Part One

The Android InvasionSue: Oh no…
Me: Go on, then. Say your catchphrase.
Sue: Actually, I’ve decided to say “Terry ****ing Nation” from now on.

A soldier is walking through a wood, nursing a twitching arm.

Sue: Either he’s late for breakdancing practice or he’s an android.
Me: I think the clue is probably in the title.

The TARDIS arrives in the same wood.

Sue: I like the Doctor’s new coat.
Me: Oatmeal.
Sue: He’s drinking oatmeal?
Me: No, that’s the colour of his coat.
Sue: Why is the Doctor dressed for the middle of winter when Sarah is dressed for a summer picnic?
Me: Everyone says that about this story. Try to be more original, love.
Sue: I don’t know why you just don’t turn off the comments, Neil. They’re obviously getting to you.
Me: But if I did that, I’d be accused of not being able to take criticism.
Sue: But you can’t take criticism, Neil. You’re ****ing terrible.

Four figures dressed in white protective suits and matching helmets open fire on the Doctor and Sarah – with their fingers.

Sue: So it’s the Autons again. Why didn’t they call it The Auton Invasion? Hang on… Autons aren’t androids. What’s Terry playing at?

In her haste to get away, Sarah almost topples over the edge of a cliff, and Sue isn’t impressed with the direction of the scene to say the least.

Sue: That made Sarah Jane look really stupid. Who directed this rubbish?
Me: Barry Letts.
Sue: He just can’t leave it alone, can he?

The twitching soldier throws himself over the same cliff.

The Android InvasionSue: I’m surprised we didn’t see his brains splattered all over the rocks.
Me: He’s an android, remember?
Sue: Yeah, but I’m not supposed to know that yet, am I? Do Autons even have brains?

The soldier is a UNIT corporal, but what’s really strange is his wallet only contains freshly minted coins with the same year stamped on them.

Me: If only they’d told us what the bloody date was! It’s so frustrating!

The Doctor and Sarah explore a deserted village.

Sue: The location is very nice and it’s a lovely, sunny day. It’s nice and quiet, too. I could live there quite happily. What are the house prices like? I can imagine a big gang of Doctor Who fans retiring there someday. Actually, I’ve suddenly changed my mind.

She notices Tom Baker isn’t feeling very well.

Sue: That’s a nasty sore throat he has. It was probably all the screaming he did last week.

The Doctor and Sarah find a deserted pub. All the coins in the till have been newly minted with the same date.

Me: So what’s the bloody date, then? Is it 1980 or is it 1975? ARGH!

We never find out.

Sue: It’s beginning to annoy me now, and I don’t even care.

The Android InvasionSarah suggests the village could have been evacuated thanks to a radiation leak, and if they’re not careful, they’ll end up looking like “a couple of ‘nanas”.

Sue: I haven’t heard that expression in years. I’m going to start using it again.

The silence is broken when a van carrying some villagers turns up. The new arrivals take their places in the pub and remain as still as statues. And then, just before they move again…

Sue: Did I just hear the floor manager whispering in the background? I hope that wasn’t Rosie.

When Sarah tries to make small talk with the barman, she receives a frosty reception.

Sue: They should have called this pub The Stepford Arms. The pub in An American Werewolf in London was friendlier than this.

Sarah returns to the TARDIS, but she’s distracted by a coffin-shaped object before she can step inside.

Sue: The Doctor should put her on probation for leaving the key in the lock like that.

The TARDIS dematerialises without her.

Sue: See!

The Android InvasionSarah investigates the capsule, and even though I don’t mention it at the time, I’m transfixed by the damaged spare tyre the Kraals have replicated for that extra touch of verisimilitude. Talk about attention to detail. Anyway, the capsule opens and a hand grabs Sarah’s leg.

Sue: That was creepy. That would have scared me as a kid.
Me: I didn’t see this episode at the time. I had to go to a friend’s sixth birthday party instead. I can’t even remember his name now, but it might have been Paul. I remember playing pass the parcel when it was on, and feeling bloody miserable because I knew I was missing Doctor Who. Missing a Part One was almost as bad as missing a Part Four back in the days before VHS and Betamax.
Sue: Yes, but did you win pass the parcel?

The Doctor arrives at the local space defence station (every village should have one), where he finds an office belonging to Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.

Sue: Excellent. I’ve missed the Brig.

But he’s interrupted by an astronaut named Guy Crayford.

Sue: The direction in this story isn’t great, but the plot isn’t bad. I’m definitely intrigued and I want to find out what happens next.

The Doctor makes a run for it and UNIT give chase.

Sue: Are you sure this lot are really UNIT?

The Android InvasionThey shoot at the Doctor and miss.

Sue: Yep, they’re definitely UNIT.

The Doctor is taken to a cell, and the episode concludes with someone – or something – spying on him.

Sue: It’s the Sontarans!


Part Two

Sue: Have the Sontarans and the Autons teamed up? How exciting!

I don’t have the heart to tell her otherwise.

The Android InvasionSue: So why are the Sontarans dressed in glam rock platform boots and pearly king jackets? If they hope to blend in with the 1970s…
Me: Or the 1980s…
Sue: …then they aren’t going about it the right way.

The Doctor and Sarah run into a familiar face.

Sue: Benton! Oh, how I’ve missed you, Benton. Actually, maybe it isn’t Benton. He could be an Auton. Is this Westworld but with UNIT soldiers instead of cowboys? Is this an alien theme park?

Even Harry Sullivan turns up.

Sue: That’s nice. So where’s the Brigadier?

The Doctor and Sarah escape into the woods, but Sarah stumbles, injuring her ankle.

Sue: If I were Sarah Jane, I’d wear hiking boots every time I left the TARDIS, even if I was in a ball gown that week. She knows she’s going to end up running around – she always ends up running around – so she should come prepared. And Tom sounds dreadfully ill. I’m beginning to worry about him.

Pursued by UNIT troops, the Doctor decides to hide in a pond.

The Android InvasionSue: Tom is not a happy chappy. It’s written all over his face. Either he’s scared of water or he’s in a really bad mood; it’s difficult to tell.
Me: I think this is what made him ill.
Sue: Health and Safety at the BBC certainly left a lot to be desired in the 1970s. Poor Tom.

