Recap: The Doctor and Mel have found themselves on Earth, Wales to be precise. 1950s. They’re at a “holiday camp”, trying to find out who is out to get Delta, the Chimeron Queen. She’s the last of her people, on the run from the Bannermen, lead by Gavrok. She and Mel share a room at the camp, and when we left off, some metal-looking sphere that Delta has been carrying started to hatch, revealing some monster-ish thing inside.

Also, The Doctor and a local girl, Rachel, are being held at gunpoint by one of the aliens, an informer who has already radioed Gavrok about Delta’s location.

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Episode 2:

On his ship, Gavrok orders his man to “arm the beacon hunter” and when the order is complied and activated, the informer is vaporised in front The Doctor and Rachel. The explosion renders them unconscious.

Billy walks to Mel and Delta’s chalet door, carrying flowers. Inside, Delta cradles the alien baby, which makes a purring noise. Billy opens the door and stops, seeing the baby in her arms. She says she’s going to trust him and invites him in.

To his credit, he doesn’t freak out or run away. Good Billy. He sits between Delta and Mel, quietly regarding Delta and the baby.

The next morning, a man works with some honeybees, singing to them, as the American agents drive up. They get out and asks him if he’s seen anything weird in the skies – anything falling out, any weird lights. He says there are always weird lights in the skies.

When they ask about the past couple nights, he says he’ll ask his bees, as they know everything. The agents figure him for a nutter (can’t imagine why) and are about to leave when a butterfly lands on the man’s hand. He directs their attention to it, remarking how it is considered one of the most beautiful creatures, but “if you saw a pupae, you’d think it was the ugliest sight you’ve ever seen.”

(And if you’d seen the alien baby, you’d see where they’re going with this, I believe.)

But you can’t have one without the other,” he says. Like that illustrates any point?

Back at the chalet, Delta holds the baby, which is already transforming, becoming less alien, more human-like. (Before it was a puppet that, as I said, wasn’t horribly different from the hybrid baby on the original V tv show. Now it’s a baby in a costume playing the part.)

Delta says she is the last of the Chimeron people, her planet in the grip of invaders, her people dead. Seeing Mel falling asleep, Delta says they should go out. Billy takes Delta and the baby for a ride on his motorcycle (it’s got a sidecar, so calm down.)

The engine starting up rouses The Doctor who, along with Rachel, are still alseep on the floor of the laundry. Seeing it’s daylight out, he rushes out, just in time to see Billy and Delta driving off.

He goes in and rouses Rachel, who asks what happened to the man with the gun. “I’m afraid he was paid in kind,” The Doctor replies. They rush off “to warn the others that an attack is imminent.”

As a DJ starts playing some wake up music, Rachel and The Doctor wake up Mel, telling she’ll have to wait to sleep. She says Billy was taking Delta to some “beauty spot”. The Doctor says they must convince Burton to evacuate the camp before they can go searching for Billy and Delta.

Billy pulls the motorbike up to a lake and stops and hops off. He takes the baby, remarking that she’s a handful already, and Delta says she’ll double her size in the next couple hours.

Burton argues with The Doctor, Rachel and Mel, not believing that the visitors are not the Happy Hearts Holiday Club, but in fact are from outer space. He says that if The Doctor shows him the spaceship, he’ll believe them.

Mel rouses Murray, warning him that the Bannermen war fleet are on their way.

Burton, having been inside the TARDIS, is convinced. He asks if they can go for a spin, but The Doctor says yes, but it’ll have to wait, and they go off to clear the camp.

Murray tries to get his charges to pack and wait at the bus, but they argue, until he tells them that the Bannermen are on the way, then they panic.

Burton gets on the PA, summoning all staff to the office.

The Doctor gives Murray the crystal, saying it needs another half an hour, and then he and Rachel go on her bike, looking for Delta and Billy.

Burton tells the staff they need to pack for a day or two and be ready to leave. One, the DJ, named Vinny, argues. Burton tells them that there’s a man from the Ministry of Defense and it’s a top secret what’s really going on. Vinny says that if Burton is staying, he will, too, calling Burton “Major”.

Burton tells Vinny that they all have to leave, and says it’s an order.

The baby is now older, has long blonde hair. She moves her mouth but only a shrill sound comes out. Billy says it’s like singing, the noise she’s making. Delta says it’s part song, part defense mechanism.

Against the Bannermen,” Billy asks, though Delta doesn’t respond.

Rachel and The Doctor stop at Fern Dell, but there’s no sign of Billy, Delta, the baby or bike there.

