THE CLAWS OF AXOS

Episode One

Sue: Is this one definitely in colour?
Me: Oh yes, this is definitely in colour.

A mysterious object is hurtling through space.

Sue: It’s a bowling pin with a mushroom on top.

The camera moves behind the spacecraft.

Sue: Actually, it doesn’t look that bad from this angle. It’s very organic, like Kosh’s ship in Babylon 5.

But something extremely odd is travelling on this ship.

Sue: What’s with all the meatballs?

The Claws of AxosMeanwhile, on Earth…

Sue: Is that Ronnie Barker?
Me: No, that’s Mr Chinn.
Sue: Mr Double-Chin, surely!

As the Tory MP blusters around UNIT HQ like a demented pit bull terrier, Sue tunes out and concentrates on Jo Grant’s outfit instead.

Sue: She looks very prim and proper this week. She may even be wearing a bra. Her skirt is ridiculously short, but I love her pink boots.
Me: If you keep your eyes open, you’ll get see her knickers later.
Sue: Trust you to notice something like that.

Oh, look – it’s Pigbin Josh.

Sue: It’s Kenny Bottles!
Me: Who the hell is Kenny Bottles?
Sue: When I was a kid, probably when this first went out, Kenny Bottles would come down our street every Friday to collect everyone’s empty pop bottles so he could get the deposit money back from the local shop. And he was the spitting double of this bloke, here. He had a bike, as well. I would tease my younger brother, Kenny, by calling him Kenny Bottles. It used to make him cry.
Me: Ooh arrr!

As the Axon ship heads towards Earth, the military try to shoot it out of the sky.

Sue: I’m on the Doctor’s side this week. I’d be a pompous git as well if I was surrounded by these idiots.

And then Sue’s mood becomes quite pensive.

Sue: Has this story got a good reputation with the fans?
Me: Stop asking me that. Make up your own mind. I wouldn’t want anyone to accuse me of leading you.
Sue: I’d like to see you try.

The Claws of AxosAn American agent named Bill Filer is searching for the Master.

Sue: Is he supposed to be the American Gene Hunt?
Me: I like to think of him as the 1970s Jack Bauer.
Nicol: I wouldn’t want to watch 24 hours of this!
Me: Oh hello, Nicol. Actually, you should probably stick around for this story – it features a particle accelerator.

Nicol is just in time to witness the Doctor patronising Jo.

Sue: So when does feminism turn up in Doctor Who? Jo has saved the Doctor’s life several times now. He should be begging her to come with him instead of being such a sexist pig. And just as I was starting to like him.

The Axon ship has buried itself deep within the Earth, and when its sphincter-like doors are opened, Sue raises a quizzical eyebrow.

Sue: The alien ship is basically a cross between a giant penis and a giant arsehole. Freud would have had a field day with this.

But if the exterior of the ship is a bit weird, that’s nothing compared to what’s waiting inside.

Sue: Well, they’re trying, I’ll give them that. It reminds me of the textile aisle in Ikea. It’s probably the curtains that do it.

And then Sue is reunited with an old friend.

The Claws of AxosSue: Not the bloody Master again!
Nicol: The gold people look like they should be standing around Covent Garden or Piccadilly Circus. They’d make a fortune.
Me: Don’t worry, a particle accelerator will be along shortly.

The Axons have arrived on Earth bearing the gift of Axonite, a mineral that can supposedly eradicate famine forever, a claim they back up by growing an enormous frog.

Me: The French would bloody love that.
Sue: That’s a bit racist.

When the Axons’ true form is finally revealed (if you can ignore the first few seconds of the episode, that is), Sue isn’t impressed.

Sue: It looks like an explosion in a spaghetti factory.

 

Episode Two

Nicol: So where’s this particle accelerator?
Me: Stick with it, Nicol.

The Master and Filer agree to join forces so they can escape from the Axon ship.

Sue: It looks like they’re trapped in the world’s strangest brothel.

