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Recap: Transporting the remains of the executed Master, The Seventh Doctor is forced to land on Earth, where he is shot. In the hospital, he’s killed when a Doctor gets lost using a probe in his hearts, and he regenerates but is suffering amnesia.

The Master has tricked a kid who helped get The Doctor to the hospital into opening the Eye of Harmony, which is inside the TARDIS, for some reason.

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Part Two:

The TARDIS rumbles as the eye opens. Smoke/mist wisps about.

In the park, The Doctor staggers, feeling it. Grace asks what’s wrong and he gasps that something is happening. Then, a moment later, he shouts, “I know who I am,” and kisses Grace.

Breaking the kiss, he tells her, “I! Am! The Doctor!”

Good,” she says, “now do that again!” She means the kiss and he obliges.

Yeah. That’s just crappy dialogue and there’s no fucking chemistry whatsoever between McGann and the actress, much less the characters. I don’t mind The Doctor kissing, or the feelings of the companions for him and stuff (after all, though it was never really shown, it’s often been implied off and on over the years that certain companions had romantic feels for him, and/or vice versa.) But this? It’s flat.

The eye is open. Light pours out of it. Good thing Bruce (I refuse to call him The Master. He is anything BUT The Master.) has sunglasses on, what what?

Suddenly, a holographic image of the Seventh Doctor appears above the Eye. Lee recognises him as “the guy I took to the hospital.” Bruce tells him it’s “The Doctor’s past life.”

Then, as they watch, he becomes the Eighth Doctor. Suddenly the hologram zooms in on The Doctor’s eye and we learn… okay, here’s the other part most Whovians have a big issue with… that it’s the retinal structure of a human eye.

Bruce proclaims that “The Doctor is half-human! No wonder…” and his voice trails off while I interrupt the narrative.

Now, I’m not really butt-hurt over this idea. I mean, if they came up with a better way to introduce it and had a good story reason, I could go with it. After all, it might even explain his affinity and devotion to the human race.

Of course, let us remember that, in the beginning, The Doctor was a human. He and Susan were not from Earth, but were humans from another planet in our future – when humanity had spread across the stars. It wasn’t until the last Patrick Troughton serial, THE WAR GAMES, that we learned he was a Time Lord – though, to be honest, he still could have been human and been something called a Time Lord.

I also seem to recall that there was a long-standing theory on The Doctor being half-human, something I first heard about back in the 1980s, long before this movie.

But, anyhow… back to the (horrible) tv movie.

The Doctor stops kissing Grace, much to her dismay, as he understands that The Master is there and after his body and has opened the Eye of Harmony.

In the TARDIS, they see what The Doctor sees. Lee recognises Grace.

The Doctor, realising they can see what he can see, closes his eyes. Grace keeps asking what the Eye of Harmony is. He says it’s the power source to his ship, which he names and then explains what TARDIS stands for. Yay, exposition.

He says The Master is a rival Time Lord who wants his body – if The Doctor looks into the Eye, his soul will be destroyed and The Master can take over his body.

Listening in from the Eye, Bruce scoffs, “Listen to all those lies.” Lee remarks that Grace believes him.

In the park, Grace apparently does NOT believe him, and tries to get away, thinking him mad. The Doctor says that if the Eye isn’t closed it will suck Earth into it. He tells her he needs an atomic clock to fix the timing mechanism of the TARDIS, in order to close the eye.

See, all of this could have been avoided if she had listened to him on the operating table. But, no. Instead, she kills him, forces him to regenerate and now all this is going down.

(Has a companion ever been DIRECTLY responsible for a regeneration? The closest I can think of are Nine to Ten, when he absorbed the power of the TARDIS from Rose, and again from Ten to Eleven, when he entered the booth to free Donna’s grandfather. And both of those were indirect.)

Grace runs off, leaving The Doctor holding her jacket. He opens his eyes and gives chase.

Bruce laughs. He tells Lee they need to get to The Doctor before he can find a clock. Lee says the woman is the surgeon who operated on him. Bruce says if they can find her, they’ll find him.

The Doctor and Grace have a conversation through the mail slot, while he pleads with her, repeating everything she’s already said, while she says he’s nuts and she’s going to call someone to take him back to the psychiatric ward, from which he’s obviously escaped.

She goes and makes the call. He moves to the window and gets her attention, saying he can prove the Eye has been opened. He pushes on the window, the glass warping and bending with his hand. He says there are subtle molecular changes, but soon they will be catastrophic.

The Doctor walks through the glass, and still Grace stays on the phone asking for a bed in psychiatric. The Doctor talks, “By midnight tonight, this planet will be pulled inside out.

She looks at the clock, it’s 9pm. She tells the person on the phone to make it two beds.

Bruce and Lee head off, Bruce saying, “Come on, she needs an ambulance.”

The Doctor tells Grace he’s lost twenty pounds in the last twenty minutes. She cracks a silly joke about weight loss. On the tv, they report all sorts of strange events, snow in Hawai’i, etc. Scientists are attributing it all to “minute changes in Earth’s gravitational pull. Fluctuations that happen once every thousand years.” Right.

Ah, the 1990s.

The Doctor laughs, “I love humans. Always seeing patterns in things that aren’t there.” Okay, that line is pretty cool, cuz truth.

As the news continues, they talk about a new clock being started, “the most accurate atomic clock in the world”. The Doctor is excited.

The doorbell rings. Grace answers it and it’s Bruce. The Doctor sees him, and they exchange looks, but he doesn’t seem to recognise his enemy. He asks if he knows where the ITAR, the Institute for Technological Advancement and Research, where the clock is.

After looking at Grace for a moment, Bruce replies, “Of course I do.”

The ambulance rushes through the streets. Lee is driving. Bruce sits in the back with Grace and The Doctor. It’s 10:30pm and he’s panicking. Grace tells him she’s on the board of the Institute and she’ll get them in with no problem.

He asks why she didn’t mention this before, but she says she was more concerned with the “Eye of Destruction”. She’s obviously still thinking he’s mad (she even whispers to Bruce, asking about giving The Doctor a sedative.)

SHE WATCHED HIM WALK THROUGH A GLASS DOOR, WHAT THE FUCK IS HER PROBLEM?

There’s banter that I won’t even bother to repeat. See, I care about you guys, I’m sparing you from this shit.

Lee slams on the brakes, presumably for traffic, and Bruce’s shades fall off, revealing his green glowing eyes. The Doctor sees this but doesn’t react.

The planet’s about to be destroyed and I’m stuck in a traffic jam,” The Doctor complains, taking Bruce’s sunglasses off his face. Bruce vomits some fluid on Grace, burning her arm. The Doctor grabs a fire extinguisher and blasts Bruce with it. This seems to cause him pain.

The Doctor and Grace run until a cop stops them. The Doctor offers him a jelly baby. As the cop eats it, The Doctor grabs the cops gun and threatens to shoot himself if the cop doesn’t stop them. Grace argues and they step aside. Grace is swayed by a horrible argument and she takes the gun and fires it at the cop’s feet or bike or something and demands he turn over the keys.

Right, cuz there’s no other cops there to come help? Anyhow, they hop on the cop’s motorcycle and zoom off. The ambulance gives chase.

Wow, this is so stupid and bad and painful.

Lee prattles on about him and Bruce being a team. There’s more really bad dialogue.

The chase scene goes on and on…

AUGH this is bad.

FINALLY, they arrive at ITAR. They see an ambulance already there, doors open. They’re upset that it’s there, assuming it’s the one with Bruce and Lee. (And I’m sure they’re right, but that’s one hell of an assumption.)

Grace is on the board and gets them into the soiree. She tries to get in ahead of everyone else, being on the Board of Trustees, but the security won’t let them in, saying they’ll have to wait with everyone else.

Grace introduces The Doctor as “Doctor Bowman” to everyone. They meet Professor Wagg, the scientist behind the clock, just as The Doctor is about to tell Grace a secret.

The Doctor asks for a closer look but Wagg says no and he wants to hear Bowman’s secret. The Doctor confides, “I’m half-human, on my mother’s side.” The Doctor picks Wagg’s keycard and they gain access.

The Doctor laments not having his sonic screwdriver as he opens up a panel on the clock. He’s already told Grace they just need a small component and they steal it, only to be confronted by a very young security man.

The Doctor says he knows him, identifies him as Gareth, and advises him to answer the second question on his mid-term, not the third, as he’ll mess that one up.

He gives Gareth a jelly baby and wanders off. Grace asks what that was about, and he says Gareth will be on a seismology task force in ten years, where he will design a device to accurate predict earthquakes, saving many over the years, but has to pass Poetry first, thus the advice.

Grace sees Lee, pointing him out to The Doctor. They see Lee and Bruce together and try to dash off, but are seen by Bruce.

They come across four security men covered in the goo that Bruce spat at Grace. The men are paralyzed. The Doctor sets off the fire alarm, trying to distract everyone. They head to the roof and then use the fire hose to lower to the ground outside.

Bruce and Lee smash down a barricaded door as they reach the ground and hop on the motorcycle to escape.

Grace asks about her future but he says he can’t tell her.

They arrive at the TARDIS, but The Doctor realises he doesn’t have a key. Grace says she always leaves a spare in a cubbyhole above the door – apparently The Doctor does, too, as he says the last half of the sentence in sync with her and then boosts her up, where she finds it above the P in POLICE BOX.

She asks why a police box and he says the cloaking device got stuck. He opens the door as a motorcycle cop comes barreling down the alley. The cop drives right into the TARDIS and Grace stares into it. We hear the siren get faint then louder as the cop drives out and heads off.

That was kinda cute.

Inside, the Cloister Bell rings. The Doctor says the TARDIS is dying. They go to the console to put in the chip he took from the atomic clock. She complains that it looks low tech, and he says the TARDIS can take her to any planet at any time anywhere.

She rattles off some big scientific words, suddenly developing a brain, it seems. He doesn’t seem to blink an eye at this.

The chip is plugged in. The Eye of Harmony closes. He fiddles with the console, but there is little response. He says they may be too late, but she says there’s still twelve minutes before midnight.

He sets the coordinates for one minute past midnight. The ceiling above becomes a giant 3D viewscreen of sorts, showing planets exploding. He says the only way is to go back to before they got there to close it. But the problem is the TARDIS is out of power from the Eye being open too long.

She pleads with him to think and he asks her if she’s good at setting alarm clocks. She says no, but he explains they’re going to jumpstart the TARDIS with the Eye of Harmony.

As they work, she becomes possessed and attacks The Doctor, hitting him with one of the tools. Her eyes turn solid black and she looks up as Bruce and Lee walk in.

Grace and Lee rush The Doctor’s body on a gurney to the Eye of Harmony. He recovers, “Oh, no, not you, Grace.” Lee says she’s possessed, there’s no point talking to her. Lee says that soon everything “is going to belong to The Master, again.”

Again? What’s he been telling you,” The Doctor asks.

When he gets his body back from you, I’m going to be rich,” Lee boasts. I don’t like this stupid kid. I don’t like any of this stupid movie. Can we be done yet?

The Doctor asks if he believes him and Lee questions why he shouldn’t. The Doctor points out there won’t be anywhere to spend the money.

Which is why we have no time to waste,” Bruce says, entering the room, dressed in Time Lord robes.

But time to change,” The Doctor points out.

I always… dress for the occasion.”

Bruce says Lee is the son he’s always yearned for. The Doctor scoffs. Bruce tells Grace to put something on him, that looks like a crown of nails. Jesus reference much? The Doctor pleads with Lee to believe him, pointing out that Grace is possessed by evil, not good. The boy starts to look like maybe it’s sinking in.

We see a bunch of hospital people partying, including Pete, wearing the Richard Nixon mask. The clocks say 11:55pm.

Wagg stands in the ITAR, meditating, anxious about his life’s work.

Bruce has Lee open the eye again.

Wagg calls the guests (who were let back in, obviously) making big proclamations about the new clock. Gareth comes and whispers in his ear. “What do you mean it won’t start,” he asks the boy.

The Doctor pleads with Lee, The Brucester says this is Lee’s chance to see the universe. The Brucester lets slip about how he wasted his lives, and The Doctor gets Lee to understand that Brucester has been lying.

Lee refuses to open the Eye. Brucester breaks Lee’s neck.

The Doctor asks how he’ll open the Eye. The Brucester calls Grace over and kisses her, sucking out his possession from within. He forces her eye to the beam of light and the Eye begins to open.

Grace cries out that she’s blind. The Doctor tells her that her sight will return. Sure, the world is going to end and all you care about is your eyesight. Within moments it starts to clear up.

The Brucester assumes a position so that the Eye of Harmony links he and The Doctor. The Doctor says he cannot move as long as the Eye links them and yells at her to go the console room to reroute the power as they’d planned before.

She runs off.

Outside, the alley is filled with lightning.

We get flashes of Brucester writhing, as he says he can feel The Doctor’s thoughts and memories. We see flashes of scenes from earlier (would have been nice to see ones from the first seven Doctors) and The Doctor begins to plead that it cannot end this way.

Grace fiddles with wires under the console.

Both the party goers and the people at ITAR count down the last thirty seconds.

The Brucester’s head does all sorts of stupid warping effects. Yay 1990s.

Grace fiddles with wires, complaining that she should surgery was different.

The Brucester proclaims that he is alive.

Six… Five… Four… Three… Two… One…

It’s midnight.

The TARDIS console column comes to life. Grace pulls levers and such, talking about alarm clocks. She sees the screen say ENTERING TEMPORAL ORBIT and she runs off wondering what that means.

The Doctor says, “She did it. Your life force is dying, Master.” Things look bad for the Brucester.

Grace runs into the Eye room and steps in front of the light beaming into The Doctor’s eyes. This frees Brucester who rushes over as Grace struggles to free The Doctor.

Brucester throws Grace off the balcony and she falls hard. She looks dead. The Doctor rushes down to check on her, but Brucester attacks him. The struggle over to the Eye. There’s bad dialgoue. There’s even stupider fight choreography.

In the end, Brucester is sucked into the Eye of Harmony.

The Doctor picks up Grace and carries her off.

We see a clock roll backwards. The date on the TARDIS console rolls backwards, going to December 30th.

The Doctor places Grace and Lee next to each other in the room with the Eye and energy leaves it and envelops both of them, bringing them back to life. Oh, yay, this makes me happy.

Not.

Doctor, I have your things,” Lee says.

The Doctor asks Grace how it feels to hold back death and she hugs him.

The Eye closes and The Doctor says “Incredible, what a sentimental creature this old TARDIS is.”

Apparently, just by going back in time they were able to be brought back to life.

Lee asks where The Master is. The TARDIS rumbles and The Doctor says, “Indigestion.”

He shows them Gallifrey on the roof-display. He sets the date for December 31st and takes them back to Earth.

We again see the countdown at the parties. Oh, yay, because that was so worth seeing again.

The clocks strike midnight and all around the world, everyone celebrates the year 2000. Meh.

The TARDIS materialises and The Doctor steps out. Fireworks and horns and people celebrating can be heard all over. Lee gives The Doctor his bag. The Doctor tells Lee to keep the bag of gold dust and the boy heads off, but The Doctor tells him to take a vacation next Christmas, to get out of town.

The Doctor tries to tell Grace something, but she says she doesn’t want to know. He asks her to come with him, she asks him to come with her. He says it’s tempting… but obviously he won’t.

They kiss again. Aw. Still no chemistry. They part ways, thanking each other. She watches as he enters the TARDIS. She waves, he doesn’t. The TARDIS disappears.

She stands there, amazed. Really? After coming back from the dead, a disappearing police box is amazing.

Inside the TARDIS, The Doctor listens to jazz, tinkers with the TARDIS and then sits down, picking up his book, “Now where was I?”

The record gets stuck on “time” again. “Oh, no, not again,” he says… and the final credits roll.

GOD I’M DONE. THAT WAS HORRIBLE.