Sarah is captured and taken to the aliens’ laboratory. She tries reasoning with Harry, but he’s definitely not himself.

Sue: She probably thinks Harry’s been hypnotised. That’s what usually happens, isn’t it? At least Terry is trying to do something a bit different.

Sarah stares into the face of a Kraal.

Sue: That isn’t a Sontaran… What the hell is it? It’s horrible.

Back at the pub, the Doctor orders a pint of ginger beer.

Sue: That isn’t a pint! No wonder this place is empty. The Doctor should report him to Trading Standards.

Now that she can see the Kraals in all their glory, Sue tries to figure them out.

The Android InvasionSue: Shelly.
Me: What?
Sue: Shelly. His face.
Me: He looks like Hywell Bennet?
Sue: No, shell-y. You know, as in the seaside. He has a face like a clam. A clam crossed with a giant pig. Doctor Who loves giant pigs.

The Doctor examines the pub’s fireplace.

Sue: Do you remember when everyone had brass ornaments hanging over their fireplaces? We were the only house in our street that didn’t have any brass, thank God. My mother couldn’t be arsed polishing it. Good for her.

The Doctor orders another drink.

Sue: Yeah, and this time make it a pint!

The Doctor is amazed to discover the calendar on the wall doesn’t include a tomorrow.

Sue: It’s Groundhog Day meets The Prisoner. I like it.

The Doctor arranges to meet Sarah in the local shop.

Sue: Is this Royston Vasey?

Sue guesses Sarah is an android straight away. I was hoping she’d pick up on the continuity error involving her scarf but, alas, the clue is definitely in the title.

Sue: (Pointing at the Kraals) Blimey, this lot are a bit boring, aren’t they? It doesn’t help that I can’t tell them apart. I hate it when I can’t do that. And I suppose the guards with the exploding fingers aren’t Autons, either? I’m disappointed.

The android guards pursue the Doctor and Sarah into the woods.

Sue: It looks like they’re being chased by the Stig.

The Android InvasionThe episode concludes with the Doctor confronting ‘Sarah’, who suddenly falls over (for no readily apparent reason). When her face falls off, Sue blames shoddy workmanship.

Sue: I’ve definitely seen this cliffhanger before. Did you try to make me watch this when we first met?
Me: Definitely not.
Sue: Hmm… Maybe they played this bit on the news when Elisabeth Sladen died. Yes, that must be it.
Me: Thanks for that. I feel all sad now.


Part Three

The Android InvasionA faceless Sarah starts shooting at the Doctor.

Sue: This is really disturbing.

Meanwhile Styggron and Chedaki are still bickering.

Sue: The one on the right sounds familiar.

And then the penny drops.

Sue: Oh, it’s George from Rainbow. (Mimicking George) “That’s a good idea, Zippy!”
Me: That’s uncanny, Sue. Much better than your Terrance Dicks.

More androids are unloaded from a van in the centre of the village.

Sue: It reminds me of the place where Amy Pond comes from. You know, the village where everything is slightly wrong. You can definitely see the influence. It reminds me of The Prisoner and The Avengers, too.
Me: Yes, there’s definitely an ITC vibe to this.

Sue fixates on a red telephone box on the village green.

Sue: I saw one of those on eBay for two grand the other day. But you could probably buy a TARDIS for that kind of money, so I thought to myself, what’s the point?

The Android InvasionStyggron sneaks up on the Doctor and attacks him with an obligatory neck rub. And then the androids secure the Time Lord to a cross with the help of some artificial ivy.

Sue: Are you quite sure this isn’t the Autons? It would make a lot more sense if it was the Autons.

Sarah rescues the Doctor and they return to the Kraal ship just before the village is wiped from the face of the planet with a CSO dissolve.

Sue: Eh?

Crayford visits the Doctor in his cell and cheerfully spill the beans.

The Android InvasionSue: He probably got fed up drinking his own piss.

But Crayford has been duped – the Kraals are going to destroy humanity with a deadly virus.

Sue: Terry and his viruses. He’s obsessed! Terry must have been a very sickly child.

When the Doctor is led away to have his brain patterns stolen, Sarah incapacitates an android with an electrical cable.

Sue: (As George from Rainbow) That was a good idea!

The Doctor’s head is about to explode when Sarah rescues him. Again.

Sue: Twice in two episodes. Is that a new record?

The Android InvasionThe Doctor and Sarah board Crayford’s rocket before it takes off.

Sue: It’s a very roomy rocket, I must say.

The Doctor places Sarah in one of the capsules, but he’s crushed by the G-force before he can shut the lid. The episode concludes with Sarah struggling to survive against the mounting pressure.

Sue: Suck your cheeks in, pet.


Part Four

The Android InvasionThe rocket reaches escape velocity.

Sue: Right, so there wasn’t a threat in the last cliffhanger, after all. Just some minor discomfort.

A capsule, which contains an android copy of the Doctor, begins to open.

Sue: Now that would have been a great cliffhanger. What a wasted opportunity.

When the Doctor comes up with an insane escape plan, Sarah lists all the ways they could end up dead.

Sue: There’s some very witty banter in this story. The dialogue is very good. Yeah, this isn’t bad at all.

Meanwhile on Earth…

Sue: Yay! It’s the real Benton and Harry.

And then…

The Android InvasionSue: WHO THE **** IS THAT?!

It’s Colonel Faraday.

Sue: They’ve recast the Brigadier. But they can’t do that!
Me: Calm down, it’s a completely different character.
Sue: So why did they hire someone with a moustache, then? It’s very confusing. They should have hired a woman, or someone who was clean-shaven. This guy is basically Brig-lite.

The Kraals’ capsules arrive on Earth, and the Doctor steps out.

Sue: So which Doctor is that?

He staggers around comically.

Sue: Ah, it must be the real one.

The Android InvasionCrayford’s rocket is guided back to Earth.

Sue: Isn’t anyone going to ask him why he’s suddenly got an eye patch?
Me: They’re probably trying to be polite.

