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I originally watched this back in February 2012; that was a LOOSE CANNON fan reconstruction, as two of the episodes were missing.  Two years later, they released it on DVD with the missing episodes redone through animation (and the original audio track.)

If you want a play-by-play of the episodes, read my original entry here.  This will be a much shorter post with just some thoughts on the new production and whatever pops in my head.

The first episode is one of the lost ones, so it’s animated.  The animation is the same style done in THE POWER OF THE DALEKS (also a Second Doctor serial, in fact, his first) – it’s not the best, but I don’t mind it.  It works.  It’s done in black and white, like the remaining video is.

Early on, we exposed to how stupid some writers thought Polly should be; they arrive on the Moon and she thinks The Doctor got them to Mars, as promised.  (I seem to recall that, in some serials, Polly was especially stupid, and in others, wasn’t stupid at all and actually quite useful.)

The second episode is video; it repeats the ending of the first, and we see a Cyberman carry out one of the patients from the sickbay.  Polly walks in and sees it, uttering a scream.  The Cyberman exits before others come in behind Polly, so they don’t see it.

She claims it was a Cyberman, but Hobson, the head of the Moonbase dismisses the claim, saying that was a thing of the past.  (Ben and Polly, of course, were the First Doctor’s companions during the introduction of The Cybermen.)  It’s interesting that the original show didn’t have Earth people continually forget every time there was an invasion of aliens.  It’s one of the few things about the new run that I really don’t like.

Some very silly shit happens in this episode, like The Doctor taking off a man’s boot while he’s busy working, trying to fix the malfunctioning weather control device.

Jamie, who’s taken a blow to the head (and is in the sickbay, as a result) is “fever-dreaming” of “the phantom piper”, some sort of Grim Reaper for him.  He sees a Cyberman twice during his less than lucid phase, thinking it’s said Grim Reaper.

Episode three is animated.  The voices of The Cybermen are really hard to understand, so I’m grateful for the subtitle function on the DVD.

Jamie and Ben argue, seemingly trying to impress Polly… and then when they go off to use Polly’s idea (acetone on The Cybermen), Ben tells her, “this is men’s work.”  Good for her, though, she ignores him.  (This episode is one where she’s more useful than others.)

Obviously, this was before gold/gold dust was determined to be the weakness of The Cybermen; they refer that radiation was used against them the first time, but this story they use a “Polly cocktail” of various chemicals, sprayed on the chest units of The Cybermen.

The animation gets a little cheaper/poorer quality in a couple scenes this episode.  Guess the budget got a bit tight.

Episode 4 is original video; it opens with The Cybermen marching across the surface of the Moon towards the Moonbase.  It’s a great scene… doesn’t compare to the CGI’d masses of Cybermen we get nowadays, but it’s still quite effective.

Apparently, travel time from Earth to the Moon in 2070 is just a matter of hours.  I look forward to that!

Anyhow, a fun serial with some significant flaws (common to the first several years of the show, sadly.)

 

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So, I’m back on my Doctor Who blog.  (Duh, Terry.)

I’m here for a reason. (Oh?  What’s that, Terry?)

Today, one night only, in theatres, POWER OF THE DALEKS is being shown in theatres across the US!  (I don’t know about the rest of the world, that may or may not be so.  If so, you’d best be quick to find it.)

Tonight, at 7pm local time, in select theatres, Fathom Events brings us POWER OF THE DALEKS, one of the lost serials.  Completely lost, the third serial of the fourth season features the Second Doctor, Patrick Troughton, against the Time Lord’s most iconic enemies – the Daleks!

Here’s my original post from Feb 2012, covering my viewing of the Loose Cannon reconstruction.

I’ll post (likely tomorrow) after viewing it with my thoughts.

And… who knows, maybe I’ll come back here and do some more posts after that.

SEASON FIVE

Mon 2.27 Serial 37 – The Tomb of the Cybermen
Wed 2.29 Serial 38 – The Abominable Snowmen
Fri 3.02 Serial 39 – The Ice Warriors

Mon 3.05 Serial 40 – The Enemy of the World
Tue 3.06 Serial 41 – The Web of Fear
Thu 3.08 Serial 42 – Fury From The Deep
Fri 3.09 Serial 43 – The Wheel In Space


 Picking up where we left off.

Episode 4:

 Jamie and Kemel face off in a tense game of Dance Dance Revolution!

 (Ahahahahah, gotcha!)

 Seriously, though – Kemel charges Jamie and they begin to brawl. Jamie’s a faster fighter, but Kemel’s strength is quite imposing. Jamie apparently is a bit of a canny fighter, quick to take advantage of an opening. When Kemel tries to kick him, Jamie grabs his foot, twists the ankle and sends the big man crashing into a chair. While the big man is down, Jamie slips through a door but the Turk follows and the fight continues.

 Jamie slips into a small room and starts searching for a weapon; Jamie lurks by the door and when Kemel charges in, the Turk’s momentum carries him through an open window. He’s holding on by one hand until Jamie fetches a rope to help his opponent. (Jamie’s got a big heart, yo.)

 Kemel is quite confused by Jamie’s actions – remember, he was told by Maxtable that Jamie was an evil man, a cut throat – no cut throat would help someone from falling after fighting them. He lets Jamie pass (Kemel never speaks a word during this fight, or in the previous scene with Maxtable.)

 Jamie moves down the corridor and finds a cell; entering, he finds a lady’s hankerchief (moments before placed there by a Dalek… why wait to the last minute? Why not have the hankie there long before? Again, I’m not really keen on this whole Jamie-runs-the-gauntlet scenario… I think it’s completely unnecessary. Again, I assure you, I find it completely ironic that I’m complaining that a British show is dragging out a story over too many episodes.)

 Jamie bends over to pick up the hankie, but Kemel comes up from behind and pushes Jamie, narrowly saving Jamie from an axe that chops down from the nearby wall.

 The Doctor and a Dalek discuss Jamie’s kindness towards Kemel. The Dalek dismisses it as “human weakness”, but The Doctor points out that Jamie would have died in the axe trap had it not been for that kindness and says, “If you want the Human Factor, part of it must include mercy.” All the while he is fiddling with electronic equipment.

 Maxtable and Waterfield find the body of Toby. A Dalek tells them to hide the body and not to tell The Doctor. Waterfield argues; he’s quite distraught over another death. Maxtable pleads with him, invoking Victoria to get him to obey the Dalek’s orders.

 Waterfield tells Maxtable that once Victoria’s freedom is earned, he plans to confess all his guilt in the events to the authorities. Maxtable is quite bothered by this and before helping Waterfield with Toby’s body, he discreetly takes a pistol from a drawer and slips it in his jacket.

 Jamie tries to talk to Kemel but discovers the giant Turk cannot speak. He tells Jamie his name by writing it in dust on the windowsill. When Kemel sees the hankerchief he points to the embroidered initials – VW – on it. Yes, the hankie belongs to a carmaker! (Tee hee, sorry. Obviously, it’s Victoria’s.)

 Kemel produces a pressed flower out of his belt; Jamie deduces that the giant got it from Victoria and has a crush on her. Jamie and Kemel join forces to free Victoria.

 Toby’s body is taken to the stable. Waterfield is jumping at every sound, Maxtable tries to tell him to calm down, then becomes very brusque and harsh with Waterfield. Waterfield is taking the deaths of Kennedy and Toby upon his shoulders and the strain is almost too much. As Waterfield leaves, Maxtable pulls out the gun and is about to shoot, but Terrall comes out of the shadows and stops him. Maxtable tries to explain that Waterfield (who has left by now, completely unaware of how close to death he was) plans to go to the authorities. Arthur tells Maxtable to go back to the house, that he will deal with the body, and then speaks much like a Dalek – “You will obey! You will obey!”

 There are intermittent scenes of The Doctor working out calculations on a Dalek computer. At one point, The Doctor speaks of human beings as MAYBE if he weren’t one – this is the first sign that I can say where the writers have begun to hint that he’s not a human, himself. (And, honestly, I could be looking too hard in regards to this one.)

 Jamie and Kemel follow a Dalek down a corridor. Jamie triggers another trap but they manage to avoid it. The Dalek arrives in a large room. Victoria appears at a balcony and the Dalek asks her name, making her repeat it louder – I’m guessing it’s part of the test/trap? Jamie and Kemel watch from a hiding spot, Jamie commenting on how beautiful Victoria is.

