Recap: Returning to Earth, the TARDIS is forced to land at Heathrow in the 1980s (ironic, that – now that The Doctor has stopped trying to get Tegan to her proper time and place, he does) when they encounter some temporal turbulence. Using his UNIT credentials to get out of trouble only gets him brought in to solve the mystery of a disappearance of a Concord jet. Taking another Concord up, they end up millions of years in the past, where The Master has the passengers and crew of the first Concord as slaves!!!

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Episode 3:

The Master gloats as the humans inspect his machinery; they realise there’s no connection between the electronics and the crystal ball. Examining the equipment, The Doctor realises that it comes from The Master’s TARDIS and that his nemesis is stranded there!

The Master wants access to The Doctor’s TARDIS to gain access to the inner sanctum… presumably so that he can use the power there to escape this period he’s trapped in. Why he just doesn’t use The Doctor’s TARDIS to escape with, I don’t get.

When The Master threatens the humans with his Tissue Compression Eliminator, The Doctor turns over his key.

The humans are baffled by the dematerialisation of the TARDIS. Hayter denies it, saying he’s hallucinating.

The Doctor and crew deduce that the inner sanctum must be behind the wall that the enslaved people are trying to break in. The Doctor leaves with the professor, as the crewmen might not be able to resist the power of the hallucinations – the closer you get to the power source, the more insidious the effect. The Time Lord tells them to not be surprised if The Master returns, as the “coordinate override” is still switched on.

In the inner sanctum, Tegan and Nyssa lay unconscious.

The Doctor leads Hayter through the corridors, ending up at the area. Now that the power has been disrupted, the passengers and crew have stopped hallucinating. They meet with Angela, one of the crew from the first Concord.

The Master returns in The Doctor’s TARDIS. When the sinister Time Lord exits, Stapley and Bilton sneak in and try to shut the doors. Flipping switches, they activate the scanner. Seeing The Master returning, they slip deeper into the TARDIS.

The Master brings back parts of his TARDIS to repair The Doctor’s.

Angela gets the passengers motivated to break through the wall. While they work, Hayter explains to her how to resist the power should it return.

The Doctor finds The Master’s TARDIS, in its familiar form of a pillar. He says that’s where the rest of the prisoners are. Finding a power cable leading from the TARDIS, he discovers it’s an induction loop, being used to harness the power within the sanctum.

The Master tries to get the TARDIS going, but is having trouble; watching from the hallway, Stapley is worried they won’t be able to get home.

Breaking into the sanctum, The Doctor and Hayter enter, reviving Tegan and Nyssa. The latter says, “They willed us to come here,” and when the professor questions whom she’s speaking of, The Doctor directs his attention to the sarcophagus in the center in the room.

Looking in, the professor sees a living creature!

The Master departs The Doctor’s TARDIS to get more parts. Stapley begins sabotaging the console, hoping The Doctor can put it back together. (Me, too, it’d be a boring final seven seasons of this blog if they don’t!)

The Doctor explains that the creature within is being used by The Master. Nyssa is shocked to learn that The Master is here. When Tegan asks how they got in, they discover the hole has been patched up/repaired and they’re trapped!

The Master enters The Doctor’s TARDIS, finding the two crew men at the console. He takes several pieces from the console, saying the TARDIS is theirs. He presses some buttons, and departs… and the TARDIS dematerialises.

Professor Hayter finds an idol and wonders if this chamber has a religious significance. The Doctor, examining the idol, identifies the Xeraphim, “a legendary race, long since extinct”. Tegan and Nyssa realise that the idol is an actual Xeraphim, a victim of The Master’s TCE device!

Stapley and Bilton see that they’re floating above the citadel!

The Master returns to his TARDIS.

The Doctor has realised that the entire race of the Xeraphim has been merged into one being, and The Master wants to use it to power his damaged TARDIS. Nyssa steps into the sarcophagus to merge with the Xeraphim, saying her sacrifice is necessary to help The Doctor.