Sigh. So, my buddy Glenn Walker suggested that I do this as part of the “classic” run of Doctor Who. I suppose it has merit, including it, so here we are. I’m not a fan. I’m not expecting that will change with this rewatch – I just watched it about three years ago, to see how bad it was, and it was still bad.

But, anyhow, here we are. Gonna do two posts, try to find a halfway point that makes a good cliffhanger-ish ending and cut it there. Might be before or after the halfway point of the movie, but hey.

Still seems unreal that I’m done. But, anyhow, let’s do this…

Part one:

We open with some scenes of planets as The Doctor does a voice-over, talking about the trial of The Master (which took place on Skaro, which doesn’t really make any sense to me) and his last request – “He demanded that I, The Doctor, a rival Time Lord, should take his remains back to our home planet – Gallifrey.”

We see The Master being killed, Dalek voices saying “Exterminate” as he stands in an energy cage of sorts and then explodes. The Doctor’s voice-over continues, “It was a request they should never have granted.”

The opening sequence begins, the sparks from the exploding Master turning into a field of stars and music plays. The Doctor Who logo comes up (and I have to admit, I really liked this one) then zooms into space. We get a bit of the time tunnel effect as the main cast names come up.

The theme is pretty unrecogniseable as anything to do with Doctor Who, I have to say. It’s horrible.

We see The Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) placing The Master’s remains in a box for the trip back to Gallifrey, as the Eighth Doctor continues the narration voice-over, talking about how, though The Master had used up all his thirteen lives, rules didn’t matter to him and so The Doctor was taking precautions with his remains, “Because, even in death, I didn’t trust him.”

The Doctor sits down with some tea, listening to some soft jazz-type music. I like the sitting room and library of books with the TARDIS console amidst it all.

The console column is two moving parts, one moving down from the top, one rising up from the center of the console, another neat design. (I’ll give them props – some of the set designs for the TARDIS in this movie are most excellent.)

We see The Doctor’s 900 Year Diary (a tribute to The Second Doctor’s 500 Year Diary) laying on a table.

The box holding The Master’s remains shakes and we hear some grunting.

The Doctor eats fruit and reads The Time Machine.

The lock on the box breaks and opens. The record playing gets stuck on the word ‘time’ and keeps repeating until The Doctor gets out of his chair to reset the needle, returning to his book.

He glances at the tea, seeing it swirling in the cup. Suddenly, the cup launches into the air and lands on the ground, breaking.

The box with the remains breaks in half. Something silvery slithers under the TARDIS console, which begins sparking all about. The Doctor rushes to it, fiddling and pulling levers, pressing buttons and the like. He pulls at a viewscreen (which they do in the new series, at least in one of the Tenth Doctor’s TARDIS versions that I can think of off the top of my head.)

Oh no,” The Doctor exclaims, reading the screen, which flashes INSTIGAGTE AUTOMATIC EMERGENCY LANDING and CRITICAL TIMING MALFUNCTION. (Huh, guess a timing belt is more essential on the TARDIS than in a car…)

The Doctor hustles to the box, discovering what he already fears – The Master has escaped.

The TARDIS exits the vortex, appearing in space near Earth.

In San Francisco’s Chinatown, three oriental youths run through the streets, pursued by someone in a car. They climb a fence and then pull their guns out to shoot at the car, which backs out of the alley as the youths shout at it.

As they walk off, four men with automatic weapons step out of hiding (they were just hanging out there in case they came down that alley?) and open fire, killing two of them. As they take aim at the last one, who they address as Lee, the TARDIS appears in front of them.

Their bullets bounce off the TARDIS. The Doctor open the door and exits and gets gunned down. The black car pulls up and the men jump in, one of them yelling, “What was that thing?”

Lee comes out from behind the TARDIS, after the car zooms off. He checks on The Doctor, who gasps, “Timing… malfunction…” (you’re not kidding, Doc.) Lee says he’ get him an ambulance.

The Doctor looks over at the TARDIS, seeing the silvery goo of The Master’s form oozing out of the keyhole. “Stop it,” he begs Lee, who looks over at the TARDIS, having no idea what The Doctor is referencing. “Hang in there, old guy,” Lee tells him, “Chang Lee will help you.”

Does anyone talk like that? Really? Granted, it’s 1999 (in story, as identified by the caption that let us know we were in 1999 San Francisco), so The Rock would talk like that. Maybe Chang Lee is a fan of The Rock?

Chang Lee goes off to flag down an ambulance, stepping in a puddle that moves along afterwards – it’s The Master!

An ambulance races down the road, sirens and lights going. Inside, the EMT asks Chang Lee if The Doctor is rich, saying he’d better be, based on where they’re going. (The EMT is played by Eric Roberts and we’ve already seen the opening credits which list Eric Roberts as The Master, so surely you can see what’s going to happen here.)

EMT Eric hands him something to sign, but Chang Lee says he’s not signing anything. EMT Eric says if he don’t sign, they can’t do anything (that’s bullshit, he’s dying.) Reluctantly, Chang Lee takes the clipboard to sign it and asks what the date is.

December 30th,” EMT Eric replies.

Nine…teen…ninety-nine,” Chang Lee says as he dates the form. Filling out the form, he lists the name of the patient as “Smith, John”. Now that’s funny.

The ambulance arrives as the hospital and The Doctor is rushed in. In the ambulance, we see a silvery snake move under the driver seat.

The Doctor is taken to an OR.

The silvery-almost transparent snake moves into the back of the ambulance.

A nurse puts up the X-ray, bewildered by the two hearts. The doctor tending to him says it’s a double exposure. The Doctor was shot three times, once in shoulder (went straight through) and two bullets in the leg. (So why is he dying – I mean, sure, with no medical attention, he might die from those wounds… but he’s unconscious and seemingly in bad shape.)

The ‘snake’ goes into the sleeve of a jacket in the ambulance.

One of the nurses says the patient’s heart “is still going like crazy”, but she doesn’t say which one. Even if they thought it was a double exposure on the x-ray, the monitors would pick up the extra heartbeat. The doctor says they’ll have to alert cardiology and when they ask him who’s on duty, he says, smirking, “Amazing Grace.”

We cut to the opera, where the camera zooms in on one woman watching in the crowd. Obviously this is “Amazing Grace”. Her beeper (oh, yeah, it’s 1999) goes off and she has to leave, much to the resigned disappointment of her date.

We see Grace rush through the hospital in her gown and then in the pre-op scrub room, barking orders. They tell her the X-rays are double exposed every time, so she tells them to try again. They say they’re getting another machine.

A nurse brings a phone to Doctor (Grace) Holloway, saying it’s “Brian”. The nurse holds the phone as Grace talks into it (as she just prepped her hands for surgery), apologising to Brian (her date, we presume). She argues, but he hangs up.

The Doctor lays on the table and Grace prepares to operate. The song from the opera is put on the stereo and as Grace gets ready to cut, The Doctor murmurs, “Puccini… Madame Butterfly,” and opens his eyes, grabbing Grace’s wrist (which is over him, holding a scalpel.)

He tells her not to do it, she tells him he’s going to be all right. He says he is not human, he is not like her (to which she replies that nobody is) and he continues, saying he needs a beryllium atomic clock, still struggling with her.

They gas him, and he struggles, as she says they’re going to cut him open to see why his heart is behaving so erratically. He is gassed and just as she declares that “he’s under”, The Doctor sits upright, exclaiming, “Timing malfunction! The Master! He’s out there!”

They force him back down and hit him with some more gas and Grace starts to cut, but again he protests. He finally goes black.

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Overhead, a hospital director takes some people on a tour, as they watch down into the OR and observe the operation. Grace seems to be lost with the probe, but somehow causes a seizure. The probe snaps inside The Doctor and they’re forced to use defibrillators… but to no avail.

The Doctor is pronounced dead at 10:03pm and Grace demands to see his X-rays, stat. When she reviews them, she declares, “This is no double exposure.”

Chang Lee is woken in the waiting room by a nurse, who brings him to meet Grace. She tells him that “Mister Smith” died. He offers to take Smith’s possessions to the family and Grace confronts him, not believing him.

Chang Lee dashes off and Grace gives chase, still wearing her gown. Lee gets away.

We get a series of pretty skyline shots.

EMT Eric is snoring in bed as his wife complains. We see his jacket on a chair and ominous music plays as we zoom in. The ‘snake’ oozes out of the sleeve to the floor, and rises up, demonstrating a cobra-like head/hood effect.

Two guys in the morgue talk about going to a costume party. One of them is played by Will Sasso (ah, the 1990s…) They check The Doctor’s tag, which reads ‘John Doe’. They slip him in a cooler, to wait for autospy the next morning.

EMT Eric still snores. His mouth open, he rolls onto his back and, as his wife lay awake, her back to him, the ‘snake’ dives into EMT Eric’s open mouth and sliding down his throat, ending the snoring, much to the wife’s delight.

Will Sasso watches Frankenstein on tv at the morgue.

In the cooler, lightning flashes about The Doctor’s body and the sheet covering him flies off. Electricity crackles all about.

This is mirrored in the movie Sasso is watching.

The regeneration is more subtle than the ones we’ve seen of late; The Doctor’s face stretches and goes from McCoy to McGann pretty quickly.

More parallels – in Frankenstein, the monster’s hand falls into sight from beneath the sheet as Victor hustles about. In the cooler, The Doctor’s hand drops into sight, twitching and flexing.

The Doctor’s eyes open and he sits up as Victor Frankenstein gives the “it’s alive” monologue.

Hearing a thump, Sasso calls out wondering if that’s Ted. He gets no reply. The thumping continues and he goes to investigate. He watches in shock as The Eighth Doctor kicks down the door to the cooler he was in and staggers out.

Sasso faints. (Wow, this is just compelling telly.)

The Doctor staggers out, sees Frankenstein on the telly and then wanders into the hallway, humming the Puccini aria. Lightning flashes outside and there’s thunder. He’s still walking about, wrapped in a sheet. He enters a room filled with trashed gurneys and the like. Water is all over the floor and there’s a get well soon card on the floor.l

Seeing his reflection is dozens of surfaces, he wonders who he is. He falls to his knees, crying out, “WHO! AM! I?” (Get it? Who? Hahahaha, so clever.)

EMT Eric is awake in his bed, sitting up. The storm rages outside, but his wife is sound asleep.

Grace is sleeping on a couch in a lounge in the hospital the next morning.

The Doctor is still wandering about in his sheet. He starts going through lockers looking for clothes. He sees a long scarf.

In the streets, Lee opens the bag, examining a sonic screwdriver, a yoyo and other objects.

The Doctor examines a Richard Nixon mask, but tosses it aside. He takes a jacket and searches for more clothing.

Lee holds up an item that I’m guessing is the TARDIS key, though it doesn’t really resemble a key that much. It has strange carvings on it, and Lee mutters, “Weird.”

EMT Eric’s wife wakes up as the alarm goes off. Her husband stands at the window, shirtless, holding up his hands, muttering in a dark voice, “I must find The Doctor. This body won’t last long. I need The Doctor’s body.”

She cracks, “Sense of humour, no more snoring, you don’t need a doctor, come back to bed, honey.” She’s feeling frisky. He tells her his name isn’t honey but she can call him Master. “Well, come back to bed, master,” she replies.

Ah, the 1990s.

She screams when she sees his eyes, which are glowing green. He grabs her by the throat and kills her.

In the morgue, Sasso tries to explain while Grace gives him a hard time. We learn his name is Pete. We later see Grace walking down the hall, passing the newly regenerated Doctor.

He recognises her and follows her. He hears someone say the word time and this resonates with him.

The hospital supervisor suggests it was a double exposure and burns the x-rays, saying they can’t afford to advertise their mistake – suggesting it was HER mistake and they need not let anyone find out, saying he’ll take care of it.

She argues. He says he knows what is best. She says they need to find his body and learn from him. She threatens to quit if he covers it up, but he says she doesn’t mean that and walks off.

We next see Grace carrying her possession into an elevator. Just before the door closes, The Doctor walks in. He says, “Puccini. We’ve met before.” She says they haven’t.

He follows her, prattling on about Madame Butterfly, saying he doesn’t know who he is, but thinks she does. She yells at him to leave her alone. He follows her into the car, pulling out the probe and she realises that it must be him, especially as he rants about having two hearts.

He yells at her to drive, to get away, “Before they kill me again!”

Bruce (EMT Eric/The Master) shows up at the hospital, wearing shades. A nurse asks him why and he stiffly replies, “I had a bad night.” She laughs. He asks about the gunshot wound victim, saying he has orders to move the body.

She tells him the body is gone, stolen. He asks about the things, but learns that Lee ran off with them. His body is starting to fall apart already, evidenced by a fingernail falling off as they talk.

Grace takes The Doctor to her home, where she learns that Brian took all his stuff and left during the night.

She tells The Doctor to take off his shirt so she can listen to his heart. He corrects her, “Hearts, plural.”

She suggests he has selecdtive amnesia brought on by shock, but he says, “Maybe, I can’t remember.”

Listening to his hearts, Grace is amazed that he actually does have two hearts. She asks who he is.

I was dead too long this time,” he replies. “The anaesthetic almost destroyed the regenerative process.”

Oh, yeah, right,” she says. She gets up, wanting to do a blood draw. He tells her he has thirteen lives. She argues the dead don’t come back and that you can’t turn back time. He says he can. She gets mad, saying she’s not a child, and not to talk to her that way.

He says it was a child’s dream that led to her becoming a doctor. As she leaves the room, he says, “Don’t be sad, Grace, you’ll do great things.”

Lee is down where the TARDIS is. He uses the key (which is a key) and enters. He steps out and walks around it, after seeing how massive it is inside. He goes back in, calling out to see if anyone is in there.

I really like this TARDIS console room. It’s massive and filled with a library and the console and… Bruce. The Master.

When Lee touches one of the pillars, the console comes to life. The Master is amazed that the TARDIS likes him. Lee replies, “What are you talking about, Bruce?”

I am not Bruce,” he says. “It took me a while with the talking and the walking, but I am not Bruce.” Okay, why did it take so long – The Master has possessed bodies before when he was out of regenerations – took over Nyssa’s father’s body, starting the Anthony Ainley Master era.

I am merely inside his body,” he explains. Lee isn’t impressed until he takes off his sunglasses and reveals his green eyes. He seems to control the boy and orders him to give him the bag. When he takes it, and his eyes leave Lee’s, the boy seems to regain himself.

The Master demands Lee tell him where the person he got the items from is, saying he has his body and if they don’t bring him back there, he will die. When Lee asks what’s in it for him, The Master tells him he gets to live.

At her house, Grace examines blood through her microscope as The Doctor puts on a pair of Brian’s shoes, which she tells him to keep. She says his blood isn’t blood. She suggests going for a walk.

As they walk, she posits that he’s a result of some genetic experiment, but he says he doesn’t think so. She asks if he remembers his family, and he says no, but then has a recollection of laying in the grass with his father, “It’s a warm Gallifreyan night.”

She repeats the name and he gets excited, saying that’s where he must be from and asks her where that is. She doesn’t know. She asks what he remembers. He goes on about a meteor storm and then gets excited about the shoes he’s wearing. I think it’s supposed to be cute, but it’s dumb.

Bruce” tells Lee that the TARDIS belongs to him, not to the man he found. Lee says that he was told that guy died, and Bruce explains that that body regenerated. “My body can do this twelve times, but he’s taken most of my regenerations.”

What’d he do with them,” Lee asks.

Unspeakable crimes,” Bruce replies.

Like what?”

Genghis Khan.”

What about him?”

That was him.”

No way!”

Way!”

WOW. That’s just horrid dialogue. The Master just said “Way!”

He asks Lee what he wants. Lee says a million, no two million, no a billion bucks. He offers Lee a bag of gold dust, saying he gets the rest when he gets his body back. They have a deal and ‘Bruce’ shows Lee around.