Chinn orders the British Army to place UNIT under arrest so he can secure exclusive distribution rights for the Axonite.

Sue: You can’t arrest the Brig! What’s he playing at? And why is this location full of ticking clocks?

We discover that the Master was working with the Axons before they double-crossed him.

Sue: The Master is making a habit of this. He’s very naive, isn’t he? I almost feel sorry for the daft arse.

The Claws of AxosNicol howls with laughter when she finally claps eyes on the cyclotron (“It’s a shower cubicle!”), and the meter that measures the speed of light is hilarious, apparently.

Nicol: To be fair, this is years ahead of its time. This sort of science is still cutting edge today.

The power complex’s head of research demands to know when the Doctor was last published.

Me: Typical academic. I’ve been to conferences like this.

The Doctor wants to take a look at the Axonite, just in case he can use it to fix his TARDIS.

Sue: This Doctor never does owt for nowt. There always has to be something in it for him.

Filer is gripped by the cuddly claws of Axos.

Sue: Did Filer just fart, or is Dudley Simpson resting on his keyboard again?

And then, because this isn’t weird enough already, the eye of Axos puts in an appearance.

The Claws of AxosSue: That doesn’t look anything like a giant penis. No, not at all.

The Master begs the Axons to let him have his gun back.

Sue: The Master has a laser gun! He’ll be asking the Axons for his ball back next.

The Master sneaks away with all the finesse of a cat armed with a laser gun.

Sue: The Master is much more exciting to watch than the Doctor. He’s having his own little adventure this week. It’s certainly more engaging than the Doctor bickering with a bloody academic.

The Master hypnotises a young UNIT soldier.

Sue: Mind control: check. Okay, so when does someone fling themselves off a high wall?

The Doctor places some Axonite in the cyclotron. The needle on the speed of light meter begins to rise.

The Claws of AxosNicol: The Doctor has just created a tachyon.
Me: That’s my favourite theoretical particle.
Sue: It’s a very wobbly set. That was pretty bad, actually. That’s shoddy workmanship, that is.

As the Axonite overloads the cyclotron, Winser hurls insults at the Doctor.

Sue: What did he just call him?
Me: A stupid quack.
Nicol: I thought he called him a stupid quark.
Sue: I thought he called him a stupid twat.

Our heroes are surrounded by spaghetti-Axons.

Sue: I really like this story, but the production values are letting it down. I bet this would be really good if they made it today. Properly, I mean.

 

Episode Three

The reprise from last week just gives Sue another opportunity to criticise the proto-Axon crawling across the floor.

Sue: You can tell it’s some poor sod with a blanket over him.
Me: As opposed to the BBC employing a real alien, you mean?

A cushion sails over my head. Her aim is almost as bad as Benton’s.

Sue: The monsters are rubbish, but at least their weapons are effective. I’ll give them that.

Sue nods appreciatively as Chinn is bollocked by his superiors.

Sue: I know I’ve been banging on about the Doctor being a bit of a Tory, but this story is definitely anti-establishment. The British government (who are clearly Tories) are obviously the bad guys, and incompetent bad guys at that. It’s swings and roundabouts, I suppose, but I definitely prefer the Doctor in this story. Having said that, his hair is very bouffant this week. He’s obviously just had a shampoo and set.

The Master infiltrates the Nunton Complex disguised as an army general.

Sue: Oh, that’s rubbish. His mask looks exactly like him, so why even bother? I bet he isn’t called the Master because he’s a master of disguise, that’s for sure.

The Claws of AxosWhen the Doctor refuses to cooperate with the Axons, they retaliate by aging Jo Grant to death.

Sue: The Doctor is terrified that he’ll end up with an old woman for a companion. He’s ageist as well as sexist.

UNIT try to disable a spaghetti-Axon – and fail miserably.

Sue: The Axons look ridiculous, but they don’t half kick arse.

The Brigadier and the Master are forced into an uneasy alliance.

