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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, Monday Nov 14th, I went and saw POWER OF THE DALEKS at the Regal Pavilion Stadium 14 & RPX in Port Orange, FL.

I really enjoyed it.  There was a few moments of adjustment to the animation style – the way they moved at times wasn’t the smoothest, but before long the story sucked me in and I didn’t notice or care any more.

Going into the show, I wasn’t 100% sure which story Power of the Daleks was; to be honest, I was thinking it was EVIL OF THE DALEKS – which introduced one of my least favourite (ie, most annoying/useless) companions, Victoria Waterfield.  (I didn’t check to confirm, because I didn’t want to “spoil” myself, as my recollection was obviously not the best.)  So, I was pleasantly surprised to discover it wasn’t, that it was the first story of Patrick Troughton as The Doctor, and had Ben and Polly as the companions (much more palatable than Victoria, believe that.)

Seeing this on the big screen was great fun; there wasn’t a big crowd, sadly, as I was one of maybe twenty, twenty-five tops, in the theatre.  But it was good to do it in the theatre with others.

I imagine they’ll be putting this out on Blu Ray; I certainly hope so.

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.

This won’t be a comprehensive recap (though that’s a thought for another time)… it’s too powerful for me.  Too emotional.  Too much.  For now, at least.

But first – let’s get this out of the way.

If you haven’t watched it yet and plan to, please STOP READING NOW.

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Okay, that’s out of the way.  (Seriously, go away if you don’t want spoilers.)

Okay, now…

MY DOCTOR!!!! MY DOCTOR!!! AFTER THIRTY YEARS, I GOT MY DOCTOR AGAIN.  Oh, god.  Oh, god.

Watching this in a theatre, filled of fans was amazing.  And they were young and old, new and long-time fans alike.  And it’s wonderful, seeing the youthful crowd, the new fans, listening to them talk with wonder about the history of the show… I know many olde sk00l Whovians like to scoff and snort and roll their eyes and complain about the new fans.  Oh, that breaks my heart.  We were all new fans once, we didn’t know the history of the Doctors before we watched.  Time for everyone to drink a big glass of Get Over Yourself juice.

But, seriously, sharing it with a group of a couple hundred people, all emotionally invested.  The collective laughs, sighs, gasps, cheering, applause.  I couldn’t have imagined a better way to see this.  And, though it was hard, I managed to see it without any more spoilers.

I see people talking about “mixed feelings” about the episode.  Not me.  It was wonderful, it was amazing, and it gave me what I’ve been yearning for for the past eight years.

Don’t get me wrong.  I understand why they wrote Gallifrey out of the show for the relaunch in 2005.  There would be too much backstory, too much baggage, it would weigh down too much and the new fans would be confused, or felt excluded, and they would not have flocked to it the way they did and the show probably would not have had a 50th anniversary special.

It was brilliant, what they did.  They wrote Gallifrey out, made The Doctor the “last” of the Time Lords, and Eccleston got to mope and be full of anger and angst – and it was delightful.  He was the Wounded Doctor.  Rose helped him heal, and then it was time to regenerate.

But, despite knowing all that, I have yearned for the return of Gallifrey.  I love the Time Lords (though I do consider them the greatest of all the monsters that The Doctor has ever had to fight off – and I’m not even talking about The Master, my favourite Time Lord of all.)  I love the mythos of Gallifrey and the Time Lords and how so many alien races knew of them and they were not hardly ever favorable towards The Doctor’s people.

So, I have been waiting.  When we were teased with the return of Gallifrey in The End of Time, oh… my hunger was enflamed.  I needed Gallifrey back.

This blog, revisiting (and visiting for the first time, as the case may be) so many stories involving the Time Lords, involving Gallifrey, or involving knowledge OF the Time Lords/Gallifrey… that exacerbated things.

So, walking into this, knowing it was about the War Doctor, knowing that he was responsible, somehow, for the fall of Gallifrey, the end of the Time War… I wasn’t sure what we were going to get, but there was NO WAY IN HELL I remotely thought that we’d get a whisper of a chance of getting Gallifrey back.

I just watched it again, before writing this blog post (Sunday night, about 10:30pm, December 1st.)  I cried, several times.  I even rewound and watched several scenes more than once… and cried each time.

Tears of joy.  Tears of enthrallment, enrapture, amazement.