They end up at the Cloister Room, which Lee opens the door to, again, because “the TARDIS likes you.” They ascend a central structure in the room. “Here is the Eye of Harmony, the heart of this structure,” ‘Bruce’ tells Lee. It powers everything. He says if they can open the Eye they can find ‘him’.

He tells Lee to pull the “reflector staff” from its mooring, which Lee does. It reveals a hole from which a beam of light emanates. Bruce tells Lee to look into the light, “If the TARDIS really likes you, the Eye will open.”

When Lee argues, he grabs Lee’s head, shoving his face into the light. As the boy cries out, the Eye begins to open…

And that’s as good a cliffhanger as we’re going to get, I think, so we’ll stop here, pretty much the halfway point.

Recap: The year is 2084. The TARDIS materialises on a Sea Base. The Earth is seemingly on the verge of a world war (again). And some Silurians have reanimated a group of Sea Devils, and they’re attacking the base. The base doctor and second in command are apparently spies for the oppositional power bloc and are up to no good as well.

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Episode 3:

Turlough flees Bulic and the guards. Bulic sets a guard and takes the others with him.

The Doctor throws the magazine from his weapon at the Myrka; there’s a flash, temporarily blinding the creature.

Turlough reaches the bridge and, using a gun, demands Nilson open the bulkhead. He does so, just in time for The Doctor and Tegan to escape. The guard posted outside is killed by the Myrka. As the door closes, the Myrka wedges a limb in the way, stopping it from closing.

After Turlough leaves, Doctor Solow arrives on the bridge, to tell Nilson she’s hidden Karina’s body. She says the escape pod is ready for them to leave as soon as Maddox’s work is done.

The Myrka kills a bunch of people in the hall.

Icthar receives a report that the Myrka has broken through the bulkhead. He sends orders to Sauvix to gain access without delay. The Silurians have a device called “the manipulator”, which is fully charged. They prepare to go to the base.

At airlock five, Commander Vorshak gives a full alert. The Doctor and Tegan arrive, saying they can stop the Myrka. Vorshak assigns Preston to help him, or to kill him if he gives any trouble.

Sauvix and his soldiers enter and engage in a firefight with the Commander and his men. The humans retreat and close a bulkhead. The Sea Devils begin to cut through the door.

Turlough arrives, demanding to know where The Doctor and Tegan are; the Commander says they’re safe and recruits him to help defend the bulkhead.

The Doctor gives instructions for an ultra-violet converter to be brought to the hallway they expect the Myrka to be using to head to the bridge.

Vorshak gives the order to break radio silence, to inform Sea Base Command.

Nilson and Solow learn the Commander is on his way to alert Sea Base Command. Nilson says Maddox must finish what he’s started and they rush off.

When they check on Maddox, who is still reworking the computers, Nilson sends Solow to the escape pod. He tells her to take the conditioning disc with her.

As The Doctor works on his weapon/trap for the Myrka, Solow passes them. She ends up encountering the Myrka, who kills her. Several guards come shortly after, finding the dropped disc.

The Silurians join the Sea Devils.

En route to the bridge, the Commander stops to check on The Doctor’s progress. He tells them that Turlough is helping defending airlock five. The two guards who found the disc show up and inform the Commander about Solow’s death and give him the disc.

The Sea Devils and Silurians have cut through airlock five. The humans retreat.

Nilson oversees Maddox’s reworking/sabotage/whatever of the computers.

The invaders discuss their impending success.

Back at the bridge, the commander confronts Nilson with the conditioning disc; he says Solow was in charge of it and assumed she had returned it as promised. Vorshak demands that Nilson summon Maddox from the science lab. When Nilson moves to do so, Vorshak stops him and Preston go to the door. Opening it, she sees Maddox tampering with the computers.

Preston and Vorshak struggle with him, trying to stop Maddox, who fights back, then collapses.

The Myrka approaches The Doctor and Tegan; he activates the beam, which floods the hall with ultra-violet light. The creature collapses and dies.

The Sea Devils push forward, Silurians behind them. They learn that the Myrka has been destroyed. Icthar gives the order to capture the bridge at once.

Vorshak questions Nilson about what’s been going on; Preston finds Karina’s dead body. Vorshak orders Nilson to decondition Maddox so he can sync up and contact Sea Base Command. Nilson draws a gun and says that won’t be happening.

The Doctor and Tegan arrive on the bridge, to discover that Nilson is an enemy agent. Nilson informs them that Maddox has rendered the missiles inoperable; The Doctor argues that the Silurians’ knowledge is far greater and they can repair it. Nilson says it doesn’t matter as the base will be destroyed in short order.

Maddox staggers onto the bridge, yelling at Nilson. He draws a gun on Nilson, but the enemy agent kills Maddox with his control device. In the chaos, Nilson takes Tegan hostage and flees the bridge.

The Sea Devils take Bulic and Turlough prisoner.

The Commander receives a report that the bridge perimeter has been breached and Bulic and Turlough are either dead or taken prisoner.

Nilson struggles with Tegan as they make their way through the hall. They stumble over the corpse of the Myrka and The Doctor arrives in pursuit. Nilson threatens to shoot Tegan and The Doctor tries to reason with him. The Doctor gets Tegan to close her eyes and activates the ultra-violet beam, blinding Nilson.

Sea Devils hear the noise and investigate. They see Nilson staggering blindly and shoot him. As The Doctor and Tegan stand up, a Sea Devil points his gun and whispers a sibilant “Doctor…”… and the credits roll.

Decent cliffhanger.

Episode 4:

The Sea Devils take The Doctor and Tegan prisoner.

Turlough and Bulic are locked in a chamber. Turlough pokes around and inquires about a ventilation shaft.

Tegan and The Doctor are brought to the bridge, which is under the control of the invaders. It is reported that the reactor room has been captured. The commander asks that his crew be allowed to surrender. The damage to the computer can be repaired.

The Doctor recognises Icthar, and introduces himself. He convinces the Siluarian that he is The Doctor that once tried to help. Icthar says that his people have long since abandoned the idea of mediation.

They debate; The Doctor bringing up the Silurians’ original desire for peaceful co-existence. Icthar says they have been burned twice in the past and will not do so any more. It turns out their plan is to start a war between the two human power blocs, letting the “ape primitives” wipe themselves out.

Turlough is reunited with Tegan as she and Preston are brought to the room where he and Bulic are housed. Preston keeps watch as the others work on escape.

The commander’s hand-scan is needed to activate the computer; he resists, but The Doctor points out that they can just kill him and use his hand either way. When the commander tells The Doctor that without a sync operator the missiles won’t launch, but the Time Lord points out the Silurians are attaching some mechanism (the manipulator the Silurians were waiting to be charged up earlier) to the sync device.

Turlough opens the grate to the ventilation shaft, then argues with Tegan whether they should go to the TARDIS or to the bridge.

Icthar tells The Doctor that once they kill the humans, the great numbers of Sea Devils and Silurians in suspended animation will be awakened to rule the world.

Tegan and Bulic have gone; Turlough and Preston enter the shaft, but she argues they should have gone with the others.

The Doctor asks Icthar what his intentions for them are. Icthar says he will allow The Doctor and his companions to leave, but the crew will die. “An act of mercy, as they will have no one else to rejoin.”

Tegan and Bulic reach the bridge, looking in through the door.

The commander is ordered to initiate the firing sequence. Bulic opens the door and signals The Doctor, then closes the door. The Time Lord slips out and joins them. Bulic argues about rescuing the commander, but The Doctor says they cant, not just yet. They head off to the chemical store.

Sauvix reports that the primitives have escaped. Icthar realises that The Doctor has escaped, too, and gives the order to find and kill them all. The device is attached to the sync operator console.

Tegan, Bulic, The Doctor meet up with Turlough and Preston. They head to the chemical store. There, The Doctor makes a beeline for the hexachromite, but starts looking for a less lethal alternative.

Suddenly, a Sea Devil patrol enters. Everyone hides, but The Doctor knocks over something, alerting him. The Sea Devil fires, hitting a cannister of hexachromite. The gas escapes, killing the Sea Devil.

The Doctor argues against using it, saying the Sea Devils and Silurians are noble creatures. Turlough points out that this doesn’t change what they’re attempting to do to the entire human population. The Doctor agrees, saying they must be stopped, but he still hopes for an alternative to the hexachromite.

The computer starts a missile run – green. The commander answers Icthar’s question, saying it is impossible to tell if it is a practice run or not. The manipulator confirms that it is a computer-controlled practice run. Icthar gives the order to take over the computer and launch the missiles.

In the chemical store, they hear the missile alert. Pressed for time, The Doctor gives in and instructs everyone to set up a way to pump the gas into the ventilation system.

On the bridge, as Icthar instructs his people to ready to launch, Vorshak argues for him to be reasonable, to contact the leaders, make demands. The Silurian’s response is that the humans have already had their chance. “It is too late for pity… it is much too late,” he says, ending the argument.

The Doctor plans to try to convince Icthar once more, saying this time he will have more leverage, meaning the gas.

The manipulator receives some stubbornness from the computer.

The gas is being pumped into the ventilation system. The Doctor is about to head to the bridge, when Sauvix shows up.

The missile run has elevated to yellow. Icthar receives a report from Sauvix; the Silurian orders Sauvix to kill The Doctor.

Preston tries to stop Sauvix, but he kills her. However, this allows Bulic to gas the Sea Devil. The Doctor rushes to the bridge; Tegan and Turlough follow, grabbing oxygen masks.

Once the manipulator gains control again, the commander is forced to use his hand print again, and the missile launch goes to red.

The Doctor and his companions pass Sea Devils collapsing in the hallway. They arrive at the bridge, to plea for them to abandon the attack. Icthar resists his logic, ordering the Sea Devils to kill him, but they collapse. The Silurians, too, begin to collapse.

The commander says the only way to shut down the launch is to have a sync operator shut it down; The Doctor says he will link up, though the commander says it will burn out his mind.

Turlough and Tegan give oxygen to the Silurians as the commander and Time Lord work together to shut down the sequence. Vorshak does the computer work, while The Doctor does the mental work.

One of the Silurians grabs a Sea Devil gun and the companions struggle with him. With less than ten seconds left, The Doctor burns the circuit, saving the day.

The commander collapses and dies. The Doctor and companions stand on the bridge, surrounded by dead Sea Devils, Silurians and humans.

They’re all dead, you know,” Turlough says.

The camera zooms in on The Doctor, who says, weakly, hauntedly, “There should have been another way,”… and the final credits rolls.

Wow, what a stark ending. No wonder I remembered loving this story. Powerful stuff.

Oh, I’m excited, I know what this one is about. Don’t recall many specifics. Looking at this season, I do recall liking these stories a lot. And, of course, later this season… well, that would be telling.

Episode 1:

A deep sea station is the opening setting. Inside, men and women (some armed, most not) move about. A radar has picked up something, but they say it’s too small to be a “hunter-killer”, but think it might be an enemy probe.

A commander type orders for a computer scan.

An undersea craft is shown moving and landing; we quickly dispatch any chance of teasing us with the enemy of the serial as we see the Silurians inside. The homo reptilius commander orders that they continue to monitor the human activities, even though they have not seemed to have been detected.

Inside the base, they’ve lost track of the ship; what readings they got indicated it was organic, and they wonder if it might have been volcanic debris.

In the TARDIS, The Doctor plucks away at the controls; something seems to be on his mind. Turlough arrives, tying his tie. He confesses to The Doctor that he’s changed his mind about going home, saying he feels he would learn more at The Doctor’s side. The Doctor says he believes him, but wonders how long this will last before he changes his mind.

Turlough is sent to inform Tegan they’re about to arrive on Earth. The Doctor has promised to show her some of her planet’s future, much to Turlough’s dismay.

The station launches an unmanned probe. The commander informs Maddox, one of the crew, to prepare for the possibility of a missile run. This seems to disturb the young man.

The Silurians detect the probe, but Icthar (the leader) says “the Myrka can deal with it”. Another reports to him that they “are ready to begin,” and Icthar speaks about the hundreds of Sea Devils laying entombed. It seems they did not awaken when they were supposed to. Tarpok voices concerns about whether the enforced hibernation may have led to muscular or other degeneration.

Back on the base, we discover that Maddox is not an actual “sync operator”, but a student assigned to study with one. Something happened to Lt Michaels, the actual sync operator, leaving him electrocuted. Maddox says there wasn’t enough investigation, but the Commander doesn’t seem to care.

The Doctor tells Tegan and Turlough they’ve arrived at Earth, but in orbit, and too far in the future (I guess further than he’d planned, but if his intent was to show Tegan her planet’s future, then why is this so bad? I mean, other than the political atmosphere seems bordering on some massive war…)

While they talk, they open the scanner, which reveals a satellite approaching them. The Doctor says it’s a mobile gun platform. The platform, designated Sentinel Six, contacts them, saying they’re in a “forbidden military zone” and are to transmit their security code.

The Doctor pleads for time, saying they’re not a threat. The platform does not reply.

One of the crew in the deep sea station enters a lab/med bay, addressing a woman there as “Solow”. He tells her that she was right, Maddox is “psychologically unsuited for his work,” and will suit their needs. This pleases Solow.

Nilson (the man) says that the death of Lt. Michaels paid a huge dividend; Solow reminds him that she’s a doctor, murder does not come easily to her. He tells her to lock away her conscience until the task is completed.

While The Doctor frets away at the controls, Sentinel Six says they have been identified as a hostile. The platform fires on the TARDIS, but The Doctor performs “a materialisation flip flop” to save them from crashing.

Karina (young female crew member who Maddox confided his concerns with) alerts the Commander that the probe has been destroyed, but only marine life is detected. The Commander’s second, a woman who has not been named yet, argues that is impossible.

Suddenly, a missile run alert – green – pops up on the screen. Maddox looks like he’s about to explode. He verifies that the computer has started a countdown; they determine that while it could be a test run, it could be a real scenario, and everyone takes battle stations.

Karina reports that Sentinel Six has engaged an unidentified flying object, which disappeared.

The missile run has moved to yellow. Commander orders Maddox to sync up, but the boy says he cannot do it. The Commander urges him to sync up and he reluctantly does so, moving to a chair with all sorts of connections.

The TARDIS materialises somewhere on the base.

Nilson helps Maddox into the sync chair. An interface lowers to Maddox’s head and he “syncs up”. He begins working the keyboard, saying the missiles have locked onto targets.

They’re on red alert now.

The Doctor and companions depart, to find out where they are.

Missiles are armed; the Commander gives the prepare to fire order. A countdown from 150 begins.

Turlough says they seem to be on a ship. The Doctor posits a submarine, but notes there is no motion.

With 30 seconds left, the computer switches over to “simulation”, and the all clear is given. Maddox faints and Nilson takes him to the med lab. The Commander sounds the all clear, but orders everyone to be on “full alert”.

The Doctor and companions determine they’re on a sea base, an undersea military colony.

Tarpok reports to Icthar that the base ran a practice run. Icthar gives the order to continue observation, saying the process will not take long. He checks with Scibus, another Silurian, to find out the state of the Sea Devils within, but Scibus says the temperatures is below the range of the sensors.

Another probe is launched from the sea base. Nilson calls the Commander from the med bay saying there’s an issue with Maddox. The Commander goes to check on things.

The Doctor tells Tegan they’re somewhere around the year 2084. She notes that little has changed since her time; The Doctor says that nothing has changed – there are still two world power blocs with fingers on the doomsday buttons.

They discover cannisters of hexachromite gas. The Doctor says it’s used in a sealing compound for undersea structures, but notes it’s lethal to marine and reptile life.

Nilson tells the Commander that Maddox is unfit for duty. When the Commander says he needs him, Nilson says the only other option is for the Commander to release the “duplicate program disc,” which would allow them to break through the barriers in Maddox’s mind and give him the reassurance he needs.