 Kemel takes a mace from its wall mount and he and Jamie make plans for Kemel to distract the Daleks while Jamie tries to save her. Jamie argues that it isn’t safe enough. In a cut scene, The Doctor gives us some insight into Jamie’s argument – preservation is a human factor.

 Terrall drags Mollie into the trophy room by the wrist, yelling at her. Mollie apparently heard Victoria’s voice, though Terrall argues that Victoria is in Paris. Arthur is being very rude and yelling at Mollie. After Mollie leaves, crying, Ruth appeals to Arthur to leave with her “before it is too late”, but he says he cannot leave.

 Maxtable tells a Dalek that he’s been their agent on Earth as needed and he is getting “tired of waiting”. He seems to think he’s a peer of the Daleks, though the Dalek treats him as a servant. The Dalek pushes him physically and Maxtable demands to know “the secret… that is why I have done all of this!” The Dalek tells Maxtable that “the Daleks know many secrets… you will learn the most important” before departing.

 Maxtable talks to himself, saying he must not be afraid, they are just different, their ways are different, alien. And he will make them tell him what he wants to know.

 Ruth enters (wonder if she’s used to Daddy talking out loud like a complete nutter) and he yells at her – she’s not to come in there at all. She’s willful and says she heard him speaking, but nobody’s there (so, there’s our answer) and she says Arthur is acting oddly, he is involved with something. She demands to know why he’s changed and where Victoria is.

 Maxtable says he cannot answer the questions, but he will tell her one thing, and when he does, perhaps she will learn that there are good reasons why there are secrets that must be kept. He starts talking about a great secret… the transmutation of metal to gold! (Yup, he’s a complete nutter.)

 He even says, “Nothing will stop me!” I think that cinches it.

 Jamie and Kemel each take an end of the rope and use it to slam the Dalek into the fireplace, disabling the Dalek. They then throw the rope up to the balcony and Jamie climbs up. Kemel follows and Jamie rattles Victoria’s door. Below, a Dalek enters and the two men turn to look down. Their backs are turned to Victoria’s door, which opens to reveal a Dalek… and the credits roll.

Episode 5:

 Okay, somehow the Dalek that came up behind them ends up falling over the balcony, breaking in twain upon impact. The reconstruction team totally dropped the ball on this one. I would guess maybe Kemel picked it up and pitched it over? No clue, really. We saw a shot of Jamie’s hand holding… the rope… as if that were some clue.

 Anyhow, they slip in and Victoria is happy to see Kemel. They barricade the door with some furniture.

 Okay, The Doctor is enjoying something – a drink, it seems. Now, the First Doctor REPEATEDLY declined alcohol, always stating he did not touch it. The Doctor offers some to Arthur, who declines saying, “I never touch the stuff.” That’s irony, there. The Doctor presses him to join him for food.

 The Doctor examines the room they’re in, admiring the collection of knives. Arthur keeps trying to rid himself of The Doctor’s company. The Doctor presses him, saying he’s interested in him. He points out that he’s never seen Arthur eat or drink anything. When Terrall tries to intimidate The Doctor with a sword, our hero determines that Terrall is charged with electricity – this seems to explain a lot of things, yes?

 Oh my… here’s a great exchange. Waterfield arrives to ask The Doctor to accompany him. As The Doctor moves to go, Terrall says, “No doubt you are a keen student of human nature, but some things are better left alone.”

 The Doctor replies, “No, Mister Terrall, I am not a student of human nature, I am a professor of a far wider academy, of which human nature is merely a part. All forms of life interest me.”

 After they leave, Terrall takes the decanter of wine and pours a glass. As he lifts it to his lips, a ghostly voice (obviously in his head, not audible) says repeatedly, “Obey.. obey… obey…” His hand trembles and he clutches his head in pain, but sets down the wine glass.

 Victoria and Jamie talk, exchanging information. It seems that Victoria only has partial recollection of her being kidnapped – Jamie suspects that there are some drugs involved. Jamie proposes that someone in the house is working with the Daleks and must have slipped her the drugs in advance. (Of course, we viewers know that Maxtable is a willing cohort of the Daleks, and Terrall seems to be under their control.)

 Maxtable, Terrall and Mollie are in a room. Maxtable seems to be hypnotising Mollie with a jewel on a chain. After Mollie falls into a hypnotic state, Maxtable programs her to believe that hearing Victoria’s voice was a dream. After Mollie leaves, we discover that Maxtable used his mesmerism to “persuade Victoria to go to the Daleks.” As they talk, Terrall holds his head, and becomes despondant, asking for help. Maxtable begins giving Arthur orders – I almost wonder if Maxtable was somehow responsible for this onset of Terrall’s weakness.

 Maxtable opens a secret door and sends Terrall to fetch Victoria. Terrall hears the repeated “obey” in his head and does as ordered.

 The Doctor has three capsules embedded with copies of Jamie’s emotions and his virtues. There’s three packing cases, each containing a dormant Dalek. Waterfield asks what will happen when they implant the capsule into the Dalek’s brain and The Doctor replies, “Perhaps it will drive them insane.” Anyone who’s seen the Ninth Doctor episode “Dalek” or the Tenth Doctor “Daleks in Manhattan”/”Evolution of the Daleks” knows that’s a good guess.

 A Dalek arrives to confirm that the capsules are ready and orders him to begin and warns him to “be careful”. The Dalek leaves and Waterfield asks him not to go through with it. He’s afraid that adding the strengths from Jamie will make the Daleks super-creatures.

 The Doctor acknowledges his arguments by saying, “That IS their purpose.” He seems to be intending to go through with it. Waterfield considers attacking The Doctor, but The Doctor says it will do no good.

 The door to the room where Victoria, Jamie and Kemel are holed up begins to melt. They move more furniture in front of the door and while they’re busy with that, Terrall appears from a secret door and grabs Victoria. Jamie and Kemel find the secret door as the Daleks break through the door.

 Victoria struggles with Terrall and escapes. Jamie and Kemel are behind and they split when they come to a fork in the corridor. Terrall arrives at the trophy room. Jamie comes through, ducking an attack from Terrall and grabs a sword of his own and they begin fighting. (There’s no inclination of Terrall’s being magentised during the fight.)

 Ruth and Mollie come in and Ruth sends Mollie to fetch The Doctor. Ruth pleads with Arthur to stop (all while the men keep swordfighting) and he yells at her to leave him be. She starts crying and Arthur clutches his head and collapses. The Doctor and Mollie arrive as Jamie is dumbfounded at Arthur’s sudden immobility.

 The Doctor tells Ruth to go ready a carriage, that she must get Terrall out of here if she wants him to live. The Doctor disengages a small black box from Terrall’s collar – a control device. The Doctor pushes Arthur to leave, to go to the stable and leave with Ruth, that they will take care of the creatures.

 Kemel arrives at Maxtable’s laboratory. He finds Victoria lying on the floor, unconscious and moves to her. A Dalek enters and orders him to pick up Victoria, but he refuses to move at first, but complies and takes her into the cabinet.

 Jamie is angry at The Doctor (still/again) and lectures him, saying that they’re finished, that The Doctor is too callous, that he doesn’t care about anyone. Jamie questions whose side The Doctor is on. The three experimental Daleks come out of their packing case, but The Doctor says they’re friends.

 Maxtable, who I didn’t know was there, explains to Jamie that his emotions and feelings were implanted in the Daleks.

 The HF Daleks start pushing The Doctor around, and he realises that they’re playing with him. He is actually riding on the ‘lip’ of the bottom of one of the Daleks and laughing… and the credits roll.

Episode 6:

 The Daleks march in order and then spin about, repeating words and saying “Dizzy Doctor”. Maxtable leaves (likely to report to The Daleks) and The Doctor introduces Jamie to the Daleks as a friend. The Doctor marks the HF Daleks on the their bases using a marker or chalk.

 When the HF Daleks ask what he’s done (in regards to the marking) he tells them that he’s given them names – Alpha, Beta and Omega. They repeat their names, like children – which The Doctor has explained to Jamie they are like children, though they will “grow up” within hours.