Tears of hurt, for The Doctors, as Ten and Eleven (hey, that whole numbering thing… I guess we’re just going to have to stick with what we have been doing and have the “War Doctor” sitting between Eight and Nine, unnumbered) join the War Doctor, saying he won’t have to do it on his own.

Tears as I begged them not to do it.

Tears as they didn’t.

And, then, the undreamt.  All THIRTEEN Doctors showing up to save the day.  Of course it would take all thirteen.  How could it not?  It had to.  Something like this couldn’t be done by one Doctor, not even three.

Gallifrey Falls No More.  Oh.  Oh, yes.  Damn skippy.

And my Doctor.  Approximately thirty years ago, I watched Logopolis for the first time ever.  And saw my Doctor fall to his death.  And regenerate into a mamby-pamby blonde twit.  (Ok, I’m being a bit harsh, but I was a teenaged boy who had just lost his Doctor.  And Four wasn’t my first Doctor, Three was, actually… but Four is, and always will be MY Doctor.)  I lost him and… he never returned.  (Not to video, at least – I do understand there are some delightful Big Finish original audios with Tom Baker, so I will have to pursue those.)

I had no idea Tom was in this.  I had no clue to expect him.

You should have heard the theatre when he spoke, when he addressed Eleven for the first time.  The collective intake of breath… the choked emotions… everyone was stunned (and I’m sure some knew or guessed or something – but I bet you they were caught in the spell, too.)

Oh, this wasn’t going to be a long post, but here we are.  I’ve been crying for half of it, too.

I am so excited to see the Christmas special, to see Peter Capaldi step into those shoes.  But, for now, I am so, so, so happy and touched and overwhelmed by the 50th anniversary special.

As always, there are still so many questions.  Will they go to Trenzalore?  Will they find Gallifrey?  What IS The Doctor’s name and will we ever learn it?  (And my question, will The Doctor ever go visit Susan as he promised?)

Who knows, indeed?

The Schedule for Season 23 (TRIAL OF A TIME LORD) is:

Tue Jul 16 – THE MYSTERIOUS PLANET 1/2

Fri Jul 19 – THE MYSTERIOUS PLANET 2/2

Wed Jul 24  – MINDWARP 1/2

Fri Jul 26 – MINDWARP 2/2

Tue Jul 30 – TERROR OF THE VERVOIDS 1/2

Fri Aug 02 – TERROR OF THE VERVOIDS 2/2

Tue Aug 06 – THE ULTIMATE FOE 1/2

Fri Aug 09 – THE ULTIMATE FOE 2/2

 

 

 

Recap: Reunited with Jamie, Six and Peri have followed the trail to Earth, hoping to rescue Two from the Sontarans. However, we learn that Dastari is part of the plot as well and they hope to isolate the symbiotic link of the Time Lords and their TARDIS, so that the Kartz-Reimer time machine might be used by anyone.

 

We leave off with Peri being captured by Shockeye, who wants to cook and eat her.

 

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Episode 3:

 

Shockeye grabs Peri, who struggles to no avail. He is delighted at how “ripe” she is, and knocks her out. Hoisting her over his shoulder, he laments that she’s not a “jack” (male.)

The Sontarans have taken Jamie and Six captive; Stike sends Varl to inform Chessene that they have another Time Lord. Stike orders Six into the Kartz-Reimer time machine, but he refuses.

Stike threatens Jamie’s safety, and Six reluctantly enters. (The machine has a very THE TIME MACHINE feel to it.) Stike acdtivates it and it leaps several seconds into the future and Six exits. Stike asks if the machine is now primed and Six says it is.

When Stike is about to kill Jamie, the highlander stabs the Sontaran in the leg and the two of them escape. Chessene, accompanied by Varl and Dastari, arrive to find Stike stabbed. Dastari recognises the knife, saying Two’s companion had a knife like that.

Six and Jamie run across the courtyard and into another part of the hacienda, where they find Two. (Yay, finally!) They start to untie Two (who is still in the wheelchair, bound), but when Shockeye returns with Peri, Two feigns sleep and the other two hide.

Stike and Varl seethe taking orders from Chessene; when she leaves, Stike tells Varl that the time machine has been primed and they no longer need the Androgum.

Chessene and Dastari discuss her contingency plan – she wants him to turn Two into a consort for her, by using Shockeye’s genetics to turn the Time Lord into an Androgum!!