Sue: I think I’d prefer to see the Master working with UNIT than the Doctor. They should swap roles. I’m always disappointed when we cut back to Pertwee gurning in a chair.
Me: Look! It’s Jo Grant’s purple knickers!

A cushion hits me square in the jaw. And then the Master tries to blow up the Axons’ ship, even though the Doctor and Jo are still inside.

Me: You didn’t have a lot to say about that episode.
Sue: That’s because I liked it.
Me: Well, in that case we’ll be lucky if we get a couple of sentences out of you when we reach Tom Baker.
Sue: I wouldn’t count on it, love.

 

Episode Four

The Claws of AxosMe: The Doctor just slapped Jo across the face. Don’t you want to say anything about that?
Sue: I missed it. All I can see are BAFTA trophies floating across the screen. I bet this would be great if you were on drugs.

The eye of Axos methodically spells out the plot.

Sue: The best thing about this story is the lead Axon’s voice. I can actually understand it, instead of it being some electronic nonsense I can barely make out. This is much more scary. It’s so calm.

As the particle accelerator threatens to overload, the head of the power complex bravely prepares to enter the chamber.

Sue: He’s going to need more than a pair of oven gloves to deal with that.
Me: It Ain’t Half Radioactive, Mum.

The Doctor makes a deal with the Master.

Sue: The Doctor must be pulling the Master’s leg. Because he won’t run away and leave everyone to die, will he? Actually, he’s done it before…

The Claws of AxosYates and Benton are attacked by the Axons as they hurtle down a country road in a Jeep.

Sue: The Axons are a big fat mess. Run them over!

Benton sacrifices the Jeep by tossing a grenade into the back seat.

Sue: What a waste of a good Jeep. I’d love a Jeep like that. In fact, what I’d really like is a Land Rover Defender.
Me: Put one on your Amazon wish list.
Sue: Dudley Simpson should put some music lessons on his Amazon wish list. It sounds like a small child has been let loose on a Bontempi organ.

Sue is so gripped by the story’s climax, she stops talking for several minutes, and it’s only when she notices that the TARDIS has suddenly started doing what the Doctor tells it to that she finally breaks her silence.

Sue: Has the Master fixed the Doctor’s TARDIS for him? That definitely shows the Doctor up.

The Nunton Power Complex explodes and both Jo and the Brigadier are mightily relieved when the TARDIS rematerialises again.

Sue: Does that mean the Doctor can fly his TARDIS properly now? He can go wherever he wants? It’s about time!

Sadly, the Doctor is now some sort of galactic yo-yo.

Sue: Bugger.

 

The Score

Sue: I enjoyed that. The plot was interesting – it would definitely work again today – and the direction was pretty good, as well. The special effects let it down a bit, but at least they were trying something different for a change. I didn’t mind that one at all, mainly because it didn’t outstay its welcome. I’ll give it:

7/10

 

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Comments

  1. Lewis  December 3, 2011

    I give this a 7/10 too.

    Roll on the next story 😀

  2. Huw Davies  December 3, 2011

    Nicol: I certainly wouldn’t want to watch 24 hours of this!

    Best comment of the episode – Nicol is almost like the Brigadier, a semi-regular who pops in to destroy something in the episode before disappearing without mention

  3. PolarityReversed  December 3, 2011

    First one I’ve actually watched with you, as it were.
    Freak weather and miraculously cleared roads sort of amused me.
    Not him again! Not mind control again! Oh Sue, High Noon in Pyjamas and Night of the Hoofy-Socks still to come.
    Oh, and wot no Monty Python reference? No quantum bubble bath even? C’mon girls!

    • Dave Sanders  December 5, 2011

      Nobody let on to Sue that The Daemons is five episodes instead of six – just tactfully say The Claws Of Axos is the last four-parter of the season. I want to see her reaction as the story ABRUPTLY stops at part five when she’s expecting another episode to go.

      • PolarityReversed  December 6, 2011

        Don’t know about abruptly re Quaterperm and the Pit. Seems to me to be paced such that it doesn’t have a sixth episode in it. They could have used a bigger church with more corridors I suppose.