The staff boards a bus, ready to go. Burton approaches Mel and Murray (the latter who is walking around with the big jar of fluid that’s helping the crystal repair/regrow – considering that he’s the idiot who broke the first one, how wise is this?) and says he’s “not sure what I saw in that police box, but I cannot risk my staff for it.”

Mel assures him he’s doing the right thing. The bus leaves with the staff.

Gavrok orders the scanning of the area for high tech emissions (since they blew up the informer, they didn’t have his signal to track any more. That was kind of dumb.) He’s obsessed with killing Delta.

The American agents are cooking hot dogs (or maybe sausages) over a campfire, arguing again. They do this a lot. I guess Americans argue a lot.

The Doctor and Rachel stop by and ask if they’ve seen a couple on a motorbike, but Weismuller says they haven’t even seen a squirrel that morning. Rachel says there’s one more place to try (of course it’s the last one they’ll be at) and they head off. I guess the American agents are just there for comedic effect? Well, there’s one more episode, maybe they’ll actually have a purpose in the plot by then.

Mel says she doesn’t know about crystals, but it looks ready. Right, so isn’t that a reason to not offer an opinion? I thought Peri was supposed to be the American companion?

Murray agrees and takes it out.

Rachel and The Doctor arrive; they see tire tracks and pass through the gate.

Billy helps feed the baby. She says she needs to get the hatchling back to “the Brood planet” and then she can take the case to judgment. The Doctor and Rachel arrive and bring them up to speed on what’s going on. Everyone rushes off.

The Bannermen have gotten a fix and triangulate coordinates. Their ship lands near the arguing American agents. They see the ship landing and wonder if that’s the satellite. Weismuller says he thought they’d be smaller. When they see the Bannermen approaching, they start to leave, but Gavrok blows his little horn and they stop.

The Bannermen blow up the agents’ equipment and tent; Gavrok leaves two Bannermen (out of maybe six or eight he has with him? Not smart.) to guard the agents.

Murray says the ship is ready and Mel tells him he needs to leave at once. He argues, asking about Delta and The Doctor. She says they can follow in the TARDIS. Murray feels bad about leaving Mel behind, but she insists.

As the engines warm up, the Bannermen arrive and shoot the ship, which blows up. Mel is knocked down, and when she starts to rise, she finds Gavrok standing over her, demanding to know if the Chimeron Queen was on board.

Mel says she’s dead and he questions if she’d lie. She argues that no one could have survived that explosion and he is satisfied with her answer. Pushing her back down with his foot, he turns to his Bannermen, “The Chimerons are finished,” he yells and they all stick out their tongues and hiss/growl, as some sort of cheer.

The two motorbikes pull up, but turn away when the Bannermen start firing at them. Gavrok turns to Mel, screaming at her for lying. His gun in her face, he seems about to shoot, when Burton rushes up behind her, supporting her. Gazing Gavrok in the face, he tells him, “It would be extremely foolish of you to kill her.” He argues she’d be more useful as a hostage, but Gavrok decides the two of them will be better used as bait.

The Doctor has Rachel stop; he waves down Billy and has him stop, saying they’re not being pursued. Rachel is worried about Burton and Mel, and The Doctor says freeing them is of equal importance to finding a safe place for Delta and the baby.

Delta, with her advanced hearing, picks up something, but she’s not sure what it is. She points in a direction and Billy says that’s “old Goronwy’s place”, which is the guy with the bees. Delta says it’s the bees telling them to come.

We briefly see the American agents, being watched by the two Bannermen.

The Doctor and crew meet with Goronwy, who greets everyone, seemingly expecting them. Either that, or he’s just open to random people showing up and asking to stay.

Back at the camp, we see Mel and Burton tied up. The Bannermen stand all about, Gavrok eating some raw meat.

The Doctor arrives, flying a white flag, but Gavrok fires at him, seemingly hitting the tires. The Doctor rants at him for ignoring the flag of truce, but Gavrok isn’t impressed.

The Doctor petitions Gavrok to release the prisoners, saying he’ll speak for him at trial, but the Bannermen leader says he won’t be tried. They continue to argue, the typical bad guy mocking The Doctor’s beliefs in truths and the like.

The argument ends with no resolution. The Doctor says he will leave under the white flag of truce, “And woe betide any man who breaches its integrity.” I like that line. The Doctor storms away, ordering the Bannermen to free the prisoners.

For some reason, they do. The Doctor escorts them back to the motorbike, but suddenly the sound of the Bannermen cocking and aiming their weapons can be heard behind them.

Actually, I think I may have gone a little too far,” The Doctor says. He, Mel and Burton turn around to face Gavrok… and the credits roll.

Again, not a bad one, but understated. An interesting choice in writing.

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