As they are discussing this in front of the presumably unconscious Doctor, Two hears this, as do Six and Jamie, who are up the staircase.

Shockeye sharpens his knife, preparing to start cutting on Peri. Chessene interrupts, saying Dastari needs his assistance and the cook reluctantly complies.

Stike sends Varl to contact Sontaran High Command, to report their possession of a functioning space-time machine and requesting permission to use it to rejoin the fleet. Stike plans to set the Sontaran craft to self-destruct to wipe out everyone else there.

Two is wheeled to the operating theatre, protesting he doesn’t want to be turned into an Androgum. When Shockeye begins to question this, Chessene shoots him with a blaster.

Six rescues Peri from the kitchen.

Shockeye and Two are hooked up to each other on beds in the operating theatre. Dastari and Chessene discuss Stike; she says she has no further use for the Sontarans and they will be destroyed.

Six wonders why Stike hasn’t acted, trying to kill the Androgum and Dastari yet. He explains it’s all been his plan – that he knew Stike was sneaking up on them and letting the Sontaran believe that the Kartz-Reimer time machine will work for them – however, Six has removed the “briode nebulizer”, so it won’t work.

Chessene tells Dastari that she prepared three canisters of “coronic acid”, which is lethal to Sontarans, just in case. They leave to fetch it. While they’re gone, Shockeye awakens and is enraged at Chessene’s betrayal.

He finds Two, who is seemingly transforming into half-Androgum already; his face is becoming mottled, and he has pronounced eyebrows, like Shockeye does.

They begin talking food and recipes. Shockeye is delighted to learn that Two knows about the cuisine of the planet. They discuss plans to go eating but Two says they need proper clothing first.

Dastari instructs Varl and Stike to follow him, saying the other Time Lord has returned and they need their help to recapture him. Six and the companions are listening from behind a wall.

A double double-cross,” Six says to Peri, “it gets more interesting by the minute.”

The Sontarans enter the subterranean tunnel, only to find themselves in a trap. Chessene drops two canisters of the gas, which spark like fireworks, and the Sontarans scream in agony.

Two and Shockeye, dressed in waist coats and top hats, walk out, arm in arm, talking food. Six and the companions see this, startled.

Dastari and Chessene find the operating theatre empty. She says they are “hunting food” and Dastari says they must perform the second procedure within an hour or it will not take. Chessene knows (from the widow’s memories) that there are many restaurants in Seville and says that is where they will be.

After they head upstairs, Stike staggers out of the shadows, severely wounded, but still alive. “Treacherous hag,” he groans, “I shall return to destroy this Androgum filth!”

Two and Shockeye discuss whether the locals eat their own. The talk turns to Shepherd’s Pie. They flag down a lorry and assault the driver and take the truck to Seville. As they drive off, Six and the companions run up.

Jamie says he can’t believe his Doctor would let someone be killed like that, but Six says it’s the Androgum changes. He tells them he’s already starting to feel some changes to himself, which means they have to hurry. They run off after the truck.

Stike enters the Kartz-Reimer machine and activates the controls. It shakes violently and electricity crackles all about. Stike collapses out of the machine.

Having caught a ride to Seville, Six and the companions see the lorry. Jamie questions how Six and Two can be the same person; even Peri wonders how they both can be here.

When you travel around space and time as much as I do, it’s almost inevitable that you’re bound to turn into yourself at some point,” Six explains, then urges them along.

Chessene and Dastari are seen riding around in a horse-drawn carriage, seemingly in no hurry whatsoever.

Two and Shockeye debate hors d’oeuvres; Shockeye thinks there is no need and that “eight or nine” main courses is enough. Two argues, saying it is the custom here and all the great chefs (several of whom he rattles off their names) agree that one should begin with a light dish.

They discuss food and head to the destination.

Six and the companions see Dastari and Chessene and hide in an alcove, then follow them. Six realises they’re checking the local restaurants and wishes he’d thought of that.

As Dastari searches, a local woman throws him a rose.

Even further wounded, Stike staggers out of the hacienda. Before he can make it to his ship, it explodes.

Oscar and Anita (ahah, forgot all about them) are working in the restaurant that Two and Shockeye have chosen for their meal. There’s some silly banter and all. Not terribly amusing, but not horrible.

There’s more walking about Seville as Six and the companions search. Suddenly, Six sees a cat and says “there’s more than one way to cook a cat,” saying they can be good eating. Peri is stupid and doesn’t get what he’s saying.