 After declaring The Doctor and Jamie are “friends”, they announce that all Daleks are being summoned back to Skaro.

 Waterfield and Maxtable talk; Maxtable tells Waterfield that Victoria has been released and tries to get rid of Waterfield by sending to look for his daughter. After Waterfield leaves, Maxtable seems to be packing but is distracted by a grey box on the floor, which he cannot move.

 A Dalek arrives to tell him not to touch the box and not to question. Waterfield is just outside, listening through the door. Maxtable has ordered to bring The Doctor and Jamie to the Daleks and is told he will get the transmutation formula. When the Dalek leaves, Maxtable again tries to move the box but leaves to fetch The Doctor when he cannot. Waterfield enters and confronts Maxtable. The two men fight and Maxtable smashes a test tube into Waterfield’s face.

 The Dalek returns to order him to bring The Doctor and explains that the machine will destroy the house. Maxtable runs off, shouting for The Doctor. Waterfield, partially recovered, struggles to get to his feet. Daleks are seen passing by, repeating orders to return to Skaro.

 The Doctor and Jamie arrive and Waterfield explains what the device is. He tells them where to find his time machine and they use it to escape the explosion by a few seconds.

 Kemel tends to Victoria as she awakens in a futuristic room. Maxtable is brought in and explains they’re on another planet, though it seems to be lost on her. Maxtable is then ordered to leave by another Dalek and Victoria and Kemel are left behind.

 Waterfield, Jamie and The Doctor are on Skaro, observing the city from afar. They enter a crevice in the rockface.

 Maxtable is interrogated by a Supreme Dalek, though he argues with them, he’s more upset about the destruction of his house, his laboratory than anything else. We learn from his rant that he’s been working with them for years leading up to this. There’s a lot of yelling by all parties and then an alarm goes off. Daleks mobilise in response to “human intruders in the city”.

 The Supreme Dalek questions one of the HF Daleks about the mark and it explains that is its name and The Doctor is a friend. The Supreme Dalek orders the HF Dalek to follow it and they move off together.

 Victoria and Kemel are brought into a room where Maxtable awaits. Maxtable asks Victoria questions but she ignores him. A Dalek shows up and takes Maxtable away. Victoria hears his screams. The Dalek returns for Victoria but Kemel tries to follow.

 Jamie, Waterfield and The Doctor hear Victoria scream. As they move onward, they encounter Omega, who says he’s there to help them. The Doctor pretends to stumble, falling down in front of Omega, where he can see the mark up close. When he gets up, he pushes “Omega” off the side of the cliff face and the Dalek falls to the ground below – turns out it was a false mark.

 Victoria and Maxtable are brought back into the cell – they’re fine, the screams were forced to try to bring out the human intruders, apparently. (I know Doctor Who was considered a kids’ show, but this level of silly chicanery is hard to swallow. Daleks would actually torture someone to draw out The Doctor, not pretend to torture someone!)

 Victoria realies why they were made to scream and breaks down and cries. Oh, joy, another Polly.

 The Doctor, Jamie and Waterfield skulk about the city. Three Daleks encounter them and order them to follow and take them deeper into the city, to the control room, where they meet a giant Dalek with huge cables attached to it. The Doctor tells this Dalek that he’s beaten the Daleks, that he’s introduced the Human Factor into the Daleks, and they will question and eventually there will be rebellion.

 The Dalek leader replies that without knowing, The Doctor has helped them find the Dalek Factor. The Daleks played The Doctor, using him to find the Dalek Factor – all that makes Daleks strong. The Doctor says he will not obey, he will not work for them, but the Dalek leader shows The Doctor that they have the TARDIS and says that The Doctor will spread the Dalek Factor throughout the entire history of Earth… and the credits roll.

Episode 7:

 The Doctor, Maxtable and Jamie argue over transmutation of metal and Dalek promises and such. A Dalek appears and orders Jamie not to threaten Maxtable (hot-headed Jamie was getting irate during their argument.)

 The Doctor plays his recorder, while Waterfield appeals to Maxtable to try to help them try to escape. Victoria asks The Doctor what he’s thinking and he stops playing his recorder to tell her he’s trying to puzzle out how the Daleks are going to make him help them.

 He talks of his home planet, only briefly, and talking about how it is a “long, long way from Earth.”

 A Supreme Dalek reports to the Emperor Dalek that the experiment is ready. We see a scene where a Supreme Dalek passes the order to a group of Daleks to cease work, but one of them (unseen) questions, “Why?” The Supreme Dalek becomes angry, demanding to know who questioned a Dalek order.

 (Please note that what I refer to as a Supreme Dalek is often called a Supreme Controller Dalek or simply a Black Dalek – I understand that a story from the 70s, Planet of the Daleks, had a variant called a Dalek Supreme – not the same thing.)

 The Doctor watches as the Daleks perform transmutation of iron to gold. Maxtable is overjoyed as the Daleks tell him the machine is his. The Doctor warns him not to go near the machine, but he does not listen. Maxtable is infused with the Dalek Factor and becomes an obedient slave. That is what the Emperor Dalek wants The Doctor to do to all of humanity.

 The Emperor Dalek receives a report that one of the HF Daleks questioned an order and demands it be found immediately.

 Maxtable hypnotises The Doctor and leads him through the archway that infused him with the Dalek Factor. Jamie wakes and shouts for The Doctor not to go, but it is too late. The Doctor speaks like a Dalek, telling Jamie to stay where he is.

 Maxtable takes The Doctor to show him the machines for the mass production of the Dalek Factor and the dispersal unit – they plan to make it into a gas to be sent into the atmosphere.

 The Doctor is obviously playing along (no surprise there) and under the pretense of examining the machine, switches the capsules in the machine, swapping human factor with Dalek factor. He then goes back to the cell and tells them to walk through the archway when he gives the word. A Dalek comes and The Doctor tells the Dalek to take him to the Emperor.

 Jamie, Victoria and Waterfield debate whether it’s another Dalek trap or if The Doctor was himself. Kemel just stands there, mutely.

 The Doctor tells the Emperor Dalek that in order to root out the HF Daleks all the Daleks should pass through the archway hooked up to the Dalek Factor infusion, to wipe out the Human Factor in them. (Interesting to note – The Doctor refers to Maxtable as “this human” – again suggesting that the writers may have decided that The Doctor is not a human.)

 The Doctor explains to his companions and the other captives that he’s swapped the factors and that it’s safe to go through. When Jamie asks why the Dalek Factor didn’t affect him earlier, his answer is “I don’t come from Earth, Jamie!”

 Jamie walks through the archway and tells everyone it’s all right. Waterfield says he must help The Doctor and heads after The Doctor while the others move through the archway.

 Everywhere, Daleks are disoriented and silly – chanting and singing things like “Dizzy Daleks” and questioning orders… and blatantly defying orders. When a Supreme Dalek kills one of the dissenting Daleks, other Daleks present fire upon it and kill it in kind.

 The Emperor orders the Black Daleks to exterminate the rebels. When The Doctor gives them an order, one of the rebel Daleks replies, “I obey… but not without question!” Waterfield saves The Doctor from one of the Black Daleks, but dies as a result. The Doctor promises him that he and Jamie will protect Victoria.

 The Daleks are in full civil war. The battle makes it to the Emperor Dalek’s control room. It orders everyone not to fight in there but neither side listen. The rebels fire upon the Emperor, even though it tels everyone that the Dalek race will die out completely. They continue firing until the Emperor explodes.

 Kemel and Maxtable struggle and Maxtable pushes the giant Turk off a cliff side to his death.

 The Dalek city dies with the Emperor, falling apart all around the battling Daleks. Maxtable is ranting that the Dalek race cannot die, the race will survive and rule forever.

 The Doctor reunites with Jamie and Victoria and he informs her of her father’s death. The Doctor tells Jamie that she’s coming with them. They make their way to the TARDIS but The Doctor stops to look, proclaiming it is the final end of the Daleks… and the credits roll.

 Apparently, Terry Nation (creator of the Daleks and who, to this day, still owns the rights to them) was shopping the Daleks around to US television and this story was intended to be the last Dalek story, writing them out of the show so he could take them elsewhere… obviously, that never happened.