The Commander says he cannot do that without authority from Sea Base Command. Solow says she will take full responsibility, saying Maddox will have a full breakdown unless treated. The Commander agrees and gets the disc out of a secure container. The look the two (who are presumably enemy spies) give him while he does this is that of hungry jackals.

When he passes them the disc, he warns them about letting it fall into enemy hands. Hur hur hur. Solow promises she will return it to him when they’re done with it.

The Doctor leads his companions as they look for the bridge; the Time Lord says they’ll need the captain’s permission to fix the TARDIS.

Solow and Nilson move some device over Maddox’s head. Nilson asks if this will work; she says it will program him to obey any commands they give him.

Turlough accesses a lift but triggers a security alert. The Doctor urges his companions to follow him back to the TARDIS, as security shields are lowered.

On the bridge, the Commander gives orders to find the intruders. After telling Karina to order Solow and Nilson to destroy the disc if they see any strangers, the Commander confers with Bulic. His most experienced crewman says it’s too many coincidence – the unidentified object that Sentinel Six dealt with, the destruction of the probe, and now this?

Commander Vorshak agrees and sends Bulic to get a party of men together.

Solow and Nilson detatch Maddox, who seems well in their power.

Preston (the other female bridge member) almost catches The Doctor and companions in the chemical store. However, they cut them off from the TARDIS.

Scibus tells Icthar that they can enter the chamber. The leader says it has been a long time and much has gone wrong. The door opens and within are Sea Devils in suspended animation.

The Doctor leads his companions into a chamber marked, “Radiation, keep out”, much to Tegan’s dismay. The Time Lord says he’s going to arrange a diversion.

Icthar gives the order to “revive the warriors!” I have to admit, that line was done well and seems all sorts of ominous and suchlike. Scibus presses buttons and the chamber is filled with light.

The Doctor has set the reactor to overload, but says the crew will have hours to sort it out, giving them the chance to escape. Turlough agrees, but just then Bulic and guards enter.

Tegan and Turlough run, but The Doctor, while struggling with a guard, is knocked off the ramp into the water. Turlough argues with Tegan, telling her, “Face it, Tegan, he’s drowned…” and the credits roll.

Well, that seemed super rushed and not very effective of a cliffhanger. That being said, SEA DEVILS, YAY!!!

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Episode 2:

Turlough drags Tegan away and the guards give chase.

The Doctor swims down into the water and finds a hatch, which he opens.

Turlough rigs the lock on the door, keeping Bulic and his men locked in. They head back to the TARDIS. Bulic reports to the Commander.

A very wet Doctor gets out of the water through the hatch/airlock.

The Sea Devils slowly begin to reanimate. Icthar announces, “The warriors have survived.”

The Doctor opens the next hatch and peers through.

Nilson is summoned to the bridge; Solow asks who the invaders are, but he doesn’t know. However, he feels they can act upon this to their advantage. Solow smirks as Nilson leaves. She does that a lot. It’s annoying.

The Sea Devils slowly regain their bearings.

Tegan and Turlough are separated; he is captured but she escapes.

The Doctor wanders through the halls, finding an unconscious guard who tried to tamper with Turlough’s tampering on the door. The Doctor begins shedding his clothing.

Sauvix, commander of Elite Group One (of the Sea Devils) introduces himself to Icthar. The Silurian commander introduces himself as “the sole survivor of the Silurian Triad.” He and his associate welcome the revival of the Sea Devils. Sauvix says they are his to command.

The Doctor puts on the guard’s suit.

On the bridge, Nilson finds out that one intruder was captured. The Commander wants Nilson to interrogate him.

Tegan and The Doctor reunite. They agree to find Turlough together.

The Sea Devils file out of the chamber. Sauvix tells Icthar that his people are ready to fight. They give him a scroll or summat with the plan for attack on the “ape primitive base”.

The reactor has been stabilised.

Turlough is brought before the Commander. He tells Turlough should comply and cooperate. Turlough’s arrogance doesn’t help matters.

The Doctor tells Tegan to wait outside, much to her displeasure. He slips into the bridge.

Turlough tries to explain that they did try to declare their presence. Nilson suggests probing Turlough’s mind and the Commander agrees. Turlough resists, and The Doctor comes to his aid. There’s a stand off.

Preston and her guards find the TARDIS; the door is left open. They enter and are surprised at what they find inside. She sends the two men down the hallway into the TARDIS.

The Doctor surrenders his weapon to the Commander, as a gesture of trust. Preston reports that they found the intruder’s craft and it is not of this planet. The Commander agrees that it seems Turlough was telling the truth after all.

Sauvix reports that his warriors are armed and ready. Icthar says it is time to begin. The Silurian craft rises up from its hiding place.

Preston, returning to the bridge, discovers Tegan.

The Commander tells The Doctor he doesn’t quite trust him. He wants a demonstration of the TARDIS, and The Doctor agrees, once he’s repaired it. Preston brings Tegan in.

Karina interrupts, alerting everyone to the Silurian (though that’s unknown to them) ship. Maddox says it is a ship but not one of theirs. The Doctor warns them not to attack, as he recognises it. The Commander ignores and gives the order to fire.

The Silurians have suppressed the energy weapon of the base. The Doctor basically says, “I told you so.” And he did. So he’s allowed to. He tells them that if they wanted, they could have destroyed the base.

Icthar gives the order to release the Myrka, then tells Sauvix to wait for the Myrka and then to attack the main entry point.

The Commander calls for damage reports and orders Maddox to scan the Silurian’s weapons.

The Doctor tells Tegan about the Silurians. The Time Lord urges the Commander to contact his superiors, but they’re on radio silence. When reports come in that someone is outside the main entrnace, Bulic is sent with reinforcements. The Doctor requests to go along.

The Sea Devils have accessed several airlocks. The Commander orders Maddox to prepare to sync up to contact Sea Base Command if necessary, and then leaves to attend one of the air locks. Cuz, you know, that’s what the commanding officer does in situations like this.

Solow arrives on the bridge as the Commander leaves, demanding to speak to Nilson. They step aside and he tries to assauge he worries, saying he’s in charge when the Commander is off the bridge. (Ok, so he’s the 2nd, not Preston.) He says they will neutralise the Sea Base, no matter what.

Bulic’s men take up defensive positions. Something pushes at the air lock doors, which begin to buckle.

Nilson activates a device which sends Maddox into a near-insensate state. Karina rushes to him, but Nilson says Solow will tend to him and orders the girl back to her terminal.

The airlock door is broken down. A giant monster can be seen behind it. The Doctor identifies it as a Myrka.

At airlock five, the Commander arrives. Preston tells him that they’re inside.

Karina checks on Maddox in the med lab, to find Maddox working at something. She realises something is wrong and tries to stop him. Nilson shows up with the control device and makes Maddox strangle Karina.

Bulic and his men fire on the Myrka. At first, it seems the Myrka was hurt if not killed, but I guess it was playing, as it suddenly moves out, knocking part of the blast door down on Tegan’s leg.

Bulic, Turlough and the guards withdraw; Tegan and The Doctor are still in the air lock entry area, but the Commander gives the order to seal the bulkhead.

The Doctor finally gets Tegan out from under the door (and she’s fine, despite a giant metal door falling on her leg), but they discover they’re trapped with the monster.

Brave heart, Tegan,” the Time Lord tells her. “Brave heart? That thing’s gonna kill us,” she replies… and the credits roll.

That’s a better cliffhanger, I think. And the one you get until Friday.  

Another complete serial, and one I know nothing about.

Episode 1:

 We open with a quick scan of the Moon and Earth (or at least my guess that’s what it’s meant to be – the models aren’t very good and the Earth doesn’t have any distinctly Earth appearance) and then we shift to T MAT EARTH CONTROL, where a voice rattles off different shipments, which seem to be transported instantaneously. (I’m guessing T MAT is “Transmat”, which is a recurring tech in the DW universe.)

 There seems to be a mistake in one of the shipments, it ended up elsewhere. Fortunately it wasn’t people, just foodstuffs. They get it sorted out. One of the assistant controllers on the moon, Fewsham, seems to be at blame for this slip up and others.

 Commander Radnor shows up for detail; he looks familiar and I just looked upt he actor (Ronald Leigh-Hunt) and I know him from a Tom Baker serial, REVENGE OF THE CYBERMEN, so we’ll be seeing him later on, albeit as a different character. (Though another man in charge type.)

 On the moon (what is it with DW’s fascination with putting bases controlling events on Earth on the moon? The weather was controlled by the base in The Moonbase, and now teleportation is run through the moon base), we see the replacement for Fewsham giving him a tongue-lashing. Fewsham apologises and the other dude lets up. Fewsham goes to leave when the air locks alarm goes off. There’s a scream outside and a man staggers into the control room, collapsing. Other men run in and they’re pursued by something that we don’t yet see. One of the men runs but it shot by the intruder.

 T MAT RECEPTION sees a delay signal and try to contact the moonbase, but there’s no response.

 We see the staff acquiescing to the demands of the intruder, who speaks in a sibiliant whisper. Sounds like an Ice Warrior to me. The man, I think his name is Osgood, seems to do as the intruder demands, but actually sabotages the machinery. They (there’s more than one, apparently) kill him why the other men look on in shock.

 At T MAT RECEPTION they check on the status of the equipment. Commander Radnor demands answers from Miss Kelly, the woman running the T MAT RECEPTION.

 We then shift to the TARDIS, where they have materialised in a museum. They exit to have a look around. Zoe activates an automated display that tells them about Travel-Mat. Jamie gets in a dig at The Doctor about their travel system not being fool proof, but before The Doctor can protest too much, they find a gun pointed at them.

 On the moon, the intruder, who we see part of (still suggesting an Ice Warrior), talks to the rest of the crew, trying to get them to do what it/they wants. Fewsham argues with the other two after the intruder leaves, whether they should help or not.

 Commander Radnor returns from a meeting to find out that they’ve ruled out any problems on Earth – it must be on the Moon, but there’s no response. It’s decided that the only way to get there is by rocket (the T MAT is down, sabotaged by Osgood, I gather.) Radnor says there’s only one man who can pilot a rocket (apparently T Mat has superceded that as a form of space travel – though what do they do if they want to go somewhere they haven’t been before and there’s no T Mat booth already at the destination?)

 The Doctor and his companions are being questioned by the man who owns the workshop they’re in; obviously, he’s also going to be the man Radnor is talking about. He has his ray gun pointed at them. It turns out his name is Professor Eldred, he is the owner of the museum, which is no longer open to the public. Zoe appeals to his wounded ego, his pride in his collection.

 Once The Doctor starts marveling over a rocket, Eldred puts his gun down and starts lecturing about the design, which was his creation. Seems that space travel was killed by T Mat, which answers my earlier question.

 “Nobody cares any more about exploring space.” – Prof Eldred.

 On the Moon, Fewsham appeals to his fellow techs to help him out. The other two decide to try to fix the video link in hopes of contacting T Mat Reception in London.

 Commander Radnor and Miss Kelly arrive at Eldred’s workshop. Eldred thinks The Doctor and his companions are Radnor’s spies, though he denies it. In the course of conversation, it comes up that Eldred has been working on a personal ion rocket. They need his rocket to get to the Moon. Eldred is amused at the irony, but he refuses to help.

 The techs get the video working and their call is patched through to Commander Radnor in Eldred’s lab. Locke, the tech, says that Osgood is dead and they’re in trouble, but the signal is suddenly cut!

 On the moon base, two Ice Warriors have stopped the transmission and they kill Locke… and the credits roll.

 Definitely interested to see where this goes; Ice Warriors seem to have some good potential for story. Maybe Steven Moffat will read this and bring them back into the show?


Episode 2:

 They killed Locke, and the other tech runs off. The commanding Ice Warrior has a different helmet and armour than his guard, who looks mostly like the ones we saw in last season’s THE ICE WARRIORS. The commanding Ice Warrior is shorter, his armour is less bulky, and his helmet is grander, more flowing.

 The guard pursues the tech who ran off, while the commanding Ice Warrior threatens Fewsham with death if he doesn’t fix the Transmat.

 In Eldred’s lab, Radnor appeals to the professor, his old friend, for help. Eldred’s resistance is due to the fact that the rocket isn’t quite ready, he feels it’s nowhere near ready, there’s not enough safety checks. Miss Kelly chimes in, but he’s adamant.

 Jamie asks why can’t they help, but Zoe says they’d overshoot by a few million years, and The Doctor agrees, adding, “Or a few million miles. I’m afraid the TARDIS is not suited to short-range travel.” They agree to help with the rocket however they may.

 Still, Eldred is against it. The T Mat computer contacts Radnor, informing him of the hold up – T Mat is down worldwide and critical medical supplies and food are not going to where they’re needed. You can see this weighing on Eldred, and it’s obvious he’s going to give in. The actor playing him (Philip Ray) has very evocative expressions and eyes – he conveys more in a silent glance than many actors do in a minute of dialogue and action.

 In the end, Radnor has to assert himself, use his governmental authority to mandate it, against Eldred’s will.

 The Ice Warriors search for the hiding tech. There’s at least two guard IW.

 Things are moving apace at Eldred’s lab. There’s been a briefing and a score of techs are milling about. Miss Kelly talks to Radnor about being the third member on the rocket – it’s become apparent Jamie really doesn’t have any space travel experience, at least not like Zoe and The Doctor, and she says she’s the only one qualified to repair the T Mat. Radnor says no, but she continues to argue.

 Fewsham is almost done with repairing the emergency one way link; he says it won’t help them, even if they had an army, they wouldn’t be able to send them all to Earth. The Ice Warrior commander says they will not need an army, Earth will be theirs “for the taking… very soon.”

 The escaped tech is in the power room, fiddling around with things. He’s intent on a “Solar Power Line”.

 The Doctor and his companions are aboard the rocket. They’re running through a check cycle and all checks out. There’s a countdown. Jamie is very nervous, though asserting to everyone he’ll be fine with this “G-Force stuff”.

 It’s funny, the three of them sitting in swivel chairs, not strapped down, no suits, preparing to face G-forces in take off. (Edit – they are strapped down, one belt at the waist.)

 The rocket launches, The three actors make funny faces, simulating G Force discomfort. After launch, Eldred and the others lose video link with the rocket. Radio works, but then one of the consoles in the rocket starts emitting smoke. In the process, the rocket loses contact with Earth.

 “Aw, no, this is worse than the TARDIS!” – Jamie. I think Jamie may well be one of my top five fave companions.

 On the moonbase, Fewsham has completed repairs on the T Mat emergency link. The IW commander orders him to activate it to receive only (though it’s already been established it’s a one way trip to Earth only, so why they wrote that in, I don’t get.)

 Okay, now I’m confused. They said it was one way to Earth only, but apparently it is not. T Mat reception informs Miss Kelly that the link is working but on send only; she gives them instructions to ready an emergency repair kit, as she plans to go through.

 The escaped tech is still doing stuff with machinery.

 Fewsham sits in the control room of the moonbase, all tense. Kelly and two others arrive. Fewsham tells her a story that Osgood went mad with “space madness” (anyone else thinking of Ren and Stimpy?) When she asks him about being nervous, he slips up talking about Osgood dying, but covers it by saying Osgood went outside without a pressure suit.

 Two Ice Warriors watch from seclusion as Kelly and her techs set to fixing things. Fewsham turns off the emergency link, under the pretense of not wanting to short it out. Kelly compliments his thinking and also muses that it’ll keep Radnor from sending anyone after her to drag her back to Earth.

 The tech has cobbled together a space radio and is trying to contact Earth. That’s some serious signal strength on such a little box. He doesn’t seem to make it through and opens up the box to fiddle more.

 The rocket is heading to the Moon; they have no communication. Zoe explains to Jamie how the homing beacon works. They activate it and a signal goes off where the tech is. He keeps trying to raise Earth, but the Ice Warrior searching for him comes in. The tech swiches on the solar power line with an adapter that blasts the Ice Warrior into nothing, but in the process the homing beacon is taken out!