Suddenly, he realises that he’s changing as a result of Two’s procedure (though I thought it wasn’t going to stick if a further procedure wasn’t performed.) He recovers himself and they set off again.

Apparently, time has passed, as Oscar and Anita are amazed at the bill for 81,600 pesetas (quick google search says maybe about $600); so far, they’ve eaten “lobster, clams, squid, brains in white sauce, two whole suckling pigs, a ham with figs, eight steaks and an entire family paella!”

Plus they ordered twelves breasts of pigeon to go with the twelve bottles of wine. “And they’re still eating!”

Again, Six and companions almost run into Chessene and Dastari.

Anita tells Oscar that she thinks the bill needs to be paid. He gives them the bill, but Shockeye doesn’t understand the custom, until Two explains it to him. Shockeye gives him “a twenty narg note”, but Oscar says it is not acceptable.

Seeing the restaurant, Jamie and Peri recognise it as the place that Oscar works.

In the facility, Oscar demands payment; Shockeye takes offends and stabs Oscar. Anita screams and Shockeye runs off. Just then, Six and companions come in, and again, Oscar thinks Six is a police officer.

Anita says she’s called the ambulance, but Oscar quotes Shakespeare and dies.

Jamie has been checking on Two (who is passed out at the table) and points out that Two’s face is reverting to normal. Six wakes him up and asks if he can walk. Six drags Two out, pretending to be a police officer.

The Two Doctors exit the restaurant and argue. Peri breaks it up and leads them off, but Chessene and Dastari says they will come with them; she has a gun, so everyone complies.

Back at the hacienda, Shockeye has changed back into his clothing. Looking out the window, he sees Chessene and Dastari and their prisoners.

Inside, everyone is startled at the damage. Shockeye comes down, carrying Stike’s leg, saying that it seems the Grand Marshal was the cause of the damage.

Chessene orders everyone down to the cellars and hands her gun to Shockeye.

In the cellar, Dastari examines the Kartz-Reimer module and realises that the nebulizer is missing. Six hands it over, explaining that Stike had forced him to prime the machine. They put it in and, to test whether he isn’t trying to trick them, they put Peri in and send it on a test run.

The module returns, Peri intact. Chessene orders Dastari to chain them up and Six argues, asking where her gratitude for handing her the secret to time travel is.

As Dastari complies, Shockeye asks if he might still have the chance to cook a human; she complains that he should have had enough chance to sate his appetite in the city, but he says that was “a mere snack” and points out that she “promised we could have a human before leaving Earth!” She gives in and suggests he have Jamie.

Six, Two and Peri are chained to pillars, but Shockeye drags Jamie off. Dastari taunts them with the key, placing it on a nearby table, before leaving them. The Time Lords discuss the nebulizer and Six reveals that he left “a thin membrane” on it so that it would work once, suspecting that Chessene wouldn’t trust him.

Using a wheelchair, Six flips the table to get the key and they free themselves. Six frees himself but they hear Jamie’s screams, and Two tells him to leave the key and go help Jamie.

Shockeye is using a device to tenderise the meat; Dastari is uncomfortable and tells the cook to kill him first, but Shockeye protests, saying it works best on a live animal. (The writer’s agenda is strong in this episode. Shockeye even uses the “primitive creatures don’t feel pain in the way we do” line.)

As Shockeye is about to cut Jamie, Chessene bursts in, accusing Dastari of failing to properly secure one of the Time Lords. Dastari argues, but she won’t listen and orders him to find and kill the Time Lord.

Dastari argues more, saying that if they kill a Time Lord, it will be the end of all they have worked for, but she is enraged and demands he do it. Dastari leaves and Shockeye begins talking about having Jamie’s saddle and haunches for supper, but she says nevermind that, she orders him to help find the escaped Time Lord.

After they leave, Six slips in to the kitchen and cuts Jamie loose. Shockeye returns and attacks Six, who limps out of the hacienda after being cut in the leg by the cook.

Chessene orders Shockeye to pursue him after he points out the blood from Six’s leg. Dastari watches as, after the cook runs off, Chessene seems overwhelmed by the blood and she collapses, running her hand through it.

Two finally has his and Peri’s manacles freed and as they move to leave, Dastari comes down the stairs, gun pointed at Two. “Chessene wants me to kill you,” he says.