 This was a good story, even with the unnecessary bits (I thought the Jamie vs the house of deathtraps was completely useless.) I’d have rather seen more time on Skaro devoted to The Doctor more actively pushing the Daleks to rebel.

A seven part serial, only one episode still exists fully. Thankfully we have a Loose Cannon reconstruction to watch. Which is introduced by Colin Baker (the Sixth Doctor, and one of my favourites.)

 Slight change to the schedule – I didn’t realise this was a 7 part serial; from now on, any over 6 will be split into two posts. But I don’t want to push off the next season, so there will be a second post on Sunday, parts 4-7 of this serial, and Season 5 of Doctor Who will begin on Monday, as it would have normally.

Episode 1:

 The TARDIS is being hauled away on the back of a lorry (truck, for my fellow Americans) and The Doctor and Jamie are running in pursuit of the lorry. They have to give up as it’s going too fast and they cannot keep up and they watch as it leaves the airport.

 They go into a nearby hangar, to ask why it was taken off. Talking to the worker there, they discover it was signed for by a “J Smith”. When The Doctor says he’s going to have to call the police, the worker offers up the name of the firm who picked up the TARDIS – Leatherman. All the while, some man is listening in on the conversation with a listening device.

 From a nearby field, he watches The Doctor and Jamie leave the hangar. They hang about and watch the worker (who The Doctor noticed was too big for his overalls and the order on his clipboard for the TARDIS was way different than the other invoices – this combined with his being cooperative once the police were mentioned made The Doctor very suspicious) depart and they follow him. The observer in the field watches al this and then radios in to a base – Kennedy, the man in the field, refers to The Doctor by name.

 The worker gets in a car and departs; The Doctor flags down a taxi and they follow.

 At an antique shop, a man named Mr. Perry shows up to look at the proprietor, Mr. Waterfield’s goods. Perry is the man charged with bringing the police box to him, apparently a job for a client of Waterfield’s.

 The Doctor and Jamie have followed their target to a warehouse.

 Kennedy has returned from the field and is meeting with Hall, the man from the airport. He’s given money and instructed to help kidnap The Doctor and Jamie, and he and Kennedy get into an argument – Hall doesn’t want to get involved in kidnapping. Kennedy grabs a piece of wood and swings at Hall.

 The Doctor and Jamie enter, to find Hall knocked down, a wound on his head. Kennedy sneaks out the back at The Doctor and Jamie are checking on Hall. After a bit, Jamie is frightened by a passing train and as The Doctor tries to explain what a train is, Hall gets up, grabs his money and sneaks out, locking them in.

 The Doctor finds matches for a coffee bar, deduces that the man is left handed and says they need to go to the coffee bar. They leave (obviousy through a different door) and Kennedy watches them from the shadows.

 Kennedy reports to Waterfield the developments – Hall’s refusal to assist and The Doctor and Jamie finding the planted matchbook. Waterfield pulls out pictures of The Doctor and Jamie and Kennedy confirms that they are the two men. Waterfield and Kennedy keep having trouble with their vernacular – I’m beginning to suspecdt that Waterfield isn’t native to 1966.

 Waterfield sends Kennedy out to fetch Perry. Kennedy leaves but listens at the door. Waterfield triggers a secret door and a bookcase slides away. Inside is a small room with futuristic device in it. From the room (from the device?) Waterfield takes out an antique vase or sculpture of some sort and returns to his office, the bookcase sliding shut behind him.

 Perry knocks on the door and is invited in. When he notices the antique, Waterfield tries to play it off as a new arrival from the night before that he just brought in. It’s for a “Doctor Galloway”, and sends Perry to meet with The Doctor (showing him the pictures) to invite them to come to the antique shop tonight at 10pm.

 After Perry leaves, Kennedy listens again at the door. Perry once more enters the room, this time flicking switches on the equipment. Lights begin to glow. Waterfield sits down in a chair facing the lights.

 Outside the office, Perry catches Kennedy at the door and Kennedy moves away.

 The Doctor and Jamie are hanging out in the coffee bar. The Doctor says it’s a trap they’re walking into… and he feels that he knows who their enemies are.

 Waterfield is talking to someone, saying that he demands the truth, that he’s done everything they’ve asked. If he gets a response, we don’t hear it, but he seems to be responding to something – even if perhaps their silence. Kennedy is again at the door, listening. Waterfield gets up and storms out of the secret room, seemingly disoriented.

 Back at the coffee bar, The Doctor notices Perry staring at him. He approaches The Doctor and Jamie. He gives them a card and passes on Waterfield’s apology for not making their “meeting” and invitation to come to the shop at 10pm. The card has the name and address of the shop on it.

 After hearing from Perry that The Doctor got the card and invite, Waterfield tells Kennedy that The Doctor will be there at 10pm and he wants his assistance to deal with him. When Waterfield heads off, Kennedy picks the lock to Waterfield’s office and breaks in.

 He searches about the office and finds the key to the secret room. He uses the key and the bookcase slides open. He starts messing with the switches and activates the lights on the machinery. Poking around more, he finds a combination safe door.

 His back is turned to the machine and he does not see a Dalek manifest out of thin air! Kennedy has opened the safe and is looking in the box when he notices there’s something behind him. He spins around and the Dalek demands to know who he is… and the credits roll.

 So far a very interesting start. From the title of the episode, we know the Daleks are the bad guys, so it’s good to get that surprise out of the way as soon as possible. This, of course, explains how they knew of The Doctor.


Episode 2:

 (the only full video episode remaining)

 Kennedy tries to run but the Dalek shoots him dead.

 The Doctor and Jamie slip in to the shop thirty minutes earlier. As they poke around, Jamie notices that everything is brand new, though the store claims to be an antique shop – he thinks they’re faked, but The Doctor says they’re all genuine.

 Jamie posits that Waterfield invented a time machine and is bringing everything from the past to the modern day. The Doctor says it’s not likely, but they’ll have to ask Waterfield.

 Waterfield returns to his office to find Kennedy dead. He goes in the secret room and argues with the Dalek over killing him. The Dalek then uses the machine to disappear, return from whence it came.

 The Doctor and Jamie surprise Perry who is skulking about in the storefront. Perry agrees to answer their questions if they answer his as well.

 Waterfield is in the secret room, and tears the Doctor’s picture in half, leaving one half in a box on the floor of the room.

 Perry informs them that they do have the police box and Jamie wants to know where it is. As they talk, a door randomly opens and the three of them enter. They find Kennedy, dead, and Perry tries to use the phone but there’s interference on the line. He goes off to fetch the police.

 Jamie wants to find the TARDIS and go – he’s almost in a panick about the idea of the police. They find the second half of The Doctor’s picture in Kennedy’s hand (apparently Waterfield put that half there, too.) Kennedy’s body is laying in a position to indicate the secret door – again, it’s obviously a trap.

 They find the secret room and the box with the other half of The Doctor’s picture. Waterfield is watching from the door to the room. When Jamie opens the box, gas pours out and knocks The Doctor and Jamie out. Waterfield comes in, covering his mouth with a rag, and closes the box, then stands between the arms of the machinery (where the box was resting and where The Doctor and Jamie have fallen) and everyone and the machine disappear.

 The next scene, we see The Doctor and Jamie sleeping in an ornate room. As The Doctor wakes up, a young woman in Victorian serving garb comes in with some refreshements. As they moan and bellyache, she comments on “quite the party last night” and says she brings something from “the master”.

 (Of course it’s not THE Master, he won’t come around until the Third Doctor… but still, as The Master is my favourite character of all the Doctor Who shows, one cannot help but say, out loud, “I wish!”)

 As The Doctor tries to ask some questions, the master of the house, Theodore Maxtable and Edward Waterfield enter. They dismiss Molly, the serving girl. Maxtable explains they’re in the year 1866. Waterfied explains that his daughter, Victoria, has been kidnapped by those responsible.

 We then see Victoria (a very fetching young lady with some REALLY pretty eyes.) A Dalek enters where she is, and it orders her that she will eat and stop feeding the “flying pests” (birds). She’s forced into a machine which ramps up and she clutches her ears. The machine tells the Dalek that Victoria has lost 17 ounces and when she yells at it, it yells back and tells her more food will be brought to her and she will eat it or be fed by force.