 The Doctor and companions begin to panic – if they can’t find the homing beacon they might crash or as Zoe tells Jamie, “…drift endlessly into space!” Jamie stares at her in horror… and the credits roll.

Episode 3:

 Back in the moonbase, the tech continues to try to contact Earth. As Zoe informs them that they’ll drift into the Sun in about five months, the tech’s signal has reached them. They speak to him and find out that aliens have taken over the base.

 Kelly and her techs have replaced the overloaded circuits, and as they head to the T Mat chamber, the Ice Warriors step out and demand they stop. The two men with Kelly are killed, one for fleeing, one for resisting. The three Ice Warriors converge on Kelly.

 Radnor and Eldred arrive at T Mat Reception, but no word from Kelly has come through.

 Jamie and The Doctor explain about the Ice Warriors – the tech gave them enough of a description to make that connection. They orbit the Moon and once they get to his side of the Moon again, they get back in touch with him. They convince him to run the transmitter so they can home in on his signal like they would have the beacon. However, as the rocket is landing, the signal goes out… panic sets in but the tech switches out the fuse or transistor (tee hee) and it is working again and they land safely.

 Tee hee, fuses…

 The Doctor leaves Jamie and Zoe to tend to the rocket for refueling and checking on the motors.

 Fewsham reluctantly works with the Ice Warriors; Kelly tries to get him to stand up but he’s too afraid. The Ice Warriors tell them both they will remain alive as long as they are useful. If they don’t do as ordered, they will be killed.

 The Doctor is in the moonbase and using the map given to him by Radnor, finds his way to the storage room where Phipps (the escaped tech) is hiding. The Doctor contacts Jamie but tells him he and Phipps are going to put T Mat out of action first. After they sign off, Zoe comes up to report that the rocket motors are useless, T Mat is their only way back to Earth!

 The Doctor and Phipps encounter an Ice Warrior with Miss Kelly. They distract him and she escapes. Then we have a running scene (well, it IS Doctor Who, after all) as The Doctor runs about different sets (really? A hall of mirrors on a moonbase? Really?), being pursued by Ice Warriors. Eventually, they trap him and tells the two guards that their leader will want to speak to him, for he is a genius. This is obviously good enough for the Ice Warriors, so they take him away.

 Jamie and Zoe are lost, trying to find their way. They hear an Ice Warrior coming and hide but it hears them and gives chase. (Ice Warriors move as fast as shambling zombies, so it’s really not much of a chase.)

 I’m still not sure how many Ice Warriors there are.

 The leader tells Fewsham to prepare to ship “cargo” to various cities, listing major cities. The Doctor is brought to the leader, who demands to know who he is, how he got there. The Doctor plays coy, trying to find out the plan. Again, it becomes obvious they have some other plan to take over Earth as there are not enough Ice Warriors to invade a planet. Two Ice Warriors are shown bringing in a package of orbs.

 The Doctor tells Fewsham that he has to see what is in the package.

 Phipps, Kelly, Zoe and Jamie meet up and discuss how to take out the Ice Warriors – Jamie tells them their weakness is heat.

 The Doctor tries to get Fewsham to help him, but the man is afraid. He reluctantly agrees to distract the guard while The Doctor slips over to the container. Their ruse is seen through, but the IW leader tells The Doctor to open the case. He takes out one of the orbs, saying it looks like a seed pod. It balloons in his hand and explodes, releasing powder. The Doctor chokes and gasps and collapses.

 In the solar power room, the humans hide from an Ice Warrior. Phipps and Kelly set up the solar device they’re working on while Jamie holds the door shut against the IW, and let him in to vaporise him with the solar energy.

 That’s two Ice Warriors down.

 A seed pod is placed in the T Mat chamber.

 The T Mat computer informs Radnor and Eldred that situation is critical. Radnor says without T Mat, millions will die.

 The seed pod is transmitted to the T Mat Reception chamber. Radnor, Brent and Eldred hear the signal and rush over. They find the pod and Brent touches it (you know, cuz that’s proper procedure when something completely unknown is T Mat’d into your command centre) and it explands. They watch, exclaiming, “It’s alive!”… and the credits roll.

Episode 4:

 The seed bursts and Brent is killed by the smoke. Everyone else is coughing, hacking. They have to tell one of the other men to switch the air conditioning to “expel”, otherwise he would have stood there, clueless. He does so and it sucks out the smoke… which has now been dispersed into London’s air! Perhaps that was the plan all along? Those smart Ice Warriors!

 On the moonbase, more seed pods are T Mat’d to other cities – Oslo, Hamburg are seen flashing on the control board. Fewsham keeps asking what they’re doing, why they’re sending these pods to different cities, but the Ice Warrior commander only orders him to transmit.

 Kelly and Zoe are working to repair the circuits on the weapon they and Phipps had put together – after killing the Ice Warrior, the circuitry shorted out. We see they have at least two put together now.

 Jamie and Phipps are sneaking through service tunnels, intent on getting to the control room where they can turn up the heat. Literally. (I know you know this, you just read it moments ago, but for me, it was a day ago since I watched the first three episodes, so work with me, mmmkay?) They arrive and watch through a grate as the Ice Warrior commander orders Fewsham to prepare to send a seed pod to Paris.

 At T Mat Reception, reports of deaths in other T Mat Hqs from around the world are coming in. Eldred posits that there’s more to what’s going on than just killing random people. The autopsy on Brent comes in – he died of oxygen starvation, a process that usually takes minutes, not moments.

 Outside somewhere, we see a pod split open and foam spreading out.

 On the moon, a pod disappears, being dispatched to Zurich. The IW commander tells Fewsham that it may be necessary to send more seeds later. Fewsham gets up and checks on The Doctor, who is still alive. The IW commander find this unusual as, in his words, “most humans woud be dead”.

 Jamie and Phipps watch as Fewsham is ordered to bring The Doctor’s body into the T Mat cubicle, and is instructed to T-Mat him into space. (I thought T Mat had to have a reception cubicle.) When Fewsham says he can’t be expected to kill a man, the commander tells him by dispatching the seeds, he’s already condemned his entire species. Fewsham breaks down, crying, at that.

 Fewsham says that T Mat is programmed to send to other centres; he’ll have to reprogram it first. Jamie and Phipps remove the grates they’ve been peering through as Fewsham works on the circuit. He verbally resists but gives in and dispatches The Doctor, yelling at the commander, “You’ve killed him!”

 The commander doesn’t reply, other than to instruct Fewsham to prepare to dispatch to London, and then asks one of his guards if he is ready for his mission. The Ice Warrior guard replies that he is ready, but Fewsham says he must again reprogram the circuit.

 Phipps and Jamie split up; apparently, while the camera was on Fewsham (when the commander was telling him to transmit The Doctor away) Jamie was able to rescue The Doctor and is going to take him to safety while Phipps tries for the heating controls. Phipps tries to slip out another grate but has to hold back for fear of being spotted.

 In the (as yet unknown) outside location, we see the foamy mass growing and expanding, little bubbles (more pods?) popping and dispering more substance.

 A report of “vegetable blight” attacking the parks and gardens in the metropolises comes through to T Mat Reception. As they listen to the report, the Ice Warrior guard appears in the cubicle and smashes out, startling Radnor and Eldred. The computer drones on as the Ice Warrior attacks. The foam is a by-product of spores which spread by bursting. The fungi is spreading fast and could threaten cereal crops… the rest is unheard as the Ice Warrior combats some guards and kills them. He storms out of the command centre and we hear more gunfire – human and Ice Warrior.

 Radnor follows, but comes back quickly to report that all the guards are dead.

 On the moon base, the commander asks about the search for the escaped humans and says the search must be increased.

 The Doctor is unconscious on a bed in the power storage room while Jamie, Zoe, Phipps and Kelly discuss trying to get to the heating controls. The grate is too small for Phipps to fit through, but Zoe says she can do it. Jamie insists she can’t go, but Kelly comes to her side.

 The Ice Warrior is seen walking through the foam/fungi.

 Radnor says the guards have lost track of it, but Eldred says there must be some greater purpose.

 Men are seen spraying something at the expanding foamy fungi as the Ice Warrior watches and then attacks him with his blaster gun. Two men run off after the first is killed.

 Phipps starts to crack under the pressure. He’s getting confused in the service tunnels and yelling at Zoe. 

 A security guard has visual on the Ice Warrior, who killed the three technicians now. Now he kills the security guard reporting in to Radnor. Radnor sends an armed patrol to that location, though Eldred says he’ll only lose more men that way. Eldred realises that all the cities that the pods have been sent to are in the Northern Hemisphere of Earth, where it is current winter, and the cities are all cold climates.

 Just then, the computer reports that should T Mat cessation continue, it predicts “total breakdown in social order” and that the current emergency measures are inadequate.

 Phipps still can’t remember how to get to the grill at the command centre, so Zoe uses her powers of recall; realising that the service tunnels run parallel to the main corridors, and she saw the map of the facility, she gets them there… but they have to wait as an Ice Warrior is standing too close.

 Jamie and Kelly hide as an Ice Warrior enters the power storage room. When Kelly flips the switch to blast the Ice Warrior, nothing happens. The Ice Warrior finds the unconscious form of The Doctor laying there.

 Fewsham sees Jamie and Zoe and distracts his guard by fiddling with the cubicle. There’s a lot of fiddling going on in this serial, I’m not sure I approve. Fiddling should be done behind closed doors. Zoe slips in and makes her way to the heating control, which is a rather large wheel (like a ship’s wheel) that is hard for the small girl to turn but she does.

 As she sneaks back, the Ice Warrior turns and fires at her. Apparently he misses, because she’s still alive/uninjured, and she calls out to Fewsham, “Can’t you help me,” as the Ice Warrior stalks towards her, gun pointed at her… and the credits roll.

 Okay, other than the heating control being a big wheel, that’s a rather well done scene.

Episode 5:

 Fewsham finally shows some balls and grabs the Ice Warrior, struggling with him. The Ice Warrior throws him off, but by then the temperature has risen too high and the Ice Warrior collapses. Zoe rushes off to tell everyone the good news.

 The Ice Warrior hears The Doctor moan and moves towards him. Jamie and Kelly struggle with him until the temperature raises enough to incapacitate/kill him. Zoe arrives to inform them that T Mat is working and that Phipps was killed (that’s who the Ice Warrior shot at – strange how they filmed it, they should have made the firing of the gun the cliffhanger ending.)

 At T Mat Reception, Radnor tells Eldred that Sir James Gregson, the UN Minister with special responsibility for T Mat, has arrived. Just then, he walks in and starts demanding what’s going on. He seems like an officious ass.

 The Ice Warrior is still plodding about in the foam and arrives at the Weather Control Station. (Now I’m wondering, is this set before or after the weather control station was on the Moon in the serial THE MOONBASE? According to Wikipedia, THE MOONBASE was set in 2070 and this is set “the end of the 21st century. Oh, man, I’m not gonna live long enough to see T Mat?)

 The Ice Warrior enters and then our camera view is obscured by the spreading foam. Inside the Weather Control Station, the Ice Warrior kills the technician manning the station and fiddles (there we go again) with the WEATHER CONTROL UNIT, setting all four controls to “DRY” before blasting it.

 Fewsham T Mats The Doctor and his companions, saying he’ll follow using a delayed time switch. Kelly argues with him that the time switch was reported as being inoperable, he says they fixed it – I’m guessing he’s lying to get her to go so she’ll be safe.

 The Doctor and companions arrive, the time lord (still not a term used in the series, but we’re awful close to that changing) complaining how disappointing it was. He’s such a little boy at times, The Doctor – especially this incarnation.

 Radnor, Eldred and Gregson start bombarding them (and Kelly, who arrives immediately thereafter) with questions, which they do their best to answer. They realise that Fewsham wasn’t able to make it, that he lied about the time switch. Kelly still thinks he’s a willing accomplice to the Ice Warriors, but The Doctor questions why let them escape if that was the case.

 The Ice Warrior commander makes it to the control centre, staggering, suffering from the heat. Fewsham is playing like he was attacked. The commander reduces the temperature and then demands to know what happened – Fewsham claims he was attacked when he refused to go with the others. He tells the commander that if he returns to Earth he’ll be executed.

 The commander says that the Ice Warrior fleet will land on the Moon and when the seed pods have completed their work, the second phase of their plan will begin.

 The Doctor goes to collect samples of the foam/fungi, but is caught when a spore bursts in his face. He collects as much as he can and rushes off.

 Kelly has worked out a way to use the satellites around Earth for T Mat instead of the moon base – they wouldn’t be able to handle the same traffic as before, but enough to get essential food supplies and medicines to where they are most needed.

 The Doctor determines that the fungus is intended to reduce the oxygen content of Earth’s atmosphere dramatically (to 1/20th, according to Eldred’s calculations), which would bring it close to that of Mars. (Okay, figured that already, but if they’re doing that, why need an invasion force? All human life would be dead by then.) As they talk, their sample continues to spread, forming one of the pop-bubbles; Eldred runs, fearing for his life, but The Doctor bravely (stupidly?) stays and pours random chemicals on it, but only one has any effect – and I’m sure it’s water.

 Jamie and Zoe ponder the solitary Ice Warrior, when The Doctor videos in, looking for Radnor. He reveals that water is the fungi’s weakness. He tells Zoe to get Radnor to get in touch with the weather control bureau. (Of course, we already know what’s happened there.)

 Zoe tries to get the computer to connect her with Commander Radnor. I know what’s going to happen next… yup, Zoe says they’ll have to go to the bureau on their own.

 On the moonbase, the Ice Warriors bring in a device. The commander says it’s a communication unit. Fewsham questions it and finds out it has a homing beacon built in to direct the armada to the Moon.

 Zoe and Jamie make it through the fungi to the Weather Control Station. They close the door, “in case that warrior’s still prowling around out there”, but I bet he’s still inside… they wander around, wondering where everyone is, and find the dead tech in the control room, as well as the fused controls.

 Zoe figures out that the warrior must have done it, when they hear his breathing and hide. Does the station have its own weather control?

 On the moonbase, the Grand Marshal is communicating with the Ice Warrior commander. He says the fleet is approaching the gravitational field of the Moon. Fewsham fiddles… okay, he activates the video link.

 At T Mat Reception, The Doctor and Eldred have returned and with Kelly and Radnor, they’re watching as the rocket is preparing to take off, taking a new satellite to orbit that will handle T Mat. Suddenly, the Moon Control video link comes on and they see the Ice Warriors and Fewsham. They listen in record the transmission.

 Fewsham gets the commander to test the device’s homing signal, obviously hoping that anyone at T Mat Reception is smart enough to figure out what to do. Fortunately, The Doctor was, as he was the one who told them to record the transmission. The signal runs and Fewsham talks about the fleet having only marginal fuel and if they overshoot they’d end up being pulled into the Sun.

 The Ice Warrior commander does a double-triple take, looking back and forth between the camera in the far wall and the unit and figures out that the video link is active and accuses Fewsham of treachery. Fewsham is a man in his final moment and is killed by the Ice Warriors.

 The Doctor tells them to cancel the satellite launch, so they can use the satellite to mislead the armada with a fake homing beacon. (though how they’d keep the legit one from running I don’t get…)

 Talk turns to the fungi and The Doctor finds out that Zoe never got ahold of them and they haven’t made it rain yet. Eldred informs The Doctor that the Weather Control Bureau was the last place the Ice Warrior was sighted.

 There’s a running scene (it IS Doctor Who, after all) and The Doctor arrives at the bureau to find it surrounded by foamy fungi. He covers his face and carefully treads through to the front door, but the foam quickly becomes agitated and foams all about while he bangs on the door.