With android doubles running around the place, it doesn’t take long for Sue to lose track.

Sue: Do both these Doctors have sore throats? Or is that how you can tell them apart?

Space Defence celebrate Crayford’s safe return with a nice cup of tea.

Sue: If this was NASA, they would be yelling and hollering and giving each other high fives. This is very low-key.

Sue still won’t give Colonel Faraday the time of day.

Sue: It’s obvious they’ve hired somebody to say the Brig’s lines for him. But this bloke makes the Brig sound like an idiot. It just proves how good an actor Nick Courtney was.

Confusion reigns.

The Android InvasionSue: Who’s who?
Me: Is that supposed to be a joke?
Sue: No. And why is Benton letting the Doctor shoot at the other
Me: That isn’t Benton.
Sue: Since when?
Me: Wait, I’ve got a flowchart around here somewhere…

Even the Doctor doesn’t have a clue any more.

Sue: Maybe it’s supposed to be this confusing on purpose?

The android Benton shoots the wrong Doctor.

Sue: I like the way they programmed the android to be as stupid as the real Benton. You can’t tell them apart. What a ‘nana.

The Android InvasionAnd then Crayford has an epiphany – he’s got two eyes after all!

Sue: They can’t be serious!

I stop her before she can throw a cushion at the television.

Sue: So he never took his patch off when he was in the shower, or when he went to bed? He never peeked at it the whole time? But that’s just stupid! This was heading for a seven out of 10, but not any more.

The Doctor fights his android double (Sue’s impressed with the choreography), but Styggron kills the android by mistake.

Sue: EH?

The Doctor explains he reprogrammed the android to do his dirty work for him.

Sue: When? How? Why? Eh? This was heading for a six out of 10 but not any more.

Sarah accepts a lift home in the TARDIS.

Sue: You’d have thought Benton and Harry would have turned up to see them off. And Sarah must be mad if she thinks she won’t end up on another detour. But I guess that’s the point.


The Score

Sue: I know I sound like a stuck record, Neil, but it fell apart at the end. It started out brilliantly – they should have spent a lot more time in the village building up the tension – all of that stuff was excellent. But the aliens’ plan was insane. And why would the astronaut go along with it? Was he blind? No. He wasn’t even half-blind. What a load of rubbish. But some of the ideas were okay, and there was some nice banter between the Doctor and Sarah Jane. The location was lovely, too. What a shame.





  1. Dave Sanders  May 2, 2012

    Ah yes, The Fan-Void Tel Nation. Phillip Hinchcliffe’s answer to The Mutants, the story which, before the advent of DVD and Yotube, nobody ever admitted to remembering.

    George from Rainbow is EXACTLY the same as Terrance Dicks. I’ve even said that before! 😀

    • Russell Watson  May 2, 2012

      Aw, I really enjoyed The Mutants, and I only first saw it this year so I can’t blame nostalgia like I do with Revenge of The Cybermen.

      I have seen this one a whle back & quite enjoyed it, I’d maybe have went up to a 7 with this but then I’d have probably given Pyramids a 9.

      Laughed at the use of “what a nana”

  2. Dave Sanders  May 2, 2012

    Oh and never mind the refunds – can I claim royalties for the ‘in one’s face – a cushion’ joke? I’d like it in genuine 1970s Sherbert Dibdabs please. 🙂

    • Neil Perryman  May 2, 2012

      I can confirm that I stole this gag from Dave via Facebook. Thanks Dave.

      • Dave Sanders  May 2, 2012

        *sucks on Dibdab* Don’t suppose you’ve got any Sausage & Tomato Golden Wonders while you’re at it? 🙂

        • PolarityReversed  May 2, 2012

          Ah, but you get nothing in this game for two cushions in a face…

          • Dave Sanders  May 2, 2012

            What about two pillows in a bed?

  3. Wholahoop  May 2, 2012

    Dear Points of View

    Why oh why oh why oh why oh why?

    Such repetitive, self indulgent, derivative nonsense. I mean, c’mon, how many times did Sue use the words “The Doctor” or even “I”?

    If you cannot be any more original than this then I will have no option but to demonstrate my superiority complex and that will really show you

    As for the use of the word “center” …… that’s even worse than “did’nt”

    • Russell Watson  May 2, 2012


    • Paul Mudie  May 3, 2012

      A troll by any other name…

      • Dan  May 3, 2012

        It’s a skit.

      • Terlim Imharson  May 3, 2012

        Yes, he’s spoofing the trolls – who are notable by their absence in a less popular story, incidentally. Funny that…

        • PolarityReversed  May 3, 2012

          Yup, that one’s okay by me. Pass, friend.
          Irony on the internet can be a dangerous game though!

          • wholahoop  May 5, 2012

            tis true, I wasn’t sure if it would be obvious it was a skit, I did think the Dear Points of View Why oh why routine might make it stand out as obviously ironic – sorry.

            It probably failed to be funny and ironic but as the trolls will no doubt be happy to hear their bollocksy wollocksy whinging was getting a bit irritating

  4. jsd  May 2, 2012

    I watched this recently when the DVD came out and I thought it wasn’t really that bad. Zips along at a decent pace, and the “spooky village that’s not quite right” theme was very well done. It does fall apart at the end, but I don’t hold that against it. I laughed out loud at the Sue/Neil Faceless Ones exchange though. Keep up the good work!

  5. Neowhovian  May 2, 2012

    I totally had a “me, too!” moment when you got to the end of the first episode and Sue thought it was a Sontaran! (I can prove it, too – it’s in my own review from when Android Invasion came out on R1 DVD last year.) That really made me smile. 🙂

    Glad to have you guys back. The exchanges are worth it all, whatever the final score or “repetitive” comments on repetitive themes.

    • Terlim Imharson  May 2, 2012

      Worth it for the Pub Kraal joke.

      • Neowhovian  May 2, 2012

        Thankew, thankew… 😉

    • Carson  May 2, 2012

      Ahh! Neowhovian, I’ve been trying to track down your page again for ages. This must be where I first ran across it 🙂

      And as long as I’m writing, I love this story to bits and pieces. I’m delighted that Sue appreciated its charms up until the ending!