 Maxtable leads The Doctor into a laboratory, full of tubes and beakers and smoking chemicals and the like. The Doctor is demanding answers, but Maxtable is taking his sweet time.

 Maxtable and Waterfield explain that they tried using mirrors and electricity – specifically, static electricity. The Doctor quickly latches onto that, and he keeps questioning, “STATIC electricity?” Obviousy, his mind is going to the Daleks. They explain during their most recent experiement, the one using static electricity, creatures burst from the cabinet. The creatures knew of The Doctor and set up the trap in 1966.

 Just as The Doctor asks what the creatures were called, a Dalek comes into the room, greeting him, “Doc-torrrrrrrr!” The Dalek informs The Doctor that he is to help them with an experiement – they will perform an experiment on Jamie, or else.

 The Dalek leaves and The Doctor asks the two men about the test. Maxtable surmises that the Daleks are seeking a way to overcome their defeats by humanity by pursuing the Human Element, hoping to infuse their own race with it.

 Jamie wakes up and meets Ruth, Maxtable’s daughter. She checks on him and then departs. He pokes around and discovers the year is 1866. A man steps into the room but hides behind the curtains so Jamie does not see him. As Jamie messes with the chair, he clubs Jamie from behind. Molly comes in with the tea tray as ordered by Ruth and thinks he’s fallen asleep again. The man grabs Molly from behind, covering her mouth.

 As The Doctor and Waterfield return, they find Jamie gone and Molly unconscious in his chair.

 Two Daleks discuss the test and one says, “Any delay will result in death,” and the first replies, “There will be no delay,” menacing the camera view with its plunger… and the credits roll.

Episode 3:

 A piece of straw is found in the room where Jamie was kidnapped. I guess that’s what they call a “clue”.

 Jamie is shown in a barn (hey, it is a clue!) with his kidnapper. A man in fine clothing enters and the ruffian (Toby) and he argue briefly, but the gentleman pays him and sends Toby off. Jamie watches the man strangely, who has a dizzy spell and then wonders where Toby went. Jamie, confused, answers, “You just sent him off!” The man demands of Jamie to tell him where Victoria Waterfield is, but Jamie doesn’t know. The man suffers another dizzy spell and then is more assertive, confident as he was with Toby.

 He introduces himself as Arthur Terrall and says Toby was kidding about being paid to kidnap Jamie.

 The Doctor shows up and Terrall departs. Jamie explains everything that just happened to The Doctor.

 We see Victoria packing her belongings; a Dalek says she is being moved. We see a Loose Cannon video reenactment of the scene, it’s funny. (The actress filling in for Deborah Watling, who plays Victoria, doesn’t look at the screen.)

 Jamie overhears The Doctor and Waterfield talking about him, whether he’ll cooperate or not.

 Maxtable is in the lab with a Dalek. Maxtable seems to be working with the Daleks, as opposed to being coerced, like Waterfield. After the Dalek moves out of sight, Maxtable brings in a man from London, a dark skinned Turk named Kemel. (Prior to bringing in Kemel, Maxtable speaks of him quite disparagingly of Kemel’s intellect, making him seem almost mentally retarded. I don’t know if this is accurate or done to show Maxtable is not a good guy, or just a sign of the times?) Maxtable has Kemel bend a thick iron bar around his shoulders (like a circus performer trick) – presumably a feat of strength to impress the Dalek. This followed by Kemel smashing a thick plank of wood with one blow from his fist.

 Maxtable shows Kemel a picture of Jamie, telling him he is going to be guarding a place and not to let the man in the picture by. Kemel looks at him, as if needing justification, and Maxtable says the man is a rogue and a cut-throat and would kill them all, given the chance.

 Maxtable leads Kemel to the south wing of the house, which is apparently disused. He tells Kemel to wait while he lights a candle and explains that the man in the picture will try to come through. The door is booby trapped with a portcullis. Kemel is left there to wait.

 The Doctor, Waterfield and a Dalek are talking; the Daleks seek the Human Factor. When The Doctor asks why Jamie, the Dalek replies that by traveling with The Doctor, Jamie is unique. The Doctor then asks, “Why him and not me?” The Dalek replies that The Doctor has traveled too much through time and is not suitable because he is “more than human”. (Again, the show, or at least the Daleks in this case, still believe The Doctor to be a human. Again, I’m wondering when the producers/writers/etc decided to change that.)

 The Daleks have brought dormant Dalek biological masses, to be infused with “the Human Factor”. (Anyone else thinking of “Daleks in Manhattan”/”Evolution of the Daleks” from 2007?)

 A test is arranged for Jamie to try to rescue Waterfield’s daughter – obviously, Kemel hiding in the shadows is part of that.

 Jamie meets Arthur again, this time accompanied by Ruth. She’s surprised they know each other and then surprised that they “bite at each other like old enemies.” Suddenly, Arthur clutches his head and has a spell and runs off, followed by Ruth. Molly arrives to ask about Jamie and The Doctor’s luggage and as they talk, she tells him that the house is supposedly haunted. She also tells him that Arthur is Ruth’s fiancee, and is usually a calm man, but lately has been different. The Doctor arrives and Molly quickly departs; apparently, she’s not meant to be there.

 Since it came up by talking to Molly, The Doctor who has come in, starts lecturing him about the Crimean War. Jamie is fired up, having heard The Doctor and Waterfield talk about getting Jamie to do what’s expected. He’s upset over the theft of the TARDIS still, as well as the murder of Kennedy. (Jamie has always been one of my favourite companions, though I’ve ever only seen a few stories with him in it. It’s not just my slight bit of Scottish ancestry, either – though I won’t say that’s not a factor – he’s strong willed, noble hearted, a man of action, gets frustrated with duplicity and double-talk. All admirable, in my estimation.)

 Waterfield enters and the argument escalates. Waterfield drops a hint about the south wing during the exchange. Jamie leaves after a bit and The Doctor explains that all went according to plan and congratulates Waterfield on the bit about the south wing.

 We see Toby, again meeting with Arthur. Toby has asked to speak with Arthur, who tells him to take off, to leave, to stay away from the house, to go to London. Toby makes a comment about getting paid for stories, threatening to tell people in London, if he doesn’t get proper pay.

 Again, Terrall has a dizzy spell. This time, Toby takes advantage and knocks Terrall out. He searches him and takes all his money, as well as his keys, planning to find something worth taking in the house.

 Night has fallen and Mollie is in the sitting room. Jamie startles her, but she has what he wants – plans to the house, including the south wing. He asks her to show him to the door to the south wing.

 The Doctor, Maxtable, Waterfield and a Dalek are discussing how the Dalek machines will record Jamie’s emotions and reactions. A second Dalek enters the room to report that “the young human being is on his way”.

 Toby sneaks through the house, ending up in the laboratory. He encounters a Dalek, which shoots him and he screams.

 Elsewhere, Mollie is startled by Toby’s scream. Jamie sends her back to her room. He finds a candle (the one Maxtable used when bringing Kemel there) and lights it. He finds the secret door, and when it opens a bird flies out, startling him but it keeps him from walking into the falling spikes/portcullis. He finds a way past them and slips through. As he rounds the corner, he finds the imposing figure of Kemel waiting impassively… and the credits roll.

 (So far an interesting story. Not super keen on the character going through the test of traps bit, but maybe it’ll pan out interestingly enough. See you Sunday for the completion of the serial!)

A six part serial, only episodes 1 and 3 remain in full video – for the rest, I have the reconstructed Loose Cannon episodes. The intro is with Anneke Wills, and sadly she gives a big spoiler about the story right off – so if you watch it, you may wish to fast forward through her intro until after you’ve watched the serial.

Episode 1:

 The opening sequence shows an airport and the TARDIS appears on the runway. Jamie sees a plane coming in for a landing and thinks it is a “flying beastie” and he and The Doctor and companions run from it. Being spotted by a police officer, the four scatter.

 In the control tower, they receive word from the pilot of the plane that there’s a police box on the runway, but find it hard to believe. The Commandant callls in a report to the airport police to investigate. Two cops/security get on motorcycles – they’ve got realy cool long coats and helmets, looking rather stormtrooperish. (Not so much Star Wars stormtroopers, more the fascist militia kind.)