 Once again, timing between scenes seems really poorly scheduled/thought out. The Doctor said he talked to Zoe over an hour ago, and yet we see them still hding from the Ice Warrior, in the same spot we saw them last – and since the WCB is on T Mat property, it can’t be THAT far to get to, even by foot (or The Doctor never would have got there nearly that soon)…

 The Ice Warrior is inches from finding Zoe and Jamie’s hiding spot, when he hears the banging on the front door and The Doctor calling out for Zoe and Jamie.

 Outside, The Doctor is chest deep in foam and more is pouring towards him like a tidal wave.

 The Ice Warrior heads to the door.

 A huge bubble forms in front of The Doctor, about to burst… and the credits roll.

 Again, outside of the poor time scheduling between scenes, a very well crafted cliffhanger. Very tense, and great emoting from Troughton, as always.

Episode 6:

 (I wonder how much fun it was, or wasn’t, playing around in the foam filming these sequences.)

 The Ice Warrior makes his way to the front door, Jamie and Zoe skulking about, following. Jamie jumps out and distracts the Ice Warrior, who fires his gun and presumably gives chase.

 Outside, we see the large spore bubble forming in front of The Doctor, as Zoe fights with the door, barely opening it in the nick of time. The Doctor stumbles in, followed by foam and they close the door. Zoe tells him that there’s an Ice Warrior and Jamie’s drawn him off.

 The warrior follows Jamie back to the control room, firing his gun, but the canny Jamie manages to avoid being shot. He runs and finds The Doctor and Zoe and they hide in a Solar Energy Room. The Ice Warrior blasts at the door, trying to get in.

 Outside the Weather Control Bureau, we see a squad of security men making their way through the foam. They enter the station and engage in combat with the Ice Warrior.

 The Doctor has rigged up a unit similar to what Phipps made on the moon base (though Zoe says Phipps’ was bigger – guess size really is important.)

 The Ice Warrior has pursued the security team out the front door. The Doctor has twin dishes, more portable (cuz they’re not bigger, so there, Zoe) and wanders the halls, looking for the Ice Warrior. They meet, and The Doctor yells for Zoe to throw the switch and the Ice Warrior is killed. Yay!

 Kelly works on reproducing the frequency of the Ice Warrior homing beacon. She gets it set and when Eldred, being a bit of a smart ass, asks how she’ll get it to the launching pad without T Mat, she tells him she found a petrol car in a museum. Excited, he asks her what make.

 “I’ve no idea. It has four wheels and it runs!” – Kelly’s response.

 The Doctor fiddles (AUGH!) with the controls of the weather control (who controls the controller?) machine.

 The Grand Marshal yells at the commander for killing Fewsham. The commander says he can get more technicians to repair the machine if it fails. He tells the Grand Marshal all is prepared, and then returns to the ship to finalise the invasion plans. (Really? I’d have thought the plans were finalised before execution.)

 The Doctor is covered in wires, as he tries to get the weather control apparatus working. Whenever he’s messing around with tech, there’s wires all over him, it seems. He says when he gets that working he wants to modify his sun gun.

 Next we see the rocket launching. The Doctor and his companions saunter back into T Mat Reception, proclaiming soon it will rain. Miss Kelly asks won’t some of the Martian ships follow the right homing signal and he replies that there won’t be a right one, only theirs, which will lead them into orbit around the Sun. He plans to T Mat to the Moon and destroy their device himself.

 The Doctor has made his sun gun portable and is beamed up by Kelly (not Scotty, though.) He appears on the Moon and blasts the Ice Warrior in the command centre. He then pries begins to pry open the device, but another Ice Warrior comes in, accompanied by Slaar (the commander.) Slaar has his warrior destroy The Doctor’s weapon (which he has set down to fiddle with the directional beam.)

 Slaar tells The Doctor if he can operate the T Mat mechanism, he can be useful and can live. The Doctor agrees, and when Slaar tells him that he will be sending the warriors to Earth, the two banter.

 “There’s many a slip ‘twixt the cup and the lip” – The Doctor, to Slaar, who had said that nothing could go wrong with his plan.

 In the T Mat Reception, they watch on a screen as the fleet changes course and follows their signal instead of Slaar’s. Radnor tells Jamie, who’s worried about The Doctor (good companion, that boy) that a squad of security, armed with flame throwers, are on their way to Reception.

 The Grand Marshal yells at Slaar that his signal has led them into a Sun orbit. They have insufficient fuel to break the orbit of the Sun! Slaar realises that The Doctor had cut power to his signal and it wasn’t being broadcast beyond the control room.

 Slaar tries to gloat re the fungi, but The Doctor shoots down his happiness over that as well. Jamie (who had gotten Zoe to T Mat him to the Moon) distracts the guard when Slaar gives him an order to kill the Doctor, and The Doctor points the warrior’s gun at Slaar, who is killed. The Doctor and Jamie then kill the Ice Warrior guard.

 Major rain storms are sweeping the Earth, wiping out the fungi. Kelly and Radnor are making plans to rebuild T Mat, but controlling it from Earth. Eldred complains that they should have learned not to put all their eggs in one basket, that they need a series of rockets on stand by. He turns to The Doctor to back him up, but he and his companions have rushed off already.

 We see them arrive at Eldred’s museum, complaining over the rain. The Doctor says they had to rush off because questions and explanations are “very difficult”. They enter the TARDIS and it dematerialises… and the final credits roll.

 Outside of some shoddy writing/production, an excellent serial. The Ice Warriors are great fun, I really liked Miss Kelly, Commander Radnor and Professor Eldred and Fewsham. Good drama, good action, not too much stupid, it’s a win!  

Four of the six episodes are reconstructions.

Episode 1:

The TARDIS lands, but there’s some difficulty with the scanner. They detect a large amount of metal around them. The scanner comes up but instead of showing scenes from outside, pictures tempting them to go elsewhere appear. Suddenly, there’s smoke flowing from the console. The Doctor opens a console near the door and pulls out a rod. They slip out and The Doctor explains by removing the rod he’s turned the inside of the TARDIS into a regular police box.

 They find themselves inside some form of rocket or space craft. The Doctor offers Jamie a “lemon sherbet”, a candy, which makes me think of Tom Baker’s Jelly Babies.

 The Doctor pokes around while Jamie accidentally hits a button, opening a door. They pass through, and stop at the end of the corridor, listening. The Doctor finds a monitor and uses it to peer into the other side, though it all seems safe enough, but The Doctor wonders where the crew is. They check all the doors in the corridor, finding only living quarters.

 A robot (done in modern animation) moves about in the piloting chamber, and opens the door to look down the corridor.

 The Doctor tells Jamie that the ship is just drifting in space. He tells Jamie that they’ll need the get some mercury before refitting the TARDIS with the rod he removed.

 When Jamie talks about being hungry, The Doctor keys Jamie’s choices for roast beef, cabbage and potatoes into a machine that delivers a small brick, much to Jamie’s displeasure. After eating, Jamie decides to have a lie down, but asks what happened to the crew. The Doctor is intent on getting into the control room.

 The robot departs the control room, coming down the corridor.

 The Doctor is telling Jamie that they’re in no immediate danger, but the highlander has fallen asleep. We see a counter counting down, nearing 1000, and the robot returns to the control room, using a laser to seal one of the corridor doors.

 The Doctor exits the living quarters, noticing extra tracks on the floor from the robot. He tries to access the video monitor, to no avail. Suddenly, the rocket jolts, throwing The Doctor against the wall. Jamie wakes and finds The Doctor, woozy from his head hitting the wall. They find the door to where the TARDIS is has been sealed. Jamie helps The Doctor back into the living quarters and into a bunk.

 The counter reaches 0000 as the robot brings out a long metal box with six spheres that float out, presumably into space? On a monitor we see what appears to be a space station. Jamie stares out the window at the space station while The Doctor has slipped out to the sealed door and uses the time vector generator (the rod he removed from the TARDIS) to try to unseal the door. The robot comes up behind him and he turns about. Jamie rushes out and throws a blanket over the robot, who staggers about, confused.

 They dash back into the living quarters and the robot starts cutting through the door, but Jamie uses the time vector generator as a weapon to destroy it.

 On the space station, we see a group of people in a control room. They are aware of the approaching rocket – it’s known to them as a ship that was due some nine weeks ago at a different station altogether. There’s concern that if the ship is on automatic and is misfiring the engines, it could rocket right into the space station.

 The six spheres move through space, ominous music playing.

 One of the women in the control room picks them up on the scanner. The spheres approach the station and somehow pass right through the shell of the station.

 Jarvis, the station commander, orders for a laser to be aimed at the rocket – he suspects that there’s nobody on board and is planning to destroy it before it crashes into the station.

 On board, The Doctor wakes, looks about and… the credits roll.

Episode 2:

 The technicians in the control room keep trying to contact any crew on the rocket ship, with no success. One of the women ask the controller to step outside and confer before making any furth action.

 Jarvis asserts to the woman, Carol, that the ship (The Silver Carrier) is a threat to the wheel. She points out that if the automatic system was working wouldn’t it have taken it to station five, which was its destination?

 Jamie takes the time vector generator and tries to signal the station with it. On the station, the technicians wearing headsets scream out and are injured. Jarvis is informed of the events and comes out, more intent to destroy the ship. The technicians notice that there’s a pattern to the static and they deduce that there is someone on board.

 Two men suit up and cross over to the ship. Jamie directs them through the window to the air lock. After they enter, Jamie meets them, telling them that someone (The Doctor) is injured.

 Later, on the station, they communicate with another ship, Voyager 5, telling it about possible meteor storm. The technicians discuss strange readings, but it’s discussed that everything is working properly. The Doctor and Jamie have been brought aboard and are being checked over in the medical center.

 Leo (seemingly one of the upper ranks) consults with Tonya (a tech) who is still concerned over the minute drops in pressure (that coincided with the spheres entering the station). We see three other spheres entering the station.

 Jamie is being given a physical by Gemma, a lady doc. She says that The Doctor has a concussion. Jamie gives “John Smith” as The Doctor’s name. Gemma sends Jamie to find a girl named Zoe to show him around the wheel. After he leaves, Gemma contacts Zoe to instruct him to keep an eye on the stranger.

 Jamie finds Zoe in the Parapsychology Library. She laughs at his clothing, saying he’s wearing women’s clothing. After they butt heads, she takes him to learn about interstellar flora. He is shown a laser cannon that can fire up to ten thousand miles.

 Zoe inquires about The Doctor, once she realises that he’s a scientist.

 Jarvis is upset about all the mysterious things happening. Gemma reports to Jarvis that Jamie’s been lying about being sick and (she suspects) The Doctor’s name. She mentions that he’s not properly been trained – his asking for water and not drinking it runs against all the training of the space faring types.

 Jarvis leaps at the possibility of them being saboteurs, though Gemma only brought it up as a possibility. He dashes off, almost thinking it’s a certainty.

 Jamie and Zoe have made it to the control deck. There, he learns that they’re about to destroy the rocket. Jamie slips away, obviously concerned about this. He makes it back to the power room, looking around while trying to figure out what he should do.

 Jarvis finds out that Jamie was there and slipped away. When he mentions the power room, Jarvis and Bill rush off.

 On the rocket ship, we see the counter at zero and a machine starts flashing. Two spheres (presumably on the station now) are seen side by side. They start glowing and there’s a form inside and it’s a Cyberman, and it starts to break out… and the credits roll.

Episode 3:

 Jamie is still struggling to figure out how to stop them from using the laser and grabs a bottle of “quick set plastic”, which he sprays inside to gum up the works. Jarvis and Bill show up, but it’s too late, the damage has been done.

 The Controller (Jarvis) issues an Easy Yellow alert, and all men are to be issued side arms.

 Two Cybermen are sitting in the rocket ship cockpit and report into a superior that looks nothing like them.

 Jarvis accuses Jamie of being a saboteur and asks when his companions will show up. They lead him off while Bill stays to repair the laser. Two Cybermats enter and Bill thinks they’re just some creature.

 Jamie visits with The Doctor in the sick bay, telling him what’s been happening. The Doctor still doesn’t remember what happened in the rocket just before he hit his head. He doesn’t remember the robot.

 The Cyber-whatever has the annoying voice we’ve heard in previous serials with them. The regular Cybermen (somewhat altered from previous appearances) talk more like a Dalek than a Cyberman.

 The Cybermat has been messing with the bernalium supplies in the power room – something need to repair the laser controls.

 Gemma checks over The Doctor, telling him that concussions can lead to memory loss. Zoe arrives and starts asking questions.

 “Logic, my dear Zoe, merely allows someone to be wrong with authority.” – The Doctor, after Zoe upstages him.

 The Cybermen have unleashed a plan to cause a star to go nova, which will alter the path of the Perseid meteors, directing them at the wheel. The Cybermats are there to destroy the bernalium, making the laser useless against the meteorites.

 Gemma quizzes Bill about the “space bug” (Cybermat) and wants to see it for herself.

 A communication tech assigned to help with the laser is surrounded by four Cybermats; he uses the quick set plastic on one, but the others zap him. Bill and Gemma hear the scream and go running. Jamie tries to leave the sick bay but the guard won’t let them out.

 The Doctor, Zoe and Jamie are looking at the plasticised Cybermat. Jamie theorises that the technician accidentally covered some machinery when trying to defend himself against a saboteur.

 Jarvis puts Bill on suspension, assigning Leo to repair the laser. He consults with Gemma, who thinks it’s all about the rocket. Jarvis has an irrational fear of mysteries, where he mentally avoids the thought process that goes down that route. My friend, Nate, who is watching with me has wondered if Jarvis is just poorly written/over-acted or if he’s actually part of the ‘Earth for Earth’ conspiracy.

 Two men are sent over to the rocket ship and encounter the Cybermen, just as we see The Doctor, Zoe and Jamie X-ray the plastic to discover the Cybermat within… and the credits roll.

Episode 4:

 The Cybermen do some kind of mind control on the two men who traveled over to the rocket ship and tell them that they will take them to the ship.

 Jarvis confronts The Doctor, Zoe and Jamie about the Cybermen – he doesn’t seem to know of them or believe anything they’re saying.

 The two Cybermen get into a large crate and the men seal them in, covering the secret compartment with cases of bernalium.

 Jarvis refuses to listen, saying they’re trying to spread fear. When Gemma tries to talk sense to him, he yells at her not to tell him how to do his job and storms off.

 The two men bring back the crate to station three. They radio the station for approval to bring in the crate of bernalium. Jarvis gives the approval for them to enter via the loading bay and not the pre-arranged air lock.

 Bill confirms that the X-ray of the Cybermat matches the ‘space bug’ he saw. Zoe mentions the meteorites and The Doctor and Jamie realise that the Cybermats woud have put the gun out of commission, even if he hadn’t.

 Bill is brought by Jarvis back to work on the laser. Leo sends his assistants away on a break. Chang arrives to help and Bill sends Leo off on a break as well.

 The Doctor and Gemma talk about Jarvis, whether or not he would be able to handle situations without any reasonable answer.

 In the loading bay, the Cybermen are out of the crate and kill a technician poking around. Leo returns to the command center, where they’ve noticed the incinerator in the loading bay was active.

 The two controlled men arrive at the power room and assist Bill. The controlled men seem very worried that the wheel not be damaged. As Bill works on the laser control a Cyberman comes in and takes him over by mental control. The Cyberman says they will assemble the laser controls and send him to operations center.

 Zoe complains to Gemma that Jarvis ignored some calculations she reported. Gemma wonders out loud that Jarvis is getting worse. Zoe and Gemma talks about whether she’s emotionless – apparently the parapsychology training that makes her so intelligent can often stifle emotional development.

 The Doctor hears about the bernalium coming over from the rocket ship and suspects that the Cybermen may already be here. Bill arrives on the control center and is found out to be under their control. The Doctor instructs for metal plates to be placed on everyone’s neck as a way to resist the Cybermentalcontrol.

 We see (an animation for the recon) of a Cyberman walking down the stairs to the loading bay… and the credits roll.