Six limps off into the woods, Shockeye in close pursuit. (Yep, it’s Doctor Who, there’s running involved.) Six finds Oscar’s moth net and kit. He takes the poison crystals (from the container that Oscar would put them in after catching them to kill them) and pours them into a rag, then adds water. The mix begins to smoke.

Six grabs Shockeye from behind, first putting the net over his head, then convering his mouth with the smoky rag. Shockeye goes down, presumably dead.

In the cellars, Chessene confronts Dastari, who refuses to kill Two and Peri. Dastari says there’s been enough killing and it is all his fault for trying to elevate her. She shoots Dastari and when they try to run, she orders Two and Peri to stop.

Jamie, who had been following Chessene, throws his knife as she moves to fire. The gun is knocked from her hand and she jumps in the Kartz-Reimer module to escape.

It begins to shake violently, then explodes. She falls out, screaming, and and falls to the ground, dead. As they watch, her features revert to that of a proper Androgum.

Six hobbles down the stairs to say that Shockeye has been “mothballed”. (No, really, he said it.) When he tells Two that it’ll be a lot of work for him to put the K-R module back together (as Two doesn’t have a TARDIS, and I guess he can’t/won’t give him a ride), Six is dismayed to see that Two has a “Stattenheim remote control”.

Two’s TARDIS appears on command, and goodbyes are said. Jamie steals a kiss from Peri, then says goodbye to Six.

Do try to keep out of my way in future and in past, there’s a good fellow,” Two says to Six. “The time continuum should be big enough for both of us… just!”

Do you know, I think I preferred you as an Androgum,” Six retorts as his predecessor departs.

Peri and Six banter as they leave; she asks if they’re going fishing again, and he replies, “No. From now on, it’s a healthy vegetarian diet for both of us.” Peri laughs… and the final credits roll.

I’m sorry, but the heavy-handed message really brings the story down. It could have been so much more. Ah well, still pretty fun.

 

 

Recap: The Second Doctor and Jamie are sent to Space Station Chimera to demand that the time travel experiments there are put to an end. However, Sontarans attack and kill just about everyone there. The Sixth Doctor, suffering an attack when his earlier incarnation is being tortured near to death, decides to pay a visit to one of the smartest men he knows, Dastari, head of projects at Space Station Chimera.

 

The Second Doctor is taken to Earth by the Sontarans and their allies, and back on the Space Station, the Sixth Doctor and Peri fall afoul of a trap and a survivor, respectively…

 

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Episode 2:

 

Peri’s attacker bangs its head. She rushes off, griping, but finds The Doctor unconscious. She tries to rouse him, but he’s slow to respond due to the gas.

 

She tells him that she thinks it’s a human that attacked her, but he says they haven’t reached that part of the galaxy yet. They go back to investigate and discover the attacker is none other than Jamie!!!

 

It’s Jamie… but how did he get here, he should be with me,” The Doctor explains.

But he’s not now, Doctor, not any more.”

 

The Doctor realises he must have been there, and wonders where his former self is. Jamie wakes and struggles, but The Doctor sedates him.

 

Mumbling in his drugged state, he says “They killed The Doctor,” and Six says he’s deranged. Jamie keeps asserting that his Doctor was killed.

 

Six begins to put pieces together, recalling his experience earlier in the TARDIS and Peri points out that he did say he was being put to death. Six puts Jamie under hypnosis and questions him; Jamie tells him that Two and Dastari had an argument about the Time Lords.

 

Jamie tells them that the “knights came and killed everyone.” He describes them as heavy-armoured and they had no necks, their hands were just two great fingers. Six recognises Jamie’s “knights” as the Sontarans.

 

Oscar and Anita haven’t found the wreckage. He says they should summon the authorities, but she says people might be dying. She appeals to his ego, suggesting if he plays the hero, he might be forgiven by the British Council.

 

Back at the control center, Peri questions Six as he claims he never thought it was the Time Lords. He says the only thing that gave him doubt was the last entry in Dastari’s journal, but he realises now the Sontarans must have forced him to write that before they killed him.

 

She asks why the Sontarans want to frame the Time Lords. He says he doesn’t know, but posits that perhaps the Sontarans were afraid the Third Zoners were getting too advanced and might end up assisting the Rutans against them in their war.