      • Neowhovian  May 2, 2012

        Oh, awesome! 🙂 Glad you found me again!

  6. Lewis Christian  May 2, 2012

    It’s a fun little story wedged between some ‘hardcore’ stories. I like it. Sort’ve like a fun not-all-there filler, but fun at least!

  7. Dan  May 2, 2012

    Is Sue enjoying the =increase in the number four-parters?

  8. Andrew Bowman  May 2, 2012

    I’m not surprised that Sue initiallt rated this higher than Pyramids, as it isn’t trying to be too clever; it’s a proper nonsensical sci-fi story. I remember watching this on UKGold in 2002, and really enjoying it for what it was. Whilst I like and enjoy the more celebrated/cerebral stories, I find them slightly hard work, whereas this sort of thing is far more instantly enjoyable. I wonder what Sue will make of the Colin Baker era (personally, I think it’s great: he was my Doctor, after all. I do remember watching the regeneration from 4 to 5, but didn’t really get a grip on Peter D. until much later (I think he’s spot-on now), so Colin B was the first Doctor to make a real impression on me). I hope she doesn’t follow ‘fan-wisdom’ (whatever that means) and shoot him down in flames. But I wouldn’t be at all surprised; he is a bit hard to take sometimes. 🙂

    • Alisaunder  May 5, 2012

      Yes but Colin is fantastic in the Big Finish audios. I wasnt a huge fan of his Doctor until I found those during Tennant’s year off, but Colin and Sylvester really shine when given a good story which BF always does, and the BBC did rarely.

      • Andrew Bowman  May 5, 2012

        At the risk of turning this into a discussion of the wrong Baker, I was always taken with the rat eating scene in T2D, for example, or Nabil Shabin’s incredible performance as Sil. I even liked the blond haired, blue skinned androids in Timelash!

        Now, a joke: How many Doctor Who fans does it take to change a light bulb?

        Answers on a post card, please (or just press the reply button) 🙂

        • Jazza1971  May 5, 2012

          Well that depends on whether the light-bulb is canon or not…

          • Frankymole  May 6, 2012

            None. The lightbulb doesn’t change, it regenerates/rejuvenates/renews itself every few years.

          • PolarityReversed  May 6, 2012

            Lightbulbs are boring and stupid, and they just automatically light up whenever Neil or Sue flicks a switch. If you knew anything at all about Doctor Who you’d be talking about candles. You’re plainly just one of the dullards and sheep who requires the usual tedious 5 amps of current to power your pathetic notions. I pity you, because I am an immeasurely superior form of life. Now I have so roundly trounced you, you low-wattage poltroon, I trust you will go away and do some serious work on yourself in an effort to be more like me.

            I shall be along momentarily under a different nom de net to agree with myself.

  9. John Callaghan  May 2, 2012

    How is it that I’m the person remarking on the fact that you make a point of noting that you’re viewing this in the nude, and then Sue tells you to grow a pair of balls?

    The title is a real giveaway in this story but lots of summery 70s memories for me with all those sunny fields. The space centre even looks a bit like my primary school.

  10. Jazza1971  May 2, 2012

    “Sue: So he never took it off when he had a shower or when he went to bed? He never peeked at it the whole time? But that’s just stupid! This was heading for a 7/10 but not anymore.”

    That is the reason I voted for this story to get the audio commentary. I’d have loved to have heard Sue’s reaction.

    As for the story, I can’t comment until solar penguin does so that I can agree with him, otherwise he will call me a “sheep” again…

  11. Neil Perryman  May 2, 2012

    Sue says everyone has to play nice or she’ll turn the comments off (once she figures out how to do it). Thanks!

    • Jazza1971  May 2, 2012

      😀 Ooops!

      • PolarityReversed  May 2, 2012

        It’s alright – he’s back in Brisbane zoo, safe and sound.
        He was just playing with the internet while they were sleeping off the hangover.

        Sorry, sorry – no more ad penguinem, promise.

        Sue’s new Nationism doesn’t by any chance rhyme with “plodding” does it?

        • Jazza1971  May 2, 2012

          I thought it maybe rhymed with “bunting”, or maybe “docking”…

          • PolarityReversed  May 4, 2012

            Love the new pic.

          • Jazza1971  May 4, 2012

            Thank you. 😀

    • Alex_The_Geek  May 3, 2012

      I dont know if you’d ever consider having something like this for the comment section to stop the trolls. Im not affiliated with them in any way I just came accross an advert for them on Doctor Who TV

      • PolarityReversed  May 3, 2012

        Interesting business idea. Not sure it’ll fly though.

        Got an uneasy feeling something’s coming. Tin hats on, people – there’ll be a thesis along any minute now, an elegantly constructed semiotic deconstruction incotrovertibly proving we are all ‘nanas…

  12. Sleazy Martinez  May 2, 2012

    I always remembered this story mainly because I still have an audio cassette recording of episode 2 from its original transmission. I think it speaks volumes that when “The Second Doctor Who Monster Book” came out barely two years later, I couldn’t remember anything about The Kraals. Crikey.

  13. Matt Sharp  May 2, 2012

    Aw, you didn’t play your ‘that’s Benton dead then’ joker, Sue’ll never believe that the very last time we ever see (real) Benton he’s apparently lying dead at the feet of his android duplicate.

    That’s clearly a prototype Stig, and as this shows: (don’t know how to do linky things, sorry) Jeremy Clarkson clearly reverts into his Kraal form when driving the Ariel Atom, a small very fast car made of scaffolding and insanity. That must be the android Benton that goes onto become a used car salesman. Kraal plot, I tell you!

  14. Jane  May 2, 2012

    Yay Sue!

    I think a 5/10 is very generous. Again, she won’t let a sloppy ending off the hook. Good for her!

    So, we’re halfway through the Hinchcliffe era, and Sue’s rated it on par with the Troughton era, a full mark above Billy and a full mark below Pertwee.

    • Mag  May 3, 2012

      I agree that Sue was generous here. Personally, I would have scored this a 3/10. I have the story on VHS and still cannot be bothered to get a DVD replacement.