Professor Hayter tells her to stop and says he will take her place, this is his chance to know everything. Nyssa says the Xeraphim agree and welcome him. Tegan pulls her out and the professor steps in. He screams in pain and collapses, as the power enters him.

Scobie, wandering through the corridor, runs into Angela, who is struggling with the illusions. He urges her to resist. He brings up The Doctor and this memory helps Angela. She tells him they broke through the wall of the sanctum.

Captain Stapley tries to fly the TARDIS with predictably drastic consequences.

Angela tells Roger (Scobie) that The Doctor was inside and the wall replaced.

Hayter’s body is absorbed and broken down and using that, the Xeraphim manifest as one of their own, Anithon.

Angela falls under the spell of the power and walks to The Master’s TARDIS. The Master exits and commands her to enter his TARDIS. She does so as Scobie watches from hiding.

Anithon explains that their people were dying from radiation sickness, so they merged into one being to heal. When they were ready to regenerate as a race, The Master arrived.

The Master sets up devices outside the sanctum.

The Xeraphim are divided as a result of The Master’s will. There is a schism within. As they talk, Arithon splits into two, the second being Zarak. He says Arithon has misled them, they do not wish his help – it seems half is happy to work with The Master, planning to rule the universe.

The Doctor argues that The Master won’t let them regenerate. Zarak seems to be swayed as Arithon argues. Zarak summons other “dark” Xeraphim to his aid. Arithon calls to The Doctor and his companions for help and they add their will to Arithon’s.

All the while, The Master has been working on the induction loop. It is completed and the Xeraphim and their sarcophagus disappear, transferred to The Master’s TARDIS.

When Tegan asks what that means, The Doctor says, “It means that The Master has finally defeated me,”… and the credits roll.

A bit over the top on Peter Davison’s delivery of that last line, but an effective cliffhanger nonetheless.

Episode 4:

His companions insist there has to be something they can do. The Doctor says they must find a way to escape.

The Master ushers the last of his captives back into his TARDIS, then enters. Scobie watches as it disappears.

In The Doctor’s TARDIS, Stapley and Bilton decide not to try to fly it, now that they’ve got it stablised. As they look for a communication device, they stop, startled as Professor Hayter enters the console room from within the TARDIS.

As The Doctor and Tegan futilely try to escape, the TARDIS materialises and Captain Stapley exits. They explain Professor Hayter did it, though the professor is nowhere to be found. Tegan tells them that Hayter is dead. The Doctor postulates that perhaps Hayter isn’t really dead.

They use the TARDIS to appear outside the sanctum and reunite with Scobie, who tells them that The Master left with all the people. The Doctor sets the coordinates of his TARDIS for Nyssa to take the crew back to the Concord and prepare the plane for flight. The crew say they could cannibalise the first Concord for parts if needed.

The Doctor and Tegan head to the control room of the citadel, but there’s nothing there he needs, The Master has taken everything of import.

Nyssa and Scobie check out the landing gear and though there’s damage, he says they can take off, even if they have to take parts from the first Concord. As he looks at it, in the distance, he sees the other plane shimmer.

The Doctor and Tegan make their way back to the Concord. The Doctor says that there’s something wrong, though Tegan says she can’t see anything wrong. The Doctor concurs that she cannot. They hurry and meet with the others, who explain they’ll need parts from the first Concord, but The Doctor says it’s not Concord.

When they question it, The Doctor points out that the first Concord had extensive damage; the Concord in the distance is in pristine condition – it is The Master’s TARDIS, materialised around the plane!

The Doctor plans to materialise around The Master’s TARDIS, but while he argues with Tegan and Nyssa (who saw what happens when you do that once before), The Master’s TARDIS (and the Concord within it) dematerialise… but only briefly.

The Doctor leads his companions and the crew to greet The Master, who has exited. Brandishing his TCE to keep them at bay, The Master congratulates his enemy, “Devious to the last, Doctor.”

Technical hitch,” The Doctor asks, innocently. The Master says several parts were swapped around. The Doctor plays it off, but turns around and starts chastising Nyssa until Stapley explains his actions earlier.