 The TARDIS is place on the back of a lorry, and brought in. Jamie and The Doctor are together, hiding among the planes. We see Polly by herself and she ducks into a hangar marked Chameleon Tours. Two men enter, but she hides behind some crates. They seem to be arguing and the one man dressed as a piot shoots the other (wearing civilian garb) with a futuristic looking pistol. Presumably he’s dead, and the pilot covers the body with a tarp.

 The pilot then goes into another room while Polly watches. He opens a secret door and steps into a small room, where he contacts someone via a video device, saying there’s been trouble. He explains that someone found “the post cards”. Polly triggers an alarm and the pilot exits to pursue her. She was checking on the body and we see the corpse’s hand sticking out – it looks strangely disfigured. Polly runs and escapes.

 The motorcycle cops bring in the police box and report via phone to the Commandant, who is amazed that it is, in fact, a police box. His assistant questions if it might be a student prank.

 Polly reunites with Jamie and The Doctor and tells them about the murder. She whines a bit, but we’re used to that by now. Aren’t we?

 The murderer and the man he called for assistance (also in a pilot’s uniform) check the body – it turns out the victim was a Detective Inspector of the police department. They arrange for the disposal of the body. The detective’s wallet are put into some unit, along with some suitcases, to be destroyed.

 The two men are back in the secret room, when the alarm is triggered – on the security screen, they see The Doctor, Jamie and Polly. The Doctor discovers that the detective has been electrocuted and says that such a weapon hasn’t been invented on this planet yet. The two men hear this and are concerned about his knowledge. The murderer’s associate (apparently his superior) gives him orders to “get the girl”, and they’ll deal The Doctor later.

 Polly is grabbed as she follows The Doctor and Jamie as the three of them head towards the main building. She’s kept from crying out and they have no idea she’s been grabbed. The murderer (I think his name is Spencer) brings her back to their secret room for interrogation.

 Jamie and The Doctor are seen returning back to Chameleon Tours, but they find no sign of Polly and leave to report everything to the authorities. At the immigration desk, they run into an officious bureaucrat, Jenkins, who detains them and calls the Commandant.

 Ben is spotted skulking around and happens to slip into the hangar for Chameleon Tours. He runs into the murderer, but pretends to be a new member of airport staff and Spencer escorts him out.

 The Commandant questions The Doctor and Jamie, but he finds their story hard to believe, but eventually agrees to go to the hangar to see the body. When they get there, the body has been removed. The Commandant brings them back to the immigration desk while he calls the police, and Polly shows up as if getting off a flight – she doesn’t seem to know them and says her name isn’t Polly.

 The two conspirator pilots are seen escorting a man into a medical station in the airport. The person’s arms are heavily bandaged and his(?) head, seen from the back only is inhuman looking… and the credits roll.

 Interesting start, lots of mystery, thumbing the nose as bureaucracy. I’m quite interested to see where this goes…

 Long story short, it’s a very good episode, a lot of fun. Many of the incidental characters are well written and acted and there’s character growth in these six episodes.  It’s interesting to note that there’s a connection between this serial and one of David Tennant’s episodes, but it’s not a story connection, but an actor one.  You’ll have to read through to the end to find out, though.


Episode 2:

 In the medical station, we see a man is on one of the beds, unconscious.

 The Commandant questions Polly, who insists she is from Zurich. She provides a passport, proving her identity. She even has a work permit. When the Commandant calls the police, Jamie and The Doctor run. 

 Back at the medical station, Spencer’s associate/boss (his name is Blade, though I don’t know that’s come up in story yet) and Spencer tend to the faceless humanoid (it’s like he’s been skinned) who is in one bed. Next to him is the man we saw earlier. A nurse is present and seems to be part of their little group. She fetches two armbands, one attached to Meadows (the man, an air traffic controller) the other the faceless one. Headbands with electrodes and discs are attached to both. Blade says Meadows may be useful to them because of his position.

 They activate some machinery; Meadows body twitches, the other is completely still.

 In the concourse, two policemen search for Jamie and The Doctor. Jamie and The Doctor sit nearby, each holding a newspaper up to obscure their faces. (Jamie’s is upside down.) The policemen move off.

 The Doctor explains that he doesn’t think it was Polly at all that they met earlier, much to Jamie’s confusion.

 “You don’t want to believe everything you see, Jamie.” – The Doctor.

 The Doctor notices an advertisement in the paper about Chameleon Tours for budget tours for the younger crowd – 18 to 25 year olds. The Doctor suspects the ad is bait. He explains to Jamie what a chameleon is, and feels there’s something strange.

 Ben shows up and The Doctor says they need a place to hide. Ben says he knows the very place and they head off.

 The faceless one’s face changes, becoming identical to Meadows. Blade and the nurse help him sit up. The chameleon has difficulty speaking and Blade adjusts a dial on the chameleon’s armband. He is able to speak properly. They test his sense of smell and eyesight. Then, he’s quizzed on who he is – he answers all the questions properly – apparently the transfer is more than physical.

 The Doctor and his companions spot “Polly” working at the Chameleon Tours desk. He approaches her and confronts her, questioning her; this confuses her and some of Polly’s memories seem to break through whatever’s been done to her. The Doctor and Ben and Jamie head off to talk privately. Blade had been watching from an office and calls her in – she’s apparently one of the faceless ones, from the way they talk.

 Meadows is seen relieving a controller in the tower. The Commandant is watching from his perch, attended by his assistant Jean. The Commandant has a visitor, Detective Inspector Crossland. Crossland is looking for Gascoigne (the man Spencer murdered earlier) who was, ironically, investigating a disappearance of a passenger from a charter flight (obviousy, Chameleon Tours.)

 Ben’s great hiding place is a photo booth, where all three men jam in. Jamie is confused about where they’re hiding. The Doctor isn’t sure whether Polly is Polly or someone else. There’s a “comedic” moment as someone pulls open the curtain so the three men pretend to be posing for a photograph (well Ben and The Doctor do, Jamie just looks around.)

 They split up – Ben is free to walk around (the police are not looking for him), and The Doctor wants to speak to the Commandant. Jamie is told to keep an eye on Polly.

 Jamie wanders around, quite overwhelmed by his surroundings.

 Polly is approached by a woman about her brother, who’s disappeared from the tour. She mentions receiving a postcard from Rome from her brother – obviously part of the cover-up, since Spencer killed Gascoigne because he found “the postcards”. Polly asks the woman to wait and goes into the back office, where she uses the video device to try to contact Blade, but is told he’s not available. The young woman is asked to wait and she goes and sits next to Jamie, who starts asking questions about her missing brother.

 Jean tells the Commandant there’s a man to see him about a dead body. The Commandant gets on the phone to summon the police. When the police arrive, The Doctor pretends to pull out a grenade and throws it at them; he runs off, but it’s only a small rubber bal.

 Polly is given instructions to get rid of the girl, “close the kiosk and get on the next flight.” She brusquely dismisses Samantha, who goes back to Jamie and tells him what happened.

 Ben returns to the Chameleon Tours hangar. He opens one of the large cases there, only to find Polly inside! She’s motionless, eyes wide open. He runs into the office and uses the phone to try to reach The Doctor.

 The Doctor arrives at the kiosk and Jamie tries to introduce him to Samantha, but he’s intent on talking to Polly. He goes in the back office, sees the video communicator and searches around, finding postcards and unused foreign stamps.

 The video monitor comes on and shows Ben on the phone. Spencer appears on the screen behind Ben and The Doctor calls out. Spencer blasts Ben with the same device he used to capture Polly and Ben is rendered immobile. The Doctor calls out helplessly to his companion.

 Spencer and Blade talk about expecting The Doctor.

 Crossland is talking to Jenkins at Immigration Desk #5 (he’s the officious guy who gave The Doctor and Jamie a hard time.) Crossland is asking about Brian Riggs (Samantha’s missing brother) as well as his colleague, Detective Inspector Gascoigne. Jenkins fills Crossland in on the disturbance that morning involving The Doctor and Jamie.

 As Jamie and Samantha talk, a flight attendant enters the kiosk and makes announcements for Chameleon Youth Tours flight to Zurich. They wonder what happened to Polly.