      Initially, I wondered if Pertwee was scoring higher because Sue has more definitive childhood memories of the Pertwee era than the Baker era. I’m guessing she was “too old” (hah!) for Doctor Who by the time Tom Baker took the lead? I was genuinely surprised that Hinchcliffe/Holmes era has come out behind Pertwee, but going back to read Sue’s comments it makes sense why she’s rated the way she has.

      Looking at Sue’s Terry ****ing Nation ratings, it seems that Nation is pretty much the epitome of average when it comes to Doctor Who. Genesis of the Daleks is an outlier.

      The Android Invasion: 5
      Genesis of the Daleks: 9
      Death to the Daleks: 5
      Planet of the Daleks: 5
      The Daleks’ Master Plan: 5
      The Chase: 5
      Dalek Invasion of Earth: 7
      The Daleks: 3

      • Mag  May 3, 2012

        Oops, left off —

        The Keys of Marinus: 4

        If my sums are right, that’d earn Nation an 5.33 average from Sue.

  15. Richard Lyth  May 2, 2012

    I think 5 out of 10 is about right for this – it starts well enough but has some of the most ridiculous plot twists in the history of Doctor Who. Baker and Sladen do a decent job acting all evil though, must have made a nice change for them.

    • Dave Sanders  May 2, 2012

      “Can’t I take them all? That way I could make a raft out of the DVD boxes and then I’d escape from the island.” Clever girl. 🙂

  16. Tim Cook  May 2, 2012

    I was forced to miss part two of ‘Nightmare of Eden’ to go to Sandra Carter’s 7th birthday party. I didn’t get to see the episode until UK Gold repeated it in the mid-1990s. Stupid party.

    The Kraals are one of those monsters who look more impressive on Target covers or Weetabix cards than in their actual TV appearance.

    • Terlim Imharson  May 2, 2012

      I was forced to miss Survival 3 for some meeting or other at school. Beat that!

      • Stormageddon  May 3, 2012

        Wow… that really sucks…

      • encyclops  May 3, 2012

        “If we meet like humans we’ll die like humans!”

        • PolarityReversed  May 6, 2012

          I was forced to miss most of Colin and Sylvester by no longer being remotely interested…

  17. encyclops  May 2, 2012

    As I’ve mentioned before, this story — in novelized form, introduced by Harlan Ellison — is the reason I started watching Doctor Who. I was about 8 or 9 years old and as I recall I had no trouble swallowing the more far-fetched plot points, including the eyepatch problem. So maybe Terry really was writing this one for The Kids. I loved it, but when I finally saw the televised version a few years later, I don’t think it made much impact on me.

    I’m glad I now know what “pass the parcel” is!

  18. John G  May 2, 2012

    I don’t share Sue’s enthusiasm for the oatmeal coat, but otherwise I am in complete agreement with her about this one. I really do love the location work, and the fake village is a brilliant plot conceit, but it is amazing how all the good work is undone so spectacularly in part 4. Also, why did Barry Letts think Milton Johns was a good choice to play an astronaut? He’s a fine actor, but definitely not suited to this kind of role. It’s a shame too that Harry and Benton get so little to do in their final appearances.

    Glad Sue liked the faceless Sarah – on one level that cliffhanger is really silly, but there’s something about that android face which gives me the chills. As for Tom’s sore throat, maybe the fact that some of the story is set in a pub was some consolation to him…

  19. Roderick T. Long  May 3, 2012

    Favourite line: “It’s beginning to annoy me now, and I don’t even care.”

  20. Wholahoop  May 3, 2012

    I have to admit my first thought when I saw the “The Android Invasion Stark Naked” was that it was a version where all the actors had no clothes and I wondered what sort of technology could do that!

    Oh well back to reality

    • PolarityReversed  May 3, 2012

      Some kind of Blue Ray, perhaps?

    • Mag  May 3, 2012

      Just wait until the “Special Edition”. The Restoration Team will work all sorts of technological wonders.

  21. Rassilon  May 3, 2012

    I missed episode 1 of Invasion of the Dinosaurs due to a cousins birthday party.

    “Don’t suppose you’ve got any Sausage & Tomato Golden Wonders while you’re at it?”

    What I’d give to have a packet of them from the 70’s\80’s – The savory sausage ones in 2000’s tasted artificial as hell.

    5 out of 10 seems about right for this story alas.

    • PolarityReversed  May 3, 2012

      Ah Golden Wonder and Smiths. The days when blue meant vinegar and green meant cheese. A simpler time. When Time Lords were Time Lords and female co-stars didn’t dare turn their backs…

      • Dave Sanders  May 3, 2012

        Once we get to the JN-T era, all jokes will be paid for in Wham bars.

        • Daru  May 22, 2012

          @ Dave – and that stuff called ‘Stardust’, remember? Sugary powder you put it in your mouth and it crackled.

  22. Paul Mudie  May 3, 2012

    I think this one would have been better if the baddies HAD been the Sonarans. I like the mysteriousness of the first episode but it all gets a bit forgettable once we know what’s going on. Still, it was nice to see Harry again.

    • Paul Mudie  May 3, 2012

      Whoops! My Sontarans have a silent “t”…

  23. Chris Too-old-to-watch  May 3, 2012

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz: Oh sorry, dropped of there halfway through the discussion of Pyramids.

    Good to have you back: can’t argue with Sue on this, the ending is a loads of ballcocks…

  24. Mag  May 3, 2012

    Forget the Zygons, Moffat is going to reboot the Kraals in Series 7!

    This will allow Character Options to release android-action figure double packs for the Doctor, Rory, Amy, River, and JLC’s character.

    • PolarityReversed  May 4, 2012

      If you’re right about that, shares in Ikea look like a good buy!