The Doctor congratulates Stapley and then lays down his terms to The Master – the return of the passengers and all the parts not needed to operate his own. The Master releases the prisoners and The Doctor instructs the crew to measure the ground for take off.

The Time Lords meet and The Master gives The Doctor most, but not all the parts, saying he will return the last when The Doctor brings him the key part he needs.

Back in his TARDIS, The Doctor explains that he’s delaying The Master until their Concord is ready for take off. When Nyssa asks why they can’t just go back in the TARDIS, he says he needs that to deal with The Master.

The crew and passengers work frenetically on repairs. This is missing “Eye of the Tiger”, know what I mean?

The Master grows impatient.

The crew is almost done.

The Master tells Tegan that if The Doctor doesn’t hurry, he’ll start eliminating passengers.

Captain Stapley and his crew do a final walk around. They’re ready on their end.

The Time Lords do their hand off. The Master cackles maniacally and bids him, “Au revoir.” When he departs, The Doctor tells the crew that The Master will have to follow the time corridor back to Heathrow Airport first. They say that’s disastrous, him being there with his ship and the power aboard. The Doctor agrees and suggest they board and prepare for take off.

Captain Stapley tells Tegan to get the passengers on board. She’s able to use her skills as an airline stewardess to their fullest.

The Doctor reveals to Nyssa that there’s an inhibition circuit in the device he gave The Master that will ensure they arrive in the present day before The Master does.

The Concord begins revving up engines. The Doctor joins Stapley and crew in the cockpit and buckles up. Stapley takes the jet down the makeshift runway and they lift off! Once airborne, The Doctor programs the flight computer.

Back in the TARDIS, the companions seem unsure of The Doctor’s plan to bring them back to the present, but he does it regardless. The Concord gets in touch with air traffic control and gets permission to land.

The TARDIS materialises at Heathrow airport. The Doctor, Tegan and Nyssa depart, but The Doctor slips back in right away.

The Concord lands. Tegan and Nyssa look around as a large jet takes off. Nyssa asks if Tegan misses this, but she says life with The Doctor isn’t boring. Two policemen approach the TARDIS as The Doctor exits. When Nyssa points them out, he says they need a distraction (not sure why, though, as he has UNIT clearance), and looks up.

The pillar appears in air, suspended. The Master tries to land, but since The Doctor’s TARDIS is occupying that space, he cannot. (Why couldn’t he just materialise AROUND it, then?) Rushing back in his TARDIS, The Doctor somehow forces The Master’s TARDIS back into the vortex, saying they’ll end up at the Xeraphim’s homeworld, which is now safe after millions of years.

The Doctor suggests to Nyssa that The Master will be trapped on the planet as the part he gave him couldn’t have handled so much energy.

That settled, he wonders where Tegan is.

We see Tegan walking the concourse of the terminal. She stands at the international gate with a wistful look on her face.

Stapley and crew report to the airport head, who is having trouble believing their story. He also wants to know where the other Concord is. They have a laugh, saying it’s there, just needs to be dug up. The phone rings and when taking the call, the airport head complains, “Not that police box again!”

Stapley and crew recognise it’s The Doctor and they head out with the airport head. The Doctor is talking to the policemen when everyone arrives. The Doctor introduces the policemen to the airport controller. The controller says he wants an explanation; The Doctor says he’ll make a quick phone call to clear things up and slips inside the TARDIS.

Stapley explains to the controller that the “police box is actually a spaceship in disguise”. The controller’s reaction is to threaten them with disciplinary action, at least until the TARDIS dematerialises.

However, Tegan rushes up just after they depart. Stapley says, “Hello, I thought you were going with The Doctor.”

Tegan’s response is a choked, “So did I,”… and the credits roll.

Okay, not quite as bad as I remembered. I still think the whole bit about The Master pretending to be an Arabian wizard is just fucking ridiculous. It doesn’t make any sense. He didn’t know The Doctor was going to be coming down the corridor, but he dresses up in an elaborate disguise? Why? Stupid!!!

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