  4. Leo  December 3, 2011

    I apologise for being pedantic but a small correction about Chinn for the first episode. He’s not an MP, he’s a civil servant. The only MP to appear in the story is the Minister who he speaks to on the video phone monitor in a later episode.

    Chinn, incidentally, is either highly incompetent or unlucky enough to have an unusually crafty Minister in charge of him because, in reality, it would be the Minister whose reputation and position would be on the line. A civil servant would not normally be as vulnerable to being forced out of office as a Minister in the event of a scandal affecting a government department.

    • PolarityReversed  December 3, 2011

      Oh right. Ministers would never hound civil servants and seek to pin blame on them for poor policy judgments so as to secure their own political survival.
      Silly me.
      Mind you, you did say “not normally”. We could maybe do with a Department of Big Frogs right now to deal with our “economic woes” (loathsome lazy journalese phrase). Perhaps DEFROG?

      • Leo  December 4, 2011

        He might have wanted to, the point I was thinking of was that responsibility customarily falls on the Minister. It isn’t unusual for a Minister to resign when there’s some sort of political scandal that comes within their command, whereas it’s comparatively rare for a civil servant to resign on those same occasions.

        • Dan  December 4, 2011

          This is exactly what happened in the recent passport checks debacle (in Britain). It’s true that the minister is responsible for everything that happens in their department, but if they can pin it on a fall guy they will often survive a scandal!

          • PolarityReversed  December 4, 2011

            ArrivalsGate is only the latest in a depressingly long list of examples (on both sides).
            Ministerial hara-kiri just ain’t what it used to be…

          • John G  December 4, 2011

            “It’s true that the minister is responsible for everything that happens in their department, but if they can pin it on a fall guy they will often survive a scandal!”

            That is certainly the case nowadays, but back when this was made ministers were generally more willing to accept that the buck stopped with them. It could be argued that the last truly honourable Cabinet resignation occurred in 1982, when Lord Carrington fell on his sword even though he wasn’t directly to blame for Argentina’s invasion of the Falklands.

          • PolarityReversed  December 4, 2011

            Aha! But wasn’t the earth exile bit supposed to be set in the indeterminate close future (relative to early 70s, that is). Videophones, BBC3…

          • Frankymole  December 12, 2011

            Let’s leave UNIT dating out of this (even the Brig and Yates’s…)!!

            I just put the advanced British space programme – and the videophones – down to International Electromatics dominating the world market in electronics over 5 years in the late 60s/early 70s by using Cyber-technology (they had to ensure their products beat out all opposition, to carry out their mind-control-by-microchip plot).

          • PolarityReversed  December 12, 2011

            Okay, but “dance or pint” aside, wasn’t there a Sarah-Jane era bit that is clearly stated to be about a decade ahead?
            Maybe I’m misremembering this – can’t be sure as the Timelords confiscated my mongatron circuit when I was exiled to adulthood and forced to change my appearance…

  5. James  December 4, 2011

    “Mr Double-Chin, surely.” Love it! 😀

    “You can tell it’s just some poor sod with a blanket over him.”
    “As opposed to employing a real alien, you mean?” Heh. 😀

    “You know, I think the Brig has a soft spot for Yates. You can tell by the way he looks at him that’s he’s extremely fond of him.” So this is Sue’s idea of the UNIT dating controversy… 😉

  6. BestBrian  December 4, 2011

    Mind control, big bouffant hair (oh, you ain’t seen nothin’, yet, Honey), and The Master; this, Sue, is your future. 🙂

    BTW, it’s “Ball Bag” not “Ball Back”, Neil.

    I don’t know why, but this review really has me wondering what Sue is going to think of “Paradise Towers”.

  7. Alex Wilcock  December 4, 2011

    I can only think that Sue’s so excited by Doctor Who’s most eye-throbbing colour so far – and, possibly, ever – after the previous black and white that she’s over-marked it. I’d put them very much the other way round. Still, it’s quite good with the sound turned down.

