to magically put everyone to sleep

Merlin, protecting himself from the spell by covering his ears, sees Mary prepare to throw a dagger at Arthur, but intervenes by using magic to drop a chandelier on her. When the song stops, the enchantment is lifted and the court awakens, but Mary, in her true form, makes one last effort to kill Arthur, throwing the dagger at him. Merlin intervenes again, slowing time in order to pull Arthur from the weapon's path, and is rewarded by Uther for saving the heir's life by being made Arthur's manservant. Neither seems thrilled by the prospect.

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The witch's true form is revealed

The next day, Gaius gives Merlin a book of magic to study in secret, but the boy is called away by a message from Arthur for his first day of duty.[1]

CastEdit

Main CastEdit

Recurring CastEdit

Guest CastEdit

GalleryEdit


Transcript Edit

View the transcript here.

Release & ReceptionEdit

  • The Dragon's Call premiered on Syfy UK at 7pm on September 6th 2017, immediately followed by Valiant.
  • The Dragon's Call, over 45 minutes, garnered 6.65 million viewers and a 30% viewing share according to overnight ratings despite going up against The X Factor in its first episode on September 20. The viewing audience was the third highest of the day only beaten by The X Factor and a new series of Strictly Come Dancing, which aired directly after Merlin on BBC One. The final figure was 7.15 million.

Behind the ScenesEdit

  • Bradley James had to throw knives at a distance of 20 feet, and many missed the target. Those that we see reaching the target were launched by a machine.[2]
  • Straw and a powerful fan were used for the scene where Mary Collins vanishes.[2]
  • The dagger Lady Helen throws towards Arthur was added in computer graphics, while the one stuck on the back of the chair was a real one.[2]
  • The chandelier used by Merlin to kill Mary Collins was created in computer graphics, although a rubber one was made to fell on actress Eve Myles.[2]
  • According to actress Eve Myles, it took six hours to put on the makeup that turned her into the old Mary Collins. (Digital Spy - 19th September 2008).

TriviaEdit

  • According to Bradley James, it was difficult filming Merlin in the stocks because Colin Morgan is allergic to tomatoes.
  • Merlin is asked by Gaius to give some medicine to Lady Percival. This name also applies to the knight of the round table Percival.
  • In the episode, when Mary Collins alias Lady Helen receives a fruit basket, the first fruit she has is a red apple. This could be a reference to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, as the witch gave Snow White a red apple. Instead, she is given more than one. Also, the servant that gave her the basket dies by a spell, where in the fairy tale, Snow White is poisoned.
  • The scene in which Gaius chides Merlin for fighting with Arthur is the first scene that Colin Morgan shot.[2]
  • When this episode was broadcast, The Moment of Truth was still shooting.[2]
  • Computer graphics on this episode were finished three days before the first release.[2]

InaccuraciesEdit

  • When Merlin is in the stocks the spectators throw tomatoes at him. However tomatoes were not introduced to Britain (Albion) until the 16th century.
  • Morgana is seen wearing high-heeled shoes, which were not invented until the 15th century.

ReferencesEdit

  1. BBC Merlin - The Dragon's Call
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Merlin Hypnoweb - Les anecdotes du tournage

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit


Series 1
The Dragon's Call  • Valiant  • The Mark of Nimueh  • The Poisoned Chalice  • Lancelot  • A Remedy to Cure All Ills  • The Gates of Avalon  • The Beginning of the End  • Excalibur  • The Moment of Truth  • The Labyrinth of Gedref  • To Kill the King  • Le Morte d'Arthur

Mini-episode: Merlin in Need

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