  25. cheeky  May 4, 2012

    (A) It’s a ‘kids’ show
    (b) Guess what – Talking all the way through a show, having to think up ‘witty putdowns’, stops you from actually connecting with what’s taking place.
    (c) You are in effect too disconnected with this entire ‘project’. You seem intent on saying, ‘ it the it the master’ – Why does it matter that you need to guess the monster. I suspect that its the feeling of almost smug self-satisfaction that you’d get from basically mocking the show.
    (d) Call me a troll etc etc blah-d-blah..I was actually looking forward to reading your review on this, one of my favourite WHO episodes ( i can promise you there aint many more in the cannon even up to this standard!! honest!! ask any fan! ) but once again the same old same old crops in.
    (e) Give it a rest and call it a day.
    (f) Just my 10 cents on the matter.

    • Neil Perryman  May 4, 2012

      I know I’ll be criticised for replying but I can’t sleep and I have nothing better to do.

      (a) Then you must be a child or you wouldn’t be reading a Doctor Who blog.
      (b) We don’t talk all the way through the show. If Sue ever misses anything important I will pause or rewind the DVD. The only time our commentary has admittedly spoiled Sue’s connection to the narrative was when we recorded The Three Doctors episode commentary – something she freely admitted at the time. It’s something I’m honestly worried about and I try to manage it the best way I can.
      (c) Sue genuinely thought the Autons were in it. She was actually quite delighted (having given 10/10 to Spearhead from Space, which is a bit odd if she wishes to smugly mock the show) and I bet many of us came to the same conclusion when we first saw the episode. And how is mistakenly believing that its the Sontarans or the Master or whatever ‘mocking the show’ anyway?
      (d) Sue’s comments can’t change your appreciation for the episode in question so why let it bother you? If she gave it 9/10 would you still post this comment?
      (e) Alternatively, you could just stop reading and call it a day?
      (f) Here’s your change.

      • encyclops  May 4, 2012

        Neil, you have to admit that there probably aren’t many more stories in the cannon. It’s a pretty small cannon to begin with and stories take up a lot of room.

        • Dave Sanders  May 5, 2012

          Plus it’s poorly maintained and he filled it with gammon.

          Nobody’s going to get that reference.

      • Dan  May 5, 2012

        admirably measured response this.

    • Paul Mudie  May 6, 2012

      Do you have a sense of humour? I honestly wonder this about a lot of “fans”. You do undestand that Doctor Who is just a TV show, that it’s not perfect, and that it’s possible to poke fun at it, yes? If not, please go and seek the help that you need.

  26. Chris Too-old-to-watch  May 4, 2012

    Why is there all the criticism about the “project” all of a sudden. Personally I love reading Sue’s comments about individual shows/actors/construction materials for the sets. If you don’t like it, stop reading. What’s the difference to you if it carries on without you?
    I realise I’m in an unusual position, having watched all the shows as and when originally broadcast, so that the views of nearly everybody will be different to my memories of my opinion when I was 7,8 or 18. One main difference is that I always enjoyed the experience of watching the show. To read some comments I get the opinion that some people only watch it to tear it apart, and denigrate the original series for not being as good as the new one.
    For deities sake, get real: no film or TV show is perfect but [SPOILER ALERT] they can’t be – I believe it’s called life?

    • Shapp Old Chap  May 4, 2012

      “Why is there all the criticism about the “project” all of a sudden.”

      Jealousy, I suspect, at just how awesome this project is and the fact that the complainers didn’t think of it first.

      • Simon Harries  May 4, 2012

        The writer *is* an American. We all know what they’re like.

        (Racist, moi?!)

        • Simon Harries  May 4, 2012

          Actually the writer could be anything. Lots of countries use cents for currency I believe.

          • Andrew Bowman  May 6, 2012

            All these foreigners are the same (on the ‘racist’ theme) 😉

          • Frankymole  May 7, 2012

            Well they’re all foreign, for a start… anyone from east of Trowbridge or north of Bath is clearly suspicious.

      • Longtime Listener  May 5, 2012

        This could be considered trolling (in the original sense, ie “stirring it”, not the currently more common one, “being an oaf”), but I doubt it’s a coincidence that the trouble seems to have started not long after the start of the Tom Baker period, and got worse with increasing levels of Hinchcliffery. People who have got used to their particular favourites being widely considered Officially The Best Ever may not be used to having to cope with contrary opinions, at least within the relevant fandom. Combine that with the sense-of-proportion deficit which tends to be endemic in this sort of fan community and Bob’s your irritating neighbour whose dog keeps relieving itself on your doorstep.

        • Dan  May 5, 2012

          And it’ll make Sue think we’re all like that!

        • Andrew Bowman  May 5, 2012

          You don’t see the word ‘oaf’ very often, these days. Nice to see it’s making a comback 🙂

  27. cheeky  May 4, 2012

    May I ask why you felt the need to write that you both were watching this show naked???

    Now, my theory is..and it’s just a theory mind..that you know your audience..that your facebook, mugs, twitter etc etc have all had a sudden rise in popularity. A few ‘near the knuckle’ words here and there…bring in the punters..Afterall, and speaking from bitter experiance here, but you my fellow WHO friend struck it lucky in the women stakes most I suspect may be a little bit of a nudge nudge wink wink innuendo to get the pulses and facebooks hits racing does no-one any harm.

    Just a theory old boy. Btw, i eagerly await you next installment. Yes I actually enjoy the read, doesnt mean i cant smell a strong whiff of that smugness about the site …but i do enjoy it all the same. Keep up the good work. Note for future: Re-watch some Carry On movies and 70’s British comedies it will help no end to spice up your reivews.

    • Dan  May 4, 2012


      Looking forward to The Brain of Morbius, but the DVD arrived yesterdays along with The Curse of Fenric. Now I saw the Brain of Morbius in 1976 so it’ll be my second viewing. Curse of Fenric however I have never seen. It’s meant to be one of McCoy’s best, but maybe it was a bad a idea to watch it following City of Death. City of Death has a slightly contrived ending, but in almost every other respect is the very best of Dr Who. But I’m still only on part 2 of Curse…. I stopped watching after Time and the Rani I think.. the end of twelve years of unbroken Who-watching.

      This blog has had no small part in reviving my interest in the Classic series and making me send for all these DVDs.