    Pause for a moment while I sadly imagine Mr Chinn being played by Ronnie Barker, or indeed anyone who could act. Mind you, even Chinn was good in The Power of the Daleks. I wonder if this was for a bet? And I’m with Leo on his being a civil servant, obviously (the politics in this story being almost as risible as its understanding of nuclear power. Poor Nicol. You torture her), but it was an homage to Malcolm Hulke making Masters both an MP and a Permanent Under Secretary, wasn’t it, Neil?

    Some great moments this time:
    “This is definitely in colour?”
    “Oh yes, this is definitely in colour.”

    “It’s like they’re trapped in the world’s strangest brothel.”
    “That looks nothing like a giant penis. Not at all. Nope.”

    “The Master sneaks away with all the finesse of a cat armed with a laser gun.”

    “When does feminism turn up in Doctor Who?”
    It’s been and gone, but it’ll come back eventually. Just ignore everything while Barry and Terrance have their way, basically.

    And Sue’s really spotted the twin problems with the Master in this period, hasn’t she?
    “Not the Master again! What are the chances of that? This is getting a bit old now.”
    The Master is much more exciting to watch than the Doctor. He’s having his own little adventure this week and it’s much more engaging than watching the Doctor bickering.”

    • Nigel  December 4, 2011

      Delgado would have been a tremendous Doctor, but he would no more have been cast as the Doctor then as he would now (assuming he’d been born about 50 years later …).

      Axos falls into the large (very large) category of stories which score well because their ideas, both imaginative and daft, but poorly on their realisation and plotting. Even so, I quite liked it at the time and remain very fond of it now.

      • Nick Lawton  December 5, 2011

        Well considering Fulton Mackay was nearly the 4th Doctor I see no reason why Delgado couldn´t be considered for the role of the Doctor.

        He would have been an excellent Doctor, no question about it at all. And with the current series employing actors for Doctors from the same gene pool, so to speak – moderately good looking young talented actors, I think ironically if Delgado was around today he would be a breath of fresh air.

        And it would take a good breaking producer of the sort that used to work on the ´classic´ series, to employ somebody like him because Delgado was all charisma and fruity voice, something which just might not get past the focus groups of today.

        Oh who cares, Delgado would be great in anything.

        • PolarityReversed  December 6, 2011

          Fulton MacKay eh? I honestly didn’t know that. A little rummage online brings to light some other interesting candidates. Michael Bentine and Jim Dale?! Ye gods…

          I think the successful recipe for a Doctor was always a solid character actor that didn’t come with too many strong prior associations. Also someone with good comic instincts, but without a predominantly comedy past. So I really shake my head about ex-Goons and Carry Oners.

          And yes, I know Hartnell was in Carry on Sergeant, but still.

          • John G  December 6, 2011

            Richard “Mr Pastry” Hearne was another candidate to replace Pertwee. Presumably he would have used custard pies to fight off his enemies…

          • Dave Sanders  December 6, 2011

            And Micheal Bentine. We got Tom Baker’s Pottty Time instead when Graham Williams came in…

          • PolarityReversed  December 8, 2011

            The late 70s could have been the era of Doctor What-What-What-What-What!

          • Dave Sanders  December 8, 2011

            You silly twisted Borad, you.

          • PolarityReversed  December 8, 2011

            Touche-type moment listeners.
            I’d give an arm and a tendril to hear a Goon rip of Dr Who. Enter Davros-like schoolboy in soapbox-cart of own design surrounded by homicidal shopping trolleys… adopts meglomaniacal right-handed posture with glowing blue thing on bonce and waits to be deaded by rotten time-travelling swine.

          • Matt Sharp  December 9, 2011

            What what what? Cardboard and string hero Bluebottle as Davros? Unthinkable!