 The Doctor has arrived at the Chameleon Tours hangar, searching for Ben. He finds the weapon that Spencer used on Ben on the floor (great place for it.)

 The flight attendant is talking to the youth tour travelers, saying they have postcards for them – if they want, they can fill them out in advance and she’ll post them for them from Zurich. Samantha asks one of the travellers for his post card and realises that this could explain how she got one from her brother.

 As they’re about to try to find The Doctor, Crossland appears and tells Jamie he wants a word with him.

 The Doctor opens one of the crates as Spencer watches over the monitor. In the crate, The Doctor is shocked to find Meadows sitting there, motionless. Spencer uses the PA to trick The Doctor into a room, where he is locked in and gas is pumped into the room – gas that has a freezing effect… and the credits roll.

Episode 3:

 (the other full video episode)

 The Doctor plugs the gas flow and covers the camera with his jacket, forcing Spencer to come up. Feigning unconsciousness, he blasts Spencer with his own weapon, freezing the pilot and then flees the hangar.

 Jamie and Samantha are talking to Crossland when The Doctor arrives. He identifies the picture of Gascoigne as the corpse they found in the hangar.

 Spencer recovers as Blade returns to the hangar. He informs Blade that The Doctor escapes. Blade is preparing to fly to Zurich. He orders Spencer to stay behind and kill The Doctor, to make up for his incompetence.

 Crossland tells The Doctor to come with him to talk to the Commandant. They leave Samantha and Jamie behind, but she talks him into coming along with her while she goes to check out the hangar.

 The Commandant finally believes there was a body, but both he and Crossland have trouble believing The Doctor’s story. But he finally makes some headway.

 In the hangar, Samatha finds a folder of postcards, all previously filled out. She and Jamie leave to go to the Commandant’s office. They burst into the control room to deliver them to The Doctor and he shows them to Crossland and the Commandant.

 Meadows reports back to Spencer, informing him what happened in the control room. Spencer gives Meadows a device to attach to The Doctor – he has a remote device he can use to activate it that will “take care of him”.

 Meadows returns to the control room and attempts to place the device on The Doctor. After several botched attempts, he finally manages to do so, just as The Doctor, Samantha and Jamie leave.

 Crossland questions Spencer at the Chameleon kiosk; he wants to speak to the man in charge, who Spencer says is Captain Blade. He says Blade is getting ready to depart on a flight, but gets permission from Blade to send the detective out to the plane.

 Crossland gets on the plane as the youths are boarding and ends up being taken prisoner by Blade and the flight attendant.

 The Doctor and Jamie find the secret room in the Chameleon hangar. The use the monitor set and see the first aid post. They leave to head there, but Spencer activates the disc on The Doctor’s back. He falls down in pain, but Jamie removes it and stomps on it.

 The plane is in flight on the way to Zurich. As Crossland watches (from the seat he’s tied up in) Blade activates some dials and all the youths in the seats disappear… and the credits roll.

Episode 4:

 Spencer confronts Jamie in the hangar, holding him at gunpoint. Samantha tries to help Jamie, but in the struggle he hits both of them with his freeze pen. He lays their immobilised bodies next to where The Doctor is on the floor and sets up a laser cutter, which starts a beam across the room, moving towards them. Like a villain in a badly written comic book or spy novel, he then leaves the room, assuming the death trap will work without staying behind to make sure.

 Jamie and Samantha discover they can talk but not move. So can The Doctor, though he wasn’t hit by the freeze ray. The laser comes closer… and Samantha discovers she can move one arm.

 We see Jenkins in the medical room, being fitted with the machinery to allow the nearby Faceless One to transform into his likeness.

 Samantha hands Jamie her compact and, since he can use his hand now, too, he’s able to use it to reflect the beam against the laser generator to destroy it. They slowly recover their ability to move and get up. The Doctor and Jamie head off to find the medical post while Samantha is sent to the Chameleon kiosk to watch for Spencer.

 “Jenkins” comes to and is given the same exam/quiz by the nurse. In the waiting room, The Doctor and Jamie arrive, the latter pretending to be ill. He tries to take Jamie into the X-Ray room, but the nurse won’t let him use it. Spencer and “Jenkins” watch from presumably the kiosk back room and see The Doctor talking to the nurse. They make plans to deal with The Doctor.

 The Doctor and Jamie show up at the control room, where Jean tells them Scotland Yard is trying to get in touch with Crossland. She tells them that Samantha went to the kiosk and The Doctor is upset about this – though, that’s precisely what he told her to do in the first place. He specifically told her to go and keep an eye on the kiosk to see when/if Spencer left it. He sends Jamie to go assist Samantha.

 Jean reports to the Commandant that all the destinations that Chameleon fly to report that they take people from there but never have any arrivals – and she’s checked many cities, all confirming the same. The Commandant calls the Roya Air Force, planning to have the planes followed, thinking they’re diverting to some private air field.

 The Doctor confers with Jean, telling her his suspicions about the medical center being somehow related to whatever’s going on.

 Jamie and Samantha are over by the kiosk. She’s planning to fly on the next Chameleon Tours flight, which is going to Rome, and she feels it’s better to do something than sit around. Jamie suggests going along with her, but he doesn’t have the lolly, the brass, the money. He kisses her, surprising her. They kiss again and he lifts her ticket from her bag while they’re kissing.

 After the Commandant has made arrangements for a jet to tail the next Chameleon flight, Jean pretends to faint. Nurse Pinto (from the medical centre) is very unhappy, but leaves to attend to her in the command room. This allows The Doctor the chance to slip and enter the X-Ray room, where he finds the transference chairs – obviously, far more advanced than X-Ray machinery.

 While The Doctor is poking around, he flicks a switch that, unbeknownst to him, opens a cabinet where the real nurse Pinto is stored. He closes it, poking around some more and collects several of the armbands. Jenkins slips in from another room, armed with the energy pistol and is aiming it at The Doctor, but just then a passenger enters the medical centre and Jenkins has to slip his gun in his pocket. The Doctor explains to the woman that he’s off duty, but indicates Jenkins, “This gentleman will be more than pleased to attend you.” (Well played, Doctor.)

 Nurse Pinto is checking on Jean, and when The Doctor returns, she claims to be feeling better. She says she didn’t have a lunch and the nurse scolds the Commandant for not letting his employees eat.

 The Commandant quickly catches on that Jean wasn’t sick, but The Doctor shows him the armbands, saying he’s not sure what they are but knows someone there would recognise them. He approaches Meadows’ work station, but the ‘man’ is not there. The Commandant says he’s off duty.

 Samantha is at the check in desk, but she cannot find her ticket. She finds out that an “S Riggs” has already checked in and was a boy. Ann receives a call from Spencer, who is watching from the back room, and Samantha is invited in. She recognises him and gasps, but he has a gun pointed at her.

 The Chameleon plane is allowed to take off, and the Commandant says they’ll be followed this time. The Doctor asks, “How high can a jet fly these days?” When he’s told ten miles, plus, his response is, “How futile.”

 On the plane, we see Ann making her way amongst the passengers, telling them they can unfasten their seatbelts. She sees Jamie isn’t feeling well and asks how he’s doing, but he says he’s fine… then covers his mouth and dashes for the bathroom.

 The RAF jet radioes in that he’s following at 10K feet.

 Captain Blade tells Ann that something is following them. He switches on a monitor and sees that it’s a fighter jet. Ann gives him a radar reading and he fiddles with some switches. There’s a flash of light and the jet spins out of control.

 As the control room watches the jet spin out of control on the radar, The Doctor points out that the Chameleon plane is standing still, it’s not moving at all.

 In the passenger area, Ann moves amongst the seats, pulling a small object off each seat and putting them in a box. She’s summoned into the cockpit, where Blade asks her some questions. She returns to collecting, but apparently has missed Jamie’s seat. (So the passengers are turned into these objects? Also, I was thinking Jamie was going to be in the bathroom still and not teleported off, which was my first guess what was happening… or turned into some small object, if that’s what’s going on.)

 The Commandant and The Doctor argue whether or not the Chameleon plane crashed or was taken upwards, into outer space.

 We see a (modern, done for the recon) animation of the plane flying straight up, where a space ship awaits. It opens bay doors on its bottom and the plane flies up into it. As they close, the credits roll. (Can only imagine what was done in the 60s for it – probably little model plane and big model space ship.)