      Anyway the upshot is no rush with Morbius from my point of view because I want to finish Fenric and then Morbius first. 🙂

      • Dan  May 4, 2012

        Actually the ending is ok too, in the context of the rest of it. I forgot to delete that bit.

      • encyclops  May 5, 2012

        I never quite got into Fenric either. I’ve heard it said that lighting and sound ruined the McCoy era, and it’s a fair point. If those scripts could have been redone with the Smith era production values, they probably would have seemed momentous (and frankly I would love to see the lights turned up on the Smith era just a tad).

        “Remembrance of the Daleks” seems to be the only other McCoy story with some consensus around it. Everything else is divisive for one reason or another. I’m partial to “Happiness Patrol,” but it’s impossible to take seriously as text (vs. allegorical subtext) and features one of the most absurd “monsters” in the programme’s history, so it’s not for everyone. I truly cannot wait until we get to these stories with Neil and Sue, except that it’ll mean the experiment is nearly over.

        Neil, how much of New Who has Sue seen? Does she like it?

        • Dan  May 5, 2012

          I may be corrected but I think Sue has been a regular watcher of the new series and enjoys it. Sounds certainly is an issue in Fenric. Bad delivery of lines, music and sound effects all making it hard to follow the script or be certain it makes sense even on its own crazy terms. It is still mush better than the point I stopped watching, but such a different show too what it had been.. I need to watch the last episode to judge..

          • Dan  May 5, 2012

            Bad delivery of the lines may be unfair. Sound being muffled better.

          • Roderick T. Long  May 5, 2012

            Sue keeps saying she wants to continue the experiment into NuWho, and Neil (unaccountably) keeps resisting the idea.

          • Frankymole  May 5, 2012

            No bad delivery of lines in Fenric? What about the cringeworthy “faster than the second hand on a watch?” seduction scene??

            Still, we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Timey-wimey, watchee-windy-uppy.

    • Frankymole  May 5, 2012

      Cheeky wrote: “May I ask why you felt the need to write that you both were watching this show naked???
      … so a little bit of a nudge nudge wink wink innuendo to get the pulses and facebooks hits racing does no-one any harm.”

      My theory is that Neil was advertising his great central heating. It’s bluddy freezing here!

      • PolarityReversed  May 5, 2012

        The cheeky theories about internet promotion and smugness didn’t occur to my poor little brain.
        In my naivety I’d assumed the nudity was a gag to go with the pic of faceless Sarah and a way of injecting a bit of disarming frivolity into proceedings. But then I am but a lowly ‘nana.

        • Neil Perryman  May 5, 2012

          Me neither. It was a – admittedly weak – response to the criticisms that we were repetitive and needed to spice things up.

          • PolarityReversed  May 6, 2012

            Not so weak. A slippery slope spicing things up though. You might find yourselves watching in a tank of live goldfish with trumpets. Of course, and having now crossed the comment timeline, I’m no soothsayer.

          • Wholahoop  May 7, 2012

            Oh well to quote Blackadder III “Pull up a muffin”

  28. cheeky  May 5, 2012

    Call me a soothsayer if you wish…

    Lets see..lets take one at random…ok here goes, a bit of a classic this one, the title alone deserves an A+
    Horror of Fang Rock.
    Sue: Is this when Leela and Baker arnt getting on can see he hates her..doesnt he…
    Sue : Ooooh nice misty setting, very atmospheric this one.
    Sue: It is all going to be set in this one location?
    Sue: It’s very claustrophobic isnt it..I like it…
    …many warblings later..
    Sue: What – is that it…the ‘monster’ a green blob with a dalek voice….is that it!!! Well it was on for a 8/10 but after that …5/10

    Again, just highlighting the sheer..well…predicability of this ‘experiment’. Still by all means continue. As I say…I will be casting an eye over a few forthcoming stories as theres a few fav’s of mine coming up. And to be fair to Sue and your good self..must guys do come out with some cracking, actually funny lines from time to time. Just whole thing a little predicable thats all I suppose.

    Still not tempted by a mug. Unless it’s one saying, ‘I love me’ on it.

    • Roderick T. Long  May 5, 2012

      Still by all means continue.

      I’m sure they’re relieved to have your gracious permission.

    • wholahoop  May 5, 2012

      “Still not tempted by a mug. Unless it’s one saying, ‘I love me’ on it.”

      No great surprise there I suppose

    • Frankymole  May 5, 2012

      “Call me a soothsayer if you wish…”

      That wasn’t quite the word that sprang to mind.

    • Tristan Alfaro  May 9, 2012

      I have to ask: if this site is bothering you so much, why are you still reading it? If you can’t handle the thought of differing opinons why not just have a cup of tea, read a Peter Haining book and turn your computer off?

  29. BWT  May 5, 2012

    “Either he’s late for breakdancing practice or he’s an android” – is the best possible T-shirt for this story. Bluddy nice one an’ all…

  30. BWT  May 5, 2012

    Hey! I thought I was the only one to use the term ‘nanas! Suddenly I don’t feel so alone. Although, perhaps I should be…

    Onya Sue – keep the faith and keep the term alive!

  31. BWT  May 5, 2012

    All this talk of “The Avengers” and ITC and Sue didn’t recognise Mother? Faraday’s not really *that* bad, is he?

    • Frankymole  May 5, 2012

      Patrick Newell’s almost unrecognisable here – he’d slimmed down considerably (and complained that he could get hardly any work as a result – so promptly fattened himself up again!).

      ** slight possible SPOILER – SUE DO NOT READ THIS * If Sue thinks this ersatz-Brig is bad, wait until the end of the season… Mind you, at least the Brig’s eventual replacement in ‘The Five Doctors’ is someone recognisable (to Troughton-era fans, probably not to Sue).

  32. P.Sanders  May 5, 2012

    “Ho ho Sue is having a go at Pertwee, yes sometimes it’s a bit crap, chortle… WAIT, how DARE she molest my favourite story it’s the best piece of television ever written – this blog is repetitive, it’s crap and boring and repetitive, saying the same thing again and again and being repetitive with no idea how annoying, pedantic and repetitive it’s being. How DARE you force me at gunpoint to read your repetitive blog. I HATE YOU.”