            Clearly, there’s only one man for the job – Count Jim ‘Legless’ Moriarty (Owwwwww, you’ve got to go owwwwww), and his associate, villainous cad of no fixed abode and chips, Sir Nydertype-Thynne. They’re practically the same characters anyway…

          • PolarityReversed  December 9, 2011

            If you wish. Can we agree on Ian Marter as Harry Nice-but-Eccles?

          • Dave Sanders  December 9, 2011

            “I step on the claaaaaams, that’s why they put me awaaaaaaaay.”

          • PolarityReversed  December 9, 2011

            Hey – Guy Siner could bring along his “little tank” too…

        • Dave Sanders  December 10, 2011

          Little South Croydon lass of no fixed TARDIS…

          “I don’t like this thousand-year war game, it’s a rotten game. Let’s play the Jimmy Bree overacting war game. ‘Ere Harry Eccles, I’m getting a robot bow-wow for Christmas.”

          Dammit, I’ve got half a mind to actually write Goonesis Of The Daleks now.

          • PolarityReversed  December 10, 2011

            Either they watch another one PDQ, or this is going panto… bit like everything 6 and 7 ever did.

            Coat and side-door + minders.

  8. Stuart Ian Burns  December 4, 2011

    “I’d much prefer to see the Master working with UNIT than the Doctor. They should swap roles.”

    You should have Sue read “Face of the Enemy”

  9. BWT  December 4, 2011

    Oh, yes – this has long been a guilty favourite of mine. Well done Sue for spotting its merits. How best to sum this one up?

    Cue T-shirt: “It’s an explosion in a spaghetti factory.”

    Oh, yes – that’s right.

    This is the one when I really took to Delgado’s Master – what a winning marriage of character and performer. As for the Axons themselves – I always thought them a particularly good design. And, like Sue, I’d love to see them come back again with today’s values – shame about the timeloop, though.

    • PolarityReversed  December 6, 2011

      Timeloop, schmineloop. didn’t they respray them for Seeds of Doom?

  10. Dave Sanders  December 4, 2011

    Whoa, whoa, hang on. If the tachyon is your favourite theoretical particle, why can’t you stand The Leisure Hive? And before you answer with ‘because it doesn’t make any sense’, explain Sue’s 7 out of 10 for THIS. 🙂

    • Neil Perryman  December 4, 2011

      I’m just as surprised as you. I think the words “four parts” might have something to do with it.

      • Dave Sanders  December 4, 2011

        Bah, it’ll be 4/10 for Genesis Of The Daleks then. And a footrub.

  11. deadbishop  December 4, 2011

    “I bet this would look great if you were on some very strong drugs.”

    Oh yes.

  12. John G  December 4, 2011

    This story is that rarity in Doctor Who, one that starts terribly but improves as it goes on. I really hate the first episode, especially Pigbin Josh and the tiresome antics of lazy uber-stereotype Mr Chinn, but it does start building some momentum and I especially like all the scenes with the Master aiding UNIT and bantering with the Doctor in the TARDIS. I agree with Sue that one cannot be sure if the Doctor really does intend to abandon his friends to their fate, so desperate is he by this time to get away from Earth, and this adds some edge and tension to the final minutes.

    Sue seems to be coping quite well with Season 8 thus far, even if, having waited so long for the Master, she is already getting sick of him…

  13. Simon Harries  December 4, 2011

    Yes, Sue does seem to be coping admirably with season 8. However, next up is Colony in Space. That would test the patience of John the Baptist, so I’m looking forward to hearing Sue’s thoughts on it. I haven’t even bought the DVD yet, I dislike it so much. I’ll wait for it to reach £4.99…..

    • DPC  December 5, 2011

      Aye – “Colony in Space” is next… it’s got some great moments, but… oh, I’m looking forward to reading Sue’s responses on it as well. 😀

      • Dan  December 5, 2011

        I wonder why they chose for 50% of The Five Faces of Doctor Who season back in 1981 to have been duffs? (ie it included The Krotons and Colony in Space.) But I think we were so happy they were showing anything we didn’t mind.