 

He consults the computer if he’s right, but the computer replies, “No speak.” It seems the computer has a fault, possibly as a result of the tampering he did. He uses the keyboard to access the databank instead.

 

Peri asks who the Rutans are and we get some exposition about the eternal war between the Sontarans and the Rutans.

 

Six pulls up the Kartz and Reimer experiments, talking about how the Time Lords had to be sure that their experiments wouldn’t accidentally cause the end of the universe… and then suddenly realises that he might Two might be dead after all, if he arrived during a time experiment, anything would be possible.

 

When he tells Peri that all of reality could end in a few centuries, she laughs, and leaves to check on Jamie. Six pontificates and waxes poetic about the end of everything, “No more sunsets, no more gumblejacks,” and then sees Peri trapped in a tube being tortured.

 

It’s the same tube we saw Two in earlier. Six sits down, trying to work the controls, frantically. As he watches it changes from Peri to Two, then again to Dastari and finally Six himself. Each of them in the tube, being tortured, in agony.

 

He sits back, and the tube is empty. Peri arrives with Jamie, who says “He’s not The Doctor I know!”

 

I am so, Jamie McCrimmon. I am another aspect of him, just as he is of me. I was him, he will be me.”

 

Jamie looks confused, “Who will I be?”

 

Six brushes it off and shows Peri what he’s found – the playback of her in the tube. Needless to say, she’s upset by it. Jamie says that’s how they killed The Doctor, but Six says it’s just a fake and that proves that his former self is being held captive.

 

But why am I in it,” Peri asks, confused. Six explains that the computer scanned her when she looked in the mirror earlier (as did he when he was waxing poetic.)

 

Six says that this is a big conspiracy, one that was centered around capturing Two and Dastari both. He says that Dastari is the only bio-geneticist “capable of isolating the symbiotic nuclei of a Time Lord.”

 

Peri makes the (Sherlockian) leap of deduction that is how he controls the TARDIS, through symbiosis. Six doesn’t dispute this, and says that if the Sontarans learned the secret of unrestricted time travel, they’d be invincible.

 

Six says their only chance to find his other self is through telepathy. He lays down, saying he might be seconds or days, but not to touch him, not even come near him.

 

As he lays down and prepares himself, Jamie looks over at Peri, “I think your Doctor is worse than mine.” I love Jamie so much.

 

Chessene enters a basement level in the estate, where Dastari is attending to an unconscious Two. She asks how he is, and the scientist says, “This will bring him round,” and administers an injection.

 

Two opens his eyes, murmuring, “Jamie.”

 

Six cries out for Jamie, murmuring, “Where am I? I am where?” Then he wakes up, asking if he was gone for long. Jamie says just minutes.

 

Six begins making the tolling sound of a bell and jumps up, saying they’ve got to go, but he’s not quite sure where, “Something to do with getting my hair cut,” he says – referring to the location, not far from Seville.

 

The Sontaran ship is seen parked at the estate, a giant sphere. It then fades from sight.

 

Varl brings a case down into the basement, and tells Chessene and Dastari that Group Marshal Stike is placing the ship in ‘clear’ (invisible) so that the locals don’t see it.

 

Dastari complains that they should have chosen a less populated planet, but Chessene tells him that according to the old woman’s mind, nobody comes there. It seems Dastari is part of the plot, not a captive. He asks if there are any defense installations nearby, but Chessene says the old woman did not know of such things, “There was very little in her mind to absorb.”

 

Shockeye, who is nearby, complains that her body wasn’t any better, just bone and gristle.

 

Dastari pays him no mind, complaining that they should have chosen a completely uninhabited planet, as their plan involves “a delicate operation – we cannot risk any interruption.” Yep, he’s seemingly part of it.

 

Chessene says the Group Marshal favours Earth for its location, and she says Shockeye also desired it. She explains, when Dastari questions, that she indulged Shockeye because, as an Androgum herself, “I am aware of the potency of such desires.”

 

You are no longer an Androgum, Chessene,” Dastari argues. “I have raised you to a superior plane of life.”

 

Chessene turns away from him, “There are blood ties between the Franzine Grig and the Quancing Grig, Dastari.” She is referencing her and Shockeye’s clan/family/bloodlines. She explains that Shockeye does not yet know the extent of her intentions and when he does find out, he will feel she has betrayed their inheritance.”

 

Dastari says she must go on without the trappings of blood and race.