    I always seem to enjoy watching the lumpy stories a bit more than the “classics”: this, The Mutants, Nightmare of Eden… But it is a load of fun to watch tosh. Good on ya Sue.

  33. Marty  May 5, 2012

    I’ve been meaning to watch this for ages, since I got the UNIT box set, I’ve gotten halfway through Invasion of the Dinos and then kinda just stopped. It’s stacked on top of the box set of Captain Scarlet.

    The cliffhanger with Sarah freaked me out when I first saw it, and on the second viewing I thought it was really good that there’s those clues to her not being her.

    To all the haters though, go to one of the many Doctor Who forums if you want to discuss and hate on people.

    Sue and Neil have made me want to watch Doctor Who again, it’s highlighted the silliness of Doctor Who, the magic, the adventure and it’s has been really interesting seeing someone who hasn’t seen a majority of “classic” Doctor Who experience it in order. As all the stories and mythos unfold in all its repeating, hypnotic grandeur.

  34. Suzysue  May 5, 2012

    I’d just like to voice my support for your blog, Neil and Sue. Seems an appropriate point to chip in as this is the first story I remember watching – at the age of three, I found Sarah’s face falling off bizarrely terrifying. So for all its flaws this will always have a special place in my heart and I’m glad Sue saw some positives in it, eyepatch notwithstanding. Funnily enough, I’m a Sue and my other half’s called Neil – but I’m the fan and he’s the ‘not-we’. Sort of the anti-matter version of yourselves… Anyway, ignore the predictable trolls and keep up the good work.

  35. Harry  May 5, 2012

    Might I just say that I am sure that I speak for many when I say that “Cheeky”, someone brave enough to hide behind a pseudonym, is clearly a troll and should concentrate on guarding his bridge against the Billy Goats Gruff. Sue, keep up the good work, even if I sometimes feel that we disagree on individual stories…life would be boring if we were all the same.

  36. Chuck  May 6, 2012

    This story has a real significance for me. Being an American I unfortunately had to stumble across Doctor Who in the late 70’s. PBS (public broadcasting station) was showing this episode one night. The mystery of just what the heck was going on really intrigued me. My mom and I were hooked. It was the start of a lifelong love of the Doctor. Even started a fan club with my friends in our area that boasted over 100 members at one time. I still have my home made 12 foot long Tom Baker scarf. In fact my son wore it to school a couple of weeks ago, on a sunny day just because he thought it’d be cool (like a fez?). And yes, he will be single for the forseeable future. All very sad.

    Anyway, our local PBS station would only broad cast from Robot through The Invasion of Time. Over and over and over. So this era is really near and dear to my heart. I got to know it well.

    I love this blog and all the memories it’s brought back from “reliving”, if you will, the Tom Baker episodes. If Sue doesn’t think a classic episode is as classic as I did, then that’s fine by me. We all have our own opinions. No reason to trash her about it. I like the fresh perspective.

    Oh and I really love the venacular that y’all employ. “Taking the piss” has a whole new meaning for me now. And I find myself wanting to call things “pants”. Other then the actual piece of clothing that is.

    But seriously, Neil, Sue, please don’t let the jerk waters and haters get to you. Just ignore them. Don’t feed the trolls either. Roll your eyes, feel sorry for those who haven’t been overburdend with an excessive amount of education, manners or manhood, and move on. Please no more long breaks. That was brutal!

    Y’all have an awesome thing going on here and I look back often for my fix. This blog is my favorite time waster at work. I’m so glad you’re back.

    Keep up the good work and the carpentry observations!

    • Frankymole  May 6, 2012

      And of course “pants” are a different item of clothing in Britain than in the US, as well…! Two nations separated by a common language, as someone once said…

      • PolarityReversed  May 6, 2012

        Churchill, I believe. Ooooh yes.

  37. Chaz Antonelli  May 6, 2012


    Dartboard = American English
    Dartsboard = The Queen’s English

  38. FromEssex  May 7, 2012

    I’m new to this site, but love it. Sue and Neil provide an informative and humourous perspective on the series.
    I haven’t got around to buying this one yet, but remember not really liking it, the last time I saw it (on video about 12 years ago probably). I always found Tom ordering a pint of Ginger Beer in the pub a bit incongrous, when you know how much he liked a “beer” in real life.. Apart from that, it was let down by Nicholas Courtney not being in it.

  39. Professor Thascales  May 7, 2012

    I like reading this blog.

    I’ve liked Android Invasion since I was a kid.
    As an adult, I still think it’s lots of fun. I can see all the plot holes and such, but it doesn’t stop it from being enjoyable–even Guy Crayford’s infamous eyepatch.
    (The only thing I’d change about this story would be to put more Android Sarah in the end–she’s so wonderfully creepy, and then she disappears. And Faraday is a letdown–maybe Sue’s right, and they should have replaced Courtney with someone more different.)

  40. Wholahoop  May 7, 2012

    I just realised another reason why this is such an untypical TFN story, it is nearly 15 minutes before the Doctor and Companion are separated. I am sure it’s usually a lot earlier than that. Maybe the memory cheats after all?

  41. Alex Wilcock  May 23, 2012

    I thought everyone watched the show naked. Or is that just couples?

    Thanks to ear infection, have very belatedly finished my own Doctor Who – UNIT Files review at last. It went on a bit, but I have a sneaking fondness for both. Anyway, wasn’t going to plug it, but it turns out I’ve nicked one of Sue’s jokes and thought I should fess up. Do I have to pay up in Sherbet Dip-dabs?

    Neowhovian’s Pub Kraal made me splutter, too, but I wasn’t so shameless as to nick that one, too.

    Now back to antibiotics and ear drops (only one drop’s a death sentence for the entire human race, Dr Styggron informs me with his reassuring bedside manner).

    • Neowhovian  May 23, 2012

      😀 Glad you liked it! I wasn’t sure at the time which side of the clever/stupid line it was, so it’s nice to get some validation. 😉

      • Alex Wilcock  May 24, 2012

        Absolutely on the right side. I love terrible puns, and it was perfect for the story 🙂