        • Neil Perryman  December 5, 2011

          The Five Faces season didn’t include Colony in Space…

          • Dan  December 5, 2011

            You’re right of course. I’m getting it mixed up with something else that begins with the letter C and isn’t set on Earth.

            That means the season was mostly quite good, and this isn’t going to be as good as I was expecting…

          • Dave Sanders  December 5, 2011

            The Krotons was also the only Troughton four-parter that existed in the archives at the time.

  14. Dave Sanders  December 5, 2011

    AND it’s the first proper off-Earth Pertwee story, so there’ll be a lot riding on it in Sue’s eyes. Oh dear.

    • PolarityReversed  December 6, 2011

      Indeed and
      Worst … materialisations … evahhh.

      I’m just waiting for the Gail Tilsley moment. And didn’t the underling mining bastard go on to play a hapless car-dealer in Eastenders? Eyes down for a soapy one!
      But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

  15. Andrew Smith  December 5, 2011

    If that’s what Sue thinks a penis looks like, I think Neil should probably go for a check-up…

    • Antinous  December 5, 2011

      What, Axos itself or the Eye of Axos? We were slack-jawed when me and my former ‘landlady’ (she hates me calling her that) saw the eye on VHS release.

  16. Dave Sanders  December 5, 2011

    The chief problem with The Implausible Axos is that it lacks any proper grounding in the ‘real’ world we know, and the benchmarks for normality are Bill Filer, Jo and Pigbin F***ing Josh. Thus, there’s nothing to offset the weirdness when Micheal Fergusson cranks it up to eleven, and the visuals are frequently telling us one thing while the story tries and utterly fails to convery another – it’s impossible, for instance, to tell whether it’s supposed to be just the cyclotron or the whole complex that goes boom at the end, neither of which stand up to scrutiny. We’re in a world where a crap civil servant whom nobody has any confindence in can spang off a nuclear missle or two when he feels like it without any international reprecussions whatsoever, and only gets a bollocking from his superiors later when they lose face over a completely different diplomatic incident; and where the output from one nuclear power station is capable of kick-starting and sustaining time travel, but the total energy from an entire planet isn’t. Did Mondas pop round for a late breakfast before Axos got here?

    • PolarityReversed  December 5, 2011

      Good lord – Dr Who inconsistent? No!

      Why do the ropes of Axos suddenly go to sleep and let Filer escape to foil his double?
      How come yer average UNIT grunt gets blasted out of existence at the slightest contact with the Bolognesi and yet Benton and Yates can wrestle with them and have them hanging off jeeps without so much as a skew-whiff beret?

      I’ll have Earth on toast with a side-order of fried moon and a nice steaming mug of ocean please.

  17. Marty  December 7, 2011

    At least Nicol was forgiving of the particle accelerator.

    If Axos comes to Earth now I hope there’s someone around to put a bit of it in the LHC.

    • Dave Sanders  December 7, 2011

      At least it wouldn’t *implode* then.

  18. farsighted99  January 11, 2012

    I liked this story, it had a great plot and moved fast. The aliens were okay until they turned into Yeti’s who had walked into a spaghetti factory… I liked the golden boys, now I know where RTD got the idea for the Angelics for Voyage of the Damned… I also liked the Doctor/Master relationship and how they teamed up work together (again)… Also, what’s up with the Master being in every episode lately? Every episode seems to have the Brigadier (and Yates) in it too, not that I don’t mind, but it’s a lot different than the earlier series with the previous Doctors, and definitely not like the nuWho…. I also loved the TARDIS stuff (finally), and the “time loop”… loved the explanation… LOL! This one was worth 8/10.

  19. Huw  April 19, 2012

    This site is GREAT! Sue’s, “It’s like they’re trapped in the world’s strangest brothel” and Neil’s reference to purple knickers both had me laughing out loud. I really hope the project resumes before I get to the end of the current reviews – it’s a my little ray of sunshine that lights up dark days.