 

Shockeye catches a rat and begins to eat it. Dastari is horrified, but Chessene says all their chefs sample the meat raw before they ever cook it. Shockeye tells her that “rat” is foul, but smoke-dried, “it just might be tolerable”.

 

In the TARDIS, Six has narrowed down the location from the sound of the bells – three miles or so from the city. He realises that the Sontaran ship in hyperdrive would have just reached there.

 

Jamie returns to the console room, dressed in proper highlander regalia. There’s some banter and then The Doctor activates the TARDIS; Peri braces herself, melodramatically, but it turns out wisely so, as there’s a violent start.

 

My Doctor wouldn’t have done that,” Jamie says after getting back to his feet.

 

Your Doctor is an antediluvian fogey,” Six replies, slapping away Jamie’s hand as he reaches towards the console. “Allowing himself to be captured by the Sontarans! If anything happens to myself as a result, I will never forgive himself!”

 

BWAHAHAHAHAHAH I Love it!!!

 

Both companions give him a hard time about his switching of personal pronouns.

 

Two wakes up, woozy from drugs. He sees the Sontarans approaching, “Oh, I don’t like the company you keep, Dastari.”

 

Stike and Varl approach, and Two remembers the attack on the space station. He wonders what they’ve done with Jamie. Chessene says he is dead and Two begins frantic, thrashing on his bed, as Shockeye and Dastari fasten restraints on him.

 

Oscar and Anita come across the TARDIS just after it has materialised. As The Doctor and companions exit, Oscar approaches, saying there has been a great catastropher.

 

Oscar introduces himself (as Oscar Botcherby) and Anita. They say there’s been a plane crash, saying it landed near a nearby hacienda and they saw some survivors.

 

Six says they may have seen three fugitives whose trail they’ve been on for a long time and asks for them to take them to the hacienda. There some (supposedly) comical bits that end up with Oscar and Anita leading them to the hacienda.

 

In the basement, Dastari wheels in the Kartz-Reimer time experiment module. Two says he can tell by looking at it that it won’t work. Dastari argues it worked well enough to bring him to them. They banter, argue, Dastari saying that Kartz and Reimer were on the right track, and several Androgums traveled into time, but couldn’t be brought back.

 

He tells them they also know that the Time Lords have a symbiotic link to their time machine. Dastari says he plans to “cut him up” cell by cell or gene by gene until they find it.

 

Apparently the plan is to give Chessene the power of time travel; Two is horrified, saying it will give her great power for evil, but Dastari won’t hear it. He seems completely smitten with the idea of making Chessene a goddess.

 

After Dastari leaves Two to go back to his equipment, Stike approaches the scientist, demanding to know why time is being wasted. Dastari tells him that careful preparation is being made. They argue, Stike saying that this should have been done in advance, but Dastari says they could not have done so.

 

Stike says every hour is precious, that his forces await him. Dastari gets Stike to wheel the cart of tools over to the operating theatre. Reluctantly, the Sontaran does so, and Two mocks him for it, but it goes over his head.

 

Just as well,” Two quips some more, “a face like yours wasn’t made for laughing.” There’s some banter and then something weird happens.

 

Somewhat out of character for a Sontaran, Stike volunteers that he might have “made a tactical error”. He talks about the loneliness of being in charge, and Two suggests that he retire. “When I die, it will be alongside my comrades on the front.”

 

So… I have no idea what that was all about.

 

Six leaves the others behind to scout out the hacienda.

 

Stike appeals to Two to let Dastari know where to find the symbiotic link, so time won’t be wasted. Two laughs at him for trusting the word of Chessene, saying she is an Androgum, lying and betrayal comes as natural to them as it does Sontarans.

 

Stike slaps Two, saying, “That is for the slur against my people!” This is apparently exactly what Two wanted, as he demands satisfaction for the slap, and he challenges him to a duel.

 

Stike refrains, even when Two says, “You are not only without honour, but you are a coward as well!” Stike turns on him, seething, “As you are not a Sontaran, Doctor, you cannot impugn my honour!!!” The Group Marshal storms off.

 

Well, that didn’t work out, did it,” Two asks himself, dejected.

 

Six skulks around (yeah, right – even without his gaudy coat, he sticks out like a sore thumb) the hacienda, hiding as he moves about.