Episode 5:

 The Doctor and Jamie follow the Cyberman down and watch as it takes a case of bernalium back upstairs. The Doctor communicates to the control center and tells them that the Cybermen are on the wheel. He advises they lock all the air locks.

 Two Cybermats have arrived at the loading bay and The Doctor gets the control center to run some signal interference, resulting in a loss of control and the two Cybermats are destroyed.

 Jarvis has slipped into a near-catatonic state; they confront him with a Cybermat and he mumbles it as being natural. Gemma and The Doctor talk about security measures – a force field has been erected to cut off part of the station from the Cybermen.

 Zoe and Jamie talk, and Zoe has come to the conclusion that, despite all her training, she’s useless in any sort of situation that hasn’t been accounted for in advance.

 One of the crew, Flannigan, is sent to check on the power room. He struggles with the two controlled men and one of them is killed in the fight. A Cyberman comes in and asserts mental control over Flannigan.

 Flannigan reports that the laser has been repaired. Meteorites are zooming in towards the wheel. The laser is extended and sighting is made and shots are fired.

 The Doctor consults with Gemma, talking about how the Cybermen set the damage to the laser as a way to get on the wheel. He suggests that they want to use the wheel for some purpose, not to destroy it.

 The Doctor asks where the time vector generator is, Jamie says it should be in his pocket, but it’s not. The Doctor tells Jamie he’s going to have to cross over to the rocket ship to recover it.

 Gemma sends Zoe to go out with Jamie. Leo chastises The Doctor for letting his companion and Zoe go out into space.

 Near the air lock, Gemma hides as she hears someone approaching. It’s a Cyberman and Vallance (one of the controlled men) and they’re sabotaging the oxygen reserves, poisoning it. A Cyberman approaches Gemma as she reports to The Doctor and she fights back but it kills her.

 We see Jamie and Zoe crossing over in space suits as a meteorite storm approaches… and the credits roll.

Episode 6:

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 The station fires the laser to destroy the meteorites. Afterwards, there’s no sign of the Zoe or Jamie, and everyone worries whether they made it or not. The Doctor tells them about Gemma’s warning and her sacrifice. Another swarm of meteorites come in and while they’re firing on them, Jarvis wanders out, unobserved.

 He ends up encountering a Cyberman and tries to grapple with it. It throws him down and fires from its chest gun and kills him.

 The Cybermen’s leader deduces that one of the crew must have previous knowledge of their methods and instructs the controlled human to think of the different people on the station, so they can peer into his mind to determine who has knowledge of them.

 Something comes in on radar – it changes course so it’s not a meteor. It’s too big to be an Earth ship and The Doctor speculates that it is a Cybership.

 Jamie and Zoe, on the ship, are privy to the Cybermen communication; they see the positive ID of The Doctor and hear the Cybermen receive orders to set a trap for The Doctor.

 Flannigan is given orders to destroy the force field.

 Jamie and Zoe have returned to the wheel, finding Gemma’s dead body. They bump into Flannigan. He tells them to follow him.

 Flannigan leads Zoe and Jamie to the operations center, where Leo and others grab him before he can destroy the force field. They put a metal plate on the back of his neck, which seems to break the influence.

 The Doctor has rigged a booby trap in the power room. Two Cyberman have arrived and he catches one of them in the field, disabling (or killing) it. The other flees. The Doctor gets the time vortex generator and plans to use it to boost the laser’s power, hoping to destroy the Cybership.

 Jamie and Flannigan don suits and the latter pretends to be under the control of the Cybermen. They use their ruse to get close and break the other controled man from the Cyberinfluence.

 We see Cybermen walking in space towards, but Flannigan manages to get the air lock shut before they can gain entry to the wheel. The Cybership is destroyed by the modified laser.

 Zoe accompanies Jamie and The Doctor back to the rocket ship so they can restore the TARDIS. Zoe tries to ask Jamie about the TARDIS but he’s mostly dismissive. Zoe tries to smuggle herself aboard, but they find her. She says that she wants to go with them.

 The Doctor hooks himself up to a thought processor so he can show Zoe what she’s in for if she joins them – he decides to show her the Daleks and we see the scene from Evil of the Daleks, where the Dalek kills Kennedy.

 Zoe watches in horror… and the final credits roll.

 Always happy to see a Cybermen story, this is one that I didn’t know was one until we got two episodes in. This is the end of the season of “bases under seige”, I wonder if next season has a theme?

 This serial was pretty good, outside of the characterisation/writing of Jarvis. Gemma was done well, Zoe is pretty cool – I’ve seen her before and don’t recall her being terribly whiny. Her intellect is provided as a foil for The Doctor being the only know it all. Looking forward to see how it plays out.

Another mostly lost serial, only one episode of six survived the BBC junking policy of the 1970s. Fortunately, Loose Cannon is here to save the day!

Episode 1:

 The TARDIS maerialises by the sea side. Jamie and Victoria question where, when The Doctor is less than specific. He runs off to the water’s edge to play in the water. A hovercraft comes onshore and The Doctor waves them down. Three men exit and, viewing through binoculars, seem to recognise The Doctor. They radio to a woman, seemingly their superior, who doesn’t believe it when they tell her “He is here.” Obviously, we’ve got a case of mistaken identity going on… I wonder if the person they think The Doctor is will be a villain, like William Hartnell’s story of mistaken identity.

 The woman tells them to wait until she gets there, but Anton (the lead of the three man team, it seems) cuts communication. She reports to someone (presumably a man named Giles that she referenced during her conversation with Anton) who says it cannot be “Him” and orders her to stop Anton from killing him.

 Back on the beach, The Doctor has finished playing in the water. He and his companions watch as the hovercraft comes towards them. The Doctor gets a bad vibe and they run. The men on the hovercraft fire at them. (It’s Doctor Who, there’s gotta be running!)

 The travelers make it to sand dunes and hide behind what little cover there is. The hovercraft comes to a stop and the men move out to circle around. There’s more running through the dunes. And dramatic music. Jamie knocks out one of the men when he comes up on them.

 Astrid (the woman they radioed) arrives via helicopter, and the two remaining men say they have “get them before she interferes”. The helicopter lands and she waves for The Doctor and companions to get on board. Anton and his other man fire as the helicopter takes off and flies away. (Nice subordinate there.) The men return to the hovercraft and give chase.

 Astrid informs them that the gas tank has been hit and they’re losing fuel. However, they make it to a bungalow. When departing the helicopter, The Doctor realises that Astrid has been hurt. She tells them where the medical kit is. The Doctor tends to Astrid’s injury, while they both ask each other questions.

 When The Doctor asks why the men are trying to kill them, Astrid says, “They hate you.” The Doctor responds, “Me? I’m the nicest possible person.”

 She explains that they think The Doctor is someone they hate passionately and completely. It seems that The Doctor is an exact duplicate of a man called Salamander, “a man who is determined to be dictactor of the world!” She wants to take them to the man she works for, Giles Kent. The Doctor is leery, but then Anton and his associates arrive in their hovercraft and enter the bungalow.

 One of the men is killed and Anton and Rod run to the helicopter, to follow the fleeing Astrid and our heroes from above. However, due to the damage to the helicopter from being fired upon by Anton and his men, the craft blows up once they get into the air.

 Later, Giles Kent meets with The Doctor and companions and he’s amazed at the astonishing resemblance. Again, to explain why they don’t know who Salamander is, or that The Doctor resembles him, they explain that they’ve been out of touch… “on ice, you might say.” I guess this is going to be a recurring shtick? Last serial, they explained they were in Tibet and out of touch.

 Salamander is the leader of the United Zones Organization, perhaps the replacement or evolution of the United Nations? He’s come to power through the invention of a device that harnesses the Sun’s power to increase food production to save the world from a food shortage.

 Giles Kent used to be a man of some power, but has since been discredited by Salamander. They want The Doctor to impersonate Salamander and have him sneak in and discover proof of Salamander’s evil deeds. While they talk, Kent gets a phone call and informs them that Salamander’s head of security has arrived and the only way for The Doctor to avoid arrest as an imposter is to pretend to be Salamander. (Turns out that Kent had tipped off Bruce, the head of security, to set up this situation.) The Doctor is rushed to another room, separate from the others.

 Accompanied by a guard, Bruce arrives and begins bullying Kent and everyone else. Victoria stands up to him and he laughs at her. He tells Astrid that he’s there because of the actions at her bungalow. He wants to know who the other man who was at the bungalow was, when The Doctor enters, pretending to be Salamander… and the credits roll.

 Well, that answered my question about whether the duplicate was going to be a villain or not. I’m interestied to see where this is going to go.

 I have to say that this is one of, if not the best one I’ve seen thus far in my year long watching. And this easily is one of the best Doctor Who stories I’ve ever seen.

 (spoiler warning)

Episode 2:

 Bruce is irate that his leader is here, when he thought he was in the Central European Zone; “Salamander” tells him that he will not be questioned by his own security and the two men argue. “Salamander” promises Bruce an explanation “when I return from the Central European Zone”.

 The Doctor’s performance seems to be close enough to fool Bruce, and the head of security departs with his guard. The Doctor isn’t quite convinced that Salamander is the paragon of evil that Kent makes him out to be. A plan is hatched for Jamie and Victoria to accompany Astrid to infiltrate Salamander’s retinue while the leader is in the CEZ, while Kent and The Doctor will go to the research station in Kanowa to see what Salamander is up to and to see the proof of his evil.

 Bruce goes to speak to a man named Benik, in charge of the research station while the leader is away, hoping to learn if he saw Salamander actually board the rocket to the CEZ. It turns out Bruce is a bit more suspicious than seemed at first. Bruce tells Benik to contact Salamander at the conference but the man is under orders not to radio him until the conference is over.

 We see Salamander meeting with Denes (Kent’s sole ally amongst those with power) and others, telling them that a dormant volcano in Hungary could very well become active. A woman enters to inform Salamander there is a communication but he yells at her that he was not to be interrupted.

 Jamie, Victoria and Astrid have arrived in the CEZ after traveling by rocket. Astrid reports in to Giles, but the signal is partially interrupted by sun spots. Jamie has been sent to infiltrate Salamander’s retinue (because it makes perfect sense that a highlander could just manage becoming part of a world leader’s posse, yo.) There’s an amusing bit when The Doctor overhears Astrid refer to a “disused jetty” and thinks she said Yeti.

 One of the men meeting with Salamander, Fedorin, talks to the woman who works for Salamander, Fariah. She refers to Salamander as a “brujo” (Spanish for male witch, sorceror.) Fedorin is unsure why he is there – he knows only that he’s been instructed to await Salamander.

 Salamander arrives, accompanied by a guard. Just then, Jamie climbs onto the terrace and knocks out the guard. Holding a gun at everyone, he orders them to back up as he picks up a box that was present. Making a comment to Salamander about not being as protected as he thinks, Jamie tells everyone to duck, then throws the box into the air, while Astrid presses a remote detonator switch to cause the box to explode in the air.

 Jamie sets his gun down as guards rush into the terrace. Salamander tears into his guards, yelling at them how they’re no good. He kisses up to Salamander and the leader offers Jamie and his “girlfriend” (Victoria) jobs. After Fariah and Jamie depart, Fedorin asks Salamander what a brujo is.

 Jamie arrives to meet with Victori and Astrid, with the news of his success. Astrid moves off when Fariah and the guard captain arrives; the guard asks who Astrid was, but Fariah bullies him into leaving.

 Astrid arrives at the yeti, I mean jetty. She’s checking out her gun when Denes arrives and they talk quietly. She reports to Denes what’s transpired. Denes says, now that he’s met Salamander, he believes what Astrid and Kent have said about him.

 They talk about Fedorin, wondering if they can trust him, but they quiet as a patrol nears.

 Salamander has confronted Fedorin with some information he has; apparently, Fedorin has been involved in some illegal activities, swindling of some sort, and is using it as blackmail to get him to work with him. Salamander wants Denes replaced by Fedorin, so he can take over the CEZ. He tells Fedorin that Denes will be assassinated. As they talk, there’s the sound of distant rumbling and Salamander says, “My predictions were correct!” (Okay, I’m so betting he’s using his sun machine, or some other device, to activate the volcano to make him look more the genius.)

 There’s footage of volcanic eruptions.

 Bruce arrives (okay, so suddenly all the chicanery is going to be exposed, right) but Salamander tells him to join him and watch. Bruce finds it a horrific sight and voices pity for “those poor people”, presumably the victims of the volcanic eruption (though that’s pretty fast moving… some narrative text to explain what Bruce was showing rather suprising sympathy for would have been nice.)

 Denes arrives, accusing Salamander of being behind the eruption(s). Salamander accuses Denes of intentionally not warning the public – apparently a lot more time has passed than it seems between scenes. When Denes appeals to Fedorin to back him up, Salamander says that Fedorin will be the chief witness in Denes’ trial… and the credits roll.

Episode 3:

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 Salamander puts Denes in Bruce’s care, though the head of security doesn’t seem too keen on it. We see Jamie, looking spiffy in his stormtrooper garb. I’m waiting for Bruce to notice him. Salamander and Fedorin walk off, where Fedorin complains that it’s blackmail, Salamander says it’s insurance.

 It’s a lot of fun seeing Patrick Troughton as the sinister Salamander. I’ve seen Troughton in other roles (notably the priest in the original Omen movie, of course), but not many. And none so evil. His Mexican evilman is quite fun.

 Salamander gives Fedorin poison to use against Denes, much to Fedorin’s horror.

 Bruce starts barking orders when he notices Jamie. He asks Jamie what Salamander and Kent were talking about before, but Jamie stands up to the bullying Bruce and tells him, “if Salamander wants you to know, I dare say he’ll tell you himself. You’ll get no confidences out of me!” YAY, JAMIE!

 Bruce gives orders for Denes to be treated very kindly. This is rather surprising; there’s more to Bruce than first appears, I think.

 Victoria is assigned to be a spud girl in the kitchen. The head cook is quite the smart ass and goes into a rant about his menu being ruined by attempted assassination, earthquake and interference in the kitchen.

 Fariah tells Victoria to get out, not to get caught up in Salamander’s world. Fariah is about to go into details about not liking Salamander when Jamie walks in and she shuts up.

 Kent and The Doctor are in some small trailer outside the research station, involed in an argument; The Doctor finds it hard to believe that Salamander is behind the earthquakes. They hear sirens and The Doctor hides in a chest. Benik, the man Bruce confronted at the station earlier, enters the trailer. Benik is a smarmy sort. He smashes a picture of Denes and when Kent tries to fight back, and armed guard comes in and smashes all the dishes in the cupboards. “Well, there’s not much point in your staying here now, is there?” – Benik

 The Doctor admits that while Salamander’s cronies are rude and destructive, it’s not proof that Salamander is evil. Kent makes a bombastic statement that Salamander is “trying to destroy the world!” but The Doctor emphasises, “Facts, Kent! I must have facts!”

 Astrid is moving hurriedly through the building and is stopped by one of Salamander’s guards. He checks her pass, then hits on her. He lets her by, but then the guard captain (who saw her in the park sitting on the bench near Jamie and Victoria) stops her. Denes (who is nearby, under guard in the hallway, which is really stupid) drops his book, distracting the captain, and Astrid slips off. She meets with Victoria and Jamie in the kitchen and tells him to make a distraction exactly at eleven, so she can free Denes.

 The cook is funny as hell. The cook slips out of the kitchen again – I don’t know if that’s part of the running gag or if there’s something more to it – is he part of the conspiracy against Salamander? Is he something else?

 Bruce complains to Salamander about Denes being held in the hallway, deserving to be treated better because of his rank. I don’t know why Bruce hasn’t brought up seeing Salamander in Australia with Kent. Bruce asks, “Who’s going to control this zone now, Fedorin?” and Salamander acts like it’s a great idea.

 Victoria is bringing the food cart to Denes, when Fedorin bumps into her. He swipes the salt from the cart and sends Victoria back to fetch some salt, and while she’s away, he pulls out the poison Salamander gave him.