Episode 5:

 Ann and Blade discuss how the Earth people are comparable to animals on their home planet. As they do, we see one of those animals (named Jamie), watching from a hiding place. (I had a feeling…)

 He starts to leave his spot after they leave, but two Chameleons board and start removing the hand luggage. Carefully, Jamie slips past them and out of the plane.

 Ann pours the contents of her container into a drawer (one of many drawers) in a storeroom. Jamie watches her depart and is about to follow her, but decides to go into the room instead. He finds the rack of drawers (three wide, tall as he his, each about five inches tall) and he opens one to find miniaturised humans inside!

 Ann catches him, and armed with a pistol, he’s taken prisoner by her and a Chameleon.

 The Commandant receives a call that the RAF pilot did not survive the crash of the plane. Just then Meadows comes in and The Doctor confronts him, demanding him to roll up his sleeve, to see if he has an armband. Meadows makes a break for it but Jean pushes a chair in his way and he falls and is caught.

 On Meadows’ left arm is a black armband with dials. The Doctor threatens to mess with the dials, but Meadows is horrified at the prospect. He answers The Doctor’s questions and we find out that his people had a horrible accident on their planet and they need 50,000 people… but not exactly what for is specified.

 Meadows agree to accompany The Doctor to the medical centre, to see where Nurse Pinto keeps her original (the person she was copied from.)

 Pinto is strapping Samantha down to a table. She contacts Spencer, who orders her to prepare Samantha for transference. The screen goes blank when The Doctor enters the medical centre. He’s accompanied by Meadows and two policemen and they confiscate her freezer pen weapon.

 Inside, The Doctor finds Samantha (whom he calls Sam) and frees her. Meadows helps The Doctor find the original nurse. Chameleon Pinto pulls out a gun and shoots one of the cops, but Meadows helps immobilise her. The original Pinto is placed on one of the beds and starts to recover.

 Samantha fills The Doctor in on the fact that Jamie was on the plane and he bemoans, “First Polly, Ben and now Jamie.”

 Jamie is seen in a room, where Crossland greets him; as they talk, we discover that the food and drink on the plane are the first step towards miniaturisation. It’s obvious that Crossland is actually a Chameleon, and we discover not only is he one, but he is their leader, the Director.

 The plane departs the satellite and flies downward to Earth. (It’s obviously been modified for traveling so far away from the surface of Earth.)

 The Commandant is giving a list by The Doctor of the Chameleons and is about to give an order to have them arrested. Since there’s only one Chameleon flight left, The Doctor wants to use the plane to get to the satellite.

 When Blade returns, he and Original Pinto (pretending to be Chameleon Pinto) bluff, saying that The Doctor is Meadows, re-transfered. Blade says the flight leaves in fifteen minutes. He leaves and the two head off to board as well.

 The Commandant receives a report that The Doctor and Nurse Pinto were seen boarding the plane, and that everyone else who boarded was airport staff of some sort. The Commandant has the airport security searching the premises for the original bodies of the humans the Chameleons took the identities of.

 On the satellite, we see Jamie has been copied and Crossland (The Director) is running him through the tests. Blade enters, to report that they’ve got two intruders – Nurse Pinto and The Doctor. Chameleon Jamie is asked what he knows of The Doctor and informs them that “he’s not of this Earth or this century, he has traveled through time and space. His knowledge is even greater than ours”. The Director denies Blade’s desire to kill The Doctor saying that he needs to live on, as one of them.

 The Doctor and Nurse are skulking about when Blade and several Chameleons confront them… and the credits roll.

Episode 6:

 The Commandant and Chief of Security are getting frustrated at their lack of finding the copied people. The Commandant gives an order to divert all planes (presumably to other airports) and goes on the PA to order all airport personnel to report to airport police for instructions, and apologises to the public for the temporary suspension of all outgoing flights. A massive search effort is then organised.

 Aboard the satellite, The Doctor is brought before the Director. The Director claims that his race is “the most intelligent race in the universe”. The Doctor comments on the Jamie Chameleon, saying it wasn’t a very good copy. He almost gets the Director to slip up and give out the location of the original Jamie. He tries to stir up resentment with Blade and Spencer over their not knowing where their originals are. He bluffs that the Commandant has the bodies and unless The Doctor speaks to him, he’s going to start processing the originals, starting with Blade’s.

 The Chameleons contact the Commandant; he’s quick enough to realise he needs to bluff, and does so.

 Jean and Samantha return to the Chameleon kiosk, looking for some paperwork about twenty-five cars.

 The Director has found out about Blade contacting the humans and orders the communication to stop. Blade’s figured out it was a bluff after all and admits as much to the Director, who orders for The Doctor’s processing to begin. The Doctor causes the processing unit to explode, but only postpones things as the Director sends the order for another unit to be brought there.

 Jean and Samantha are moving among the cars in a parking area, checking tags with a list. Meadows is skulking nearby and grabs Samantha. Jean rushes over and the two girls struggle with the Chameleon, eventually overpowering him.

 They discover that the original bodies are being kept in the cars in the parking lot. Police arrive and more are recovered.

 The Doctor and a Chameleon are hooked up for transference. Gatwick tries to contact the Chameleon ship to let them know they really found the bodies this time, but the Director says ignore them, they’re bluffing. The Commandant gives orders for a message to be sent and they release Jenkins from the device on his arm.

 On the ship, Chameleon Jenkins disintegrates, leaving only a pile of clothes and an armband.

 “They HAVE found them. They WEREN’T bluffing!” – Blade, talking to the Director.

 The Director is not terribly sympathetic to the danger his subordinates are in. Blade does not take kindly to this, and he and Spencer raise their guns at the Director and Chameleon-Jamie, demanding they contact Gatwick.

 Gatwick confirms they have found the bodies and then demands to speak to The Doctor, else Captain Blade is freed next. The Doctor makes a deal – the Chameleons can stay alive by returning the miniaturised people to their original state and deprocessing the originals they were copied from (safely, so they aren’t disintegrated). Blade and Spencer agree to The Doctor’s terms. When the Director and Chameleon-Jamie try to flee, Blade shoots them both.

 Original Jamie is recovered from a cabinet. Crossland is found in a nearby cabinet as well.

 The Doctor returns to the command centre, asking the Commandant for the return of his police box. He and Jamie say their farewells to the Commandant and Samantha… but Jamie finds it hard to say goodbye to the lass. They kiss again… and honestly, I thought she might be tagging along.

 Ben and Polly arrive with The Doctor at the hangar where the TARDIS is. Ben and Polly are reluctant to leave so soon. While they talk, they discover the date is July 20, 1966 – the same day they inadvertantly accompanied The First Doctor after helping him defeat WOTAN’s war machines.

 The Doctor is reluctant to see them stay… and Ben even offers that they’ll leave with him, “…if you really need us.” Polly says it’s their home and The Doctor replies, “Yes, I know. You’re lucky, I never got back to mine.” It’s a poignant scene. He tells them “Go on. Ben can catch his ship and become an admiral and Polly… Polly, you can look after Ben.”

 Hugs and handshakes all around and the two companions turn and leave, stopping to look, their faces a mix of happy and sad.

 The Doctor tells Jamie they’ve lost the TARDIS, it’s not where it was taken, and they set off to find it… and the credits roll.

 It’s always sad seeing companions leave, as long as they’re not annoying – I won’t (Vicki) name any (Vicki) names, though. (Vicki) Even when Susan left, it was sad and touching.

 A fun episode, I think it could have been done in four, maybe five episodes tops, by cutting out some of the bouncing around – this show does suffer at times from that (see especially The Dalek Master Plan, or even The Chase, though the latter was more entertaining in its unnecessary diversions.) Again, I find it ironic that I’m complaining that a British show is using too much time for a story, when these days, the British television programs tell much more powerful stories in half (or less) the episodes that most American tv shows have in a season. 

As promised – the actress who played Samantha, Pauline Collins, has a connection to a David Tennant episode. Now, before we get there, it’s worth noting that she was offered the chance to be a companion on the show after this serial, going off with Jamie and The Doctor, but she turned it down. She did return, many years later, to take the role of Queen Victoria in “Tooth and Claw”.