 

Shockeye is reading some cookbooks. Chessene is surprised that he could learn anything from the humans, but he waxes on about that humans hunt just about every animal on the planet for food and even raise animals specifically for eating, talking about how they’re force-fed and kept in small areas to fatten more quickly, saying it’s fascinating. (It’s worth noting that the writer of the serial, Robert Holmes, was a vegetarian and this was part of the theme involved.)

 

Six continues to sneak up to the hacienda and peers into the window, apparently into the kitchen where the Androgums are speaking. Shockeye says he cannot find any recipes for cooking “the human animal” and Chessene points out that some species do not eat their own kind.

 

Six is precariously perched on a stool outside the window, which gives way beneath him. He lays down, out of sight of the window, as Chessene looks out, but not seeing him. She tells Shockeye she heard something, but he says he did not. “You were too busy talking about your favourite subject,” she replies. He goes on to wax poetic about eating a human and she promises him they will find him one to eat and she will even join him, as she, too, is curious about the experience.

 

Oscar, Anita and the companions are chatting; Oscar says he’s between roles so he’s managing a restaurant for a friend. Six returns to the them, saying he didn’t find anything, but he knows the Sontarans are there.

 

As they talk, it comes about that aliens are there and Oscar is startled, thinking that the “officer” (he thinks The Doctor is an Interpol agent) is “joshing” him.

 

Jamie asks if the woman The Doctor saw was dark haired, wearing a long grey frock. He says that she was at the space station. They talk about Dastari’s alterations on her, and Six agrees with Two’s summation of how stupid that was.

 

When Six says they need to find a way in without being detected, Anita says she knows a secret way into the cellars. He tells Peri to knock at the door and play lost tourist. Everyone but Oscar heads off.

 

When Peri knocks at the door, Shockeye, who is upstairs, looks out the window. Seeing the succulent, young human, he begins licking his lips and making other almost obscene gyrations.

 

Dastari apologises to Two for not giving him a full sedative, saying he must be at least minimally conscious for the procedure. Stike yells for them to hurry up, as he feels it’s a delay for his “war effort”.

 

Dastari snaps at the Sontaran, telling him that if he wants this to be done properly, it will be at his pace. The Doctor passes out and Dastari is about to start cutting on The Doctor’s skull, when we hear Peri calling out, “Hello, is anyone there?”

 

Anita shows Jamie and Six where the entrance is. Six tells her to collect Oscar and get off the property to safety. There’s a (sightly) comical bit where, after Anita shakes hands with The Doctor, she gives him a kiss on the cheek, and Jamie offers her his hand, hoping for the same, and gets a less warm handshake.

 

Peri is talking to Chessene, pretending she’s an advance scout for a program to send American students over in the summer. As they talk, Shockeye is seen descending the stairs in the background. Chessene steps away to consult with Shockeye, who wants to eat her.

 

Chessene tells him he might get his chance, but she was trying to read Peri’s mind and kept finding “The Doctor” in it. She tells him to have Dastari wheel Two near her, to see if she gives herself away.

 

Jamie and Six have a comic moment when, descending a ladder, Six falls. Man, the laughs just don’t get any better than this.

 

(That’s sarcasm, in case you weren’t sure.)

 

Stike argues with Chessene’s orders to bring Two upstairs. Dastari pulls the “if you kill me, you won’t have the results you wish for” card. Stike gives in, but threatens them that they have until the end of the day before he kills them all and leaves, if the operation is not completed by then.

 

Shockeye and Dastari get Two into a wheelchair, as Six and Jamie, having entered through the passage, sneak behind them and watch. Though Jamie wants to rush after them, Six tells him to hold back, saying they need to look around first and warning that the Androgum (Shockeye) could break them both in half with one hand.

 

When Two is wheeled by, Peri doesn’t seem to have any reaction to her. Chessene instructs Shockeye to show Peri around. She begs off, saying that her friends are awaiting her. Shockeye gives chase.

 

Six examines the Kartz-Reimer time machine, saying it’s almost perfect, but it wouldn’t work for anyone but a Time Lord… unless they could inject the bio print into the machine, then anyone could use it.

 

Varl and Stike have been listening all the while, and interject themselves into the conversation at this point.

 

Peri runs from the hacienda, pursued by Shockeye. She slips and falls, of course, and he catches her. He looms over her, “Pretty, pretty, here my pretty one…”… and the credits roll.

 

Pretty (hahahahahhah) good cliffhanger there, what what?