 The guard captain has finally realised where he knew Astrid from and is reporting the event to Salamander. He tells his guard captain that he received no message. Salamander says he will deal with Jamie and Victoria and orders the captain to have her followed.

 Food is brought to Denes and the guard captain arrives as Denes is about to cut into his meal. He takes away Denes’ knife and after Denes complains about cutting a steak with a spoon, the captain cuts the food for him, while Denes (politely) teases him about it. The captain tells Fariah to leave with him and Victoria asks Denes if she might stay with him – it is six minutes before eleven.

 Fedorin is talking to Salamander; he was not able to bring himself to poison Denes’ food and Salamander tells him not to worry. He pours Fedorin some wine but poisons it with the very same poison. Fedorin drinks it and dies.

 Jamie pretends he sees someone outside the kitchen. He tells the cook to hide and send the guards out to help. Jamie runs out and shots are fired. The cook yells, “I know the food’s bad, but you don’t have to go that far!” Ahahahahahah – the cook is AWESOME!

 Astrid arrives to break out Denes but the guards are on it; Denes is shot in the back and when Victoria tries to stop the guards with the food cart, she is arrested. She and Jamie are brought before Salamander and he has the two of them taken away.

 FINALLY Bruce brings up seeing Jamie with Salamander in Kent’s office. Salamander is all like, “No way!” Bruce is like, “Yes huh!” Salamander says, “Nuh uh, you’re a poopy head!”

 Okay maybe not, but we do go through, “I haven’t seen Kent in months!” “Yes, you were with him, I saw you there with Kent, the Ferrier girl and the other two. I was so curious about it, I spoke to your number two, Benik. That’s the real reason I came to this zone.”

 And we end with Bruce saying, “It was you! Or… someone like you!” He and Salamander stare at each other wide-eyed… and the credits roll.

Episode 4:

 (and back to Loose Cannon’s reconstruction for the remainder of the serial)

 Kent and The Doctor, still in the trailer outside the research facility, wait nervously to hear from Astrid. Their presence there is dangerous, but they don’t want to needlessly take risks by moving about.

 Astrid arrives at Kent’s office and makes a video call to Astrid. They switch to scramble, but they are being monitored by Benik, who orders for the guard captain to be contacted. Astrid reports to Kent that Denes is dead – the shot was lethal. Kent tells her to stay put, he and The Doctor will join her. After the call is terminated, Fariah enters Kent’s office. They struggle, but Fariah says she has information for Kent – she hates Salamander and wants to help destroy him.

 Benik speaks to the guard captain (the one from the CEZ), who confirms that Astrid Ferrier had been there. (Hungary to Australia is only two hours flight by rocket ship.) The guard captain reports that Fariah and Astrid were seen at Kent’s office. Benik orders for them to be captured.

 The Doctor and Kent have arrived and meet with Fariah. She reports that Jamie and Victoria have been taken prisoner and will be interrogated, even tortured.

 It turns out that Fariah works for Salamander because he has some blackmail over her, but she is reluctant to say why. The Doctor goes on a rant about how nobody has any concrete evidence to prove to him that Salamander is, in fact, as evil as they all say, when Fariah hands over the file on Fedorin, saying that not only did he kill Fedorin but he manipulated the man into the swindles in the first place.

 Benik has arrived with the guard captain and his guards outside Kent’s office.

 The Doctor claims that even Fariah’s file isn’t “real evidence” though he begins to admit that Salamander may well be evil. The Doctor agrees to help, only because he wants to rescue his friends – Kent changes the arrangement, if The Doctor doesn’t help them rid the word of Salamander (as in help kill him, which The Doctor has refused to do), then Kent will not help him rescue Jamie and Victoria.

 Benik gives the orders that everyone is to be shot on sight; the guard captain is reluctant to give the order but Benik threatens his position and he gives in.

 Inside, Kent and his conspirators have realised they’re being surrounded. They make for an escape hatch as the guards try to break down the door.

 Outside the building, Fariah is separated from the others and is shot by a guard. The guard captain reprimands the guard for following orders. Benik arrives and demands to know who the man with her, Astrid and Kent was, but she refuses to answer. They find Fedorin’s file.

 Salamander has arrived at the research station and he and Bruce chastise him for his failure (by Salamander) and for over-reaching his authority (by Bruce – again, I find this very curious. Granted, I suppose it could be explained that Bruce is a control-freak, very possessive of his position and power, but I still find it very curious that Bruce, who was originally presented as a bully, seems to be the most humane of all those in power.)

 Benik and Bruce head off to go over the security arrangements, though Benik hands Fedorin’s file to his leader first. After they leave, Salamander gives orders that he is not to be interrupted for the time being and that “security locks are to be engaged”.

 Salamander then enters a secret compartment where he straps himself into a stretcher and puts on a helmet and plastic sheeting, then operates a control box. The stretcher descends (into where, I’m not sure) and there’s sounds of high power.

 Bruce and Benik discover that Salamander has locked himself away in the Records Room and there’s no way to contact him, much less enter. Bruce is upset about this, he finds it very confusing and perplexing – especially when Benik says that the locks can only be opened from the inside.

 Salamander arrives in a control room deep underground. A group of poorly dressed people are seen in a shelter. Salamander sits at a control desk and operates a communications unit and speaks to the people in the shelter, saying he has returned and will make a “report about the surface”. The people react with great hope about his return and hoping he has good news, finding a new food source.

 Salamander stays behind a glass partition and tells them he has not yet been decontaminated. Swann, one of the men, says that he does too much, but Salamander says someone has to bring them food. Salamander waits until the radiation meter goes down before allowing the others to approach. He speaks of one day the meter will stay at maximum and it’s obvious he’s risking his life by going to the surface.

 He tells them that he’s found another store of undamaged food; Colin (a younger man) asks if they may return to the surface but he says not yet. Salamander and Swann talk, and Salamander tells Swann that “it is terrible up there”.

 In the common room, Salamander is greeted warmly by the large group of people. Salamander talks about how they are approaching the five year anniversary that they’ve been in the shelter. He talks about how they are doing something, they are fighting back. Colin asks if they will ever return to the surface and Salamander says that it is what he is working towards, but “up there it is terrible, still… the war goes on and on… you never know if the air is clean or poison. We must continue fighting, we must create natural disasters where the enemies of truth and freedom gather!”

 Colin is not happy with the same words and demands an answer – when will they return to the surface? Salamander, though still weak (and Swann moves to help him keep from falling), answers, “You will return to the surface when you have a good chance of survival.” He begs them to believe him, that they have to wait until they can survive.

 In the trailer, Astrid is helping apply make-up to The Doctor while Kent looks on, to help him pass better for Salamander. They hear a noise, and Bruce and a guard enter. Bruce turns to The Doctor, “I’ve been looking forward to meeting you again,”… and the credits roll.

Episode 5:

 Bruce reveals that when Benik visited, he placed a tracking device, which is how Bruce found them (obviously, the trailer has been moved from just outside the research facility.) He questions them and wants to know why The Doctor is going to impersonate Salamander – to what end. They tell him that there is proof of Salamander’s wrong doing, in the records room, but Bruce dismisses it as Kent’s hatred. The Doctor says they have a file on Fedorin, or rather Fariah does – and Bruce informs them Fariah has been killed.

 Bruce says he’s going to investigate, but in his own way. He’s not convinced that they’re telling the truth. Astrid grabs the gun from Bruce’s guard.

 Benik tries to visit Salamander, but the guard outside the door says he’s not allowing anyone in yet. Benik leaves orders to be informed once that changes. Jamie and Victoria are brought in on stretchers, the two of them unconscious.

 Astrid and Kent threaten Bruce, who threatens back. The Doctor asks Astrid for the gun, which she turns over. Turning to Bruce, he says, “I think you’ll agree that, at this moment, your life in is my hands.” He then hands the gun over to Bruce. He tells Bruce that he believes there is reasonable doubt to suspect Salamander’s integrity. Bruce agrees to trust him and makes the deal that he and The Doctor will go into the research facility while Astrid and Kent are kept in the trailer as hostages.

 In the underground facility, the food cases are unloaded and scanned for contamination. Colin is unhappy in the facility, constantly griping about being stuck there, being unable to return. He wants to see what’s going on up on the surface, not have to rely to hear about it from someone else.

 Swann finds a piece of paper, perhaps a label, on one of the packages that catches his eye. He goes to the control room, presumably to report to Salamander the results of the unloading, watched by Colin and Mary. Swann enters the control room and demands to know what he’s found – it’s a piece of newspaper from a year ago, with a report about a holiday liner (cruise ship) that has sunk. Swann realises that Salamander has been lying – if there was still a global war, there wouldn’t be a cruise ship.

 Salamander continues to prevaricate, claiming that yes, the war is over, but the survivors are mutated in mind and body. Swann asks why they’re creating natural disasters if there’s no war and Salamander says that they don’t deserve to live. Swann demands that he return above to see for himself, but Salamander agrees only if Swann doesn’t tell everyone without going first.

 Colin freaks out, screaming that they didn’t take him, like a petulant child.

 Victoria is awake and helps Jamie come to. They move to the door, but Benik and guards come in. Benik informs them that he’s going to torture them for information. Benik begins handling Victoria roughly and Jamie’s resistance fades fast. As he starts asking questions, The Doctor and Bruce enter and dismiss Benik and his guard.

 The Doctor plays the role of Salamander with his companions. They fall for it completely. When they find out Fariah was killed, Victoria moves to slap “Salamander” and he breaks character. They don’t believe him at first, but then he whistles a tune he usually plays on his recorder and says they made him leave it in the TARDIS. The companions react joyfully, but Bruce wonders out loud what the TARDIS is.

 Benik chastises the guard for not informing him when Salamander leaves records, but the guard tells him that nobody has left.

 Salamander and Swann have reached a storage area; Salamander tells him he would be safer there – above the radiation (from the “nuclear war”) would be too dangerous. Swann says he wants to see the surface and Salamander promises he will.

 Kent and Astrid wait in the trailer, afraid and nervous. Astrid says that they’ve made great leaps – weeks ago, nobody would have listened, but Bruce is actually considering believing them. Astrid says she’ll draw the guard off so Kent can slip off.

 Salamander and Swann walk down the long corridor; Swann questions the radiation but Salamander says it is minimal here. Swann questions why he doesn’t allow others to come up here, at least, just to get out of their subterranean prison. Salamander picks up a crow bar and approaches Swann, menacingly from behind.

 Astrid and Kent fake Kent being shot and the guard enters to check on Kent. Astrid runs off and he gives chase, allowing Kent to slip out on his own. Astrid evades the guard, but hears someone crying out and investigates. She finds Swann, injured, in the tunnel. She asks who did this, and he replies, “A man named Salamander”… and the credits roll.

Episode 6:

 As The Doctor argues with Bruce over whether or not Salamander is creating the natural disasters, he tells the head of security that the proof should be in the records room. Bruce says that’s where Salamander is and The Doctor says that they’ll have to wait until he comes out. Just then, Benik enters.

 Astrid collects water in the tunnel for Swann.

 The Doctor is asked to sign some forms by Benik, who then asks if the record room door worked fine when he left. The Doctor says that it did, but Benik says it’s jammed now and asks for his key. The Doctor pats his pockets then says he must have left it in the records room. Benik asks for permission to use the emergency key instead. The Doctor delays signing the forms and gets Benik to leave to fetch the key. The papers Benik brought are curious though, as they account for catering for thirty people, while the research facility only houses twelve at a given time.

 Swann asks Astrid about the war, but she doesn’t understand what he’s talking about. Swann realises that Salamander has kept his people down below for no good. He begs her to promise to release his people with his dying breath.

 The Doctor summons a security detail to escort Jamie and Victoria out of the facility. They discuss plans, but then The Doctor receives a call from the gate. He asks if the pass is in order and then gives permission to “let him in” – I’m presuming it’s Kent at the gate. The Doctor asks Bruce to get Jamie and Victoria out as soon as possible, instructing them to go to the TARDIS.

 Down below, the inhabitants are eating and talking when the buzzer sounds – they react with hope, but it is Astrid who enters the control room. She examines papers on the desk and then she opens the door to the main room. The people below back away from her, afraid for their safety (from the “radiation”) but they panic and throw things at her. Colin comes to her rescue before one of them hits her with a pick axe.

 Astrid brings word of Swann’s death at Salamander’s hands and how he asked her to come free them. They ask that she decontaminate in Salamander’s control room and she agrees. The meter drops at it does every time and she demonstrates that it’s a fake, using a ruler from the office that she found.

 Astrid informs them that there is no war above ground and Colin demands to know where Salamander is, a sentiment that Astrid echoes.

 Bruce bullies past the guards, trying to get Jamie and Victoria out. The guards give in but then go to contact Benik.

 Kent enters the records room and confronts Salamander, who is within. Kent pulls out a gun and points it at Salamander. Outside, Benik and Bruce watch on a monitor. Bruce gives orders to equipment to break through. Kent gloats to Salamander that he had the chance to get rid of him and dropped the ball, but the world will be better off without him. (I’m almost wondering if this is The Doctor, playing the part to see what Kent says and does.)

 They hear the sound of the guards trying to cut down the doors. Outside, the guards cut. Bruce takes Benik’s gun. (Not sure what’s going on with that last bit.)

 Kent seems to know about the people down below and opens the door that leads to the tunnel. He mentions having a bunch of explosives down there, and The Doctor breaks character (ahah, I was right) to ask why he didn’t tell him all this before. Astrid, Mary and Colin come through the door from the tunnel and Mary and Colin recognise Giles Kent as the man who brought them down below in the first place.

 Astrid says she knows everything, that he and Salamander were working together, they put people down there as an endurance test. The real Salamander is watching all this on a monitor screen from another place. Astrid continues, saying that the next person from above they saw was Salamander, who said that an atomic war had started.

 Kent grabs The Doctor and puts his gun to his head. Mary and Colin demand to know why they were kept below and Kent answers that they needed someone to work the natural disasters. The Doctor says he suspected Kent all the while, that anyone who resorts to murder as eagerly as he did must be suspect.

 Kent pushes The Doctor aside and escapes through the tunnel.

 Benik takes the guard’s gun, but Forester (Bruce’s deputy) arrives and takes Benik prisoner. The Doctor contacts Bruce from within, to inform him that Kent is going to blow up the facility.

 In the tunnel, Salamander surprises Kent and grabs his gun. Kent appeals to Salamander to work together, but Salamander is not keen to put aside their differences. He says that Kent is no longer useful and shoots Giles. Kent runs, wounded, while Salamander laughs and gives chase.

 Kent makes it to the control panel, but Salamander shoots him again. Kent reaches for the controls as Salamander cries out for him to stop.

 In the research center, there’s an explosion. Astrid is worried about the people down below, but they check via the monitors to see that they’re still alive. She wants to find a way to rescue them.

 Jamie sees The Doctor staggering to the TARDIS and helps him in. He stares at the console with confusion, though they take it to his being stunned from what he’s been through. Obviously, it’s Salamander. He gestures for Jamie to operate the controls and Jamie questions it, saying they’re never to touch the controls. The real Doctor says, “Quite right, Jamie,” as he walks in the TARDIS.

 Salamander and The Doctor struggle and switches are activated on the console. The TARDIS dematerialises but the doors are opened at the same time and Salamander is sucked out into the void… and the final credits roll.

 What a fantastic serial. I really wish it existed in full video – this is easily one of the best ones of the entire run I’ve watched so far this year. Troughton’s performances were delightful, I really enjoyed the characters of Bruce, Kent and Astrid. Even Benik, though over the top in his smarmyness, was well done and easy to dislike (the intention of the writers, obviously.)

 Now, I’m wondering if they’ve ever done, or would do, a story that was a sequel – somehow Salamander survived being thrown in the void and was changed, transformed into something greater, infused with the energy of the void, he comes after The Doctor for revenge…